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In 2004, the Danish death metal band Illdisposed released an album called '1-800-VINDICATION'. It was their first release on Roadrunner and I would definitely say that Illdisposed is one of the better bands on the label that are still putting out real quality metal today. The album had samples, clean vocal parts next to Bo Summer's death metal grunts and was melodic and catchy overall while still maintaining a brutal death metal sound.
Illdisposed's second outing on Roadrunner is a disc called 'Burn Me Wicked'. The overall sound of their new album is again, very modern and a lot of it can easily be compared to '1-800-VINDICATION'. There are however, a few changes this time around and fans that liked their older albums more will be very pleased with this. All of the music is written by guitarist Jakob Batten. A lot of the songs have parts that are really fast again and, at times, it feels like a throwback to an older album they did, namely 'There's Something Rotten…in the State of Denmark'. So if this album is one of your favourite ones, you have something to look forward to in 'Burn Me Wicked'.
The album starts out with a song called 'Shine Crazy' and the riffing in this one is fast and massive, it immediately made me realise that there was something different about 'Burn Me Wicked' in terms of speed. Next up is 'Case of the Late Pig' which uses a combination of catchy riffs and samples that just works perfectly, instantly making it one of my favourite Illdisposed songs. Another song that deserves mentioning is 'Burn Me Wicked', the titlesong, which is incredibly melodic and also one of their best songs to date. Songs like 'Back to the Streets' and 'Our Heroin Recess' remind me a lot of '1-800-VINDICATION'. A track called 'Fear the Gates' seems to be an ode to 'Near the Gates', a song they did before back on 'There's Something Rotten…in the State of Denmark'. 'Throw Your Bolts' might be a reference to Bolt Thrower, another great death metal band, from the UK. 'Slave' is, surprisingly, Illdisposed's death metal interpretation of the Depeche Mode song 'Master and Servant'. The final song on the album and the closer is called 'Illdispunk'd' and does exactly what the title says, it takes the Illdisposed sound and transforms it into a death metal/punk hybrid with a little comedy added in between.
Bo Summer (also the vocalist for another death metal band, Panzerchrist) is definitely one of the best harsh vocalists in death metal today, the man switches between deep growls and screechy grunts like it's nothing. Illdisposed recruited Mercenary's Mikkel Sandager as a guest vocalist to do clean vocals in four songs and he does a great job here. 'Burn Me Wicked' is a stellar modern death metal release and should not be missed, highly recommended.
Originally written for http://www.gothtronic.com