It’s fair to say I wasn’t particularly impressed with the previous two Illdisposed albums, namely The Prestige (2008) and To Those Who Walk Behind Us (2009). The offered material was okay, but it clearly lacked inspiration. Now these Danes are back with a new album, entitled There Is Light (But It’s Not For Me). Let’s see whether Bo Summer and Co can redeem themselves..
There Is Light (But It’s Not For Me) starts in familiar Illdisposed fashion with Your Own Best Companion. It’s a heavy groove-laden song with some faster parts and massive grunts by Bo “Subwoover” Summer. This is just the way I like my Illdisposed. The good news is that the rest of the material is just as strong as the opening track. Heaven Forbid, Our Words Betrayed, As The Day Rottens and Step Into My Winter are just as formidable.
Another key factor is the increased presence of subtle keyboard layers and electronic effects. It kind of remind me of 1-800-Vindication and Burn My Wicked, some of the best albums by these Danes. The brutal and grooving edge of There Is Light (But It’s Not For Me) isn’t compromised in any way. They merely serve as an additional ingredient to spice things up a bit. Reality To Fall and Rape are great examples of this.
The heavy and dense production enforces the brutal punch of this record. Illdisposed’s own Jacob Batten and producer Tue Madsen are responsible for that.
Illdisposed’s new record sounds a lot a more inspired than The Prestige and To Those Who Walk Behind Us. The song material is more diverse and of better quality. In short, There Is Light (But It’s Not For Me) is a convincing return to form for Bo Summers and Co
Written by Raymond Westland