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The ballad of Maria's†Despair

The ballad of Maria's†Despair

Have you heard the ballad of Maria's†Despair? Gather around, Suicide-Murder-Children...


Maria's†Despair was spontaneously formed by vocalist SHUN in late 2003, with a band concept of “Suicide-Murder-Children.”

Also, he was totally not at all ripping off Deshabillz vocalist SHUN.

These images are not at all related.
These images are not at all related.

At the beginning of 2004, he recruited guitarist WAKA and bassist XXX. The bassist's name was never actually revealed, because:


The trio began recording their first maxi-single in June, and it was so bad that the bassist seceded during recording. Friends from the band Purple,Hey's (one of whom is named MAYO, which is an issue) stepped in to help.

The maxi-single was initially slated for an August 2004 release, but was delayed a full month, because of reasons. It seems to have sold poorly―I remember buying my copy at a very reduced price shortly after release―but it has since gone on to become legendary among true, intellectual vk fans.


The release has been lauded for its monotonous drumming and nasal, off-tempo, and abstract vocals―the background-coughing in Satsuriku NO Mori is especially complex.

Here's an excerpt straight from the band's BBS at the time, in which a local fan praises them:

I was surprised to see a flyer [for Maria's†Despair]! The vocalist and I lived in the same neighborhood, and I remember him well. He was known for hanging out with a bad crowd. He was fighting with them, and got beaten up! His personality is the worst!!!!

The band was so inventive and ahead of their time that the CD's self-titled first track and its third track are exactly the same, except that the vocalist sings different lyrics (but to the same melody). And despite the single basically featuring two songs, main composer SHUN needed help from the guitarist of Purple,Hey's to compose them.


Although the maxi-single's three songs alone would be enough to cement the band's place in the anals annals of vk history, I should mention the incredible graphic design, which was spearheaded by vocalist SHUN.

First, the booklet features an innovative white-text-on-black-background motif. The white text is contrasted against terrifyingly real drops of blood dripped all over the place. The disc itself continues this theme: the outer rim is completely translucent and has drops of blood dripped all over it.

And finally, the signed photograph included in every copy features the vocalist in blinding white facepaint, with a drop of blood dripped on his face and a ghastly drops of blood dripped all over some painted cardboard backdrop.

Art.

The CD that dripped blood.
The CD that dripped blood.
MoMA spring exhibit.
MoMA spring exhibit.
Privilege photo on the right. I know I reused the same image, shut up.
Privilege photo on the right. I know I reused the same image, shut up.

At the time of the maxi-single's release, guitarist WAKA was forced to switch to drums, and a new guitarist joined. A few months later, the band planned to change its name, but guitarist-cum-drummer WAKA seceded, and the band instead paused activity.

The band revived as a two-person unit in June of 2005, and then in September a new bassist joined. (The band never gave his name, which is not at all suspicious.) Despite claiming that they would continue as a brand new band from then on, those plans seem to have collapsed.

Vocalist SHUN, real name Arai Shinya (新井 信也), seems to have retired from music after his brush with stardom(?). His last known activity is a series of Ameblo posts which were to apparently become a novel―for which he was looking for collaborators, since he apparently can't do anything alone.


Edit: Oh wait, I forgot, the vocalist formed a new band with WAKA later: the Regred. They released a full album, which I bought, because I'm a masochist. I don't think I've been able to get through it once.

Here's a sample of their longest song. Note the accidental drum track clipping at 02:35. Also note that the vocalist probably had to ask his fucking sister to record the “guest vocals.”


Selected tweets praising the band:


Now you too know the Despair which Maria's†Despair Despaired when Maria was Despairing...

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    • 2018-06-16 15:04:04
      witchthrone
      omg I have this release and completely forgot about it. I don't know if I ever actually listened to it or it was so bad that I repressed those memories LOL

      omg I have this release and completely forgot about it. I don't know if I ever actually listened to it or it was so bad that I repressed those memories LOL

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    • 2018-06-16 16:49:44
      inartistic
      Definitely give it a spin B) Tbh when I bought it I thought I'd gotten a fucked up pressing where tracks 1 and 3 were the same. It was only when I was listening to it again for this post that I realized they have different lyrics lmao. At least it looks kind of cool(?).

      Definitely give it a spin B) Tbh when I bought it I thought I'd gotten a fucked up pressing where tracks 1 and 3 were the same. It was only when I was listening to it again for this post that I realized they have different lyrics lmao. At least it looks kind of cool(?).

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    • 2018-06-06 22:36:29
      suji
      i regred listening to these tracks cuz they're both an ~insult~ to my intelligence and they've left me in Despair. ...the only despair Maria was in was her *huge* periods, cuz...wow......†

      i regred listening to these tracks cuz they're both an ~insult~ to my intelligence and they've left me in Despair.

      ...the only despair Maria was in was her huge periods, cuz...wow......†

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    • 2018-06-06 20:26:04
      Ruri
      it sounds like he told the drummer "gimme a beat" and just improvised the entire song around it "Oh wait, I forgot, the vocalist formed a new band with WAKA later: the Regred. They released a full album, which I bought, because I'm a masochist. I don't think I've been able to get through it once." would you say you regred buying it? also it's on Y!A for 9290 yen right now.

      it sounds like he told the drummer "gimme a beat" and just improvised the entire song around it

      "Oh wait, I forgot, the vocalist formed a new band with WAKA later: the Regred. They released a full album, which I bought, because I'm a masochist. I don't think I've been able to get through it once."

      would you say you regred buying it? also it's on Y!A for 9290 yen right now.

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    • 2018-06-06 20:51:00
      inartistic
      Holy shit! I know that shop is known for high prices, but that's *insane*! I'm going to have to upload a track by them to show everyone what they're missing. Also you're banned for those two jokes 😂

      Holy shit! I know that shop is known for high prices, but that's insane! I'm going to have to upload a track by them to show everyone what they're missing.

      Also you're banned for those two jokes 😂

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