18 January 2010
What they’re saying
Talking to Kerrang! magazine recently, outspoken frontman Ian Watkins has been describing The Betrayed as Lostprophets‘ darkest record to date:
“This album needed to be honest, so it was always going to be shrouded in darkness. ‘Where We Belong’ might sound really happy and catchy, nut if you really listen to the lyrics I could be saying that we belong in hell. I’ve always loved evil pop – that Faith No More thing of coating subversive ideas with beautiful melodies – and I think people often miss the meanings in our songs. You don’t have to be Tool to be challenging – it’s easy to be indulgent but much harder to write a direct song that connects with people.”
Watch Thrash Hits TV: Ian Watkins talks about The Betrayed
Thrash Hits verdict
Lostprophets might claim that this is a dark direction after the unashamedly and deliberately pop-metal approach they took with Liberation Transmisson, but The Betrayed is just as slickly slavish to the tenets of pop-metal as anything the band have put their name to previously. Okay, so It’s Not The End Of The World But I Can See It From Here isn’t going for the audience singalong quite so brashly as Rooftops commanded, but Ian Watkins and co aren’t about to screw the good thing they’ve got going by delivering an album of experimental noisecore.
But then maybe we’re the ones being overly cynical here – who’s to say that Lostprophets’ transition from nu-metal drip-trays to principal riders the Brit-emo zeitgeist wasn’t just the natural course of progression their sound was taking? Who are we to say that The Betrayed is yet another cynical exercise in audience-chasing? Oh yeah, that’s right – we’re a goddamn music website. We’re exactly the kind of people who should be saying that.
That real-ale drinker beard that guitarist Lee Gaze has started sporting is pretty grand though, ain’t it?
Lostprophets – The Betrayed tracklisting
If It Wasn’t for Hate We’d Be Dead by Now
Dstryr / Dstryr
It’s Not the End of the World But I Can See It from Here
Where We Belong
Next Stop Atro City
For He’s a Jolly Good Felon
A Better Nothing
Streets of Nowhere
Dirty Little Heart
The Light That Burns Twice as Bright…