- Released: September 30, 2003
- Label: Roadrunner Records
CMJ - 9/29/03, p.24
"...Finds the New Jersey sextet perfecting its fusion of nu-metal arrangements, polished vocals and Latin polyrhythms..."
- 1.Te Amo...I Hate You
- 2.How Can I Live
- 3.Two (Vaya con Dios)
- 6.This Time's For Real
- 9.Have You Ever Felt?
- 10.When It Cuts
- 11.Letting Go
- 12.All the Right Words
- 14.How Can I Live (Spanish Version) - (Spanish)
This is an Enhanced CD, which contains both regular audio tracks and multimedia computer files.
Ill Nino: Christian Machado (vocals); Jardel Paisante, Ahrue Luster (guitar); Laz Pina (bass); Dave Chavarri (drums); Danny Couto (percussion).
Additional personnel: Marc Rizzo (acoustic guitar, guitar); Mikey Doling (guitar); Bob Marlette (piano); Omar Clavijo (keyboards, programming, turntable); Joe Rodriguez (percussion); Max Illidge (background vocals).
Recorded at Water Music Studios, Hoboken, New Jersey; Mirror Image Recorders, New York, New York.
Personnel: Christina Machado, Max Illidge (vocals); Mickey Doling, Marc Rizzo, Jardel Paisante, Ahrue Luster (guitar); Bob Marlette (piano); Omar Clavijo (keyboards, programming, turntables); Dave Chavarre (drums); Joe Rodriguez , Danny Couto (percussion).
Audio Mixers: Jay Baumgardner; Michael Barbiero.
Recording information: Mirror Image Recorders, New York, NY; Water Music Recorders, Hoboken, NJ.
Editor: Jerry Farley.
Photographer: Myriam Santos-Kayda.
It's perhaps logical that this latest exercise in combining swaying Latin rhythms and full-on heavy metal would come from the swamps of New Jersey-certain parts of the state have long been fertile territory for metal in its hydra-headed manifestations. CONFESSION, Ill Nino's sophomore album, builds and improves upon the band's integration of the two musical forms in a tour de force of titanium-throated vocals, hairpin rhythms, and speaker-shredding guitars.
The Latin influence manifests itself in percussive shadings and a melodicism on tracks such as "Lifeless-Life" and "Unframed" that push the band beyond stock metal riffing. The music even bears a certain lilt-not a word usually associated with the foundation-shaking bass and breakneck drumming of the genre-that sets Ill Nino apart from most of its Jersey-based contemporaries and more than a few national acts to boot. Though the combination of Hispanic culture and metal isn't new, Ill Nino certainly displays enough confidence and natural-born swagger on CONFESSION to make it seem that way.