Predator In Disguise

Predator In Disguise was released 1991
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Type Cat No. Label Country
CD PCCY-01290 Pony Canyon Japan
CD PCCY-00207 Pony Canyon Japan
CD CDFLAG 77 Under One Flag UK
LP R-1057 Samphony Korea
HQCD PCCY-50024 Pony Canyon Japan
Track List
Title Writers Length
01. Can’t See The Angels T.Troy/C.Troy 5′ 18″
02. She’s Hot Stratton/Hart/O’shaughnessy 4′ 11″
03. Can’t Wait Forever T.Troy 5′ 48″
04. This Time Girl Stratton/Pearce/Hart 4′ 17″
05. Time Slipping Away C.Troy/T.Troy/Bisland 4′ 43″
06. Listen To What Your Heart Says Stratton/Newton/Mann/Stewart 4′ 29″
07. Still Want You Stratton/Hart/O’shaughnessy 4′ 32″
08. The Horn C.Troy/T.Troy 2′ 56″
09. Battle Royal C.Troy/T.Troy 3′ 47″
10. Only You Stratton/Hart/O’shaughnessy 5′ 03″
11. Borderline C.Troy/T.Troy 4′ 58″
Name Instrument
Tino Troy Guitar,Vocals
Chris Troy Bass,Lead Vocals on 1,3,5,9,11
Dennis Stratton Guitar,Lead Vocals on 2,4,6,7,10
Bruce Bisland Drums
Interview Links
What Source
Additional Information
Studios Engineering
•Terminal 24, London •Norman Goodman
Mixer/Producer Artwork
•Tino Troy And Dennis Stratton •Rodney Matthews
General Notes

Picture from Pony Canyon August/September 1993 Calendar

First reunion studio project. The band reformed for 10th anniversary of NWOBHM tour of Japan and Denis Stratton joined the band.


I have been a Praying Mantis fan since I first heard "Captured City" on Metal for Muthas. Time Tells No Lies has always been on of my favourite albums and I was overjoyed when I first discovered it was out on CD. I didn't know what had happened after the first album until in about 1994 I discovered "A Cry For The New World". I was worried about getting it as I thought it had to be a disappointment but I was wrong. I loved it and have followed the band and maintained this website ever since.

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7 comments on “Predator In Disguise
  1. Edwin Baeyens says:

    Oh, how I’d been searching for this album when I first heard of its
    existence. I was a Mantis fan since their first album, but never heard
    anything from them again, until I heard about this album. Not knowing the
    correct channels to order this kind of obscure CD’s yet, it took me years to
    get it! But no matter how much of a Praying Mantis fan I am, I was
    disappointed with this one.

    I was misinformed that Pau Di’Anno was singing on this album; it wasn’t too
    much of a disappointment when he wasn’t. But still, with Steve Carroll gone
    and Tino not singing anymore, there seems to be something missing in the
    vocal department.

    There are some vintage Praying Mantis songs here: “Can’t See the Angels”,
    “Time Slipping Away”, “Battle Royal” are some of the best things they’ve
    ever done, but for every good song there’s a poor one as well. And I can
    just barely forgive them for “She’s Hot”, the most horrible little thing
    they’ve ever done. They’ve redeemed themselves since then of course, but
    this remains my least favourite Mantis album ever.

  2. Todd Carper says:

    One of my favorite Cd’s from one of my favorite bands. I found them in 1981 while living in Germany, and lost them for almost 15 years. Found this CD through an import deal in the mid 90’s, and it was truly music to my ears.

    I was a little upset that Steve Carroll was gone, but I knew of Dennis Stratton from his Iron Maiden days (another favorite) so I decided to give it a chance; I was NOT sorry I did.

    My favorite songs on this (and the 1st cd Time Tells) were the tunes sung by Chris Troy; it is a little surprising the band has employed an outside voice though both Tony O’Hara and Colin Peel were/are great singers. The vocal harmonies (as always) are lush and endearing, the guitar work excellent as always. The Beauty of the Mantis sound though is in the vocal harmonies and the upbeat lyrics.

    Favorite individual trax include Can’t See the Angels from Here, Battle Royal, and the phenomenal Borderline. This cd is a masterpiece for people who like lush vocal harmonies, exceptional lead guitar work, and hooks that jump out and grab you. I would highly recommend it, as I said, I am a huge fan and this is one of my favorite discs by them.

    I hope Chris sings more leads!!!

  3. jose raul albarran t. says:

    hiiiii prayers,im a heavy metal fan from mexico, your no.1 fan since 1988,and all the NWOBHM,mi english is not very good,but let me tell you something,you are the greates heroes,of alltime,here in mexico is very difficult to find your records,but doesnt matter I ve allways looking for them,this album predator is great,te artwork is super great,is for mi the essensse of the heavy metal,cheers for all,and keep on rocking for ever.

  4. Ignacio says:

    I remember buying this record, as it was yesterday… Why? It was friday, after my first work week. And this record was my first gift i made myself for my first job.
    Can’t see the angels is a great melodic anthem to begin with. a classic. she’s hot, i do not like it, and can’t wait forever is somehow weak… but then it comes this time girl, and the great time slipping away. 2 great rock songs which will give way to a real nice ballad, listen what your heart says. this ballad got me haunted for some time. i found it really fantastic and beautiful.
    still want you and the instrumental the horn are good enough, and then we will finish with 2 more gems: battle royal and borderline. you can guess their theme.
    i read in an interview with chris troy that one main theme that is always present in mantis is death. no matter is love, no matter is death, no matter is whatever, as long as the songs are good, no matter what. and praying mantis signature for me is always i can trust at.

    it is a solid record, not super-rocker, not extra-softer, but something in-between. great hard rock

    9/10 great to have

  5. Panagiotis says:

    Hello from Hellas!!!

    I had heard only the first album of Praying Mantis, since i am a huge N.W.O.B.H.M fan and never bothered checking the following ones. However one night at a local rock-bar i heard the song “Can’t see the angels”, and it immidiately stuck in my mind. I asked the dj about that song and he told me it was Praying Mantis.

    Later that weekened i checked out the rest of Praying Mantis material. I was a fool not having paying attention to their following releases since they kill.

    “Predator in disguice” along with “Forever in time” and “The journey goes on” became my all time favorite Praying Mantis cd’s. I love the leads in “Can’t see the angels” and the keyboard break. The rest of the record is first class hard rock/aor as well. “Borderline”, “This time girl” and “Time slipping away” are some of my favorite P-M tunes, which i always enjoy listening no-matter the time.

    I wish there would be more bands like Praying Mantis. Keep on rockin’ guys!!!

    • Denis says:

      Hello Panagiotis gia sou . It’s great to hear from new fans of Mantis that come from Greece . Ime apo tous palioterous fan tis bandas kai filos tous . Opote thelis grapse mou sto na ta poume . Cheers Denis

  6. Juan (Spain) says:

    Oh my God! This is one of my favourite Metal albums. These songs are really good examples of how to combine the N.W.O.B.H.M. with a touch of AOR influences. If you like the new wave, I would recommend this album, it is my favorite Praying Mantis album and also “Time Tells No Lies”.

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