After all these years, Roadrunner finally signed a Death Metal band again. Although ILLDISPOSED isn’t considered a brutal Death Metal band, they still hold more power than most of their Death Metal partners. Some would put the Melodic Death Metal tag on ILLDISPOSED music, I would too if it weren’t for the fact that when people hear those words they automatically think of the Swedish variant, like the one IN FLAMES and DARK TRANQUILLITY played/plays. Approaching ILLDISPOSED with these bands in mind would be a wrong approach. ILLDISPOSED are far heavier than either of the two aforementioned bands, not to mention the vocals which are really deep. Where a band like DARK TRANQUILLITY sticks to melancholia, ILLDISPOSED sticks to pure attitude.
I for sure thought that ILLDISPOSED had laid they’re instruments on the shelf. With Bo Summer using his trademark sub-woofer vocals in PANZERCHRIST and doing it well, I thought that ILLDISPOSED were history. Fortunately they are back with a bang with “1-800 Vindication”. The album starts with a little medley through ILLDISPOSED career. When the album starts it’s evident that the usual heaviness that ILLDISPOSED are known for is still here, but they have added a bit more melodies and some electronical sound effects. Clean vocals are also used more than ever before, but the gruff vocals are without doubt the main vocal style on the album. As I wrote in my review for “There Is Something Rotten...”, Bo Summer has one of the best and easiest recognizable vocals in the Death Metal scene. But it’s not only Bo Summer who makes this band special, the very sound of ILLDISPOSED are unique. Within the relatively small genre called Death Metal, they have created they’re own sound, that’s the exception, not the rule.
The overall sound quality on the album is excellent, a trademark Danish production. Tue Madsen has been involved in the recording of the album and when you read his name on a CD, I can assure you that top quality is guaranteed. Another great producer hailing from Denmark is Jacob Hansen, just write those names behind your ear, because I’m sure you’ll hear them again.
When it comes to favourite songs I would say that it depends on which day I listen to the album. Every song is well crafted and delivered in a convincing style. If you are looking for some Melodic Death Metal with attitude instead of melancholia, then ILLDISPOSED are a safe bet. Enjoy. (Online April 22, 2005)