Having freed up a few extra days in the week's journal calendar. I've decided to begin a new project. If I can keep to my plan: Every week I will investigate a new wave of british heavy metal band that didn't quite achieve the success of, say, Saxon or Iron Maiden and I will present a summary of my research for reader's ease and (hopefully) pleasure on Tuesdays. Kicking off in no particular order, I've picked Praying Mantis pretty much randomly off a list.
So, in brief, who are Praying Mantis? On their first documented official release, a 7" single evidently known as both "Soundhouse Tapes" and "Captured City" released in 1980 (and documented here), the band consisted of brothers Tino and Chris Troy on guitar and bass respectively as well as second guitarist Pete Moore and drummer Chris Hudson. Vocals were credited to Tino, Chris and Pete. I've found all three of the album's tracks at youtube.
-Captured City (youtube)
-The Ripper (NOT a Judas Priest cover, youtube)