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VIXX emerges as seductive Greek gods in 'Kratos'

All Headlines 18:24 October 31, 2016

By Chung Joo-won

SEOUL, Oct. 31 (Yonhap) -- South Korean boy band VIXX on Monday vowed to show off "seductive masculinity" with its latest EP by taking cues from Greek mythology.

"For 'Kratos' we wanted to portray men of seductive masculinity in uniform, who allure their lover," said VIXX's rapper Ravi during a media showcase in eastern Seoul for the group's third and latest EP "Kratos."

The album, out earlier in the day, is the last of the group's trilogy project "VIXX 2016 Conception," following the previous two EPs "Zelos" and "Hades."

Dressed in black satiny suits decorated with European-style golden orders of merit, the K-pop idols appeared on the stage, with their eyes covered with black lace bandages.

Greek mythology is a popular concept for K-pop boy groups that comes with a side effect: since the look is so strong, it makes their next image change have less impact.

Another member, N, however, dismissed such concerns, pointing out that the concept results from a myriad of ideas that the members put together.

He said, "On many occasions, we talk about what concept we could come up with for our next look -- We even talked about extreme concepts like Tarzans and zombies."

VIXX performs "The Closer," the lead single of its latest EP "Kratos," in a media showcase held in eastern Seoul on Oct. 31, 2016. (Yonhap)

The group performed two songs, including the lead single "The Closer" and "Desperate" from the five-song EP, during the media event.

Of the five songs, the members labeled the lead song "The Closer" as covering new ground for VIXX as it is sleek and seductive. Composed by Korean producing team Devine Channel, with songwriters Lim Gwang-wook and Ryan Kim, who also wrote "Fantasy," the lead single of an earlier album in the Greek myth trilogy. Wildabeast and Choi Young-joon collaborated on the choreography.

"Desperate," on the other hand, fully embraced VIXX's trademark image of rough and rebellious.

"I think the strength of VIXX comes from its will to change and a sophisticated performance. You won't be disappointed," said Leo.


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