Jan. 15, 2004

Ill Nino Set to Open for Sevendust

By Randy J. Klodz

Ill Nino, a sextet hailing from New Jersey, will be displaying Latin-infused hard rock at its finest when the band opens for heavy rockers Sevendust for a show slated to hit Chicago’s House of Blues on Jan. 21.

Ill Nino--which includes Cristian Machado on vocals, Jardel Paisante and Ahrue Luster on guitars, Laz Pina on bass, Dave Chavarri on drums and Danny Couto on percussion--first made waves within the rock community by touring relentlessly, most notably with P.O.D. and Static-X. The band also took part in second-stage duties for the duration of OZZfest 2002.

The band’s debut, released in September of 2001, “Revolution Revolución,” caught many rock fans off-guard with the band’s unique blend that displays bruising lyrics that often deviate from English to Spanish from one stanza to the next, heavy guitars and groovy percussion. But the heavy touring and matchless sound paid off --reports indicate that Ill Nino’s debut album sold in excess of 350,000 units worldwide.

Ill Nino is currently touring behind “Confession,” the band’s most recent release, which hit stores last fall. The buzz surrounding this release spawned the use of “How Can I Live,” the second track on “Confession,” to be one of the hit songs added to the “Freddy vs. Jason” movie soundtrack. The song’s chorus: “All that lies in me / All that dies in me / How can I live without you?,” complements “Confession,” as well as follows the plot within “Freddy vs. Jason.” To name a few, the soundtrack also featured songs by such popular bands as Slipknot, Powerman 5000 and Hatebreed.

The disc’s opener “Te Amo…I Hate You,” starts the album off to a raucously head-nodding start. “Cleansing,” an all-out heavy rocker features the lyrics: “Stay away / I never want to see your face / Forget my name / There's nothing you can do or say / Stay away.” Odds are good that with a listen to “Confession,” more fans across the world will find it hard to “stay away” from Ill Nino.

House of Blues is at 329 N. Dearborn St. Tickets for this all-ages show are listed for $23.50 each, with a start time scheduled for 6:15 p.m. For more information on Ill Nino log on to www.illnino.com.
Ill Nino Photo: Myriam Santos-Kayda