The music on “Catharsis” comes with a metal-as-hell attack making it required listening for the true ‘heads. Beyond the fact that Austria’s Mandatory are high caliber players and speed through these songs like tattooed demons riding customized choppers, the quintet performs with the kind of beer-soaked, studded-wristband-wearing passion and conviction that would make any denim-and-leather wearin’ heathen proud to be a head banger.
“Catharsis” is a tightly played, and damn tuneful album. The disc combines classic thrash with a bit of melodic death and black metal, and a NWOBHM undercurrent, all of which is given a modern (though not glossy) production. Count Mandatory’s Catharsis as one of those albums that just feels right. Hell bent and upping the irons, Mandatory gets “it” right on every single one of these smoking tracks.
MANDATORY is a melodic death / thrash metal band from Linz in Austria.
Between thrash influenced riff-machine Mike and progressive metal enthusiast Chris, the band creates a tight and technically proficient sound with an aggressive drive, while still leaving space for catchy guitar hooks and melodies. Delivering a professional and entertaining live performance has always been a top priority for Mandatory which was rewarded when they won the International Live Award in 2011 – a prize that approximately 1.000 bands from 6 different countries battled for.
“The technically skilled quintet combines up-to-date vocal-lines, heavy, göteborg-style riffs with a pinch of nordic darkness, creating their own individual sound, performed on a very high level” – that’s what Metal Hammer Magazine had to say about Mandatory’s first full length album “Carbon Black”.
Their upcoming effort Catharsis sets the bar even higher: neckbreaking riffs, highly intense vocals and even more shredding and complexity!
1. End of Watch
2. Act I: Traged
3. To the Streets
5. Act II: Catharsis
7. For the World to See
8. Act III: Purification
Leo Wolfmayr (Bass)
Mike Pfaffenhuemer (Drums, Vocals)
Chris Hörmann (Guitars, Vocals)
Manuel “Mani” Rohrauer (Guitars, Vocals)
Markus Hundsberger (Vocals)
Catharsis was produced by Chris Hörmann and mastered by Michael Haider at Alpha Mastering.
BUY: http://mandatory.bandcamp.com/ (Special Edition with additional material)
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