Guitarist Mick Sultana has left veteran Australian thrashers MORTAL SIN for "personal reasons." A replacement axeman has not yet been announced.
MORTAL SIN is currently writing material for the follow-up to 2007's "An Absence of Faith". Singer Mat Maurer states, "We are notoriously slow writers, but many of you who may have heard the new song, 'Deny', that we have been road-testing at our shows will agree that we could be onto something special here.
"Like many thrash bands, we feel strongly about our thrash roots and want to create an album of pure thrash. If we could combine KREATOR's 'Hordes Of Chaos', TESTAMENT's 'The Formation Of Damnation' and OVERKILL's newie 'Ironbound' into a huge melting pot, that would be the kind of album we wanna make!!"
MORTAL SIN last year released a live album, "Into the Inferno (Live in Oslo)", via Riot! Entertainment. The CD, which contains the group's March 2008 performance in Oslo, Norway, was described by the band as "possibly the best live show MORTAL SIN have ever had recorded."
Once hailed as the next METALLICA, MORTAL SIN have become legends in their home country Australia, having been inducted into the Kerrang! Heavy Metal Hall of Fame in 2005 and being the only Australian band to have played with the big five of thrash — METALLICA, SLAYER, ANTHRAX, MEGADETH and TESTAMENT — on tours in Australia and overseas.
Behind-the-scenes video footage from MORTAL SIN's November 2009 tour of South America can be viewed below.