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Illdisposed's Jakob Hansen Discusses New Album "With The Lost Souls On Our Side"

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The Danish melodic death metal troupe Illdisposed is now a full 12 studio albums in over a more than 20 year career.

Latest output "With The Lost Souls On Our Side" just saw official release last month, and to mark the launch of the new full-length disc, guitarist Jakob "Batten" Hansen checked in with Metalunderground.com for a new interview.

Below you can find Hansen's thoughts on negative reviews, discover the band's preferred method of recording, and see what he has to say about Illdisposed existing for an astonishing two decades.

xFiruath: Did you record this album again at Antfarm Studio and The Batcave? How long did the recording take and how did the process go this time around?

Jakob: That’s exactly what we did. It’s a winning combo. We started tracking the drums at the Antfarm Studio. There’s an empty swimming pool there that is perfect for drum recordings. It’s adding a great ambiance to the acoustics. The rest was recorded at The Batcave, which is my own place. We don’t have to rush things there, we can take the time we’ll need. When all recordings were done, Tue Madsen mixed and mastered the album at the Antfarm. All in all the process took five to six weeks.

xFiruath: What sort of lyrics are sported on “With The Lost Souls On Our Side?”

Jakob: They’re just Bo thinking out loud, I guess. I think he is using the lyrics to deal with his demons. They are not very positive, that’s for sure.

xFiruath: How has the response been so far that you've seen from fan comments and online zine reviews?

Jakob: Most of them have been really good. But the problem with reviews is, that they’re basically just reflecting the taste of the person who is writing the review. So I’m not gonna break down and cry when we’re getting a really bad review. Actually I prefer to read the really really bad ones. They are much more fun to read.

xFiruath: Illdisposed has been with Massacre Records for quite a few albums now – do you still have more time on your contract with the label?

Jakob: Yeah, we extended our deal last year, we’re having a pretty good relationship with them. As far as I remember we have one album left in this contract, and then we need to re-negotiate again.

xFiruath: Illdisposed has been around for more than 20 years now! Did you ever see the band going this long and how many years do you see the band still going in the future?

Jakob: No, and I remember several times in the past where I was talking to Bo and it was like “this album might be our last.” But I guess we’ve realized that you can be 40+ and still be playing death metal. So I actually believe that we have many good years left. It might be five, It might even be ten!

xFiruath: Does the band have any upcoming tour or festival plans?

Jakob: We just played the last two festivals for this season, and now our booking agency is booking a European tour in November. Somehow we’ve never made it to the U.S. Every time we tried, it ended up with some pay-to-play deal, and that’s just not us. We can play for free now and then, but we refuse to pay.

xFiruath: What are you most looking forward to in metal this coming year?

Jakob: Oh boy, I’ve stopped following the scene closely many years ago. The main reason is there are too many bands out there. What’s fun for me is to check out the bands we’re playing with on tours and festivals. But I’ve heard that Tool are working on some new material. I like Tool, so I’m looking forward to that.

xFiruath: What other musical projects have the Illdisposed guys got going on right now?

Jakob: Our bass player Kussen is also in another death metal act called Crocell. And Bo has been doing the vocals for some albums with Panzerchrist, but that’s just a studio band, they never play live.

xFiruath: In the last few years you've had some changes in the band, bringing on a new bassist and drummer. How are these new members fitting in and did they change up the writing/recording process at all?

Jakob: I’ve been writing nearly all of our music for the past 10 years, so it’s nothing major they’ve changed. But our new drummer Kim definitely has a different style than Thomas did. He’s more all-over-the-drums all the time which makes it more fun when rehearsing.

xFiruath: Do you hit local shows often, and what's happening in your home town metal scene?

Jakob: It’s not doing so well these days. People don’t show up at concerts, at least not like they did 5-10 years ago. But I think the problem is that people have too many choices these days. There are a million bands out there, and a million shows to go to. And everybody has their own band.

xFiruath: Anything else you'd like to add Jakob?

Jakob: If you’ve got 5 minutes you don’t know what to do with, check out our latest album “With The Lost Souls On Our Side.” It’s good and groovy Scandinavian death metal. Thank you for the interview!

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Ty Arthur splits his time between writing dark fiction, spreading the word about underground metal bands, and bringing you the latest gaming news. His sci-fi, grimdark fantasy, and horror novels can be found at Amazon.

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