LA based Latino Metal sextet Ill Nino stretched out at Voxhall last
Burning jammed through some quite heavy pieces, but with the
“support act-button” pressed on the mixer, I guess. The sound was
awful - a lot of muddy midrange. But The Burning are surely inspired
by some of my old favourites; Pantera. And that fact made me kind of
like them. The front man, Johnny, was dancing like a monkey on crack
inside a trailer park disco, making the whole scenario a little
awkward…..otherwise a good performance by The Burning.
main attraction, Ill Nino, plays what they call Latino metal with
strong influences from Fear Factory, Soulfly, Sepultura, Metallica,
NU-metal and some end-of-the-eighties thrash.
Ill Nino includes six, some of them well-known, guys with South American roots, dreadlocks and a sense for what works on a young rock-wanting audience.
music is founded on a solid base from drummer Dave Chavarri,
percussionist Danny Couto and bass player Lazaro Pina. This section of
the band is unique - Dave Chavarri and Danny Couto play crazy samba
and salsa rhythms together like a machine. Lazaro Pina ends this
two very tight and skilled guitarists and a well performing Cristian
Machado on top, it surely looks good on the paper.
Nino also made a fantastic first impression. Top tuned super sound,
smooth and rehearsed stage-show, great light – everything in place.
audience went immediately berserk to the tight and powerful
performance of the band. With adrenaline pumping through my body, Ill
Nino floods the venue with shredding and aggressive riffs. This is
f…… great. The performance is overwhelmingly tight.
my eyes fell on Ahrue (Luster) (formerly of Machine Head) - he
is really giving everything he has on a Spanish guitar on a
stand…….but then it strikes me…….he is not playing the damn
thing…..he is only pretending….as being a guitarist myself it is
fairly easy to spot a faker ……hmmmm……why……Ahrue is a great
guitarist, why is he not playing? Ok - I thought - it must be because
it is difficult making sound on an acoustic guitar in this noisy heavy
environment. My adrenaline rush became suddenly more like a fear and I
decided to watch the show a little closer. After a few more songs it
seemed evident that not everything is as it should be with this band.
The raw, monster-heavy rhythm guitar seemed to be faked as well.
am positively sure that the Dave Chavarri, and Danny Couto played
their instruments - and very well indeed.
like it when I can see a guitarist is suffering with a difficult riff
– I like it when the band is sweating for the audience. I like to
see a LIVE performance. It doesn’t matter that there is indications
that show me that there are humans allocated on the stage. I am paying
for that. If I want a smooth play backed performance I could watch MTV
Nino puts up a great show – but musically you will get the same as
if you crank up the CD-player in your living room.
the band will probably sue the ass of our webzine for my accusations
– but what the hell – I think I am right on this one….
all seems pretty Milli Vanilli.
Attending: Jesper Lysgaard