Ill Niño

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Ill Niño
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Ill Niño in 2009
Background information
Origin Union City, New Jersey, United States
Years active1998–present
Past members
  • Jorge Rosado
  • Marc Rizzo
  • Jardel Martins Paisante
  • Roger Vasquez
  • Omar Clavijo
  • Daniel Gomez

Ill Niño is an American heavy metal band formed in New Jersey in 1998 by founder/drummer Dave Chavarri. Ill Niño developed their own unique style known to fans of the band as "Latin metal". They have released seven studio albums, two EPs, and one greatest hits album, selling over two million albums worldwide.[ not verified in body ]

Heavy metal is a genre of rock music that developed in the late 1960s and early 1970s, largely in the United Kingdom. With roots in blues rock, psychedelic rock, and acid rock, the bands that created heavy metal developed a thick, massive sound, characterized by highly amplified distortion, extended guitar solos, emphatic beats, and overall loudness. The genre's lyrics and performance styles are sometimes associated with aggression and machismo.

New Jersey State of the United States of America

New Jersey is a state in the Mid-Atlantic region of the United States. It is a peninsula, bordered on the north and east by the state of New York; on the east, southeast, and south by the Atlantic Ocean; on the west by the Delaware River and Pennsylvania; and on the southwest by the Delaware Bay and Delaware. New Jersey is the fourth-smallest state by area but the 11th-most populous, with 9 million residents as of 2017, making it the most densely populated of the 50 U.S. states with its biggest city being Newark. New Jersey lies completely within the combined statistical areas of New York City and Philadelphia. New Jersey was the second-wealthiest U.S. state by median household income as of 2017.



On September 18, 2001, Ill Niño released their debut album, Revolution, Revolución.[ citation needed ] The album's single, "What Comes Around", received significant airplay on MTV and topped the Mediabase Active Rock radio charts for five weeks.[ citation needed ]Revolution, Revolución went on to sell over 450,000 albums worldwide.[ citation needed ]

In early 2003, just before Ill Niño was set to record the follow-up, the band parted ways with guitarist Marc Rizzo and percussionist Roger Vasquez.[ citation needed ]Confession was recorded in mid-2003 and released on September 30, 2003. It debuted at No. 37 on the Billboard 200.[ citation needed ] The lead single, "How Can I Live", was their first single to break into the Billboard charts, peaking at No. 26 on the Mainstream Rock chart. The album has sold more than 550,000 copies.[ citation needed ]

The Billboard 200 is a record chart ranking the 200 most popular music albums and EPs in the United States. It is published weekly by Billboard magazine. It is frequently used to convey the popularity of an artist or groups of artists. Often, a recording act will be remembered by its "number ones", those of their albums that outperformed all others during at least one week. The chart grew from a weekly top 10 list in 1956 to become a top 200 in May 1967, and acquired its present title in March 1992. Its previous names include the Billboard Top LPs (1961–72), Billboard Top LPs & Tape (1972–84), Billboard Top 200 Albums (1984–85) and Billboard Top Pop Albums.

The band's third effort, One Nation Underground, was released on September 27, 2005. It debuted at No. 101 on the Billboard 200 charts, and its first single, "What You Deserve", became the most added track at Active Rock radio, and reached the Top 20 on the Active Rock charts.[ citation needed ]

On July 15, 2006, Ill Niño parted with Roadrunner Records and signed a new deal with the recently formed Cement Shoes Records.[ citation needed ] Roadrunner released The Best of Ill Niño on September 29, 2006, as a contractual obligation to the label, and without the band's consent or involvement.

Through Cement Shoes Records they released The Under Cover Sessions, an EP featuring various covers and outtakes, and Enigma, their fourth studio album, released in 2008 after multiple delays.[ citation needed ]

In March 2010, they signed with Victory Records.[ citation needed ]Dead New World, was released on October 25, 2010 and production was shared by Sahaj Ticotin and Clint Lowery of Sevendust.[ citation needed ]Epidemia, was released on October 22, 2012.[ citation needed ] Their seventh full-length studio album, Till Death La Familia, was released on July 22, 2014.

On January 15, 2019, Dave Chavarri announced that Cristian Machado, Ahrue Luster, Diego Verduzco, and Oscar Santiago "departed the band". Dave Chavarri announced the band had a new lineup despite ongoing legal correspondence. Chavarri claimed that Machado, Luster, Santiago and Verduzco had "departed the band" and asked for "privacy" during the member changes. [1] One day later, amidst Dave Chavarri's claims to fans that 4 of the 6 members had "departed the band", Machado, Luster, Verduzco, and Santiago dismissed Chavarri's public statement claiming they had left the band. The four members instead assured the band's fans that they have "not departed" the band. Cristian Machado, Ahrue Luster, Diego Verduzco, and Oscar Santiago then vowed to the fans to continue with on as "Ill Niño".

On March 21, 2019, MetalSucks acquired a copy of the lawsuit paperwork filed by Machado, Luster and Verduzco accusing Chavarri of "shady business deals" such as using his status as Ill Niño's manager to scam the band into taking a financial loss while repaying a personal loan for himself, falsifying financial documents in order to keep tens of thousands of dollars for himself, pocketing show guarantees and tour advances for himself, sometimes even cancelling tours and then refusing to return the promoter's advance and refusing the band members their legally owed access to financial records among many other accusations. [2] [3]

Musical style

Ill Niño are described as Latin metal, [4] [5] nu metal, [4] [6] [7] alternative metal [8] and metalcore. [9] [10]

Band members


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