Make no mistake, the boys from Wales are back. Exploding back onto the rock scene with their first album in almost four years, The Betrayed was always going to be worth waiting for.
Albums are often labelled as ‘however many years in the making’ but in the case of The Betrayed it really is true. Hardcore fans that have attended concerts and festivals for the past few years will have heard several of the tracks already and now the wait for the studio cuts is over.
The British rock scene hasn’t suffered as such without Lostprophets, but boy has it missed them. Their last album, Liberation Transmission, suffered complaints from some quarters for being too commercial and radio friendly, yet propelled a different demographic closer to rock.
It would be surprising if such criticism is levelled at the band this time round. Straight from the off If It Wasn’t For Hate, We’d Be Dead By Now and Dstryr/ Dstryr quash any scent of a sell-out album. Screaming lyrics, accompanied by some tasty drum and guitar solos, evoke memories of the band’s solid debut album The Fake Sound of Progress.
The first two singles to be released off the album are without doubt the most radio friendly but even It’s Not The End of The World… and Where We Belong are heavier then previous releases, with some brilliant guitar work from Mike Lewis and Lee Gaze.
The finale of the album, The Light Burns Twice As Bright is deliciously dark and Next Stop Atrocity will please any axe slingers the band’s diverse following has picked up.
Ian Watkins’ lead vocals are solid as always, with his voice suited slightly more towards the more anthemic tunes that feature sporadically throughout the album. The sound is darker and edgier than the previous releases but there seems to be one nagging flaw throughout.
The tracks blur over each other and before you know it the album comes to end, with only one or two tracks actually memorable. Give me Fake Sound Of Progress, Last Train Home or even Rooftops any day.
That’s not to say the album isn’t enjoyable, far from it in fact. When listening it’s easy to get lost in Lostprophets land with all the rhythmic chants and easy listening beats. There are certainly worse places to be!
An unpolished, eclectic mix of all of the band’s previous efforts ticks all the boxes bar one of the most important. I sense a greatest hits album in the near future but for now a definite step in the right direction.
rushonrock rated: 8/10 Lost Boys Find Edge