The next review that I am catching up on is MCND’s debut track. For those who don’t know, MCND is a newly formed male group that hails from TOP Media (the home of Teen Top, 100% and UP10TION). MCND previously released a pre-debut single (TOP GANG) earlier in the year with just five members (Castle J, BIC, Minjae, Huijin and Win), with the supposed addition of a sixth member, Yechan, once he returns to the company from 1THE9 promotions. But it seems like that plan isn’t going ahead, as the group proceeded with the five member lineup for their debut. The group made their debut last week with Ice Age as the main title track.
One of the main comments I made about the group’s pre-debut single was that there was a strong bias towards the group’s rap line due to the hip-hop heavy nature of the song. This left very limited material for an introduction from the vocal line. Ice Age seems to step in the right direction for this comeback, with a more vocal moments. To be precise, it was more of a rap-sing type of delivery during the verses, while the pre-chorus handled the actual vocal work. But still a much larger teaser to that side of the group in this song. The rapping, once again, has good momentum and helped give the song a loaded sound, despite the instrumental being a lot more tame than compared to TOP GANG. I find the chorus to be okay. I can see that it might catch on, thanks to its rough exterior but catchy repetition. There was also a sense of attitude, which I liked. But what I definitely wanted was some sort of melody, which would have helped the song be more attractive and appealing.
If they were looking to portray the ice age in their music video, they I think they did a very good job. There seems to be a cold-like vibe coming from the visuals of the music video. They managed to warm it up through the music, but the presence of ice and snow in the video tells us otherwise. And talking about presence of ice and snow, look at how white the video was. It helped make the colours pop and I thought that this was interesting. I thought the post-production of the video was good and their closeups made them look very charismatic in my opinion. Overall, good music video.
I thought the choreography for this comeback was definitely a strong one. The energy that they managed to pack into the chorus made it look very cool. There was also a smooth flow to the performance, which I liked. The first pre-chorus is evident of this, with the two members interacting with one another in dance in a way that I don’t remember seeing ever before in KPOP.
Song – 7/10
Music Video – 8/10
Performance – 8/10
Overall Rating – 7.5/10