It was the year 2004 when I first encountered Danish metal outfit Illdisposed. With their brutal single ‘Dark’ they immediately dragged me into their sound, leaving me no other option than to get their 1-800 Vindication album asap. Not long after that, I had one of my most memorable interviews with the guys on their rider. But not long after thát, I lost track of them. Yeah, I did check out Burn Me Wicked a couple of times but their second to last release, The Prestige, went by without notice from my side. Now they’re back, again on a new label, again ready to kick ass. Let’s have a listen at To Those Who Walk Behind Us.
I’ll be straight to the point; this ain’t Illdisposed’s best album to date. The thing that always gave them their distinguishable sound is without a doubt Bo Summer’s aggressive and low voice. Fortunately for us, that hasn’t changed over the years. So far, so good! The music however, tends to sound a bit alike after a while. There are no real highlights on the album anymore and to me it seems as if the band hasn’t progressed at all in the past couple of years. I’m not at all saying this is bad stuff, for it’s not. But some songs that really stand out on an album are always nice to have. Like ‘Dark’ or ‘Jeff’ did on 1-800 Vindication.
Furthermore the band put some tunes after a couple of songs, like ‘Johnny’, which are probably meant funny or to give a little break in between all the heaviness. However, I doubt the fact whether these musical bits are added value to the songs. Then again, there’s also a really cool sound on the album in the song ‘Sale At The Misery Factory’. Here you get to hear an accelerating motorbike, alongside the accelerating guitars. Original and nicely executed!
To draw a conclusion; Illdisposed still is pretty much the same band as it was five years ago. With the only difference being that they sound more mainstream metal than they used to. It’s still dark, it’s still death metal (vocals) but that’s it. Not bad, not outstanding either. If you dig their previous albums, To Those Who Walk Behind Us is definitely your album. If you’re looking for a bit more progression in the band’s sound…check it before you buy it!