Praying Mantis is one of the bands that really never reached their full potential or managed to grab their spot as one of the truly greats during the NWOBHM movement and that is a travesty. Maybe they just weren’t in the right place at the right time, or maybe they just didn’t have the right sound (they are a bit more melodic than some of the other bands at the time), but for whatever reason they continue on being largely ignored when the discussion for great NWOBHM bands are brought up unfortunately. Having heard pretty much their entire catalog, I have to say that I really quite enjoy what they have been able to produce. Now we see their tenth release with legacy (featuring new vocals by Jaycee Cuilpers and drums from Hans in’t Zandt) and the bands overall sound has pretty much stayed to form. Lots of melody, some solid driving guitars and an overall upbeat approach of melodic hard rock is the soup of the day. Sure they sometimes sound a bit closer to an 80’s hair band than they do to the power house members of the NWOBHM, but then again a lot of the old NWOBHM was uber melodic as well. Besides, they sure can right some engaging tunes regardless of the sound. Personally this may not be my favorite release of theirs, but they have put out a number of really good gems. Though I really dig the title of the album, it sounds like they are trying to make a statement that they belong and I am one who calls myself a believer!
Choice Tracks – Fight For Your Honour, The Runner, Believable, Eyes Of A Child