Just in time for Halloween, Monsta X are back “walking like zombies” in their new single “Shoot Out.” The lead single off of their newly-released Take.1 Are You There?, both the song and the LP were released today (Oct. 22), over half a year since their last Korean album, March’s The Connect: Dejavu, was released.
An experiential dance track that incorporates rock, future bass, and trap elements, “Shoot Out” starts softly, with the sound of someone taking a deep breath, but quickly takes aim at its aggressive melody through pounding bass and roaring riffs. “Walker/growling” chants lead off the track from the get-go before making way for Jooheon and I.M.’s opening raps, the former of which references zombies. The song’s impactful sound tones down minimally but never fades out entirely as Monsta X’s vocalists take up their verses over pulsating beats and sweet synths, and returns in full force with each chorus as Kihyun and Wonho sing the titular “shoot out” hook repeatedly.
“Shoot Out” was released alongside a dramatically-shot video that sees the seven clad predominantly in black and puts an emphasis on their forceful choreography. It intersperses group shots with solo scenes, showing the members interacting with weaponry, handcuffs, barbed wire and other contraband items as they sing about fate. A sense of luxurious sensuality permeates through the video, which uses tarot cards to allude to the septet’s members representing Christianity’s seven deadly sins.
The new single leads Take.1 Are You There?, Monsta X’s second full-length album. According to a statement from the band’s team, the album is meant to reflect “Light and Dark, Good and Evil, Life and Death, and everything on the border.” Along with nine brand new songs, several of which were co-written by members, the Are You There? also features a new, Korean version of “Spotlight,” which was released in Japanese in January and peaked at No. 2 on the Japan Hot 100 chart dated Feb. 10.
Monsta X will be performing Stateside at multiple iHeart Radio Jingle Ball events in November and December, beginning on Nov. 30 at the 102.7 KIIS FM Los Angeles event and ending at the Q102 Philadelphia-area show on Dec. 5.
Watch the music video for Monsta X’s “Shoot Out” and stream the new album below.