Weapons (Deluxe Edition) by Lostprophets on Apple Music

16 Songs

EDITORS’ NOTES

Lostprophets’ fifth studio album resonates with the same bloodlust of their first. Right from the opening single, “Bring ‘Em Down,” the Welsh sextet plays with angered urgency, as a needling guitar lead and hammering rhythm set the stage. Frontman Ian Watkins sings alongside his band counting down in gang vocals, while electro-industrial flourishes provide a darkened, kinetic backdrop. But it’s less obvious (and catchier) album cuts like “We Bring an Arsenal” that best exemplify the band’s prowess and chemistry. The group nearly reinvents the power ballad with “Another Shot,” boasting an ascending progression of triumphant guitar chords. When compared to the more formulaic ballad “Somedays,” "Another Shot" provides a more natural take on the band’s penchant for penning dark serenades. “Jesus Walks” overarches to reach for an Arcade Fire–style panorama, making a good argument as to why a band of this ilk needs six members. Saving the best for last, the band makes the title track detonate with a ferocious attack—this is how you close an album.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Lostprophets’ fifth studio album resonates with the same bloodlust of their first. Right from the opening single, “Bring ‘Em Down,” the Welsh sextet plays with angered urgency, as a needling guitar lead and hammering rhythm set the stage. Frontman Ian Watkins sings alongside his band counting down in gang vocals, while electro-industrial flourishes provide a darkened, kinetic backdrop. But it’s less obvious (and catchier) album cuts like “We Bring an Arsenal” that best exemplify the band’s prowess and chemistry. The group nearly reinvents the power ballad with “Another Shot,” boasting an ascending progression of triumphant guitar chords. When compared to the more formulaic ballad “Somedays,” "Another Shot" provides a more natural take on the band’s penchant for penning dark serenades. “Jesus Walks” overarches to reach for an Arcade Fire–style panorama, making a good argument as to why a band of this ilk needs six members. Saving the best for last, the band makes the title track detonate with a ferocious attack—this is how you close an album.

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3:37
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About Lostprophets

Lostprophets frontman Ian Watkins and guitarist Mike Lewis grew up together in the Cardiff satellite town of Pontypridd. They began blending musical genres as members of the band Public Disturbance. Watkins was a drummer at the time, but he moved to vocals when the pair first started experimenting as Lozt Prophetz. Watkins and Lewis flirted with ska and hip-hop at first, then came to an aggressive style of rock that mixed together their longtime love of metal and pop. They also changed the spelling to Lostprophets and added Lee Gaze (guitar), Stuart Richardson (bass), and Mike Chiplin (drums) to the lineup.

After Lostprophets' demo was featured in Kerrang! magazine, U.K. independent label Visible Noise offered them an album deal in 2000. That year's The Fake Sound of Progress was recorded over the course of a week for roughly $4,000. Hitting the road to promote the album, the band played support slots with Linea 77, Taproot, Pitchshifter, Linkin Park, and the Deftones, and a huge show at the 2001 Reading Festival helped the fan base grow. Keyboardist Jamie Oliver joined the band to expand its sound, and Sony signed the band in the U.S., releasing a different version of The Fake Sound of Progress in 2001, one that had been remixed and "retooled" by famed producer Michael Barbiero. A North American tour followed.

The album's successor, 2004's Start Something, proved that all the gigging had paid off. It debuted at number five on the U.K. charts and reached number 33 on the Billboard Top 200 despite having been leaked early on the Internet. More touring followed, including a sold-out show at the giant Cardiff International Arena and a main-stage performance at the 2004 Reading Festival. In 2005 the bandmembers were considering different producers for their third effort before deciding on Bob Rock, the man responsible for Metallica's self-titled "Black Album." Drummer Chiplin departed so Rock and the band recruited drummer Josh Freese -- who had worked with A Perfect Circle, Rob Zombie, and many others -- for recording sessions. The completed album, Liberation Transmission, was released at the beginning of summer 2006. The Betrayed arrived in 2010, followed by the group's fifth studio album, Weapons, in 2012. ~ David Jeffries

  • ORIGIN
    Pontypridd, Wales
  • FORMED
    1997

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