You don’t hear too much heavy metal coming from the Cayman Islands, actually progressive extreme band ONI might be the first band we heard that comes from there. Even though, they are now concentrated in Ontario, Canada their interesting blend of modern progressive metal with non-traditional instruments (yes, they have a Xylophone player) makes their proposal not only unusual for a metal band but quite interesting when you listen to them live.
ONI is the representation of a Japanese demon by definition but in the heavy metal concept of things, it represents six talented musicians that want to break apart for the cluttered sound of modern heavy metal and make their very own mark.
Recently they finished a full North American tour supporting Max & Iggor Cavalera’s Return to Roots, but not content with the experience they are due to tour the US again starting at the end of this month supporting Children of Bodom and Abbath. That tour also comes as the support for their debut album Ironshore that will be released on Nov.25th via Blacklight Media and Metal Blade Records.
During their stop in Mesa AZ with the Return to Roots tour, we had the chance to talk with Joe (drums), Jake (vocals) and Martin (guitar) about the idea behind ONI, their experience on the Return to Roots tour, and what is their music and Ironshore are all about.