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Praying Mantis

Formed: 1974
From: United Kingdom
Last Known Status: Active

Latest Praying Mantis News

Below is our complete Praying Mantis news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

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Denim And Leather: Celebrating 35 Years Of NWOBHM

This month marks thirty five years since one of the most important terms in heavy metal history was coined. After a show featuring Iron Maiden, Angel Witch and Samson, Sounds writer Geoff "Deaf" Barton wrote a review of the concert in which a phrase was used that still stands strong today. It was the time when head banging public was introduced to the New Wave of British Heavy Metal. The term was arguably created to cause a stir amongst fans who would argue that heavy metal bands in Britain was nothing new and that the likes of Black Sabbath and Judas Priest had been packing out large venues and appearing on such television shows as Top of the Pops for the last few years, despite the dominance of punk rock. However, these bands were different. They possessed the energy of punk but had the look and volume of the early metal bands before them. They took heavy metal away from the grandiose indulgence which some bands had become embroiled in and brought it back to the common man.

It was truly an exciting movement, full of high quality bands which would go on to influence hundreds more and in some cases, become superstars themselves. More or less every metal fan will be able to tell you that Iron Maiden was one such NWOBHM band, with a slightly smaller number being able to point to Def Leppard as another group from the New Wave of British Heavy Metal who went on to stardom after the release of their excellent self-titled EP and debut album, "On Through the Night," following which they shifted direction to the band we know today. More...

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Sunday Old School: Praying Mantis

A look back through the Sunday Old School archives will help you find a plethora of bands from the New Wave of British Heavy Metal movement, from stars such as Iron Maiden and Saxon to somewhat lesser known acts like Jaguar and Angel Witch. Today, we will look at another band from the scene, which never became celebrities like some of their contemporaries, but like Raven and Tygers Of Pan Tang, established themselves as one of the standout acts of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal, a group by the name of Praying Mantis. Praying Mantis were formed by brothers Tino and Chris Troy in 1974 but despite the early formation, it would take them five years to record their first demo, "The Soundhouse Tapes," which was named such because they, like many other bands at the time, recorded it at the Spaceward studio, owned by DJ Neal Kay, who also managed the Heavy Metal Soundhouse club. They followed this with their first single the next year, an eponymous track which featured the song, "High Roller" as a B-side, along with another short release entitled, "The Soundhouse Tapes Part 2" in 1981. These releases and supporting slots for bigger acts garnered the attention of Artista Records who signed them up and distributed their first full length album, "Time Tells No Lies," also in 1981. The debut is considered their best known work to date, as well as perhaps, their highest quality of material.

Despite the favourable response they found after their debut, the band soon entered a turbulent period. They recorded a version of the song, "I Surrender," by Russ Ballard, but unfortunately for them, Rainbow, the band formed by ex Deep Purple guitarist Ritchie Blackmore, had also recorded their take on the track, which prevented Praying Mantis from releasing theirs. To add insult to injury, the Rainbow version went on to be a hit single worldwide. Instead, Praying Mantis recorded a single called "Cheated," which was only able to reach number 69 on the British singles chart. They followed this with a cover of The Kinks’ classic, "All Day and All of the Night," which also did relatively poorly, causing Artista to drop them from the label. They released one more single through Jet Records entitled, "Turn the Tables," which was also unsuccessful and the band decided to call it a day soon afterwards. They did however briefly return under the new moniker, "Stratus" for an album named, "Throwing Shapes," though they went no further than this one album. More...

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Heretic To Play Headbangers Open Air

U.S. power/thrash act Heretic has been confirmed for the 16th edition of the Headbangers Open Air festival, which will take place on the 25th-27th of July 2013 in Brande-Hoernerkirchen, Germany.

The other confirmed so far bands include: Vicious Rumors, Forte, Blood Feast, Demon, Stormwitch, Praying Mantis, Iron Savior, Rival, Muro, Sleepy Hollow, Kissin' Dynamite, Midnight Priest, Skiltron, Game Over, King Leoric, Trespass, 77 and MX Machine.

Heretic is currently lining up more shows to play in Europe around the HOA festival. The band's comeback album "A Time of Crisis" was released in July this year through Metal on Metal Records.
More about Heretic can be found at this location. More...

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Sunday Old School: Paul Di'anno After Iron Maiden

In 1982, British heavy metal band Iron Maiden made what would be one of the biggest decisions of their career when they fired their singer Paul Di'anno and recruited Samson vocalist, Bruce Dickinson. As everyone knows, Iron Maiden then released their third album, "The Number Of The Beast" and subsequently became one of the biggest groups in the history of heavy metal. But what happened to Di'anno after he was sacked? Quite a lot actually...

Following his departure, Di'anno formed a self-titled band, releasing only one album, also called, "Di'anno," before breaking up in 1985. While touring in support of the record, the band angered fans by refusing to perform any Iron Maiden songs, instead focusing on their own material with a few covers thrown in. Before disbanding, the group was also able to release a live video, "Live at the Palace," which is now available on DVD as "Live In London." After his self-titled endeavour, Paul then found himself part of a new heavy metal supergroup called Gogmagog, which was intended to be a rock opera project. The band saw Di'anno reunited with his former Maiden bandmate Clive Burr and also featured original Def Leppard guitarist Pete Willis, former Whitesnake bassist Neil Murray and White Spirit/future Iron Maiden guitarist Janick Gers. The band didn't fare well and folded after only releasing a three song EP, "I Will Be There." More...

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More Bands Confirmed For Hard Rock Hell V

Two more bands have been announced for this year's edition of Wales' Hard Rock Hell festival, both of which made their names in the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal Movement. Cirencester based act Dealer will be performing at the event, as will fellow new confirmations Bronz. The festival boasts a host of other NWOBHM acts as well as others and will take place at Pontins in Prestatyn, North Wales from December 1st-4th.

The lineup is as follows:

Airrace
Azincourt
Dan Baird
Black Spiders
Black Stone Cherry
Bonafide
Bronz
Dealer
Demon
Girlschool
Hammerhead
Little Caesar
Magnum
Million Dollar Reload
Orange Goblin
Pallus
Praying Mantis
The Quireboys
Raven
Reckless Love
Sahg
Stampede
Therapy?
Tygers Of Pan Tang
Tyketto
Voodoo Johnson
Voodoo Six
Witchfynde
Wolfsbane

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Orange Goblin To Play Hard Rock Hell

Orange Goblin announced last month that the band will be entering the studio in August to record a new album. The band also also now been confirmed to appear at the Hard Rock Hell V festival, which takes place at Pontins, Prestatyn, North Wales from Thursday 1st of December to Sunday the 4th of December 2011.

Orange Goblin will play on the Main Stage on Saturday, December 3rd and other acts appearing over the weekend include Girlschool, Tygers of Pan Tang, Black Stone Cherry, The Quireboys, Raven, Praying Mantis, Tyketto, Black Spiders, SAHG, Therapy?, Wolfsbane, Witchfynde, an exclusive festival appearance by Ace Frehley and many more.

Check out this location for more details and ticket information.

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Praying Mantis To Re-Record Songs For New EP

New Wave Of British Heavy Metal veterans Praying Mantis have announced that they will be re-recording a selection of songs from their early material for a new EP entitled, "Metalmorphosis." The EP will be available from the band's website from February and will also be available to buy on forthcoming tour dates.

The EP will contain the following tracks:

"Children of The Earth"
"Praying Mantis"
"Lovers to the Grave"
"Panic in the Streets"
"Captured City"

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Tokyo Blade Drops Off Heavy Metal Maniacs Festival

New Wave Of British Heavy Metal veterans Tokyo Blade has announced that they have been forced to cancel their performance at this year's edition of the Heavy Metal Maniacs festival in the Netherlands. This is due to band member Andy Boulton falling ill. However, they will be replaced by fellow New Wave Of British Heavy Metal group Praying Mantis, who are scheduled to perform a special "classics" show at the event.

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Praying Mantis Posts "Turn The Tide" Video Online

New Wave Of British Heavy Metal veterans Praying Mantis has posted their new music video online for the song, "Turn The Tide." You can check it out below. The song will be featured on the bands forthcoming new studio album, "Sanctuary" which will be released by Frontiers Records on June 5th in Europe and on July 14th in North America. More...

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Praying Mantis And Tank Team Up For Show

New Wave Of British Heavy Metal favourites Praying Mantis and Tank will be teaming up for a co-headlining show at The Peel in Kingston Upon Thames, UK. Tickets are £7 - for info call 0208 546 3516. The concert will be taking place on May 24th. Both bands will be busy next month as Tank head overseas to perform at the Sweden Rock Fest and Praying Mantis will be releasing their brand new studio album, "Sactuary."

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Praying Mantis Announces New Album Details

Frontiers Records has issued the following announcement about Praying Mantis releasing a new album:

"Frontiers Records is excited to announce the release on the new Praying Mantis studio album entitled “Sanctuary” on June 5th 2009 in Europe and July 14th in the USA. The album will be exclusively presented at the Bush Hall in London, UK on May 3rd 2009 with a special pre-listening session and “Welcome back” concert. More dates and festivals are in the works!"

Vocalist Chris Troy also made the following statement about the album:

“Hard to believe but Mantis have been in existence for over thirty years. Quite incredible really that we are still there releasing albums and maturing nicely. This also coincides with the 30th anniversary since the inception of NWOBHM (New Wave Of British Heavy Metal). Iron Maiden have obviously made it and just as importantly have managed to stay up there for this long time. Well done lads! By the way the album title "Sanctuary" has no relationship to them!! However we do share some history and maybe this album will put us up there with them. More...

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Praying Mantis Posts New Song "Witch Hunt" Online

New Wave Of British Heavy Metal legends Praying Mantis has posted a new song online entitled "Witch Hunt." You can check it out by heading to their official Myspace page. The song will be appearing on the bands forthcoming new album, "Sanctuary" which will be released in June of this year through Frontiers Records.

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Praying Mantis Announces Song Titles for New Album

British melodic hard rock band, PRAYING MANTIS, have completed the songwriting sessions for the new album, "Threshold of a Dream," and have been busy in the recording sessions in Atlanta, Georgia the past few weeks.

The titles of the songs recorded include: "Threshold of a Dream," "Sanctuary," "Broken Chain," "Touch The Rainbow," "Turn The Tide," "Tears In The Rain," "Restless," "Heart In Time," "So High," "Playing God," and "Highway." The album will likely be released in the in the first half of 2009.

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Praying Mantis Begins Work On New Album

NWOBHM veterans Praying Mantis have announced that they will be working on a brand new studio album this year, with the current working title of "Touch The Rainbow."

The bands record company (Frontiers Records) states: "They will shortly begin recording and the likelihood is that the album will be recorded during the month of September in Atlanta, Georgia with an anticipated release in early 2009.

"The current lineup of the band includes, of course, founding members Tino and Chris Troy on guitars and bass respectively, Benjamin Reid on drums, Andy Burgess on guitar and Mike Freeland on vocals, the lineup of which they have already played a number of successful festivals in UK and Europe during 2008.

"The new songs once again present the familiar blend of the hard rock edge with very melodic "hookline" choruses that have always been an essential trade mark of Mantis since the 1980's.

"Though this will be yet another album on the ever growing discography of the band, Chris Troy believes that: "This may well prove to be the best album Mantis have ever written!".

"Look out the Mantis are definitely back and kicking!"

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Praying Mantis Confirmed For Bloodstock Open Air

The Bloodstock team has announced that NWOBHM legends PRAYING MANTIS have been added to the bill for Bloodstock Open Air 2008.

Praying Mantis were formed by brothers Tino and Chris Troy in the mid ‘70s and they later became part of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal movement which swept the UK in the late ‘70s and early ‘80s, producing bands such as Saxon, Def Leppard, Diamond Head and most famously, Iron Maiden. Pursuing a direction which was more melodic and AOR-orientated than most of their homeland contemporaries, the band issued their debut album, "Time Tells No Lies" in 1981 to widespread critical acclaim. Management and line-up instability, however, quickly undermined their success and after two further singles, the band temporarily split and remained inactive until 1991’s comeback album, "Predator In Disguise," which featured ex-Iron Maiden guitarist Dennis Stratton. Since then, the band have continued to record regularly and play selected live dates and their forthcoming BOA show marks a rare opportunity to witness Praying Mantis perform on home turf.

Speaking out about playing this year's Bloodstock, Praying Mantis has issued the following statement: "We are really looking forward to playing Bloodstock this year. This is our first open air festival in the UK for a number of years but you can be sure that we will give you a set to remember. The stone faced rockers may well recall us from the crazy days of the New wave of British heavy metal, but no doubt will be surprised to hear the vibrance and vitality of the classic heavy rock sound as it is today."

"Look out Bloodstock, the Mantis is coming and will have your head off!!!!!!"

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NWOBHM DVD Due Out In June

It's been announced that a new DVD entitled Iron Maiden And The New Wave Of British Of Heavy Metal will be released on June 10th via MVD Entertainment. The documentary is described by its distributors as follows:

"Back in 1976, nobody really knew that there was an old wave of British Heavy Metal. But within two years of their formation, Iron Maiden had spearheaded what came to be abbreviated the NWOBHM, and as with punk the year before, a new generation of Rock musicians bought in a new wave of the genre - and in the process made loud, raw, heavy rock the global phenomenon it is today. For the first time this film investigates this New Wave - the bands, the records, the media and the series of unconnected events that led to this astonishing, durable and still hugely relevant form which is still heard today in virtually every rock record released. Focusing on Maiden and the other pivotal bands of the time, such as SAXON, SAMSON, PRAYING MANTIS, DIAMOND HEAD, TYGERS OF PAN TANG and many others, this DVD is the ultimate expose of a style that may not get as much press as punk, but is equally as relevant to the music of the second millennium. It features rare footage of all the main NWOBHM bands; Live and studio recordings of the pivotal tracks; Scarce news items and archive of the movement, from the time, as it unfolded around the UK; Seldom seen photographs, many from private collections. It also includes exclusive interviews with many of the major players, including, Iron Maiden's PAUL DIANNO and Dennis Stratton, Diamond Head's Brian Tatler, Tygers Of Pan Tang's Rob Weir, Samson's legendary drummer Thundersticks, Tino and Chris Troy from Praying Mantis, the current line-up of GIRLSCHOOL and many other high profile names from the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal. There's also commentary, review and expertise from; Malcolm Dome [Kerrang, Classic Rock] Jerry Ewing [Metal Hammer, Classic Rock] Geoff Barton [staff writer at Sounds during the New Wave] Garry Bushell [Sounds journalist and champion of NWOBHM] Neil Kay [legendary metal DJ from the Soundhouse club] and British metal author and journalist, Joel McIver."

In addition to the documentary, there will also be extended interviews and a NWOBHM interactive challenge.

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NWOBHM Anniversary Show At The Astoria

Diamond Head, Praying Mantis, Jaguar and Witchfynde will team up for a special New Wave Of British Heavy Metal anniversary show in London. It happens at the Astoria on November 4.

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Original Priest Singer Completes New Solo Album

Original JUDAS PRIEST singer Al Atkins has completed work on his fifth solo album, entitled "Demon Deceiver".

The CD, which features artwork by MAGNUM bassist Al Barrow (who also runs Generic Designs), was pieced together over the last ten months with the help of South African guitarist Mike de Jager, Simon Lees (BUDGIE; once voted guitarist of the year by Guitar magazine), Brian Tatler (DIAMOND HEAD), bassist Pete Emms (THE VASELINE RATS), and drummers Adrian Badland and Mick Hales. Among the songs scheduled to appear on the album is "Drown", which is said to be a duet between Al and the Kansas-based vocalist/guitarist Johnny Lokke.

Atkins' band THE DENIAL, also featuring ex-IRON MAIDEN/PRAYING MANTIS guitarist Dennis Stratton, is currently on a break while the members pursue other projects. Al is also said to be finishing off his book he is writing about the early years of JUDAS PRIEST, entitled "Dawn of the Metal Gods".

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