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Review: Mortal Sin – An Absence of Faith (2007)


Once upon a time, a little Australian thrash band by the name of Mortal Sin were beginning to make a name for themselves in their land in Europe. They garnered a mild following overseas by touring with some mainstream acts, but after a U.S. tour of only a few shows, the band finally disintegrated. Various members of the band had trouble staying apart based on the cult following they had developed following their untimely demise, which culminated into a short lived reunion in the late 90’s. However, in 2004, the band name was once again revitalized with some new blood, and a new album entitled An Absence of Faith was released this year.

So, what is the significance of an upstart Australian thrash band reuniting? Well, besides the fact that they fucking rip your face off and have developed some of the best thrash riffs, I guess nothing. Mortal Sin, while not gaining vast amounts of noteriety outside of their native land, have had the post-mortem effect on the world by having some of their earlier albums re-released on CD after years of accumulating dust as vinyl gaining them a newfound set of ears in far off lands. The metal community, single handedly, revitalized this band, and I can say I had been waiting in eager anticipation for this 2007 release, and Lord was I not let down.

To any metalhead who appreciates thrash, An Absence of Faith can wholely by understood and enjoyed, but, much like a fine microbrewed lager, Mortal Sin is savored much more succinctly when you have listened to their previous works when a reunion really wasn’t even a glimpse on the horizon. For me, being an undying thrash fanatic, An Absence of Faith isn’t the be all end all of modern thrash, but it is quite an achievement for a band that was once composed of relative youngsters, to come back as grown men, and compose a brand new set of songs that could have easily been transplanted from 1987 (which, for a thrash band, is about as good of a compliment as you can get).

The highlight of the album for me is Part 2 of one of my favorite thrash songs of all time, “Lebanon”. Entitled matter of factly as “Lebanon Pt. 2: Tears of Redemption”, this song takes us back to the politically driven piece about Middle Eastern chaos. Originally focusing on the 1980’s conflict in Lebanon, this second dose of political reality is a return 20 years later that is a sparse commentary on the conflict that continues to this day in the region. I don’t feel I should take liberties defining exactly what the lyrics entail about such a subject, but feeling the anger, and the importance of such a topic is very well done. Unlike Slayer who take controversial subjects straight to the bank as the KISS of the thrash world, Mortal Sin seems to sincerely take this subject to heart, and write some brutal riffs around some telling lyrics. By far the best song on the album, and one of my favorites from the band. Great comeback!

The rest of the album contains songs that absolutely fit. Either the album is one almost entirely of filler, or there is no filler to be had, either way, it doesn’t matter, because the flow from one song to the next is smooth with a great feel (I feel like I am promoting an Ex-Lax commercial) which creates a great modern thrash album. I sincerely hope Mortal Sin decide to stick it out this time around, because I for one am still a fan, and I am willing to bet I am far from being the only one.


Top Tracks: Tears of Redemption, Say Your Prayers, Lost Within, Eye in the Sky

Similar Artists: Death Angel, Exodus, Overkill

1. Out of the Darkness 03:38
2. Deadman Walking 05:45
3. Tears of Redemption 08:53
4. Before the Bough Breaks 04:53
5. Rise or Fall 03:53
6. My Nightmare 03:48
7. Say Your Prayers 04:24
8. Lost Within 04:09
9. Eye in the Sky 04:36
10. Broken Promises 03:42

Mat Maurer – Vocals
Nathan Shae – Guitars
Mick Sultana – Guitars
Andy Eftichiou – Bass
Luke Cook – Drums

Riot Entertainment


review: demiricous – two (poverty)

My first exposure to Demiricous was at the 2007 New England Metal and Hardcore festival. I had never heard of them but had been told that they were a solid modern thrash band by my fellow bloggers, Nate and” WARGLORY.” The performance was short, as most are at festival shows but I was really impressed. I got their first album, One (Hellbound), and after listening was instantly a fan. Their sound on that album was of the “death-thrash” style, most comparable to recent Slayer releases with more guttural vocals. In their sophomore effort, Two (Poverty), Demiricous has found their true sound and style. From start to finish each of the 12 tracks has a great flow and a gritty, in your face style that beckons you to bang your head. It strays slightly from their previous release in that the vocalist, Nate Olp, has changed his style. Instead of the raspy vocals used on One (Hellbound), Olp pulls back on the raspy style and pushes forward with a more straight forward bark which is extremely similar to that of Human Furnace from the Cleveland metalcore pioneers, Ringworm. I also notice other similarities to Ringworm in the overall sound of the album, especially to Ringworm’s latest release Justice Replaced by Revenge. The riffs and beats are very similar and the songs seem to follow the same pace (The difference is that I was not a fan of Justice Replaced by Revenge.) The reason why I love this new Demiricous album is because unlike Ringworm, Demiricous has pushed this album in a direction in which they needed to go: Thrash. Their previous album was a great start but it wasn’t spectacular. If they had continued with the sound off of “One,” they would have had a small run and faded into obscurity. “Two” takes every good piece from “One” and runs with it and pushes it away from the Death side of Thrash and more towards pure Thrash without sporting ripped jeans and Nuclear Assault concert tees. The album is crisp, rugged and fast; just what every Thrash fan should want from a young band in 2007 (not named Municipal Waste).

Two (Poverty) is a huge accomplishment and step forward for Demiricous. This album cements them as one of the top Thrash bands today. In addition to that honor, it could very well push them to the next level in terms of popularity. The album is catchy and palatable enough for the casual metal fan to really enjoy. Its fast paced and an overall entertaining listen. While it may not be the 80’s when Thrash was hugely popular in the metal scene, with releases like Two (Poverty) and The Art of Partying by Municipal Waste, Thrash is still alive and banging its head in 2007.


Top Tracks: Never Enough Road, Engineer, Knuckle Eye

Similar Bands: Slayer, Blood Tsunami, Ringworm

  1. “Never Enough Road”
  2. “Expression Of Immunity To God”
  3. “Knuckle Eye”
  4. “Leprosaic Belief”
  5. “Language Of Oblivion”
  6. “Tusk And Claw”
  7. “Appreciation For Misery”
  8. “Engineer”
  9. “Celebration Of Damage”
  10. “Acid Lung”
  11. “Stress Festish”
  12. “Blackish Silver”

Scott Wilson- Rhythm Guitar
Ben Parrish- Lead Guitar
Nate Olp- Vocals, Bass
Dustin Boltjes- Drums

Metal Blade (2007)


Reviewed by: Cole



Music Video: Kataklysm – As I Slither

Fantastic Canadian death metal. Super awesome live.


Music Video: Dino Cazares Plays With Epica

Famed former Fear Factory and Roadrunner United guitarist Dino Cazares (now playing full time with Divine Heresy) went on stage with symphonic metal band Epica for a special rendition of Fear Factory hit Replica. Yes, I had the same reaction. Anyway, here is the video.


Music Video: Therion – To Mega Therion (live at Wacken)

One of the most dynamic metal bands around today (seconded only by Amorphis perhaps). They went from kick ass death metal, to symphonic masters. Enjoy Therion live!


Review: Obituary – Xecutioner’s Return (2007)

Obituary, the legendary Floridian death metallers that defied the standard death metal style by using the “simpler is better” approach, with songs made up of basic, groovy riffs that were heavier than gravity. With excellent albums on their resume including Slowly We Rot, Cause of Death, and 2005’s comeback album Frozen in Time, Obituary were leaders and now have heralded their return to the forefront of the extreme. Obituary are back with their follow up to Frozen in Time, entitled Xecutioner’s Return (which, as old time fans know, is an ode to their original name). The question with this album just beginning to be purchased by folks, is will the legend live up to the hype on this new album?

Having gotten into Obituary‘s work through their earlier discography, I can say that I have been a fan of theirs for many years. The band plays a style that is almost akin to doom metal as opposed to the traditional thrash influenced death of the 80’s that was popularized by Death, Possessed and Morbid Angel (though they inevitably did have influences from these bands too). Obituary has always been a fun band that is incredibly enjoyable live. When Frozen in Time was released after their comeback tour in 2005, I was hoping for the best, and was rewarded for my loyalty. I thought Frozen in Time was a fantastic return, so when Xecutioner’s Return debuted, perhaps my guard was down as I was expecting another great record, unfortunately, the album isn’t exactly pallatable, let alone kosher.

The first thing I notice when putting this album on is that the production is quite muddy in comparison to Frozen in Time, which isn’t entirely bad, but when you have been exposed to the crisp riffing that was their last album, you may feel a bit spoiled. Beyond that, I found from the get go that the songwriting was way too simplistic, even by Obituary‘s catchy standards. Face Your God has the same riff for the entire song, boring vocal lines, and a solo that is quite out of place. Unfortunately, much of the album continues to lurch forth with a similar pace. It is hard to pick out songs that really are wretched, because all of the songs are listenable…for about a minute, after that though, it becomes cumbersome and intrusive to my time.

After listening to Xecutioner’s Return, it makes me almost want to see Hate Eternal live, nonstop, for 6 hours straight. Okay, I exaggerate, I wouldn’t wish that upon anyone. Realistically, Xecutioner’s Return isn’t all that bad, but this is Obituary, and this lackluster songwriting must go. Tardy brothers and gang, please, bless us with a monumental tour to make up for this, and then write an album worth Obituary’s uber cool logo. For new fans, please check out Frozen in Time or Slowly We Rot (as these will probably be the most available in the stores) for a true Obituary experience.


Stand Out Tracks: Drop Dead
Similar Bands: Possessed, Death, Celtic Frost, Candlemass
1. Face Your God 02:56
2. Lasting Presence 02:12
3. Evil Ways 02:57
4. Drop Dead 03:35
5. Bloodshot 03:25
6. Seal Your Fate 02:30
7. Feel The Pain 04:31
8. Contrast The Dead 07:01
9. Second Chance 03:28
10. Lies 03:32
11. In Your Head 04:31

John Tardy – Vocals
Trevor Peres – Guitars
Ralph Santolla – Guitars
Frank Watkins – Bass
Donald Tardy – Drums

Candlelight Records

WarGlory’s Top 10 of 2007 (so far)


1. Circus Maximus - Isolate

2. Abigor - Fractal Possession

3. 3 Inches of Blood - Fire Up the Blades

4. Municipal Waste - The Art of Partying

5. Dream Theater - Systematic Chaos

6. Threshold - Dead Reckoning

7. As I Lay Dying - An Ocean Between Us

8. Behemoth - The Apostasy

9. Megadeth - United Abominations

10. Agent Steel - Alienigma


1. Iced Earth - Framing Armageddon

2. Aria - Armageddon

3. Kruger - Redemption Through Loooseness

4. Machine Head - The Blackening







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