Cristian Machado

Cristian Machado Confirms He & Former Ill Niño Members Are Working On A Metal Album


Former Ill Niño vocalist Cristian Machado and guitarists Ahrue Luster and Diego Verduzco are continuing to work together on a new project. The trio had previously been seeking control of the Ill Niño trademarks in a bitter legal dispute against Ill Niño‘s drummer Dave Chavarri and bassist Lazaro Pina. That suit was eventually resolved via a confidential settlement earlier this year.

That settlement saw Chavarri and Pina take on the Ill Niño rights with plans to continue the band with a revised lineup they launched in early 2019. Since then Machado has released a solo album of his own dubbed “Hollywood y Sycamore” late last month.

Speaking recently with ‘Aftershocks Podcast‘ (see below), Machado was asked if he, Luster and Verduzco are continuing on together. He responded:

“We absolutely are. I haven’t talked about it at all [publicly], and it’s something that we’re not really in a rush to prove anything to anybody, but we do have almost a half an album finished. It is phenomenal. The songs are phenomenal.”

He continued:

“We are trying to write a metal album, clearly, but that is full of hit singles. It’s a challenging thing to do, but we’ll take our time, if that’s what it takes. But we’re working on things. And Ahrue and Diego, the material they presented me is fucking next level. It’s not this extreme metal thing, but the songs are phenomenal — really, really catchy. Really strong material. Some of the best music that I’ve been thrown at to sing on in… I can’t remember since when. And we’re working with a fucking amazing producer.”

According to Machado, the band have yet to sign with a label and are currently in no “rush” to launch the project prematurely. In a separate interview with the BREWtally Speaking Podcast, Machado revealed that he has been demoing a collaborative track with The Ghost Inside drummer Andrew Tkaczyk, who himself has plays guitar in a solo project called One Decade.


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