VAMPS – Bloodsuckers


The world of rock and metal from Japan is one that, by and large, has passed the majority of us by until very recently. With the rise to prominence of Crossfaith, Dir en Grey and Sabbat and the quite extraordinary explosion of Babymetal, the genre developed in the Orient is in a much brighter spotlight todayThe world of rock and metal from Japan is one that, by and large, has passed the majority of us by until very recently. With the rise to prominence of Crossfaith, Dir en Grey and Sabbat and the quite extraordinary explosion of Babymetal, the genre developed in the Orient is in a much brighter spotlight today than it has ever been before. One of the more obscure bands to come out of the East are duo VAMPS, who are releasing fourth album ‘Bloodsuckers’ at the end of this month via Spinefarm Records, almost five months after it was released in their native country. As with many bands who have found success outside of their mother country, the majority of the album is sung in English, but in true Japanese culture it’s a very schizophrenic affair; whilst Zero has guitar hooks that wouldn’t be out of place on a U2 album, following track Lips infuses Papa Roach-style riffs and techno pop in a heavy rock moshathon. All the songs share one thing in common, though; they’ve been built for arenas and stadiums. From the driving anthem of Ahead through to the power of Japanese-sung ballad Vampire’s Love, the duo of Hyde and K.A.Z have written and composed these […]

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