Ill Nino - Epidemia
After being established for well over a decade and selling over 3 million albums, Ill Nino is back again for their 6th major release of "Epidemia". This album reinforces the band's latin metal history and shoots off an arsenal of talent that includes salsa-infused bass lines, flamenco guitars, tribal drums, and bilingual vocals.
The title track off this album, La Epidemia, which translates to "The Epidemic" is a true head-banging track. The song starts off with an intro beat and a few talking vocals before changing directions with both beat and lyrics and goes metal with vocal screaming and tantalizing guitar rifts. Listening to this song made me want to instantly start moshing and I don't even know why!
One of my favorites off this album was "Death Wants More," as soon as you hear it you're instantly grabbed by the heavy-shredding rifts and tribal drums. This to me is the epitome of any heavy metal hit. Even though the vocals are a little hard to make out on this track at some points, it sounds as if the story behind the lyrics is of religious origins.
The track, "Forgive Me Father", is another one that I really liked on this album. Right off the bat, I noticed the powerful, up-tempo rift at the beginning of the song, which continues for the entire track. Combined with the heavy drum beat, use of tribal drums, and Cristian Machado's vocals this an awesome track. The vocals tell of a man asking forgiveness from god and talks about the final days of his damnation from heaven. Much like other metal bands such as P.O.D., Ill Nino has some religious backings on their tracks.The production and mixing on this album are tremendously good. Overall, I found this album to be another great heavy metal record to add to my collection with a four star rating.
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