Released in 2003, The Journey Goes On is the band's seventh studio album for metal act featuring dual vocalists, Dougie White (Rainbow/Malmsteen) & John Sloman (Lone Star/Gary Moore), the followup to 2000's 'Nowhere To Hide'. Includes guitarist Dennis Stratton (Iron Maiden) & founding members Chris & Tino Troy. The Journey Goes On is a first rate melodic rock album, and should especially appeal to fans of Demon, Ten, Cornerstone, Magnum, and John Payne-era Asia. If you're expecting a NWOBHM revival album though, you're going to be disappointed.
Praying Mantis appeared with the rise of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal in the early 80s and rubbed shoulders with the likes of Iron Maiden and Def Leppard. "Nowhere To Hide" - the mix of lead and harmony guitar breaks and solos with great vocals and keyboards is fantastic. You could view this as a heavy AOR album or as a light melodic metal album.
Fans of Praying Mantis must have approached this disc with trepidation, Yet another change in vocalists was probably the last thing they wanted. This is a stunning album. It appeared on many "best of year" lists in 1998. It is astounding to look back over eighteen years of the band's history to this disc which, at the time of its release, is the best album the band has released. This disc features the very best of everything the band had shown through the years. The songs are very well written. The vocals are immense and the choruses are enormous.
"To The Power Of Ten" begins the Gary Barden era of Praying Mantis. Barden's vocals brought a stability to the band for a while and helped them further flesh out the arena rock anthem sound that has become the hallmark of Praying Mantis' music. This album is a mixed bag. There are some terrific compositions on it and a few that fans would just as soon forget.
Praying Mantis at this stage of their career had caught a second wind, and were riding on the huge wave of popularity coming out of Japan. Still with the basis of the band intact, apart from new singer Colin Peel, who when added to the mix, really does have a great voice suited to Mantis’ style of melodic rock. The twin guitar work of Messrs Stratton and Troy are a force to be reckoned with in the rock scene, and on this opus ‘A Cry For The New World’ we are not exactly breaking new ground, but the commitment and class carries it off. Punctuated by subtle keyboard pieces in the background, the predominant guitar attack never lets up.