Mandatory are a band from Austria that plays a very melodic form of blackened death metal with touches of thrash and progressive metal and this is a review of their self released 2014 album "Catharsis".
A very modern sounding and melodic thrash metal sound starts off the album along with some aggressive vocals bordering on death metal and after a couple of minutes spoken word parts are added into certain sections of the recording along with some guitar solos and leads that display a very melodic and old school style of metal being added into the bands modern approach to metal.
After awhile the music starts adding in more melodic elements of Swedish black and death metal along with all of the musical instruments having a very powerful sound to them along with clean singing vocals being mixed in with the more extreme parts at times and on some of the later tracks the band starts utilizing more blast beats along with a small amount of clean playing and after awhile more progressive metal influences and a small amount of synths become a part of the album.
Mandatory takes a very modern style of thrash metal and mixes it in with the more melodic and heavy sides of black and death metal along with a touch of prog metal to create their musical style and while this is not something I regularly listen to, I still feel the band is very good for what they are trying to achieve, the production sounds very powerful for being a self released recording while the lyrics cover dark and real life themes along with a 3 part concept being presented on the recording.
In my opinion Mandatory are a very decent and melodic sounding mixture of black, death, thrash and prog metal and if you are a fan of those musical genres, you should check out this band. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "End Of Watch" "Emperor" "For the World To See" and "Blueprint". 7/5 out of 10.