On 3/25/1996, Pride of mind held its last live with its original lineup of Atsushi Fukuyama, Masaki Haruna, and Masanori Ito.
The latter two members left the band, but Fukuyama made clear his intentions of continuing. As it so happened, a certain "Yusuke
Gotoh" - better known as vocalist Dada of VELVET EDEN - briefly teamed up with Fukuyama in 1996 after the demise of his first
short-lived band E-TYP, and made an abortive attempt at reviving Pride of mind. According to Dada's account of events 15 years later
(available at his blog here
), the two never really meshed
musically. Fukuyama was apparently looking for a vocalist similar to the departed Masaki Haruna, which any listener of VELVET EDEN will
tell you is something rather different from Dada's style. For this reason, Pride of mind produced only a single demo tape under this new
lineup; it appears unlikely that they gave any live performances or did other activities at the time. Shortly after the making of this
tape, Dada quit Pride of mind, and the history of the band - so far as anyone knows - ends there.
VISION - REBIRTH MIX
This is a soft, slow-paced instrumental piece. Nothing too remarkable here.
I WANT YOUR ALL - DEEP RED MIX
This was quite an interesting offering. "I WANT YOUR ALL" has a more rock-like sound to it,
with electric guitars featuring prominently over a strong beat. Along with this, though, is some of the
electronic sounds and effects that music lovers came to appreciate in Pride of mind's earlier work.
As for the vocals, Yusuke Gotoh's voice is an odd one. I won't attempt to describe it, but it's
worth noting that he sounds more or less the same as he did a couple years later in Velvet Eden. His
unique vocal stylings complement the energetic music to create a catchy song that sticks in your head.
Unfortunately, lyrics were not included with this tape so I have no idea what Yusuke is saying... other than
possibly "I WANT YOUR ALL" at one point. Overall, a solid offering.