OH. – Synemotion in New Releases at Prog Metal Zone
on May 1, 2015 in
The album, Synemotion is in the April list for new releases on Prog Metal Zone, “Prog Metal New Releases: April 29, 2015” – a great resource for progressive metal news, cd and concert reviews and a general discussion of all things related to prog metal!
Prog Metal Zone writes:
Progressive Metal (OH. is the moniker for Greek born guitarist/composer Olivia Hadjiioannou who favors impassioned shredding and hard-driving songs along with some really powerful progressive vocal numbers. She’s quite a talent and, at least on the video for Run Away, does not have a problem featuring her extremely fit physique!)
Prog Metal Zone is primarily maintained by Jeff Stevens, an avid collector of all kinds of music, but mostly focusing on progressive rock, jazz, fusion and of course prog metal! He is always searching for and taking recommendations for great progressive metal groups and cd’s but found that the information he sought was in a ton of different places. After many years of sitting on the fence, he finally decided to do something about it and create The Prog Metal Zone, your resource for all things prog metal related.
Also learned something in the FAQ:
What’s the difference between Progressive Metal and progressive metal?
Good question! progressive metal (lower case) is heavy metal that “progressed” beyond the often fomulaic and somewhat juvenile forms of metal that took root in the 80’s, often epitomized by hair metal. Bands like Watchtower, Atheist, Fates Warning and Queensryche wanted to challenge the conventions of the day and create music that went beyond the norm and incorporate a more sophisticated and complex form of heavy metal than what was going on at the time. Basically the music “progressed” as great art often needs to do to stay relevant.
Dream Theater also started in the late 80’s and, after their classic album, Images and Words, Progressive Metal (Upper Case) became a recognized style in addition to a way of creating music. This style is often derided for being “nothing more than a bunch of Dream Theater clones”. We at Prog Metal Zone heartily disagree with this assessment and ask only that you keep an open mind and check out a wide variety of music. Let’s try to remember what Frank Zappa always told us “If it sounds GOOD to you, it’s bitchin’; if it sounds BAD to YOU, it’s shitty. The more your musical experience, the easier it is to define for yourself what you like and what you don’t like”
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Multi-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.
“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.
Available on Bandcamp