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LostProphets
Weapons
Fearless Records
www.lostprophets.com


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.

-Rachel Fredrickson

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