Illdisposed

Illdisposed
ORIGIN: DenmarkFORMED: 1991LABEL: Massacre Records
  • MEMBERS:
    • Bo "Subwoofer" Summer – vocals
    • Jakob "Batten" Hansen – guitars
    • Ken Holst – guitars
    • Onkel K. Jensen – bass
    • Rasmus Schmidt - drums

Illdisposed is a death metal band from Aarhus, Denmark that was formed in 1991 by vocalist Bo Summer and guitarist Lasse Bak. As of 2017, the band consists of vocalist Bo Summer, guitarists Jakob Batten and Ken Holst, bassist Kussen and drummer Rasmus Schmidt.

Since the beginning of the 90’s Illdisposed have been one of the top bands of the Nordic death metal scene and have released 13 albums and 2 EP’s. Illdisposed have developed their own form of death metal with groovy rhythms, melodic but still hard hitting riffs and a massive wall of sound with a unique subwoofer vocal in focus.

Biography
Four Depressive Seasons, Submit and There’s Something Rotten… (1992–1997)
In early 1991, Illdisposed was formed and soon released their first demo entitled The Winter of Our Discontempt, this demo brought the band a deal with Nuclear Blast Records. In the end of 1992, the band contributed with the track “Reversed” to the compilation Fuck You, We’re from Denmark, released by Progress Red Labels, followed by 1993’s debut album Four Depressive Seasons, and in December 1993 toured in Europe as support for Wargasm and Sinister. In 1994 guitarist Hans Wagner was fired, due to problems with alcoholism, is temporarily replaced by Morten Gilsted. In 1994 The first EP “Return from tomorrow” was released. In early 1995, drummer Lars Hald assumed for some live concerts, the second studio album Submit was released with new drummer Rolf Rognvard-Hansen, previously had been guitarist for Caustic from Esbjerg. During the tour in Germany to promote the album, guitarist Lasse Bak played several concerts naked. There’s Something Rotten… In the State of Denmark is the third studio album, and was released in 1997. This album marked the departure of guitarist Morten Gilsted replaced by ex-roadie Tore Mogensen. While recording the album, the band was featured in the documentary “Headbang i Hovedlandet” alongside future member Jakob ‘Batten Hansen’s band Infernal Torment in 1997.

Retro and Kokaiinum (1998–2002)
In 2000, Illdisposed released the tribute album Retro, with covers of bands such as CarcassAutopsyDarkthroneVenomMotörhead, and AC/DC. It was the first album to feature guitarist Jakob “Batten” Hansen, who joined the band in 1999, after Lasse Bak’s brother Ronnie Bak had left. This was followed by their fourth album Kokaiinum in 2001, which featured original songs only. The song “Fear Bill Gates” was only one example for the band’s lively sense of humor. Kokaiinum sometimes fused more melodic elements in the music, but still retained the groove/death metal style, that the band was known for.

From 1-800 Vindication to To Those Who Walk Behind Us (2003-2009)
The band went on short hiatus because Bo needed time to cure his alcoholism. In 2003, they went back together, to release the “Demo 2003” EP, which already included some songs from the upcoming album 1-800 Vindication, those were “Jeff” and “Dark”. The band had found new members in Thomas “Muskelbux” Jensen on drums and Jonas “Kloge” Mikkelsen on bass. Tore Mogensen left the band during that time and started working at TC Electronics, while Jakob “Batten” Hansen switched from bass to lead guitar. In 2004, 1-800 Vindication was released. It was the band’s most successful album, released on Roadrunner Records. The song “Still Sane” was released as a single and a video was shot for it by Lasse Hoile, who also designed the artwork for the album. The release was followed by a tour and a DVD, shot in Arhus, entitled “We suck – live in Arhus”. This DVD was during that time only available as a bootleg, but went on to be sold regularly, due to its high quality.

In 2005, guitarist and founding member Lasse Bak left the band to join his former Illdisposed band comrades Rolf Hansen and Morten Gilsted in Slow Death Factory. A short-lived replacement was found in ex-roadie and Exmortem guitarist Martin Thim, who joined during the recording of the band’s sixth studio album Burn Me Wicked, released in 2006 on Roadrunner Records. The music on Burn Me Wicked was written almost entirely by Jakob Hansen, who recorded demos of the songs on his computer at home and then passed it to the other members. The two Roadrunner albums are the most successful Illdisposed albums to date, with sales of 30,000 copies each (before the re-release on Massacre). After an extensive tour, the band went back in the studio again, to record their seventh album The Prestige. The Prestige took the band more back to their roots and sounded more straightforward and rawer than its predecessors. Before recording started, Martin Thim left the band to focus more on his day job; he was replaced by ex-Volbeat guitarist Franz “Hellboss” Gottschalk. One of their most successful gigs was the With Full Force festival in Germany, where the band presented The Prestige in front of over 70,000 people. A live video of the song “A Child Is Missing” can be found on the band’s website.

Only one year later, the band hit the studio again with a new record deal on Massacre Records, after Roadrunner dissolved the contract to the band. In 2009, Massacre Records released the new album To Those Who Walk Behind Us as well as re-releasing Illdisposed’s Roadrunner albums 1-800 Vindication and Burn Me Wicked. This album was produced by Illdisposed’s guitarist Jakob “Batten” Hansen and mixed by longtime friend Tue MadsenTo Those Who Walk Behind Us represented a mix between the band’s more traditional death-metal sound and their use of synthesizers on albums like 1-800 Vindication and Burn Me Wicked.

On June 23, 2012, The original Illdisposed Line Up consisting of Bo Summer, Lasse Bak, Ronnie Bak, Morten Gilsted and Rolf Hansen, played a reunion show at Lasse Bak’s 40th Birthday.

Discography

Studio albums
Four Depressive Seasons (1993), Progress Red Labels
Submit (1995), Progress Records
There’s Something Rotten…In the State of Denmark (1997), Serious Entertainment
Retro (2000), Diehard Music
Kokaiinum (2001), Diehard Music
1-800 Vindication (2004), Roadrunner Records
Burn Me Wicked (2006), Roadrunner Records
The Prestige (2008), AFM Records
To Those Who Walk Behind Us (2009), Massacre Records
There is Light (But It’s Not for Me) (2011), Massacre Records
Sense the Darkness (2012), Massacre Records
With The Lost Souls On Our Side (2014), Massacre Records
Grey Sky Over Black Town (2016), Massacre Records

EPs
Return from Tomorrow (EP – 1994), Progress Red Labels
Demo 2003 (EP – 2003) Independent release

Compilations
Helvede (1995, RSS)
The Best Of Illdisposed 2004 – 2011 (2012, Massacre Records)

DVDs
We suck – Live Aarhus (Live DVD – 2004)

Band members

Current members
Bo “Subwoofer” Summer – vocals (1991–present)
Jakob “Batten” Hansen – guitars (2004–present), bass (1999–2003)
Ken Holst – guitars (2011–present)
Onkel K. Jensen – bass (2012–present)
Rasmus Schmidt – drums (2014–present)

Former members
Hans Wagner – guitars (1991–1992)
Michael “Panzergeneral” Enevoldsen – drums (1991–1994)
Morten Gilsted – guitars (1993–1997)
Ronnie Raabjerg Bak – bass (1991–1998)
Lasse Dennis Raabjerg Bak – guitars (1991–2007)
Lars Hald – drums (1995)
Rolf Hansen – drums (1995–2001)
Tore “The Pimp” Mogensen – guitars (1997–2002)
Jonas “Kloge” Mikkelsen – bass (2004–2012)
Thomas “Muskelbux” Jensen – drums (2003–2013)
Martin Thim – guitars (2005–2006)
Franz Gottschalk – guitars (2007–2011)
Kim Langkjaer Jensen – drums (2013–2014)

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