ILL NIÑO has released the official music video for its new single “Máscara”. The track, which features a guest appearance by AJ Channer of FIRE FROM THE GODS is taken from ILL NIÑO‘s upcoming album, “IllMortals”, due in 2021. The group’s current lineup features founding drummer Dave Chavarri and longtime bassist Laz Pina alongside recent recruits, vocalist Marcos Leal (SHATTERED SUN), lead guitarist Jes DeHoyos (SONS OF TEXAS) and rhythm guitarist Sal Dominguez (UPON A BURNING BODY).
“I’m very stoked to introduce ‘Máscara’ as a great addition to the ILL NIÑO legacy, and a highlight of my vocal career,” commented Leal. “I’m honored to have collaborated with our very good friend and one of my favorite vocalists in the game, AJ Channer of FIRE FROM THE GODS. As someone who’s grown up as a fan of ILL NIÑO, and growing up as a musician inspired by the band, I take pride and honor in crafting the vocals for the next generation. Something fans new and old will appreciate, and look forward to throwing some chingasos in the pit with our NIÑO Familia in 2021!”
Channer added: “ILL NIÑO are a band that will leave a strong lasting legacy on heavy music. Some of my earliest show experiences were ILL NIÑO shows. To be able to lend my voice to one of their songs includes me in that legacy. I was more than honored to sing on ‘Máscara’. ‘Nuff love to those dudes.”
“Máscara” (the mask) will be available tomorrow via Break Silence Music (BSM), which is distributed through ONE-RPM. Pre-order/pre-save the track at https://ps.onerpm.com/mascara.
New Jersey born ILL NIÑO has sold two million records worldwide and has shared stages around the globe with the likes of Linkin Park, Disturbed, Guns N’ Roses, Korn, P.O.D., Sevendust, Avenged Sevenfold and Godsmack. ILL NIÑO’s Top 10 single “How Can I Live” was featured single in on the Freddy vs. Jason soundtrack.
“IllMortals” will feature additional guest appearances by Sonny Sandoval (P.O.D.), Benji Webbe (SKINDRED) and Max Georgiev (FALLING IN REVERSE).
ILL NIÑO‘s new LP will mark the band’s first release since the departure of vocalist Cristian Machado, lead guitarist Ahrue “Luster” Ilustre and rhythm guitarist Diego Verduzco. Machado, Ilustre and Verduzco, along with Chavarri and Pina, announced in March that they had “reached a mutual, amicable and binding agreement” that will allow Chavarri and Pina to continue with ILL NIÑO while Machado, Verduzco and Ilustre will move on with new projects. According to a joint statement release by the five musicians, “No party has admitted fault and there has been no court judgment on the merits. The parties entered into a confidential settlement agreement.”