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Mortal Sin

Formed: 1985
From: Sydney, Australia
Last Known Status: Regrouped

Latest Mortal Sin News

Below is our complete Mortal Sin news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

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Mortal Sin To Disband Again

Australian thrash metal veterans Mortal Sin have announced that they will be breaking up for the fourth time in their history, following their most recent reformation in 2004. A statement from guitarist Ryan Huthnance reads as follows:

"It's time the rumours were laid to rest. Yes, Mortal Sin is finished. Due to changing personal circumstances, as well as priorities, Luke and Nathan have both decided that their time with the band is at an end. This decision was not made lightly, and was not a result of the actions and words made by other parties who would lead you to believe it was.

"The truth is, without passion, conviction, and love for the music you play, being in a band means nothing. While Andy, Dave and myself could easily continue and find new band members, without the core songwriting unit from the last two albums, it wouldn't be Mortal Sin. We're extremely proud of our last album 'Psychology Of Death', and we've completed the longest and most intense tour of the band's career - the Thrashfest Classics tour. These two milestones are a fitting way to close the 25 year journey that was Mortal Sin.

"On behalf of Mortal Sin, I'd like to thank you - the fans - for staying loyal to a band that's had more ups and downs than any other in Australia. Without you, this journey would have ended long ago. For those who'd like to follow the future musical exploits of this final lineup, Dave's band NEKROFEIST are about to release their new album, my band THE SEER just released a new single, and Luke will continue playing with his cover bands. We sincerely apologise to those who hoped to see us on the road in the shows we had booked."

If you'd like to know more about the band, you can read our Sunday Old School column about Mortal Sin here. More...

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Mortal Sin Names New Vocalist

Australian thrash metal legends Mortal Sin announced that Nekrofeist vocalist Dave Tinelt will take the reigns as vocalist from the departed Mat Maurer, who left the band this past February.

The band posted the following on its Facebook Page:

Well here it is guys, we would like to welcome to the Sinners camp our new frontman and all round top guy Dave Tinelt, Dave comes to us from another great aussie band Nekrofeist, we are very excited for him to join the family, our first show with Dave will be this saturday at Venom in sydney more shows to follow in the next few weeks. more news coming.....

For a sample of Tinelt, check out the official video for Nekrofeist's "Kills Everything:" More...

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Mortal Sin Vocalist Departs Band

Australian thrash metal band Mortal Sin announced that long time singer Mat Maurer has departed the band for personal reasons. In a post on the band's Facebook page, Maurer posted:

"This is an official announcement from Mat Maurer. I have decided to leave the band for personal reasons, & irreconcilable differences. Last year was an incredibly difficult year for me personally & I have decided to put my family first. Thank you to everyone who has supported me over the years. Over & out. Mat"

There is no comment yet from the band on the search/status of the singer.

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Mortal Sin Posts New Music Video

Australian thrashers Mortal Sin posted a new music video for the song "Blood Of My Enemies" from the latest LP "Psychology Of Death" (reviewed here ). The album is available now through NoiseArt Records.

Check out the video here:

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Mortal Sin Added To Thrashfest Classics Tour

Australian thrashers Mortal Sin announced that they will will be joining the Thrashfest Classics Tour with Sepultura, Exodus, Destruction, and Heathen. The band's announcement reads:

"We’re thrilled to announce Mortal Sin will be joining the 'Thrashfest Classics' tour through Europe in Nov/Dec 2011, thanks to Rock The Nation. The tour will also coincide with the European release of our new album “Psychology of Death” on 18th November 2011 through NoiseArt Records.

"As a new chapter in the life of Mortal Sin brings us back to our roots we will be proud to stand along side thrash legends Sepultura, Exodus, Destruction & Heathen performing for
generations of loyal followers on the Thrashfest Classics Tour. Thrashfest is proof that the unity among metal heads has stood the test of time and we are truly honoured to be a part of it."

Thrashfest Classics begins on November 25th, 2011 in Munich, Germany. Metalunderground.com posted the complete tour dates at this location.

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Mortal Sin Signs To NoiseArt Records

Australian thrash metal veterans Mortal Sin have announced that they have signed a new European record deal with NoiseArt Records, which will release the group's brand new studio album, "Psychology Of Death" on November 18th.

The album will be available as a special edition digipak which will include Mortal Sin's debut album, "Mayhemic Destruction" has a bonus disc. A message from the band reads as follows:

"Mortal Sin are proud to announce we have signed to NoiseArt/Rock The Nation for the release of our new album Psychology of Death! What we wanted to do was a simple thrash album, sometimes you can get so caught up in the complexities of everything that you forget about what thrash is all about. This time around we said we wanted to go back to our roots, we we’re going to write an album like Mayhemic Destruction, simple old school thrash! This is by far our fastest and heaviest album to date. We really wanted to grab people by the balls with this one!"

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New Mortal Sin Music Video Available

A new unofficial music video from Australian thrash metal act Mortal Sin has made its way online. The video was created for the group's latest single "Blood of My Enemies" which is set to appear on the band's forthcoming new full length album, titled "Psychology Of Death." You can check out the "Blood of My Enemies" music video in the player below.

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Mortal Sin Reveals New Album Details

Australian thrash metal veterans Mortal Sin have announced that their forthcoming new studio album will be entitled, "Psychology Of Death." You can check out a trailer for the album below, as well as the front cover artwork. In a recent update, the band stated:

"We're currently in the studio mixing the new album with producer/engineer Darren 'jENK' Jenkins. We would also like to welcome guitarist Ryan Huthnance to the Mortal Sin ranks. Ryan joined the band back in August 2010, replacing Mick Sultana."

The track listing is as follows:

Psychology Of Death
Blood Of My Enemies
Paralysed
Burned Into Your Soul
Deny
Doomed To Annihilation
Kingdom Of Pain
Down In The Pit
Hatred More...

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Sunday Old School: Mortal Sin

Thrash metal was unquestionably a phenomenon considering it reached heavy metal fans all over the globe without ever really becoming mainstream. It also spawned numerous scenes in countries such as Germany, Great Britain and even Brazil. Despite it’s wide travels though, a lot of thrash novices are still surprised that even Australia had a premier thrash outfit during the 1980s. That band was Mortal Sin. The group was formed in Sydney in 1985 by singer Mat Maurer and drummer Wayne Campbell before quickly recruiting bass player Andy Eftichiou and guitarists Keith Krstin and Neville Reynolds, though Reynolds was to befired by the band for being unable to make their first show and was replaced by Paul Carwana. Gigging relentlessly, the band built up a strong following in the Australian metal underground and soon recorded a full length demo tape entitled, "Mayhemic Destruction," which rapidly won the band a record deal with British label, Phonogram Records, who released the album internationally.

They next recorded their sophomore album, "Face Of Despair," which was produced by Randy Burns, who was known for his work with other big name thrash metal bands such as Megadeth and Kreator. The album took the better of a year to recorded and distributed but soon after the record’s release, the band received further exposure by being booked to support Metallica on their Australian tour. Following the tour, Campbell was sacked from the band and the group brought in Slaughter Lord drummer Steve Hughes, who now works as a stand up comedian and has appeared on numerous television shows, to sit behind the kit. They then left the land down under to perform shows in Europe and the United States but once they returned home, Maurer announced he was leaving the band, which soon led to it’s demise, though a new incarnation formed afterwards and, while popular, soon folded ultimately split for a number of reasons.

In 1996 however, the band reunited with most of the, "Face Of Despair" lineup, though Carwana was to take leave almost immediately after reforming. Nevertheless, the band soon recorded a new EP entitled, "Revolution of the Mind" and embarked on a national tour, which did not fare as well as the band hoped and caused them to once again split in 1998. Once again however, the band would rise from the ashes, thanks this time to Maurer and Eftichiou, who enlisted the help of other musicians to bring back Mortal Sin. The band soon found themselves performing at such events as Wacken Open Air and sharing the stage with the likes of Michael Schenker and fellow Aussies, Rose Tattoo. The comeback was well received and the band then recorded their fourth release, "An Absence Of Faith," which was released in 2007. Since then, the band has continued to perform regularly and has supported such big names as Judas Priest, Testament and Overkill, as well as touring in South America, as well as releasing a live album entitled, "Into The Inferno," with a new album expected to be released by next year. More...

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Utopia Records Celebrates 30 Years w/ Metal Shows

Sydney’s Utopia Records is currently in it’s 30th year and to celebrate, they will be staging a series of shows to celebrate the local rock and metal scene. “This series of shows will focus on the various sub genres of the might juggernaut that is metal, and will present the best bands from the Sydney scene of the musical & cultural phenomenon that really is louder than life.”

July 10th will see Mortal Sin, The Amenta, Daysend, Switchblade, Killrazer, Darker Half, Anno Domini, Norse and Hellbringer hit the Manning Bar stage to celebrate the occasion.

Tickets are available for $27 from Utopia Records or Moshtix.

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Mortal Sin Working On New Material

Vocalist Mat Maurer of Australia's Mortal Sin has issued the following update about the band working on new material:

"To all our fans, sorry I have not been on here in a while, it's been a busy couple of months since we got back from our South American tour, which was very satisfying but incredibly hard. Many thanks to all the metalheads who came to our shows, you made us feel very welcome and supported our music way more than we could have ever imagined. Thank you. To all the organizers, promoters and town folk, we really appreciate all the work you put into making the tour a success for Mortal Sin. We certainly hope we can make our way back to your beautiful countries again sometime soon!

"2010 arrived and Mortal Sin decided it was about fucking time we got our arses into gear and started writing some songs for a new album. We are notoriously slow writers, but many of you who may have heard the new song 'Deny' that we have been road testing at our shows, will agree that we could be onto something special here. Like many thrash bands we feel strongly about our thrash roots and want to create an album of pure thrash. If we could combine Kreator's 'Hordes of Chaos,' Testament's 'Formation of the Damnation' and Overkill's newie 'Ironbound' into a huge melting pot, that would be the kind of album we wanna make!! More...

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Mortal Sin Updates South American Tour

Australia's Mortal Sin has issued the following update about South American tour dates:

"Hey peoples,

"Here is the latest update of shows for our upcoming tour of South America. Unfortunately we will not be playing shows in Brazil this time. Sadly and regrettably we will have to miss out on the biggest, maddest metalheads due to time constraints (We have to keep the tour to two weeks), but hopefully we can tour South America again in 2010, and make Brazil our first stop.

"We look forward to bringing our Australian old school thrash to your beautiful countries, we'll see you there, and please tell all your friends to come along!"

Mortal Sin's upcoming South American tour dates are as follows:

11/19: Chile - Santiago @ Venue & to be Announced
11/20: Peru - Lima @ Auditorio Diamante
11/21: Peru - Cuzco @ Estadio Diego Quispe Titto
11/22: Peru - Arequipa @ La Roca
11/23: Travel day
11/24: Ecuador - Guayaquil @ Soho Pub
11/25: Ecuador - Loja @ Casa Tinku
11/26: Ecuador - Cuenca @ Guitarras de San Blas
11/27: Ecuador - Quito @ La Bunga
11/28: Colombia - Bogota @ Teatro Metropol
11/29: Colombia - Medellin @ Teatro Matacandelas
11/30: Colombia - Tunja @ Venue to be announced

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Mortal Sin Announces Tour Dates With Kreator

Mortal Sin has issued the following announcement about Australian tour dates alongside Kreator:

"It's here. The Thrash tour of 2009 (Australia). The Almighty KREATOR finally come back to Australia and are bringing their Hordes of Chaos with them. Add the Mayhemic Destruction of Mortal Sin and this will definitely be the thrash gig of 2009! Better get your tickets as these shows will SELL OUT! The dates are listed on our profile. Kreator will also play in Perth but without Mortal Sin.

"We are really hyped up for these shows, and look forward to seeing you thrash maniacs from Australia at the shows moshing your fucking socks off."

The complete list of upcoming Mortal Sin tour dates will be as follows: More...

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Mortal Sin to Tour South America

Sydney-based thrashers Mortal Sin will be embarking on their first South American tour in October. The press release is below:

“Mortal Sin are pleased to announce that we will make our way to South Fucking America in late October/November to play some shows and festivals. In association with Acido Productions (Peru) and local promoters, we will begin our first ever tour in the region.

“I will start posting some dates over the next few days. At the moment we have shows in Peru, Ecuador & Columbia. More dates will be confirmed in the coming weeks. We are currently looking for shows in Chile, Brazil, Argentina and wherever else you old school thrashers live!! Load us up fuckers!”

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Mortal Sin Begins Writing New Album

Mat Maurer of Austrailian thrash metal band, Mortal Sin, has issued the following update:

"After such a big year last year Mortal Sin have decided to begin writing a new album. We'll be looking at releasing something later this year. Don't ask me when, don't ask me how many songs, don't ask me if we have a title yet. The answer to all those questions will come with time! We look forward to making it one of the best albums we can possibly make and we look forward to getting back out on the road as soon as we can."

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Australian's Rock Out Festival Postponed

Australia's recently announced Rock Out Festival has been postponed until later this year. Here's the update from the organizers:

“MTD4 and Blade Promotions after consultation with the venues and major stakeholders including the International Artists, have decided that it is in the best interest of all parties concerned to postpone the event to Sept/Oct this year.

"The new dates will be advised as soon as possible.

"We anticipate announcing additional headline bands to join those previously listed as the postponement allows us to restore the event to our original concept including multiple stages, all ages ticketing and camping at all sites.

"We apologise if this postponement causes any inconvenience to those that have already purchased tickets to our event and encourage them to contact us directly - contact@rockoutfestivals.com.au"

The original festival dates that have been postponed are:

10th–12th April - Queensland Raceway, Ipswich, QLD
17th–19th April - Eastern Creek Raceway, NSW
24th–26th April - Calder Park Raceway, VIC

The bands slated to perform included: More...

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Twisted Sister, Rose Tattoo Added to Rockout Fest

American glam rockers Twisted Sister have been announced as the new headliner for the Australian east coast’s Rockout Festival, that will be hitting up Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne in April. Also recently added to the line-up includes Rose Tattoo, Black Majesty and Five Star Prison Cell. More acts will be added in the weeks leading up to the festival.

Tickets are on sale now to the general public at Ticketek. For information on tickets and locations, visit rockoutfestivals.com.au.

Here are the festival dates:

10th–12th April - Queensland Raceway, Ipswich, QLD
17th–19th April - Eastern Creek Raceway, NSW
24th–26th April - Calder Park Raceway, VIC

The lineup so far is as follows: More...

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Nazxul Guitarist Greg Morelli Killed In Crash

Legendary Australian thrash metal band Mortal Sin has posted the following message online:

"Our long time friend Greg Morelli, guitarist of NAZXUL was tragically killed in the early hours of Thursday morning November 20th in a motorcycle accident. As many locals would know a huge storm hit Sydney last night and Greg was riding his motorbike home and hit a greasy wet patch on Parramatta road North Strathfield.

"Greg's death will be a huge loss to the Australian metal scene and of course the international black metal scene. The new Nazxul album had just been completed and Greg was really looking forward to getting back out on the road and we had also talked about the possibility of heading over to Europe for some shows next year. Greg explained to me that the new album was sounding like they finally wanted to sound like, and was really proud of what he had achieved.

"I hope all the black metal fans out there will raise their horns tonight for Greg. Rest in peace mate, you're a fucking legend."

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Adastra To Release Their Second Full-Length Album

Finnish metallers Adastra are putting the finishing touches on their sophomore album, "Death Or Domination," for a December 2008 release via Violent Journey Records. The CD is scheduled to be mastered on October 9 at Chartmakers in Helsinki, Finland by Svante Forsbäck. Adastra has also released the new album's track list which is as follows:

1. Locked On To You
2. One Chance
3. Death Or Domination
4. Man Mk. II
5. Helsinki 1939
6. Who Threw The First Stone
7. Devil Knows You're Dead
8. Lost
9. Wasted Life
10. The Longing

Adastra has been confirmed for the Jalometalli festival, set to take place August 15-16 at Club Teatria in Oulu, Finland. Also scheduled to appear are Overkill, Blitzkrieg, Satyricon, Mayhem, Sotajumala and Mortal Sin, among others.

According to the band's official bio, Adastra is "a modern heavy metal band that derives its influences from a wide range of class acts. Old-school-style clean-vocals of Ville Siikamäki, combined with the rapid leads and heavy riffs of Olli Anttila and Jari Hartman and the steady pulse of Santeri Vauramo's bass, controlled by the precise drumming of Jussi Ruokolainen, create the music of Adastra."

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First Ever Abducted Metal Fest Details Announced

The first ever Abducted Metal and Horror Festival has been announced, and will be held at the Arena in Brisbane on the 21st of July, with doors opening at 5pm. Twenty bands, including some of the best coming out of Australia right now, will play across three stages, and the festival will also feature horror cinema, gothic dance and the launch of the new DVDzine 'Up-Skirt'. Tickets are available from the Arena, Oztix, Skinny, and Rocking Horse, and more information on the festival can be found at this location. The line-up for the festival is as follows:

Blood Duster,
Mortal Sin,
Alchemist,
Daysend,
Pod People,
Fuck... I'm Dead,
Terrorust,
Kill for Satan,
Double Dragon,
Fort,
Earth,
Five Star Prison Cell,
The Day Everything Became Nothing,
Empyrean,
Lynchmada,
Anger in Motion,
The Death,
Sakkuth,
State of Integrity, and
Defamer.

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