PRAYING MANTIS : ‘Keep It Alive’ – new live album by veteran UK metal act out 06.12.19

Written by on 9th October 2019

PRAYING MANTIS : ‘Keep It Alive’ – new live album by veteran UK metal act out 06.12.19

 

Recorded live at Frontiers Rock Festival V in Milan, Italy on 28th April 2018, this brand new live release
shows Praying Mantis performing a setlist of new songs and several classic tracks to a packed crowd,
including selected cuts from their now legendary debut album, ‘Time Tells No Lies’. Overall, it showcases
the repertoire of one of the most consistent British hard rock bands around.

Originally formed in 1973 by the Troy brothers, Tino and Chris, Praying Mantis became one of the most
influential bands of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal (NWOBHM). They are also one of a very small
number of acts from that era to have remained an ongoing concern over the intervening years, and they
still record and appear live regularly. ’Time Tells No Lies’ was released in 1981 to critical acclaim, and it
remains a significant milestone in the history of the NWOBHM movement. Following a short-lived
reformation of most of the original Praying Mantis line-up in 1987, they went back on hiatus until offered
the chance to play in Japan with ex-Iron Maiden members Paul Di’Anno and Dennis Stratton in 1990.

This experience injected new life into the band, and also marked the beginning of a productive fifteen
year partnership with Stratton. The band’s second official studio album, ‘Predator in Disguise’, was
released in 1991, and they have continued to write and release new material regularly ever since, with a
shifting line-up that has featured the likes of Doogie White, Gary Barden, Bernie Shaw, Bruce Bisland,
Mike Freeland, Gary Mackenzie and other figures from the cream of Britain’s rock fraternity. Following
another major line-up change (including the departure of Stratton), Praying Mantis signed to Frontiers
and recorded the album ‘Sanctuary’, which was released in 2009. Considered to be one of the finest
albums of their career, it received positive reviews, as have two follow-up efforts, ’Legacy’ and ‘Gravity’.

Whether gigging in support of their latest releases, writing new material, or revisiting songs from their
now extensive back-catalogue, the Troy brothers, along with guitarist Andy Burgess and newest recruits,
John ‘Jaycee’ Cuijpers on vocals and Hans In T’ Zandt on drums and vocals, remain committed to the
blend of melody and power in their music that has become a trademark of the Praying Mantis sound,
and, over four decades since forming, the band is still completely dedicated to entertaining a seemingly
ever-growing army of fans across the globe.

On tour:
06.11.19  LONDON The Cavern Freehouse
07.11.19  NORWICH The Brickies
08.11.19  GREAT YARMOUTH Hard Rock Hell XIII
09.11.19  LONDON Classic Rock Weekender
30.11.19  TROON WinterStorm XIX


KEEP IT ALIVE
TRACKLISTING
1  Captured City
2  Panic In The Streets
3  Highway
4  Believable
5  Keep It Alive
6  Mantis Anthem
7  Dream On
8  Fight For Your Honour
9  Time Slipping Away
10  Children Of The Earth

pre-order / streaming link
https://radi.al/KeepItAlive

PRAYING MANTIS

John ‘Jaycee’ Cuijpers : lead vocals

Andy Burgess : guitars

Tino Troy : guitars & vocals

Chris Troy : bass & vocals

Hans In ’t Zandt : drums

 






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