Meet Oni, probably the only metal band ever to use a xylosynth
Oni's vicious tech-metal assault was born under Caribbean skies
The stunning, sun-kissed shores of the Cayman Islands may not seem the most likely breeding ground for blistering, synapse-frying extreme metal with a broad progressive streak… but then, Oni are not exactly a standard, cookie-cutter metal band either. Listen to the Canadian expats’ extraordinary debut album, Ironshore, and it seems that sunshine and solitude are as effective inspirations as any.
“One huge benefit to recording [the album] in the Caymans was that we were basically isolated,” says vocalist Jake Oni. “There was little to distract us so all we could do was write and play music. There isn’t much of a scene there. We’re all Canadian, but we don’t really identify with the scene there either.”