Praying Mantis Sanctuary Frontiers Records
Produced By: Andy Reilly & Praying Mantis

Running Time: 51.18

Release Date: Out Now


Musical Style: Melodic Hard Rock

Links: Frontiers
Songs: 85%
Sound: 88%
Definitely not what I was expecting. I didn't even recognize the band for a while. Praying Mantis have turned in a very solid album here bordering on commercial in nature mixing hard rock elements with more straight ahead melodic rock and even some AOR melodies albeit delivered with a more powerful base.
The band is another act with a long rich history one with different selection of lead vocalists and other musicians along the way. But they are still here. The founding Troy Brothers are still the foundation of the band, so the direction is not going to be too unfamiliar to long time fans.
Mike Freeland is the new vocalist, who suits the tone of the new music. He should he had a major hand in writing a lot of it.
The band retains that British hard rock vibe, but the smooth nature of the vocals and the albums overall production will see some crossover appear here from the USA and other areas.
There are some truly memorable hooks embedded within this album none better than the acoustic driven rocker Restless Heart. The fast tempo So High motors along before the tempo changes for the slower, sentimental ballad Lonely Way Home which features a great lead vocal and chorus.
Fans of NWOBHM will still find plenty here to love such as the trilogy of fast and furious classic rock themed tracks Touch The Rainbow, Threshold Of A Dream and Playing God.
Highway is a touch of melodic brilliance, with a real AOR heart, big chorus and singalong lyric.
Closing the album is the more progressive Sanctuary, adding some grit to proceedings.
The Bottom Line
An interesting and somewhat unexpected release and a welcome one at that. A nice slice of traditional British hard rock, with a strong melodic undercurrent. Not too many of those kinds of records around at the moment. This is certainly more melodic than I can remember any other Praying Mantis release being.
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Line Up:
Mike Freeland: Vocals
Tino Troy: Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals
Chris Troy: Bass, Keyboards, Vocals
Andy Burgess: Guitars, Keyboards, Vocals
Benjy Reid: Drums

Essential For Fans Of:
Praying Mantis
British Melodic Hard Rock
Track Listing
In Time
Restless Heart *
Tears In The Rain
So High *
Lonely Way Home *
Touch The Rainbow
Threshold of a Dream *
Playing God
Highway *

--*Best Tracks

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