MANTIS - SANCTUARY
Metal To Infinity
six long years, there is a new album of UK legends Praying Mantis.
I remember like yesterday, when I bought the Metal For Muthas compilation
albums, and in my opinion, one of the highlights were the brotherhood of Praying
Mantis. As years go
by, the style and musical direction changed from, the so called, N.W.O.B.H.M. in
the 80's to Melodic Rock and AOR in present time.
Of course, there have been several line-up changes through the years, the
band was even put on ice for a while, but all in all, they managed to come back,
and that's praiseworthy!
it was worth the wait! The
new album is called ''Sanctuary'' and when I received my promotional copy, the
first thing that popped up in my head was the similar feeling with the movie
''The Day After Tomorrow'', where we saw the torch of the Statue Of Liberty
holding out of a massive ice cap. On the new Praying Mantis album we see what
happened with the head of the statue, and it gave me creepy feelings... Well,
this is luckily just art, and the material that is burnt on the silver disk can
be described as 'art' as well.
The music on Sanctuary is from opener 'till closing track pure top-class
amusement. The songs
are brought with an eye and ear for detail, the structures and arrangements are
contemporary and moving with the times, so we can conclude that Praying Mantis
is still alive and kicking and stronger than ever before!
'In Time' starts at high speed, it's like a punch straight in the face, but the
musicians of Praying Mantis succeed in holding the strings and keep it
interesting for fans of melodic rock that like a heavy riff and fans of the more
commercial style. Fact
is, the ten songs on the new album have a lot of variety, and above all, there
is not one song that is inferior.
If I had to point out my favorite songs, it would depend on the mood that
I'm in. If I'm into a
ballad, there is plenty of choice, if I'm into a wilder track; there is enough
to choose from as well. ''Sanctuary''
can be described as the best of both worlds, and I'm inclined to say that this
is their best album of the last decade.
10 breathtaking songs, there is also a bonus video clip of 'Turn The Tide'. It's
all in the vein of the song, and the clip gives the words and lyrics a deeper
meaning. (Boy and
girl fall in love, the girl dies in a car accident, and the boy wants to turn
the tide). I was also
amused to see how Mike Freeland is bringing his lyrics with a lot of emotion and
charisma, and although he's not that long with the band, his enthusiasm lifts
the song to a higher level. Besides
the skills of Mike, we definitely have to mention the brother Tino and Chris
Troy who take care of the lead guitar and bass.
truly have to bow my head for these giants!!
They play in this band since 1973, and we can easily conclude that they 'live and die' for their Praying Mantis! Keep up the good work, and as it seems right now, this is only the second youth that has begun. I hope that they will team up for another 30 years with drummer Benjy Reid and Andy Burgess (Lead Guitar), and they will continue in bringing such great melodies and dedicated art! Make sure that you visit the website of www.praying-mantis.com and order your copy!
I truly have to bow my head for these giants!!
rating: 93 / 100
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