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Undercover Sessions [EP]

Ill NinoAudio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)


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  • Audio CD (November 7, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: 2006
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: EP
  • Label: Cement Shoes Records
  • ASIN: B000IFRQOK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #63,152 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. I. Arrastra
2. II. Zombie Eaters
3. III. Reservation For Two
4. IV. Red Rain
5. V. Territorial Pissings

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Great Thing In A Small Package November 20, 2006
Format:Audio CD
Earlier in the year, after their 2005 effort, "One Nation Underground," had received little to no support, Ill Nino announced they were parting ways with their record label, Roadrunner Records. It wasn't too long, however, until they found a new home in Cement Shoes Records (also home to their tourmates in Godhead and Ra) and recorded what is an undeniably enjoyable 5-track EP, "The Undercover Sessions." Proving they are still alive and around, "The Undercover Sessions" unveils two brand new songs and three covers tracks from the likes of Nirvana, Faith No More and Peter Gabriel.

Sounds Like: The way Ill Nino should sound.

The Good:

- The two new songs are more traditional Ill Nino, and in turn, are just better than the material found on "One Nation Underground."

- Despite being a quickie on an indie label, the production and the overall quality doesn't suffer.

- Chino Moreno, of the Deftones, has a spot on a cover of Faith No More's "Zombie Eaters."

The Bad:

- Well, since it's really good and it's just an EP, it will leave you wanting much more.

- It's a limited pressing, so you might miss it if you wait around for it.

Future: "The Undercover Sessions" is a great restart for the band. Where on their last CD they were starting to lean more into metalcore territory, it's good to hear them sounding more like themselves. The next full-length album could be one of the best of their career if they keep this up.

Personally: I'm not the biggest Ill Nino fan in the world, but I was intrigued by this EP. The covers are diverse and stay true to their original, and the new songs definitely satisfy. I will surely be looking forward to their next album.

Best Listened To When: You gotta get away from zombie eaters and red rain.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another band that have yet to disappoint me November 7, 2006
Format:Audio CD
Even though its a short cd, its a nice thing to add to your collection. The two new songs are both VERY well written, and they just keep getting better everytime they put something out. I alone however, bought it for the Faith No More cover 'Zombie Eaters' (featuring Chino Moreno). This cover is near perfect, and i cant stop listening to it. Although its a cover song, it could easily pass as their own, and flourish.

Arrastra - 5/5 great song, hope it makes the new full-length.

Zombie Eaters - 10/5 this cover is beyond great to me.

Reservation For Two - 4/5 another great song to add to the library.

Territorial Pissings - 3/5 not a great choice of song for them, but good.

Red Rain - 3/5 also not my cup of tea, but done well.

Also, there were only 20,000 pressed, so if you want this, get it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad, but nothing like their first two. April 20, 2007
Format:Audio CD
If you are a big fan of them, this is worth checking out, but otherwise, stick to their first two albums and until they put something out that is really good again, just live in the past. 2.5 stars.
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5.0 out of 5 stars ill nino... April 6, 2007
By Rx
Format:Audio CD
ill nino is one of my fav bands. when i found out about this ep i looked for it right away...i mean come on its a limited edtion ep. anyways the two new songs are amazing and do not disapoint. And the covers....just amazing this whole ep is just amazing. ill nino has major talent and you can hear it all on this record. if your a fan of ill nino and do your self a fav and get this ep before you cant.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 stars for 5 tracks January 14, 2007
Format:Audio CD
a good song to start with. "ARRASTRA" blasting on my radio reminds me of what rock music used to be. the band puts on a new twist for"RESERVATION FOR TWO" which also makes this track worth listening to."ZOMBIE EATERS" featuring chino moreno. a perfect song for a perfect guest on an album. chino brings a little extra spice to the band. "RED RAIN" just close your eyes when listening to this track. christian does a hell of a job on vocals sounding identical to peter gabriel, which makes it the perfect song for the band to cover. another cover the band decided to do, and do well "TERRITORIAL PISSING" kurt cobain would be proud. the band covers this song very well.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Ill Nino album that does NOT disappoint! January 3, 2007
Format:Audio CD
Yet another Ill Nino album that does not disappoint! These guys just keep getting better and better. Along with three very well done cover songs comes two brand new Ill Nino tracks, "Arrastra" and "Reservation for Two". Christian mixes the perfect amount of screaming and singing, and the music as always is top notch. If you liked any of their previous albums, do not hesitate to pick up this album, it will not disappoint.
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