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Ill Niño in 2009
|Origin||New Jersey, United States|
|Labels||Bleeding Nose Records, Victory, Cement Shoes, Roadrunner|
|Associated acts||Merauder, Soulfly, Gothic Slam, Pro-Pain, M.O.D., Lȧȧz Rockit, Terror Universal, Cavalera Conspiracy, Machine Head|
Jes De Hoyos
|Past members||Jorge Rosado|
Jardel Martins Paisante
Ill Niño is an American heavy metal band formed in New Jersey in 1999. Ill Niño developed their own unique style known to fans of the band as "Latin metal". They have released 7 studio albums, 2 EPs, and 1 greatest hits album, selling over 2 million albums worldwide.
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 is a state in the Mid-Atlantic region of the Northeastern United States. It is a peninsula, bordered on the north and east by the state of New York, particularly along the extent of the length of New York City on its western edge; 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, and the most densely populated of the 50 U.S. states; its biggest city is Newark. New Jersey lies completely within the combined statistical areas of New York City and Philadelphia and was the second-wealthiest U.S. state by median household income as of 2017.
The first incarnation of the band came to life in 1998. Then calling themselves "El Niño", the band played a handful of shows from 1998-1999. The band was best described as "Latino Hardcore". The group's initial line-up was formed in 1998 by Dave Chavarri on drums (Soulfly, Pro-Pain, M.O.D.), Jorge Rosado on vocals (Merauder), Cristian Machado on bass (La Familia), and Marc Rizzo on guitar (Crankcase). In early 1999 "El Niño". After a long departure Chavarri returned from a tour with Soulfly and was presented with all new material written by Cristian Machado. Cristian Machado and Dave Chavarri then re-branded the band as "Ill Niño". The musical style having a more focused and commercial Latin Percussive sound would lead to a 5 song demo, which attracted a very large signing offer from Roadrunner Records. After several years of struggling as "El Nino" the band was now a new creative machine.
The "Ill Niño" "2000 EP" was released locally in early 2000. The songs on "2000 EP" were written by Cristian Machado and all instruments were performed and recorded as a 3-piece, by Crsitian Machado, Marc Rizzo, and Dave Chavarri. The "2000 EP" was produced & mixed by Dave Chavarri and engineered by Laz Pina. Machado having brought Marc Rizzo intot he band a year earlier, now sought a rhythm guitar player. Jardel Paisante (Point 4 Hope) was asked to join "Ill Niño" after Crsitian Machado watched him perform at a local Newark, NJ club. Chavarri now focused on bringing in Roger Vasquez to take over the band's percussion. Chavarri then asked close personal friend Laz Pina to play bass. The buzz in the NY/NJ metal scene from the "2000 EP" was so strong it scored them heavy rotation on Seton Hall University's WSOU Pirate Radio. The band went on to book a string of shows and "Ill Niño" signed to Roadrunner Records after just 5 performances. The act had struggled for almost 2 years to garner attention and with the release of the "2000 EP" everything immediately changed. The band now attracted attention from local radio stations and record labels. With their "performing" line-up now also complete, Ill Niño was ready to take on the world.
On September 18, 2001, Ill Niño released their debut album, titled "Revolution, Revolución". In support of the album's release, Ill Niño toured intensively for 19 straight months throughout America, Europe, the UK, and Japan, notably being a part of the U.S. Road Rage Tour with Fear Factory and Machine Head, and landing prestigious tours such as Ozzfest, Jägermeister tour, Germany's Rock Am Ring/ Rock Im Park, Spain's Festimad Festival, the UK's Download Festival, Holland's Dynamo Festival, and Belgium's Graspop Metal Meeting. The album's single, "What Comes Around," received significant airplay on MTV and enjoyed a long shelf life in the top 20 Active Rock radio charts, the song topped at #1 on the Mediabase Active Rock radio charts for 5 weeks. "Revolution, Revolucion" went on to sell over 450,000 albums worldwide and still shifts units till this day. In 2002, Soulfly / Sepultura vocalist Max Cavalera called the band "one of the coolest bands coming out of the metal scene" and asked the band's vocalist Cristian Machado to perform on a song off Soulfly's third album "3". Machado being a huge Sepultura fan, agreed immediately. Together they shared lead vocal duties on one of Soulfly's most eclectic tracks "One".
In early 2003, right before Ill Niño was set to record the follow-up to "Revolution, Revolución", the band parted ways with guitarist Marc Rizzo and percussionist Roger Vasquez. The band decided to trudge forward and continued to finalize the rest of the songs for their follow up to "Revolution, Revolucion" as a 4 piece. Within 2 short months, the band was ready to go into the studio. In the summer of 2003 Ill Niño entered the studio with Bob Marlette to record what would become their best selling album to date "Confession". During the recording process Ill Niño recruited lead guitarist Ahrue Luster (ex-Machine Head) and brought in Brazilian percussionist ex Point 4 Hope member, Danny Couto.
Confession was released on September 30, 2003. The album debuted at No. 37 on the Billboard 200 charts. The lead single "How Can I Live" was featured on the Freddy vs. Jason (soundtrack), and was their first single to break into the Billboard charts, peaking at No. 26 on the mainstream rock charts. Upon the release of Confession, the band achieved headlining status and embarked on RoadRunner's Road Rage Tour in Europe with Chimaira and Spineshank, as well as headlining stages in South America, such as the Vive Latino Festival in Mexico twice, as well as stages in Europe, the UK, Australia, and Japan. Confession went on to sell more than 550,000 copies worldwide and continues to sell till this day.
The band's third effort, One Nation Underground, was released on September 27, 2005. The album debuted at No. 101 on the Billboard 200 charts, and its first single "What You Deserve" became the no. 1 most added track at Active Rock radio, and reached the Top 20 on the Active Rock charts.
On July 15, 2006, Ill Nino parted with Roadrunner Records. Ill Nino stated that "The split with Roadrunner was amicable, but a needed step in the band’s career". Nine days later, Ill Niño signed a new deal with the recently formed Cement Shoes Records. Towards the end of the One Nation Underground touring cycle, Jardel Paisante left the band, desiring to be home with family. Jardel was replaced by band friend Diego Verduzco.
That same year, on September 29, Roadrunner Records released "The Best of Ill Niño" as part of the band's contractual obligation to Roadrunner Records, and without the band's consent or involvement. The album features 13 tracks from all 3 Roadrunner releases.
Through Cement Shoes Records they released The Under Cover Sessions, an EP featuring various covers and outtakes, and Enigma, their 4th studio album, released in 2008 after multiple delays. This limited availability is attributed to the band releasing the album without paying the engineers and editors of the album, distribution of the album was subsequently blocked.
In March 2010, the band announced that they had inked a deal with Victory Records and would be in the studio in April, and that the album would be produced by Ill Nino. Co-Production would come from Sahaj Ticotin(RA) and Clint Lowery of Sevendust. The album, titled Dead New World, was released on October 25, 2010. The band performed headlining tours of Europe, the U.S., Russia, and Australia in February and March, 2011 as part of the Soundwave Australian music festival.
In February 2012, Ill Niño announced that they were preparing to enter the studio to begin recording their sixth full-length album for a summer release via Victory Records. The band recorded the album in Hoboken, New Jersey, Austin, Texas, and Denver, Colorado. The album, titled "Epidemia", was released on October 22, 2012.
On October 1, 2013, the band announced the departure of percussionist Daniel Couto, with Oscar Santiago joining the band as his replacement.
Ill Niño has performed at many worldwide festivals, including Vive Latino in Mexico, Ozzfest in the US and Europe, Rock Am Ring/Rock Im Park in Germany, Dynamo in Holland, Graspop Metal Meeting in Belgium, Download in the UK, Festimad and Lorca Rock in Spain, and Gods of Metal and Flippaunt Rock in Italy.
Ill Nino released their seventh full-length studio album "Til Death La Familia", on July 22, 2014. They are currently working on their 8th album which will be released in 2019.[ not in citation given ]
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.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 4 members instead assured the band's fans that they have "not departed the band" but were already in legal correspondence regarding Dave Chavarri's management of the band and detriment cause therefore during his tenure. Cristian Machado, Ahrue Luster, Diego Verduzco, and Oscar Santiago then vowed to the fans to continue with on as "Ill Nino".
Ill Niño are described as Latin metal,nu metal, alternative metal and metalcore.
Cristian Machado's Ill Niño
Dave Chavarri's Ill Niño
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Cristian Machado is the vocalist for the nu metal band Ill Niño and was a lead singer for Roadrunner United. He has also played in Headclamp and La Familia, in addition to making numerous guest appearances on albums such as Sepultura's Nation, Soulfly's 3 and 40 Below Summer's The Mourning After.
Confession is the second album released by the American nu metal band Ill Niño. The album debuted at #37 in the Billboard Top 200 with first week sales of 27,863. It has been their most successful album to date. It was the last album to feature Marc Rizzo, who left during recording to join Soulfly, and also the first to feature Ahrue Luster, formerly of Machine Head.
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One Nation Underground is the third album released by Ill Niño – and final studio album released through Roadrunner. The album debuted at No. 101 in the Billboard Top 200 with first week sales of nearly 11,000. Its sales of approximately 210,000 are well down on the near Gold selling Confession. The album features several elements and influences of metalcore, groove metal and even tribal music.This is the band's last album with guitarist Jardel Paisante.
Ahrue Luster is an American metal guitarist. He is the former lead guitarist for the heavy metal band Ill Niño. He is also a former guitarist for Machine Head, as well as Manmade God and a Bay Area thrash metal act called The Horde of Torment who were originally called "Pestilence" but had to change their name because another Pestilence had signed to Roadrunner Records.
Dave Chavarri is the founder, producer, manager, and drummer for the band Ill Niño, and a member of Terror Universal. He is also the former drummer for bands Ill Nino, Soulfly, Pro-Pain, M.O.D., Merauder and Lȧȧz Rockit. Chavarri is the owner of C.I.A Management, whose roster includes Ill Niño, Terror Universal, and others.
Ill Niño EP is a 2000 self-titled EP by Ill Niño. It was produced by Dave Chavarri and distributed by CIA Records.
The Best of Ill Niño is a compilation album released by Roadrunner Records on September 12, 2006. The album features material from the band's first 3 studio albums released with the label. The record was released without Ill Niño's involvement
The Under Cover Sessions is the name of Ill Niño's 5 track EP which was released on November 7, 2006 via Cement Shoes Records. It is their first release on the label, after departing Roadrunner Records in June 2006. This EP was the first to feature Diego Verduzco on guitar, as a stand-in for Jardel Paisante, who hadn't been a part of the group since the spring of 2006. He was said to be dealing with personal family problems. According to guitarist Ahrue Luster, Verduzco is a great guitar player: "He's a very dedicated musician and a huge fan of Ill Niño". Verduzco was also on the photo shoots of Ill Niño for the EP, so many fans saw him as a full-time replacement for Jardel Paisante. Only 20,000 copies of the EP were released. It sold 1,300 copies during its first week of release.
Marc Rizzo is an American musician, best known as the lead guitarist of metal band Soulfly and formerly of Ill Niño. He has featured on eight Soulfly albums to date: Prophecy, Dark Ages, Conquer, Omen, Enslaved, Savages, Archangel, and Ritual. He has also released four solo instrumental albums; Colossal Myopia, The Ultimate Devotion, Legionnaire, and Rotation. Rizzo is also a member of Cavalera Conspiracy, a side project with the co-founders of Sepultura, Max and Igor Cavalera. The band released their debut album Inflikted in 2008, Blunt Force Trauma in 2011 and Pandemonium in 2014. In March 2015, it was announced that Rizzo was playing guitar for Misfits. His only show with the band so far took place at Dutch Comic Con. In June 2016, he joined Dead by Wednesday as a second guitarist.
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Live from the Eye of the Storm is the first DVD released by Ill Niño – and the first released through Roadrunner Records. The DVD consists of footage from a 2004 Pennsylvania show.
Dead New World is the fifth studio album by American nu metal band Ill Niño. The album was released on October 25, 2010, through Victory Records.
Epidemia is the sixth studio album, released by American nu metal band Ill Niño. The album was released on October 22, 2012, through Victory Records. It was also the final album with Precussionist Danny Couto.
The discography of Latin-American heavy metal band Ill Niño consists of seven studio albums, one compilation album, one video album, three extended plays and nineteen singles. The band was founded in New Jersey sometime in 1998.
Till Death, La Familia is the seventh studio album, released by American nu metal band Ill Niño. The album was released on July 22, 2014, through Victory Records.. It is their only album to feature Oscar Santiago who took over percussion duites from Danny Couto who left the band the year before. It is also their last album with singer Cristian Machado and guitarists Ahrue Luster and Diego Verduzco.
Terror Universal is an American heavy metal supergroup, consisting of current and former members of Machine Head, Soulfly, Upon a Burning Body and Ill Nino. Their first single, "Welcome to Hell", comes from their debut EP, Reign of Terror. The EP was released on February 27, 2015, in Australia and New Zealand via 3 Wise/Sony.
"What Comes Around" is a song by American heavy metal band Ill Niño. The song was released as the second single from the group's debut studio album Revolution Revolución. The track is the band's most successful single, peaking on charts in both the US and UK. A Spanish version was recorded and released on the special edition of Revolution Revolución. The song is also included on Roadrunner Records' XXX: Three Decades of Roadrunner box set on disc two.
"Unreal" is a song by American metal band Ill Niño. The song was released as the band's third and final single from their debut album Revolution Revolución.