Sound — 6
Alternative metal band Lostprophets returns the music world with their new studio album, "Weapons". Lostprophets has a had a history of moderate success, beginning back in 2000 where their debut album, "TheFakeSoundOfProgress", went Double Platinum in the UK over 12 years. The band then scored a signing with a major music label, Warner Brothers, and went on to produce 3 more albums through 2004 and 2010. "Weapons" marks the band's fifth studio album, and most notably shows Lostprophets maintaining their traditional sound that first started 12 years ago. Lostprophets has a sound most comparable to that of Linkin Park, Hoobastank, and All-American Rejects, and the band has kept that sound in their new album. The first track off "Weapons", titled "Bring Em' Down", has a fast paced beat with repetitive guitar riffs and background synth playing that the band is well known for having. This sound is maintained throughout their entire album, but most notably with tracks such as "We Bring An Arsenal", "Better Off Dead", and "Jesus Walks (You And Me)". The entire album has a heavy, mainstream sound, most comparable to that of the All-American Rejects, but there are many surprising qualities in "Weapons" that make the album very enjoyable. Lostprophets' backup vocals, heavily distorted guitar, and just a great overall sound help make both the album and the band really stand out. Each time I go back and listen to the album, I find one or two more things that make the album stand out. If I'm ever stuck in the car and this comes on a mainstream pop station, I will be much less tempted to jump out the window!
Lyrics — 5
Lostprophets have themselves stated they have a sound most comparable to Linkin Park or All-American Rejects. That being said, you'll should expect this very sound on "Weapons"! The band's mainstream sound can make the album hard to enjoy at times, but heavily distorted guitar and great vocals help give "Weapons" a few redeeming values. Ian Watkins' voice seems to have been meant to sing pop music, and as with all bands, the singer usually determines what an album's sound will be. However, the more and more you listen to the album, the more you start to enjoy both Ian's voice and the music in general.
Overall Impression — 6
"Weapons" is Lostprophets' 5th studio album, and it most notably shows the band keeping their mainstream, alternative rock sound. Although the entire album has significant modern influences, "Weapons" also contains several redeeming values, such as heavily distorted guitar and song-saving backup vocals. If you enjoy today's mainstream sound, or if you'd like to experiment with a slighter heavier pop album, you should have no problem enjoying this album.