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Ill Nino

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Formed: 1998
From: NJ, United States
Last Known Status: Active

Ill Nino Interviews and Features

Below are our features and interviews with Ill Nino.


Ill Niño Vocalist Talks New Album "Epidemia"

Over a decade-plus career, New Jersey six-piece Ill Niño has achieved an impressive but underappreciated feat: escaped the Great Nu-Metal Collapse of 2003 relatively unscathed, and plowed ahead with a string of albums that explored, one by one, every corner of the band’s musical and cultural identity. Following a split with Roadrunner Records and a humble stint on the short-lived indie label Cement Shoes, Ill Niño released the fiery “Dead New World” in 2010 through Victory Records. The album encapsulated all the band’s prior adventures – groove, alternative, thrash, metalcore, and progressive – while replanting its signature Latin and tribal roots.

Brazilian-born vocalist and lyricist Cristian Machado spent his early childhood in Venezuela before moving to New Jersey as an adolescent, and so takes a broad, inclusive cultural view of heavy music – and questions the ways in which the genre and its subgenres are typically understood. This thirst for identity has never been more apparent than on “Epidemia,” Ill Niño’s newly released sixth album and next step in its partnership with Victory.

I recently seized the opportunity to phone Cristian on a day off from touring. I explored his thoughts on “Epidemia” and Ill Niño at large, his various outlooks on music, artistry, life, and much more – leaving no stone unturned. More...

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Heavy Metal Black Friday 2012 Deals Revealed

As Thanksgiving approaches many record labels, bands, and music retailers are already starting up their Black Friday/Cyber Monday deals. Below we have listed those that are available now, and this article will be updated throughout the week as more sales come in, so check back often!

In honor of cyber Monday (but actually available now), PROSTHETIC RECORDS is offering a variety of t-shirts and albums for $5 - $10 from the likes of Beneath the Massacre, All That Remains, Batillus and more. Check out the full list of titles right here. Starting on Friday, November 23rd the Prosthetic Records webstore will also be offering 10% off everything with the code "BF2012."

ROXX RECORDS has an "unblack" sale starting on Thursday with a variety of albums for $4 using code "UNBLACK2013" at the Roxx Productions website here.

Music from Flyleaf, KISS, and various other rock acts will be on sale for $7.99 via THE BLACK FRIDAY FRENZY starting November 23rd.

FACEDOWN RECORDS has already started a full Thanksgiving week sale, with special offers on various albums and merch ranging in price from $1 - $6.99. Check out all the sales at this location, which includes music from War of Ages, Sleeping Giant, and more.

AMAZON.COM is already running online Black Friday sales on hard rock and metal, which rotate on a daily basis. You can check out the full list right here, which currently includes Ill Nino, Queen, Meshuggah, and more.

THE OMEGA ORDER has a variety of albums in differing formats on sale with prices ranging from $2.49 - $9.99 from bands such as Agalloch, Anathema, The 69 Eyes, Immortal, Hortus Animae, and many more. Check out the full listing of albums on sale over here. More...

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Ill Nino Bassist Laz Pina Interviewed

Metal music mixed in with a little bit of Spanglish, it's a band we call Ill Nino. Their Latino metal style has gotten them noticed around the world along with their amazing live performances. I had the chance to talk with Laz Pina, bassist of Ill Nino; as he told me about his background, about the band, and their new and upcoming album Enigma due out in January of 2008. More...

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