Merlin Prog (Norway) 'Sanctuary' review


Praying Mantis ‘Sanctuary’

With new vocalist takes Praying Mantis rate again and delivered NOK a slice that is firmly in the melodic hard rock his world, and “Sanctuary” is the first in six years

Sometimes it is all a little way into the commercial world, but vocalist Mike Freeland and use songs saves this from being too boring and predictable.

Freeland is perfect for the sound of Parying Mantis, and with its large registry makes him an impressive effort in a band that actually works pretty hungry even if they have kept in reasonable time.

A hunger that makes one look through his fingers with the more AOR sprinkle parties, nor rejoice over that which is pretty good and that there actually is a certain “punch” and intensity present. “Restless Heart” is one such, with his fine vocals and great melody.

More pompous is “So High” that gives those who like pomp her, while the ballad “Lonely Way Home” has superior vocal harmonies and is just on the verge of being the sweet, without being there.

The production is absolutely nothing to say, and “Sanctuary” appears to be a good album in its segment.

However, it must be added that this segment does not exactly flow of so much new impetus when the NOK, unfortunately, is characterized by a certain reluctance innovation and renewal.

Within the genre’s safe limits actually deliver Praying Mantis if not a classical work, so an album that is sprinkled with thoughtful songs from a band that wants to show that they can make a very decent product.

Disc alternates between ballads and more uptempo melodic affairs, and brothers Troy manages the ship safely in port.

By the way, so reminiscent vocalist Mike Freeland on Terry Ilous from XYZ, and sometimes also Michel Kiske from Helloween, among other things.

Praying Mantis, however, have certain features in common with Whitesnake, Ten and Bob Cateley.

All they eventually looked familiar characteristics of the band is with the “Sanctuary”.

Background vocals are very good, fine arrangements and melodic guitar and, accordingly, has not just the band changed a lot since the late 70’s.

Sure, it was precisely when the brothers Troy forged this ensemble, though the time was a few years of inactivity.

Nonetheless, it manages the veterans referred to deliver decent work in the more melodic hard rock without the world in any way get off the hinges of the reason.


In Time, Restless Heart, Tears In The Rain, So High, Lonely Way Home, Rainbow Touch The Rainbow , Threshold Of A Dream, Playing God, Highway, Sanctuary


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