Ill Niño in 2009
|Origin||New Jersey, United States|
|Genres||Latin metal, metalcore, nu metal, alternative metal|
|Labels||Victory, Cement Shoes, Roadrunner|
|Associated acts||Soulfly, Merauder, 40 Below Summer, Ankla, Deftones, Spineshank, Machine Head|
|Past members||Jorge Rosado
Jardel Martins Paisante
Ill Niño is a Latino-American heavy metal band formed in New Jersey in 1998 by drummer Dave Chavarri. The line-up currently consists of Christian Machado on vocals, Ahrue Luster and Diego Verduzco on guitars, Lazaro Pina on bass, Dave Chavarri on drums, and Oscar Santiago on percussion. The band has released six full-length studio albums and three EPs, with total record sales of over 1,000,000 units.
The band formed in 1998 as "El Niño" with the initial line-up including Jorge Rosado (then former singer of Merauder) on lead vocals, Marc Rizzo on guitar, Christian Machado on bass, and Dave Chavarri on drums.
In 1999, the band released a 4 song demo under the original name. The very next year, Rosado and the band parted ways and the band initially held auditions for a new vocalist, but ultimately decided on having Machado take over lead vocals and introducing Chavarri's childhood friend Lazaro Pina to fill the vacant bass slot, who's recording studio in Hoboken, NJ was where the band's early recordings were born. El Niño then changed their name to Ill Niño, released a self-titled EP in 2000, and was signed by 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 in the band long enough to record some of the guitars for the new album, and then the band hired percussionist Danny Couto to replace Vasquez. Shortly before the release of Confession, the band recruited Ahrue Luster, formerly of Machine Head, to fill the vacant lead guitar spot.
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.
That same year, 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 and was released without the band's consent.
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.
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 Lazaro Pina have worked with numerous artists/bands including, Iratetion, Serosia, 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.
In February 2012, Ill Niño announced that they are preparing to enter the studio to begin recording its sixth full-length album for a summer release via Victory Records. The band recorded their upcoming album in Hoboken, New Jersey; Austin, Texas; and Denver, Colorado.
Ill Nino's sixth full-length studio album, "Epidemia", was released on October 22, 2012.
On October 1, 2013, the band announced the departure of percussionist Daniel Couto, with Oscar Santiago joined the band as his replacement.
- Cristian Machado – lead vocals (2000–present), bass (1998–2000)
- Dave Chavarri – drums (1998–present)
- Lazaro Pina – bass (2000–present)
- Ahrue Luster – lead guitar (2003–present)
- Diego Verduzco – rhythm guitar (2006–present)
- Oscar Santiago – percussion (2013–present)
- Jorge Rosado – vocals (1998–2000)
- Marc Rizzo – lead guitar (1998–2003)
- Jardel Martins Paisante – rhythm guitar (1999–2006)
- Roger Vasquez – percussion (2000–2003)
- Daniel Couto – percussion (2003–2013)
- DJ Pookie – keyboards/turntables/electronics on self-titled EP
- Omar Clavijo – keyboards/turntables/electronics (For all studio recordings after self-titled)
- Max Illidge – vocals on "Have You Ever Felt?"
- Chino Moreno - vocals on "Zombie Eaters" (Faith no More cover)
- Mikey Doling – guitar on "Two (Vaya Con Dios)"
- Jamey Jasta – vocals on "Turns to Gray"
- Frankie Palmeri – vocals on "La Epidemia"
- Revolution Revolución (2001)
- Confession (2003)
- One Nation Underground (2005)
- Enigma (2008)
- Dead New World (2010)
- Epidemia (2012) 
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