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Ill Niño: Epidemia

Surprised Ill Niño are still around? Then you're perhaps not a fan of their Latin-flavored nu metal style and you're waiting for an opportunity to become a convert, right? Ill Niño's latest effort might actually help you achieve this aim. Or not.

Why? Well, Epidemia is definitely one of the strongest albums the band has ever recorded, so if you really, really want to start liking Ill Niño – now is as good a moment as any. Then again, if you are already familiar with some of the band's earlier material and hope that the guys have changed their ways and started sounding more, I don't know, "adult" or "ambitious" than before, then you are in for a disappointment. Epidemia is classic Ill Niño, really: loud, angry and rather predictable.

If you want to start with what's best on offer here, go straight for tracks #4 and #6. The first one of those, "Eva" gradually spirals down deeper and deeper into madness, and the latter, "Death Wants More", is the essence of Ill Niño with its biting guitars and crazy drumming interspersed with some tense slower moments. Then there's the controversial "La Epidemia" with guest vocal performance from Emmure's Frankie Palmeri. A true love-it-or-loathe-it song, this, depending on your approach towards the truly barbaric style of singing it promotes. The other tracks are all a fine and fiery – but not really revolutionary – addition to Ill Niño's modern metal catalog.

While Epidemia didn't exactly made me a die-hard fan of the band, the album is interesting and powerful enough to make me return to it once in a while. And the legions who love Ill Niño since the band's debut CD, will be delighted to note that their latest effort is such a wild and springy beast.

01. The Depression
02. Only the Unloved
03. La Epidemia
04. Eva
05. Demi-God
06. Death Wants More
07. Escape
08. Time Won't Save You
09. Forgive Me Father
10. Invisible People

Added: November 1st 2012
Reviewer: Bartek Paszylk
Related Link: Band Facebook Page
Hits: 2400
Language: english

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