Ill Niño

Ill Niño

Alternative Rock / Modern Rock band from New Jersey founded in 1998. The band has sold over 3.3 million units worldwide; they have released 6 studio albums and 10 music videos.

Ill Niño was founded in 1998 by drummer Dave Chavarri and released a 4 song demo that year with Jorge Rosado (formerly of Merauder) on vocals and Cristian Machado playing bass. The next year, they parted ways with Rosado, and started looking for a new vocalist, but ultimately decided that the best decision was for Machado to step up to vocals. El Niño then changed their name to Ill Niño, released an EP in 2000, and signed with Roadrunner Records shortly thereafter.

Ill Niño released their debut album, Revolution Revolución, on September 18, 2001. In support of the album's release, the band was part of the Ozzfest and Jägermeister tours in 2002. The album's single, "What Comes Around," received significant airplay on MTV2 and on the Active Rock charts. In early 2003, right before Ill Niño was set to record the follow-up to Revolution Revolución, Ill Niño parted ways with guitarist Marc Rizzo and percussionist Roger Vasquez. Rizzo stayed aboard long enough to record some of the guitars for the new album, and then the band hired percussionist Danny Couto to replace Roger Vasquez. Shortly before the release of Confession, the band also hired Ahrue Luster, formerly of Machine Head, to fill the vacant guitar spot.

In 2002, the band's vocalist Cristian Machado performed on Soulfly's song 'One', off the band's third album 3, sharing lead vocal duties with Max Cavalera.

Confession, was released on September 30, 2003. The album debuted at No. 37 on the Billboard 200 charts. The lead single, "How Can I Live," featured on the Freddy vs. Jason soundtrack, and was subsequently their first single to break into the Billboard charts, peaking at No. 26 on the mainstream rock charts. The album had sold more than 110,000 copies in the US within its first five months of release.

The band's third effort, One Nation Underground, was released on September 27, 2005. The album debuted at No. 101 on the Billboard 200 charts, and struggled to sell as well as its predecessor Confession. The band announced they had parted ways with Roadrunner Records on July 15, 2006.

Nine days later, it was announced that Ill Niño had signed new deal with the recently formed Cement Shoes Records. Drummer Dave Chavarri stated that their split from Roadrunner was "amicable" but felt that they weren't getting the proper attention and support from Roadrunner they had received on their past two releases. Somewhere in this time period, for reasons unknown, the band parted ways with guitarist Jardel Paisante, and replaced him with Diego Verduzco.

Roadrunner Records released The Best of Ill Niño on September 29, 2006. The album features 13 tracks from their three Roadrunner releases. However, it was only issued in the US.

As a lead-up to their Cement Shoes debut, the band released the five-track EP The Under Cover Sessions on November 7, 2006. Three cover versions were recorded, which included Faith No More's "Zombie Eaters," Nirvana's "Territorial Pissings," and Peter Gabriel's "Red Rain." Two new tracks, "Arrastra" and "Reservation for Two," were also included. 1,300 copies were sold in its first week of release.

The band's fourth full-length album, Enigma, was due for release on October 9, 2007, but was pushed back several times, eventually being released on March 11, 2008.

Ill Niño toured Europe and the Americas in support of Enigma and in January 2009 parted ways with Cement Shoes Records. During the band's downtime, several members have established production companies to support younger artists. Dave Chavarri oversees his management company, CIA Management, while producing records for signed bands Exilia, and May The Silence Fail.

Cristian Machado and Laz Pina have worked with numerous artists/bands including ARTWORK, Iratetion, K-9 Militia, Davola, and Convictos in their New Jersey production studio, Sound Wars Studios. Ahrue Luster produces artists with his Colorado-based production company, Illustrious Productions. Meanwhile, Guitarist Diego Verduzco opened his own tattoo shop in California called Artifact Tattoo.

In March 2010, the band announced that they had inked a deal with Victory Records, would be in the studio in April, and that the album would be produced by Dave Chavarri, Cristian Machado, Laz Pina, and Ahrue Luster. Co-Production would come from Sahaj Ticotin (RA) and Clint Lowery of Sevendust. On June 2, 2010, Ill Niño released a brand new track, "Scarred (My Prison)", from their Dead New World album.

Dead New World was released on October 25, 2010. The band toured Australia in February and March, 2011 as part of the Soundwave Festival.

In February 2012 Ill Niño announced that they are preparing to enter the studio to begin laying down its sixth full-length album for a summer release via Victory Records. The recording sessions will begin next month in Hoboken, New Jersey; Austin, Texas; and Denver, Colorado.

Ill Niño frontman Cristian Machado commented: "It's 2012 and we're all still alive. It's time to redefine Latin metal."

Ill Niño drummer/founder Dave Chavarri added: "This time around, we want to explore Latin and tribal rhythms we have never explored in the past five releases, giving us no musical boundaries at all."

Ill Nino's 6th full-length studio album, "Epidemia", is slated for an October 22nd release on Victory Records. Upon unveiling the album artwork, a YouTube clip was posted, previewing a new song, titled "The Depression" off the new CD.
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Ill Niño Discography


MASS 0859 Ill Niño Revolution Revolución (Album) Roadrunner Records MASS 0859 Poland 2001 Sell This Version
RRCY-21196 Ill Niño Confession (Album) Roadrunner Records RRCY-21196 Japan 2003 Sell This Version
3024-2 Ill Niño One Nation Underground (Album) Roadrunner Records 3024-2 Argentina 2005 Sell This Version
RRCY-29169 Ill Niño Enigma (Album) Cement Shoes Records RRCY-29169 Japan 2008 Sell This Version
AFM 315-9 Ill Niño Dead New World (Album) AFM Records AFM 315-9 Europe 2010 Sell This Version
FO938CD Ill Niño Epidemia (Album) AFM Records FO938CD Russia 2012 Sell This Version
VR714 Ill Niño Till Death, La Familia(CD, Album) Victory Records VR714 US 2014 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

none Ill Niño Ill Niño(CD, EP) C.I.A. Recordings none US 2000 Sell This Version
RR PROMO 631 Ill Niño What Comes Around (Single) Roadrunner Records RR PROMO 631 Netherlands 2001 Sell This Version
Rr Promo 595 Ill Niño God Save Us(CD, Single, Ltd, Promo) Roadrunner Records Rr Promo 595 US 2001 Sell This Version
99 204262 Ill Niño God Save Us(CD, Single, Promo) Roadrunner Records 99 204262 Netherlands 2001 Sell This Version
RR PROMO 666 Ill Niño Unreal (Single) Roadrunner Records RR PROMO 666 UK 2001 Sell This Version
RR PROMO 734 Ill Niño How Can I Live (Single) Roadrunner Records RR PROMO 734 Europe 2003 Sell This Version
RR 3996-3 Ill Niño This Time's For Real(CD, Single, Enh) Roadrunner Records RR 3996-3 Europe 2004 Sell This Version
RDRR 10133-2 Ill Niño What You Deserve (Single, Maxi) Roadrunner Records RDRR 10133-2 Europe 2005 Sell This Version
2006 Ill Niño All I Ask For(CD, Single, Promo) Roadrunner Records 2006 UK 2006 Sell This Version
CSR-1003 Ill Niño The Undercover Sessions(CD, EP) Cement Shoes Records CSR-1003 US 2006 Sell This Version
none Ill Niño March Against Me / The Alibi Of Tyrants(CD, Single, Promo) Cement Shoes Records none Europe 2008 Sell This Version


none Slipknot, Ill Niño Slipknot, Ill Niño - Ill Nino / Slipknot(CD, Comp, Promo, Dig) Sum Records (2) none Mexico 2003 Sell This Version
RR 8261-2 Ill Niño The Best Of Ill Niño (Comp) Roadrunner Records RR 8261-2 US 2006 Sell This Version


168 610 954-9 Ill Niño Live From The Eye Of The Storm Roadrunner Records 168 610 954-9 US 2004 Sell This Version


2000 Ill Niño Demos 2000(Acetate, Promo, TP) Roadrunner Records 2000 US 2000 Sell This Version
none Ill Niño Revolution Revolución (Instrumental Mixes)(CDr, Promo) EMI MusicResources none US 2001 Sell This Version
RR PROMO 744 Ill Niño Confession - 3 Track Radio Sampler(CD, Smplr) Roadrunner Records RR PROMO 744 UK 2003 Sell This Version
RR PROMO 733 Ill Niño / Spineshank / Chimaira Ill Niño / Spineshank / Chimaira - Roadrunner Roadrage(CD, Promo) Roadrunner Records RR PROMO 733 Netherlands 2003 Sell This Version