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Album Review

Ill Niño refused to go the way of most fearsome hurricanes-turned-merely-annoying-tropical storms after being cut by Roadrunner Records in 2005 (amid steadily declining sales) and, perhaps more painful still, losing wunderkind guitarist Marc Rizzo to Max Cavalera's Soulfly a few years prior. Instead, the New Jersey-based sextet gamely ate humble pie with an album released by no-hope independent Cement Shoes, then rebounded to a larger label home in Victory Records — all the while sticking firmly to their nu-metal-meets-Latin-music guns despite the style's relatively simultaneous fall from grace. This brings us to the group's sixth full-length (once again through Victory) in 2012's Epidemia, and, while perusing its contents, listeners will note the following. "Only the Unloved" displays the dense industrial intensity of Fear Factory, complete with a quasi-atonal riff-and-drums barrage and Cristian Machado's alternately sung and screamed vocals; the even more brazen, scorched earth assault of "La Epidemia" recalls none other than Slipknot's nine-headed puppet show monster, and the excellent "Escape," contagious as it may be, is still a ringer for Roots-period Sepultura. So where, oh where is Ill Niño to be found amidst all this? Well, lest you forget, originality was never the band's forte to begin with, and for all their vaunted Latin influences (they were signed to be a baby Sepultura, as envisioned by Ross Robinson), Ill Niño always did toe the nu-metal party line with maddening caution. While this could likely be blamed on Roadrunner's strong-armed A&R tactics years ago, it makes for a lame excuse now, when the band has nothing to lose by attempting to explore so-called Latin metal fusions. And so, a smattering of tribal drums scattered amidst the generalized sonic barrage of "Demi-God," "Invisible People," and countless others, plus the salsa-flavored melodies of "Death WWWWWWWWWWants More" (perhaps the album's most distinctive effort) unfortunately do not "Latin metal" make. So give Ill Niño kudos for perseverance, but one can't help but feel their potential remains unrealized on Epidemia.

Customer Reviews

Still going strong.

After joining the nu metal genre in 2001, these guys still continue to make Solid albums. They aren't the greatest band in the world but they make good albums and have a distinctive sound. These guys are one of the few bands from that genre that I still follow.

Great, but I miss the pre-2005 albums...

I love heavy music like this, and I love this CD. But I gotta say that I like 'Confessions' and 'One Nation Underground' much, much more. My hope for their next album is to make a hybrid of this one and the earlier albums, an ideal hybrid in my eyes would be 'Dead New World' and 'Confessions', but all we can do is wait to see what comes next!


So stoked that they released a new album! This is Heavy & Loud! Just the way I like it


Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

The New Jersey-based Latin metal sextet Ill Nino includes members Cristian Machado (vocals), Dave Chavarri (drums), Marc Rizzo (guitars), Jardel Paisante (guitars), Lazaro Pina (bass), and Roger Vasquez (percussion). Most of its members are of South American descent, resulting in a type of music that combines crunchy heavy metal with Latin rhythms and lyrics that alternate between English and Spanish. The idea of Ill Nino began when former Pro Pain member Chavarri was touring as an interim member...
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Epidemia, Ill Niño
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Metal, Music, Rock
  • Released: Oct 22, 2012

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