Ill Nino
Epidemia


4.0
excellent

Review

by Robert Garland USER (199 Reviews)
November 2nd, 2012 | 25 replies


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Ill Nino has regressed with their 2012 release, and has become all the more cohesive because of it.

For the last few years Ill Nino has been steadily slipping off the map. With each release they just hadn’t had the same energy or drive to consistently keep their albums in the ‘best of’ category. Albums such as Enigma, Confession and Dead New World had the same basic musical structuring as the rest of their catalogue but unfortunately lacked the gusto to ensure the best result and a better than average reception from listeners’. Enter Epidemia and Ill Nino has found a sound that compares greatly to a couple of their bigger albums Revolution Revolucion and One Nation Underground.

Ill Nino have stripped down to a previous formula and focused on sounds that created such a success on Revolution Revolucion and One Nation Underground. The tracks are up tempo and musicianship here is key for ensuring that the album is accessible to the listeners. Listeners know Ill Nino for their Latin influences and whilst they have been subdued somewhat from past releases, they still add to the vibrant soundscape of Epidemia. Another difference between other records includes overall length; whereas most of Ill Nino’s other records usually had thirteen to fourteen tracks Epidemia comes through with a mere ten. This gives the listener enough to enjoy this record steadily without overstaying its welcome or becoming a tedious listen.

Ill Nino has a found a strength in its lyrical phrasing and solid musicianship. The lyrics are catchy even spaced and from time to time even include the hook of the song. This all adds to creating a memorable listen and reinforces that this band isn’t ready for the garbage dump yet. The tracks are heavy, melodic but more importantly engaging to an audience. What listeners need to realise is that Ill Nino has used the same basic recipe over and over again and for some reason lost touch with their past releases. Fortunately however Epidemia displays a band that has much more to give and are willing to give it. Their 2012 release may not be a classic, nor is it revolutionary, but what it does have; it gives one hundred per cent.

This New Jersey six piece has come a long way since their debut and a record with Roadrunner Records. Switching from label to label and line-up changes have all played a part in the sound they make today. Dave Chavarri said he wanted to 'redefine latin metal again’ and while it’s not exactly doing that Epidemia shows listeners that Ill Nino are indeed alive and kicking.



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breakingthefragile
November 2nd 2012


2994 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Oh wait, what? This has been out? Damn, I gotta catch up.

Digging: The UN - UN Or U Out

NocteDominum
November 2nd 2012


7217 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

A quick write up. These guys have hit back since Confession.

linchpin313
November 2nd 2012


813 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Pos'd

NocteDominum
November 2nd 2012


7217 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Don't know about the rest of the world but it's been out since the 22nd in Oz, thanks for the pos linchpin : ] Now that I'm back and writing again I gotta get used to seeing this new wave of Contribs ; ]

iswimfast
November 2nd 2012


1380 Comments


Hmm, this is good? Guess I'll listen.

NocteDominum
November 2nd 2012


7217 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Hmm, this is good? Guess I'll listen.



Pends on what you're into. But you mustn’t of read the review that says 4/5.

Acanthus
November 2nd 2012


9747 Comments


Only heard one track by these guys before.

Digging: Glass Animals - Zaba

NocteDominum
November 2nd 2012


7217 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I haven't see you in months Acanthus, how you going man?

North0House2
November 2nd 2012


5920 Comments


Solid review, have a pos.

D41V30N
November 2nd 2012


949 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Pos'd. It's nice to see more people appreciate the album.

D41V30N
November 2nd 2012


949 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Some descriptions about the songs would've been kinda nice, though.



Only The Unloved is a killer song.

AfterTheBreakdown
November 2nd 2012


7180 Comments


will check this out posd

Ssssssss
November 2nd 2012


683 Comments


Hope this is actually good. Gonna listen.

NocteDominum
November 2nd 2012


7217 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah Davion, I tried to focus on the album as a whole, rather than isolate tracks and damage any flow that was created.

NocteDominum
November 2nd 2012


7217 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Check it for once over sake, but it's more reminiscent of their best than their best (my opinion; the debut 'Revolution') it's just one of those things,

NocteDominum
November 2nd 2012


7217 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

cool beans : ]

Muse1748
November 3rd 2012


160 Comments


I liked what I have heard from these guys in the past, especially when Rizzo was their guitarist: this sounds like it would be a nice one to pick up soon. Have a pos, man. Great review

NocteDominum
November 4th 2012


7217 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks musey : ) yes please do its pretty solid tell me what you think.

D41V30N
November 4th 2012


949 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

These guys actually have a lot of potential, but it's wasted most of the time. It's probably because

they try to appeal to a wide range of fans at the same time, and most of the time, the outcome is

inconsistent, like Enigma and Dead New World, which has some of the best material they've ever written

(The Alibi Of Tyrants, Pieces Of The Sun, Killing You Killing Me), but also most of their worst.



Epidemia seems like the most consistent album they've written ever since ONU.

NocteDominum
November 5th 2012


7217 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Notice the dig too ; ]



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