Frontiers Records have secured the rights for the European release of PRAYING MANTIS "The Best of Praying Mantis" album for a June 17 release.
The album encompasses all classic of a more than 20 years long career for one of the prime movers of the NWOBHM (New Wave Of British Heavy Metal) scene, including such classics as "Cheated" (in a driving live version), rare cuts — such as "Turn The Tables" only previously available on a rare single released on 1982 — through to more recent songs taken from their Frontiers releases "Nowhere To Hide" and "The Journey Goes On".
"The Best of Praying Mantis" track listing:
01. Cheated (live)
02. Can't See The Angels
03. A Cry For The New World
04. Letting Go
06. Only The Children Cry
07. Turn The Table
08. Don't Be Afraid Of The Dark
09. Best Years
10. Forever In Time
11. Nowhere To Hide
12. Naked (re-recorded version)
13. A Moment In Life (exclusive European bonus track)
During 2004 PRAYING MANTIS took a break from recording and decided it was time to issue a collection which could give the fans an overview on the long career spanning over two decades. The resulting "Best Of" is a poignant collection of British hard rock masterpieces which is an essential addition to all serious rock fan collection.
PRAYING MANTIS were formed by brothers Tino and Chris Troy in the mid-1970s and they became one of the bands associated with the NWOBHM. Their first album, "Time Tells No Lies", received a lot of critical acclaim. Unfortunately there was then some managerial problems and a couple of name changes before the band reformed in 1990 with Dennis Stratton (ex-IRON MAIDEN) for a NWOBHM festival in Japan. Since then they have released new albums every two or three years and are gaining new fans around the world all the time.