Hey, Hey, faithful followers of the Mighty Mantis Army. We hope you are enjoying a fabulous summer!
Things are also hotting up in the Mantis calendar with some extra spicy stuff to get your teeth into. Firstly we’d like to say a HUGE thank you for hanging with us and waiting patiently for our online shop. We are pleased to announce that the wait is nearly over and this will be up and running in the autumn. We would love to hear from our fans as to what kind of merchandise they would like to see in the shop. We have some existing stock but levels are running low and we need to re-order. Your help and a wish list will be very much appreciated. That way we can stock up with all your favourite items.
Others of you may be eagerly awaiting the new album. Well, the pen is now flowing again and the guitars are practically playing themselves. The recording has started and barring no lengthy power cuts or major hiccups, a new album will be on the shelves in April 2018. You’ll be pleased to hear that the new songs are sounding superb in their demo form and we can’t wait to start layering up the cake. We are under no illusions that ‘Legacy’ is going to be one helluva tough cookie to beat so we know we have to put our pedal to the Metal to deliver something special for you.
Leading up to that, we have a few venues to rock the rest of this year out with. Next up on the calendar in September is ‘Escape Open Air’ near Berlin. We hope to see some of our faithful army there to help bring the old castle walls crashing down! Also in September and just a little further south in Germany is the ‘Harder Than Steel’ festival, brought to us by the organisers of ‘Keep It True’. Another show in the Netherlands on the Friday is also on the cards so please keep up to date with the gig diary to avoid disappointment.
In between and following these few shows, there will be more album production encompassing a recording session in Belgium. Here, we aim to get Hansie’s drums and Jaycee’s vocals nailed. This will take us through to the end of November, where we break off from recording for a few more live bites starting with the ‘Winterstorm’ festival in Troon, Ayrshire. Then it’s a long drive back down to Hatfield and a gig at ‘The Rock Den’ followed by ‘HRH NWOBHM Xmas Rocka’ in Sheffield the following week. There may be a few more nibbles to be had along the way so watch this space!
Come the start of December, we aim to be decorating our cake with a few trimmings like tasty guitar licks, mouth-watering melodies and Ho, Ho, harmonies. Then while you guys get jolly and fat over Christmas, Tino and Andy will probably be mixing … again … Bah, Humbug!!
So there you have it! Please remember to connect with us on Facebook and Twitter and spread the word about Praying Mantis far and wide. This is the second coming with many shows already confirmed for next year. Add the flavour of a new album with the same dynamic ingredients that brought you ‘Legacy’ and 2018 is looking very tantalising indeed!
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Our next show is the WinterStorm festival in Scotland on Friday 24th September 2017. We will be sharing the stage with some great bands so join us if you can.
The Rock Den
Straight after WinterStorm, we travel to London to play at The Rock Den on Saturday 25th November. See you at the front.
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Listen to a taster of our latest album.
Artwork by Rodney Matthews.
Tino and Chris share their stories from their time on the road with Mantis.
If you have been following our Facebook page, you will know that we are currently working on a new album which is scheduled for release in the spring 2018. Keep posted for further updates.
WinterStorm Festival 2017
Friday 24th November. Check out the latest information.
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We are still promoting the release of our latest and 10th studio album, Legacy. Take a listen and check it out for yourself. Here's the video for Fight For Your Honour.