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Sydney, Australia (1985 – present)

Mortal Sin is a thrash metal band that formed in 1985. The group formed around singer Mat Maurer and drummer Wayne Campbell in Sydney, Australia. At first Campbell had attempted to get Maurer into another band called Wizzard but the rest of that band was reluctant to support the idea so the pair struck out on their own, quickly recruiting Wizzard’s guitar Keith Krstin, bass player Andy Eftichiou from a band called Judge and a second guitarist Neville Reynolds. Reynolds was fired for not being available to play at the band’s very first show and was replaced by Paul Carwana.

As arguably the first band in Australia to play purely thrash metal, Mortal Sin quickly developed a solid following and only seven months after their first live show the band recorded an album-length demo in a mere three days in July 1986. The eight track recording was eventually released in late 1986 as Mayhemic Destruction and released as an album on the band’s own label Mega Metal Productions. Reaction to the album was immediate and the band was snapped up for an international album deal by Phonogram Records UK, who then re-released Mayhemic Destruction worldwide in 1987. In the meantime, Krstin was replaced by Mick Burke from fellow Sydney thrash act Slaughter Lord. Mortal Sin spent much of 1988 recording a second album with producer Randy Burns, who had previously worked with Kreator & Megadeth. The release of Face of Despair was held over until early 1989; shortly afterward the band gained further prominence with an Australian tour with Metallica in May but Campbell was sacked shortly after.


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  • Diamhea

    An Absence of Faith is one of the better melodic thrash exercises of the last decade.

    29 Oct 4:57am Reply
  • podkubduction

    Brutally underrated band.[2] One of the best thrash metal bands and one of the most underrated too! This is because they are from Australia where metal scene was weak and there weren't a lot of metal fans. If they were from Usa or sthg they would be a legendary band! It's probably as underrated band as Shah from Russia.

    1 Jun 4:01pm Reply
  • Baneblaster

    I agree on that one. .v

    18 Apr 8:32am Reply
  • Liberations

    Best australian thrash band.

    29 Jan 1:32pm Reply
  • thrashwar

    mayhemic destruction yeahhhhh...

    14 Dec 2013 Reply
  • GNR27

    Definately not a hater

    10 Nov 2013 Reply
  • GNR27

    I just begin with the first album I hear of them, and that was my first opinion, yes. And still is btw

    10 Nov 2013 Reply
  • GNR27

    @ Schwabenprophet I'll definately gonna take a listen to "Mayhemic Destruction" and skip "Psychology of Death"... :P Riffs are very important too :P Thanks for the tip!

    6 Sep 2013 Reply
  • Schwabenprophet

    @GNR27 Well I got "Psychology of Death" first and yeah.. It is a nice album, but that`s all... Then I got "Mayhemic Destruction" and yeah.. That`s Thrash! The solos are not the best but lots of main riffs r just pure Thrash

    26 Aug 2013 Reply
  • GNR27

    Haven't heard the older shit yet, but the solos of the latter albums are very weak for a thrash band. Listen to Exodus for example, and compare! THAT's thrash! I do like Mortal Sin, but more as another kind of band...

    17 Aug 2013 Reply
  • GolyJelen

    Fucking amazing

    14 Aug 2013 Reply
  • TheDarkSide73

    Aussie Thrash Metal Rocks

    18 Apr 2013 Reply
  • skoro1975

    German old school (1988) speed/thrash metal band: - S.D.I. - MEGAMOSH mosh mosh mosh mosh listen:

    16 Apr 2013 Reply
  • Deathriderdoom

    revisiting Mayhemic Dest. on the ol' ipod today. Killer album.

    9 Apr 2013 Reply
  • metalinvader34

    Mayhemic Destruction!

    5 Mar 2013 Reply
  • WatsonPepeLives

    They are immortal

    17 Dec 2012 Reply
  • Chuzhbogh

    Dimi96 is right. Their last Albums are Modern Thrash like a fuckin' Bunch of other Bands are playing him also.

    21 Aug 2012 Reply
  • dex665

    Brutally underrated band.

    27 Jun 2012 Reply
  • Legierung

    Mayhemic Destruction записываю в любимые альбомы! Охуенно!

    12 Jun 2012 Reply
  • Dimi96

    It's best that they leave a (fairly) good legacy, and split up, than that they end up a second rate thrash metal band making generic albums, a shadow of what they were. Like Slayer for example.

    1 May 2012 Reply
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