Praying Mantis are pleased to announce their 11th studio album, Gravity will be released on 11th May, 2018! After the positive reception afforded to the band’s last studio release, Legacy (2015), the new record sees the band return with another inspired, take-no-prisoners set of melodic hard rock/heavy metal stunners!
Gravity also sees Praying Mantis retain the same line-up, with John Cuijpers (vocals) and Hans in’t Zandt (drums) again contributing to the songwriting process. Alongside founder members Tino Troy, Chris Troy and Andy Burgess, they have not only helped in the writing of the songs, but also in providing a new dimension in terms of sound engineering and overall production.
One of the most influential and well known sleeve artists in the rock field, Rodney Matthews (Magnum, Diamond Head, Allen/Lande), has been commissioned to design the artwork for Gravity in the same style and stunning quality that so many fans loved on Praying Mantis albums such as Time Tells No Lies, Predator In Disguise and the aforementioned Legacy.
Praying Mantis are a well established band of melodic hard rockers. They were formed by brothers Tino and Chris Troy in 1973 and, together with bands like Iron Maiden, Def Leppard and Saxon, they spearheaded the NWOBHM (New Wave Of British Heavy Metal) movement of the late ’70’s. While they did not attain the same dizzying heights of success as some of their contemporaries, they nonetheless became one of the most influential bands in the genre. The band has remained active over the years and still record and play live regularly.
Praying Mantis will perform at the annual Frontiers Rock Festival in Milan, Italy on 28th April: frontiersrockfestival.com
Gravity out 11.05.18: CD / LP / digital (Frontiers). Listen to the title track below: