Mortal Sin : Interview with vocalist Mat Maurer and bassist Andy Eftichiou

February 9th, 2005
by Arto Lehtinen

Mortal Sin is one of the first thrash metal bands emerging from Down Under in the mid 80’s and unleashed a furious debut album MAYHEMIC DESTRUCTION. The album has reached a real cult status amongst the die old school thrash metal freaks. In 1989 the second output FACE OF DESPAIR saw the light of day and the Australian thrashers embarked on an European tour by opening for Testament, Faith No More and toured in The States. The internal feuds within the band caused the departure of the vocalist and finally a real split up. Bassist Andy Eftichiou carried on by hiring a new line-up and put out REBELLIUS YOUTH, but Mortal Sin vanished to the Australian large desert. Despite the band unleashed REVOLUTION OF THE MIND, but it led nowhere. Until 2002/2003 Mat Maurer, Andy Efthichou and Wayne Campbell resurrected the old band by recruiting new guitarists to the rank. It was about time to approach the vocalist of Mortal Sin Mat Maurer and bassist Andy Efthichou to ask more about the history as well as other interesting subjects……
 

Good day to Under Down, what?s up there ?! Seen Sadistik Exekution lately hahah ?!

It?s looking good here for the metal scene lately. There has been lots of tours in the last year, but Mortal Sin has been quiet ? writing songs for the new album ?FAR FROM EXTINCTION?. I see Rev. Kriss from Sad Ex around occasionly at gigs. He came to the last Mortal Sin gig!

 

Let?s take the time machine in order to return to the early days of Mortal Sin, back in the mid 80?s everything started rolling. Mortal Sin was founded by you Matt and Wayne Campbell around 1985. How did you get interested in forming a band to play more aggressive stuff compared to what Australia offered at that time, it was pretty obvious the thrash scene didn?t exists at that time, which bands basically influenced you to compose the thrashing metal songs ?!

Back in 1985 the music scene in Australia was beginning to feel the metal onslaught from England and the USA with more and more albums being imported into Australia. We had this great shop called Utopia which imported all the heavy stuff and we used to go in and listen to Metallica, Accept and whatever else we could get our hands on. As soon as someone heard something really cool or really heavy, everyone else would go out and buy it. (Not like today where you just copy it for your friends!). My meeting of Wayne was by pure accident! I was on a train during a thunderstorm and lightning hit the train and caused it to stop. I was playing Judas Priest on a ghetto blaster and Wayne happened to walk into my carriage and we started talking about music. He said he was a drummer and I said I was a singer, so we immediately decided to have a jam together with his band Wizzard. Wizzard were playing a very Iron Maiden style of music but Wayne and his guitarist Keith Krstin wanted to do something a bit heavier ? mostly in the style of Kreator, Slayer Metallica and Destruction. So Wayne and Keith decided to leave Wizzard and form a band with me as the singer.

 

I can?t help asking how and where did you make up the band?s name Mortal Sin ?!

The name Mortal Sin actually came from some other friends of mine that were into metal. I was gonna be their singer but they did not manage to get a full line up together so I asked them if I could take the name. Back in those days everyone was trying to come up with the heaviest name and to me Mortal Sin sounded really good for what we wanted to do.

 

LINE UP CHANGES

Let?s now focus on the line up of Mortal Sin firstly as it has undergone some radical changes thru the historical career of Mortal Sin. So how did you manage to lure other members to join the band in the early stage of the career cos thrash/speed metal wasn?t that common metal style in general, did you face a lot of line up changes before the MAYHEMIC DESTRUCTION output ?!

Before MAYHEMIC DESTRUCTION we had many different musicians. We needed to find people who were committed to playing music and also had to find musicians with common interests. It was difficult at first. Some of the musicians who tried out for Mortal Sin are now playing in famous bands. Steve King from Rose Tattoo auditioned for Mortal Sin in 1985 and Leno D. from Jerk also auditioned in 1985. We had at least three or four guitarists come and go before we decided on the line up of Paul Carwana on Guitar and Andy Eftichiou on bass to join with Myself, Wayne and Keith.

 

On MAYHEMIC DESTRUCTION Mortal Sin consisted of you Mat Maurer, of course Wayne Campbell and the guitarist Andy Eftichiou and two other guys Paul Carwana and Keith Krstin, but as far as I know after MAYHEMIC DESTRUCTION had seen the light of day Keith was dismissed from the band?s rank, but what went wrong with him as he had been involved in Mortal Sin since the formation ?!

Keith was a great songwriter but when it came to playing live he always got very nervous and kept forgetting songs. We played a show at the Bondi Tram in Sydney and he fucked up so many times that we decided that show would be his last. Mick Burke of Slaughterlord was at the show and we asked him straight away if he wanted to come and join Mortal Sin and he said Yes.

 

Then on the second album FACE OF DESPAIR the line up had become quite stable after all, but when you headed out for the massive European and American tours, you had undergone another change in the line-up as another Slaughter Lord dude named Steve Hughes stepped in to replace Wayne Campbell, well why was Campbell sacked from the band after all ?! Was it kinda the easier task to recruit another Slaughter Lord member to Mortal Sin than going out to do a drummer audition ?!

Just after the Metallica tour in Australia in 1989 for the ?And Justice for All? Tour, Wayne was going through many personal problems that were affecting the bands momentum. There was always infighting and the band members decided that if we got rid of Wayne then the problems would disappear. Steve Hughes was a close friend of Mick so we decided to ask him to join. We only had a few weeks before a huge show in Sydney called ?Metal from the Heart?, so Steve learnt all the songs and played them well. Four months later we were on a plane to USA and England to do shows with Testament and Faith No More.

 

But the whole band fell apart after the long tour and you got serious disagreements with Steve Hughes and in general you weren?t that pleased with which direction the band was going to head for, So you pulled out, but let?s have quite a hypotheorical question : Would you have continued in Mortal Sin if the drummer had been kicked out ?! Or were you entirely fed up with the band ?! 

As soon as Steve joined the band he wanted to kick me out because he wanted a singer who could sing! He lost the vote and we went on the tour of England and Germany with Testament. The band did not like the idea that I was taking my wife with me on tour ? Diane and myself did everything for the band including getting the record label and publishing deals etc for the band and I told them if she didn?t come then I would not go. They thought that their chances of picking up groupies would diminish if there was a girl on the bus? That?s how immature Mick and Steve were at the time. While we were on the bus travelling from city to city in Germany they kept playing hardcore porn on the video to try and make my wife feel uncomfortable so that she would go home. Many fights happened on the tour but I wasn?t involved ? The other guys got very frustrated and even though things were going really well at the shows ? stupid things kept getting in the way and causing the boys to fight. Should I have insisted that Steve leave the band? In hindsight, yes of course ? maybe the band would have kept going. But you make decisions and you have to live by them. The metal scene in 1990-91 had changed because Nirvana, Soundgarden, Red Hot Chilli Peppers and the whole grunge scene came and split the metal scene apart and we were about to start writing our third album. Steve had a lot of influence over the rest of the band but he could not convince me to change the style of the band. Perhaps the third album which Andy recorded was the beginning of the end of the original line up ? but the metal scene was tough at the time and Mortal Sin needed to come up with another brilliant album. That?s why more fighting continued? because everyone had a different idea of what the best album would sound like. I decided to leave the band after we got home from Europe because of those reasons.

 

Andy Eftichiou continued on his own, using Mortal Sin?s name and recruited a bunch of faces to the band and recorded a new album. As a matter of fact where did he find these guys, did they have any band background before joining Mortal Sin, did you ever witness them live ?!?

Andy : The guys were from local bands playing around at the time in the scene. Drummer Nash Hall played in White Widow.. Steve Sly  was playing in a Dio cover show.. Guitar players Dave de Francesco and Tom Doustipul played in a band called Enticer ? a great band at the time… I approached them about a possible new album, locked ourselves away  for 6 months to write the album then recorded it in 3 weeks… I personally like the album but i guess it was wrong timing and wrong name hahahaha. probably looking back i should of changed the name of the band… but you know, I thought I was doing the right thing at the time..live and learn..

Mat : I did see the band twice, once when they supported Faith No More at Parramatta Cobra Club and again when they supported Malmsteen at Enmore Theatre in Sydney.

 

Mortal Sin disbanded after the catastrophic album, but until 1996 you gathered together with Andy Eftichiou and the once sacked Wayne Campbell.. First off did you and Wayne bury your waraxes and made a peace when you got back together ?!

Wayne and myself are like James Hetfield and Lars ? always fighting. The rest of the band get very nervous when we start arguing. We are just two passionate people who want the best for the band, sometimes our opinions differ!

 

Once again on the fourth album REVOLUTION OF THE MIND the line up featured a couple of new axemen besides the nuclear core of the band, consisting of Andy, Wayne Campbell and yourself as well as the two new guitarists Troy Scerri and Anthony Hoffman. Where were they found for Mortal Sin ? Why did the original guitarists not take part in the reunion? But that comeback didn?t last that long cos the whole band fell apart once again, how come ?! Inflamed chemistry within the band between the guys ?!

Paul Carwana was originally part of the reunion, but because he lived in Queensland (1000klm away) he decided he could not keep travellling to Sydney. We only rehearsed with him once a month. Troy Scerri was once in a band with Wayne called White Trash and Anthony (Hefty) Hoffman was also in aband with Wayne called Grungeon (Also featured Naxzul guitarist Greg Morelli). At the time we could not find Mick Burke to ask him whether he wanted to reform the band so we just looked for a new guitarist. The reformation was shortlived ? we recorded REVOLUTION OF THE MIND and did a small tour of Australia, but the reaction to the band was not great and songwiting was very weak. I had an offer to start up my own business in publishing, so I just decided to move on ? I did not get on very well with Hefty, so the decision for me was easy.

 

ALBUMS

Speaking of the albums now. MAYHEMIC DESTRUCTION, all the material was written since the band was formed between the era of 1985 ?1986 I assume, but obviously the stuff was originally supposed to be released as a demo release, but after all it ended up to be a real album, right ?! Did you finance the whole recording session from your own pockets ?! Obviously you had intended to shop the material around to record labels to get a deal, actually you could tell the history of this legendary album?

We did intentionally go into to record a demo, but the producer just told us it would be an album. We financed the whole thing out of our own pockets and decided that  we would release the album ourselves because there were no record companies in Australia that even new about Mortal Sin or about thrash metal. We just decided to send the album out to as many people as we could and it ended up in the hands of Bernard Doe who was part of Metal Forces magazine. He loved the album and showed it to many people. A good buzz started to grow in England and next thing we knew we got a phone call from many record labels. Phonogram Records from London felt very strong about the album and told us they would purchase the rights to the album and sign us to a seven record deal. We got twenty thousand pounds for the record!

 

Speaking of this Mega Metal Pro, was the label owned by you all alone ?! Did you have any other bands signed ?!

Mega Metal Productions was just for Mortal Sin. There were no other bands involved. We still release items on the label now ? similar to what Dream Theater do with Majesty releases.

 

The debut album MAYHEMIC DESTRUCTION has nowadays reached some kind of cult status amongst the old school thrash metal die hard fans, even the album was leaked out to the net as mp3 files, but of course putting the whole album out to the net may bug you a little bit, but could you view it as a positive thing cos the younger extreme metal generation will be having a good opportunity of becoming familiar with Mortal Sin and in that way it definitely helps you to get more attention, do you agree ?!

Mortal Sin will re-release the album either this year or next year with FACE OF DESPAIR and some other material in a box set, so the newer generation can see what the albums have given to the thrash scene over the last two decades.

 

However in the wake of massive explosion and success of thrash/speed metal all around the world in the late 80?s both bigger and smaller labels wanted to have their own ?Metallica-Slayer-Megadeth-Anthrax? in order to capture the market. I dare to claim you were damn lucky when getting a deal with Phonogram Records / Polydor in order to have the damn good distribution and respond for FACE OF DESPAIR..  I bet you must have got a plenty of other offers, but what made you decide to sign with Polydor ?! Were you kinda satisfied with their way or working in terms of promotion and so on to promote Mortal Sin ?!

We were not impressed at all with the record company. Everyone even today says Mortal Sin were the most underrated Metal band of the 80s/90s. We felt Phonogram could havae and should have done a lot more for the album. We could have easily ridden off the wave of success that Metallica created (and I think we still can). The record company told us we could not tour Europe off the first album. We tried to get on the Anthrax/Testament tour in 1987 or 1988 but the record company said no. By the time we did get over to Europe we missed a lot of opportunities and Testament had become really big ? instead we were supporting them. Had we gone to Europe in 1987, we might have been able to do our own headlining tour in 1990? Who knows?

 

FACE OF DESPAIR was a great speed metal output with catchy songs indeed, how did you get all the songs together, I mean did you have any older material left from the demo session of the first album ?!

Only one song was left over from MAYHEMIC DESTRUCTION ? ?Running from the Corpse? but that did not make it on to FACE OF DESPAIR either, because we were writing better songs, with Mick Burke?s influence. Two songs were finished while we were actually in the studio recording (I was a notoriously slow lyric writer!) I think it took about a year or so to write all the songs but we kept playing live in this time.

 

As you had such a huge label on the background, they must have done a lot of promotion in order to sell the album as much as possible ?!

As I said before, I don?t think the record company did enough to push the band. We got on the Metallica Tour in Australia which really lifted our profile here, but we feel they could have done a bit more.

 

As to the lyrics being quite satanisn and occultism oriented though on MAYHEMIC DESTRUCTION, but Mortal Sin weren?t any like a bunch of satan worshippers, but in general writing about the darker things were basically a common factor for young new thrash bands as most of bands of that time like Destruction, Kreator, Sepultura and a bunch of others used to write about death, devastation and satanism as well? Could it be said writing the more brutal things was the easiest way to start penning the lyrics ?!  But frankly were you seriously keen on occultism or satanism ?!

Like every band in thrash metal we read books and watched satanic movies. It was just the thing of the times I think. The second album was written more with sarcasm towards governments. The dark side of life got to heavy for me personally ? I was losing myself to a personality I did not particularly want. I feel it?s cool to know about these things but to live the life you need to be very dedicated to the satanic cause. I personally dislike all religions.

 

But writing about the normal social issues and events in the normal day life was more idealistic area for you to write about on FACE OF DESPAIR ?!

On FACE OF DESPAIR many of the lyrics reflect on life. I had a daughter born while we recorded the album and a lot of songs reflect how the world has basically gone to shit because of war, governments and religion. How could I bring up my daughter in a world that was destroying itself?

 

But when the line up had undergone the dramatical changes after the US tour and the guitarist Andy continued Mortal Sin with entire new faces in the rank and unleashed quite an awful album titled REBELLIOUS YOUTH, also named EVERY DOGS HAS ITS DAY?.ehh.. Have you ever checked out this album or systematically ignored ?!?

I ignored this album for quite a long time, but when we reformed this time around I realised it was a part of Mortal Sin history that could not be changed, so I had a listen. One of the songs ?Access Denied? can be found on the REVOLUTION OF THE MIND album with my vocals, so its good to compare the two songs with the two vocalists. Some of the other songs were written while I was still in the band, but unfortunately they left off the best song.

 

Do you have any idea why the album was renamed ?!?

Andy said that the record company asked for the name to be changed when it was released in Europe.

 

REVOLUTION OF THE MIND saw the light of day in 1997 featuring you on the vocals. But basically what was the purpose of this album however, there are a couple of newer tunes and the rest of other material is the older tracks from the past albums and a few live cuts ?! Was the album released under Mega Metal Productions by the way !?

The purpose of the album was to get some product out. We didn?t just want to put out the two songs that we had written with the new line up, so we filled the album up with songs that had not been released before and some that were re-recorded. It was released under Mega Metal productions.

 

 

TOURS AND GIGS

Mortal Sin used to do a hell of a lot of gigs all around Australia, playing with several local bands like from Hard-Ons to Hobbs Angel Of Death, how was the local thrash metal audience ?! Were they as wild as for example in Europe or in the The States ?!

To be honest I think Australian thrash fans were more intense. The reason being because we did not get to see bands like Metallica until 1989 and other bands until much later. They went crazy when international bands came to Australia.

 

In 1989 you did a couple of shows with Metallica in Australia, how did you get that chance to do those gigs ?!

We were label mates in Australia (Polygram records) so I guess we had the best chance from other bands. At the time we were the biggest band in Australia, so the concert was one of the biggest shows ever (It is still nominated as the best show when people are asked what their favourite show in Australia was!!!)

 

In 1990 you did your first appearance outside of Australia, in England as a supporter for Testament and if I recall you played with Xentrix and then Horse, it had to be one kind of chance for Mortal Sin to tour in Europe at that time with Testament ?!

Before the Testament tour we had chances pass by for tours with WASP and some other shows. The Testament tour was good timing with the album being released in Europe just a few months before.

 

What kind response did you get in Holland, Germany ?! Any cool stories to tell ?!

It?s very hard to play support to big bands because mainly the fans come just to see the main act. But with Testament we went down very well with the fans. When we played at the Hammersmith Odeon on the first show we were very nervous as it was our first show out of our country. Before we came on stage we played the television theme for Neighbours, which was an Australian show that had made it very big in England. The backdrop came down as they played it and the crown went wild. That was a cool buzz, but it toll nearly the whole set before we relaxed on stage. We got a good review. In Germany we had fans at each show and at one city many fans stopped our tour van and started shaking it and shouting Mortal Sin until we came out and signed autographs!

 

After touring with Testament you went back to England and set off for a tour with Faith No More, how did that tour differ from the one done with Testament ?

It was very different. For a start we were playing with a band whose music was nothing like our own. Many fans asked why we were even on the bill. But usually each night by the time we got halfway into our set, the fans had warmed to Mortal Sin.

 

Hmm you and Faith No More did two sold out gigs at Astoria ?!

The Astoria gigs were very cool. By the time we did those shows we had a lot of Mortal Sin fans in the audience wearing our shirts and singing our songs.

 

Then you set off for the US tour, with whom did you tour, cos I didn?t find any detail, apart from one/off show with Biohazard/Killing Time/Wrecking Crew in New York ?!

We mostly did showcase shows. The Biohazard show was at L?amours in Brooklyn and we played to more skinheads than I had ever seen in one venue before. We were pretty scared ? a thrash metal band playing to a bunch of skinheads in a hardcore town! I told the boys before we went on stage that we should just play hard and fast. At first we had cans and beers chucked at us but by the time we finished the set there was a huge moshpit going. One skinhead dude with tatts all over his body and the meanest looking face came up to me after the show and said ?Dude you guys are pretty hard!? and we had a beer together. It was good to get some support from people who would not have normally heard Mortal Sin.

 

I can?t help asking about the respond in The States toward Mortal Sin, was it better than in Europe ?!

Europe was much better, but now Americans are starting to hear more about Mortal Sin because of the internet. Mortal Sin gets compared to Exodus, Testament, Overkill and Metallica, so fans try and track down some of our material on eBay.

 

Your last gig with Mortal Sin was at The Whiskey in Los Angeles, but obviously when getting on the stage it didn?t feel like it was the last show for you, were there some signs in the air and the inflamed situation within the band that you would go separate ways !?

Actually my last gig for Mortal Sin in 1990 was at The Hills Inn in Sydney. I just decided on the night that it would be my last show. Only my wife knew what was going to happen.

 

Now you did a triumphinal show the Annandale Hotel in Sydney, the reaction amongst the crowd was definitely wild, or wasn?t it ?!

The reaction was terrific. It was like a homecoming ? a reunion of us and the fans. The show went down better than we could have imagined. We played many new songs and the old fans like them as much as the old songs!

 

When will Mortal Sin be testified in European Metal festival if Hobbs Angel Of Death recently played at Wacken, so Mortal Sin should have good chances to play here anyway ?!

Mortal Sin is currently trying to get on some of the European festivals. We are negotiating with Oliver from ?Keep it True? festival and we are trying to find an agent to get us on some of the other ones.

 

THE RETURN OF MORTAL SIN

When did Mortal Sin actual return to the limelights after being on hold during several years ?! Can it be said the 1996 year was kind of comeback, but went up in smoke or .. ?!

1996 was a comeback that did not work very well ? no songs and no chemistry within the new members.

 

But however how Mortal Sin has returned with a vengeance now with the two new faces in the rank, first off but why did it take such a long time to get the band roll pernamently now ?!

Finding the right musicians is always the hardest thing in a band. You need someone who you can work well with. Someone who understands the creativity within the band. Someone who can almost read your mind when it comes to writing songs! If you don?t have all of this, how can you write good songs?

 

As for these two guitarists in the line up, Joe Buttigieg and Mick Sultana, hmmm even though I am more or less familiar with their backgrounds, so I think it would be obvious if you told about them, their backgrounds and how were they asked to join Mortal Sin.. ?!

Mick and Joe came from the other famous Australian thrash band ?Addictive?. They recorded two great albums before splitting up in 1996. We live in the same area and Joe had been going to gigs for a while when Wayne & I suggested that we might be getting Mortal Sin back together, so we asked Joe to join. Mick Burke was originally asked to come back into the band, but he has a severe neck injury resulting from an electric shock at his work many years ago, and he was not as good a player as he used to be because of the injury. He stayed in the band for about six months before we decided that we needed someone better. When we were sitting down at practice one day we asked who we could get in the band and Joe suggested that Mick might be interested. He hadn?t played in a band since 1996 but it was worth a try. Joe text messaged Mick if he wanted to come jam with Mortal Sin and within a minute he replied yes.

 

According to pieces of several news about Mortal Sin, you would be in search of a new record deal, label and a management to take care of all affairs outside Australia, what is the current situation with these ?searching? issues at the moment, have you been reached by any potential label and managements showing their interest in Mortal Sin ?!

We decided that this time we would do something similar to MAYHEMIC DESTRUCTION and just record and release the new album by ourselves. But obviously we need help in this area. It is very hard to manage your own band and release your own album when you have very small limited funds to do it. When we release the album, everyone will see that we still have a lot to offer the metal scene and that we can make someone a lot of money if they decided to sign Mortal Sin. We have a more professional attitude now because we are much older and wiser!

 

But however you are working on the full new album titled FAR FROM EXTINCTION, could you politely shed a little bit light on the album like how many songs, does the material follow the typical Mortal Sin soundworld like on the FACE OF DESPAIR album or have you attempted to modernize the sounds ?

It?s difficult to appraise your own music, but fans who have heard our new stuff have said that it has the old roots with a new sound. That?s cool because we knew obviously we could not release an album that went backwards or something that was too distant from our roots. I think what you will hear on this album will be some real classic songs in the traditional style of metal as well as some metal songs with some heavy groove. Some of the songs so far are: Out of the Darkness, My Nightmare, Before the Bough Breaks, Rise or Fall, Deadman Walking, All about you, Lost Within, Release the pressure, Nothing to Give.

 

At the moment I have no idea if you have already signed a deal with some label, if not, will you release the album on your own like you did with a couple of other releases !?

Yes, we?ll probably release it on our own label again, but we would like to sign to a record label or major distributor.

 

But instead the DVD may have seen the light of day called OUT OF THE DARKNESS featuring the killer stuff?Hmm? I guess you would be willing to tell more about this DVD product ???

The DVD was result of the first show back on the road in March 5th 2004. We decided to film the show so we could look at what we look like on stage and see how we can improve our show. The people from Livecast Multimedia stepped in and recorded the show and we liked it so much that we decided to release it as our first product with the new line up.

Live at the Annandale Hotel on March 5, 2004.

Produced by LiveCast Multimedia (Sydney Australia)
Widescreen 16/9, 2.0 Stereo & 5.1 Surround sound Cameras used
Track Listing:
01: Out of the Darkness
02: My Nightmare
03: H
04: Lebanon
05: Rise or Fall
06: The Infantry Corps
07: All About You
08: I am Immortal
09: Mayhemic Destruction

The DVD also has two film clips filmed for SBS television?s ?The Noise? program hosted by Annette Shun Wah ? Voyage of the Disturbed and Women in Leather

As a special bonus on the DVD a complete live show from 1987 ? the golden era of Australian thrash ? Mortal Sin live at the Hills Inn is included in its entirety (including a cover of Diamond Head/Metallica ?Am I Evil?). The show is a one camera bootleg style setting, but definitely a blast from the past!

A 30 minute interview with the band introduces the two new members Mick Sultana and Joe Buttigieg and tells the history of how the band started and the next 20 years of Mortal Sin.

Total Running time 2hrs 17mins.
The DVD can be ordered from the band at www.mortalsin.com.au or by emailing Mat ? matmaurer@optusnet.com.au

 

 

THE AUSTRALIAN METAL SCENE

Even though the thrash metal scene didn?t exist, but when speaking of another Aussie thrash metal in general Slaughter Lord usually pops up everywhere. As far as I have understand right you were close friends to Slaughter Lord however ?!

I used to live in the same apartment block in Parramatta in Sydney ? Me on level three and them one level up, Wayne lived with some of them for a while too.

 

Another Aussie thrash group needs to be mentioned for sure, which recently did a real mind blowing gig at Wacken, is definitely Hobbs Angel Of Death.

I spoke to Peter about maybe coming up to do a show with Mortal Sin in Sydney but it didn?t work out. Maybe I can convince him to come up later this year for a big Sydney Festival?

 

And the the utter crazy maniacs of Sadistik Exekution?Ehhh those guys definitely have quite a wild background reputation, good friends of yours I assume ?!? 

As I said in the first question, I see Reverend Kriss every now and again, and Dave Slave always shows his head at gigs, but have not seen Rokk for a long time.

 

But in general there are a lot of metal bands coming from Down Under, could you recommand some bands which need to be checked out ?!

Astriaal, Alarum, Daysend, Walk the Earth (ex members of Damaged & Superheist), Psycroptic, Gospel of the Horns, Contrive, The Deadly, Skintilla, and about 100 more!!!!

 

When looking at the old pics of Mortal Sin you mostly wear t-shirts of the U.S speed/thrash metal bands like Anthrax, Testament, Suicidal Tendencies, Metallica. Did you dig more the U.S speed/thrash metal invasion than the Europen ones like Kreator, Destruction, Celtic Frost, Sabbat ?!

At first we started off getting into all the European bands but for some reason I personally began to like a lot of the American stuff. It?s ALL GOOD!

 

Basically how much do you still follow the metal scene and do you long for the good old wild days of the 80?s ?!

Today?s scene reminds me a lot of the 1980?s/90?s. A lot of the old bands are reforming because the fans have had enough of the crap music that has been coming out over the last ten years and they wanna hear the good old thrash again! If you look in all the magazines these days you have to check the date on the cover to make sure you haven?t accidently picked up one from the 80?s! there is so much old stuff coming back!

 

All right Mat, I guess it would be about time to end this massive long interview covering the history of Mortal Sin, I hope you liked the interview in a way or another, and as usual you could spit out the last words here now? But I for one thank you once again..

Sorry it took so long to do the interview. I have a full time job that takes up a lot of my time and also try to fit in the band and my family (my daughter is 16 now and sings in a metal band!!). I?d like all Mortal Sin fans and even just metal fans to take a good look at our ?OUT OF THE DARKNESS? DVD and album ?FAR FROM EXTINCTION? and play them hard and loud and support us when we finally get the chance to play in your country. STAY METAL ALWAYS!

The official Mortal Sin homepage :
www.mortalsin.com.au

 

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