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Recommended to anyone who likes good, straightforward Rock music with a Goth edge.

I really didn't know quite what to expect from this one. Vamps (JPN) are a Japanese band, (no shit), who have re-recorded their best songs in English in an attempt to friendly up their output for us lazy non-Japanese people. Expectations say it should be mad and a bit awful... except that it isn't.

Vocalist Hyde and guitarist K.A.Z. are anything but poor as is evidenced by the quite stunning opening track 'Devil Side'; a fast, melodic song that melds together the best parts of Metal and modern Indie music (and a sprinkle of U2), with the result immediately likeable for fans of either. As this a compilation of the band's previous albums it's no surprise that the style varies and although it's all heavy as buggery, Vamps skate alongside Techno Rock ('Revolution II'), My Chemical Romance ('Angel Trip') and just plain bad ('Life On Mars').

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The latter cover, which is pretty awful, is preceded by a rather wet and uninspired ballad, 'Sweet Dreams' and to be honest the later ballad 'My First Last' is also rather dull. That said there's a lot to like about all the other tracks with loads of energy all over the place.

Vamps (JPN) certainly do a good job of playing with the big boys of Goth Punk, delivering a good few powerhouse tracks that could be played in clubs anywhere in the world. The ballads aren't to my own taste and the Bowie cover should have been left back in Japan, but even with these I can still recommend this album to anyone who likes good, straightforward Rock music with a Goth edge.

Alan Holloway

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