BFN’s First Single: DOOM
Black Gene for the Next Scene’s first maxi-single, DOOM, was released on January 11. Featuring Rame (ex-Vidoll) on bass, BFN retain some of Vidoll’s trademark sound while swiftly establishing themselves as a fresh and unique band in their own right.
“DOOM” begins calmly enough, but soon erupts into a pounding, fast tune, with vocalist Ice half rapping his way through the first verse to keep up with guitarist Toki’s riffs. Ice has a distinct, deep voice and it is soon on display as “DOOM” hits its bridge and chorus line. Various vocal techniques really make the song, although Rame and drummer Sala give “DOOM” its power and keep it moving.
“DistRhyme” has a quieter start, but quickly falls into the same frantic rhythm as “DOOM” before the stripped down combination of Ice’s low vocals and Rame’s bass fill the speakers. The chorus lines are lighter, thanks to some soaring backing vocals, and Ice is again given the opportunity to display his ability to rapidly fire through the lyrics as the track progresses.
“DOOM” is available in three formats, and each format has a different third track. For Type B, the third song is “A-jest” which again displays the smooth, deep vocals and rapid guitar work of the previous two tracks. There is a softer guitar riff that runs behind the verses, however, and it suggests a variety in BFN’s sound that hasn’t been heard so far. The third track on Type C is “Thirsty”, and this opens with a thumping beat and a neat-but-all-too-short bass line from Rame. The chorus line of “Thirsty” is catchy and gentle, and likely to remain with you long after the song itself is finished.
DOOM is a strong statement of intent for a new band looking to both establish themselves in the visual kei scene and move forward. Vidoll comparisons are inevitable, but from this maxi-single alone it appears that Black Gene for the Next Scene are more than capable of being new and fresh.
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