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 Emo, 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.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, having a June 2012 U.S. release.In October 2013, the group publicly announced that they could no longer continue to make or perform music as Lostprophets in light of the serious and disturbing criminal charges brought against Watkins the prior year, which he has since pleaded guilty to. And that's all we're going to say on the subject. Subsequently, all the band members except Watkins recruited new singer Geoff Rickly, and changed the band's name to No Devotion. Their website can be found here.
Start Something (2004)
Liberation Transmission (2006)
The Betrayed (2010)
This band provides examples of:
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.
Destructive Romance: One way of interpreting the lyrics to Dirty Little Heart is the guilt and shame that someone in an abusive (mentally or physically, depending on your preference for metaphors) relationship feels for loving their abuser.
These open wounds you gave me These broken bones will take me Crawling on through the debris of my Dirty little heart
Early Installment Weirdness: The first EP they put out in 1997, long before they got signed, features Ian rapping and a ska-influenced horn section, among other things.
Follow the Leader: The band's image tended to follow what was big on American rock radio. For instance, when nu metal was big, the band looked like this◊. By the time their third album was out, emo had taken nu metal's place, and the band looked like this◊. To a lesser extent, their sound also followed this pattern, but not to the same degree. For instance, their nu metal albums didn't include rapping or follow the paint-by-numbers song structure of, say, early Linkin Park, and when their look went emo, their sound simply went from alternative metal to alternative rock.
Metal Scream: Ian attempted this on Thefakesoundofprogress, but from Start Something on, Jamie provided these much more successfully.
Miniscule Rocking: Thefakesoundofprogress had several interludes, most of which didn't even hit one minute in length. When the band re-recorded the album, the interludes got lumped in with the full songs instead of getting their own tracks.
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. The song "We are Godzilla, You are Japan" edges into 8 territory.
Naughty Birdwatching: What the host ("Tender Tim") of the "kids" show does in the music video for "A Town Called Hypocrisy".