Praying Mantis

Nowhere To Hide

by on Mar.22, 2000, under Discography

Nowhere To Hide was released June 2000
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Catalogue
Type Cat No. Label Country
CD PCCY-01462 Pony Canyon Japan
CD FR CD 073 Frontiers/Now And Then Italy/UK
CD Special Edition Pressing Web Site/Band UK
Track List
Title Writers Length
01. Nowhere To Hide C.Troy/T.Troy 5′ 31″
02. Cruel Winter C.Troy/T.Troy 5′ 53″
03. The Clocktower C.Troy 5′ 11″
04. Can’t Stop The Fire C.Troy/D.Stratton 4′ 54″
05. Future Of The World D.Stratton 6′ 18″
06. Whenever I’m Lost D.Stratton 6′ 07″
07. You’ll Never Know C.Troy 5′ 39″
08. River Of Hope C.Troy/B.Bisland/T.O’Hora/T.Troy/D.Stratton 6′ 09″
09. Naked (Now And Then/Frontiers version only so far) T.Troy 7′ 53″
10. S.O.S T.Troy/C.Troy 6′ 45″
Artists
Name Instrument
Tino Troy Guitar,Vocals
Chris Troy Bass, Vocals
Dennis Stratton Guitar, Vocals
Bruce Bisland Drums,Vocals
Tony O’Hora Lead Vocals
Interview Links
What Source
Chris Troy Greek Fan Club
Dennis Stratton Exclusive
Additional Information
Studios Engineering
•Fleetwood Studios London •Tino Troy
Mixer/Producer Artwork
•Steve Mann at “The Music Mill” •Kazuo Hakamada

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18 Comments for this entry

  • Edwin Baeyens

    Well, I’ve had it for 5 days now and I’ve listened to it about twenty times,
    so I’d say I can judge it fairly now.
    After Forever in Time (probably my favourite album of all times, by any
    band) I didn’t think their new one would be as good. Not to worry, there’s
    no shame in not being able to reach perfection twice.

    How was I to know these guys could do it?

    Nowhere to Hide, Future of the World and S.O.S. are definitely among the
    best songs they’ve ever done, but there are absolutely no weak songs on the
    album. Again, the lyrics are wonderful and meaningful as well – something
    lacking in a most of the rock scene. Mantis must be the only band in the
    world to make two albums in a row without any filler songs. Now, if only
    more people knew about the band…

    Jon, if you contact the guys, tell them they’ve outdone themselves. Again.
    This is an absolute masterpiece…

  • AOR Heaven

    Here’s a review from AOR Heavan

    Unbelievable – this is undoubtful the best Praying Mantis ever and
    will make my top 3 of 2000 – imagine a more AORish version of the 1st
    Balance Of Power CD with a better singer – a gem !

  • RockTracks

    Here’s a review from RockTracks

    Most probably THE album of 2000. Awesome, 1st class Melodic Rock. The best
    PRAYING MANTIS ever did. Fantastic leadvocals by Tony O’Hara. Contains touches of
    a more AORish first BALANCE OF POWER, some classic AXE with awesome hooklines and
    melodies. A must ! The first 100% on rocktracks !

  • Voltz Magazine

    PRAYING MANTIS – NOWHERE TO HIDE – PONY CANYON PCCY01462

    Ah, Praying Mantis, one of a multitude of bands which heralded in the NWOBHM
    back in the late 70′s/early 80′s . The difference between Mantis and similar
    bands of that era is almost every other band had a brief flirtation with fame,
    or even some degree of success, a defining album, providing a vocalist or guitarist
    for some bigger act or perhaps a top ten single. It has taken Praying Mantis
    nigh on twenty years to finally get the attention they deserve In their homeland,
    with their current release Nowhere to Hide. Musically, Mantis have changed quite
    a bit over the years from their initial dabbling in metal to the Immaculately
    refined sound of their new CD. The basis of the band is still brothers Chris
    (bass) and Tino Troy (guitar, keys) although this time round they have created
    a record by finally recording successive albums with the same line up. Vocals
    are handled by the excellent Tony O’Hora, whom some will remember sang backing
    vocals on the first two Balance Of Power albums as well as his own solo project
    Horakane which got a Japanese release last year. The line up is rounded out
    by guitarist Denis Stratton (ex Iron Maiden) and drummer Bruce Bisland. The
    opener, which is the title track, crashes In on a crescendo of keyboards and
    guitars before Tony O’Hora delivers the opening lines in a powerful but controlled
    fashion, and the listener is soon aware he is in for a veritable treat.

    Stylistically the music falls somewhere between the first Balance Of Power
    album, only harder with far superior vocals and the latest Fair Warning offering
    4 , but with a few Thin Lizzy and Styx influences thrown in for good measure.
    This is not to say Mantis are simply copycats , because in fact, they are anything
    but. The music on offer is original, powerful and played with a great deal of
    conviction. Get a listen to the pompish splendour of Cruel Winter, the ripping
    guitar work of Stratton on the self penned Future of the World , or marvel at
    the beautiful ballad Whenever I’m Lost. The album closer SOS starts off with
    a twin guitar riff that wouldn’t be out of place on either a Lizzy or Maiden
    album before some crafty keyboard work carries us through the chorus on which
    the backing vocal’s are massive. Indeed the backing vocals throughout the entire
    album are superb, they are so good in fact it should be compulsive for all aspiring
    new bands to listen to them before attempting their own. I could go on, but
    by now you should have the picture , this is a thoroughly excellent album throughout
    and no self respecting fan of decent hard rock music should be without this
    in his or her collection. Production is handled by Tino Troy and Steve Mann
    (he of Liar fame I wonder??) and is absolutely HUGE! With material like this,
    how Praying Mantis have never broken the UK market remains a mystery, while
    in Japan they are worshipped from on high. Once again our Japanese friends show
    us they know a good thing when they see it, however European readers will soon
    have the opportunity to pick up this release at standard prices as Now and Then/Frontiers
    will Issue the CD in September. This is one of the albums of the year without
    doubt, go on treat yourself …….. Kieran Dargan

  • Heavy Harmonies

    Here’s a review from Heavy Harmonies

    AOR/HARD ROCK ALBUM OF 2000: Praying Mantis – Nowhere to Hide. This one flew out of left field and
    smacked me in the head…HARD. Originally classified as NWOBHM,
    this band has been around since 1981. This album is nothing but
    pure AOR hooks and harmonies. It is absolutely phenomenal.
    The *only* negative to this disc is that the production quality
    is not what it could be given the technology available today.
    I have never personally rated an album 100/100. If the production
    work were better on this album it *would* be 100/100. Even so,
    the music is so incredible I give it 97/100 (to give you an idea
    of how high a rating that is for me, I have in excess of 3,400
    CDs in my collection; perhaps 20 I rate as 95 or better). Yes,
    this disc is *THAT* good. Take Wetton-era Asia harmonies and apply
    them to pure traditional AOR melodies. Add a nice epic feel with
    heavy keys, and you’re there.

  • Richard Clancy

    A truly stunning album
    This is a truly stunning piece of work. The overall quality of the songs, together with some wonderful guitar and vocal work really make for a great album. What we have here is a band that contains some very fine and experienced musicians who have put together a collection of songs that create a really classic album. For anyone that followed Praying Mantis in the early 1980′s Nowhere to Hide is an absolute “must buy”. For those of you that have not heard anything by this band, you could do a whole lot worse than to start by listening to this album.

  • Chris Fielding

    Fantastic melodic hard rock release

    Praying Mantis appeared with the rise of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal in the early 80s and rubbed shoulders with the likes of Iron Maiden and Def Leppard. This album is their best to date. The mix of lead and harmony guitar breaks and solos with great vocals and keyboards is fantastic. If you like bands like Ten you’ll love this. There are no fillers or duds, just 10 great flowing songs with exciting instrumentation and intelligent meaningful lyrics.

  • Melodic Rock

    Here’s a review from Melodic Rock

    February
    3rd 2001:
    “Nowhere to hide” is now available, so at last I can review the album. First, this cd belongs in all melodic rock collections.
    Live appearances by Praying Mantis are quite rare, and the writer of
    these lines was very happy, when he was able to admire Praying Mantis
    at the Wacken-Open-Air last year. I was looking forward to it for weeks,
    and then I met the band before its appearance. It was already a great day and then in the evening the live performance. Only 45 minutes, but only one word is necessary to describe the performance,
    Unbelievable!

    Now however to “Nowhere to hide”. The Vocals of Tony O’Hora are outstanding
    he gives a really powerful performance. The songs are great and the band clearly enjoy of their music … Praying Mantis are better
    than ever before. “Nowhere to hide ” with “Can’t
    stop the fire” and “Future of the world” offers two genuine killer songs, the other
    tracks are also melodic jewels. This is a quite successful cross section of all
    variants of melodic rock. One can hear this cd just as well in the car, as
    in the “romantic hours with two persons”. “Nowhere to hide” is simply timeless
    and offers first-class songs with a perfect, powerful production. For those,
    who haven’t heard anything by Praying Mantis, this is a perfect starter.
    After buying this the doors will open for the other Praying Mantis cd’s.

    03.
    Februar 2001:
    „Nowhere to hide” ist ja nun schon länger erhältlich, also kommt jetzt endlich
    auch das Review einer CD, die in jede Melodicrock-Sammlung gehört. Live-Auftritte
    der Praying Mantis sind recht rar, und der Schreiber dieser Zeilen geriet
    doch recht arg in Verzückung, als er die Praying Mantis auf dem Wacken-Open-Air
    im letzten Jahr bestaunen durfte. Ich freute mich schon wochenlang, und
    dann traf ich die Band noch vor ihrem Auftritt. Schon kultig … dann am
    Abend der Auftritt. Zwar nur 45 Minuten, aber nur ein Wort, um diesen Gig
    zu beschreiben: Unglaublich ! Nun aber zu „Nowhere to hide„, dem „Forever
    in time„-Nachfolger. Überragende Vocals von Tony O’Hara, der dieser Band
    mehr als gut getan hat. Spielfreude, ausgereifte Songs … Praying Mantis
    sind besser als je zuvor. Mit Bruce Bisland ist ein neuer Drummer an Bord,
    ansonsten ist alles beim Alten geblieben. „Nohwere to hide„ bietet mit „Can’t
    stop the fire„ und „Future of the world„ zwei echte Kracher, aber auch die
    anderen Songs werden nicht langweilig. Ein recht gelungener Querschnitt
    aller Varianten des Melodicrocks. Man kann diese CD genauso gut im Auto
    hören, als in den „Stunden der Zweisamkeit„. Eine CD, die einfach zeitlos
    ist. Eine CD, die man mehr als empfehlen kann. Eine CD, die neben perfekter
    Produktion erstklassiges Songmaterial bietet. Für diejenigen, die noch nichts
    von den Praying Mantis gehört haben, ist es ein gelungener Einstieg. Und
    dann werdet ihr euch automatisch die anderen Werke zulegen. Fazit: Nur zu
    empfehlen.

  • Dynamite Metal

    Here’s a review from Dynamite Metal


    PRAYING MANTIS – NOWHERE TO HIDE (A) Now & Then/Frontiers, 2000
    10 tracks,
    RT: 60:27
    [ http://www.nowandthen.co.uk ]
    [ http://www.frontiers.it ]
    [ info@frontiers.it ]
    This arrived with a ton of other Now & Then/Frontiers releases and, for
    whatever reason, I put it at the bottom of the “listen to” pile. Mistake.
    This thing kicks big ass and I’m still surprised at how much I like it. Praying
    Mantis has been around in one form or another for decades, and I just never
    really heard them. Some big names (Gary Barden, Paul Di’Anno) have come and
    gone, and ex-Iron Maiden guitarist Dennis Stratton has now been with them
    for 10 years. This is their second consecutive album with a stable lineup.
    (As an aside, I find it odd they’re considered a NWOBHM band when they only
    released one album and a few singles during the ’80s!) Can we call this “power
    AOR?” It’s more dynamic and exciting than garden-variety AOR, but it’s just
    a hair shy (and sweet) to be called metal. Stratton and Tino Troy lay down
    slick, pro-quality guitar work everywhere, and Chris Troy’s ultra-grooving
    bass lines are phenomenal. Why haven’t I heard of this guy before??? He smokes!
    Vocalist Tony O’Hora is crisp, clear, and clean, and he’s a perfect match
    for this Hardline-meets-Magnum sound. I guess another way to describe the
    kinda pompy goings-on would be “a less overblown Ten.” Make any sense yet???
    No? Then just go with the “power AOR” tag. Yes, the songs average out to 6:00
    each, so these definitely aren’t 3:30 summertime fluff songs, but they’re
    hooky, rockin’, and full of *monumental* layered choruses just the same. Stratton’s
    unashamedly uplifting “Future Of The World” is an absolute monster, and “Cruel
    Winter,” the title track, and “S.O.S.” are other standouts. Also of particular
    importance is the bonus track on the North American and European versions,
    Tino Troy’s “Naked.” It’s a moving tribute to his late daughter–and the amazing
    thing is, despite the circumstances surrounding the song’s genesis, it still
    manages to get you moving in a positive way. To put it simply, this is a great
    album. – Tim

  • Metal Reviews

    Here’s a review from Metal Reviews

    On the Frontiers label, Praying Mantis first surfaced back in the late ’70s, and has since gone through various lineup and name changes– and has at different times
    included several members of Iron Maiden, believe it or not.
    The band now specializes in vocal melodies and light hard rock. Early Ten is brought to mind, as well as some of the vocal work of Jon Bon
    Jovi.
    “Future of the World” is a heavier cut with a rolling chorus, and both “Can’t Stop the World” and “Naked” are good.
    “Cruel Winter” has a strong chorus, and
    “S.O.S.” makes its mark at album’s end.

  • Secrets Of Steel (French Only)

    Here’s a French lanaguage review from Secrets Of Steel

    Praying
    Mantis
    , un des fleurons de la NWOBHM, fait l’objet d’un véritable
    culte au pays du soleil levant, Time Tell No Lies s’écoulant
    encore maintenant, à de nombreux exemplaires. Sous la pression d’éditeurs
    japonais, les frères Troy reforment le groupe en 1991 pour un nouvel
    album, Predator in Disguise, et a depuis régulièrement sorti
    des albums de bonne facture. Au fil des réalisations, le hard mélodique
    du groupe commence peu à peu à se teinter de progressif : avec Forever
    In Time
    , nous sommes relativement éloignés du Hard FM de A
    Cry For A New World
    , d’autant plus que le nouveau chanteur, Tony
    O’Hara
    apporte une touche mélodique plus actuelle à l’ensemble. Le
    succès est au rendez-vous… au Japon évidemment, car ce joyau n’étant
    alors pas édité en Europe.

    Sorti
    depuis quelques mois, le nouvel album Nowhere to Hide a
    reçut un accueil d’un enthousiasme plus important que jamais avec des
    ventes records dans la discographie du groupe et des critiques élogieuses
    dans la presse. Le groupe se produira même au Wacken Open Air en
    août 2000, et c’est en toute logique que le label anglais Now&Then
    finira par mettre un terme à cet exil en distribuant l’album en Europe.
    C’est avec le même line-up que le précédent album, chose assez rare dans
    la carrière du groupe pour être signalée. Ce nouvel album est la suite
    logique de Forever In Time, plus progressif, plus insaisissable
    aussi.
    L’arrivée du chanteur Tony O’Hora est définitivement ce qui est
    arrivé de mieux au groupe dont les envolées lyriques typiquement NWOBHM
    sont un régal. Le guitariste Dennis Stratton, dont le plus haut
    fait d’arme et d’avoir été guitariste sur le premier album de Iron
    Maiden
    , est une nouvelle fois au meilleur de sa forme : les guitares
    belles et aériennes fusent dans tous les coins. Les claviers sont
    toujours là bien que discrets et les chœurs sont omniprésents,
    dans la tradition du style assez particulier de ce groupe. La texture
    musicale est riche et précieuse. Le bouquet final de l’album est S.O.S.,
    un magnifique titre rapide avec un refrain superbe.

    Nowhere
    To Hide
    est un croisement entre les mélodies de Iron Maiden et
    le côté soft de Royal Hunt et qui finalement, se rapproche peu
    être un peu de l’album culte Time Tell No Lies. A Noter
    la présence sur le version européenne de Naked, un titre
    en bonus assez intéressant. Un des meilleurs albums de hard rock mélodique
    de l’année même si je garde une préféréence
    pour Forever In Time. Un groupe mésestimé
    que l’on espère rencontrer à nouveau lors des festivals de l’année prochaine.

  • Rock Reunion

    Here’s a review from The Rock Reunion Page

    I can’t believe these guys are still releasing albums! 19 years after their debut “Time Tells No Lies”, the Troy brothers Tino (guitars, keyboards) and Chris (bass, keyboards) are releasing “Nowhere To Hide”, their sixth studio album. Throughout the years, Praying Mantis had countless singers (Steve Carroll, Paul Di’Anno – ex-Iron Maiden, Gary Barden – ex-MSG, Mark Thompson-Smith), this time it’s Tony O’Hara (he also sang on the last album “Forever In Time”). He has a clean AOR voice and does a great job on “Nowhere To Hide”. Bruce Bisland (drums) and Dennis Stratton (guitar, another ex-Iron Maiden member) are completing the band. “Nowhere To Hide” contains ten great AOR songs produced by ex-MSG guitar player Steve Mann. Most of the tracks are midtempo to uptemto, have huge melodies and great guitar lines (for example “Can’t Stop The Fire” and “Future Of The World” or the title track). “Whenever I’m Lost” is a very soft ballad with a bombastic chorus. Sometimes the backing vocals are too sweet, like on “You’ll Never Know”. So the song sounds a bit powerless. It’s strange that the bonus track “Naked” is the heaviest track on the album – and also one of the best! The album ends with “SOS”, another fast track with great harmonies. Melodic rock at its best.

    Rating: 8

    Review by: Rage

  • Classic Rock Magazine

    Here’s a review from Classic Rock Magazine in the UK

    Praying Mantis

    ‘Nowhere To Hide’

    (Frontiers – FR CD 073)

    It seems amazing to think that a band whose memory is still accorded such
    respect for their excellent ‘Time Tells No Lies’ album actually released it
    some 20 years ago. But since they reformed in 1990, Praying Mantis have
    been hard at work releasing a string of albums, though mostly in Japan.

    ‘Nowhere To Hide’ is their second album to feature vocalist Tony
    O’Hora, once briefly of Onslaught and, if memory serves me well, Runaway
    Stray too, and now with a settled line-up their finely tuned melodic rock
    has once more hit heights similar to that of their 1981 debut.

    Although ‘Nowhere To Hide’ doesn’t exactly break new ground, any
    old Mantis fans will revel in its solidly pleasing wall of rhythmic guitars
    and lush keyboards, which still evoke memories of the band during their
    NWOBHM hey day. It may be a far cry from today’s numetal strain, and,
    sadly, even hardly likely to attract much attention, but it’s a class hand
    from a band who prove they can still cut it.

    Jerry Ewing

  • Progression Magazine Issue 38

    Here’s a review from Classic Rock Magazine in the USA

    PRAYING MANTIS: Nowhere To Hide 2000 (CD, 60:22);

    Frontiers Records FR CD 073

    Style: Hard rock/symphonic

    Sound: *** Composition: *** Musicianship: *** Performance: *** Total rating: 12

    *** = Good and is out of 4. Therefore total rating is out of 16.

    Frontiers Records has made a name for itself with releases of excellent traditional hard rock in a time where such music is hardly the prevailing force in commercial music. Praying Mantis performs unabashed 1980s-style hard rock, with melodically uplifting guitar and keyboard themes, harmony chorus vocals, and propulsive beats.

    Much like the new release from Jorn (see above) on the same label, Nowhere To Hide opens with an upbeat title track, complete with all the qualities listed above. Keyboardist Tino Troy does a good job of making his contributions heard in the arrangements, while singer Tony O’Hora evokes all the stylings of 1980s metal/ hard-rock singers without sounding overly cliched.

    Not overly original or different, Praying Mantis should still be commended for writing and performing traditional hard rock without compromises. – Bill Knispel

  • Yvonne Neumann

    Not long since the predecessor “Forever in Time” has finally been released in Europe, it is followed by the millenium work of the melodic English crew and is regularly available in German CD stores. The style is similar to the lunacy of the precursor but the guitar solos can’t fit to hold a candle to this one, I think.

    The song material is not far away of it, though. The opener and the title song can write “AOR classic” on their flags, “Cruel Winter” is a song that creeps with fantastic keyboards slowly into your ears…! “The Clocktower” is pure philosophy: “Time hides the answers, time holds the truth, time is the enemy hidden from your youth; hode answers from my memories, part me from my soul, but the pendulum of life will carry on” – just the right thing for me!
    Guitar parts with Spanish flair with a soft singing and huge choirs like in “Whenever I’m Lost” are the points that make this album definitely better than the latest PRETTY MAIDS, although the Danish are walking the same
    soil with “Carpe Diem”.

    Tony O’Hora is a fantastic frontman who fits better into this kind of music than a Ronnie Atkins. Well, that is at least my opinion. So there is just one question left: why do PRAYING MANTIS sound live like a modern NWoBHM band and on studio albums they spread the feeling of a slim version of their past? Strange, but a fact.

    Music: 8,5

    Sound: 7,5

    play time: 60:27

    (PIRATE QUEEN)

    http://www.underground-empire.de

  • George Thatcher, Heartoftherock.com

    Here’s a review from The Heart Of The Rock Page

    PRAYING MANTIS – NOWHERE TO HIDE (2000, FRONTIERS)

    Tony O’Hora – vocals; Dennis Stratton – guitars; Tino Troy – guitars, keyboards; Chris Troy – bass; Bruce Bisland – drums

    Still continuing to release great melodic hard rock into the 21st Century are UK’s favorite sons Praying Mantis. One of the earliest progenies of the NWOBHM back in that era of Iron Maiden , Def Leppard , Saxon etc, Praying Mantis have been through up’s and down’s, on’s and off’s before settling into a rhythm of consistency during the nineties, fuelled by legendary support from it’s huge army of fans, mainly in Japan.

    They’ve released some wonderful stuff of late, such as ‘A Cry For The New World’, ‘Predator’ and ‘To The Power Of Ten’. Then there was the powerful ‘Forever In Time’. However, I’d suggest that with this effort ‘Nowhere In Time’ that they’ve topped all before them. Kudos to Frontiers for getting these boys signed, as mostly we’d have to get their albums on hard to get Japanese releases. Musically, they continue the same pattern as on their previous efforts, but the concoction of melody and twin barrelled guitar attack hasn’t been heard since, well .. the last Praying Mantis album! No, seriously, the likes of UFO , early Iron Maiden or even Ten don’t even get a look in.

    Tony O’Hora’s vocals are inspired, sounding like Max Bacon at times, the combined work of Stratton and Tino Troy is seamless while the rhythm section just keeps on keeping on. The title track ‘Nowhere To Hide’ is an orchestrated melodic affair, with guitars and keyboard layers combining with deep vocal harmonies. This extends into the brilliant ‘Cruel Winter’. ‘I Can’t Stop The Fire’ has an anthemic chorus, before moving into the superb ‘Future Of The World’. ‘Naked’ which is a bonus track on this CD version also rocks along with a strident purpose, not before Bruce Bisland’s drums kick on the double beat with ‘S.O.S’. Elsewhere, the material is strong, consistent, and catchy.

    There is some great stuff happening on here, and despite their age, Praying Mantis just seem to be getting better and better. Like a fine aged wine. Perhaps we in the Western World are finally cottoning on to what the Japanese have known for years.

    Review By: George Thatcher

  • Mark Packham

    This is the only Praying Mantis album I own since I’ve only recently discovered the band. But “Nowhere to Hide” certainly made an impact with it’s beautiful melodic vocals and enchanting guitar & bass harmonies.

    It’s a combination of Europe, Queen and The Scorpians only with more thoughful lyrics and sincerity in tone. I normally indugle in more dark metal bands such as Korn or Blaze but I’m not ashamed to admit a fondness to the softer and elegantly formed Mantis tunes. Especailly Stratton moving piece “Whenever I’m Lost”.

    I have great admiration for Mantis, they don’t try to shock or show off. They skillfully play well crafted tunes and don’t attempt to be anything else than un-pretenious great muscians whose music is a delight to the ear. The album is a little jewel of joy amoungst my moody album collection and a great source for maintaining sanity.

    I’ve played this album to hard & soft rock fans and both where impressed. Nowhere To Hide is an album I’d recommend to anyone who has ears. I wish they got greater recognition in Britian or I’d certainly have has many more of their album by now.

    -Mark Packham 11/07/03

  • Ignacio

    i simply hate when japanese versions have more tracks than the one i have :-(
    there are some records in which the bonus tracks are not only bonus but really the best song of the whole record, so it is indispensable getting the japanese version. in this case, tables are turned.
    naked is one of the best songs praying mantis ever recorded, and the version in this european release is the best. emotinal, powerful, touches your feelings deep inside. it is difficult to express in words what this song is able to show…
    few songs have the hability to let your feelings show so much … straight from the heart. this only song could make the record worth enough, but fortunately there are still 9 more tracks :-D
    nowhere to hide deserves also its place on the best songs of the record. strong and powerful.
    whenever i’m lost is the ballad, and it is quite nice. cruel winter, clocktower, can’t stop the fire, future of the world … strong songs, melodic, the songs you can expect from praying mantis, high above from average, of course ;-), if not i would be very disappointed.
    for me this record is not as impressive as forever in time, but a good follow up. tony sings brilliantly and compositions are praying mantis signature (stratton/troy/troy). enough said!

    10/10 brilliant

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