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  PRAYING MANTIS
'Legacy' Album Launch
The Borderline, London
Sunday 30th August 2015


Liz Medhurst: Photos by Sean Cameron

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It's a good time to be alive when Praying Mantis are continuing to produce the goods as well as this.

Tonight's gig was a launch event for the new album, 'Legacy', which is the first full length to feature the current line up which was established in 2013.

And what a show it was – musically, energetically and atmospherically golden. An added bonus was the presence of the great artist Rodney Matthews who designed the 'Legacy' album cover.

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As the lights went out and a long sustained chord played, the band exploded into 'Children Of The Earth'. I do like a good entrance, it's very important, and this one delivered.

As this gave way to 'Panic In The Streets', the appreciative crowd already in good voice, the band responded and the chemistry in the room raised the atmosphere a few notches more.

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The first track from the new album was 'Fight For Your Honour', a flying rocker that sits well with the classic output – anyone new to the band would have a hard time telling old from new, which is a mark of the band's incredibly high consistency and quality.

And that is the essence of Praying Mantis – quality hard rock songs with - oh thank god - buckets of melody, harmony and texture wrapped up in a heavy coating.

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The band made it look so easy tonight – vocalist Jaycee Cuijpers was assured and looked like he had occupied the front slot for years and the rhythm section of drummer Hans in't Zandt and Chris Troy underpinning with the most solid of foundations. The twin guitars of Tino Troy and Andy Burgess were completely on point all night, providing driving power and fluidity equally.

The tracks performed which saw a slight dip in tempo brought us a couple of belters – 'Better Man' from the new album (where Jaycee improvised having no megaphone with an innovative use of holding his nose for the bridge) and 'Dream On' which was utterly stunning.

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And what a climax to the set with 'Turn The Tables', which built and built to a perfect pinnacle of sound. Four tracks from 'Legacy' – which contains many more of equally high quality – and a great mix of the back catalogue. No complaints from me whatsoever.

The band returned and we all sang "Happy Birthday" to Chris Troy before being treated to a faultless 'Captured City', sending us all off into the night with a warm glow.

What a way to spend a rainy Bank Holiday Sunday. Legacy for Praying Mantis? It's alive, active and assured.

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Set list:
Children Of The Earth
Panic In The Streets
Praying Mantis
Fight For Your Honour
Borderline
Highway
Better Man
Believable
The Runner
Dream On
Turn The Tables
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Captured City


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8.9.15







WACKEN WINTER NIGHTS IS HEAVY METAL WONDERLAND

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Wacken Winter Nights 2018 takes place between February 23rd and 25th 2018 and the great news is that you can now experience a full-on, top class German Metal Festival easily and affordably.

It only takes an hour to fly to Hamburg from London and we've had longer journeys than that within the capital and they were certainly more expensive than the £33 air ticket that just appeared in our 'flights to Wacken Winter Nights' search.

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Wacken Winter Nights is organised by the same team who are responsible for the world's greatest Metal festival, Wacken-Open-Air and the 2018 bill includes Skyclad, Orphaned Land, Elvenking, Finntroll, Grave Digger, Aeverium, Comes Vagantes, Coppelius, Corvus Corax, Die Pressgëng, Elvellon, Heimataerde, Hell-O-Matic, Ignis Fatuu, Ingrimm, Irdorath, Johnny Deathshadow, Krayenzeit, Letzte Instanz, Mr Hurley und die Pulveraffen, Pampatut, Pat Razket, Schandmaul, Sündenrausch, The Aberlour's, The Moon And The Nightspirit, Torfrock, Visions Of Atlantis, Vroudenspil, Wind Rose and more.



Besides this rich billing of superb Metal bands, there is so much more to see in the festival area including the medieval market and also the walking acts and jugglers you will meet at the theme worlds, including Robert Blake, three-time World Cup winner of street magic.

Wacken Winter Nights is something not to be missed and you can check out the amazing ticket and accommodation prices right here.

We just priced up the whole four day trip with hotels, flights, shuttles and festival tickets for less than £300 and we don't think you will get a better value festival than that, anywhere.

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MetalTalk recently sat down with Wacken founder and owner Thomas Jensen and that interview will be online next week and it's a fascinating insight into how Wacken originated from nothing to become the world's premiere Heavy Metal event.

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Wacken 2018 takes place from 2nd to 4th August 20218 and as with Wacken Winter Nights, if you have never experienced all it has to offer, then you owe it to yourself to remedy that.

Already announced for Wacken 2018 are Judas Priest, Nightwish, Running Wild (exclusive), Arch Enemy, Dirkschneider, Doro (Special Anniversary Show), In Extremo, Sepultura, Amorphis, Amaranthe, Firewind, W.A.R., Belphegor, Mantar, Knorkator, Deserted Fear, Watain, Night Demon, Epica, Knorkator, Belphegor, Firewind, Deserted Fear and many more and we'll have more Wacken 2018 announcements during December.

As well as being the greatest Heavy Metal festival in the world, it is without a doubt the Mecca of Metal and the one thing that every single person who loves our music should have on their bucket list.

For 2018, MetalTalk have joined forces with Wacken-Open-Air to help you get to Wacken easily and inexpensively and you can peruse the ticket and travel options right here.

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