N.EX.T

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For the American R&B Band of the 1990's see Next (American band)
N.EX.T
Origin Seoul, South Korea
Genres Heavy metal, Progressive rock
Years active 1992–present

N.EX.T or N.Ex.T. is a South Korean rock band, although their music can also be categorized with as diverse styles as pop, funk, heavy metal, thrash metal, progressive metal, and electronic.

History[edit]

N.EX.T (New EXperiment Team) is the band of singer/song-writer Shin Hae Chul (신해철). The group split up following the 1997 release of Lazenca: A Space Rock Opera, and the instrumentalists formed the alternative metal band Novasonic with rapper Kim Jun Pyo. N.EX.T reformed around 2003 following the disbanding of Novasonic, and they released the soundtrack to Guilty Gear XX #Reload. A few of its instrumental songs were re-worked into songs with vocals on the following album, The Return Of N.EX.T Part 3: The Book of War/The Diary of a Soldier. The Return of N.EX.T Part 3 included the song "Dear America" which featured many prominent Korean vocalists such as Kim Jn Pyo and Crash's Ahn Heung-Chan. Guitarist Kim SeHwang released his first solo album, Vivaldi: The Four Seasons, on June 27, 2011.

Themes[edit]

N.EX.T's songs contain many cultural criticisms, with "Turn Off the T.V." and "Money" pointing to mediation and consumerism. Songs such as "Komerican Blues" and "Dear America" are critical of American policies.Criticism of human disregard for the environment can be found in "Lazenca, Save Us" and "The World We Made," which creates musical contrasts between a pleasant, natural world and a terrifying, industrial, human-influenced world. "Cyber Budha Company Ltd." tells of a dark future in which humans can purchase small amounts of divinity through the use of machines and credit cards.

Controversal lyrics[edit]

According to the Chosun Ilbo and several Korean-language music sites, NEXT, Psy (Gangnam Style), and other musicians jointly performed "Dear America" at an anti-American concert in Seoul in 2004 where they openly called for the death of "big nosers" and their Families. A few examples of the lyrics follow: “Kill those fucking western bitches who have been torturing Iraqi captives; Kill those fucking western bitches who ordered them to torture; Kill their daughters, mothers, daughters-in-law and fathers; Kill them all slowly and painfully. "tell the law, my Uzi weighs a ton" as well as "Burn a Bush cos' for peace he no push no button," “slowly and painfully” killing "big nosers" and their families and killing police officers."[citation needed][1]

Band line-up[edit]

(1992) Shin Hae Chul, lead vocals, keyboards, guitars. Lee Dong Kyu (이동규), guitars. Jung Gi Song (정기송), bass.

(1994) Shin Hae Chul, lead vocals, keyboards, guitars. Lee Dong Kyu, guitars. Lee Soo Yong (이수용), drums. Lim Chang Soo (임창수), bass.

(1995–1997) Shin Hae Chul, lead vocals, keyboards. Kim Se Hwang (김세황), guitars. Lee Soo Yong, drums. Kim Young Suk (김영석), bass.

(2004) Shin Hae Chul, lead vocals, keyboards. Devin Lee, guitars. Juny (쭈니), drums. Ssang (쌩), bass. Harry, keyboards, guitars.

(2006) Shin Hae Chul, lead vocal. Kim Se Hwang, guitars. Devin Lee, guitar. Lee Soo Yong, drums. Kim Young Suk, bass. Ji Hyun Soo (지현수), keyboards

(2007) Shin Hae Chul, lead vocal. Kim Se Hwang, guitars. Seo dong min(Tera), drums. Park Jong Dae(Jade), bass. Ji Hyun Soo (지현수), keyboards

(2008) Shin Hae Chul, lead vocal. Kim Se Hwang, guitars. Kim Dan, drums. Park Jong Dae(Jade), bass. Ji Hyun Soo (지현수), keyboards

Discography[edit]

  • 6집 - 666 : trilogy part 1 (2008~2009)
  • 5.5집 - ReGame? The 2nd Fan Service (2006)
  • 5집 - The Return of N.EX.T Part 3 - 개한민국 (2004)
    • The title is a pun on 대한민국 (Republic of Korea). 개 (dog), replacing 대, changes the meaning to loosely mean "Bitch's Republic of Korea."
    • Another exclusive interpretation of 개한민국 [Gae;HanMeenKook] is that 개 [Gae] could be 改 [개/Gae] which means "to fix". Then the title could loosely mean "Fix up Republic of Korea," which shows yet more intelligent political message which the song of the same title in the album suggests and the leader Shin really tries to accomplish. The possibility of the double-edged remark is prominent.
    • N.EX.T's fifth album, produced entirely by Shin Hae Chul, is a two-disc opus with two distinct themes. Disc one, "The Book of War," is packed with hard-hitting, angry, and political themes. Disc two, "The Diary of a Soldier," is filled with introspective and melodic themes. The album also has a bonus 56 page color booklet.
  • GUILTY GEAR XX #RELOAD Korean Version Original Sound Track (2003)
  • 4집 - Lazenca : A Space Rock Opera (1997)
  • R.U. Ready? - The First Fan Service : Concert Album (1997)
  • Here I Stand For You (Single) (1997)
  • N.EX.T is Alive - World Live Concert Album (1996)
  • 3집 - The Return of N.EX.T Part 2 - World (1996)
  • The Being Live Concert Album Chapter 2 (1995)
  • The Being Live Concert Album Chapter 1 (1995)
  • 2집 - The Return of N.EX.T Part 1 - The Being (1994)
  • 1집 - Home (1992)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.wptv.com/dpp/news/local_news/water_cooler/psy-dear-america-lyrics-video-audio-anti-american-song-leads-to-gangnam-style-artists-apology

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