Praying Mantis – Keep It Alive

Praying Mantis –  Keep It Alive

Label: Frontiers Music

Release date: December 19th, 2019


Without a shadow of a doubt, PRAYING MANTIS can be called true pioneers of the NWOBHM that started 40 years ago, bringing to light rock monsters such as DEF LEPPARD, IRON MAIDEN or the glorious SAXON. Even tho, given the fact that PM have a strong melodic/AOR-ish touch, for some people they were not metal enough to fit this category. What we’re having here is another live document. This time around, the band was captured alive (no pun intended) at the Frontiers Rock Festival, where they played a short but sweet set, concentrating on their more melodic rock side. Although they played one of my fave PM tracks – ‘Dream On’, they left out another (‘A Cry For a New World’). Well, it actually is not much of a big deal as the 10 tracks of the album sound really consistent, 2 tracks (‘Keep It Alive’ and ‘Mantis Anthem’) were lifted off their recent album ‘Gravity’ and all in all the band plays as tight as an iguana’s arse. After countless (big name) singers coming and going, brothers Troy seem to have found the right vocalist in Dutchman John Cuijpers now, who has been with the band for the past 15+ years. In a nutshell, these ingredients make ‘Keep It Alive’ a very good live compilation for all the fans who could not attend the festival in 2018, or for those who want to relive their memories. May the Mantis be there for at least another 40 years!


Kai Brockschmidt


1.Captured City

2. Panic In The Streets

3. Highway

4. Believable

5. Keep It Alive

6. Mantis Anthem

7. Dream On

8. Fight For Your Honour

9. Time Slipping Away

Praying Mantis – Keep It Alive (Official Video)

Author: Kai Brockschmidt

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