Illdisposed - _Retro_
(Diehard, 2000)
by: Paul Schwarz (6 out of 10)
For once, I am thankful I received a covers album. I had that horrible feeling _Retro_ might be a Neanderthal level "back-to-basics" death metal opus; at least this way the songs are good. Pity that other people wrote these songs, 'cause then this release would need filing under "pointless", an already far overfilled category. Who wants to hear great to good songs by great to good bands played by their fans in average bands? Who wants to hear eleven different vocalists from Nick Holmes and Jeff Walker to Lemmy and Bon Scott mimicked by one rather characterless death-barfer? If "me" is the answer to either of the above, then I say take note of tasty renditions of "Cromlech" (Darkthrone's powerful opener to their death metal _Soulside Journey_), "Open Casket" (Death) and "None Shall Defy" (Infernal Majesty), hope the amusing linear notes (displaying Illdisposed's obvious fandom) from the press release are included on the full release, and get ye forth to procure this. The rest of you are advised to search out _Symphonies of Sickness_ (Carcass), _Severed Survival_ (Autopsy) and _Leprosy_ (Death) or at the least save your hard earned cash for some -original- music, rather than this. I'll say it again, -pointless- collection of covers.

(article published 11/20/2000)


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