ILLDISPOSED are a band which are overlooked, and There's Something Rotten... is their landmark album. Melodic Death with punch, play it loud and you'll understand what I mean. The standard are set with the brilliant opening track "Psychic Cyclus I-III”. ILLDISPOSED manages to play their Melodic Death Metal without losing any power. Bo Summer, with his trademark vocals, helps making the band sound ballsy. Thankfully the lyrics are also worth reading, it's not your typical slaughterfest, which is nice for a change.
When this record came out in 1997 I was impressed after the first listen. Now we write 2004, and the “There's Something Rotten”... still sound as good as ever. There haven't been that many Danish Death Metal bands, but what they have in common is the powerful production. One of my all time favourite Death Metal albums, INFERNAL TORMENT's “Birthrate Zero”, is also a Danish powerhouse.
I could describe every song in detail, but there's no way my words could describe the groove and the sense of song writing found on this record. Just listen to the chorus of "We Lie In The Snow", I'll bet that you'll remember that after the CD is finished. All songs on “There's Something...” is memorable, though “Horsens Highway” can easily can be skipped. This track is only for the laughs, and are not meant to be taken serious.
"Wake Up Dead", anyone who have heard this song before? It is originally written by MEGADETH, and it can only be identified by the lyrics. The song itself has gone through a Death Metal workover, and sounds fucking great. ILLDISPOSED know how to cover other bands, check out their CD "Retro" if you want proof.
I've always liked good guitar solo's, and there are some nice one's found on this CD. It's not guitar wanking solo's made to impress, but solo's that fits in perfectly. I mentioned earlier that Bo Summer has trademark vocals, just listen to the title track to hear what I mean. No one can blame the vocals for being soft or wimpsy, yet a Death Metal fan will have no problems hearing the lyrics. Some of the magic with Death Metal vocals are making them brutal yet understandable, and in that Bo Summer are among the absolute best.
For those who like their Death Metal free from blast beats and bursting corpses, this album should suit perfect. This album is a must have. (Online November 26, 2004)