VIXX Return to the Dark Side With 'Chained Up'

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Most recently, VIXX traded in their darker cyborg and vampire boy-band concepts for the bright "Love Equation" single. The sextet dabble back in the dark side with their new single "Chained Up," but do so while playing with some lighter elements.

The band say they're "Chained Up" to a girl in the song lyrics. It evokes slightly dark-and-sexy images of bondage or BDSM here, but they're tempered for K-pop standards by the boys saying they're so in love they wouldn't leave if they could. That dark-and-sexy style is further flirted with on the verses, which are mostly sang through spooky whispers and growl-heavy raps over the punchy synth-pop production.

The music video stays in a similar style as, in one scene for example, the boys perform choreography in all-white suits with leather chokers around their necks in a warehouse. The video continues to mix light and dark elements here (neon lighting, black suits, boxes filled with flowers, Ken's wrists being handcuffed, etc.) in what is probably VIXX's most visually stunning vid to date -- sitting nicely alongside videos like "Eternity" and "Error." 

"Chained Up" is the title track from VIXX's second full-length album, which bows at No. 3 on Billboard's World Albums chart this week -- tying the band's best ranking yet after 2014's Error also hit No. 3 in November. The LP includes the aforementioned past singles along with a slew of new tracks including standouts like the old-school-R&B-leaning "Hot Enough," the euphoric "Spider" along with the seriously creepy intro track "Mistress."

You can listen to VIXX's Chained Up album on Spotify. Check out a highlight medley of its tracks below:

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