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Till Death, La Familia is the newest release from the Latin-infused metal band, Ill Nino. On this, their 7th full-length, I feel the band return to more of their heavier roots; which is a good thing because I wasn’t a great big fan of their last effort, Epidemia. I love it when bands create grooves inspired by percussive world beats and mix it in with crunchy, distorted guitars. Personally, I don’t think many bands accomplish this nearly as well as Ill Nino.

The first thing I noticed when I listened to this disc is that it’s heavy; much heavier I think than Ill Nino’s previous releases. The band’s trademark Latin flair that was so prevalent in past records seems to take a back seat now to the punishing, in-your-face riffs and rhythms. I am not sure this is a good thing (for me) as I sort of dug the interesting mix of metal and Latin Rhythms and sounds; I think it’s what defined the band back in the beginning. I understand the need to progress and grow, but an Ill Nino record without a lot of those elements for me is at the very least a bit surprising.

Ahrue Luster, lead guitarist with Ill Niño took some time out of his busy schedule to speak with me about the band’s newest disc, Dead New World. This is their 5th full length disc and it showcases the band at the top of their game. While the signature Ill Niño sound is present and accounted for, Dead New World seems much tighter and beefier than their previous releases. This is a solid metal album that is sure to satisfy metal heads across the board.