Band Photo: Ill Nino (?)
From: NJ, United States
Last Known Status: Active
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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.More...
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
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!!!
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...
Read the full article at MetalRage.com.
Ill Nino's upcoming new album "One Nation Underground" has been bumped back to a September 27th release date through Roadrunner.
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
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.
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.
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."
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."
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!"
Tonight I attended the Ill Nino, 40 Below Summer, Trivium and The Autumn Offering concert in Philadelphia, Pa at the Trocadero. More...
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).
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
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.
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.
ILL NINO have reportedly dropped off the remaining dates on the SOULFLY U.S. tour following an altercation between current SOULFLY guitarist Marc Rizzo (ex-ILL NINO) and ILL NINO frontman Cristian Machado after the two bands' joint appearance in Royal Oak, MI this past Sunday (Sept. 5). According to several eyewitness accounts, the fight erupted as a result of onstage remarks made by Machado denouncing bands with "rock star" attitudes — comments which were believed to have been directed at SOULFLY. Rizzo reportedly confronted Machado behind the club's backstage area where the ILL NINO bus was parked and physically attacked the singer until the two were separated. An official statement from Roadrunner Records regarding the matter is expected later today (Sept. 8). One fan's unsubstantiated account of what transpired Sunday night can be found at this location. Cristian's version of the incident (as reported by a friend) can be found here.
Roadrunner Records has revealed the artwork and track listing for the forthcoming Ill Nino DVD, "Live In the Eye of the Storm." Due on November 1, "Live In the Eye of the Storm" (view artwork here) will contain the following cuts:
Live in Pennsylvania while the band was on tour with Godsmack: More...
Soulfly have been confirmed as the headliners of "Window Rock Fest II" on August 14, 2004 in Window Rock, Arizona. Dubbed the largest metal music festival on Native American Soil, the one-day event will feature performances by 34 bands of hardcore, rock, punk, and blues music on three stages, a rave with DJ Abel, A skateboarding and bike competition, and main stage MCed by The Lizardman. Direct support at the festival will come from Ill Nino, with additional performances by Death Angel and Crisis. They will all be supported by 21 of the best Navajo/Native American metal/punk bands around, and some of the best bands from the southwest.
The main stage will be MCed by The Lizardman, described as "one of the most complete sideshow performers in history." In addition to his unique physical transformation, he has mastered an incredible repertoire of unusual acts and skills. He and his stage partner, Scott, combine these skills with extensive and diverse experience in live performance to create one of a kind show for all occasions.
On the main stage will be an exhibition by Fireblood, a team of body modification experts that use the art of suspension, piercing the flesh with hooks and being hoisted up in the air by wires attached to the hooks, in their act. There will also be an amateur skateboarding and bike competition by Tsosie Shindig in the Gorman Hall, which will be turned into the savage skateboarding and bike pavilion.
After the competition is completed and the bands performing on the third stage are finished, then DJ Abel will take over with his own brand of DJing for the rave, which will last until the closing of the event at 2:00 am.
Parts of the proceeds are going to the development of a skateboarding park for the youth of the Navajo Nation, which will be planned for the Window Rock area.
The Soulfly, Crisis and Ill Nino tour kicked off today in Spokane Washington. The rest of the dates are as follows:
8/4 - Spokane, WA - Big Easy Concert House
8/5 - Seattle, WA - Graceland
8/6 - Portland, OR - Crystal Ballroom
8/7 - Sacramento, CA - The Colonial Theatre
8/8 - San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore
8/10 - San Diego, CA - Cane's Bar & Grill
8/11 - W.Hollywood, CA - House Of Blues
8/12 - Anaheim, CA - House of Blues
8/13 - Las Vegas, NV - House of Blues
8/15 - Tempe, AZ - Marquee Theater
8/17 - El Paso, TX - Club Xcape
8/18 - Albuquerque, NM - Sunshine Theatre
8/19 - Moore, OK - Diamond Ballroom
8/20 - Austin, TX - The Backroom
8/21 - Corpus Christi, TX - The Pavilion
8/22 - McAllen, TX - La Villa Real
8/24 - Houston, TX - Meridian
8/25 - Ft. Worth, TX -Ridglea Theatre
8/26 - Springfield, MO - Rockwell
8/27 - Kansas City, MO - Beaumont
8/28 - Sauget, IL - Pop's
8/29 - Urbana, IL - Canopy Club
8/31 - Ft. Wayne, IN - Pieres
9/2 - Minneapolis, MN - Quest Club
9/3 - Milwaukee, WI - The Eagles Club
9/4 - Chicago, IL - House of Blues
9/5 - Royal Oak, MI - Royal Oak Theatre
9/8 - Columbus, OH - Newport Music Hall
9/9 - Cleveland, OH - Peabody's
9/10 - Rochester, NY - Water Street Music Hall
9/11 - New York, NY - Irving Plaza (tba)
9/12 - New York, NY - Irving Plaza
9/12 - Philadelphia, PA -Theatre of the Living Arts
9/15 - Hartford, CT - Webster Theatre
9/16 - Worcester, MA - The Palladium
9/17 - Slayerville, NJ - Starland Ballroom
Crisis' video "Blood Burden" (Low / High) currently getting aiplay on MTV2 "Headbangers Ball" and other regional outlets. You can download an mp3 of the song here. Crisis is also planning to release a DVD on October '04.