New Jersey/New York band ILL NINO has issued the following update:
"It is with much regret that ILL NINO must cancel the first week of shows for our upcoming European tour. Our singer, Cristian [Machado], was hospitalized last week, and after many tests, found out he has six herniated discs, and a pressured nerve against his spine.
"Cris is going through major treatment and rehabilitation to be able to get back to normal.
"We all wish Cristian a speedy recovery, as he can't wait to get back and play for you all, as we all do!
"After Cristian undergoes the necessary therapy for his back, we will now start our European festival dates on Friday, August 6 at the Wacken Open Air festival and finish on August 22.
"We apologize for any incovenience, but it was unexpected and beyond our control."
ILL NINO has set "Dead New World" as the title of its new album, tentatively due this fall via Victory Records.
Commented ILL NINO drummer Dave Chavarri: "Our new CD is everything you expect from ILL NINO's original Latin metal sounds; it's heavy as fuck, full of Cristian growling vocals, melodic choruses, tribal Latin rhythms, sick guitars, as well as also being the most progressive record we've ever recorded!!!"
A brand-new track from ILL NINO entitled "Scarred (My Prison)" is available for streaming on the band's MySpace page.
ILL NINO last year split with Cement Shoes Records, which released 2008's "Enigma". According to Chavarri, the CD sold 80,000 copies worldwide "with no backup in America."
ILL NINO parted ways with Roadrunner Records in 2006 — less than a year after the release of ILL NINO's third album, "One Nation Underground".