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Illdisposed: Sense the Darkness
Death Metal
Massacre Records
September 21st, 2009
Release length: 53:59
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Denmark’s Illdisposed return once more with their eleventh full-length album, Sense the Darkness. Following up their less-than-impressive tenth studio release, There is Light (But It’s Not for Me), they find themselves still signed with Massacre Records, and gear up to unleash another hard-hitting and infectious album that will put that more experimental offering far behind them. But, does Sense the Darkness have enough quality material to grab the listener by the throat, or is it just marginally better this time around?

One thing is for sure: The audio on this recording is top notch. The bass is podded up nicely in the mix to give it a really heavy sound, working alongside the crushing mid-range distortion of the guitar. The drumming is captured perfectly as well. The click of the bass kick isn’t too overbearing but still rather loud in the mix, sharing the same level as the tight snares and crisp cymbals, though the latter seem closer to the forefront than the rest. Of course, the vocals sound a bit muffled, but it’s largely due to the distortion used on them that adds a bit more intimidation to the mix, a necessity against the melodic or atmospheric chords that can be found floating around various tracks.

Sense the Darkness not only sounds good, but it boasts plenty of catch songs to bang your head along to. The only downfall is that many end up being a bit on the simpler side. “Sense the Darkness” instroduces this concept well after a bit of a haunting, and somewhat digital introduction of distant-through-effects guitar work gradually building to a crisper output and heavier material that continues to increase in speed, though tread back to the slower material from the start including the haunting leads that make the hard hitting drums worth the progression. “Stop Running” really pushing the bass kicks forward, hammering at a machinegun pace during faster sections such as the chorus. The guitar work here does get a little more technical, but prior to the guitar solo you are hit with some melodic material in a slower section that sounds nice, as well as suits the flow, being more than a tacked on passage, but rather an introductive support beam to the conclusion.

Even some of the less intense offerings can still manage to grab you by the throat. “Eyes Popping Out” has a very strong groove to it that is pushed to the forefront perfectly by the bass, establishing a bit of a hardcore attitude behind it as well. The chorus does pick up and use some melodic leads that sound great, if not a bit tacked on. But, the whole outting will have you bobbing your head right along, and even linger in your mind as one of the better tracks of this approach. “The Poison” is a lighter thanks to the weaker drumming, but the chugging guitar and bass work with the cymbals to help fill out the material well enough to keep you attentive from start to finish. “We Do This Alone” actually treads between rich music and simpler material. The chorus relies a lot on the groove with easier riffs, but a nice melody in the leads that enriches the experience. The introduction of the song features furious bass kicks that appear in certain bridges as well. Unfortunately this doesn’t stick to the main verses, which are a bit more on the empty side, but again the cymbals do a decent job at filling the material enough to hold your interest.

“I Am Possessed” is one of the few that actually isn’t all that great. In a way, the variety in music works with the lyrical concept, and it is somewhat consistant, but just never feels like it goes anywhere. In a way, it seems to act as a long winded introduction to “Too Blind to See” thanks to how sudden this one seems to bleed into it. With that in mind, this track also isn’t the most awe-inspiring. While far from bad, the mid-tempo finds a lot of focus on the bass, leaving the drums and guitar to stick to simpler material. Unfortunately, this leaves a hollow sound much of the time, only really grabbing your attention when the speed picks up to allow some atmosphere into the mix, or for a brief guitar solo. While these may not be the most impressive, if you tackle these two in one sitting from start until the climax of “Too Blind to See,” they do become enjoyable through the context of where they are placed. as well as the transitions in and out of each.

Sense the Darkness may not be the best representation of the potential Illdisposed has, but it’s still a pretty strong offering. With a handful of songs that don’t really work outside the context of the full album, most are composed of hard hitting Death Metal material that can be atmospheric, melodic, and/or commanding with a strong groove present. No matter what, you will bang your head along to the heavier offerings, and some of the simpler ones will still find you bobbing your head along obediently to the rhythm. With intensity and accessability scattered about, fans of Illdisposed are not going to be let down by Sense the Darkness, finding a good deal of replay value within it, though spaced out between decent sessions of leaving it in your collection until the urge to press play hits once more.

01. Sense the Darkness – 5:08
02. Eyes Popping Out – 4:04
03. Time to Dominate – 4:27
04. Never Compromise – 3:52
05. Stop Running – 4:01
06. I Am Possessed – 3:37
07. Too Blind to See – 4:05
08. The POison – 4:02
09. Another Kingdom Dead – 3:49
10. She’s Undressed – 4:20
11. We Do This Alone – 4:12
12. War – 4:14
13. Desire – 4:08
Overall Score: 7.5/10
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Illdisposed (logo)Digital review copy of this release provided by Massacre Records.