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Progressive Metal Band ONI Reveals Xylosynth Playthrough Video for “Barn Burner”
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New Album Ironshore out November 25, 2016 via Blacklight Media/Metal Blade Records
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Art by Brent Elliot White (Megadeth, Trivium, Job For A Cowboy)
Technical progressive metal band ONI recently released their heavy-hitting single “Barn Burner”, and today you can watch superhuman Xylosynth player Johnny D shred through the track – with two mallets in each hand! Check out what Revolver Magazine describes as “pyrotechnic solos on Xylosynth” here via Metal Injection
Johnny D explains the design and sound of his unique instrument: “Everyone is always asking me at our shows, “what the hell is a Xylosynth”, so I’m glad that our fans can finally see the instrument demonstrated clearly. It’s definitely built and played like a xylophone, but it’s essentially a traditional synthesizer which allows me to play with a wide range of sound options. Everything from solo/lead parts to more textured stuff, like when I’m riffing with the guitars. This “Barn Burner” video is a really good example of what I bring to the table in ONI.
Expect more playthrough videos coming from ONI soon!
Earlier this fall, ONI announced the upcoming release of their debut album, Ironshore, set to hit stores on Black Friday, November 25, 2016 via Blacklight Media/Metal Blade Records. You can pre-order the album now via While online, check out the band’s first music video for the single “Eternal Recurrence“, which Loudwire calls, “anthemic”.
ONI‘s upcoming release, Ironshore, takes listeners on an absorbing ride that provides ample opportunity for head-banging, singing along and deep introspection. Formed in 2014, the initial vision for ONI was, “to be the band I never got to see”, explains Jake Oni.
Ironshore was produced by Josh Wilbur, primarily recognized for his work with top metal artists Lamb Of God and Gojira. Through this connection, ONI was able to reach out to Lamb Of God vocalist Randy Blythe, who contributed his inimitable style to “The Only Cure” – one of Ironshore‘s heaviest moments.
Ironshore tracklisting:
1. Barn Burner
2. Eternal Recurrence
3. The Only Cure (featuring Randy Blythe of Lamb of God)
4. The Science
5. Spawn and Feed
6. Chasing Ecstasy
7. Kanvas
8. Thrive
9. Coast to Coast
ONI is a band that labels itself progressive metal and actually upholds the promise.”
– Metal Injection
“…frontman Jake Oni’s voice is stunning. His cleans soar with the best of them, and his growls are as brutal as any death metal band.”­
– All About The Rock  
“These guys are metal to the core.”
Press Pass LA
“Canada’s ONI integrate corrosive death metal vocals within a framework of proggy tech-metal…”
– Revolver Magazine
With their influences rooted in progressive metal, ONI‘s sound can be compared to the genre’s heavy hitters – The Human AbstractProtest The Hero and Between The Buried And Me – yet they remain truly unique. With Jake Oni handling vocal duties, Martin Andres and Brandon White on guitar, Chase Bryant on bass and Joe Greulich on drums, they are also perhaps the first metal band to feature a Xylosynth player, Johnny D, which adds an intriguing dynamic to the nine tracks found on Ironshore.
On November 23, ONI will join the I Worship Chaos Tour line-up, featuring headliners Children of Bodom and fellow special guests Abbath and Exmortus. Beforehand, ONI will join Abbath and Exmortus on five select off-dates. See below for all current North American tour dates:
Off Dates w/ Exmortus
11/17 – Oklahoma City, OK @ Thunder Alley
11/18 – Kansas City, MO @ The Riot Room
11/19 – St. Louis, MO @ Fubar
11/20 – Indianapolis, IN @ 5th Quarter
11/21 – Westland, MI @ The Token Lounge
I Worship Chaos Tour w/ Children Of Bodom, Abbath & Exmortus
11/23 – Quebec City, QC @ Imperial de Quebec
11/24 – Montreal, QC @ Metropolis
11/25 – Toronto,ON @ Phoenix Concert Theatre
11/26 – Chicago, IL @ House of Blues
11/28 – Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues
11/29 – Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave – Eagles Ballroom
11/30 – Minneapolis, MN @ Mill City Nights
12/2 – Denver, CO @ The Summit Music Hall
12/3 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex
12/5 – San Francisco, CA @ The Regency Ballroom
12/6 – Santa Ana, CA @ The Observatory North Park
12/7 – Phoenix, AZ @ The Pressroom
12/9 – Dallas, TX @ Gas Monkey Live!
12/10 – San Antonio, TX @ The Aztec Theater
12/11 – Houston, TX @ House of Blues
12/13 – Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade (Heaven)
12/14 – Charlotte, NC @ The Neighborhood Theatre
12/16 – Baltimore, MD @ Baltimore Soundstage
12/17 – Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre of Living Arts
12/18 – New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
12/19 – Brooklyn, NY @ Warsaw
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