Lostprophets
Weapons


2.5
average

Review

by Rowan5215 USER (18 Reviews)
April 2nd, 2012 | 35 replies | 6,754 views


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Just barely holding their heads above the water of mediocrity...

3 of 4 thought this review was well written

The icon of a phoenix is a fitting one for Lostprophets, as they have a nagging tendency to release good albums, fall into the ashes with terrible ones, and rise again. This has happened more than once in their career, with 2006's Liberation Transmission serving as a long, long fall from the balanced post-hardcore/pop-punk/alternative rock of their first two albums. Four years on from the great fall, 2010 saw The Betrayed, a symbol of their rising from the ashes back to something resembling their former glory. Two years from that and we arrive at now, at the beginning of another fall for Lostprophets with Weapons.

The Betrayed, all in all, was a culmination of everything Lostprophets had done. From the heavy to the balladesque, from pop-punk to post-hardcore, it covered everything. I'm sure many fans were expecting that an album following one like The Betrayed would be an experimental one - trying new styles instead of sticking to the same old formula. Not only does Weapons utterly and completely fail at trying new things, it actually features the least amount of experimentation one could plausibly imagine. It literally is just ten anthemic, pop-punk songs with minimal lyrical effort and no diversity whatsoever.

Right now, it may seem like 2.5 is much too good a rating for such a disappointing album, and on the surface, it is. However, if you take the album as ten separate tracks instead of one collective, certain tracks do stand out above others. Actually, the album is neatly and conveniently divided into three separate categories.

The Good - this covers the first four songs. Firstly, "Bring 'Em Down" is the shamelessly catchy first single and a good choice to introduce the album. As described by the band, it contains a riff "so huge and greasy Pantera would be proud of it". It is followed by the absolute standout, and basically the only song actually worthy of the band's Start Something-era, "We Bring An Arsenal", which sports an addictive group chorus and somewhat decent lyrics. Same goes for the next two tracks, "Another Shot" and "Jesus Walks", both being catchy and interesting but nothing life-changing. This concludes the good section of Weapons.

Next we have The Average - two tracks which basically serve as A Day to Remember-esque tributes to "remembing where you're from" and "standing for what you believe in", that sorta stuff. Nothing special, but still not entirely skippable, basically wraps it up for "A Song for Where I'm From" and "A Little Reminder That I'll Never Forget".

Finally, The Bad - four songs that don't really have any place on the album. Ranging from absolutely blow-your-brains-out-boring (as with "Can't Get Enough", Lostprophets' most disappointing closer, and the failed ballad "Somedays") to just skippably-mediocre, there is nothing in these last four tracks that can even touch the first four, which themselves barely hold a candle to the band's older material.

So there we have it. If you can pay some sort of compliment to the album, the five bonus tracks are fantastic and would have brought the album to a 3.5-4 if they had been on the regular edition. Also, it's hard to say the members of Lostprophets themselves perform badly here - all do their respective jobs well enough without ever becoming brilliant or more than mildly interesting at any point. It's really the songwriting, and a seeming allergy to experimentation, that brings Weapons down to the level that it occupies.

But hey, it's still better than Liberation Transmission.



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Rowan5215
April 2nd 2012



24415 Comments


The definition of mediocre.

Gyromania
April 2nd 2012



15200 Comments


Pretty good review. I didn't care for the formatting all that much, and I'd probably omit the third paragraph, however. I hope I disagree with you on this one. I quite enjoyed their last album.

Rowan5215
April 2nd 2012



24415 Comments


Yeah, didn't want to do a track-by-track and the album was conveniently split into 3, so I went for this.

thumbcrusher
April 2nd 2012



3582 Comments


decent review, not surprised by any means if this is completely pants.

blastOFFitsPARTYtime
April 2nd 2012



1477 Comments



"But hey, it's still better than Liberation Transmission."


Hahaha, one would certainly hope so.

IfYouRun
April 2nd 2012



291 Comments


I used to love Lostprophets, and I even like Liberation Transmition. (Listen to it during the summer, such a great summer record)

This however, is so boring.

KevinKC
April 2nd 2012



183 Comments


Wait... what you call a standout is the track starting with eho eho la la la... la la la la la la. Are you joking ?
But cool review btw.

schoonda
April 2nd 2012



101 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

still not sure what to think of the album, standout tracks for me are arsenal, song where im from, and probably somedays despite the review, and the dead is amazing...why do they leave out all the good shit and put in the boring stuff?

jefflebowski
April 2nd 2012



7379 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

one of their best for sure

Digging: Flying Lotus - Cosmogramma

Acanthus
April 2nd 2012



9537 Comments


Never saw anything special about the group tbh, fun formatting on the review.

Digging: The Cure - The Head on the Door

CakeWithCream
April 2nd 2012



1021 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

this album is like a compilation of songs that didn't make it on their last albums from fakesound to the betrayed, and most of these songs aren't very good but there are a few standout tracks in here

someguest
April 2nd 2012



20319 Comments


let me guess track 4 is an angry rant against organized religion

so fucking sick of the schtick every band and their mothers are doing about the subject

Digging: Your Old Droog - Your Old Droog

TooManyFriends
April 2nd 2012



490 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

^Actually, it's a ballad-esque song about a relationship....

Irving
Staff Reviewer
April 2nd 2012



7144 Comments


Decent review that gets the job done, all told. Some good writing in here - I particularly like the opening paragraph - but I would suggest removing the "Good", "Average", and "Bad" delineations. Try and make your piece segue from theme to theme instead of having it appear like some cut-and-paste collage. Aside from that, the usage of the personal pronoun - although not illegal or anything - is a mite jarring. Try removing it and see how it reads.

Finally, use [i ] and [/i ] (but without the spaces) before and after a word to create italics. It makes the entire review that much neater =)

So yeah. Good job mate - keep it up and congrats on the feature!

patman1001
April 2nd 2012



1012 Comments


havent listened to these guys since Start Something

Rowan5215
April 3rd 2012



24415 Comments


Hellz yeah, first feature. Cheers for all the advice bros, will try and make a better review next time.

ZFighter142
April 3rd 2012



205 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

It's not there best but being one of my favorite bands it's still a really good album just not like the previous albums.

Emim
April 3rd 2012



26508 Comments


I still hold on to hope that this is good

lauriej
April 3rd 2012



1711 Comments


so not holding their heads above mediocrity at all?

phildoo54
April 3rd 2012



17 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Very dissapointing album after the Betrayed!



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