Review of Oh.’s “Metallia” by Sébastien Bonnays on Prog Female Voices
by on October 9, 2018 in Metallia reviews

A sparkling review by the author of “Prog Female Voices,” Sébastien Bonnays. Visit his blog,  to discover all the wonderful music he writes about and read the review in French about “Metallia”.

Merci beaucoup pour cette merveilleuse critique!

The review translated from French by DeepL Translator:

Why listen to this record?

Oh. as Olivia Hadjiioannou by her real name. This young Greek artist who already has an EP (Sleeping World) and several singles to her credit since 2013, continues to surprise. After the excellent Deserted Eyes, volcanic-like Kate Bush, she comes back with this mini-album, where we didn’t expect her. In six tracks, Metallia, the well named, presents a condensed version of progressive instrumental metal… or almost. Indeed, if Olivia does not sing, she uses her voice as a complement to the other instruments. And it is she who plays everything here: guitars, bass, keyboards, drums, percussion and violin. The result is stunning, raw and uncompromising. Over the tracks, groovy bass and fiery guitars collide, embrace or cross paths in a tumult of tribal percussion. Like the cover, like a goddess from ancient Greece, the artist perfectly masters this experimental universe, inviting the listener to take on a new dimension, to reflect on his human condition in order to free his mind and soul. To this end, she uses the parable of the Great Work and transmutation into alchemy where Red Lion represents the raw material, then the four titles following its different phases to arrive at Triumph, synonymous with the philosopher’s stone. And all this in exactly 25 minutes and 22 seconds. Well done! Well done!

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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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Weird and Wonderful World of Oh.

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