Bara no Seidou

Bara no Seidou
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Studio album by
ReleasedAugust 23, 2000
StudioOn Air Azabu Studio
Hitokuchizaka Studio
Warner Music Recording Studio
Onkio Haus
GenreNeoclassical darkwave
Length50:34
LabelMidi:Nette, Trisol Music Group (2007 re-release)
ProducerMalice Mizer
Malice Mizer chronology
Shinwa
(2000)
Bara no Seidou
(2000)
Singles from Bara no Seidou
  1. "Saikai no Chi to Bara"
    Released: November 3, 1999
  2. "Kyomu no Naka de no Yuugi"
    Released: May 31, 2000
  3. "Shiroi Hada ni Kuruu Ai to Kanashimi no Rondo"
    Released: July 26, 2000
  4. "Mayonaka ni Kawashita Yakusoku"
    Released: October 30, 2001

Bara no Seidou (薔薇の聖堂) is the fourth and final album by the Japanese visual kei rock band Malice Mizer, released on August 23, 2000. The title roughly translates as "Church of Roses" or "Sanctuary of Roses". In February 2007, Bara no Seidou was re-released by German record label Trisol Music Group, packaged in both jewel case and limited slipcase versions, both including the Cardinal music video collection DVD.

Influences

Bara no Seidou is a major change from Malice Mizer's previous albums with less of a focus on the twin guitar sound that was present in their previous discography, but retaining a chameleon trait like artists such as Genesis and Roxy Music. The band's sound switched from a normal art rock sound into a dark, gothic metal one; however, they still continued to use the violins, harpsichords and other instruments present in their older works and also added in a pipe organ and a choir for a haunting, melancholic, and religious feel to the album. For example, the song "Seinaru Toki Eien no Inori" is based around an organ and choir but still includes dual guitars and drums, which gives it a gothic metal feel. Fan favorite "Kyomu no Naka de no Yuugi" is a track that uses an organ and harpsichord mixed with a synthesizer and drum machine for more of a dark wave element. This song is influenced by gothic rock/industrial music and features a different image in its video, but still retains the dark themes of the album.[1]

After the death of Kami, it could be argued that the "funeral goth" element present in their attire is because of his death, and the song "Saikai no Chi to Bara" is a reference, and tribute, to him.[original research?][2]

Other Languages
español: Bara no Seidou
italiano: Bara no seidō
português: Bara no Seidou
中文: 薔薇聖堂