VAMPS’ Celestial Journey

Earlier this month VAMPS showed the reaches of their dark side with the edgy yet classy and potentially controversial DEVIL SIDE. It seems they’ll be flying new colors with the release of ANGEL TRIP.

Angel Trip / VAMPS

06/09 ANGEL TRIP

Tracklist:

1.Angel Trip

2.Kyuketsu -Satsugai VAMPS ver.-

July 7th will see the release of their full-length album, and although the title has been announced, the tracklist and artwork are still under wraps. It seems we’ll be seeing a relapse into bad-boy-dom on July 7th when we go primeval for BEAST. The album will come with two alternate versions, Jacket A and Jacket B, and first-press comes with a poster. (Previously announced @here)
Beast / VAMPS

The band will also release a documentary book (note: this is not a photobook) titled KYUKETSUKI VAMPS DOCUMENT STORY 01. Priced at JPY 1905, for a collector’s item this is a steal. Complete details are still pending, but if you’re a VAMPS fan, keep your eye on this one. Books and items such as this tend to sell out fast, and are rarely available long-term.

Kyuketsuki VAMPS Document Story 01 / VAMPS


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More Trampy Vamps

Can you find Hyde and K.A.Z in this picture?

Seriously, VAMPS has been really busy lately. With the release of two singles, a DVD, gang cross-dressing and a world tour this summer and fall, you would think that the blood-sucking rocker duo had their hands full. But it seems that they’re really going to give it their all, and we will give them our all in the form of scraping every last penny out of our poor emaciated piggy-banks!

On July 7th, VAMPS will really top their recent activity with the crowning-glory of releases: a full-length album. The album will feature their new single (which comes out on Wednesday…) DEVIL SIDE. I’ve been noticing bands doing this increasingly often lately– for example abingdon boys school released the single (with no b-sides) From Dusk Till Dawn very shortly before the song appeared again on their full length album. This is highly suspicious, not to mention faintly annoying. I mean, at least spare us by not telling us that the single we just bought is going to appear on the album we’re right about to buy!

In any case, DEVIL SIDE is a good song (with an even better PV– just remember, Youtubers will be required to confirm their age when viewing…They’re still asking me, and it’s like…I mean…I’m not getting any younger, no need to remind me.), so even if you end up with 6 of it, how can you really complain, right?

The album will hit shelves (to reiterate) 7/7, for a healthy JPY 3,500 (tax in). Limited edition includes a DVD with PV footage (Okay, you can complain if the DEVIL SIDE PV appears on there.), and the first-press comes with a poster.

Who wants to be really trashy and start placing bets over whether the cover will feature a naked woman? (Just kidding…)

By the way, it was terrible of me and I shouldn’t have done it, I know. I just couldn’t resist. When I saw that image, with the caption Vamps Girls, and the color scheme that perfectly matches the image below— not to mention thematically, I had to do it. Come on, you actually looked for them when you read my caption….admit it!

The Perm: Round 4

I can’t believe I am seriously still finding these…On the news front, GACKT (forget prom-kings, he’s going to be crowned perm king 2010) straightened out his prominent perm for the Otoko Matsuri (I guess this hairstyle doesn’t exactly promote Samurai Spirit in the Japanese male population, does it?) and Nemuri project comments he made recently. The super-straight black hair is something you don’t see on him often, and, to be honest, it’s a little shocking. Not to say I think it should stick around or anything (it should go. Soon.), but the more I look at GACKT with the perm, the more I just get used to it. However, if anyone had the fortune to see GACKT’s CM for Wonda Coffee, then you will be well-aware that he sported the worst perm-like hairstyle ever for that video. This should cleanse the palate:

I think this style is quite cool

This round is Hyde (VAMPS, L’arc~En~Ciel) from 2009[?], a closer look at Karyu (D’espairsRay), and (strangely) a glimpse of Korean rapper Outsider.

These are slight variations on the classic perms we’ve been analyzing thus far. Hyde’s is really just too much. Karyu’s suits him because it’s a very feminine style, and he has that face…the blue eyes, the soft lips…He could do with attending an Otoko Matsuri, that’s for sure.

Although this is a slight rule-bender, Korean rap phenomenon Outsider also sported a wavy perm-variation for his Maestro album…This is actually a really cool picture, and he’s really pulling off the look.

Photo credit:

GACKT – xrytalmad

Hyde – LoveInDeathsArms /Jassmine J.

Karyu – D’espairsRay Official Facebook

Outsider – ??

Tetsuya’s R’ockin R’oulette

Have you ever gone gambling before? Well, here’s your chance to gamble and win. On May 19th, L’arc~En~Ciel bassist, Creature Creature partner, and solo-artist Tetsuya will release a brand new single, Roulette.
Roulette / TETSUYA

Tetsuya, who was previously solo as “Tetsu69”, first started making his voice heard (literally) to L’arc fans with the L’arc~En~Ciel mirror project  P’unk~En~Ciel which appeared as b-sides and other-versions on singles and albums. P’unk~En~Ciel showcased L’arc members’ variety and talents by rearranging the roles of its members. Hyde switched off to guitar, and Tetsuya took over the vocals. The sound also changed to something much more punk and indie feeling. My first introduction to P’unk stuff was the song I Wish, which I thought was way too catchy and awesome. I didn’t get full Tetsu exposure until I found his solo album (Suite November) in a used CD shop in Japan. It’s a mellow, but great, collection of chill punk-pop that any Tetsu or L’arc fan should own.

Tetsuya

In 2009, Tetsu turned 40 (yeah, he still looks younger than most 20 year olds), and (although I’m not sure whether the two events are related or not) dropped the slightly sketchy Tetsu69 stagename and went straight with “Tetsuya”. Roulette will be his first single under the name Tetsuya.

Here’s a preview of the new song, and a follow-up talk with Tetsuya:

Video credit: adadeoh, Yannh

VAMPS Coming to Venues Near YOU!

Here’s an update on the VAMPS 2010 world tour…So, are you going?

NORTH AMERICA

FRIDAY, OCT. 1 – AVALON HOLLYWOOD, LOS ANGELES

SUNDAY, OCT. 3 – THE GREAT AMERICAN MUSIC HALL, SAN FRANCISCO

SATURDAY, OCT. 9 – ROSELAND BALLROOM, NEW YORK CITY
(same weekend as the New York Anime Festival and New York Comic Con)

EUROPE

TUESDAY, OCT. 12 – SALA APOLO, BARCELONA
(Spain’s National Day, a public holiday)

SATURDAY, OCT. 16 – ESPACE GRANDE ARCHE, PARIS

ASIA

SATURDAY, SUNDAY, OCT. 23, 24 – SHANGHAI INTERNATIONAL GYMNASTICS CENTER, SHANGHAI

SOUTH AMERICA

SATURDAY, NOV. 6 – TEATRO CAUPOLICAN, SANTIAGO

TICKETS: Full list of ticketing vendors available @here

Source: Official MySpace

Addicts To Get Their Dose of Vamps in ’10

VAMPS, the Hyde (L’arc~En~Ciel) x K.A.Z duo will be taking the world by storm yet again in 2010 after a mightily successful round in ’09. They have already announced a round of Japan dates this summer, and are promising world tour dates sometime in September.

They have many multiples of dates per venue, so I have formatted it in a date/date/date medium.

MONTH.DAY+ VENUE

6.22/6.23 +Niigata LOTS

6.26/6.27 +Kochi BAY 5 SQUARE

6.29/6.30 +Hiroshima CLUB QUATTRO

7.2/7.3/7.5/7.6 +ZEPP TOKYO

7.10/7.11/7.13/7.14/7.16/7.17 +ZEPP SENDAI

7.24/7.25/7.27/7.28 +ZEPP SAPPORO

8.5/8.6/8.8/8.9/8.11/8.12 +ZEPP NAGOYA

8.15/8.16/8.18/8.19 +ZEPP FUKUOKA

8.25/8.26/8.28/8.29/8.31/9.1 +ZEPP OSAKA

9.8/9.9/9.11/9.12/9.14/9.15 +ZEPP TOKYO

Source: Official Website

L’arc’s Immaculate Conception of New Album…

Although I really hate being nit-picky about things like this, I just can’t stop myself. What was L’arc~En~Ciel‘s wardrobe-designer thinking. I mean, seriously. Tetsuya looks like he’s going to some 19th century French gala, and Hyde looks like he just took part in some out-of-season Nativity. Is it just me, or does he make a really bad Immaculate Mother?

On the other hand, Ken looks very sharp in his rocker duds, and Yukihiro is really Kei-ing out in that evil-Visualist getup. If only that were enough to counteract the trauma of seeing one of the classiest and most stylin’ Jrockers dressed up as Mother Mary.

Here’s the full information for their Member’s Best Selection: Quadrinity. For anyone who didn’t get the original announcement, this is a special new best-of release for the rainbow boys. The album is a four-disc L’arc-a-thon, with each disc featuring 7 songs selected and remastered by each member. It should be awesome– oh, by the way, I checked hyde’s selection, and there’s no Hallelujah pieces.

<Disc.1>
hyde best
1. I’m so happy
2. HONEY
3. flower
4. さようなら [sayonara]
5. Anemone
6. いばらの涙 [ibara no namida]
7. In the Air

<Disc.2>
tetsuya best
1. READY STEADY GO
2. Blame
3. Time goes on
4. DIVE TO BLUE
5. 砂時計 [sunadokei]
6. Link -KISS Mix-
7. あなた [anata]

<Disc.3>
ken best
1. 花葬
2. ガラス玉 [garasutama]
3. MY HEART DRAWS A DREAM
4. Coming Closer
5. 真実と幻想と [shinjitsu to gensou wo]
6. the silver shining
7. 虹(Album Version)[niji]

<Disc.4>
yukihiro best
1. a swell in the sun
2. cradle
3. drink it down
4. get out from the shell?-asian version-
5. new world
6. revelation
7. trick

Regular Edition (4 CDS): ¥3,980
Full/Limited Edition (4 CDS + DVD + Gift-box + Photo booklet): ¥4,980