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Mortal Sin - Face Of Despair (7,5/10) - Australia - 1989

Genre: Speed Metal / Thrash Metal
Label: Phonogram
Playing time: 43:35
Band homepage: Mortal Sin


  1. I Am Immortal
  2. Voyage Of The Disturbed
  3. The Infantry Corpse
  4. For Richer For Poorer
  5. Martyrs Of Eternity
  6. Innocent Torture
  7. Suspended Animation
  8. H
  9. Terminal Reward
  10. Robbie Soles
Mortal Sin - Face Of Despair

After the more or less successful comeback in the year of 1996, the band split up again two years later. Six years later, founding members Mat Maurer (v), Wayne Campbell (d) and Andy Eftichiou (b) re-united and performed with former ADDICTIVE guitarist Joe Buttigieg and Mick Sultana for the first time in years. This show was filmed for the DVD “Out Of The Darkness”, which was released in 2004, and after another line-up change, the band entered the studio again in October 2005 to record a new Mini CD – also entitled “Out Of The Darkness”. Unfortunately, I cannot tell you how the guys sound today, but I’d like to take you on a journey into the year of 1989 to take a look at the second album by the Australian Speed/Thrash Metal band MORTAL SIN, “Face Of Despair”.


Not all of the ten tracks have the potential to become classics. Except for the opener “I Am Immortal” (the album’s best track!), “Innocent Torture”, “H” and “Terminal Reward”, the 44 minutes offer average to above-average stuff. “Voyage Of The Disturbed”, “The Infantry Corps”, “Martyrs Of Eternity” and “Suspended Animation” lack the necessary polishing or je ne sais quoi that makes for a true classic. Of course, the songs have strong aspects, but that does not make them perfect by any means. “For Richer For Poor” as well as the fun track “Robbie Soles” (aka “Arsehole”) can definitely be considered total letdowns. Musically, this is akin to ANTHRAX and TANKARD.


As far as I know, this thing is very rare by now, but if you come across it, check it out with confidence. “Face Of Despair” is not worth exorbitant prices on the black market, though. (Online May 6, 2006)

Chris Kraemer

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