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About Ill Nino

  • In an industry of big egos and even bigger drama, it is seldom a metal band manages to stick together for over a decade, but that is exactly what ILL NINO has done. Bone-crushing melodies, versatile vocals, and intelligently spaced riffs have won over hundreds of thousands of metal fans worldwide. For a little over 14 years, the men of ILL NINO have been creating unrivaled Latin-infused metal and they have only just begun.

    ILL NINO's story begins in New Jersey in 1998 as 'EL NINO' founded by drummer Dave Chavarri. Creative juices flowing, EL NINO released a four-song demo that year with vocalist Jorge Rosado, formerly of MERAUDER. While successful, the band believed that their then bassist, Cristian Machado, would be better suited as a front man, replacing Jorge the next year. Utilizing Machado's boundless vocal range, the band began to fine-tune their new sound, releasing an EP in 2000 that landed them a contract with Roadrunner Records shortly after.

    Their unexpected breed of Latin- infused metal sent fans flying to the shelves to pick up their debut album, Revolution Revolucion, released September 18th, 2001. With the album's major success came a major tour, as ILL NINO was picked up for both Ozzfest and the Jagermeister tour in 2002. Breakout single "What Comes Around" received plays on MTV and dominated the airwaves, leaving fans desperate for more of their trademark hybrid sound. Suffering a few lineup changes, they welcomed percussionist Daniel Couto and guitarist Ahrue Luster, and was ready to release their second album Confession on September 30th, 2003. This album catapulted the band to the top of the Billboard charts, getting the attention of both the metal scene and mainstream rock critics everywhere.

    The release of their third album One Nation Underground (2005), however, was greeted with mediocre reviews and ultimately resulted in the separation from Roadrunner Records the very next year. ILL NINO moved to Cement Shoes Records in 2006, replacing Jardel with shredding guitarist Diego Verduzco, ready to work on a new dynamic. After releasing a stellar cover album, The Under Cover Sessions, the guys dropped their fourth full length project Enigma in 2008. Receiving overwhelming support in the US and Europe, the band parted ways with Cement Shoes Records in 2009, only to ink a contract with Victory Records one year later.

    One thing became increasingly obvious - metal fans ate up what ILL NINO was dishing out. Surprising the world with their Latin rhythm, Spanish guitar riffs and controlled blasts of snare, the band?s following continued to grow by the thousands. Through Victory Records, Chavarri produced Dead New World, released October 25th 2010, which landed ILL NINO on the main stage at Soundwave Festival 2011, playing for an endless sea of headbanging fans. In response to the flood of support, even ESPN enlisted the guys to write a custom track to play during their NFL Latin coverage. Their ability to infuse melody into dangerously dark metal continues to get metal-heads on the edge of their seats waiting for what they'll unleash next.

    The wait was finally over on October 22nd, 2012 with the release of their latest album Epidemia. Staying relevant and heavy as ever, critics and fans alike have welcomed Epidemia with open arms, delighted to hear the clean vocals, creative drumming and powerful guitar chugging they had been missing for so long. Both longtime and new fans agree that ILL NINO have cemented themselves as major players in the metal scene, as they continue to grow individually as musicians. While the saying goes "It's not where you've been, it's where you're going", in the case of ILL NINO, they have, are and will always be the undisputed kings of metal. 

Keeping their Latin-infused metal alive, ILL NINO showed their true colors as they headline the American Epidemia Tour in September 2013. Giving back to the fans that have given them so much in return, ILL NINO honored the US Military personnel, offering free and 2 for 1 admission to the shows. With strong ties to the cause, the American Epidemia Tour will reintroduce metal as an integral energizing force for the human spirit, that keeps them pushing and persevering. With the release of a powerful music video for "Forgive Me Father", ILL NINO continues to remind us what impassioned, thoughtful lyricism and delivery is all about. 

Stay tuned for new material this year. Long live metal and long live ILL NINO.

    LEAD VOCALS - CRISTIAN MACHADO
    DRUMS - DAVE CHAVARRI
    BASS - LAZ PINA
    LEAD GUITAR - AHRUE LUSTER
    RHYTHM GUITAR - DIEGO VERDUZCO
    PERCUSSION - OSCAR SANTIAGO



Ill Nino brings the celebrations to the UK this March, marking the 15th anniversary of their critically acclaimed debut album 'Revolution Revolución', by playing the classic in its entirety, alongside other fan favourites from the band's

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News Was Posted on: 28th February, 2017
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  • Till Death, La Familia
  • Till Death, La Familia


    Released : 2015
    Views : 0
    Track List
    1. Live Like There's No Tomorrow
    2. Not Alive In My Nightmare
    3. I'm Not The Enemy
    4. Blood Is Thicker Than Water
    5. Are We So Innocent
    6. Pray I Don't Find You
    7. World So Cold
    8. Dead Friends
    9. Breaking The Rules
    10. Payaso
    11. My Bullet
  • Epidemia
  • Epidemia


    Released : 2012
    Views : 0
    Track List
    1. The Depression
    2. Only the Unloved
    3. La Epidemia
    4. Eva
    5. Demi-God
    6. Death Wants More
    7. Escape
    8. Time Won't Save You
    9. Forgive Me Father
    10. Invisible People
  • Dead New World
  • Dead New World


    Released : 2010
    Views : 0
    Track List
    1. God Is Only For The Dead
    2. The Art Of War
    3. Against The Wall
    4. Mi Revolucion
    5. Bleed Like You
    6. Serve The Grave
    7. If You Were Me
    8. Ritual
    9. Killing You, Killing Me
    10. How Could I Believe
    11. Bullet With Butterfly Wings
    12. Scarred
  • Enigma
  • Enigma


    Released : 2008
    Views : 0
    Track List
    1. The Alibi Of Tyrants
    2. Pieces Of The Sun
    3. Finger Painting (With The Enemy)
    4. March Against Me
    5. Compulsion Of Virus And Fever
    6. Formal Obsession
    7. Hot Summer's Tragedy
    8. Me Gusta La Soledad
    9. 2012
    10. Guerrilla Carnival
    11. Estoy Perdido
    12. Kellogg's, Bombs & Cracker Jacks
    13. De Sangre Hermosa
  • The Best Of Ill Niño
  • The Best Of Ill Niño


    Released : 2006
    Views : 0
    Track List
    1. What Comes Around
    2. Unreal
    3. God Save Us
    4. If You Still Hate Me
    5. Liar
    6. This Time's For Real
    7. How Can I Live
    8. Cleansing
    9. Te Amo...I Hate You
    10. What You Deserve
    11. This Is War
    12. Turns To Gray
    13. Corazon of Mine
  • One Nation Underground
  • One Nation Underground


    Released : 2005
    Views : 0
    Track List
    1. This Is War
    2. My Resurrection
    3. What You Deserve
    4. Turns To Gray
    5. De La Vida
    6. La Liberacion of Our Awakening
    7. All I Ask For
    8. Corazon of Mine
    9. Everything Beautiful
    10. In This Moment
    11. My Pleasant Torture
    12. Barely Breathing
    13. Violent Saint
  • One Nation Underground [Special Edition]
  • One Nation Underground [Special Edition]


    Released : 2005
    Views : 0
    Track List
    1. This Is War
    2. My Resurrection
    3. What You Deserve
    4. Turns To Gray
    5. De La Vida
    6. La Liberacion of Our Awakening
    7. All I Ask For
    8. Corazon of Mine
    9. Everything Beautiful
    10. In This Moment
    11. My Pleasant Torture
    12. Barely Breathing
    13. Violent Saint
    14. Can't Forgive, Can't Forget [Demo]
    15. Frustrated [Demo]
    16. Red Rain
  • Confession
  • Confession


    Released : 2003
    Views : 0
    Track List
    1. Te Amo...I Hate You
    2. How Can I Live
    3. Two (Vaya Con Dios)
    4. Unframed
    5. Cleansing
    6. This Time's For Real
    7. Lifeless...Life...
    8. Numb
    9. Have You Ever Felt?
    10. When It Cuts
    11. Letting Go
    12. All The Right Words
    13. Re-Birth
    14. How Can I Live - Spanish Version (Explicit)
  • Confession [Special Edition]
  • Confession [Special Edition]


    Released : 2003
    Views : 0
    Track List
    1. Te Amo...I Hate You
    2. How Can I Live
    3. Two (Vaya Con Dios)
    4. Unframed
    5. Cleansing
    6. This Time's For Real
    7. Lifeless...Life...
    8. Numb
    9. Have You Ever Felt?
    10. When It Cuts
    11. Letting Go
    12. All The Right Words
    13. Re-Birth
    14. How Can I Live (Spanish version)
    15. Make Me Feel
    16. Clear
    17. Forever
  • Revolution Revolucion [Special Edition]
  • Revolution Revolucion [Special Edition]


    Released : 2001
    Views : 0
    Track List
    1. God Save Us
    2. If You Still Hate Me
    3. Unreal
    4. Nothing's Clear
    5. What Comes Around
    6. Liar
    7. Rumba
    8. Predisposed
    9. I Am Loco
    10. No Murder
    11. Rip Out Your Eyes
    12. Revolution/Revolucion
    13. With You
    14. What Comes Around (Spanish Version)
    15. Unreal (Spanish Version)
    16. Fallen
    17. Eye For An Eye (Live)
    18. God Save Us (Live)
  • Revolution Revolucion
  • Revolution Revolucion


    Released : 2001
    Views : 0
    Track List
    1. God Save Us
    2. If You Still Hate Me
    3. Unreal
    4. Nothing's Clear
    5. What Comes Around
    6. Liar
    7. Rumba
    8. Predisposed
    9. I Am Loco
    10. No Murder
    11. Rip Out Your Eyes
    12. Revolution/Revolucion
    13. With You