World renowned bi-lingual Latino Metal sextet Ill NiÑo
is paying homage to some of the most influential bands and artists shaping today's musical landscape with The Under Cover Sessions
The five-song, limited edition EP, due Nov. 7, is Ill Nino's debut release on Cement Shoes Records (Fontana/Universal) and just a taste of what's to come, as the band's highly anticipated fourth full-length studio album, destined to be the band's most influential release to date, is due for a Spring 2007 delivery. Only 20,000 copies of the EP will be released – half of which already have been pre-sold.
Hailed for their "sweetly quiet sounds and sonic brutality" (Rock and Rap Confidential) and being "genuine and inspired" (All Music Guide), Ill Nino implements their trademark combination of Spanish lyrics, flamenco guitars, tribal drums and percussion, Salsa-infused bass lines, and thunderous metal riffs to masterfully tackle three of the band's favorite songs from acts they loved growing up as fans -– Peter Gabriel
's "Red Rain," Nirvana
's "Territorial Pissings" and Faith No More
's "Zombie Eaters" (featuring a very special guest vocal duet appearance). The fiery "Arrastra," Ill Nino's latest radio single, is one of two new originals also appearing on The Under Cover Sessions
, which was produced by legendary producer Andy Johns (Led Zeppelin
, Van Halen
, Ozzy Osbourne
), Dave Chavarri and Eddie Wohl (Anthrax
, 36 Crazyfists, Machine Head
"We wanted to bring an awareness of the importance of these artists to today's generation," says Chavarri. "We feel we've captured the artistry and originality of these songs by adding the Ill Nino Latin flavor. We hope people enjoy listening to these tracks as much as we enjoyed recording them."
Ill Nino has wanted to record these cover songs for quite some time but never has found the proper vehicle. By finally releasing them on this limited edition EP, the band is able to simultaneously pay homage to these artists while telling the world they have a welcome new home at Cement Shoes Records.
Cement Shoes Records, formed in 2006 by industry veterans Daniel E. Catullo III (president/founder of music DVD company Coming Home Studios), Peter Koepke (former president/partner of legendary London Records), and Philadelphia Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins, seeks to re-establish true artist relationships and development neglected in recent years by major labels. An independent label distributed by Fontana/Universal, Cement Shoes Records believes the artist comes first and needs to be properly developed through relentless touring and focused marketing efforts to "the street," where the true music fans are.
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