Year : 2018 (Japan Edition)
Style : Melodic Hard Rock
Country : United Kingdom
Audio : 320 kbps + all scans + Video
Size : 184 mb
Praying Mantis are an English rock band. Although a part of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal scene, they pursued a musical direction more melodic and AOR-sounding than their contemporaries.Their formation considerably pre-dated the NWOBHM movement. They were formed in 1974 by the Troy brothers, Tino and Chris, both college students. Like several NWOBHM bands they made their first available recording at Neal Kay's Soundhouse recording studio, which was released as the Soundhouse Tapes EP in 1979.1980 saw their profile considerably raised with support slots for Iron Maiden and Ronnie Montrose's Gamma. The attention won them a recording contract with Arista Records and they released their best-known work Time Tells No Lies in 1981.Management and line-up instability undermined their success and Arista dropped them. The following year they signed for Jet Records, but two subsequent singles flopped and the band folded. They had recorded a version of the Russ Ballard penned track "I Surrender", but ran into conflict with Rainbow, who went on to release their version, and had a Top 10 worldwide hit. Instead, Praying Mantis recorded another single,"Cheated". It reached No. 69 in the UK Singles Chart in January 1981.The band maintained a strong fan base in Japan, and when the Troys temporarily reformed Praying Mantis for a NWOBHM nostalgia tour in 1990, they were encouraged by the response to resurrect the band full-time. Their live work was released as Live at Last, and a follow-up studio album Predator in Disguise was released the following year, and the band soldiered on into the new century. A compilation album, The Best of Praying Mantis, was released in 2004. Following further line-up changes, a new album, Sanctuary, was released in the spring of 2009 and has gained worldwide media acclaim.In 2013 the band announced they are to release a new single in October 2013. The single is to officially introduce new members, [John Cuijpers] (vocals) and [Hans in’t Zandt] (drums) to the bands fanbase after playing Colchester, Ipswich (with support from MGR Records band Kaine) and Cambridge Rock Festival with the brand new line up.A new album called Legacy is due for release early June 2015.
Praying Mantis is pleased to announce their 11th studio album, "Gravity". After the positive reception afforded to the band's last studio release, "Legacy" (2015), the new record sees the band return with another inspired, take-no-prisoners set. The album also sees Mantis retain the same line-up, with John Cuijpers (vocals) and Hans in’t Zandt (drums) again contributing to the songwriting process. Alongside founder members Tino Troy, Chris Troy and Andy Burgess, they have not only helped in the writing of the songs, but also in providing a new dimension in terms of sound engineering and overall production.One of the most influential and well-known sleeve artists in the rock field, Rodney Matthews (Magnum, Diamond Head, Allen/Lande), has been commissioned to design the artwork for "Gravity" in the same style and stunning quality that so many fans loved on Mantis albums such as "Time Tells No Lies", "Predator In Disguise" and the aforementioned "Legacy".Praying Mantis is a well established band of melodic hard rockers. They were formed by the brothers Tino and Chris Troy in 1973 and together with bands like Iron Maiden, Def Leppard and Saxon, they spearheaded the NWOBHM (New Wave Of British Heavy Metal) movement of the late 70s. While they did not attain the same dizzying heights of success as some of their contemporaries, they nonetheless became one of the most influential bands in the genre. The band has remained active over the years and still record and play live regularly.Praying Mantis will perform at the annual Frontiers Rock Festival in Milan, Italy on April 28.
John "Jaycee" Cuijpers - Vocals
Andy Burgess - Guitars & Backing Vocals
Tino Troy - Guitars, Backing Vocals, & Keyboards
Chris Troy - Bass & Backing Vocals
Hans In T' Zandt (Mad Max, TwentyDarkSeven, Neil Turbin’s Deathriders, ex-Vengeance) - Drums, Percussion & Backing Vocals
01. Keep It Alive
02. Mantis Anthem
03. Time Can Heal
04. 39 Years
06. Ghosts of the Past
07. Destiny In Motion
08. The Last Summer
09. Foreign Affair
10. Shadow of Love
11. Final Destination
12. The Last Summer (Laid Bare Mix) (Japan Bonus Track)
+ Video "Keep It Alive" (Official Video)
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