We caught up with Lostprophets frontman Ian Watkins in London ahead of the 18 January release of their new album, The Betrayed for a chat. Lee Gaze was in the room as well but we didn’t really talk to him. Not a snub! Honest!
Lostprophets were an alternative rock band formed in Pontypridd, Wales in 1997. The band was founded by vocalist Ian Watkins and guitarist Mike Lewis. Initially, Watkins played drums for the band, although its success only began when he transferred over to lead vocals. They have released several demos, none of which have been produced commercially, five studio albums, and fourteen singles. Their fifth and final studio album is titled Weapons, released on the 2nd of April 2012. Read more on Last.fm
The Betrayed, the long-awaited fourth album from Lostprophets is all set to be released on 18 January 2010 through Visible Noise and, judging by recent single ‘It’s Not The End of the World But I Can See It From Here’, it’s going to be alright. The artwork’s very nice too.
Download Festival 2008 headliners Lostprophets are currently recording their fourth album before headlining the second stage at Reading (30 Aug) & Leeds (29 Aug) Festivals 2009, and they made a little video blog about it.
With great pride and excitement I announce the addition of Ilan Rubin to the lineup beginning next year. I had the chance to see Ilan playing his ass off at Reading and Leeds a couple summers ago and he blew me away. We recently invited him out to rehearse with us and he blew US away – the perfect guy to pick up the sticks after Josh leaves us at the end of the year.
With the football season fast approaching, Gareth Dobson takes it upon himself to ponder the numerous parallels between the English Premier League’s finest and the rock world’s… finest. Some bands might call it soccer.
Despite a daily stream of back pages filled with stories of wanderlusting wingers and bolshy Bulgarians, those bitten by the football bug are still desperately missing fix of weekend football.
Fortunately, we’re just days from a new season and you having to explain to your partners why you really, really can’t go shopping next Saturday.
To celebrate, Thrash Hits .com has decided to pair up its favourite rock bands with this seasons title contenders, ne’er do wells and downright doomed.
Don’t have any sporting affiliation? Now with our handy rock-u-like comparison feature, you can choose next season’s sporting protégés by attachment to your preferred guitar heroes.
History: Something of a global giant dating back decades, ‘tallica are one of the best-supported outfits in the world, always drawing large crowds. Their many ardent fans speak dreamily of the group’s history and status, pointing towards the vast collection of awards picked up over the years.
Form: Patchy since the 1990s, they’ve dipped from the top of the tree whilst never fully receding power. Now, despite issues with staff changes, there’s whispers of them returning to claim their crown. Be warned; there has been false dawns before.
You are… Liverpool FC
History: Determinedly British, entirely East End. These still hold worldwide appeal thanks to the much covered exploits of its prime-era members. Remaining constantly true to their roots, they never fall into unfashionable status, largely because they never were slavishly feted in the first place.
Form: Having spent much of the past 15 years fighting second-class status, they’ve recently enjoyed a period of top-level stability, adapting to modern business methods to see vast amounts of resources being poured into their performances. Enjoyable to watch, they’ll never see their passionate fanbase ebb away.
You are… West Ham United FC
Funeral For A Friend
History: Causing quite a splash upon their entrance to the top tier, F4AF exceeded expectations on their debut, finding interested onlookers quickly and grudging respect for their hardworking, if un-dynamic exploits.
Form: Suspicions that over-reliance on a single formula is set to be their undoing in the coming year. Need to add a bit more flair and variation in play, otherwise they stand a real chance of demotion.
You are… Bolton Wanderers FC
History: Led by a man who enjoyed success with a previous outfit, The Foo Fighters have, somewhat surprisingly in the eyes of purists, sprung to the higher echelons of the rankings thanks to their enjoyable and incisive performances. Despite being steeped in history, their modern incarnation is still seem as a somewhat upstart in the high-rolling arenas.
Form: Dynamic and exciting, the Foos are one of the younger outfits currently feasting near the top of the table. Worries that their armoury is a little thin on truly top class talent need to be disproven to enjoy an extended stay at the summit.
You are… Aston Villa FC
My Chemical Romance
History: Buoyed by a fervent, self styled army of black and red-clad fans, My Chem are arguably the biggest rock band in the world. As derided by detractors sick of their perceived omnipotence as loved by their adoring fanbase, the group find themselves constantly surrounded by media hype and speculation wherever they go.
Form: Nothing short of spectacular in the past few years, they’ve swept everyone aside on their road to glory. However, all is not entirely rosy in their camp, as younger members of their faction consider defecting to other causes.
You are… Manchester United FC
History: Many blue moons ago, these were some of the finest talents in the land. Traditionally well-supported, they’ve had to deal with all manner of problems to keep their heads above water, including some desperate lulls in the nineties. Newly revived, thanks to some clever political manoeuvring.
Form: Experiencing something of a renaissance, they’ve picked up new fans and renewed interest, but older fans shudder with unease at the perceived soul-less route this newly cash-rich collection are going down. Having chased the dollar and removed their front man with disturbing ease, it seems a cynical affair right now.
You are… Manchester City FC
History: These scrappy underdogs are renowned more for their fighting spirit and devotional crowds than glitz and glamour. Led by a man distinguished by his raucous and confrontational nature, they’re nobody’s preferred opponents in a ruck.
Form: For such an unglamorous troupe, there’s a lot of money floating round their world – with some questioning how wisely it’s been spent. Struggling to acclimatise to the big leagues, their strength lies in their never-say-die spirit.
You are… Sunderland AFC
History: Lauded and laughed at in equal measures for their pretty-boy appearance, the Prophets probably believe they’re bigger than they are. Those staunchly behind the band are often derided for their interminable belief that, any day now, they’ll be the biggest in the land.
Form: Recent headline-grabbing events hint once again that they’re on the up, but it’s a story heard many times before. The wise money is never on a big-league breakthrough. Talented, yet never presenting a water-tight defence of itself.
You are… Tottenham Hostpur FC
History: A group mired in its somewhat rewritten sense of history, it’s been pyrotechnics, flashiness and outrageous manoeuvres for quite some time. The more historically knowledgeable amongst us, however, remember that they used to be dull, mid level cloggers, bereft of flair and panache. A collective with a deep air of cynicism about them.
Form: Still able to leave the crowd gasping and critics salivating, but all too often now their soft underbelly is exposed. Where there should be steely economy, flabby self-satisfaction is creeping in, undermining their attempts to stay at the top of their profession.
You are… Arsenal FC
History: Seemingly been around forever, they’ve always competed hard and have gained the respect of those around them. Regardless of how well they do, they can’t shake off the tag of underdog. Well marshalled and characterised by Scottish grit and fervour, they’re everyone’s favourite second choice.
Form: A relatively spectacular last couple of years have left critics and followers alike sitting up and taking notice of their achievements. Certainly no-one doubts their desire and aptitude, but many feel that they may have peaked already. The real struggle could be maintaining their already creditable position.
You are… Everton FC
Look out for Part 2 including Slayer, Linkin Park and probably Paramore, before the Premier League commences on 16 August 2008
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After three days or heavy metal at Castle Donington for Download Festival 2008, Thrash Hits .com looks back on the weekend. Hugh Platt picks the most memorable moments.
Most Impressive Pit
Bleeding Through’s metalcore barrage managed to whip the mosh pit into a maelstrom, coaxing out a circle pit around the entire sound desk for new track, ‘Orange County Blonde and Blue’.
“Oh shit, we’ve been set up,” cried Lethal Bizzle, after walking out into a hail of bottles not seen since the Daphne & Celeste Massacre of 2000. Bizzle countered this by shouting his own name, seemingly as many times as there were half-drunk cups of beer thrown in his direction.
For sheer brain-and-ball-busting brutality, nothing came close to Ted Maul. From the moment they walked on surrounded by scantily-clad dancing girls, the London six-piece ripped into the Gibson Stage like a burning Panzer tank with a death metal penis cannon.
It has to be Ginger from The Wildhearts for having the plug pulled seconds into set-closer ‘29x The Pain’. The frontman blew most of his bands’ slot joking with the crowd about the projectiles thrown at him.
Most Impressive Crowd
Despite a late-afternoon slot, drum’n’bass-types Pendulum drew a crowd big enough to shame many headline acts. Never mind that it sounded as dangerous a skinhead poodle, half the festival seemed to be at the second stage for their remix of ‘Voodoo People’.
After the slowly diminishing returns of Sepultura and Soulfly, there were doubts about Cavalera Conspiracy. After a brace of Sepultura classics, a quick blast of Nailbomb, and a rendition of ‘Roots Bloody Roots’ as fierce as anything we’d been dreaming of during the years when Max performed it with his gang of hired hands, the Brazilians seemed a tribe reborn.
With ‘Fuck Lostprophets’ t-shirts for sale on the merchandise stands, the Welshmen had a fight on their hands to show they deserved their headliner-status. When they closed the festival with a blistering ‘Burn Burn’ – literally, as the asymmetric fringes of the front rows were almost singed off by a rack of flamethrowers that probably cost more than their entire debut album took to record – the reaction they got proves that booking Lostprophets was money well spent.
Kid Rock being “too ill” to play, despite tabloid reports of the redneck partying in London the night before. And especially because his absence led to an extension of…
The Worst Performance
If ‘Mad’ David Draiman’s identikit-metal was half as dangerous as the Hannibal Lecter garb he dons for his stage entrance suggests, we might’ve been entertained, but Disturbed’s performance was as pedestrian as a lollipop lady’s day at work.
The Best Performance
This weekend, KISS stood head, shoulders, and ridiculous platform soles above everyone else. From ‘Deuce’ all the way to ‘Detroit Rock City’, from the tip of Gene Simmons’ monstrous tongue to end of the zip line Paul Stanley swung out over the crowd on during ‘Love Gun’, KISS backed up their claim to be the biggest live act of the planet with enough pyro for a Baghdad wake-up call.
Visible Noise Records
26 June 2006
by Raziq Rauf
LostProphets are back with new haircuts and a further development to their Glassjaw-lite screamo-pop. Start Something was a surprise as most were expecting what the band had promised (“the heaviest album ever”), but instead received an unexpected mixture of exquisitely polished emo and syrupy sweet retro-styled guitar pop. Liberation Transmission, you’ll be pleased to know, sees the Welshmen return in triumphant fashion.