Review by Sabrina Selkis
Photos by Inty Malcolm
Time flies and it has been 16 years since the release of Ill Niño’s great debut album Revolution Revolucion. Today they have produced seven album, but tonight in London it is only about the beginning.
The New Jersey guys of Ill Niño are in town and they are bringing with them four other bands. Yes! Four support bands meaning they all have very short sets. So very soon after the doors of the 02 Academy opens, it is time for Incite to get onstage. Sadly I can’t make it until later but our photographer is saving the day.
Heavy Metal band Incite was born in 2004 and is from Phoenix, Arizona.
They have released their fourth full length album “Oppression” last year.
According to Inty, our photographer, the band gives a high energy performance, delivering strong riffs and enough headbanging to make it up for the small early crowd.
Then follows Madlife, an Industrial Rock band from Los Angeles, California.
Inty compares them to the child of Guns&Roses and Rob Zombie, if they had one!
It is still tricky to get the small crowd to react and participate.
Despite of this, they perform a great set and leave the stage with the audience loudly applauding.
Finally I arrive at the venue, at 8pm, for the third band of the night. Xtortya, a rap metal band from Australia, will wake up the now bigger crowd and get the first circle pit of the night.
They are non stop, making the air getting heavy and sweaty.
Fans are left invigorated and ready for more.
Xtortya gave a proper warm up to the night.
Hungarian Ektomorf is taking the stage by storm. After touring mainly in their home country, it is with joy to see them going international and getting the reception and respect they deserve.
Frontman and guitarist Zoltán Farkas is charismatic and is strongly taking control of the crowd.
Making the fans jump and headbang throughout their set, Ektomorf is proving their grandeur.
Even the stage trembles! They play a violent heavy set of 40 minutes.
This wasn’t long enough! Till next time.
2. Move On
3. Evil by Nature
5. Fuck You All
6. Gypsy / Show Your Fist
7. Black Flag
Now, after much wait and by 10pm, we finally get what we came for. The American musicians of Ill Niño get on stage and goes straight to Revolution business, opening with “God Save Us”, followed by “Still Hate Me”.
The crowd, who has been partying quite a lot already shows no sign of fatigue. On the contrary, they are as energetic as the band.
“15 years, it s been a long ride London” says singer CRISTIAN MACHADO.
He is still producing powerful growling, despite some mic problems, making the clear singing a bit off.
Nonetheless, Ill Niño owns their stage: Guitarists Ahruea Luster and Diego Verduzco are giving strong riffs, you can’t help but notice bassist Laz Pina’s pretty sweet dance moves, while all of this is tightened by Dave Chavarri on drums and Oscar Santiago on percussion.
His drumkit trembles under the power of the musicians jumping on stage.
“Liar” seems to relax the crowd, or maybe they are finally getting tired? “What do you say we get mad London?” says Machado. As the band starts the riffs of “Loco”, fans break into a big moshpit. This is getting heavy! .
The title track “Revolution/Revolucion” closes up the heavy part of tonight’s set. The acoustic guitars come out, it is time to settle down a bit, and yes as Metalheads do, fans partner up to dance on “With You”. Sweet!
Sadly the curfew is unforgivable, and Ill Niño has to exit the stage before they can finish the complete setlist.
It was a great night for music, Ill Niño pulled up a neat line up for a great tour. Fans are left smiling and sweating, mission accomplished.
1. God Save Us
2. If You Still Hate Me
4. Nothing’s Clear
5. What Comes Around
9. I Am Loco
10. No Murder
11. Rip Out Your Eyes
13. With You
14. Te Amo
15. How Can I Live
16. This Is War