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Ill Nino got back in touch with band feeling on latest album

of the Oakland Press

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The members of Ill Nino wanted to make their fifth album, “Dead New World,” as a band again — no easy feat since the five heavy metal musicians are spread around the country, from New York City to San Diego.

“We had kind of lost touch of some things that made us a band,” says singer Cristian Machado, who’s based on the East Coast. “We would write songs individually, apart from each other, then we would get together to do pre-production. It became tough to really be able to keep the band atmosphere.”

So for “Dead New World,” Machado invited lead guitarist Ahrue Luster, who resides in Denver, to spend a couple of months back east, working in the group’s Hoboken, N.J., studio — a process he says worked like a charm.

“It was very important for me to regain some of that fluidity we used to have in our earlier days,” explains Machado, 36. “It was important to define Ahrue’s style into the band and mold it into what I would be writing. It was about getting back to that band atmosphere and still getting our own styles into each and every song on the record.”

Also key to “Dead New World,” which came out in October, was for Ill Nino to produce the album itself, though it got help on a couple of tracks from friends such as Sevendust’s Clint Lowery and Ra’s Sahaj Ticotin.

“We were (financing) the record on our own and trying to do it in-house as much as possible,” Machado says, “so we said, ‘Let’s not just go out and get a producer just to get a producer. Let’s work with people we’ve known for a while, who we can respect as songwriters and producers. So Clint and Sahaj stepped in, but more than anything, it’s really us getting back to our roots, which felt great.”

Ill Nino, ANew Revolution, Ekotren and Fashion Bomb perform Wednesday, Jan. 19, at Rack N Roll Nightclub & Billiards, 13464 Sibley Road, Riverview. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 day of show. Call 734-283-3100 or visit www.thecrofoot.com.

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