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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


Music Video: Sanctity – Beloved Killer (just released!)

Here is the link to the Roadrunner site for a high quality video (it’s not up on Youtube yet, and the quality wouldn’t be as good either, so yeah…)


Review: Entombed – Serpent Saints – The Ten Commandments


For many years the American metal scene has been plagued with adopting Swedish melodic death sounds ad nausaum. Some say this constant cloning of this region’s sound has been detrimental to the efforts of America to release quality metal that will bring them back to the forefront of the international metal community that they once were in the 80’s. While the popularity of our country’s metal scene is perhaps larger than it was in the 80’s, the press we receive from elitists home and abroad still continues to deride the music that is most popular. Well, let me ask each and every elitist out there who falls in the prior category to pick up Entombed‘s newest album, Serpent Saints, because the rolls have been reversed in a big way.

To those who are familiar with Entombed‘s work, you’d know their orientation of hardcore musings into their death metal is nothing new, and has been a normal part of their pallette since Wolverine Blues. However, never before has this orientation of American hardcore and their traditional swedish death metal sound been as important and as influential as it is in 2007. By saying this, I am not attempting to place a comparison between American and Swedish metal, that is stupid, but understanding the music and the influences behind the choices the band makes in composing is very important. When comparing 2007’s Serpent Saints to 1990’s Left Hand Path, you will see a starlingly different sound, but both are powerful and completely relevant to today’s music scene.

Okay, now that I am done with my long winded diatribe, let’s get to the meat and potatoes. Entombed’s newest album should have mainstream success written all over it. It has groovy hardcore riffs, vocals that the metalcore scene would more identify with than traditional death metal fans, and to top it all off, Slayer, one of the band’s major influences, is completely identifiable in the song “When In Sodom” (as with others). While “When in Sodom” is a hit in waiting, it can become repetitive, however, fortunately for Entombed fans, the entire album is not the same. The title track “Serpent Saints” is a monster of a hardcore/thrash tune which sounds an awful lot like Sodom (in a good way) which is followed by “Masters of Death”, a death defyingly fast number that is surely to envolk the mosher in all of us.

To me, after listening to this album several times, it is almost as if Entombed, by orientating so much thrash and hardcore into their music, has done a complete 360 and returned to where they once were almost 20 years ago. The old school death metal sound on Serpent Saints is undeniable, and it adds something that has been lacking in the Euro death metal scene for a long time. It is refreshing to hear more of what this band was able to accomplish so many years ago, and because of the trends in today’s popular metal culture, this record is not only accessible to the old school, but new kids, just becoming acquainted with our brand of aggressive music will develop a whole new fanbase for the band. Serpent Saints…the “have your cake and eat it too” album of 2007. Is it the best CD you’ll buy this year? Doubtful, but you’ll get a few sure fire kicks out of it.


Favorite tracks: Serpent Saints, Masters of Death, Thy Kingdom Koma

Similar Bands: Sodom, Hatebreed, Slayer, Sworn Enemy

1. Serpent Saints 05:04
2. Masters of Death 05:00
3. Amok 04:44
4. Thy Kingdom Koma 04:07
5. When in Sodom 05:40
6. In the Blood 04:39
7. Ministry 02:43
8. The Dead, the Dying and the Dying to Be Dead 03:01
9. Warfare, Plague, Famine, Death 03:20
10. Love Song for Lucifer 03:06

L-G Petrov – Vocals
Alex Hellid – Guitar
Nico Elgstrand – Bass
Olle Dahlstedt – Drums

Threeman Recordings


Review: As I Lay Dying – An Ocean Between Us (2007)


 As I Lay Dying is one of those bands that you either love…..or love to hate. For some strange reason they are often spoken in the same breath as Atreyu and Bullet For My Valentine; love them or hate them, people dislike this band for the wrong reasons. Most people associate As I Lay Dying with mainstream pop sensibilities that the previously mentioned bands, as well as Killswitch Engage, have used to their advantage to gain major record label attention. In reality, As I Lay Dying are merely a California metalcore band taking advantage of what they can while it lasts. Is there anything wrong with that? Let me answer that question for you, after listening to their latest release, An Ocean Between Us the answer is a resounding no.

Featuring a barrage of standard hardcore vocals, the album is not a major change from the formula that we have seen from the band previously, however, the chops and aggression have grown exponentially. Sometimes in the course of a band’s history, especially in the metal community, bands being exposed to a mainstream sound are often overcome with the urge to conform. As I Lay Dying has shown that special ability tht only a few bands possess–being able to combine popular likeability (i.e. your kid sister will like some of the melodious hooks), while you can switch to the next track and be blown away by an old school thrash riff punching you square in the jaw. I will admit that before An Ocean Between Us I only had a passing interest in this band because they sounded too generic to me. Well, the truth is, I just never gave the band the proper time of day to appreciate their efforts. Well, I can safely say now, that I will pay attention to all forthcoming releases after this one.

While the first two songs make up a pretty standard issue melodic enfused distraction from dangerous headbanging, the next track, “Within Destruction” will surely reduce your shoulder blades to a case of the wiggly jello jigglies. Upon first hearing this track, I was surprised to hear how closely it resembled oldschool thrash! Yes, it was still metalcore, but the metallic thrash side of things really showed through causing me to realize that not only was As I Lay Dying not intent on hitting the mainstream with sicky sweet choruses, but they were also showing their hardcore fanbase that the metal wasn’t anywhere close to dying. How can you not respect that kind of attitude?

In conclusion (don’t you hate it when people end shit like that? It sounds so stupid!), our little new wave of metal in the U.S. is not going anywhere if bands like As I Lay Dying continue to pump out hard hitting riffs that don’t clone Euro melodic death metal time and time again. Melody is fine, but give the folks some thrash to dance to while you are at it. The boys from Cali have got the formula. Good on you fellas!


Memorable Songs: Within Destruction, Bury Us All, The Sound of Truth

Sounds like: Walls of Jericho, All That Remains, Destruction, Killswitch Engage

  1. Separation – 1:15
  2.  Nothing Left – 3:43
  3. An Ocean Between Us – 4:13
  4. Within Destruction – 3:54
  5. Forsaken – 5:18
  6. Comfort Betrays – 2:50
  7. I Never Wanted – 4:44
  8. Bury Us All – 2:23
  9. The Sound of Truth – 4:20
  10. Departed – 1:40
  11. Wrath Upon Ourselves – 4:01
  12. This Is Who We Are – 4:54

Tim Lambesis: Vocals 
Jordan Mancino: Drums
Josh Gilbert: Bass
Phil Sgrosso: Guitar
Nick Hipa: Guitar
Metal Blade Records


music video: dream theater – cemetary gates (pantera)

Here is a live video of Dream Theater playing Cemetary Gates with Russell Allen (Symphony X) and Burton C. Bell (Fear Factory) as guest vocals, and also Dave Mustaine (Megadeth) as a guest guitarist. Great stuff!


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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