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Oni Posts "Barn Burner" Xylosynth Playthrough Video

Technical progressive metal band Oni recently released 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.

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."

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1. Drum_Junkie writes:

I meant to comment on this earlier...

Really cool song and unique instrument choice.
I showed this to my sister-in-law and she recognized the playing technique as very similar to the marimba. This guys note accuracy is pretty impressive. It's one thing to be that accurate with fingers a guitar fretboard, it's another to command that skill with four mallets using your grip to adjust the note spacing.

Well done!

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2. Blindgreed1 writes:

That dude is crazy good. Did Oni just raise the bar for technical progressive metal?

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3. coldiem writes:

Wild! As a bonus it actually sounds pretty cool and not gimmicky.

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