VAMPS are smashing their way through Japan like Godzilla and now are happily causing chaos everywhere else they land. Whatever it is these guys are doing, they are doing it right because people can’t get enough of them. For some of you though you may be new to this phenomena so lets go on a journey together, a journey into Sex, Blood and Rock n Roll.
I have been struggling to try and find a comparison between VAMPS and other bands you may be slightly more familiar with but it is honestly a difficult thing to do, being the professional I am though, I’ll try. I suppose the biggest comparison I can make is with HIM, similar energy and direction but with a lot less melancholy. They seem to be attracting a similar audience this side of the water too but they tend to venture out from that sound and attack other directions, there’s a little bit of everything here, from Hinder to Theory of a Deadman and so on. I hope that helped, if it didn’t then just buy the fucking album and make up your own mind!
The quality on this album is really on another level, when you take into account all preconceptions about Japanese bands and the overall look these guys are sporting you’d be forgiven for thinking you were about to listen to some neo-punk, bondage covered Manson band, but you’d be very wrong. This is a rock album, a proper rock album, with lyrics that make sense, a definite message, a backing track that gets you pumping and 13 songs that never leave you disappointed.
There’s an element of Goth interlaced with the proper rock anthems but it’s an Ozzy goth rather than an Adams Family Goth. You can clearly hear the influences in every track and if the bands you can hear coming through are the bands in the guys CD players then they can’t go wrong. Many will try and compare VAMPS to their American counterparts such as the ridiculous Black Veil Brides but thankfully they leave those painted tossers mincing in the background.
For stand out tracks I’d have to go with Revolution and one for the ladies will definitely be Sweet Dreams, you might even enjoy the classy cover of Life on Mars (Bowie). I implore you to look past your preconceptions and give this great album a listen as soon as you can. Album is available from all good stockists and you can find out more about the band on their website.