JULY 29th 2015

Review by Metal Mom

Release date: Aug 21
Frontiers Music srl

Praying Mantis are:
John 'Jaycee' Cuijpers – Lead Vocals
Tino Troy – Guitars & Vocals
Chris Troy – Bass & Vocals
Andy Burgess – Guitars + Vocals
Hans in ‘t Zandt – Drums
Genre: Melodic Rock/Classic Rock

Track Listing for Legacy:
01. Fight for Your Honour
02. The One
03. Believable
04. Tokyo
05. Better Man
06. All I see
07. Eyes of a Child
08. The Runner
09. Against the World
10. Fallen Angel
11. Second Time Around

Well I am back, I needed a break from trying to do so many CD reviews, I was at a loss for words to try and describe what I was hearing. We get a lot of CD's to review. So I am hoping that the break did me some good, and I am digging right back in with the exceptional talent of PRAYING MANTIS and their latest CD, their 10th in fact - "Legacy". Also the first to feature drummer Hans in’t Zandt and vocalist John “Jaycee” Cujipers.  The band also took a break for 6 years before releasing this album, and trust me, this is well worth the wait.

Where do I begin, so this time I decided to give the whole album a listen before trying to write down what I might think. Well to start with, I listened to it more than once, multiple times in fact, because it was that good. So refreshing to be able to listen to an album that all songs, music and the talent of each musician gives us so much, an absolute phenomenal album. I can see myself with Legacy in the car stereo just cranked up, driving a convertible down the road and enjoying all that this album has to give.  It has that old NWOBHM sound from the 80’s, but with a fresh new sound.

Praying Mantis are a well-established band of melodic hard rockers. In fact if you didn’t know (I didn’t),  in the early years Praying Mantis did some touring extensively with Iron Maiden, doing over 100 shows with them. They formed in 1973 by brothers Tino and Chris Troy, and together with bands like Iron Maiden, Def Leppard, Saxon, and others they initiated the NWOBHM movement. While they did not see the same staggering heights of success as some of their peers from that time. Praying Mantis nonetheless became one of the most influential bands of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal (NWOBHM). The band has remained active over the years and still record and play live regularly.

The mixing of Legacy was done by Andrew Riley in his own studio in Atlanta, he also completed their previous album “Sanctuary”. The artwork is done by one of the most influential and well known artists in the rock industry, Rodney Matthews (Magnum, Diamond Head, Allen/Lande). The imagery stands out, it is within the same style as talent as the original Praying Mantis albums, like “Time Tells No Lies” and “Predator In Disguise”.

All I can say here is, this is a must have, whether you have heard of Praying Mantis or you are already a fan, this is definitely a album to have in your collection. There is not a song on this album that you find yourself skipping over, it is one of those albums that no matter how many times you play it, you will never get bored, an album of perfection.

Praying Mantis - Legacy -- Buy it now

The One: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EOl5C-eL1zI