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Ill Nino

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

Latest Ill Nino News

Below is our complete Ill Nino news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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Ill Nino Shoots Video For "What You Deserve"

This weekend, Ill Nino is shooting a video in both Brooklyn and New Jersey. The video is for the song "What You Deserve," which comes from the band's upcoming "One Nation Underground" release (in stores September 27).

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New Disturbed Single "Stricken" Available Online

A DISTURBED media player, featuring the group's new single, "Stricken", can be accessed at this location.

"Stricken" is scheduled to go for radio adds around July 25. The song is the first single off the group's upcoming third album, "Ten Thousand Fists", due on September 20 via Reprise. The album features the debut of new bassist John Moyer (ex-THE UNION UNDERGROUND).

As previously reported, Todd McFarlane will be creating the album cover for "Ten Thousand Fists". Aside from creating the wildly popular comic book character Spawn, McFarlane also designed the album cover for KORN 's "Follow the Leader" as well as the video for "Freak on a Leash" and PEARL JAM 's "Do the Evolution".

DISTURBED recently made a song called "Guarded" from their upcoming third album available online at both the iTunes store and myspace.com/disturbedofficial. DISTURBED frontman David Draiman told Launch that "Guarded" was released to give fans a taste of the band's new effort. "'Guarded' was put out there to just whet everybody's appetite. It's one of the more aggressive tracks on the record, just to remind everybody where we came from and who we are. Kind of give back to the core a little bit. It's a song that reflects what choosing this life forces certain people to do in a certain way — you have to remain guarded on a certain level."

The album's title track has been tapped to appear in the next NFL Madden video game.

DISTURBED will begin a six-week North American tour with ILL NINO and 10 YEARS in early August. The band will also headline the Jagermeister Music Tour in November, followed by the Music As A Weapon III trek in 2006.

DISTURBED 's debut album, "The Sickness" (2000) has sold 3.4 million copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

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Ill Nino Post Song & Album Art Online

A brand-new ILL NINO track, entitled "This Is War", is available for download from Roadrun.com.

"This Is War" comes off the group's new album, "One Nation Underground", due on September 27 via Roadrunner Records.

The follow-up to 2003's "Confessions", "One Nation Underground" (view cover here) was produced by Scrap 60 (ANTHRAX, ILL NINO, CRADLE OF FILTH, BLEEDING THROUGH). The track listing for the CD is as follows:

01. This Is War
02. My Resurrection
03. What You Deserve
04. La Liberacion Of Our Awakening
05. Turns To Gray
06. All I Ask For
07. De La Vida
08. Corazon Of Mine
09. Everything Beautiful
10. In This Moment
11. My Pleasant Torture
12. Violent Saint
13. Red Rain

The album's first single, "What You Deserve", is expected to go for radio adds around August 29.

ILL NINO will be supporting DISTURBED on a six-week North American tour beginning on August 3 in Ventura, California.

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Ill Nino Finalize New CD

Ill Nino have announced the track listing for their new album "One Nation Underground", here's how it's set to look:

01 - "This Is War"
02 - "My Resurrection"
03 - "What You Deserve"
04 - "La Liberacion Of Our Awakening"
05 - "Turns To Gray"
06 - "All I Ask For"
07 - "De La Vida"
08 - "Corazon Of Mine"
09 - "Everything Beautiful"
10 - "In This Moment"
11 - "My Pleasant Torture"
12 - "Violent Saint"
13 - "Red Rain"

The effort is slated for a September 27th release date through Roadrunner

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Soulfly Guitarist Slams Ill Nino

Former Ill Niño and current Soulfly guitarist Marc Rizzo has hit back at Ill Niño over his assertion that the band use backing tapes during their live performances and that he gave the group's lead singer, Cristian Machado, a "beatdown" after Machado allegedly "talked shit" about Rizzo's current band, Soulfly, from the stage while on tour as the support act for Soulfly. Rizzo's latest missive reads as follows:

So once again Ill Niño is lying and manipulating the truth to make themselves look like the good guys in front of their fans.

Since I left the band, there has been nothing but lies said about me in interviews.

When I first quit, I left on what I had considered good terms. I was happy to be out of the band and had no interest in bad-mouthing anyone in interviews. The truth is I even wrote songs on 'Confessions' — this after I had all ready quit the band. I'd work twelve- to fifteen-hour days recording that record and then go to another studio to work on my instrumental record. The point is, I had no bad feelings and was asked by Roadrunner Records and producer Bob Marlette (producer of 'Confessions') to help the band out and record. While I was there, no one had a bad thing to say to my face. Why would anyone? I'm there recording their record? This is where all the cowardly shit-talking truly started.
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10 Years And Ill Nino To Support Disturbed

Starting August 3rd, 10 Years will be switching over from their current outing with Static-X in order to support Disturbed on their North American tour. Ill Nino will also be playing. 10 Years will release their new album entitled "The Autumn Effect" on August 16th. The dates with Disturbed are as follows:

08/03 - Ventura, CA - Ventura Theatre
08/04 - Bakersfield, CA - Montgomery World Plaza
08/06 - West Hollywood, CA - The Roxy
08/07 - Fresno, CA - Rainbow Ballroom
08/08 - Sacramento, CA - Sacramento Convention Center
08/14 - Colorodo Springs, CO - City Auditorium
08/15 - Albuquerque, NM - Albuquerque Convention Center
08/17 - Corpus Christi, TX - Concrete Street Amphitheatre
08/19 - Amarillo, TX - Aztex Music Hall
08/20 - Oklahoma City, OK - Farmers Market
08/21 - Tulsa, OK - Cains Ballroom
08/23 - Wichita, KS - The Cotillion
08/24 - Springfield, MO - Oasis Inn and Convention Center
08/26 - Omaha, NE - Sokol Hall
08/27 - Fargo, ND - Fargo Civic Memorial Auditorium
08/28 - Sioux Falls, SD - Ramkota Exhibit Hall
08/30 - Des Moines, IA - Val Air Ballroom
08/31 - Milwaukee, WI - Eagles Ballroom
09/02 - Springfield, IL - The Warehouse
09/03 - Cedar Rapids, IA - Hawkeye Downs Speedway
09/05 - Toronto, ONT - Kool Haus
09/06 - London, ONT - John LaBatt Centre
09/12 - Scranton, PA - Scranton Cultural Center
09/13 - Niagara Falls, NY - Dome Theatre
09/16 - Poughkeepsie, NY - Mid-Hudson Civic Center
09/17 - Hampton Beach, NH - Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom

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Ill Nino Responds To Rizzo's Allegations

Ill Nino has responded to Marc Rizzo and his comments about playing to a tape:

We'll say this ONCE! This is very immature of Marc Rizzo, but this one time we can't help but lower ourselves to his standards. Let's set the record straight as to why Marc Rizzo left Ill Niño. This will better explain his bitterness and jealousy towards the band he wishes he was still in......

Rizzo, with his wanna be tough boy attitude and his big mouth, thought he was going to change the face of music with a new band he then called Core-tez, but failed miserably. His attempt to recreate Ill Niño came up short, and sounded more like an Ill Niño cover band. Rizzo couldn't even strike an indie deal, and this left him even more frustrated. This left him with no choice but to join Soulfly as a hired punk, who only receives a menial paycheck and nothing else. If Rizzo feels that strongly about being a real hater, then he should stop cashing in his Ill Niño royalty checks...but I guess he needs Ill Niño's money. As for Ill Niño playing to tape, we run sample tracks live because we have samples and keyboards on our albums. Many bands run samples live, Rob Zombie, Static X, Fear Factory, Linkin Park, and Ozzy, all run samples live, just to name a few. For a band he claims is "fake", we're doing better after Rizzo's departure. Ill Niño's "Confession" has sold over 400,000 copies worldwide, outselling our debut "Revolution..Revolucion" which sold 320,000 worldwide. As for Rizzo claiming that he put a beating on Cristian, someone should wake him the fuck up and tell him the truth. Rizzo got knocked around so much he must have experienced a loss of memory. You got lumped the fuck up kid. Let's not forget that the blood pouring from his face was not Cristian's...it was from Rizzo's bloody lip and cut up eye. No one in Ill Niño talked negatively about Soulfly or its members, but he had to start this shit once again. If you talk shit about Niño, you talk about all 6 members, not just one. Don't forget where you came from, or what got you where you are now, stop crying already!!!

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Soulfly Guitarist: Ill Nino Play To A Tape

Metalrage.com recently conducted an interview with SOULFLY/ex-ILL NINO guitarist Marc Rizzo. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow:

Metalrage.com: There's been this quote going around that Max Cavalera has labeled the new album "a calm and peacefull album." Explain to me what a calm SOULFLY album sounds like.

Marc Rizzo: "You know what?! There's no way that could be true. Because this record, is the heaviest SOULFLY record so far. It's a mix of SOULFLY, and old-style SEPULTURA that Max was doing back on 'Arise' and 'Beneath the Remains'. It's almost like a thrash record, you know. The real SOULFLY elements are still there, but there's a lot of new songs that are fast-paced, a lot of guitar solos, it's got fast thrash-type rhythms. So I'm pretty sure he didn't say that. Maybe lyrically, but musically it's fucking heavy. It's the best SOULFLY record yet. It's got everything I like in heavy music. A lot of awesome drumming, a lot of double-bass. Lots of fast tempos, Max's vocals are really heavy.. I think it's awesome, it's right where 'Prophecy' left off, with a step further to the heavier side. Totally. It's a brutal record, people are going to be shocked when they hear it." More...

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Ill Nino Cd Date Pushed Back Further

Ill Nino's upcoming new album "One Nation Underground" has been bumped back to a September 27th release date through Roadrunner.

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Ill Nino Mixing Upcoming Album

Ill Nino's upcoming release, "One Nation Underground...", is currently being mixed in the great state of New Jersey. For more detail, frontman Cristain Machado checks in with the following:

WOW. What a week of chaos (mixing, mastering, last minute touch ups, 420). The good news is that the new ILL NINO record is almost complete. As I type, Dan Korneff is giving his final yet magical touches to the last two songs remaining. Dave (Chavarri), Eddie (Wohl), Dan (Korneff), and I have literally been working 15 hour days to make sure this record is the most intense and conceptual NINO release to date. Overall, we have been having a great time. Making a record is still a lot of hard work but nevertheless, we all find the time to throw a good mother joke here and there. Humiliating each other to pass the time seems to be the popular thing to do nowadays. Your mother's so fat...she...

There is no doubt in my mind that all of the ILL fans out there are going to be very proud of this record. The entire band is very psyched about how fucking killer the music and lyrics are turning out. All of the Roadrunner Records staff has been giving us nothin' but love and are doing an amazing job. Not only have they encouraged complete creative expansion, but they also agreed on having Scrap 60 (Anthrax, Ill Nino, Cradle of Filth, Bleeding Through) produce the band. They were involved in the making of our first release, Revolution.Revolucion. and understood the band like no one else ever has. Bottom line, on this record we fucking exploded. We didn't give a fuck about anything other than being what ILL NINO should be: Brutal, intense, cultured, obscure, and slightly demented. I won't waste your time trying to explain the overall concept of the record. The music will speak for itself. After all, that's all that really matters.

In other news, drummer Dave Chavarri joins guitarist Ahrue in the band as being the only two members without dreds. "Yes, I've cut my dreds," tells Chavarri. "Everyone's been sending me e-mails, asking if I've cut my dreds. Well after almost 7 years of dreds, I felt I needed a change, and it was time to cut them off."

Ill Nino's "One Nation Underground..." coming late September

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Jamey Jasta To Appear On New Ill Nino Album

Hatebreed frontman Jamey Jasta will be making a guest appearance on Ill Nino's upcoming as-yet untitled new album, more on that can be found here. The effort is presently eyeing an August 30th release date via Roadrunner with a July US run expected to precede it.

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Ill Nino Putting Finishing Touches On New Album

Ill Niño are putting the finishing touches on their still-untitled third album. The disc will be released August 30 and is being co-produced by guitarist Dave Chivarri with Eddie Wohl. "This is the most progressive and in-depth record we've ever made," said singer Christian Machado. "We experimented with a lot of African percussion and chants while making the riffs a lot more intricate." The band's last disc, Confession, came out in 2003.

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Ill Nino "New Songs Are A Shitload Heavier"

ILL NINO has posted the following redundant message on their official website:

"Well where do we begin? Drums are all recorded, Electric guitars are done, and we're in the middle of recording the Bass, Percussion, Acoustic guitars, and Samples. We know people are gonna trip when they hear the new shit, we promise the new songs are a shitload heavier than anything we've ever done, pure Latino Metal. As soon as we can, we'll put an MP3 of a new song for everyone to check out, also check out the photo gallery this weekend, as we're posting pictures of the band recording the new CD, Peace."

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Ill Nino Post Update From The Studio

ILL NINO have posted the following message on their official web site:

"We've been in the studio for the last 35 days, freezing our balls off, writing some heavy fuckin' shit, jamming all day, eating rice and beans and busting each other's balls. The new music is coming out sweeter than your sister's ass, everything we want the new CD to be, percussive, brutally heavy, Latin, and very melodic, all you guys will be very pleased. We'll start the recording process our new CD the third week of February. Also keep your eyes on the tour date section, as we're playing, two very exclusive dates in the tri-state area early March. See you all soon."

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Ill Nino Drummer: New CD Will Be 'Much Heavier'

ILL NINO drummer Dave Chavarri has posted the following message on the band's official web site:

"After 23 months of touring in support of 'Revolution', and 16 months touring in support of 'Confession', we wanna say THANK YOU! to all our fans & friends from the bottom of our hearts, without you guys there would be no ILL NINO. We're home now writing new music for our third CD, which is sounding fucking brutal, and will be much heavier than our past two efforts. We start recording our third CD in February 2005, and is to be released in the summer of 2005!"

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Ill Nino, 40 Below Summer, Trivium Show Report

Tonight I attended the Ill Nino, 40 Below Summer, Trivium and The Autumn Offering concert in Philadelphia, Pa at the Trocadero. More...

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HBB To Play Ill Nino's "Cleansing" This Saturday

In the mood to check out a new Ill Nino video? Haven't picked up the band's debut DVD? Make sure to check out MTV2's Headbangers Ball this coming Saturday night (12/18) - not only will the band be on the show, but they will also be playing a new Ill Nino video, "Cleansing" (as taken from their Live From The Eye Of The Storm DVD).

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Ill Nino and Trivium December Gigs

The leaders of Latin metal, Ill Nino, will be heading out for a few dates with label mates and rising stars, Trivium. Both bands are taking time from working on their latest records to play these shows. Other bands confirmed for these shows are 40 Below Summer and The Autumn Offering.

Ill Nino have had a great deal of success from their singles "How Can I Live?" and "This Time’s For Real," off their last release, Confession. Orlando’s Trivium have become the band to watch in 2005. With the March 1 release of their new album, Ascendancy, Trivium hope to inspire metal fans with their brand of music that will keep old-school and new-school fans happy.

The upcoming gigs are as follows:

12/17 - The Trocadero - Philadelphia, PA
12/18 - Webster Theater - Hartford, CT
12/19 - NorVa - Norfolk, VA
12/20 - Jaxx - Springfield, VA

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Chimaira, Ill Nino, Soulfly, Slipknot DVD Ecard

Spanning the spectrum of complete-and-in-stores and it's-in-the-works, Roadrunner Records have an ecard especially made for their current and upcoming DVDs. Chimaira, Ill Nino, Soulfly, Slipknot. Check it out here.

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Korn, Deftones, Ministry To Play Mexico City

According to Ocesa.com.mx, KORN, DEFTONES, MINISTRY, ILL NINO, SPARTA and PUYA will be teaming up for a special concert in Mexico City on December 12. More information is available at this location.

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