Review of Oh.’s “Metallia” by Giancarlo Bolther on Rock Impressions
by on January 19, 2019 in Metallia reviews
Metal Music Heavy Metal Rock Review Oh. aka Olivia Hadjiioannou

Giancarlo Bolther shares his passion for music with the world on a very special and elegant music review website Rock Impressions. Giancarlo has written articles, retrospectives and commentaries on progressive rock and heavy metal from the international and Italian music scene dating back to 1999.

It is an honor that Giancarlo has written this perceptive and mindful review of Metallia. I thank him for his supportive words and comprehension of this work.

He says:

Don’t be fooled by her fragile and delicate appearance, she burns fire and passion, try to watch the video of “Run Away” (from the previous album) and you’ll understand what I mean.

Also:

This record is a enchanting example of how it’s still possible to be original, when you move away from the usual big names and try to mix your own culture with modern music.

Read the review in Italian on Rock Impressions

Giancarlo BoltherGiancarlo Bolther shares his passion for music with the world on a very special and elegant music review website Rock Impressions. Giancarlo has written articles, retrospectives and commentaries on progressive rock and heavy metal from the international and Italian music scene dating back to 1999. For progressive rock connoisseurs, he has an entire section of articles from the 70’s (the golden years of progressive rock) called “Born Again“. His website also has hand-picked selections of music from the past – some very rare and of great interest.

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Translation from Italian by DeepL

OH stands for Olivia Hadjiioannou, a talented Greek guitarist. Don’t be fooled by her fragile and delicate appearance, she burns fire and passion, try to watch the video of “Run Away” (from the previous album) and you’ll understand what I mean. OH uses her own sensuality that becomes one with his instrument.

The style she proposes refers to prog, with a strong guitar component, which brings the music closer to a certain experimental metal. Olivia is accompanied by a very prepared rhythm section and keyboards, on this basis she launches her passionate solos. The album is composed of six tracks mostly instrumental, what is striking is the songwriting, which is quite personal. You can find references, but they are not so decisive. The titles of the songs, however, let you guess the epic aspect of the project: “Red Lion”, “Androgyny”, “Dragon’s Kiss”, “Triumph”. And as you can see from the cover I think that classical mythology is an important component in the formation of Olivia, who really looks like a goddess.

This record is a enchanting example of how it’s still possible to be original, when you move away from the usual big names and try to mix your own culture with modern music. Olivia succeeds and I hope that her origin is not an obstacle for her talent, which deserves to be appreciated. GB

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Olivia Hadjiioannou, Ολίβια Χατζηιωάννου, Oh., Press photos, Official Photos, Music, News, Greece, metal, RockMulti-instrumentalist and director Olivia Hadjiioannou as the artist Oh. has been honored for her ingenuity, innovation and creativity in music and video with multiple international awards. She made her debut as Oh. on the international music scene with the award-winning music video, "Trials" in 2013 – cited as one of the 50 top events to mark Greece during the economic crisis. With the advances of immersive video, she released her single "Love of Avalanches", mentioned in Huffington Post as one of first 360-degree immersive VR videos released by a Greek artist on YouTube in 2016.

The music video "Red Lion" is presently a winner and official selection in 12 film festivals worldwide. Winner of Best Music Video award in the inaugural French Riviera Film Festival (FRFF) in Cannes, France. Winner Best Music Video at the Cosmocinema Film Festival in London. Winner of the Best Music Video Short in The Psychedelic and Transpersonal Film and Music Festival that took place on May 25, 2019 at The Producer’s Club in New York City. Winner Best Experimental Mixed Media Short Film at the Paleochora Lost World Short Film Festival in Southwestern Crete in Greece. Read more in her Bio and EPK

The EP “Metallia” has received over 32 reviews from 13 countries worldwide, is in top 10 progressive rock and metal charts and listed as one of the best albums of the year for 2018 on Metal Nation Radio.

CD Metallia - Oh. aka Olivia Hadjiioannou

“Metallia” by Oh. is an epical prog-metal composition in six parts. A multi-layered sonic piece of ravishing solo electric guitars, time-bending tempo shifts, grooving bass lines and deranged drums.

This instrumental progressive metal album will reveal its intricacies and hidden depths over time. It will extract from your mind pure visions, to mend your mental pictures, preen presumptions and to elicit an element of the unexpected…. because that is what will transmute your subliminal mind map into a remarkable blueprint which will lead you from wherever you are now, to wherever you want to be.

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