Q - Summer/01, p.1043 stars out of 5
- "...South American nu-metal with a strong Latin undercurrent...frontman Christian Marchado is equally adept at venting his spleen in English and Portuguese..."
Ill Nino: Christian Machado (vocals); Jordel Paisante, Marc Rizzo (guitar); Lazaro Pina (bass); Dave Chavarri (drums); Roger Vasquez (percussion).
Additional personnel includes: Krztoff (keyboards, synthesizer); Omar Clavlio (programming, samples); DJ Skratch (vinyl scratches).
Producers include: Dave Chavarri, Ill Nino, Christian Machado, Steve Regina.
Engineers include: Henri Martinez, Laz Pina, Dave Chavarri.
Recorded at Showplace Studios, Dover, New Jersey.
This is an Enhanced CD, which contains both regular audio tracks and multimedia computer files.
Ill Nino: Christian Michado (vocals); Marc Rizzo (acoustic guitar, guitar); Jardel Paisante (guitar); Lazaro Pino (bass); Dave Chavarri (drums); Robert Vasquez (percussion).
Additional personnel: Krztoff (keyboards, synthesizer); Omar Clavijo (programming, samples); DJ Skratch (scratches).
Recorded at Showplace Studios, Denver, Colorado.
Personnel: Christina Machado (vocals, sampler, sound effects, scratches); Marc Rizzo (guitar, acoustic guitar); Dave Chavarre (drums, sampler, sound effects, scratches); Omar Clavijo (programming, sampler); DJ Skratch (scratches).
Audio Mixers: Eddie Wohl; Steve Regina; Michael Barbiero; Rob Caggiano.
Recording information: Showplace Studios, Dover NJ.
Photographer: Daniel Moss.
Unknown Contributor Role: Bill Morgan.
Contradictions that confound expectations of Ill Ni¤o pop up throughout the band's debut disc. The gruesome cover and politically charged song titles imply a harder-than-thou thrash-fest that never materializes, as the band is one of the most sonorous of their ilk. At the same time, the Spanish surnames and band moniker implies gimmickry, but Ill Ni¤o ain't a Puya; the Spanish lyrics and Latin flavor enhances without becoming overwrought. At times, Revolution Revoluc¡on seems almost too sedate, and it does fall into some of the usual rap-metal trappings in spite of itself, but overall this is an excellent debut for fans who lean more to the cerebral side of modern metallic endeavors. ~ Brian O'Neill