Ill Nino - 'Epidemia' (AFM Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Ross Welford   
Tuesday, 06 November 2012 04:30

illninoalbumWelcome to the first Uber Rock cocktail class.


First up, take a half empty or well worn glass (or Nu-Metal as we'll call it). Add some Slipknot, plus an extra shot for good measure, add a tiny twist of Ministry, another shot of Slipknot (just to make sure you get the full flavour) then show it some Evanesance - just a showing mind you, don't want people being scared off - and then finally add 50% water or ice and shake.




The result is what we'll call Ill Nino - or watered down Slipknot.


I am not getting this album at all - their sixth album - it's just simply Slipknot by numbers and no matter how hard the drummer works those beats, he's not coming out boiler-suited up.


What makes matters worse for me (the fact they've recorded their 6th album is still a mystery) is that they seem to think this will "redeem Latin metal." They've stated that they "want to explore Latin and tribal rhythms" where are they?? Unless it's escaped my attention that Shawn Crahan and co are all Latino, then where's the connection between what they say and what they've done?


Opener 'The Depression' is a standard high tempo, angry Nu-Metal track and isn't that bad - nothing new but Ill Nino have never been the trend setters of a generation. 'Only The Unloved' and 'Time Won't Save You', plus 'Eva' are where you start to think that someone dresses up in a clown's mask whilst sat in front of the mirror. Did I say that they seem to like Slipknot?


'La Epidemia' and 'Escape' have the merest hint of Latin beats before breaking into generic averageness - why they've not expanded on a decent and possibly interesting idea is a wasted opportunity. A few Latin drum beats as an intro is hardly exploring, is it?


'Demi-God' is an interesting song as they seem to have slightly (I use the word loosely) forgotten you-know-who and head down a more Ministry route. If Al Jourgensen had an Amy Lee lovechild, this is the kind of stuff that would result. Whilst it's hardly a thoroughbred, it has enough in it to think that they could have achieved something a little bit more than they've actually given us.


Whilst the tail end of the album drops the pace and anger, the sniff of Evanescence and their particular brand of emotional wailing ensue. It works but whether an angry 30 year old fan from back in the day wants the band's new found maturity is another matter.


It's listenable but ultimetly, it's Nu-Metal by numbers.


Did I say that they like Slipknot?


To pick up your copy of 'Epidemia (European edition deluxe digipack)' - CLICK HERE