Some of the members have finally posted comments via their blogs, or Twitter. We’ll continue to update the post until all the member’s comments are finished being translated, so please keep checking back. So far, Kamijo and Teru have not updated regarding the announcement.
Before we get to the member’s comments, as commenters on previous posts have pointed, they have confirmed it is a hiatus, with a retranslated message of the original announcement that can be found on YUKI and MASASHI’s blogs:
Notification of hiatus from Versailles
Dear our loyal fans and supporters in the world,
Versailles is going to take a hiatus at the end of 2012. In the 5th
anniversary year for us, we have kept seeking for our new musical
direction to enter a higher stage of Versailles. During that process
of discovering a new musical direction, we felt strong need and desire
to step outside of the band to inspire each of us to be a better
musician. This hiatus is for focusing on each member’s own
musicability that we will definitely bring all our new inputs to
Versailles when we are ready to be back together.
Since the beginning of the band, our main theme has always been ROSE.
With all the stories we have told in our music for the past 5 years,
we have gotten to the point where our 5th anniversary song “ROSE”
represents what ROSE really means to Versailles. That also determined
our hiatus to breathe in the fresh air outside the band.
Our new album is to be released in September and the last Japan tour
before our hiatus follows, which ends at NHK Hall in Tokyo on December
We are incredibly grateful for your endless support for all those
years. And we appreciate your continuous support and love for
Versailles and future activities of each member. Thank you!! WE’RE
July 20th, 2012
The members of Versailles have all fought with all of their power, and I feel that we’ve raised an amazing band. There have been a lot of hardships, but thanks to everyone who has continued to suport us, we were able to surpass them. I am thankful from the bottom of my heart. I’m sorry to you all about the unexpected announcement, but I want to show you again in a well-done play how thankful I am. From the album, to the tour, we’ll do put forth all of our energy until the very end.
For everyone who was surprised by the announcement that we would be putting a rest to our activities, I am very sorry.
This hiatus of activities is for everyone, and for us, something that’s heart-breaking to put into words, but for all of the members, we feel that this decision something that’s positive. It’s been about two years since I became a member of Versailles, and in that time I’ve gotten so much support from people all over the world, and the amazing scenes you’ve showed at lives, make me feel like such a fortunate person; day after day I’ve been encouraged. It’s not easy to put into words how much gratitude I have for you all, but thank you for everything.
I’ll be glad if we can cherish and share the time we have left.
All of you fans have made dreams we couldn’t achieve ourselves come true. So many people stuck with us and helped us out, and for that we are really really thankful. I feel like the reasons that brought us to this hiatus are actually because we’ve always been so serious about our music as Versailles.
I can say without a doubt that it was something we poured absolutely all of our life and soul into. After attaining this art, and carving our name into history, I feel uplifted and enveloped by relief. I would be so happy if you continue to support each of us in future activities someway or another.
And there might also be a time someday when the roses will gather once more. At that time, we would be so thankful to have your support. Our thanks to you, whether it be during the time (until the hiatus) or through our music activities following, we will definitely not forget. We’ll continue to hope that you all never forget your happiness and love as well, no matter what.
Translation by S-T.net’s Alicia
Source: Member’s Blogs, Twitters