They formed in November of 2004 and their first single “Material Pain” was released in Shoxx Magazine on December 21 of the same year. The following day they also released their first Maxi-single, “Moonlight Revival”.Phantasmagoria claimed the cover of a well-known visual kei magazine, Cure, only one month after officially forming, becoming one of the fastest indies bands to appear on the cover of a magazine.
Rame (bassist of Vidoll) teasingly began referring to the band as “Mago-Mago”. (Mago means “grandchildren” and was taken from Phantas-mago-ria.) The name “Mago” is now used by fans as well.
Phantasmagoria played their first concerts in the United States on October 21 and 22nd, 2005 at Oni-con in Houston, Texas. On March 26th, the band played their first Japanese one-man.
On February 23rd, 2007, guitarist Iori and drummer Matoi left the band. On April 5th, KISAKI announced that he will be retiring, and that Iori and Matoi have returned to the band, but the band will be “sealing.” He followed up on the announcement on a live radio show on April 8th, where the band’s first and last fan trip was revealed, as well as the final event tour and final oneman tour. KISAKI will officially retire from the active visual kei scene on August 27, 2007 but will continue to run his label and produce.
As a side note Riku, Matoi, and Jun have all started new solo projects/bands.
Riku’s new band “Chariot” includes members from Pashya, Pumpkin Head, and Jaguar. They have released a new single called “Cold Play.” You can watch the PV here Cold Play PV
Jun’s new band “ATTIC” has released a new single called “DRAMATIC.” Watch the PV here DRAMATIC PV
Matoi’s new band “JILL CHRIST” will have thier First Live: May 5th at Holiday Osaka and their First Single: chrism…code46358
Opinion: All I can say is that I kinda cried when denial finally vanished and I realised that Mago Mago really are disbanding…I just can’t believe it…I wish it wasn’t true. It’s so unfair…
Albums/minis: Splendor of Sanctuary, Synthesis Songs, Subjective or Ideal, Requiem -Funeral Edition-, Requiem -Floral Edition-Singles: Material Pain, Moonlight Revival, NEVER REBELLION, Mikansei to Guilt, Shinsoukyoku -Variant Jihad-, Kyousoukyoku -Cruel Crucible-, Gensoukyoku -Eternal Silence-, Under the Veil, Signs of Fragment, Vain, Kami Uta