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Praying Mantis - 2015 Legacy

ARTIST: Praying Mantis
ALBUM: Legacy
LABEL: Frontiers
YEAR: 2015
SPONSOR: Frontiers Portal


LINEUP: John 'Jaycee' Cuijpers - lead vocals * Tino Troy - guitars, vocals * Chris Troy - bass, vocals * Andy Burgess - guitars, vocals * Hans in 't Zandt - drums

TRACK LISTING: 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



They've been around since the NWOBHM era, and that was some thirty five years ago. Praying Mantis themselves have been in camp much longer. 1973 was their origin year apparently, so that makes them well over forty years old. You wouldn't think it listening to 'Legacy'. It sounds as fresh as a daisy. The Troy brothers have enlisted two new blokes to the team; both Dutchmen.. Jaycee Cuijpers and Hans in't Zandt (vocals and drums), and the results are immaculate. I listened with astonishment to the preview song called 'The One', and was blown away, as were many others. The other songs on the album are equally as good. Let's take a walk through.

The Songs
'Fight For Your Honour' leads off. Frontiers have put together a video for this one. It has the typical Mantis vibe, but with a modern booming production similar to a band like Saracen. There's loads of guitar grunt, strong vocals, a tinkling of keys and a big drum sound. 'The One' is my favourite. Very commercial, melodic and the nearest thing to perfect AOR that the band have ever done. Beautiful stuff. And that voice from Mr Cuijpers.. wow! The lilting piano motif intro to 'Believable' makes way for a melodic rocker of the highest grade. There's a symphonic quality to this track, as proven by the orchestration in the chorus. Mantis has always had strong support from their Japanese fan-base, and though 'Tokyo' might admit to being slightly tacky in some of the musical phrases, it too has huge appeal once you venture deeper into the song. Moving onto 'Better Man', I don't really want to go too over-the-top, but this is quite staggering vocal wise. Cuijpers has a huge voice and is well suited to material like this. I can't say anymore than that. You just have to listen to it.

For fans of Aussies White Widdow, you might get something out of 'All I See'. The guitar parts are vey similar to our resident Melbourne heroes, and overall the song structure competes equally. 'Eyes Of A Child' is big on parping keys to start out. Interestingly, this could be something you might find on a latter-day Threshold album for instance. It just edges into prog metal territory by a whisker. Despite being held up on the starters block at the beginning, 'The Runner' soon takes shape. The tempo is fairly upbeat in keeping with the sentiment of the song. Both 'Against The World' and 'Fallen Angel' are wonderful power-anthems, and well-suited appearing down the track order. The closer 'Second Time Around' is a punchier affair. Twin guitars abound, the drums are on double-time, and it finishes the album on a powerful bender, not some wimpy ballad which some bands are prone to doing.

In Summary
Well there we have it. PM's tenth studio album. I'm feeling that this could be a big shaker and mover for the band. The origins of this album have shifted all over the world, with recordings taking place in the UK, Belgium, Netherlands, and mixing occurring over in Atlanta Georgia thanks to Andrew Riley. Also, to top it off, acclaimed artist Rodney Matthews has designed some stunning new artwork for the album, complimenting the work he did previously on 'Time Tells No Lies' and 'Predator In Disguise'. Personally, I think this album is going to be blow a few people away when they hear the whole thing. Totally recommended. Oh and one other thing.. Rookie of the year? Jaycee Cuijpers..

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#1 | george_the_jack on August 20 2015 08:58:29
I can't wait to get my hands on this album. I love these guys and as with George, I was blown away by the preview song 'The one'. Killer song!
#2 | gdazegod on August 20 2015 14:23:43
Praying Mantis - 2015 The One
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#3 | gdazegod on August 20 2015 14:24:38
Praying Mantis - 2015 Fight For Your Honour (Official Video)
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#4 | gdazegod on August 20 2015 14:27:13
Praying Mantis - 2015 All I See
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