Progressive Metal Band ONI Signs with Blacklight Media/Metal Blade Records

As heavy metal devotees may have noticed of late, rising progressive metal band ONI have been gearing up for something big. Today, the band is pleased to reveal the news of their recent signing with Blacklight Media/Metal Blade Records. The label will unleash ONI‘s highly-anticipated progressive metal opus, Ironshore, on Black Friday, November 25, 2016.  Pre-orders will become available in early October.


Blacklight Media is a new label launched this past February by Chris Santos, executive chef and managing partner of the New York City restaurants VANDAL, The Stanton Social and Beauty & Essex, in partnership with Metal Blade Records CEO/founder Brian Slagel. Santos states, “One of the things that I think will make Blacklight Media a label to watch for years to come is the diversity of our roster. ONI is our first crushingly heavy signing that matches their heaviness with incredible progressive precision and classically brutal breakdowns. I’m very excited to have them as part of the Blacklight Media family!”


Vocalist Jake Oni adds, “We are excited to announce our signing with Blacklight Media/Metal Blade Records. It is an honor to be on the same roster as so many amazing bands. With the support of this legendary label at our side, the world is ours!”


Featuring the already-buzzing single “Eternal Recurrence“, an uncompromising anthem that upon release gave metal fans an early look at ONI‘s undeniable technical talent, Ironshore takes listeners on an absorbing ride that provides ample opportunity for head-banging, singing along and deep introspection. Watch the official music video for the track here.

Formed in 2014, the initial vision for ONI was, “to be the band I never got to see”, explains Jake Oni. With their influences rooted in progressive metal, ONI‘s sound can be compared to the genre’s heavy hitters – The Human Abstract, Protest 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 Xylo-synth player, in the form of Johnny D, which adds an intriguing dynamic to the nine tracks found on Ironshore.


ONI has now set their sights on conquering the music world, one show at a time. After their performance at this year’s Knotfest (which will featured a special guest appearance by LAMB OF GOD vocalist Randy Blythe on the Nuclear Blast stage), the band will join up with Max & Iggor Cavalera’s Return To Roots tour and perform on select dates through October 21. Following that tour, ONI will join the I Worship Chaos Tour line-up, beginning November 23 and featuring headliners Children of Bodom and fellow special guests Abbath and Exmortus (the latter of which they will perform five off dates with prior).


ONI Tour Dates:
Select Dates w/ Max & Iggor Cavalera Return To Roots Tour:
9/30 – Jacksonville, NC @ Hooligans Music Hall
10/1 – St Petersburg, FL @ State Theater
10/2 – Ft Lauderdale, FL @ Culture Room
10/6 – Chicago, IL @ Reggie’s Rock Club
10/7 – Detroit, MI @ Harpo’s Concert Theatre
10/8 – Dayton, OH @ Oddbodys
10/9 – Pittsburgh, PA @ The Rex Theater
10/10 – Ottawa, ON @ Maverick’s Bar
10/11 – Toronto, ON @ Opera House/44 Fest
10/12 – Montreal, QC @ Les Foufounes Electriques
10/14 – Quebec City, QC @ Imperial de Quebec
10/16 – Cleveland, OH @ Agora Ballroom
10/17 – Sauget, IL @ Pop’s
10/20 – Los Angeles, CA @ Regent Theater
10/21 – Tempe, AZ @ Club Red


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 @ L’Imperial Bell
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
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 @ Neighborhood Theatre
12/16 – Baltimore, MD @ Baltimore Soundstage
12/17 – Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre of the Living Arts
12/18 – New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
12/19 – Brooklyn, NY @ Warsaw


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