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CHANGE TO CHANCE
Grow Test Kracken
Namida-kHZ
DOOM

24th July 2013
CHANGE TO CHANCE
Written by Rachel Yarwood
Listening to Black Gene For The Next Scene's newest single "CHANGE TO CHANCE" you realise that you can never feel disappointed with their single releases.
"CHANGE TO CHANCE" opens with another bout of electronica to get your pulses racing, followed by a pacey drum beat from Sala and high rock energy. The song is catchy and fast paced and the vocals from ICE again have that wonderful mixture of vocaloid and singing. 
The guitar work is equally as catchy and the instrumental, plus the guitar solo from Toki, bring the pace of "CHANGE TO CHANCE" to a climatic point. The song then reverts back to the electronica element again but this time with more melody and more power behind it that will bring back that initial enthusiasm you most certainly will have felt when the song first opened. 
There is a very good atmosphere with "CHANGE TO CHANCE". It is fun to listen to and the quality is just as exceptional as the other releases we have heard from the band this year so far. 
The b-side, "feel guilty", is another highly energetic track however the tone of this track is a lot darker than "CHANGE TO CHANCE" especially with the grind of the guitar work, the powerful underlying bass rhythm from Rame and the deep emotional vocals. 
The synthesiser used for "feel guilty" also gives off this more serious sound rather than the melodic dance tone that we had with the title track. 
"CHANGE TO CHANCE" will be released officially on the 24th of July and will come in two editions in total. 
Both editions will be Limited Editions and will feature the same two tracks, "CHANGE TO CHANCE" and "feel guilty" on the CD disk. The bonus DVDs that come with these two editions will differ slightly. The Limited A Edition will feature nine pieces of footage from their live show at Shinjuku BLAZE earlier this year, whereas the Limited B Edition will only feature seven pieces of live footage. 


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Grow Test Kracken
Written by Rachel Yarwood
"Grow Test Kraken", released on the 14th of November by Black Gene For The Next Scene, when you prepare yourself for what you are buying seems slightly disappointing. Especially so when you think of how much things cost to ship them in from Japan, there is only technically one song on the release, and the fact that the only difference between the two releases is the front cover of the CD.
On the other hand, setting this rather selfish point aside, what you do get with this single should be more than enough to quench your thirsts... for at least until the new year anyway.
"Grow Test Kraken" opens with an interesting electronic rock instrumental. There are some really edgy melodies that pop up occasionally as well which keeps the interest flowing and combined with an industrial sounding drum beat this track is a rather good start to the single.
The main track on the release probably doesn't begin like you would first imagine it would. The instrumental leads quite smoothly into this track with the drone of perhaps an engine turbine, but then as this ceases, the tempo slows and Ice begins with beautiful vocals deep in tone and melody.
However about twenty seconds in, this too is cut short by a sudden thundering drum beat and Ice switches his dramatic melodic vocals for a more thrash-punk sound and throws in a few growls for good measure. 
The chorus again changes in sound and vocals, the sound becomes more of an anthem rock song with an added contribution of synthesizer as well, whereas Ice maintains a little bit of that feisty undertone with a slight rasp of a growl that comes through now and again between his singing.
You do start to realize, as the chorus leads into an early bridge, that the structure of this song is perhaps not what you would call standard and the couple of genres that have already collided are set to become a few. 
Toki first leads the way with a build up on guitar, supported by the rhythm instruments, and Ice on vocals. The guitar then comes to a climax before fading out and as Ice returns he is now using a vocals with a much sweeter sound, highlighted even further with a background of twinkling melodies, and a single beat of Sala's kick drum. 
The next part hears Rame's bass then picking up, this time much more prominently than it has been through out the track so far, and along with a techno and rather dance-like synthesizer addition they both complete this section of the track together. 
"Grow Test Kraken" ends with a reminder of what we heard secondly, with the punk and anthem style chorus, before drawing to a final close with the some last bass notes and a couple of growls. 
The different elements going on in this track would probably put a lot of people off and at first listen you might find it rather odd. On the other you might decide that these peculiarities have worked and really appreciate what they have put in (albeit one song) to this release. 
"Grow Test Kraken" will come in two editions in total; Limited Edition A and Limited Edition B. Both will come with the same two tracks but will feature different covering artwork and a randomly selected trading card of one of the band members. 


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Namida-kHZ
Written by Rachel Yarwood
Black Gene For The Next Scene formed late last year and consists of members Ice (Vocals), Rame (Bass), Toki (Guitar) and Sala (Drums). "Namida kHz" is only their second single release but already they seem to be receiving enough attention to release this in not just two or three editions, but five.
"Naminda kHz" begins with a decent beat and a sweet, dance style sound which is then taken up a gear as the other instruments swiftly follow. The guitar and the bass enter, along with some electro melodies, to add some more consistency that builds up to become a rather upbeat, bouncy and fun sounding track to dance along to. 
Vocalist Ice seems a little out of character now and again in the duration of the first verses of this track, seemingly a little rough around the edges, though perhaps this is just one characteristic of his singing style that will just need a few listens to before getting used to it. 
Indeed, as the chorus comes into swing, Ice leads a countdown and "Namida kHz" becomes less jaunty and more of your standard heavy rock song. Ice doesn't quite rap the lyrics for this first section of the chorus, but tastefully shouts them, an element which works really well. Don’t be shocked if find yourself shouting along to it. 
The chorus itself is possibly one of the main highlights of this track. With the first part being heavier but still catchy enough to evoke an actual vocal response, and then the second part with more of a melodic bounce, together they make this easily likeable. 
The second song, "Fear Dance", is a lot heavier and a slight shock to the system after the first track. 
"Fear Dance", with an increased amount of growls and screams, deeper rhythms from the bass and equally dark grinding melodies of the guitar, along with electro and vocal distortion, makes this a particularly hard song to place in any sort of category or genre.
The end of this song surprises also. Black Gene For The Next Scene have used a fading out effect that couldn't seem any more weirder if it tried. It would have been more fitting perhaps to have had an explosive or abrupt ending to compliment the heavier and 'screamo' rock quality rather than fade out on what could have been a great guitar riff. 
As mentioned earlier, Black Gene For The Next Scene are releasing this single on the 11th of July in five different editions, and perhaps being overly optimistic have offered a special DVD addition which will feature a message from one member of the band of your choice if you purchase all five. 
The two Limited Editions (Type A and Type B) will feature "Namida kHz" and "Fear Dance" plus a bonus dvd including either the music video to "Namida kHz" or live footage from their show last year. The Regular Editions (Type A, B and C) feature the tracks "Namida kHz" plus a third extra track which are "My Ugly Gene" (Type A), "Yojigen Mushroom" (Type B) and "Revival" (Type C).

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DOOM
Written by Kacey Woodham
'DOOM’ starts us off with an interesting techno synth opening, with an easy going starting point that leads us straight into hard drums and bass with matching short bursts of guitars to liven the song instantly.  There is a very safe vibe so early on that could be either cautious or clever.  Ice brings a pleasant vocal of a more spoken taste for the verse, the guitars lesser here in a way that works well and there being more focus of the steady drumming and some background plucking can be caught before the interlude to the song changes the atmosphere entirely.
This is where the instruments reduce to a more mysterious tempo, which enhances the surprising voice that comes from Ice, a deep and slightly alluring sound comes from him and the very subtle screeching and growls back that unusual section just before the chorus.
Of course the chorus doesn't disappoint those interesting in a hard beat and a good show of guitar skills as the pace rises while the vocals show off some more of their diversity with rich guitars and subtle bass. 
The second verse seems more intense than the first, those rough almost spoken lyrics being forced out slightly with the increasing drumming pace and there’s a more noticeable haste in the song.  That same interlude comes in and it feels almost disappointing that this section isn't a touch longer, as the chorus comes in again before a sudden drum solo, which isn't often found in recorded songs. A well awaited guitar solo comes next and it is pleasant to get a firmer grasp of the talent of Toki who had been almost lost in the song, but he doesn't disappoint with a tasteful guitar solo, followed by Rame with his own moment in the lime light. The song giving each member a chance, in turn, to show just what they can do.
Ice times in with whispers before belting out a smooth growl, before it deepens and his voice returns to that appealing singing of the chorus just before it is repeated twice more.  The song ends with increasing pace before the music of the introduction returns and lingering guitars are all that is left.
The overall feel of this song is catchy and it can appeal to a wide range of fans.  With three types to the release of ‘DOOM’ you can pick up Type A, which is the limited edition with promotional video and the tracks 1.DOOM 2. DistRhyme.  Type B comes with three songs, the same a Type A but with the addition of 3.A-jest and Type C, the addition of 3.Thirsty.