"TILL DEATH LA FAMILIA"
ILL NINO is a band from New Jersey that started back in 1998 when Nu Metal music
was at it's peak in mainstream popularity. But this band isn't just a Nu Metal band they
are a fusion of Metalcore, Alternative, and a little Thrash thrown in with a Latin influence.
This band isn't really an underground band, but they are definitely worth a shout out
anyway! Being a huge fan of the underground I still listen to ILL NINO and their
undeniable ability to make great music. The band released their debut full length album in
2001 called "REVOLUTION REVOLUTION" by the heavy hitters ROADRUNNER
RECORDS and then "CONFESSION" in 2003, their most successful album to date,
followed by "ONE NATION UNDERGROUND" which is the third full length in 2005,
after changing record labels from ROADRUNNER to CEMENT SHOES, they drop a
fourth album "ENIGMA" in 2008, for the next album in 2010 they changed their label to
VICTORY RECORDS for "DEAD NEW WORLD". The band released "EPEDEMIA"
in 2012 and their most recent album "TILL DEATH LA FAMILIA" in 2014. Over the
years the band had a number of recognizable special guests recording tracks on their
albums such as Mike Doling guitarist ex-SOULFLY and ex-SNOT ,Chino Moreno vocals
DEFTONES, and Jamey Jasta vocals HATEBREED. ILL NINO also appeared on a few
killer movie soundtracks like FREDDY VS JASON and RESIDENT EVIL. I personally
had the opportunity to see ILL NINO play live, back in summer of 2002 when
OZZFEST landed in Camden, New Jersey they played the second stage and they blew all
the other bands off the stage that day, the pit was insane! It even gave HATEBREED and
MESHUGGAH a run for their money. With the styles and influences of this band they
incorporate all of them together to make them great. They are really heavy on guitar beat
downs on drums. But also have some clean vocals and some Rap Metal too. Something for
everyone! In tune with fans of SPINESHANK, P.O.D. and KILLSWITCH ENGAGE.
- Reviewed by Kevin Cressman