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(Frontiers Records - 2018)
My first contact with Praying Mantis was the sampler Metal Explosion in 1980 which was put together by Tommy Vance's Friday Rock Show incl. Samson, Praying Mantis, Angel Witch, Trespass, Taurus, More and Money. Now Praying Mantis present their 11th album - Gravity. Right away, the album is softer, not the typical NWoBHM, more AOR-ish.
With Mantis Anthem they present a slow, stomping rocker with John Cuijpers' emotional vocals. Perhaps shorten this one would have been a good idea... it get's a bit repetitive towards the end. One of my faves is 39 Years which has the twin guitar harmonies, riffs and great vocals. A prominent bass line leads into the title track Gravity. Chris Troy's bass sticks out during the song and gives it an interesting dynamic. Destiny In Motion is quite catchy and invites you to sing along. With Foreign Affair you get a powerful ballad. Enchanting.
These days Praying Mantis are more based in classic rock, but if you like classic rock with a metal edge, then give Gravity a chance!
Praying Mantis were always seen as a NWoBHM band, but actually the band always were more melodic. They started in the mid-70's and it was bad luck that they never really made it. Line-up changes didn't help, too. After 2 releases in the early 80's it took them til the 1991 to return with Predator In Disguise. During the next years they released albums more frequently, but after The Journey Goes On (2003) they kinda disappeared again and only played some shows - mainly festivals - til now. But singers like Paul DiAnno and Gary Barden should have drawn attention to this British band. The British band is now back with a new album called Sanctuary.
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