Aonia is a 7-headed, 14-legged creature, wielding two ‘sopranos with balls’ as vocalists, shredding twin axes, symphonic keys, and driving drums and bass.
2018 was a busy year for Aonia. Having won the Bloodstock ‘Metal to the Masses’ Sheffield competition, Aonia played the legendary festival’s New Blood Stage in August of 2018. Earlier in the year, Aonia also completed their first European tour with Alwaid (F), playing a series of venues in France, The Netherlands, and Belgium.
Additionally, the 6th of October saw the release of the band’s debut album – ‘The Seven’ – at AoniaFest II, a ten-band festival at the Corporation, Sheffield. Recorded at Black Carrot Studios and mastered by Scott Atkins of Grindstone Studio (Cradle of Filth, Savage Messiah, Sylosis, Amon Amarth), the album features ten tracks – 63 minutes – of magnificent melodies, haunting harmonies, and reverberating rhythms. Blaze Bayley (Wolfsbane, Ex-Iron Maiden) and Iliana Basileios Tsakiraki (Enemy of Reality) feature as special guests.
Listen to Aonia’s latest music video for ‘Sirens Lament’ below!
In addition, vocalists Joanne Kay Robinson and Melissa Adams – who have been trained by the internationally-renowned Victorian opera expert Martin Yates – have recently finished recording the upcoming Blaze Bayley album. The duo also featured on Bayley’s previous releases “Infinite Entanglement” and “Endure and Survive.” Furthermore, in October of 2016, Joanne and Melissa were invited to perform live with Bayley at the Huskvarna Rock and Art festival in Sweden.
Having reached the Bloodstock Metal to the Masses finals twice, Aonia is climbing the heavy metal ladder, supporting touring acts such as Leaves’ Eyes, Xandria, Blaze Bayley, Kobra and the Lotus, Warrior Soul, Skyclad, Dakesis, Azylya, and Forever Never. The band has also played the acclaimed ‘Dames of Darkness’ festival, headlined by gothic metal giants Sirenia and Leaves’ Eyes, and ‘SOS Festival,’ headlined by Absolva, Attica Rage and Knock Out Kaine. Aonia is also planning the second “AoniaFest” all-dayer, scheduled for 6/10/18 at the Corporation in Sheffield.
Check out Aonia’s music video for ‘Violet Hours’
Let’s see what Aonia has to say about Vocalzone!
“Joanne and Melissa have used Vocalzone tablets for years, starting when they were appearing in operas (such as “Pirates of Penzance” and “Iolanthe”) and while performing at the Buxton Gilbert & Sullivan festival. In Aonia, they continued the habit, and they never go into a performance or a recording session without a pack of Vocalzones.”