– Hi, thanks for your time. What are you currently up to? How is everything doing right now with ILLDISPOSED?
We’re preparing a tour in parts of Europe in beginning of November.
– You will soon unleash your new album, «Sense the Darkness». What are your expectations on it? Do they change after releasing so good albums as «Burn me Wicked» or «1-800 Vindication»?
We don’t really expect anything anymore when it comes to album releases. An album is more like a business card these days, people aren’t buying albums anymore. Our expectations are now elsewhere, for instance touring.
– As I said, you have always released superb releases so, does this and the fact all your records have been critically acclaimed, make you more demanding from yourself?
Not really because we never tried to make things better. We just make exactly what we like – so in the end we’ve just got a good taste!
– «Sense the Darkness» is your fourth album since 2008. Where do you take so much inspiration to keep on releasing albums on a regular basis?
The songs are just coming to me, I don’t have to do anything to get inspired. It happens all the time, suddenly I’ve got a cool song or part of a song in my head.
– Talking about such, what could you say are the main differences between this new album and your previous «There is Light (but it’s not for me)»?
“There is light” is the most experimenting album we’ve made, it’s stuffed up with synthesizers and samples. The new album is completely the opposite, it’s back to basic, pure death metal. But if you remove the synth from “There is light” the difference is not that big.
– I personally think this new opus is slightly faster and heavier. Was this what you were striving for?
Fast and heavy is good, isn’t it? Fast and heavy is what everybody is striving for.
– Moreover you are always perfecting the atmospheres. Are they an important part of your music? What do you think you manage to express with them?
Music is all about emotions, and most music is written because of emotions. It’s a natural thing – at least that’s what I think and believe in.
– Due to this I would like to know how has the songwriting process been this time around.
I’m writing 90% of it and our new guy Ken wrote the last 10%. When a song is written we record a demo of it in my studio.
– «Sense the Darkness» is your first effort with guitar player Ken Holst, being your first line-up change in sveral years. What has Ken brought new to ILLDISPOSED?
Ken is both a guitar player and a song writer. Our previous 2 guitar players were just guitar players. So I’m getting some help with the song writing now which is a good thing. It brings some freshness to our music.
– On the other hand, MNEMIC’s Mircea has crafted the cover artwork. Would you mind to elaborate a bit on this (how did you work on it, what did you want to express with the cover…)?
I told Mircea to create something suicidal but instead he made some evil zombie satan dude. I don’t know what went wrong – but what the hell, it looks cool anyway.
– And you’ve worked with the seasoned producer Tue Madsen. Are you pleased with the work done by him? How was the production process?
We’ve known him since the late 80’s / early 90’s when he was a part of the music scene of Aarhus himself. So he knows what we want and that’s a deep and brutal sound where everything is crisp and clear. The production process? I think it’s something about a hundred or more knobs, and he is turning them. At least that’s what it looked like.
– All this about «Sense the Darkness» being said; how could you describe it in just 3 words?
Ehm… we just did: Sense The Darkness. But if you want another 3 words they’ll be Excellent, Super and Awesome!
– After over 20 years of musical career; what’s left for you to get?
Fat, old and ugly.
– And finally, what are your near-future plans?
Some touring in support of the album. Probably filming a music video. And then it’s time for a new album. That’s the cyclus.
– That’s all, thank you once more for answering our questions. If you want to add some final words; feel free to do it.
See you out there – and if you’re one of the few people who’s still listening to CD’s I think you should check out “Sense The Darkness”