Release Date: Jan 18, 2010
Record label: Sony
Genre(s): Rock, Metal
It seems rather obvious, but I’ll say it anyway - the further a band climbs up the career ladder, the more barbs get shot their way. Often the root of such negativity is muddled within the hater’s own personal failures; the bile is deep rooted, chewed over in private bouts of introspective pondering. “Why isn’t my band getting radio play?” “Why can’t I fit into a pair of skinny jeans?” Bitch bitch, moan moan.
Lostprophets have had quite a ride since the release of ‘Liberation Transmission’ in 06. . .
As nu-metal moshed its way off this mortal coil a decade ago, Pontypridd's Lostprophets stepped into Britain's rock arena with ambitions and songs to fill that gap. They've largely succeeded, selling millions in the process, but Ian Watkins and gang's fourth album sounds as if it could have been written in 1999. That's not to write it off though: it is polished, but loud and occasionally pleasingly raw.
A success on their own, aggressively populist terms. Louis Pattison 2010 Someone up there likes Lostprophets. What other act, in this blighted age, would be able to get away with shipping out to LA, splashing out half a million dollars on their fourth album, and then scrapping it and starting again? Well, Guns N’Roses, perhaps, but that’s the point: this is a band acting like members of rock’s A-list.