Former Ill Niño members, vocalist Cristian Machado and guitarists Ahrue “Luster” Ilustre and Diego Verduzco, have officially announced their new project Lions At The Gate. The band, which also features bassist Stephen Brewer (Westfield Massacre) and drummer Fern Lemus, will release their first single “Not Even Human” on June 4.
Ilustre told Rock Talks the following about the group:
“I can’t even explain how happy I am with how this came out. It sounds, in my opinion, better than anything that Cristian and I have ever done together, and that includes all the Ill Niño records that we’ve done together.”
He also added the following about the band’s sound:
“It’s a very polished sound, similar to… I don’t wanna say it sounds like ‘Confession‘, but there’s a lot of singing on it, there’s a lot of production. But at the same time, there’s heaviness to it. But the songs are better than anything we’ve written. And the crazy thing was the process of writing ’em was way easier than it has ever been for us. Usually an Ill Niño record would take us three to six months to finish. We finished this record in 20 days, and we believe it sounds better than anything we’ve ever done in the past.”
Ilustre also confirmed that Lions At The Gate’s debut album was produced by Kyle Odell:
“He’s worked with Bad Wolves. I think he may have co-wrote with them. But he has a huge resume, and he’s had, like, five Number One hits last year. And he was amazing to work with. I’ve worked with Ross Robinson, I’ve worked with Johnny K, I’ve worked with Terry Date, as a mixer, and I’ve worked with some other big names in the industry that have all had platinum records, and I’ll say, hands down, Kyle Odell is amazing. I would say, second to [Machine Head’s] ‘The Burning Red’, it was an amazing experience. It was a different way. As far as Ross Robinson was really into the emotion and getting the emotion out of the players and the music, Odell is very musical and he’s really able to help with the songs, and he has a great ear and a great vision.”