Fire From The Gods, Ill Niño, And Hyro The Hero Announce January Livestream Concert

Fire From The Gods, Ill Niño, and Hyro The Hero have booked a livestream concert together. The virtual event will take place on January 30 at 5:00pm PST / 8:00pm EST. Ill Niño commented:

“Join Ill Niño Along with extended familia Fire From the Gods and Hyro The Hero have announced the “American Revolución” virtual concert which airs on January 30, 2021. Tickets available now at: The “American Revolución” livestream, will premiere Ill Niño’s stomping current 2020 lineup (Marcos Leal, Dave Chavarri, Laz Pina, Daniel Couto, Jes DeHoyos, Sal Dominguez), and reunite 2001’s original Revolution line-up, featuring lead guitarist Marc Rizzo (Soulfly), rhythm guitarist Jardel Paisante and percussionist Roger Vasquez and will mark the first time in 18 years that they have performed together, and will be performing songs from their renowned debut, Revolution….Revolución which celebrates its 20th year in 2021.”

Ill Niño Premiere Video For New Song “Máscara” Featuring Fire From The Gods’ AJ Channer

Ill Niño have premiered a new song titled “Máscara.” This track features Fire From The Gods’ AJ Channer and an official video for it can be found below:

Ill Niño vocalist Marcos Leal commented:

“I’m very stoked to introduce ‘Máscara’ as a great addition to the Ill Niño legacy, and a highlight of my vocal career. I’m honored to have collaborated with our very good friend and one of my favorite vocalists in the game, AJ Channer, of Fire From The Gods. As someone who’s grown up as a fan of Ill Niño, and as a musician inspired by the band, I take pride and honor in crafting the vocals for the next generation. It’s something fans new and old will appreciate, and I look forward to throwing some chingasos in the pit with our Niño Familia in 2021!”

Channer added:

“Ill Niño is a band that will leave a strong lasting legacy on heavy music. Some of my earliest show experiences were Ill Niño shows. To be able to lend my voice to one of their songs includes me in that legacy. I was more than honored to sing on ‘Máscara.’”

With this news, the band have also confirmed that they are planning to release a new album titled “IllMortals” in 2021. In addition to Channer, that effort will also feature guest appearances from Sonny Sandoval (P.O.D.), Benji Webbe (Skindred), and Max Georgiev (Falling In Reverse).

Former Ill Niño Finish Recording Debut Album For Their New Project

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.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Former Ill Niño Members Working On New Project

It looks like former Ill Niño members Cristian Machado, Ahrue “Luster” Ilustre, and Diego Verduzco are working on a new project together. Machado confirmed the news during a recent appearance on the “Aftershocks” podcast.

Machado said the following:

“We absolutely are [working on new music]. I haven’t talked about it at all [publicly], and it’s something that we’re not really in a rush to prove anything to anybody, but we do have almost a half an album finished. It is phenomenal. The songs are phenomenal.”

“We are trying to write a metal album, clearly, but that is full of hit singles. It’s a challenging thing to do, but we’ll take our time, if that’s what it takes. But we’re working on things. And Ahrue and Diego, the material they presented me is fucking next level. It’s not this extreme metal thing, but the songs are phenomenal — really, really catchy. Really strong material. Some of the best music that I’ve been thrown at to sing on in… I can’t remember since when. And we’re working with a fucking amazing producer.”

He also added:

“[We don’t have] a record company [in place yet], but there are music industry friends who are interested in growing this with us. We don’t have a contract with anyone yet or anything like that. We’re not in a rush. We definitely wanna be able to come out with guns blazing. If we’re gonna do the metal thing, we want the songs to be right.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Cristian Machado (Ex-Ill Niño) Premieres “Die Alone” Video

Cristian Machado (ex-Ill Niño) has premiered a new video for his song “Die Alone.” This track is from his new solo album “Hollywood Y Sycamore,” which will be released on September 25. Machado commented:

“Every video I’ve been in before, I’m headbanging and jumping around like a maniac. ‘Die Alone‘ is unlike any video I’ve ever made. It features me as a songwriter and musician, it includes some very close friends, and it’s a dance of emotions. It’s likely a different side of me some may be surprised existed all along.”

Cristian Machado (Ex-Ill Niño) Premieres New Song “Die Alone”

Cristian Machado (ex-Ill Niño) has premiered a new song titled “Die Alone.” This track is from his new solo album “Hollywood Y Sycamore,” which will be released on September 25. Machado commented:

“‘Die Alone‘ is a song of hope for anyone faced with unimaginable challenges. Out of all suffering can evolve monolithic personal growth, and I seek comfort in that. If we let go of the painful past, we don’t become the suffering. Shedding skin is sometimes the hardest part but it is why we’re here — to love, to hurt, to feel, to adapt, and, most importantly, to evolve and not make the same mistakes we made in the past.”


Ill Niño Finishing Up New Songs

Ill Niño are currently finishing up three new songs that they are planning to release in the near future. The band revealed the news on Facebook:

“What’s up familia, we hope you’re all staying safe, during this crazy Pandemic. Hats off and thank you yo all the healthcare workers, selflessly taking care of us. ILL NIÑO is hard at work putting finishing touches on 3 new songs, that we will be putting out in the next couple of weeks. Details on that to come. Stay safe.”

Cristian Machado (Ex-Ill Niño) To Release New Solo Album “Hollywood Y Sycamore”

Cristian Machado will be releasing a new solo album titled “Hollywood Y Sycamore” this fall. This news follows the singer’s official departure from Ill Niño.

Machado commented:

“Hello friends! I’m announcing my official departure from ill niño. We’ve reached a fair settlement and I want to wish the band luck on their new journey. The music I wrote for the band will always exist in my heart and hopefully in yours.

In other news, my acoustic album is done and shines a very bright light on the future. The first single “Die Alone” will be out late summer, it may be one of the best ones I’ve ever written. The album ‘Hollywood Y Sycamore’ will be out late fall 2020 on Chesky Records known for their work with Macy Gray, McCoy Tyner, Ron Carter, and more.

I want to thank those who through this ordeal have offered me guidance and given me faith. Thank you familia for having me be your comandante for over 20 years, it’s now time for this little plane to fly ✈️✈️✈️✈️”

Ill Niño Premiere “Sangre” Video

Ill Niño have premiered a new video for their song “Sangre.” You can check that out below. This news comes after drummer Dave Chavarri and bassist Laz Pina were recently cleared to continue under the Ill Niño name. The rest of the band’s current lineup includes: vocalist Marcos Leal (Shattered Sun), percussionist Daniel Couto, rhythm guitarist Sal Dominguez (ex-Upon A Burning Body), and lead guitarist Jes Dehoyos (Sons Of Texas).

Ill Niño Members Reach Agreement In Their Trademark Dispute

It looks like the legal battle over the rights to Ill Niño’s trademarks has officially come to end. Dave Chavarri and Lazaro Pina previously tried to launch a new incarnation of the group before being challenged by Cristian Machado, Ahrue Luster, and Diego Verduzco. However, it now appears that an amicable agreement has been reached. The following statement was issued:

“Hello Everyone, Ahrue, Christian, Dave, Diego, and Laz announce that they have reached a mutual, amicable, & binding agreement. Original members Dave Chavarri and Laz Pina are excited to continue with ILL NIÑO. Original member Cristian Machado, along with Diego Verduzco, and Ahrue Ilustre look forward to their next projects. No party has admitted fault and there has been no court judgment on the merits. The parties entered into a confidential settlement agreement. Thank you”