As this is being written, just a block away from Roadrunner New York HQ, Ill Nino is five tracks deep into their mix-down with mixing vet Michael Barbiero (Anthrax/lostprophets/Guns-N-Roses, doubleDrive). Truth be told, Barbiero is nailing each and every song – concentrating on the heavier songs on the album first, which are SLAMMING at this point (think “If You Still Hate Me” from Revolution…but HEAVIER). Some of you internet savvy types may have heard a song called “When It Cuts” that leaked out over the ‘net a few weeks to all our surprise. Well, wait til you hear how it’s gotten heavied up…we’re talking ELEPHANT GONAD heavy. What’s great to watch is the interaction between Barbiero and Confessions co-producer, Ill Nino drummer and all around ball-buster Dave Chavarri. On each mix Barbiero gets to a pretty amazing place and Dave will then come in and make suggestions which takes it up a notch. And of course, it’s great to hear all kinds of fantastic studio stories from Mike B….including tales from the mix session of Metallica’s …And Justice For All. Pretty fascinating stuff. At any rate, it’s been a whirlwind in Camp Nino. Mixing. Rehearsing. On Saturday, the band will be taking it to the streets of NY for their first photo session with new guys, Arhue and Danny. In a few days a video for “How Can I Live” will be shot, the lead single from the ‘Freddy Vs. Jason’ soundtrack and a teaser for Confessions. Shit is getting crazy once more…..