Frontiers / Now & Then FRCD 091
Produced by: Tony O'Hara

Released: Sept. 27
Closest Relative: Praying Mantis

  1. Eternal Infinity
  2. Over The Edge
  3. The Storm
  4. Don't Wait Until Tomorrow
  5. Hold On
  6. Never Meant To Make You Cry
  7. Voices
  8. Judgement Day
  9. Hurts Like Hell
  10. Remember My Name
  11. End Of An Era

Horakane is the side project from Praying Mantis vocalist Tony O'Hora. Tony plays almost every instrument and of course the vocals, but joining him on this project is Jamie O'Kane on lead guitar.
The exposure of Praying Mantis has been high in recent times, after their very successful last studio album.
That was a great, heavy yet very melodic and moody record that gained many favourable reviews.
This however, is nothing like that album.
This album is more in the vein of the earliest incarnation of Mantis, or someone like Iron Maiden and some other NWOBHM bands like Saxon etc., with a true sense of British heavy metal at work here.
The vocals are much more actively in your face and the songs, with their dramatic heavy edge are not as appealing.
The production is also well short of the quality heard on the last Mantis album and is generally below the acceptable standard.
There are some shining moments - tracks like Don't Wait Until Tomorrow and Over The Edge are good examples of melodic metal.
But this is not an essential release for followers of the band or the genre.
BOTTOM LINE: Tony O'Hora is a nice bloke and I loved the last Mantis album, but this is certainly not in the league of many other heavy albums that are out there to choose from.
This album just doesn't have the kick or production/mix quality that you would expect from such well known names.
ESSENTIAL FOR: Long time fans of Praying Mantis and especially their early sound.

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