Progressive metalcore outfit, ONI, have today kicked off a brand new chapter with the release of ferocious new single, “The Lie”, via Ironshore Records. The track marks the first new music from Jake Oni, ONI‘s frontman and creative mastermind, since the band’s 2019 standout single, “Alone” and their highly acclaimed 2016 debut album, Ironshore (Metal Blade). The new track was co-produced by Jake‘s musical ally and good friend, Lamb Of God axe-man, Mark Morton, together with renowned producer Josh Wilbur (Megadeth, Trivium, Gojira).
Jake and Mark previously collaborated on the latter’s debut solo album, Anaesthetic, with Jake executive producing and co-writing the collection’s #6 Active Rock track, ‘Cross Off’ with Morton, Wilbur and the late Chester Bennington.
Speaking about the brand new song, Jake Oni shares;
“I’m really proud and excited to release “The Lie” – our first new song in over 2 years. I wrote this one with Mark Morton and Josh Wilbur and it was one of those songs that kind of wrote itself. I’ve been working really hard over the last year and can’t wait to start releasing new music for everyone. “The Lie” felt like the best track to kick off the next chapter of ONI.”
In modern times, the demonic ONI figure of Japanese Folklore transformed into a personification of protection, often adorning rooftops or leading festive parades to ward off evil. In this same spirit, the crushing aggressive music of ONI, the band, acts as an empowering weapon. ONI casts out the cruel demons of self-hatred, addiction, and whatever destructive obstacles one might face.
The band Metal Injection described as “key figures in paving the way for a new wave of progressive metalcore,” is led by frontman Jake Oni, who summons cathartic anthems from personal pain. In 2014, Jake first conceived of ONI as “the band I never got to see,” recruiting different players with technical skills to make music that shook the foundations of the scene. Comparisons to genre heavyweights like Meshuggah, Between The Buried And Me, and Protest The Hero came swiftly.
ONI released Ironshore on Metal Blade Records in 2016, heralded by No Clean Singing as “maybe the most impressive debut I’ve heard this year.” Songs like “The Only Cure,” “Barn Burner,” and “Eternal Recurrence” whipped audiences into a frenzy as ONI traveled the globe. The band shared club and festival stages with Gojira, Turnstile, Code Orange, and Rob Zombie, among others. ONI’s 2019 single “Alone” racked up over 1.3M spins on Spotify alone. In 2022, ONI returns with a sophomore album boasting an even bigger sound than before. ONI‘s new music has been co-produced by Josh Wilbur (Avenged Sevenfold, Trivium, Megadeth) and Lamb Of God guitarist, Mark Morton.