SOURCE – Was your songwriting and recording process for “Sense The Darkness” similar to previous albums, or were there any new twists this time?
Jakob Batten (Guitar) – The only difference is that our new guitar player Ken wrote a song for the album and we wrote another song together. Besides that everything went smoothly – as usual.
SOURCE – What has the response been like so far to the album?
Jakob Batten (Guitar) – A lot of good response and a bit of bad response. The bad response is usually kids who can’t understand that we’ve got melody and don’t grind all the time.
SOURCE – Which Illdisposed album do you think has best stood the test of
Jakob Batten (Guitar) – That’s definitely “1-800 Vindication”. “Submit” is a classic too but unfortunately it hasn’t been available for many years.
SOURCE – What sets Illdisposed apart from other death metal bands?
Jakob Batten (Guitar) – We’ve got personality, you can hear always hear it’s us. And we’ve got a more simple song structure than most death metal bands. We don’t just pile 10 different riffs on top of each other. We’re thinking of the song as a song and not a riff parade.
SOURCE – Do you have a day job, or are you able to make a living playing music?
Jakob Batten (Guitar) – We’re working for a living. It’s a long time ago we realized that music couldn’t pay the standards we wanted in life. And since the so-called financial crisis started it has been a very tough business.
SOURCE – What are you listening to these days?
Jakob Batten (Guitar) – Opeth, Entombed, Carcass, Mastodon. I’m into music that is played the old fashioned way and is not just a copy/paste mess. A lot of the new metal albums sound like machines playing.
SOURCE – With the popularity of digital downloads, you think we will have CDs in a few years?
Jakob Batten (Guitar) – Yes, but in limited numbers. It’s mainly collectors who are buying CDs and LPs these days and I’m sure it won’t be better in the future.
SOURCE – What have been the high and low points for you during your time in Illdisposed?
Jakob Batten (Guitar) – The high points have been visiting so many different countries along the way. The low points have been changing band members, that always sucks!
SOURCE – Who are your top five Danish metal bands of all time?
Jakob Batten (Guitar) – Mercyful Fate, King Diamond and Invocator. That’s actually the only 3 Danish metal bands I really liked.
SOURCE – Are you doing any filming for a future DVD release?
Jakob Batten (Guitar) – No, we haven’t got any plans for that.
SOURCE – Any possibility of a South American tour?
Jakob Batten (Guitar) – There’s always a possibility, we’re definitely willing to do it if we get the chance! We still need a good contact over there.
SOURCE – Anything else you’d like to mention or promote?
Jakob Batten (Guitar) – Check out “Sense The Darkness” – hopefully you’ll like it. Peace.