Album Review: Lostprophets – Weapons – Released 2nd April 2012

Lostprophets – Weapons 

Lostprophets have announced the release of their brand new album Weapons and their first headline UK tour in two years. It is to be released on April 2nd and is followed by a 14 date tour of the UK and Ireland culminating with a show at London’s O2 Academy Brixton.

Fans will no doubt be ecstatic to finally get to hear this album – it’s been a long wait and many were wondering if it would ever be released. They will also be pleased to hear that they can also purchase a Deluxe Edition, which features never-before-heard demos and alternative versions, as well as a remix of Bring ‘em Down by Russell Lissack of Bloc Party.

The album will definitely not disappoint long-term Lostprophet fans. It still maintains their distinct rock sound and has a similar vibe to their last album The Betrayed. While they maintain consistency there will be some however, who criticize them for not breaking out of their comfort zone. That said, bands who continue to produce good, solid, familiar tracks tend to have a much longer shelf life than those who try to branch out too far.

That’s exactly what this album is – good, solid tracks with a long shelf life. While I’m not an avid Lostprophets follower, there is something about this album that has me coming back for more listens.

Best track on the album for me is Somedays. It’s a track that perhaps won’t stand out straight away, and is slightly more relaxed than a lot of the hardcore rock tracks. It begins more acoustic and vulnerable, building up to a big drum entrance that slips easily into a more upbeat, vibrant track.

The band have already released the first single Bring Em Down in February, and their track Better Off Dead can be downloaded for free via their website. They are more representative of the rest of the tracks on the album, so it’s worth checking them out if you want to get a feel of what to expect!

April 2012
Sun 15       Dublin Olympia
Mon 16       Belfast Ulster Hall
Thu 19        Liverpool O2 Academy 1          0844 477 2000
Fri 20          Manchester Academy 1          0161 832 1111
Sat 21         Leeds O2 Academy                 0844 477 2000
Mon 23       Birmingham O2 Academy 1     0844 477 2000
Tue 24        Aberdeen Music Hall               0844 499 9990
Wed 25      Glasgow O2 Academy            0844 477 2000
Fri 27          Newcastle O2 Academy          0844 477 2000
Sat 28         Cardiff Motorpoint Arena         0292 022 4488
Mon 30       Nottingham Rock City             0115 822 1314

May 2012
Tue 01        Cambridge Corn Exchange    0122 335 7851
Wed 02      Southampton Guildhall            0238 063 2601
Fri 04          London O2 Academy Brixton   0844 477 2000