Ill Nino
Epidemia


4.0
excellent

Review

by Robert Garland CONTRIBUTOR (196 Reviews)
November 2nd, 2012 | 24 replies | 7,976 views


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



2950 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

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

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NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
November 2nd 2012



6942 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
Contributing Reviewer
November 2nd 2012



6942 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



1263 Comments


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

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
November 2nd 2012



6942 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



9537 Comments


Only heard one track by these guys before.

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NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
November 2nd 2012



6942 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

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

North0House2
November 2nd 2012



5821 Comments


Solid review, have a pos.

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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



7106 Comments


will check this out posd

Ssssssss
November 2nd 2012



683 Comments


Hope this is actually good. Gonna listen.

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
November 2nd 2012



6942 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.

CaptainDooRight
November 2nd 2012



28360 Comments


dam is this there best bro, should i check it

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NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
November 2nd 2012



6942 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,

CaptainDooRight
November 2nd 2012



28360 Comments


ah, koo will ill prolly check, i heard a song or two by them before but member if i liked

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
November 2nd 2012



6942 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
Contributing Reviewer
November 4th 2012



6942 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

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



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