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Ill Nino
Till Death, La Familia

Company: Victory
Release: 2014
Genre: Nu
Reviewer: Greg Watson

  • Another incredibly catchy and heavy album



  • Ill Nino has always been somewhat of an enigma for me. They are classified as metal, but at times there are very strong pop undertones in their choruses and songs that throw me for a loop. However, all that aside, I've been a fan of theirs for a while. "Till Death, La Familia" is another incredibly catchy and heavy album with songs that are a terrific blend of aggressiveness, melody and hook that together create a cocktail that is incredibly addictive. Vocalist Cristian Machado's screams are infectious and venomous and his clean voice is just damn good. To go along with the vocal mix, the riffs alternate from heavy, frantic chugging to melodically mellow to suit the song. There are so many quality tracks to choose from on this album, it's hard to pick a favorite or a standout, but if I were forced to, I'd have to go with "Payaso" as it is so infectious and has a great chorus that you can sing along to at the drop of a hat. Also, the tribal feel of the drums on the track are a welcome addition and the deciding factor in this being my favorite track. The production is really crisp and hits all the right notes to bring out each song's individual qualities.


    About this Writer:
    Greg Watson // Greg Watson has been hooked on the loud and heavy sounds since the summer of 1994 when he first heard the opening notes of "Operation: Mindcrime" by Queensryche. Since then his tastes have expanded and grown like the ever evolving heavy metal tree of genres. He has been an active member of Maximum Metal off and on for 10 years. In his spare time, Greg enjoys deciding the fate of his loyal subjects in the realm of Skyrim and secretly playing air keyboard to "Separate Ways" by Journey when no one is watching. He currently resides in Roanoke, VA with his wife and his metal wannabe beagle.

    Maximum Metal Rating Legend - Click for Full Details
    5 Excellent - Buy it and say a prayer to the metal gods that you were tuned on to this masterpiece. A classic.
    4-4.5 Great - Almost perfect records but there's probably a clunker or a lacking somewhere to keep it from perfection. You won't feel bad about dropping some bones on these.
    3.5 Good - Most of the record is good, but there may be some filler. This is the OK range where you'd search for the record on sale or used.
    3 Average - Some good songs, some bad ones at about a half/half ratio. Could show skills but be dull overall. Redeeming qualities for indy bands are effort and passion. Majors that don't try or suck outright end up here.
    2-2.5 Fair - Worth a listen, but best obtained by collectors. There is much better metal out there.
    1-1.5 Bad - Major problems with music, lyrics, production, etc.
    0 Terrible or an otherwise waste of your life and time.

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