Posts Tagged ‘Mortal Sin’

For a couple of years there – 89-89, a thrash metal band from Sydney’s Western Suburbs had their sights set on Metallica’s crown. Of course I’m talking about the great Mortal Sin. Their first couple of albums in paticular were fine examples of thrash metal with melody. innovation, lots of hooks, and immense appeal. In 2013, Metallica is a brand name like Coca Cola or Nike, yet I recall a time when I was backstage at Sydney’s Horden Pavillion, watching as Mortal Sin skateboarded before heading out on to the stage, opening for Metallica – who at that time were the biggest metal band in the world (pre orchestras and Lou Reed). The Mortals gave em a run for their money. In 2013, both ‘Face Of Despair’ and ‘Mayhemic Destruction’ are cemented as bonafied classics of their genre – and if you dont have them, go check them out here. Anyway, I was thumbing through a box of old rock magazines and I came across this article about Mortal Sin that appeared in the December 31, 1987 eidtion of Metal Hammer magazine from the UK. Interesting that they give Massive Appendage a plug. Surely this was one of the first international articles written about the band. I have scanned it for you. Click on it to enlarge. This one’s for you Bucko – RIP.


UntitledBack in 1980’s Australia – when heavy metal was underground and yet-to-be embraced by the mainstream – small city scenes were in fact thriving. If you dig Aussie HM – Sydney’s Quarterpipe Records is well worth your time. They have the same kinda love for loud rock that we have, and the role they play in acknowledging some of these lost bands is vital. Many obscure MP3 tracks are available to purchase and let’s face it, (as some of this material was only available on small vinyl pressings) you ain’t gonna find it elsewhere. There is a ton of well written material and unique photos here from guys who were there. Lots of good recent bands as well. I spent a lot of time on this site and it brought back some memories…like seeing Addictive, Mortal Sin etc. Great days. A great site doing great things which you check out…..Visit them here

Tune in for the fourth and final instalment in a series of shows – where Cowboy Col remembers Sydney’s heavy metal years of the 1980’s. That’s right, we were metalheads who grew up in Sydney, Australia and in this series we have been focusing only on Sydney bands, and bands who predominantly didn’t sign with major labels or make it big!  Tune in this Wednesday night the 29th of June at 8.30pm to hear some of the best  thrash metal to come out of Sydney from 1985-1989. When To Tune In? This week, Wednesday 29th June, 2011 8.30 PM      Rockbrat Radio

Here is a rare flier for a HM gig in Sydney held in 1986 at Paddingtown Town Hall ! Slaughter Lord, Mortal Sin and Mass Appeal – pretty good value for a tenner I reckon ! Ahh the good old days. Remember…no bozos !

Who: Mortal Sin
Where: Gladesville, Sydney – 1989

Make no mistake, Australia in the 80’s had some of the best exponents of thrash metal around – good enough to rival the best that the rest of the world had to offer. Hailing from Sydney’s Western Suburbs, Mortal Sin rose above all others with their unique brand loud heavy metal. Their first album (and I mean the locally released one on their own Mega-Metal label) is a timeless classic. Heavy riffing, big time changes, Maurer’s unique vocals – man, what a killer album. Sure it paid homage to Metallica, but this was no rip-off and in 86/87, the Mortals had the European rock mags in a spin. This image – taken in 1989 – was taken by the Rockbrat at a venue called Banjo’s in Sydney’s Gladeville – which was a regular Rockbrat stomping ground. I love this photo as it is taken side-stage and displays the pure heavy metal frenzy which bands like this could create.

Who: Yngwie Malmsteen
When: Sydney 9 July 1990
This guy is a self-proclaimed musical genius. Warning bells anyone ? Being a genius does not necessarily mean you are an interesting live act. I was not entirely ignorant to Malmsteen before attending this show, having owned the Alcatrazz and self-title LP. I should confess that I’ve never been a fan of guitar heroics (though if pressed, my two favourite guitar solo’s were Vivian Campbell’s simple but effective showcase on Dio’s Special From The Spectrum’ VHS concert) and Ace Frehley’s 1996 Kiss re-union solo – complete with the rocket blowing out the spotlight ! But as for guys who play a zillion notes ?! Well, that might be your thing, but it ain’t mine. Thankfully – the great Noel Gallagher was only a 3 short years away from saving rock n roll from all this (and grunge). To be fair to Yngwie he did have a distinct guitar sound – as evidenced on the Hear n Aid/Stars single from 1985 – I mean when he played you just knew it was him. To counter that – his duet with the great Ronnie James Dio on Aerosmith Dream On contained so much extra fret work it was silly – and totally unnecessary to deface a classic song. But where was I ? Oh yeah, July 1990. The great one blessed us with an in-store appearance in the CBD earlier that day and I qued up for an autograph. The photo I handed him (an advert for a guitar endorsement where he clearly looked overweight) seemed to rattle him and he immediately showed it to someone in his crew !! Too funny ! (rockbrat tip – exchange the twinkies for apples in the band rider next time !). I still have the autograph some place. Western Sydney HM legends Mortal Sin opened the show, but were nothing to get carried away with – with Maurer, Campbell no longer in the line-up. Odd pairing when you think of it – thrash exponents on the bill with Malmsteen ?! Malmsteen was touring in support of the ‘Eclipse’ LP – and from memory was unmemorable. Watching a self-absorbed musician for an hour an a half surrounded by no-name band members is tedious with a capital T and I don’t think I lasted the whole show. This would not be my last encounter with this kind of nonsense as I saw another guitar virtuoso – Steve Lukather some years later. Not much else to say really. If you like Yngwie Malmsteen, good for you – he may have written some great music, but give me Johnny Ramone, Pete Wells or Eddie Clarke any day of the week.