Lostprophets was an Alternative Rock band from Wales. While they started as mostly Nu-metal, their sound quickly diversified to the point where they defy a more specific genre. Musically, they combine Nu-metal, Alternative Metal, Post-hardcore, Post-Grunge, Hard Rock, and Pop Punk.
Formed in 1997 by lead singer Ian Watkins, bassist Mike Lewis (currently guitarist), guitarist Lee Gaze and drummer Mike Chiplin (departed in 2005), they quickly gained attention via touring, signing their first deal in 1999. They released their first album, Thefakesoundofprogress, in 2000, and have continued to release an album every two to four years.
Despite a style that is more typically likened to bands from the U.S. (or perhaps because of it), they were much more popular in the U.K. than in the U.S., leading them to not release their 4th album in North America. However, they signed a new deal, leading to their 5th album, Weapons, being currently slated for a June 2012 U.S. release.
The band came to a shocking halt when former lead vocalist Ian Watkins was convicted of child pornography and attempted rape of a one-year old girl in 2012. The remaining members publicly stated they wanted nothing to do with Watkins and disbanded shortly after, only to reform under a new name without Watkins' involvement. Lostprophets' back catalogue was also removed from circulation as a result of Watkins' disturbing rap sheet.
- Thefakesoundofprogress (2000)
- Start Something (2004)
- Liberation Transmission (2006)
- The Betrayed (2010)
- Weapons (forthcoming, 2012)
- Age Progression Song: The music video of "Last Summer" plays with this. The car windshield washer is doing the exact same thing, shown in three different decades.
- All Love Is Unrequited: The main focus of "Broken Hearts, Torn Up Letters and the Story of a Lonely Girl".
- Broken Bird: Alluded to in "A Town Called Hypocrisy:
Can you take this lonely girl
- Cozy Catastrophe: "It's Not the End of the World, But I Can See It from Here" is a very upbeat song about, well, the end of the world.
- Darker and Edgier: They promoted The Betrayed as this, in comparison to Liberation Transmission.
- Gray Rain of Depression: "4:AM Forever" has this as part of its music video.
- Mohs Scale of Rock and Metal Hardness: Usually a 6, sometimes crossing into the range of 7. They go down on the scale quite often, though.
- Naughty Birdwatching: What the host ("Tender Tim") of the "kids" show does in the music video for "A Town Called Hypocrisy".
- No Export for You: The Betrayed was not released in North America.
- Non-Appearing Title: Most of the songs on Thefakesoundofprogress. While they trimmed it back in later albums, they still do it on occasion.
- Police Are Useless: According to the chorus of "For He's a Jolly Good Felon", they are.
- The Power of Friendship: The major theme of "Shinobi vs. Dragon Ninja".
- Protest Song: "Burn, Burn" and "Better Off Dead".
- Shout-Out: The title of "Shinobi vs. Dragon Ninja" is a dual reference to both Shinobi and Bad Dudes.
- Subverted Kids Show: "Town Time", from the music video for "A Town Called Hypocrisy".