Oni's The Silver Line is an ambitiously frantic patchwork of ideas that pays off - and it's packing one hell of a dinner party guestlist

Featuring some stellar guest appearances, Oni's new album is ambitious and delicious

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Oni has rounded up the dream dinner party on The Silver Line. The prog-metalcore innovator has gotten experimental on his third album, fusing black metal and djent sensibilities with an eclectic flurry of genres. From Sueco’s bright glimmer of pop-punk rap on Spark to the gloriously frazzled grit of the The Dread, featuring Sikth’s Justin Hill, the album is impressively dynamic and brutally heavy. 

Polar ends of the vocal scale even feature, with high-pitched Sleeping With Sirens yelper Kellin Quinn dropping in for Underneath My Skin, contrasting with Howard Jones’ distinctively deep, smooth-as-honey vocals on standout track Aura. The Silver Line is an ambitiously frantic patchwork that pays off, and sweltering closer Burns My Soul is a perfect crescendo on which to end.

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Emily Swingle

Full-time freelancer, part-time music festival gremlin, Emily first cut her journalistic teeth when she co-founded Bittersweet Press in 2019. After asserting herself as a home-grown, emo-loving, nu-metal apologist, Clash Magazine would eventually invite Emily to join their Editorial team in 2022. In the following year, she would pen her first piece for Metal Hammer - unfortunately for the team, Emily has since become a regular fixture. When she’s not blasting metal for Hammer, she also scribbles for Rock Sound, Why Now and Guitar and more.