The Year in Review, Day 1
It’s the first day of a 23-day celebration, revisiting some of my best podcast episodes and writing from throughout the year! Today’s theme: ENHYPEN!
Here are my essays analyzing ENHYPEN’s musical universe!
“DARK BLOOD and ENHYPEN’s Humbling Journey”
“DARK BLOOD’s songs and videos are not vampire-themed for the sake of a trendy gimmick. This new era is not a superficial, sexy story. Vampires are merely the tool ENHYPEN use to demonstrate the high costs of immortality. If one feels like one’s time left on Earth is infinite, why wouldn’t one feel like everything is theirs for the taking?! Why wouldn’t one feel no obligation to build up good karma?! Why wouldn’t one disregard humans and see them as inferior?!
With immortality comes the realization that one is isolated from society in ways that reveal themselves to be curses more often than blessings. ENHYPEN learn to keep their egos in check, because true power comes from fighting for a legacy bigger than personal ambitions.”
“The Deeper Meaning Behind ENHYPEN’s Setlist”
“The ‘MANIFESTO’ live show told a story of realizations, and the ‘FATE’ live show told a related story about applying those realizations to the world around them. With time, determination, and a strong moral compass that keeps them aware of their obligation to help and connect with others (in other words, to serve as a metaphorical hyphen), ENHYPEN’s characters have learned they can handle whatever life has in store for them next.”
Here is my ENHYPEN concert review!
“ENHYPEN have a very specific musical style, both aesthetically and narratively. Their Webtoon characters in DARK MOON: THE BLOOD ALTAR are also their characters in their music videos, vampires and reincarnated knights. The story’s mix of gothic, mythological, Shakespearean, and supernatural sources of inspiration lends itself to a visual palette as dramatic and detailed as their auditory world’s. They took full advantage of their fascinating story’s potential. People did not have to know the full backstory to enjoy the show, but having that extra knowledge sure made the viewing experience more exciting!”
Here are some of my ENHYPEN-themed podcast episodes!
A two-part guide to their DARK BLOOD era
“ENHYPEN’s Epic Tales”
“‘DARK BLOOD’ Recap”
A guide to their ORANGE BLOOD era
A concert review and guide to their Webtoon, DARK MOON
And here are some of the ENHYPEN-themed bonus posts for paying subscribers (try a free trial here!)
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