It will be their first in over a year to feature the group with ninth member Lay.
K-pop boy band EXO will return with a fifth album next month. Don’t Mess Up My Tempo will be released on Nov. 2, more than a year after their fourth LP, The War from July 2017, and it’s September reissue The War: The Power of Music, and just under a year since last December’s seasonal release Universe.
Don’t Mess Up My Tempo will feature EXO as a nine-member act, with Chinese member Lay returning to participate in a group album for the first time since 2016’s For Life winter release. According to a tweet from the group’s official account, he filmed for the single’s music video and participated in the Chinese music for the album.
The group teased the upcoming album with gritty motorcycle-themed photos featuring EXO’s eight Korean members, sans Lay. One picture reveals that the album will feature 11 songs, including a Chinese version of the first track, ostensibly the single, "Tempo." The images are referred to on social media using classical music tempo speeds, such as allegretto and moderato.