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MANDATORY
MANDATORY
...Where They Bleed
(Asphyxiate Recordings)
20:18min

The reason for another review of this release in Voices From The Darkside is simple: I got the promo of this re-release from their Australian label Asphyxiate Recordings and I just want to pay something back, which is a pleasure for me with a release like that. As you can read it in the other review for this recording we are talking about a German band playing old school Death Metal, mostly in the vein of AUTOPSY, GRAVE, (old) PESTILENCE or ASPHYX (listen to the vocals, amazing!), nothing original but damned great. Asphyxiate Recordings did well in signing them and re-releasing their self financed demo CD which hopefully will help MANDATORY to gain more promotion and a better distribution now. This re-release offers one additional song which is a cover tune from RAZOR's 'Cross Me Fool' which is pretty cool, but to be honest I would have enjoyed it more if they had covered any kind of classic old school Death Metal track from the early releases of the above mentioned bands, though this is only my opinion and many might disagree here. Nevertheless I have to point out that this bonus track was not really necessary as their own songs are totally outstanding and of highest quality which each lover of the Death Metal scene back in the early nineties will without doubt adore. The label plans to re-release MANDATORY's upcoming debut album "In Torment" this year so there are more great things to come from them. Check out www.asphyxiaterecordings.com for ordering details, German readers should have a look on www.metribution.com to purchase a copy of this soon-to-be classic!

Thomas Ehrmann

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