New Jersey nu metal veterans Ill Niño have returned with a new lineup and their first track after almost 5 years called 'Sangre'. Founding vocalist Cristian Machado, lead guitarist Ahrue Luster and rhythm guitarist Diego Verduzco have all been replaced by members of Upon A Burning Body and Shattered Sun.
The band have issued the following statement regarding the lineup change:
"Ill Niño is excited to release their first song in nearly 5 years , 'Sangre'. Original members; Dave Chavarri, Laz Pina, and percussionist Daniel Couto would like to announce some changes, and welcome new members to our Familia – Shattered Sun vocalist Marcos Leal, rhythm guitarist Sal Dominguez, formerly of Upon A Burning Body, and Sons of Texas, Jess Dehoyos on lead guitar.
"Being in a band is much like being married, and 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.
"Our new members were chosen carefully, as they're very respected, seasoned musicians. We ask everyone that you please respect our privacy as we all move forward in our careers."
Considering half the band has completely changed including Cristian's iconic vocals, 'Sangre' is actually a pretty good song and it will be interesting to see where the band will go from here. Listen below:
UPDATE: It appears as though the exiled members Cristian, Ahrue and Diego have claimed that they are still Ill Niño and there is a dispute over the rights and name of the band with drummer Dave Chavarri. They have released a statement to Blabbermouth stating they never left the band and plan to continue with Ill Niño:
"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."
Listen to Ill Niño now.