Por sus finals han pasado GARY BARDEN (Ex MSG) y DENNIS STRATTON (ex IRON MAIDEN)
Their formation considerably pre-dated the NWOBHM movement. They were formed in 1974 by the Troy brothers, Tino and Chris, both college students. Like several NWOBHM bands they made their first available recording at Neal Kay's Soundhouse recording studio, which was released as the Soundhouse Tapes EP in 1979.
1980 saw their profile considerably raised with support slots for Iron Maiden and Ronnie Montrose's Gamma. The attention won them a recording contract with Arista Records and they released their best-known work Time Tells No Lies in 1981. Management and line-up instability undermined their success and Arista dropped them. The following year they signed for Jet Records, but two subsequent singles flopped and the band folded. They had recorded a version of the Russ Ballard penned track "I Surrender", but ran into conflict with Rainbow, who went on to release their version, and had a Top 10 worldwide hit. Instead, Praying Mantis recorded another single, "Cheated". It reached No. 69 in the UK Singles Chart in January 1981.
The band maintained a strong fan base in Japan, and when the Troys temporarily reformed Praying Mantis for a NWOBHM nostalgia tour in 1990, they were encouraged by the response to resurrect the band full-time. Their live work was released as Live at Last, and a follow-up studio album Predator in Disguise was released the following year, and the band soldiered on into the new century. A compilation album, The Best of Praying Mantis, was released in 2004.
Following further line-up changes, a new album, Sanctuary, was released in the spring of 2009 and has gained worldwide media acclaim.
Time Tells No Lies (Arista 1981)
Throwing Shapes (billed as 'Stratus') (Steel Trax 1984)
Predator in Disguise (Pony Canyon 1991)
A Cry for the New World (Pony Canyon 1993)
To the Power of Ten (Pony Canyon 1995)
Forever in Time (Pony Canyon 1998)
Nowhere to Hide (Pony Canyon 2000)
The Journey Goes On (Pony Canyon 2003)
Sanctuary (Frontiers 2009)
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