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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.

Mortal Sin - "Women In Leather"

Mortal Sin - "Lebanon"

Mortal Sin - "Dead Man Walking"

Mortal Sin - "Out Of The Darkness"

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Ollie Hynes has been a writer for Metal Underground.com for four years and has been a metal fan for ten years, going so far as to travel abroad for metal shows.

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1. Phil McGeehin writes:

Amused to read that Comedian Steve Hughes was the drummer for Mortal Sin, he's a funny guy. #he does a bit about people who take offence and that nothing actually happens when people take offence so they should just f*** off. Wise words.
Didn't think Mortal Sin quite had the goods to be a truly great band like Testament or Exodus but good luck to them.

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2. Cryonics writes:

Excellent choice, Oz. I always thought of these guys as the Australian version of Metallica (during their prime). "Mayhemic Destruction" is one of my favorite Thrash Metal albums. I still can't get the main riff from "Women In Leather" out of my head.

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3. Spirit In Black writes:

Awesome article....have had the pleasure of seeing Mortal Sin in Sydney. Great band despite the frequent ups and downs. In their day, they were brutal and I agree with Cryonics...the Aussie version of Metallica back then. Brings back memories...Thanks Oz!!!!

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4. Diamond Oz writes:

No worries mate, I'm glad it was able to bring back some old memories for you. Thank you for the feedback!

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5. Vandelay writes:

Your article failed in the fact you forgot to mention Mick Burke also of Slaughter Lord. Most of the killer riffs from Face Of Despair were written by him. Rock on Burkey!. So sharp.

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