Ill Niño + Ektomorf + Xtortya + Madlife + Incite @ O2 Academy Islington, London

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.

Ill Niño
Ill Niño

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.

Incite
Incite

Heavy Metal band Incite was born in 2004 and is from Phoenix, Arizona.

Incite
Incite
Incite
Incite

They have released their fourth full length album “Oppression” last year.

Incite
Incite

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.

Incite
Incite
Madlife
Madlife

Then follows Madlife, an Industrial Rock band from Los Angeles, California.

Madlife
Madlife
Madlife
Madlife

Inty compares them to the child of Guns&Roses and Rob Zombie, if they had one!

Madlife
Madlife
Madlife
Madlife

It is still tricky to get the small crowd to react and participate.

Madlife
Madlife
Madlife
Madlife

Despite of this, they perform a great set and leave the stage with the audience loudly applauding.

Madlife
Madlife
Xtortya
Xtortya

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.

Xtortya
Xtortya
Xtortya
Xtortya

They are non stop, making the air getting heavy and sweaty.

Xtortya
Xtortya
Xtortya
Xtortya

Fans are left invigorated and ready for more.

Xtortya
Xtortya
Xtortya
Xtortya

Xtortya gave a proper warm up to the night.

Xtortya
Xtortya
Ektomorf
Ektomorf

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.

Ektomorf
Ektomorf
Ektomorf
Ektomorf

Frontman and guitarist Zoltán Farkas is charismatic and is strongly taking control of the crowd.

Ektomorf
Ektomorf
Ektomorf
Ektomorf

Making the fans jump and headbang throughout their set, Ektomorf is proving their grandeur.

Ektomorf
Ektomorf
Ektomorf
Ektomorf

Even the stage trembles! They play a violent heavy set of 40 minutes.

Ektomorf
Ektomorf
Ektomorf
Ektomorf

This wasn’t long enough! Till next time.

Ektomorf
Ektomorf

Setlist:
1. Aggressor
2. Move On
3. Evil by Nature
4. Holocaust
5. Fuck You All
6. Gypsy / Show Your Fist
7. Black Flag
8. Outcast

Ektomorf
Ektomorf
Ill Niño
Ill Niño

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”.

Ill Niño
Ill Niño
Ill Niño
Ill Niño

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.

Ill Niño
Ill Niño
Ill Niño
Ill Niño

“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.

Ill Niño
Ill Niño
Ill Niño
Ill Niño

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.

Ill Niño
Ill Niño
Ill Niño
Ill Niño

His drumkit trembles under the power of the musicians jumping on stage.

Ill Niño
Ill Niño

“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! .

Ill Niño
Ill Niño
Ill Niño
Ill Niño

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!

Ill Niño
Ill Niño
Ill Niño
Ill Niño

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.

Ill Niño
Ill Niño

 

Setlist:
1. God Save Us
2. If You Still Hate Me
3. Unreal
4. Nothing’s Clear
5. What Comes Around
6. Liar
7. Rumba
8. Predisposed
9. I Am Loco
10. No Murder
11. Rip Out Your Eyes
12. Revolution/Revolución
13. With You
14. Te Amo
15. How Can I Live
16. This Is War

Ill Niño
Ill Niño

 

 

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