LostProphets- Weapons


Released: 2/4/12 via Visible Noise(UK), EPIC (US)

So, it’s been 2 years since we last heard from Lostprophets. In this time we have had a million bands show up to claim the hearts and minds of the music buying public. You would expect the return of the Pontypridd masters of pop rock to bring something special to show the pretenders how it’s done. Unfortunately all new record ‘Weapons’ does is prove that the apprehension towards their more recent offerings was completely valid as from the outset this cd is a sad declaration that Lostprophets are no longer the band they used to be.

If there’s one thing this album has going for it is that it is produced to the quality you would expect from a band of this calibre. Unfortunately the same can’t be said about the songwriting. From opening track ‘Bring em Down’ you get the familiar sense of nothingness you can expect from the Welsh pervayours of banality. The only interesting part being about 3 minutes in when everything goes a little too Enter Shikari to not be out of desperation. Unfortunately the rest of the album kind of skirts around the radio friendly monotony you hoped and prayed they would have given up on a long time ago. If there was a stand out track for me, it might be ‘A song for where I’m from’ and for nothing more than it at least picks up the pace compared to the surrounding songs.

As sad as it is to say (I grew up listening to fakesoundofprogress religiously) but Weapons just might be the final nail in the coffin for anyone holding out hope of Lostprophets ever being relevant again.

Paul Broughton