Singer Ian Watkins also reveals the story behind the Welsh outfit's new record
Lostprophets are streaming their new album ‘Weapons’ exclusively through NME.COM – scroll down and click below to hear it now.

The follow up to 2010’s ‘The Betrayed’ is released into shops today (April 2) and the band will support it with a full UK and Ireland tour later this month.

The album was recorded at Los Angeles’ NRG Studios with producer Ken Andrews, who has previously worked with Black Rebel Motorcycle Club. The band recently gave fans a taster of the new record with their comeback single ‘Bring Em’ Down’.

Speaking about that track to NME, frontman Ian Watkins said:

Originally it was more tacky, glittery, Prodigy-like, dubstep-heavy and I wanted it to grab people’s attention with all this insanity sound.

He added: “I felt good about it then took it back to LA, played it to everyone, everyone was into it, and we tracked it. But pretty much all the glittery stuff got taken out, much to my dismay.”

Despite the fact the track was stripped down, Watkins said the band may release the original version at some point.

The frontman also compared the album’s title track with the video to Michael Jackson‘s ‘Thriller’.

Watkins added: “I just like the idea of the title track being a secret track. It’s wicked, and it was just recorded with a couple of mics in a room – a complete antithesis from the rest of the record. It’s kind of like that look at the end of ‘Thriller’ – you think it’s alright, then he turns around and he’s gone slightly crooked.”

To read NME‘s track by track guide to the album, click here.

Lostprophets will kick off their UK and Ireland tour at Dublin Olympia on April 15 with further dates planned in Liverpool, Manchester, Birmingham. It wraps up at London’s O2 Brixton Academy on May 4.

To check the availability of Lostprophets tickets and get all the latest listings, go to NME.COM/TICKETS now, or call 0871 230 1094.

Weapons by Lostprophets Official