Versailles Presents Tokyo Metropolis: Day 2, June 24 Rose Feast (Bara no Kyouen)

Live Report

by Diana Tome, , posted August 19, 2012

Moi dix Mois

Black and blue embraced the venue for Mana (guitar), K (guitar), Sugiya (bass), Seth (vocals) and Hayato (drums). Dramatic and dark as always, the band opened the set with “The Seventh Veil,” the five holding their right arms up in the metal devil-horn–the band’s greeting pose. The vocalist curled forward, his red hair screaming brightly and with a deep growl as he set the instruments free, smoke and dim lights combining for a visually stunning opening. Fast and loud, the band proceeded to “unmoved” with plenty of growls and headbanging. Mana twirled and thrashed his blue hair fiercely between fast riffs, K pointing the guitar to the sky as he contributed to the growling.

Rain and thunder made their way through the dark, shrouded stage for “Pendulum,” the vocalist following promptly with bass and guitar close behind, slow and smooth. Lifting his arms up theatrically, Mana arched his body backward, heavy effects laid over the guitar sound.  Seth kneeled by the lead guitarist and sang dramatically to him, the blue cross on the guitar flashing like thunder on a stormy night while K’s growls added intensity to the tune. “It’s our tenth anniversary this year and we made this song to honor this important event and express our appreciation for all of you,” the vocalist solemnly declared as they presented the sweet “Je l’aime.” In the background, an opera-style chorus grew stronger and the guitar came dashing through, the combination of heavy drums and sweet melody giving the number a sense refreshment. Though not as dynamic as the other two bands, Moi dix Mois made a positive impact with their imposing staging, grave theatrics and humorous emcee.

The usual emcee corner, “Message from Mana-sama” had Seth reading said message while Mana gesticulated for emphasis to the crowd’s delight. “You know, KAMIJO-kun and Mana-sama have known each other for ages!” Clearing his voice, Seth adopted a theatrical narrative style: “It was the live of Malice Mizer at Meguro Rock May Kan. The new roadie—KAMIJO–came in wearing jeans and a white shirt. He used to wiggle his nose a lot so he soon got the cute nickname ‘Jopiku’ [from the Japanese ‘piku piku’ for nose wiggling] but please don’t call him that at Versailles’ lives! When Mana-sama bought his new Mac he called KAMIJO. ‘Help me!’” Seth mimicked in a damsel-in-distress tone. “The master of all Macs came to the rescue and has since been promoted to that post! Now, a message for KAMIJO from Mana-sama: Bonjour, KAMIJO. Let’s rock!” The crowd laughed as Mana flashed the devil-horn for the last bit and the band dashed on to the heavy “Immortal madness.”

“You like roses, right? Let’s yell ‘Rose Love!’” Seth suggested. The hall joined voices while the string trio demanded more, continuing the heavy numbers with “Dead Scape 2012,” pumping fists accompanying Sugiya in a warm solo while Mana rocked hard, kneeling dangerously close to the crowd for some ardent riffs. With a church choir hauntingly carrying on in the background, the drums rolled, guitars and bass following as the instrumentals were set free for “Ange~D side holy wings.” Wild headbanging and machinegun-like drums combined with the sweet vocals for a heated finale. Guitar reaching to the sky and blue cross flashing, Mana was the last to leave, bidding farewell to the crowd between bows in a pompous ending.

Set list:

  1. The Seventh Veil
  2. unmoved
  3. Pendulum
  4. Je l’aime
  5. Immortal madness
  6. Dead Scape 2012
  7. Ange~D side holy wings

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Diana Tome saw her life change when she came across X-Japan's Blue Blood. A big supporter of old school visual rock, she believes visual kei is a lifestyle and philosophy that goes beyond the clothing and the music. With a background in headhunting and psychotherapy, Diana completed her M.A. in Psychology from I.S.P.A. in Lisbon, Portugal. She now lives and works in Japan committed to keeping the VK/V-rock flame alive.

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