Ill Nino
Dead New World
Style: Nü/Alt Metal
Release date: October 26th 2010
Playing time: 45:17

What made Ill Nìno interesting and somewhat tolerable of all the bands in the nü metal genre is still present on Dead New World. They haven’t really changed their sound much from their previous outings, but their new release sounds a bit heavier. The intricate percussion patterns remain a fixture in the band, consisting of odd rhythms, congas and timbale-inspired salsa beats. They still have retained some aggressiveness in the vocals and riffs, as well as their trademark melodic, clean vocal choruses.
Personally, I just wish they could mix this unique talent with more substantial heaviness. If the band could just decide if they are going to be a heavy band or if they are going to be a melodic nü metal band. I think the mixture just doesn’t work. It’s perfectly ok when a band mixes melody with aggression, but Ill Nino often times fool you into believing that a song will be heavy and crushing, but then the sappy melodic, clean vocal choruses kind of ruins it for me. What Ill Nino does is very good and unique for the most part, but for strictly metalheads, their sound just doesn’t cut it.
“God is Only for the Dead” starts off heavy enough, the melodic drum pattern towards the end changes the tempo and gives the song some variation. “Against the Wall” is an almost In Flames Come Clarity-era sounding song. The chorus becomes a little repetitive though. "Mi Revolucion" starts off very promising, but then turns into the band’s melodic chorus formula that makes all of Ill Nino’s songs very predictable. “How could I Believe” has a cool guitar solo over layed with latin percussion with a catchy melodic chorus. Their cover version of Smashing Pumpkins’ “Bullet with Butterfly Wings” is an interesting choice for the most part, but misses its mark. It’s done in the Ill Nino way, but just doesn’t do much to the original.
I tried to give Dead New World a chance, but it just doesn’t work for me. Not to say it’s a bad album, and fans of the band already, as well as fans of Non Point, Korn and nü metal in general, will probably really enjoy it. It’s not groundbreaking in the least, but fans will definitely recognize Ill Nino’s trademark sound.

01. God Is Only For The Dead 
02. The Art Of War 
03. Against The Wall
04. Mi Revolucion
05. Bleed Like You 
06. Serve The Grave 
07. If You Were Me 
08. Ritual  
09. Killing You, Killing Me 
10. How Could I Believe 
11. Bullet With Butterfly Wings
 (Smashing Pumpkins Cover) 
12. Scarred 
Label: AFM Records
Distribution: Target (Denmark)
Reviewed by: Kelley Simms
Date: October 23rd 2010