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Ousted Ill Niño Members Claim They Didn’t Leave The Group As War Over Band’s Trademarks Continues


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Yesterday’s (January 17th) announcement of Ill Niño forging ahead with a new vocalist and guitarists has already turned ugly. Founding member Dave Chavarri revealed yesterday that the band have been joined by Shattered Sun vocalist Marcos Leal, ex-Upon A Burning Body guitarist Sal Dominguez on rhythm guitar and Jes Dehoyos of Sons Of Texas on lead guitar.

Though not expressedly mentioned in the statement, this development implied the departures of frontman Cristian Machado, guitarist Ahrue Luster and guitarist Diego Verduzco from the band’s roster. As it turns out, Machado, Luster and Verduzco appear to have been forced out of the group and deny that they left.

Machado issued a statement on the matter to Blabbermouth today, which read as follows:

“To all our family, friends, and fans, contrary to what you may have heard, Ahrue, Diego and I have NOT left Ill Niño and remain very dedicated to the band and all our fans.

We’re excited to be working on new music, partnerships, and opportunities. We will have more info for you all soon.”

Furthermore, the aforementioned trio also filed a trademark application for the Ill Niño name on November 06th, 2018. Current Ill Niño bassist Laz Pina filed a request a week after for express abandonment. Machado, Luster and Verduzco feel that via this move, Chavarri has been trying to wrestle sole control of the Ill Niño from the LLC the band members had established, having filed a separate application be named as such after Pina‘s request.

Machado, Luster and Verduzco have since petitioned to have the express abandonment filed by Pina dropped and to have the LLC’s original application reinstated.

Chavarri briefly touched upon the strife within the band during yesterday’s reveal of a new song from the group titled “Sangre“, offering:

“Sometimes being in a band is like being married – sometimes people grow apart and no longer see eye to eye, and a separation becomes inevitable. We wish our former members the best in their musical careers, and are pumped to move forward with our new band members. Not only have we toured with them, but they’re very respected, seasoned musicians, and dudes that have always been our ‘Familia’ since day one.”

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