Hindsight, reflection, retrospect. It’s very easy, and all too human, to look back at certain points in one’s life and to consider, ‘if I had that time again, I may have done things differently’. This certainly applies to rock n roll, and I’ve said on many occasions, in the mid to late 80s, there were … Continue reading The benefit of hindsight – Many of Australia’s 1980s metal bands may have had more success had they relocated overseas
On episode 99 of The Australian Rock Show, we dust off the cassette player and crank some never before heard live recordings - pulled from our own personal archives. Tune in to hear rare live recordings from Hitmen DTK, Hellacopters, Heart Attack (Mick Cocks), Manifestations (Mark Sisto, Warwick Gilbert, Pip Hoyle), Mortal Sin, Painters … Continue reading Episode 99 – Tapes Alive (audio)
For a couple of years there - 89-89, a thrash metal band from Sydney's Western Suburbs had their sights set on Metallica's crown. Of course I'm talking about the great Mortal Sin. Their first couple of albums in paticular were fine examples of thrash metal with melody. innovation, lots of hooks, and immense appeal. In 2013, Metallica is a brand … Continue reading Rockbrat Remembers: When Mortal Sin Could Have Been As Big As Metallica
Back in 1980's Australia - when heavy metal was underground and yet-to-be embraced by the mainstream - small city scenes were in fact thriving. If you dig Aussie HM - Sydney's Quarterpipe Records is well worth your time. They have the same kinda love for loud rock that we have, and the role they play … Continue reading Rockbrat’s Website Highlight: Quarterpipe Records
Tune in for the fourth and final instalment in a series of shows – where Cowboy Col remembers Sydney’s heavy metal years of the 1980’s. That’s right, we were metalheads who grew up in Sydney, Australia and in this series we have been focusing only on Sydney bands, and bands who predominantly didn’t sign with major labels or make … Continue reading Rockbrat News Flash: Rockbrat Radio #16 – Sydney’s Metal Years Part 4: Thrash Metal Of The 1980s
Here is a rare flier for a HM gig in Sydney held in 1986 at Paddingtown Town Hall ! Slaughter Lord, Mortal Sin and Mass Appeal - pretty good value for a tenner I reckon ! Ahh the good old days. Remember...no bozos !
Who: Mortal Sin Where: Gladesville, Sydney – 1989 Make no mistake, Australia in the 80's had some of the best exponents of thrash metal around - good enough to rival the best that the rest of the world had to offer. Hailing from Sydney's Western Suburbs, Mortal Sin rose above all others with their unique … Continue reading Classic Image From The Rockbrat Photo Collection: Mortal Sin – Ryde, Sydney (1989)
Who: Yngwie Malmsteen When: Sydney 9 July 1990 This guy is a self-proclaimed musical genius. Warning bells anyone ? Being a genius does not necessarily mean you are an interesting live act. I was not entirely ignorant to Malmsteen before attending this show, having owned the Alcatrazz and self-title LP. I should confess that I've … Continue reading Worst Gigs The Rockbrat’s Seen ? Yngwie Malmsteen (1990)