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  • Audio CD (13 Feb. 2012)
  • Deluxe Edition edition
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Deluxe Edition, Limited Edition, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Rock Candy
  • ASIN: B006UJJ91Q
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
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* Special Limited Deluxe Collector s Edition * Fully Remastered Sound shaped from 24 BIT digital technology * 5 Bonus Tracks * Classic NWOBHM * 16 page full colour booklet 4,000 word essay, enhanced artwork, memorabilia, rare photos and involvement from the band

About the Artist

For many of us, the one good thing that came from punk rock was an explosive do-it-yourself attitude. It was this back to basics approach that fuelled the rise of the late 70s and early 80s hard rock explosion, a movement appropriately dubbed the NWOBHM. Amongst its principles were hugely successful acts such as Iron Maiden and Def Leppard, closely followed by the likes of Samson, Saxon and... Praying Mantis. Formed by brothers Tino and Chris Troy, Praying Mantis developed a reputation for delivering thinking man s metal. Indeed, they had the musical chops to rival and, at times, outshine the competition by utilising twin lead guitar, ambitious arrangements and multi-layered harmonies; their songs were melodic yet intricately arranged and packed a powerful punch. In addition, like most acts from the NWOBHM school of hard knocks, they put in the necessary road-work taking their message to the metal masses. Time Tells No Lies , produced by Time Friese Green (Touch), engineered by Mike Shipley (Def Leppard) and housed in a stunning Rodney Matthews designed sleeve, was originally issued in 1980, and attracted highbrow praise positioning them as a band to definitely watch out for. Sure, in the end they didn t quite reach the peak of popularity attained by Maiden or Leppard, but their presence on the scene was not without significance and Time Tells No Lies remains a gleaming testament to their talent.

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This review is for the 2012 re-master on Rock Candy.

In 1980 I saw Mantis support Triumph and I was immediately hooked with their unique blend of melody and metal, with unusual time changes and fluid guitar solos from the gifted Tino Troy. After following their career for roughly 30 years this album is one of a few records (!) which manages to occupy a legendary status in my collection, a classic sleeve and a great rock album. The album has been available on CD in Japan and on the High Voltage label from Australia I think. It would sit nicely next to your classic Magnum album "On a storytellers night" and I rate it highly in terms of the AOR elements in the music.

There are five tracks in particular which have always been my favourites, namely Cheated,Running for Tomorrow, Lovers to the Grave, Beads of Ebony and Children of the Earth.The classic B-side Thirty Pieces Of Silver should have been on the original album, that's brilliant too. I remember begging the DJ at Wigan Pier to play Beads of Ebony which was the B-side of All day and all of the night the Kinks cover.This track has an interesting lyric about the culling of seals. The awesome Children of the Earth starts with a guitar solo and finishes with another beauty and typical Mantis ending (think Rush endings!).

Mantis have never bettered this album with the vocal melodies never matching those here and they should be proud of these songs. The re-master is beefy and the booklet is full of the history of the band etc, this version adds the single "Praying Mantis" and B-side "High Roller" which to my knowledge have been unavailable on CD before.Melodic magic buy now!
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I have followed Praying Mantis since I saw them nearly 30 years ago and for fans of big dramatic songs these are the boys. Some of these songs take a while to get into, but they will all grow on you. A fine effort, these guys should have been huge.
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This is Mantis debut album, along with a host of other bands Mantis rode in on the NWOBHM scene in the late 70`s. They along with many others, Samson, White Spirit, Budgie, Tygers Of Pan Tang etc had there one shot at fame & this is there attempt. There uptempo numbers actually sound pretty good & the band had a distinctive sound when going for it. The opening track "Cheated" is a great example of this. The band used twin leads to help give them a broader guitar sound & they don`t sound like Thin Lizzy which i think is highly commendable. This album has quite a mixed bunch in terms of the songs. There`s a commendable but worthless version of "All Day & All Of The Night" By the Kinks this was obviously a decision made by the record company. Personnaly i would have prefered another original song but hey at least its a good attempt. "Running For Tomorrow" is pleasant enough if a little dull at least to my ears. Next up is "Rich City Kids" an uptempo tune with a reasonable riff & a nice little Chorus. Then we get "Lovers To The Grave" a soft rock slowy type number reminded me of Wishbone Ash in parts but a great tune with a great chorus you`ll walk away singing for days. "Panic In The Streets" is next & this is were i think Praying Mantis really live & breath its an uptempo rocker, Great tune with a great chorus & nicely played to. "Beads Of Ebony" is next full of nice harmony backing vocals but very hit & miss. Then we get the killer track of the album. When someone writes the definitive top ten list of the ten best NWOBHM songs then "Flirting With Suicide" is definatley going to be in it. For my money this albums worth buying for this one song alone. An uptempo bouncy rocker laden with great riffs & a great arrangement, coupled with a killer chorus.Read more ›
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Always loved this album from many years ago and had tried for many years to get.
At last id found it and stuck it on and remembered every word sang.
Brilliant! This is an 80s album, not that well know at the time but its worth a listen!
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