N.EX.T

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N.EX.T
Origin Seoul, South Korea
Genres
Years active 1992-1997, 2003-2014
Labels Danal Entertainment
Past members
  • Shin Hae-chul
  • Jeong Gi-song
  • Lee Dong-gyu
  • Im Chang-su
  • Lee Su-yong
  • Kim Se-hwang
  • Kim Yeong-seok
  • Won San-guk
  • Devin Lee
  • Dr. Juny
  • Dong Hyeok
  • Ji Hyeon-su
  • Yun Te-ra
  • Jade
  • Kim Dan

N.EX.T (Hangul: 넥스트; abbreviation for New EXperiment Team) was a South Korean rock band known for its provocative songs that critiqued social injustice.[1] The band was formed by iconic Korean experimental rock singer Shin Hae-chul and debuted in 1992 with the album Home.[2] N.EX.T went through several line-up changes over the years and has been inactive since Shin's death in 2014.[3][1]

History[edit]

N.EX.T (New EXperiment Team) was the band of singer/songwriter 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.

In 2014, group leader Shin Haechul passed away after poor medical treatment for cardiac arrest, since then, N.EX.T has been considered to be on hiatus.

Themes[edit]

N.EX.T's songs contain many cultural criticisms, with "Turn Off the T.V." and "Money" pointing to mediation and consumerism. 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.

Members[edit]

N.EX.T went through multiple line-up changes between 1992 and 2014.[2]

  • Shin Hae-chul (1992-2014) - vocals
  • Jeong Gi-song (1992) - guitar
  • Lee Dong-gyu (1992-1994) - drums, bass guitar
  • Im Chang-su (1994) - guitar
  • Lee Su-yong (1994-1997, 2006) - drums
  • Kim Se-hwang (1995-1997, 2005-2014) - guitar
  • Kim Yeong-seok (1995-1997, 2006) - bass guitar
  • Won San-guk (2003-2005) - bass guitar
  • Devin Lee (2003-2006) - guitar
  • Dr. Juny (2003-2005) - drums
  • Dong Hyeok (2003-2005) - keyboard
  • Ji Hyeon-su (2006-2014) - keyboard
  • Yun Te-ra (2007-2008) - drums
  • Jade (2007-2014) - bass guitar
  • Kim Dan (2008-2014) - drums

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions Sales
KOR
[4]
Home
  • Released: 1992
  • Label: Jigu Inc., Danal Entertainment
N/A N/A
The Return of N.EX.T PART I: The Being
  • Released: 1994
  • Label: Danal Entertainment
The Return of N·EX·T Part II: The World
  • Released: September 15, 1995
  • Label: Daeyoung AV Co., Ltd., Danal Entertainment
Lazenca (A Space Rock Opera)
  • Released: November 30, 1997
  • Label: Bugs
The Return Of N.EX.T Part III: Republic of Korea
  • Released: June 16, 2004
  • Label: Sony Music Entertainment (Korea) Inc.
6
  • KOR: 39,639+[5]
Regame
  • Released: February 23, 2006
  • Label: Sony Music Entertainment (Korea) Inc.
15
  • KOR: 9,874+[6]
666 Trilogy Part I
  • Released: December 9, 2008
  • Label: OGAM Entertainment
N/A N/A

Compilation and live albums[edit]

Title Album details
Live Concert Chapter 1
  • Released: May 25, 1995
  • Label: Danal Entertainment
Live Concert Chapter 12
  • Released: May 25, 1995
  • Label: Danal Entertainment
N.EX.T Is Alive
  • Released: February 1, 1996
  • Label: Daeyoung AV Co., Ltd., Danal Entertainment
The First Fan Service: Live 2
  • Released: August 1998
  • Label: EMI Records, Bugs

Soundtrack albums[edit]

Title Album details
We Must Go To Apgujung-Dong On Windy Days
  • Released: 1993
  • Label: Danal Entertainment

Singles[edit]

Title Year Peak chart
positions
Sales Album
KOR
"Here I Stand For You" 1997 N/A N/A Here I Stand For You single album
"I Want It All (Demo 0.7)" 2014 N/A Non-album single
"—" denotes releases that did not chart.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "N.EX.T (넥스트)". KBS World Radio. Retrieved 2018-01-31. 
  2. ^ a b "넥스트 소개" [N.EX.T Profile]. Mnet (in Korean). Retrieved 2018-01-31. 
  3. ^ "Singer Shin Hae-chul Dead at 46". The Chosun Ilbo. 2014-10-28. Retrieved 2018-01-31. 
  4. ^ "K-Pop Record Sales". Music Industry Association of Korea (in Korean). Archived from the original on 2009-02-19. Retrieved 2018-02-01. 
  5. ^ "8월 국내음반 판매량집계" [August Korean Record Sales Data]. Music Industry Association of Korea (in Korean). September 2004. Archived from the original on 2009-02-05. Retrieved 2018-02-01. 
  6. ^ "3월 가요음반 판매량집계" [March Korean Record Sales Data]. Music Industry Association of Korea (in Korean). March 2006. Archived from the original on 2009-05-18. Retrieved 2018-02-01.