But on the plus side, it also means you're somewhat insulated from trends. So when Mortal Sin plopped out their first record in and referred to themselves as "influenced by Metallica"; that still meant early, edgy, choppy thrash metal. Not the movement toward windbaggy quasi-thrash led by Metallica's 3rd and 4th albums! What these Australians unleash here is fierce and grimy, like the Mortal Slaughter - Mortal Sin - Mayhemic Destruction (CD was when it was still solidly underground, Mortal Slaughter - Mortal Sin - Mayhemic Destruction (CD.
Get ready for Mayhemic Destruction. You get six short, fast, pummelling songs all containing real catchy riffs. Plus one dirgey ominous intro and the 7-minute epic, "Lebanon". Hold on, you're thinking! Earlier I introduced this album as being free of windbaggy latter day pseudo-thrash. And it is. The whole album maintains a gloriously chaotic mood. We can attribute this equally to the musical performances, the sound quality, and even the lyrics.
For the first category, Mayhemic Destruction presents a consistent blazing speedy thrash with rough nasty vocals. The production is cleaner than Sodom but dirtier than the other two. Drum sound is overall tighter than any of those, while keeping the cymbals' balance just wonky enough in the mix to steer safely clear of standardised polish. And it's a frantic machine gun pace almost all the way through, with only "Liar" and "Into the Fire" dropping off slightly. The guitars are similarly relentless, yet even at breakneck speed there's ample creativity.
Mortal Sin never parody the thrash metal genre with speed for speed's sake. Each song offers its own twists and turns. As mentioned, they open up with a brooding instrumental called "The Curse". Then they churn out seven fast, but more importantly catchy, thrashers. Most of these feature warp speed solos too - best of them are "Mortal Slaughter", "Into the Fire", the title track, and "Blood Death Hatred".
And the 7-minute epic "Lebanon" really fits its name, with a cool Araby lead riff popping up now and then. What really helps hold back the wild guitars from flying off into self-indulgent shredding though, is the brilliant bassist. Andy Eftichiou's not only fighting a winning battle with the guitars for audibility, thanks to the respectful '80s production.
He also keeps up with the guitars for speed! None of that plodding along at half the guitar rhythm folks. This guy goes for broke! Check out "Women in Leather" and "Mortal Slaughter" for his best moments of matching the guitarists stroke for stroke. Hell, during the latter, even though the guitar solo is ass-kicking, I'm almost more interested in what goodies the bassist is cooking up underneath it. Yup, fast bass is most responsible for maintaining the heaviness of ultra-fast thrash metal.
As for Mortal Sin's self-professed early Metallica influence, that's most apparent in the vocals. Well, the whole song "Into the Fire" could have fit in on Kill 'em All. Most of the time, Mat Maurer channels all that's good about the high-pitched snarl of young Hetfield.
Best of all, Maurer has a wider range than Hetfield, and jumps all over it to further help prop out the album's frenetic atmosphere. He can pull off mighty screams that rival Razor's Sheepdog McLaren for piercing intensity.
Then he throws the audience a big nasty curveball on the last song, "Mayhemic Destruction". Here he delves into a nearly proto-death metal growl, more in line with Tom Angelripper or Bulldozer's A. Wild than any big name American thrasher. And he does it quite well, though his chorus rasps could stand some improvement.
Lyrically, there's nothing groundbreaking here, but that's not the intention. Rambling, poetic almost-thrash fans look elsewhere! Mayhem Destruction is about, well, mayhem and destruction; and the straightforward militant aggression of the lyrics sharply underscores the music's chainsaw subtlety. Mortal Sin mean for you to listen to this album with your lips pulled back over your teeth in a feral bloodlusty grin.
And dang it, it never disappoints! If you can keep still during Mayhemic Destruction, with no surge of primal energy whatsoever, you might be dead. Ask your doctor. A short debut release around 35 minutes, Mayhemic Destruction just oozes badass thrash from the get go, take notice with the cover art work.
The album starts with a short instrumental song with some typical thrashing riffs and leads up into a great intro song Women in Leather. Other highlights would obviously be the very catchy and powerful Blood, Death, Hatred with the vicious opening and awesome riff that follows; and with such a powerful bass line as well! The musicianship here is competent, already mentioned was the bassist being very important to thrash metal as well as the guitars; Paul Carwana and Keith Kristin are a talented duo, with heavy and powerful riffs surely to get your head moving and the solos here are also done well; taking on a similar approach as Testament, it seems that unlike some thrash bands each song is limited to one solo instead of multiple solos in one song which I would rather prefer.
The only complaints I have with Mayhemic Destruction is; production and vocals. The vocals here are nothing amazing and Matt Maurer just passes by as a vocalist. He does a passable job with little variety and it would have been nicer to see a more talented vocalist. So this is a classic example of thrash metal with perfect guitars and bass with just simple drumming and vocal patterns. The highlights are obviously the heavier riffs and badass bass lines but nothing is worthy of keeping the attention in the songs being simple and bland like the vocals.
Other than the little variety and semi-blandness of those parts, this is a very enjoyable thrash release that seems to get little exposure. Mortal Sin are quite uncommon especially in a thrash conversation but Mayhemic Destruction is quite the thrash release with some highly enjoyable moments, just brought down by some bland parts. Every serious thrasher should check this out though, definite quality second tier thrash. Ineven the name Metallica was practically unknown outside of a hardcore cult following in Australia.
Few people then could have possibly conceived of a Sydney band recording an album of primeval thrash metal that would bring them notice throughout the world. Mortal Sin had only played live six times when they went in to record this album in July Released six months later, "Mayhemic Destruction" captures the essence of the embryonic Australian thrash metal scene in its minimalist production values and the immediacy of its delivery. As Australia's first major metal release, this album is as important today as it was when it first appeared.
At times lyrically awkward and with a somewhat thin guitar sound, there's no denying that despite this "Mayhemic Destruction" can still be held up as a minor thrash classic. Taking their cues from both the Bay Area and the German schools of thrash, Mortal Sin came up with something that wasn't particularly original but was easily on par with anything being produced elsewhere. The epic, Metallica-inspired 'Lebanon' towers over the rest of the tracks, with only the Kreator-style title track really coming close, but it's hard to call any of the songs duds.
For the most part, the lyrics are throwaway and often forced "Stay down there with all your mates and lie yourself to death" runs one line from 'Liar' and Matt Maurer's nasally vocals a tad monotonous, but all of the songs are infectiously catchy and memorable enough that even after barely hearing them in 15 years, they came back to me while I was merely reading the lyric sheet.
Had Mortal Sin let some of these tracks mature a little more before they were recorded, they could have been better still, but the most interesting thing of all is that "Mayhemic Destruction" was originally designed only as a demo. With that in mind, it's actually quite staggering to think how powerful and crushing these songs would have sounded with a Album) production job.
This is a certainly enjoyable album The first side is definitely the stronger side, especially the first three songs. The first is a little intro, that leads into a nice thrasher, "Women in Leather". Then, "The Battle of Lebanon" is another excellent thrasher, with some nice fucking headbanging riffs.
The title track is last, and is also quite good, almost matching the first few songs. Overall, it kinda deteriorates, and the riffs are a bit similar-sounding at times, but in general it is certainly a good album. Good melody, reminiscent at times of Laaz Rockit, especially in the over-the-top riff work of some of the songs. Not bad at all. Metal Archives loading Connect your Spotify account to your Last.
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