As previously reported, former Ill Niño members Cristian Machado, Ahrue “Luster” Ilustre, and Diego Verduzco have reunited in a new project. Now, Machado has confirmed that they have finished recording their debut album.
Machado told Hablas Rockas the following:
“There’s an entire album done. The album is completely done — 100 percent done. 12 songs finished. They’re not mixed or mastered. We have rough mixes.
We’re all trying not to talk too much about it, just because until we can put out the album, should we really talk too much about it? I don’t know. I will say this… The things that are reasonable to say is the songs are fucking awesome.
As far as me focusing as just a vocalist and not having to be involved mentally in some kind of other way with the instrumentation, as far as me thinking as a vocalist, it’s definitely the best work I’ve ever done. And I have to thank Ahrue and Diego — Diego, who really began this whole thing by writing some songs, putting them together, getting a producer, starting to move the ball. He was, basically, like, ‘I’m gonna start working. I’m gonna start writing songs. I’m gonna start doing this and see where it goes. No pressure. Let’s just make sure we’re all having fun.'”
He continued when asked if the material has a “Latin metal” sound like Ill Niño:
“No, because we’re not tied to that. We wouldn’t wanna do that. It would be dumb to do that, I think. Now, will there be other things that I do that are more like Latin metal? Yeah, there are things, but not with this other thing we’re doing, which is really focused on writing an album where every single song could sound like it was a hit or a single — in a metallic way, obviously.”
He also added the following when asked about release plans:
“We’re probably gonna try to seek some label interest. And, like I said, the songs are really phenomenal, so I think it’s not gonna be hard to do that. But we would like to seek somebody that gets it and that knows how to grow it, how to bring it to the next level. We don’t wanna do things on the level we were at, which, for many years, was a level of struggle, to be honest with the whole world. There was no grace and glamor at the level we were at. The thing that really was the rewarding thing was the fans, the shows. That’s what was the most rewarding.”