MANDATORY obviously found it mandatory for “The Metal Observer” to include a mention of them, so they sent us not only one, but two of their (most recent) demos, both released in 2005. After a brief search on our pages, I have only a fruitless basket to show for, so it was perhaps about time something was added. (Hawk has already written and added a review, so by the time this review reach you these words will be false.) These here Germans started their affairs back in 2001, and have been impressively active since. Over the years they have released nothing less than 4 demos, and in addition they are accredited with an EP in 2007, all according to “The Metal Archives” that is.
MANDATORY plays a form of Death Metal which fans of (old) PESTILENCE, ASPHYX, and other such bands should get the most from. It’s dirty, sludgy, and sort of evil. The vocals have this slightly puked manner which John Tardy (OBITUARY) made “famous”, though personally I never grew fond of his all-out puke style. I rate the Dutch outings a couple of thousand feet above his standards, and thankfully it is the Dutchmen Mr. Stinne shares most resemblance with. Ze German is even less puke-y than his Dutch counterparts but the tendency is certainly there. I like.
MANDATORY deserve kudos for bringing nice riffs to the table, it’s also evident that this band work as a team. No-one ever sounds out of their league, neither tempo or tone-wise. The only complaint I have, and it’s a minor one since we are dealing with a demo, is how it sounds. I’m not an expert on this issue but I’m pretty damn sure MANDATORY used a lot of compression when recording/mixing/producing/yougetmydrift?, this here demo. Picking out the bass is possibly harder than finding a specific Chang in the middle of Beijing with your eyes poked out.
MANDATORY doesn’t kick my ass severely with “Curse Of The Undead” but they show promise, no doubt. I have only given “Where They Bleed” some brief listens at this point, so I can’t elaborate on the subject of progression and such matters. Anyways, doing so in the last review makes more sense. But I’ve heard enough to recommend you a visit to their Myspace page.
Old school Death fans align!
(Sorry for the lame exuse of a joke/pun there at the start.)
(Online March 17, 2007)