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Studio album by hide
Released September 2, 1996
Genre Alternative rock, industrial rock
Label MCA Victor
Producer hide
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(1994)Hide Your Face1994
Ja, Zoo
(1998)Ja, Zoo1998
Singles from Psyence
  1. "Misery"
    Released: June 24, 1996
  2. "Beauty & Stupid"
    Released: August 12, 1996
  3. "Hi-Ho/Good Bye"
    Released: December 18, 1996
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]

Psyence is the second album by Japanese musician hide, released on September 2, 1996. It reached the number 1 position on the Oricon chart,[2] and was certified Platinum by the RIAJ for sales over 400,000 copies.[3] The album was re-released on the Japan only format SHM-CD on December 3, 2008, this version reached number 219 on the Oricon chart.[2]


Eric Westfall, one of the album's recording and mixing engineers, was told that hide requested to work with him after the musician heard some of Westfall's work and liked the guitar sounds.[4]

The version of "Misery" that appears on the album is a remix of the original single. The version of "LEMONed I Scream" heard on the album is different than the one originally included as the B-side to the "Misery" single. Although "Lassie" is listed as "Demo Master Version", no other version of the song has been released.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by hide.

No. Title Length
1. "Psyence" 3:18
2. "Erase" 3:25
3. "Genkai Haretsu (限界破裂)" 4:42
4. "Damage" 4:34
5. "LEMONed I Scream (Choco-Chip Version)" 2:47
6. "Hi-Ho" 5:46
7. "Flame" 5:20
8. "Beauty & Stupid" 4:06
9. "Oedo Cowboy" 1:22
10. "Bacteria" 5:39
11. "Good Bye" 3:59
12. "Cafe Le Psyence" 1:00
13. "Lassie (Demo Master Version)" 3:33
14. "Pose" 4:57
15. "Misery (Remix Version)" 5:10
16. "Atomic M・O・M" 2:38


  • hidevocals, guitar, bass except on tracks 3, 10
  • Kazuhiko Inada – programming, engineer
  • Takashi Kaneuchi – bass on tracks 3, 10
  • Satoshi "Joe" Miyawaki (ZIGGY) – drums except on tracks 7, 11
  • Eiki "Yana" Yanagita (ZEPPET STORE) – drums on tracks 7, 11
  • Eric Westfall – piano, engineer
Personnel per the album's liner notes.[5]

Cover versions[edit]

"Genkai Haretsu" and "Flame" were covered, by Oblivion Dust and Zeppet Store respectively, on the 1999 hide tribute album Tribute Spirits.[6] Oblivion Dust performed their version live on May 4, 2008 at the hide memorial summit, with "Flame", "Damage" and "Pose also covered live earlier that same day by Hurdy Gurdy (Seizi Kimura of Zeppet Store), Ladies Room and D'espairsRay respectively. "Flame" was covered by defspiral for their 2011 hide tribute maxi single "Reply -Tribute to hide-".[7] The Kiddie covered "Damage" for Tribute II -Visual Spirits-, while Tribute III -Visual Spirits- included a cover of "Genkai Haretsu" by Griever and "Bacteria" by Awoi. Both albums were released on July 3, 2013.[8] Chay and J covered "Flame" for Tribute VI -Female Spirits- and Tribute VII -Rock Spirits- respectively. The second album also included D'erlanger covering "Genkai Haretsu" and a recording of "Pose" by Cutt. Both albums were released on December 18, 2013.[9][10] "Bacteria" was covered by SexFriend, a duo consisting of Aina The End from BiSH and UK from Moroha, for the June 6, 2018 Tribute Impulse album.[11]


  1. ^ Eremenko, Alexey. "Psyence - Hide" (Review). Allmusic. Macrovision Corporation. Retrieved 2012-02-21. 
  2. ^ a b "hideのアルバム売り上げランキング" (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved 2012-07-08. 
  3. ^ "1998年12月" (in Japanese). RIAJ. Retrieved 2018-02-18. 
  4. ^ Niwa, Eric Westfall (2014). X Japan Podcast: Episode 2, Part 1 - Eric Westfall/hide (Podcast). SoundCloud. Event occurs at 34:40. Retrieved 2016-01-15. 
  5. ^ Psyence liner notes, 1996-09-02. Retrieved 2013-05-12
  6. ^ "hide TRIBUTE SPIRITS". (in Japanese). Retrieved 2012-07-07. 
  7. ^ "Reply -tribute to hide-". Retrieved 2011-12-09. 
  8. ^ "Two hide Tribute Albums to be Released Simultaneously!". Retrieved 2013-12-15. 
  9. ^ "hide Tribute VI -Female SPIRITS-". Retrieved 2013-12-15. 
  10. ^ "hide Tribute VII -Rock SPIRITS-". Retrieved 2013-12-15. 
  11. ^ "hide最新トリビュート盤にHISASHI × YOW-ROW、西川貴教、MIYAVI、GRANRODEOら" (in Japanese). Barks. 2018-04-14. Retrieved 2018-04-14.