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Praying Mantis: Metalmorphosis

Classic revisited – and it works.

Usually when a band decide to plunder their back catalogue and re-record some of their best moments, the result is a disappointment.

So often they don’t take account of the serendipity factor that makes these classics in the first place. But Mantis have avoided the trap.

Metalmorphosis sees them reimagining five songs from their NWOBHM heyday, and each one benefits.

While it might be hard to believe that the band could outdo the originals, when you listen to the way in which they tackle Captured City or Lovers To The Grave and have given them a new sparkle, you’ll see that Mantis have shown that it’s possible to do this sort of thing with style.

Malcolm Dome had an illustrious and celebrated career which stretched back to working for Record Mirror magazine in the late 70s and Metal Fury in the early 80s before joining Kerrang! at its launch in 1981. His first book, Encyclopedia Metallica (opens in new tab), published in 1981, may have been the inspiration for the name of a certain band formed that same year. Dome is also credited with inventing the term "thrash metal" while writing about the Anthrax song Metal Thrashing Mad in 1984. He would later become a founding member of RAW rock magazine in 1988.

In the early 90s, Malcolm Dome was the Editor of Metal Forces magazine, and also involved in the horror film magazine Terror, before returning to Kerrang! for a spell. With the launch of Classic Rock magazine in 1998 he became involved with that title, sister magazine Metal Hammer, and was a contributor to Prog magazine since its inception in 2009. He was actively involved in Total Rock Radio (opens in new tab), which launched as Rock Radio Network in 1997, changing its name to Total Rock in 2000. In 2014 he joined the TeamRock online team as Archive Editor, uploading stories from all of our print titles and helping lay the foundation for what became Louder.

Dome was the author of many books on a host of bands from AC/DC to Led Zeppelin and Metallica, some of which he co-wrote with Prog Editor Jerry Ewing.