Recorded live at Frontiers Rock Festival V in Milan, on April 28, 2018 this brand new live cd / DVD shows PRAYING MANTIS presenting their then new album “Gravity” in front of the Italian audience. This is a superb performance which presents the band in its absolute top form, offering the crowd new songs and several classic tracks. An awesome release showcasing the repertoire of one of the most consistent British hard rock bands around.
Originally formed in 1973 by the Troy brothers, Tino and Chris, Praying Mantis became one of the most influential bands of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal (NWOBHM). The band is also one of a very small number of bands from that era to have remained a going concern over the intervening years, and to still record and appear live regularly. The debut Praying Mantis album, “Time Tells No Lies” (Arista) was released in 1981 to critical acclaim, and it remains a significant NWOBHM recording. Following a short-lived reformation of most of the original line-up of Praying Mantis in 1987, the band went back on hiatus until offered the chance to play in Japan with ex-Iron Maiden members Paul Di’Anno and Dennis Stratton in 1990. This experience injected new life into the band, and also marked the beginning of a productive 15 year partnership with Dennis Stratton. The band’s second official studio album, “Predator in Disguise” was released in 1991, and the band have continued to write and release new material every two to three years ever since, with a shifting line-up which has featured the likes of Doogie White, Gary Barden, Bernie Shaw, Bruce Bisland, Mike Freeland, Gary Mackenzie and many other figures from the cream of Britain’s rock fraternity. Following another major change in line-up (including the departure of Dennis Stratton), Praying Mantis signed with rock speciality label Frontiers in 2007 and recorded the album “Sanctuary”, which was released in 2009. The album, considered to be one of the finest of their career, has received consistently positive reviews from around the world and sets a very high standard for all future Mantis recordings.
Whether gigging in support of their latest releases, writing new material for the follow-up to “Sanctuary”, or re-visiting other songs from their extensive back-catalogue, the Troy brothers, along with guitarist Andy Burgess and newest recruits, John ‘Jaycee’ Cuijpers on vocals and Hans In T’ Zandt on drums & vocals, remain committed to the blend of melody and power in their music that has become a trademark of the Praying Mantis sound, and, some three decades after forming, the band is still completely dedicated to entertaining a seemingly ever-growing army of fans across the globe.
The Breaking the Chains foundation is proud to present a Rock album incorporation with more than 40 Dutch rock/metal musicians and vocalists. After more than one year of brainstorming, contacting artists, writing and recording the songs, we are now in the process of finalizing the album, and we need your help to make this project a success!
The moment is finally here!! After more than a year of hard work, we are launching our crowdfunding to make our album a reality.
Breaking The Chains will be featuring:
Robert Soeterboek (Wicked Sensation, HIGHWAY CHILE, Ayreon), Marjan Welman (Autumn, Vetrar Draugurinn), John Jaycee Cuijpers (Praying Mantis), Irene Jansen (Ayreon), Wudstik (For All We Know, Ayreon, Solo), Ian Parry (Consortium Project), Marieke Bresseleers (Circle Unbroken), Jan Willem Ketelaers (Ayreon, The Classic Rock Show), Margriet Mol (Asrai), Martin van der Meyde (4eigner), Sebas & Petra Honing (Equisa), Jasper Roelofsen (The Last Element), Timo Somers (Delain), Ruud Jolie (Within Temptation, For All We Know), Frank Schiphorst (MaYaN), Eric Hazebroek (Vetrar Draugurinn, Stream of Passion), Bart Hennephof (Textures), Joe Tal (Textures), Rick Bouwman (Martyr),@Jan Jan Bechtum (Picture), Marcel Coenen (Ayreon, GODSCUM, Stormrider), Ed Warby (VUUR, Ayreon, Hail Of Bullets, The 11th Hour, The Gentle Storm), Mike Coolen (Within Tempation), Dirk Bruinenberg (Place Vendome, Elegy), Ivar de Graaf (Kingfisher Sky), Collin Leijenaar (Affector, Kayak), Karin Mol (Asrai), Arno te Loo (4Eigner), Robert Spaninks (The Last Element, Silent Chambers, The Dust Connection), Johan van Stratum (VUUR, Stream of Passion, The Gentle Storm), Robin Zielhorst – Bass player (Onegodless The artist formerly known as MOURN, Exivious, Our Oceans), Jan Bijlsma (Vengeance, The Last Element), Harry Den Hartog, Rob van der Loo – Official (Epica), Kristoffer Gildenlöw (Pain of Salvation, Neal Morse, Dial, For All We Know, Kayak), Peter Vink (Knight Area), Ton Scherpenzeel (Kayak), Mannon van der Hidde (Asrai),Robby Valentine, Ben Mathot (Ayreon), Anne Bakker, Maaike Peterse & Jeroen Goossens.
Music is a powerful tool of expression! Music defines us! Using music in charities isn’t a new concept but a proven successful way of reaching out to a larger audience; to send a message to change the world for the better. With ‘Breaking The Chains’ our message is clear: We will not stand for any kind of child abuse!
Breaking The Chains (BTC) is an album that unites over 40 of the biggest and best Dutch rock musicians from the 70’s decade through today (Within Temptation, Epica, Ayreon, Delain, Elegy, Kayak, Picture, Textures, Stream of Passion, Vuur, Pain of Salvation, Neal Morse Band, Place Vendome, Patrick Rondat, Asrai + more).
All profits from this amazing album will support the efforts of Bikers Against Child Abuse (B.A.C.A.), who work directly with abused children, to offer them comfort and empowerment when they need it the most. These children need to feel safe again, regain their self-confidence and overcome trust issues. Our goal is to promote awareness of B.A.C.A.’s mission by placing this worthy cause into the spotlight. There are some really big-hearted bikers out there fighting the good fight. B.A.C.A. provides public information on how to be observant for signs of child abuse in your own surroundings, and they are always a call away to help and protect those who cannot help and protect themselves. No child deserves to live in fear!
In order to complete this project, we need to raise around €6.500 to cover the production costs of the albums and merchandise. All musicians, producers, photographers and our project team have volunteered their time and talents. B.A.C.A. is a non-profit organization, so all money will be utilized directly to help the children. The more we get, the more we can help! Help us, help them!
Breaking The Chains proudly presents the first video/single: Valley Road
John Jaycee Cuijpers (vocals), Dirk Bruinenberg (drums), Ton Scherpenzeel (keyboards), Johan van Stratum (bass), Timo Somers (guitar), Frank Schiphorst (guitar), Bart Hennephof (guitar).
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