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Ill Niño - Enigma (9/10) - Peru - 2008

Genre: Nu-Metal
Label: Cement Shoes Records
Playing time: 53:57
Band homepage: Ill Niño


  1. The Alibi Of Tyrants
  2. Pieces Of The Sun
  3. Finger Painting (With The Enemy)
  4. March Against Me
  5. Compulsion Of Virus And Fever
  6. Formal Obsession
  7. Hot Summers Tragedy
  8. Me Gusta La Soledad
  9. 2012
  10. Guerilla Carnival
  11. Estoy Perdino
  12. Kellogs Bombs & Cracker Jacks
  13. De Sangre Hermosa
Ill Niño - Enigma

Despite numerous delays and outrageous amounts of time spent just waiting for this album to be released, Enigma (aptly titled I thought considering the delays and no explanation for such) is finally on the store shelves. And I must say that even though it was a long time coming this album was worth the wait. 


With their last mediocre effort, ILL NIO needed to revamp their approach. Even though they havent changed their overall sound all that much, Enigma has the band finding their lost energy and focus and attacking it with all of their effort. Something we havent fully seen since their first album. Its not a perfect album the band has yet to nail one out of the ball park - but its a damn good one.


Its nice to hear the band playing a more diverse set of music this time around. Of course the basics are still there: a foundation of Metal intermixed with Latin influences with a good dose of melody. Whats new this time around is that the band doesnt try to recreate what they have done before. They are letting themselves loose a little bit. We now have some more extensive solos (with a very interesting sound I had a friend compare them to SANTANA) and there is a bit of a raw edge to the writing. The production is top notch but the writing isnt so combed through.


Something that the band has really started to blend well is the layering of their music. ILL NIO has always been about integrating Metal and Latin music and they do it so well on here. The double drums (a normal trap set and Latin) no longer even seem gimmicky and the combination of acoustic guitar melodies and electric guitar riffs is the best the band has done. Even Machados vocals (and his lyrics that quickly switch from English to Spanish) seem to be better placed and layered.


The problem with Enigma though, even with all the praise from above, is that there are still some filler tracks that kill the energy of the album. Overall its a solid album but the mediocre track, March Against Me, killed the overall feeling I was getting from the first half of the album. Especially when its between two of the best songs on the album. 


Even though there are these filler tracks, this is still the most solid release that ILL NIO has given us and its showing a very promising direction for the band. Enigma is an enigma in its own right but it has a lot of potential. Not to mention that the good songs are going to be classics in the ILL NIO world.


Songs to check out: The Alibi Of Tyrants, Compulsion Of Virus And Fever, Guerilla Carnival.

(Online April 7, 2008)

Matt Reifschneider

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