The Gaelic Club, Sydney; 5th July 2008
Playing under the banner of “Wacken Over Sydney”, Mortal Sin chose The Gaelic Club to farewell the Australian masses as they prepare to head for Europe for the second time this year, and play at W:O:A for the second time in three years. For me it was first time seeing the band in just over a year and I was looking forward to some fierce fun. Good mate Oliver was alongside just as pumped up and in need of true metal since the disappointment of “Bodom Over Sydney” a couple weeks back.
We entered the venue at approximately 11:15pm to find the band already on stage. It was very obvious that the sound quality was excellent and stage visibility was as good due to limitations in patron numbers as this was an over 18 event only on a cold day. This worked in our favour as the music sounded clear; there was heaps of room for body movement and of course a lot of room to hold drinks with ease. This helped our mate Nick who dropped in soon after us and kept on drinking.
Even with our late arrival we’ve managed to catch up with a few metal friends, and hear just over an hours worth of Mortal Sin. “Eye in the Sky” a recent debut totally brought back the old school energy as did “Tears of Redemption”. I believe the setlist was shuffled to the one I heard a year ago. Mat Maurer has a great crowd rapport and knows how to get just about everyone involved. Him and the long time bass player Andy were the most animated on stage. There have been a few guests from the crowd singing and air shredding on stage which is always great to see. Luke Cook was at his best on drums always looking metal as fuck! I took it upon myself to make that known during the night with my shouts from distance and was greeted by fans around me for it. The guitar riffs sounded tight and it felt like being at a private Mortal Sin rehearsal once again. It has been one of the heaviest nights at The Gaelic Club since the days of Kreator.
The band played their best songs on the night. “I am Immortal”, “Mayhemic Destruction” and “Lebanon” were some of the highlights for me. For the entire duration of the concert, my mate Oli had been air shredding sweating it out big time. It was clear that he was in his most favourite state of mind.
After it was over the crowd acknowledged the band and wished them the best of luck for their upcoming Euro dates:
25 July @ H.O.A Head Bangers Open Air Festival /w Exodus, Sodom
27 July @ Alcatraz Metal Festival /w Doro
01 Aug @ Wacken (True Metal Stage) Wacken Open Air
15 Aug @ Jalometalli Festival
Mortal Sin @ The Gaelic Club in Sydney, February 2006