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LOSTPROPHETS, taking their name from a live 1988 Italian DURAN DURAN bootleg, were previously known as FLESHBOUND upon their incarnation in the South Wales town of Pontypridd in 1997. Vocalist Ian Watkins, guitarist Lee Glaze and drummer Mike Chiplin were all previously with PUBLIC DISTURBANCE. The group's inaugural demo garnered a healthy reaction from 'Kerrang' magazine and, in turn, an invitation to play in London where they were duly snapped up by Visibile Noise Records. Pulling in new bassist Stuart Richardson LOSTPROPHETS spent 1999 in the recording studio cutting a sophomore demo session. The debut album, 'The Fake Sound Of Progress', arrived that July. Favourites on the live circuit, and championed by the UK Rock media LOSTPROPHETS put in valuiable supports to DEFTONES, LINKIN PARK, PITCHSHIFTER, LINEA 77 and TAPROOT. The band then toured Britain in late 2000 with EARTHTONE 9.

Progress was such that Columbia Records signed the band for North America in mid 2001, where their debut would see a remix courtesy of Michael Barbiero. Upon completion of US touring the group re-entered the studio with producer Eric Valentine to craft a second album. Upfront tour promotion included showings at the Australian 'Big Day Out' event and headlining treks in Europe and the UK.

Promoting the 2004 album 'Start Something' LOSTPROPHETS gained the prestigious support to METALLICA's European Summer dates. November UK headline gigs saw HEAD AUTOMATICA, the side project of GLASSJAW's Daryl Palumbo, and EIGHTEEN VISIONS, as support. Longstanding drummer Mike Chiplin exited in June 2005.

LOSTPROPHETs found themselves in Hawaii during November, recording a new album, 'Liberation Transmission', with esteemed producer Bob Rock, of METALLICA fame. A single, 'Rooftops', entered the UK charts at number 39 but rose to number 8 the following week. 'Liberation Transmission' followed through by entering the album charts at number 1. July UK headliners saw support from THE BLACKOUT. The band announced their participation in the H.I.M. headlined 'No Sleep Till Halloween' US tour dates for October 2006, backed by PAPA ROACH.

NINE INCH NAILS tapped LOSTPROPHETS' Ilan Rubin for live work in 2009.

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