A song I love: Illuminati with Malice Mizer

Yes, here’s one of the olden goldies: Illuminati with Malice Mizer, released: May 20, 1998.

I thought this one could be suitable today, since it was Mana’s birthday yesterday…

It’s a very sexy song with distinct synthesizer riffs and rapping whips. The PV is even more sexy… See for yourself!

Promotion video


 

Live version (very hot!)


Illuminati lyrics

Lyrics translated into English

Magical or meriment. Communion with Nimrod.
Take of your clothes and I’ll offer a prayer to your prostrate form

Magical or meriment. Communion with Nimrod.

If I grasp you just once you can no longer run away
We will join with everything in the star of David

The pain and the blood that flow from your liberated body will change to pleasure
The gestures your irredeemable figure makes as you dance

Hold a beauty like that of Semiramis
Abandon yourself and let your body, in its writhing, crazy dance

Rise to its climax with the Holy Grail

“CALL BACK”
I’m sunk in the abysmal swamp
“BORN AGAIN”
Where there is no foothold
“GROVE”
I’ve reached the watery depths
“WHAT SHOULD YOU DO?”

Distorted face….

Magical or meriment. Communion with Nimrod.

In moria let your body fall and sway…sway and dance in a dream
In the space of your dream clench Boaz in your teeth,

Let your swaying chest, your body too, fall to control of eternity
The gestures your irredeemable figure makes as you dance

Hold a beauty like that of Semiramis
Abandon yourself and let your body, in its writhing, crazy dance

Rise to its climax with the Holy Grail

Magical or meriment. Communion with Nimrod.


Lyrics in roman letters

Fuku o nugi yoko tawaru sugata
Inori wo sasagate

[Magical or Merriment: Communion with Nimrod]

Moshi ichido te ni shite shimaeba
Nogareru koto wa dekinai
DABIDE no hoshi moto de
Subete to majiwaru

Tokihanatereta sono
Karada kara
Nagereru chi mo itami mo kairaku e to
Kawaru

Sukuwarenu karada de
Odoru shigusa wa
Semiramisu no youni
Utsukishiku
Mi yo udane mogaki kuruimaru karada wo
HOLY GRAIL de itadaki e to
Noboritsumereba ii

[CALL BACK]
I’m sunk in the abysmal swamp
[BORN AGAIN]
Where there is no foothold
[GROVE]
I have reached the watery depths
[WHAT SHOULD YOU DO?]
Distorted face!

[Magical or Merriment: Communion with Nimrod]
MOORIYA ni mi o otoshi yureta yureta yume no
Naka de odoru

Yume no hazama de BOAZU kuchi ni
Kuwae yureru mune no karada mo
Towa ni ayatsurarete

Sukuwarenu karada de odoru shigusa wa
Semiramisu no youni
Utsukishiku
Mi yo udane mogaki kuruimaru karada wo
HOLY GRAIL de itadaki e to
Noboritsumereba ii

Happy birthday Mana-sama

In Stockholm it’s Mars 18th 04.00PM at the moment, but – if I’m not mistaken – in Tokyo it’s Mars 19th at this very moment. So in other words…

today is the birthday of one of the most influential artists of the visual kei movement:

Happy birthday Mana!

Mana

Mana

Mana is a composter, guitar-player and designer – among else.

Mana’s first known bands were Girl’e (1989-1990) and Matenrou (1990-1992). Girl’e was more of a punk band than a gothic band.

Back in 1992, Mana founded the band Malice Mizer that during its existence swapped singers. One of those was Gackt.

2001, Malice Mizer was put on hiatus to many fans’ disappointment.

Malice Mizer

Malice Mizer

But we didn’t have to wait long before Mana entered the stage again. On his very own birthday 2002, Mana announced the foundation of his solo project Moi dix Mois which is still active. Moi dix Mois’s first singer was Juka.

Moi dix Mois

Moi dix Mois

Mana is a multi-talent and composes all of Moi dix Mois’ music, writes the lyrics, produces, directs and designs the project members’ stage costumes.

Mana has also founded his own gothic fashion label calles “Moi-même-Moitié”. You can visit the shop at following link: Moi-même-Moitié

And if you don’t understand Japanese, you probably rather visit the store at CDJapan: Moi-même-Moitié at CDJapan


 

Mana’s year of birth is unclear, but some sources says that he was born 1969. In that case; Mana turns 44 today!

Moi dix Mois means – directly translated from French – “me ten months”. It might sound very strange and like an expression randomly picked by a Japanese ‘cause he thinks that it sounds cool. But Mana is not that simple.

There IS a meaning behind the name. Since Moi dix Mois is Mana’s first solo project, the symbolism behind “moi” – which means “me” – is not that hard to interpret. Dix – that means “ten” – has several hidden meanings. Number ten – 10 – is written with a “1” and a “0”. 1 stands for the beginning for something, and 0, the number with no beginning and no end (since it’s a circle), symbolizes eternity. 10 “lunar months” is also the average time that a baby grows inside the mother’s womb .

It’s very rare that Mana speaks in public. In some interviews, Mana whispers his answers in another band-members ears who speaks in his place. Like in this video:


 
Sometimes he simply uses cards which says either “yes” or “no”.
You can hear Mana’s voice in the song “Kyomu no Naka de no Yuugi”, but it’s heavily distorted.

Mana is a mysterious and talented man, no doubt.

So I say it again: Happy birthday Mana!

Mana’s official website
Mana’s official blog

Mana without /with less makeup

Mana without /with less makeup

Mana & Kamijo (Versailles)

Mana & Kamijo (Versailles)

Jrock tripping

Just for a laugh… Here’s som jrockers tripping. ^^

Uruha (the GazettE) have some trouble landing

Uruha (the GazettE) falls down from stage in the middle of a concert

Uruha (the GazettE) losts balance while bowling

Kenichi (Merry) falls during PV recording and destroys the enterior. Seems like he got some pain in the butt as well… Naaaw.

Toshiya (Dir En Grey) trips but saves the incident with a graceful backward tumble.

Mana (Malice Mizer) trips when gracefully entering the stage. But it’s hard to see if it’s fake or not.

Happy birthday Mana!

Mana is one of those people that I admire the most in the world of Visual Kei. Only a few people holds that engagement and talent as Mana does.

Today is Mana’s birthday. I don’t know how old he is since it seems to be a secret (such a surprise! ^^ Not.)

Mana Guitar (Malice Mizer, Moi dix Mois) Born 19/3

Mana
Guitar (Malice Mizer, Moi dix Mois)
Born 19/3

Mana is also one of those men that makes women feel ugly. ^_-

Take a look at this interview for a better look at this amazing person. Note that he never (at least very seldom) speaks.