NWOBHM (New Wave Of British Heavy Metal) legends PRAYING MANTIS announce that they have joined forces with Dutch duo, Vocalist Jaycee (John Cuijpers)and Drummer Hans in ‘t Zandt. These new members will be featuring on the forthcoming live shows.
Jon and Hans are seasoned professional musicians with a vast experience of playing alongside bands such as Toto, Vengeance, Jan Akkerman, and Steve Lukather and will bring a extra dimension to the Mantis sound.
Praying Mantis are: John Cuijpers – Lead Vocals, Tino Troy – Guitars & Vocals, Chris Troy – Bass & Vocals, Andy Burgess – Guitars + Vocals, Hans in ‘t Zandt – Drums
Forthcoming Praying Mantis shows:
27th July Headbangers Open Air Hamburg, Germany
02th August The Bull Colchester, UK
03th August The Railway Ipswich, UK
04th August Cambridge Rock Festival, UK
Praying Mantis are a well established band of melodic hard rockers. They were formed by brothers Tino and Chris Troy in 1973 and together with ‘Iron Maiden‘, they spearheaded the NWOBHM movement.
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.
On the heels of the recently announced collaboration with Savatage and Trans-Siberian Orchestra guitar virtuoso Chris Caffery, New York-based outfit, The Infinite Staircase (comprised of brothers Lenny and Jeff Cerzosie), have added a few more recognizable names in the hard rock and heavy metal community to their already “rock star-studded” forthcoming Ep; this time in the form of the album’s producer/drummer Morgan Rose’s longtime bandmates, both Sevendust’s guitarist Clint Lowery and frontman, Lajon Witherspoon.
Lowery plays on the track “Can’t Control It”, while Witherspoon sings alongside The Infinite Staircase frontman Lenny Cerzosie on “Just To Meet You There” and what has now been confirmed as the forthcoming new single, “The Things We’ve Done”.
These collaborations mark the finishing touches on the band’s forthcoming as yet untitled Ep, which is expected to be released in late summer or early fall with the first single hitting radio within the next few weeks.
The Infinite Staircase has made a habit in recent years of collaborating with some of the most respected musicians in hard rock and heavy metal. In 2009, the band’s debut album ‘The Road Less Taken’ featured guest appearances by Blues Saraceno (Poison) and Earl Slick (David Bowie, John Lennon). Saraceno also mixed the record.
In 2012 the band began work on their follow-up with Sevendust and Call Me No One drummer Morgan Rose at the helm, producing as well as taking charge behind the kit. Early sessions brought in collaborations with Sean Memphis Hennesy (Candlebox, The Gracious Few), John “JD” DeServio (Black Label Society, Cycle Of Pain) and Troy Cromwell (Cycle Of Pain).
Then, on October 22nd, 2012 came Hurricane Sandy and The Cerzosie brothers found themselves organizing an All-Star collaboration to raise money for the victims of the storm; a collaboration which consisted of, in addition to Morgan Rose and JD DeServio, Guitar God Zakk Wylde and Candlebox frontman Kevin Martin. What resulted was “The Pride”, a melodic mid-tempo rocker with blazing solos and screeching vocals which spent 6 weeks on America’s Music Charts’ Mainstream Rock Radio Top 40 with it’s highest ranking being #27.
“The Pride” was released digitally on February 5th, 2013 via Vanity Music Group with 100% of the proceeds being donated to the Carl Vincent Bini Memorial Foundation. The song was recorded at Architekt Music, the state of the art recording facility in Butler, New Jersey where Sevendust recently tracked ‘Black Out The Sun’. It was mixed by house engineer Mike Ferretti (Sevendust, Call Me No One) and mastered by Alan Douches (Fleetwood Mac, Yes) at West Side Music in New Windsor, New York. The song is available via digital retailers such as iTunes, Amazon & Google Play, or a limited edition CD Single can be purchased via theinfinitestaircase.bigcartel.com.
PHOTO CREDIT – Michelle Volpe
L – R: Lenny Cerzosie, Lajon Witherspoon, Jeff Cerzosie
Brighton Rock will debut their video for ‘Creatures Of The Night’ from the upcoming cancer benefit album – A World With Heroes (A 40th Anniversary Tribute To KISS) – on August 1st. The clip was filmed on June 15th at a ‘secret’ location in Ontario.
Greek hard rockers Danger Angel have released a new promo video for ‘Not An Angel’ a track off their 2013 album ‘Revolutia’
American Greed’s video for ‘Ride Baby Ride’ has been nominated for Music Video of the Year 2013 at the Los Angeles Music Awards.
Well the first bands have been announced for the second HRH AOR.
Building on the success of this year’s inaugural festival, next year’s will be a three day affair.
Update – David Reed Watson & Robert Hart (Bad Company / Manfred Mann) are now confirmed for the bands Headlining appearance at Skyfest 2013.
“Underneath” will now be released on HMMR Records through Cargo Records on August 12th in the UK and August 15th in the rest of Europe. Release dates for the U.S. to be announced. To read a track-by-track breakdown of the album and to hear audio samples visit Robinbeckrocks.com.
Tracklisting for Underneath is as follows:
01. Wrecking Ball
02. Aint That Just Like Love
06. Check Your Attitude
07. Burnin Me Down
08. Perfect Storm
09. Ya Can’t Figth Love
10. I Swear The Nights
11. Follow You
“Never underestimate what she can do… Robin is full of surprises and this album will have you begging for mercy. Passionate, intelligent and nothing short of brilliant , she’s back!“
For her latest album, “Underneath” Beck took a chance and allowed some new writers to submit material. When she heard their work, she was blown away. “It felt so right” she marvels, “I just had to have these songs for myself!”
So, in addition to Robin and her boys Denander and Christian writing team, she now has Glen Burtnik, Barry Jay and Fiona. “Underneath” includes songs co-written by Germany’s Crush Boys (Daniel Volpe and Thomas Lipp, known for their work with Dutch teen idol Jeronimo and German girl group Monrose), Swedish Eurovision 2013 winners Linnea Deb and Joy Deb (Robin Stjernberg), Charlie Mason (Miley Cyrus), Mark Smith (Cinema Bizarre), Christian Rabb and Frida Molander (Nina Zilli) and more. Plus, with husband James Christian (lead singer of House of Lords) again producing the album (and dueting on “Burning Me Down” — and daughter Liv, herself a star in the making, on backing vocals — “It’s a family affair” says Beck. “We just happen to be a family whose foundation is solid rock!”
Robin will join Joe Lynn Turner (ex Rainbow/Deep Purple) and Bobby Kimball (ex Toto) for shows in Sweden in July.