I read somewhere that the new LostProphets album Weapons
had everything long time 'Prophets fans would be looking for.
Well, from the first few ear piercing notes on the lead guitar
of the first song, it was obvious they were right.
Track #1, "Bring 'Em Down," is the band at its finest.
Quick classic rock guitar notes meet up with army-precision drum
beats. But when the song really busts out is at the :33 second
mark, because that's where angry bass and computer effects join
the party. And what a party it is! The gut wrenching and pitch
perfect chorus is full of lyrics you can't help but sing along
with. For just over 4 minutes the listener is pinned down by an
out-of-control rock and this is just the first song. "We
Bring An Arsenal" is how I believe the Lostprophets would
interpret "pop". Sure the lyrics are extremely catchy
and at times harmonize perfectly, but it's the bass guitar that
sucker-punches you in the stomach. Ian (vocals) does try
to smooth things over with his softer voice, but as soon as you're
calm the bass comes back. Overall it's a rather fun time.
Every Lostprophets album has at least one or two slow and nearly
gorgeous songs. For Weapons there was "Jesus Walks".
After you get past the Kanye West title, you're in store
for a song full of heaven-inspired chord progressions tickling
not only the guitar strings, but the white keys as well. You definitely
feel uplifted a little after this number. Dramatic lead-ins are
one of the things I truly enjoy about the 'Prophets and "Better
Off Dead" is just another prime example. Just two simple
beats on the drum and all of a sudden you're knocked to the ground
by fury of powerful riffs and heavy percussion. A fantastic anthem
for any retaliation you might find yourself in the middle of.
Ending the album is "Can't Get Enough," probably the
darkest song on the entire album. Deep grooves act as a backbone
to a number that seems to be stuck between Alternative and Rock.
The eerie keys manage to protrude out from the back of your stereo
all the while there might even be a hint of strings somewhere
in there. What it all equals to is movie-grade dynamics and a
song that leaves an imprint on your brain.
For their fifth studio album the LostProphets have truly out
done themselves. And while it may be the perfect album for hardcore
fans, it's also a great record to reel in a few new ones.
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