By: Callum (CJ) Lavender
Label: Spinefarm Records
Available: 24th March 2015
Official Website: http://www.vampsxxx.com/
Oh I so do love Japanese music… and the video games… and the cartoons… and the women… and all of the culture really. So imagine my excitement when I get sent this. I’ve actually come across this band before during the days of working for Vbnav radio. My friends and I were doing a Japanese band special and a Vamps song is one of the songs a friend asked me to play and it was quite good. I can’t wait to see his reaction when he reads this. While we’re on the topic the other friend, he will kill me if I don’t randomly mention the band Falcom JDK here, because, well reasons.
There’s no one song in particular that I enjoyed more than the other. I think that listening to any song here will give everyone an insight to what this band and album is going to be about. I also think that this album needs to be listened to in its entirety.
The things that I like the most about this album starts with the opening track, it is a simple but great opening. The entire album consists of many modern dark synth rock ideas all fused together. The best thing about the album is the pacing; the chord progression, riffs and time signatures just do not stop. All through the album it keeps building and building and you wonder what is it building to. Half way through it stops the build up with a great rock balled and then it starts the build up all over again. Most of the lyrics are done in English but there are a few Japanese ones as well, which is cool. Also the coverart is a great piece of artwork and what you would expect from a band like this.
I can’t really think of anything that I don’t like about this album. Except that I wasn’t instantly hooked. In my opinion I think it is one of those albums where you have to listen to it more than once in order to fully enjoy and appreciate it. As well as listening to every song from start to finish which I believe is the intention.
You want to know something that is both funny and tragic at the same time? When you tell pre-teens about this band they’re most likely going to think that you mean the crappy pop boy band ‘The Vamps’, then when you play this to them they’re probably going to shoot it down. It’s a real shame because this is the band that they should be listening to because it is real music that has been created. Oh well, their loss. As for me I am happy to give my first perfect rating of 2015. Not because I am a bias fan of all things Japanese but because it deserves it. Do yourselves a favor a buy this when it comes out… and maybe play it to the kids to educate them.