ENHYPEN’s suite of albums details the septet’s journey to becoming an arena-filling boy band with four Billboard 200 entries in just two and a half years. The results speak to the connections K-pop stars have forged with their fans, bringing them magical musical experiences with their latest releases.
Rather than drawing inspiration directly from their work and personal lives, the up-and-coming K-Pop stars draw inspiration from meeting their fans (affectionately known as ENGENE) during their careers. manifest world tour To provide a high emotional experience dark bloodentered 14th place on the World Albums chart last week and is expected to garner a lot of attention on the Billboard 200 next week following the release of the physical album last Friday, June 2nd.
“Previous albums have been primarily influenced by our personal experiences, dark blood Taking the experience and emotions of meeting fans face-to-face through the tour one step further, we are incorporating fantasy-like elements to enhance the enjoyment of both ENGENE and listeners,” explained the group leader. Jung Won.
The 6-song EP is inspired by ENHYPEN’s fantasy novel/webtoon series Darkmoon: Altar of Blood, starring a vampire character inspired by the seven members of the group. The press release describes it as “a new roadmap for K-pop.” dark blood Expand ENHYPEN’s growing creative world and IP into the world of music, visuals and dance.
“It’s really nice to see ENGENE completely hooked.” Darkmoon: Altar of Blood And I really enjoy the story.” Jake reflect. “There are many connections between webtoons and our albums, so paying attention to these aspects should make the listening experience more enjoyable.”
Snoo He added, “It was really cool to see characters modeled after us and it felt like we were actual characters in a webtoon. We don’t have experiences like this very often, so we wanted to tie that into the album.” It was a fun and refreshing opportunity for us to be able to bring something new.”
as a new experience dark blood While chronicling ENHYPEN’s career, the band spends time remembering where they started.
To celebrate the release of the EP, ENHYPEN held a ‘Special Showcase’ concert for fans in Seoul, performing the boy band contest show theme song ‘Into the I-Land’. island That eventually made the group. Along with new single “Bite Me” and track “Bills” and “Karma”, this performance reminds ENHYPEN that they appreciate the ENGENEs who have been with them since the beginning as much as the ENGENEs who are with them today. became a thing.
“This was a very special performance that reminded us all to keep our feet on the ground and remember where we came from.” Ni-ki say before Sung Hoon He added, “We knew how much our ENGENE wanted to play this song live, so we prepared this song especially for them. similar.”
ENHYPEN will continue to give back to fans for future activities. FATE World TourIt will open in Seoul next month and land in the mainland United States in October.meanwhile the men say signboard They’re working hard to prepare for their biggest show yet, keeping an eye on which songs their fans are using across their accounts. “
“I’m a frequent participant on social channels, so it’s really fun to see how our music is received, not just by our fans, but by a wider audience,” says Jake. Say. “It’s been fun and rewarding to see our fans take part in our challenges and create their own content with our music.”
Ni-ki always says: “We are planning to start our second world tour ‘Fate’ in Seoul in July this year, and we will continue to host dome concerts in Japan, and the entire US tour will include stadium venues. I’m really looking forward to seeing many ENGENE gather together.I’ll do my best to prepare, so please look forward to it!”
Read on for ENHYPEN’s full track-by-track breakdown. dark moon It includes studio stories and song impressions.
Jung Won: “Fate” that is the basis of the story dark blood. Through our narration and vocals, this track tells the story of a cursed boy and how he comes to understand his destiny.captures the essence dark blood In a nutshell.
Jay: [Recording this song] It was the first time I narrated in Korean, so it was memorable.
Jung Won: I have found that narrating requires even more concentration than recording a song. So I remember turning off all the lights and closing my eyes when recording my parts. That allowed me to fully immerse myself in expressing the emotions I wanted.
Jake: As the opening track for this album, the song sets the tone and atmosphere for the upcoming songs. If you listen to the album as a whole, you’ll notice that each song is intricately connected, especially “Bite Me,” which seamlessly follows “Fate.”
Snoo: Starting with this 4th mini-album, ENHYPEN will reach new heights and achieve even greater achievements. Let’s realize our “destiny” together!
“Sacrifice (Eat Me Up)”
Snoo: As you can see from the title, this song promises ultimate sacrifice and devotion to fate. It really captures the identity of the album as a whole and what we wanted to portray. We hope you love it as much as we do.
Jung Won: I thought I was the main character of the song, and sang it to express it to the fullest.
NI-KI: I really liked the bass in the bridge. A bit of her TMI, not necessarily the recording, but I found the choreography on this song pretty challenging.
Snoo: Since I was in charge of opening the song, I definitely felt the pressure to create the right atmosphere. But I am really happy and satisfied with the result.
Jake: Personally, this song reminds me of “FEVER”. I think both songs have a riveting R&B vibe that draws you in.
Sung Hoon: I think the vampire’s dark and seductive features go really well with the group’s unique color scheme, ENHYPEN.many aspects of dark blood Taking inspiration from that, “Sacrifice (Eat Me Up)” is about sacrificing one’s destiny, so I think listeners will feel the same vibe as “Bite Me”. increase.
: Sung Hoon: “Chaconne” is my favorite song because it has a good melody. “Chaconne” was born in the 17th and 18th centuries, and is said to be “the music that brings the dead back to life.” True to its meaning, our song has a dark atmosphere and tells the story of a boy who is completely obsessed with himself and his dance, and ultimately faces ruin.
Snoo: This song has a lot of bass, so I practiced a lot before recording.
Hisun: And I tried to bring more of my vocal color into this track to make it more dynamic.
Sung Hoon: I wrote the lyrics for this song and it wasn’t included in the final version, but I fell in love with the melody right away and I remember being so excited going into the recording.
NI-KI: It’s well known within the group that HEESEUNG and JAKE’s favorite genre is hip-hop, and I also like listening to hip-hop music. [soulful hip-hop feel of “Chaconne.”]
Hisun: “Hitman” van [Si-hyuk] You take the creative lead on the album, which is basically a collaborative process between the members as well as the many producers and studio directors. He guides the direction of each of our albums and definitely plays a role in our growth as artists.
Jake: It’s one of my favorite songs on the album because it’s easy to listen to.
Snoo: I like it because it feels light and refreshing.
NI-KI: It’s a great track and very catchy.
Hisun: While the song is essentially a love song that reflects the feelings of a breakup, “Bills” is a metaphor for the regret and the price to pay after letting someone you love go.
Hisun: I was in the studio for less than two days on this track, but felt very comfortable throughout. It was a track that suited my voice, so I think the recording went smoothly.
Sung Hoon: I remember trying not to make this track too ballady, but rather to reflect that vibe.
Snoo: During the recording, I focused on the meaning of the lyrics and tried my best to be the main character of the song.
Jung Won: I think it’s the biggest “claim” ever [as ENHYPEN] It was for custom mics and in-ears.
Snoo: With so many members and staff, going out to eat together can cost a lot of money.
Jung Won: “Karma” and “Bills” are my two favorite songs on the album, but if I had to choose one, I would choose “Karma” because of its fun performance aspect.
Jay: My favorite song is “Karma”. It features a cool and refreshing sound. This is a song that tells listeners to never forget the people who are connected by fate from a previous life. For us, ENGENE is destiny and this energetic track is meant to make us sing together and feel connected.
Jung Won: The thought of playing this song in concert made the recording process even more intense. Imagining singing with ENGENE in the studio, I couldn’t stop smiling.
Hisun: It’s a song that cheers you up, so the recording was fun and lighthearted.
JAY: The tension was pretty high throughout the recording process, to match the energy of the track.
Jake: I remember having the most fun recording this song.
Sung Hoon: I recorded it while reflecting the sound and atmosphere of rock in my voice.
Jung Won: And I believe in karma. I believe that good things come to those who do good things.
Jake: Do you think I believe that to some extent?
NI-KI: I believe in it. I think you can achieve good with good intentions, just like Jongwon.