Well-known as the mad-long-dreadlock-wearing lead singer of Latin metal band, Ill Niño, Cristian Machado has lifted the veil on…
Cristian Machado, vocalist for the Victory Records metal band Ill Nino, shared this cool Tales of Touring Terror story with us. Some fans will just do anything….
During a recent tour stop in Richmond, Virginia, we caught up with Cristian Machado, vocalist for the Latin Metal Band, Ill Nino and put him through a funny game of METAL or NOT?. Check it out!
Cris Machado, lead vocalist for the undisputed kings of modern Latin metal, Ill Nino, shares a nearly-disastrous drum-related fail that would have been a show-stopper!
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.
Back and better than ever, Ill Nino have returned with their third album on Victory Records, Till Death, La Familia. Set for release on July 22nd, Till Death, La Familia is an 11-track collection of Ill Nino’s most daring, Latin-infused heavy metal songs to date.
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.