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20th March 2018

praying mantis

Melodic Metallers Praying Mantis will play a special intimate gig at The Cavern Freehouse in Raynes Park, London on Thursday 5th April.

The gig will serve as a warm-up for their headline appearance at the Wedfest at the Hertford Corn Exchange on 7th April in a bill that also features Tytan, Sacrilege, Tysondog and New Device. Wedfest, a charity event run by Kevin and Julie Riddles, is now completely sold out.

It's the second time that Praying Mantis have chosen the popular Cavern Freehouse in Raynes Park as a venue for a warm-up show, having performed there last year before they jetted off for a Japanese tour.

The show on 5th April will be the first time that fans can hear new tracks from the forthcoming album, 'Gravity', performed live.

'Gravity' will be Praying Mantis' eleventh studio album and will be released by Frontiers on 11th May. After the positive reception afforded to the band's last studio release, 'Legacy', from 2015, the new record sees the band return with another inspired set while trying out some new musical styles on a few numbers.

The album also sees Mantis retain the same line-up, with John Cuijpers (vocals) and Hans in't Zandt (drums) again contributing to the songwriting process. Alongside founder members Tino Troy, Chris Troy and Andy Burgess, they have not only helped in the writing of the songs, but also in providing a new dimension in terms of sound engineering and overall production.

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One of the most influential and well known sleeve artists in the rock field, Rodney Matthews (Magnum, Diamond Head,Nazareth), has been commissioned to design the artwork for ‘Gravity’ in the same style and stunning quality that so many fans loved on Mantis albums such as 'Time Tells No Lies', 'Predator In Disguise'1 and the more recent 'Legacy'.

Praying Mantis will also be performing at the annual Frontiers Rock Festival in Milan, Italy on 28th April.

Tickets for the gig at The Cavern Freehouse, Raynes Park, London on 5th April are on sale now directly from the venue for just £10. Hurry as this event will quickly sell out.

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