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Lostprophets

Lostprophets: WeaponsWeapons (2012)
Fearless Records

Reviewer Rating: 1.5


Contributed by: JeloneJelone
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Oof. It's awkward checking in with Lostprophets after all these years. While the band has cycled through a few different genre identities over the years, it's primarily been of the mall emo variety. Weapons, the group's fifth full-length (only fourth to see U.S. release, though), mines the same soun.
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Oof. It's awkward checking in with Lostprophets after all these years. While the band has cycled through a few different genre identities over the years, it's primarily been of the mall emo variety. Weapons, the group's fifth full-length (only fourth to see U.S. release, though), mines the same sound heard on breakthrough Start Something. There's just not much left to find there.

Then again, I'm a bit biased. I still rock The Fake Sound of Progress on occasion, from back when the band could ostensibly be considered "metal." Starting with Start Something, however, Lostprophets gravitated towards a slicker, cleaner and, ultimately, more sterile sound. This approach bottomed out with Liberation Transmission. While Weapons isn't quite as overproduced, it still lacks punch. This record is streaming over at AOL right now, and while it's weird seeing the band compared to Linkin Park and P.O.D. in the description section, those comparisons, sadly, aren't inaccurate.

Give the band credit for packing in the singles, though. Weapons opens with the anthemic one-two punch of "Bring 'Em Down" and "We Bring an Arsenal," and while the tracks lack grit, they certainly deliver in radio ready hooks. After that, though, the album quickly devolves into mediocre mall emo. Limp guitars and synths attempt to soar while frontman Ian Watkins wails his nondescript lyrics. These songs could be about anything and played in any order. By time I hit track seven, "Better Off Dead," I realized the album wasn't going to get any better.

Lostprophets have been stuck in the same musical recycling tactic for eight years now, and Weapons shows little signs of growth. The band's previous effort, The Betrayed, didn't even come out in the U.S. One wonders why Weapons achieved such a feat.

 


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renaldo69 (June 23, 2012)

you cant rank ffaf with LP. even at their worst, ffaf is way better

dpnb (June 22, 2012)

nick_s:
>Looking back these guys, FFAF and a few others started out with something fairly interesting but there sound just lost any edge by the second albums.
>FFAF

Hey, hey, HEY!! FfaF are still brilliant. Although I think Hours IS a bit weak, the album most people criticise is Tales Donâ??t Tell Themselves, because it wasnâ??t liek totally metal and was concept-y â?? but it still has a good number of merits of its own. Then came Memory and Humanity, which is /excellent/, then a kick-ass bunch of new tracks on the greatest hits (their best recent stuff, IMHO), and then Welcome Home Armageddon, which isnâ??t AS good (again, IMHO) but is still a great effort.

In any case, /please/ donâ??t lump FfaF in with Lostprophets. Their only similarity is that both bands are Welsh, but FfaF have never sold out and became posing, pop-magazine, terribly formulaic songwriters with awful nursery-grade lyrics.

paulrulzdood (June 22, 2012)

start something is an awesome album.

this one is just OK.

i really dig the dudes voice and that he looks like 1980's CC Deville's doppleganger.

nick_s (June 22, 2012)

Purely because it was released on Fearless I guess. Looking back these guys, FFAF and a few others started out with something fairly interesting but there sound just lost any edge by the second albums.

renaldo69 (June 22, 2012)

nothing like last train home etc. wtf

lukabratzi (June 22, 2012)

man, this reviewer must have drawn a short straw somewhere along the line

MN_DrNick (June 22, 2012)

I can't believe they're still a band.

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