Praying Mantis

BiografieFormed in London, England, in 1977, Praying Mantis were at the forefront of the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal. The original line-up consisted of Tino "Troy" Neophytou (guitar, vocals), Robert Angelo (guitar), Tino´s brother Chris "Troy" Neophytou (bass, vocals) and Mick Ransome (drums). Through early demo recordings the band attracted the attention of heavy-metal club DJ Neal Kay, who helped them to release an independent three-track EP, The Soundhouse Tapes Vol. 2, a title also used by Iron Maiden for their first release. The band´s career can be closely linked with Iron Maiden during those early years as, in addition to both bands appearing on the Metal For Muthas compilation released by EMI Records in 1980, they also toured England together. Signing to Arista Records and replacing Robert Angelo (who joined Weapon in July 1981) and Mick Ransome with guitarist/vocalist Steve Carroll and ex-Ten Years After drummer Dave Potts, the band´s debut, Time Tells No Lies, was released in 1981. It was not well received, owing to the lacklustre production and basic melodic rock sound. The band decided a line-up change was needed, replacing the departed Steve Carroll with ex-Grand Prix vocalist Bernie Shaw, and they also recruited keyboard player Jon Bavin. This line-up went on to record "Turn The Tables" for a compilation album released on the Yet Records label in the mid-80s. Through a lack of media interest the band metamorphosed into Stratus, who specialized in standard melodic rock and also featured ex-Iron Maiden drummer Clive Burr. To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the N.W.O.B.H.M. the band re-formed early in 1990 to tour Japan as part of the British All Stars. This new line-up consisted of founder-members Tino and Chris Troy, ex-Iron Maiden vocalist Paul Di´Anno, ex-Iron Maiden guitarist Dennis Stratton and ex-Weapon drummer Bruce Bisland.

Quelle: http://www.theiceberg.comDiscografiePraying Mantis - 1980

All Day and All of the Night - 1980

Time Tells No Lies - 1981

Cheated - 1981

Turn the Tables - 1982

Live at Last - 1990

Predator In Disguise - 1991

A Cry For The New World - 1993

Only The Children Cry EP - 1993

To The Power Of Ten - 1995

Double Captured Alive in Tokyo - 1996

Forever In Time - 1998

Demorabilia - 1999

Nowhere To Hide - 2000

The Journey Goes On - 2003

The Best Of Praying Mantis - 2004



Montag 26.05.2003
Trotz ewiger Besetzungswechsel, der Promotion des neuen Klassealbums und der momentanen Nu Metal-Offensive fand Chris Troy die Zeit, sich mit einigen Fragen rund um die Band und die neue Scheibe ausgiebig zu befassen.


Praying Mantis 5
Donnerstag 26.05.2016


The Best Of Praying Mantis - Cover
Der "Best - Of" - Virus greift weiterhin um sich.
The Journey Goes On - Cover
Einige von den Älteren unter Euch sollten Praying Mantis noch kennen. Die Band veröffentlichte 1981 mit "Time tells no Lies" einen bis heute als Kult abgefeierten Klassiker der NWOBHM.