Malice Mizer was formed in 1992 by Mana and Közi with Tetsu on vocals, both Mana and Közi on guitars/synthesizers, Yu~ki on
bass and Gaz on drums. From the outset, the band established their trademark "twin guitar"' sound, whereby two guitars
play different melodies creating polyphony. Malice Mizer's sound during the Tetsu era was a mixture of rock, early 1980s goth,
and strong classical influences.
Their first official release was the song "Speed of Desperate" on the 1993 compilation Brain Trash. Before this,
they had released a demo tape called Sans Logique which contained no vocals. Shortly after the release of Brain Trash, Gaz
left the band to join Kneuklid Romance, while Kneuklid Romance's drummer Kami in turn joined Malice Mizer. In 1994, the band
released their first album, Memoire, on Mana's newly founded independent record label Midi:Nette, and shortly after re-released
it with an additional bonus track, "Baroque" under the title Memoire DX. Only days later, singer Tetsu left the
band. While the exact reasons are unknown, Tetsu went on to take a different direction in his work. The band's continued use
of his lyrics in songs they continued to perform with later vocalists suggest an amicable split.