Review of Oh. on Permafrost Today and Merlin Prog by Ulf Backstrøm
by on July 16, 2018 in reviews

Ulf Backstrøm is a prolific Norwegian writer and reviewer of progressive music and has written over 1540 articles on his website Permafrost Today and 6000 articles about music on Merlin Prog.

He writes about ‘progressive music’ but not just any music labelled as progressive for the sake of genre classification but rather, as he states on his about page, “music based on progressive thinking”. He eloquently describes with great precision what I have always sought to accomplish with music.

He says:

“Good music to challenge me while listening. Good music to trigger my musical taste buds, and to start my reflections. Then the chance is that I develop and learn something that should be fuel for every human being. Because learning and development is something that adds to life a necessary portion of ‘spice”. Such a spice is found in music. Not surprisingly, I think progressive music has the finest “flavour”. “

Thank you again for the feature Ulf and for sharing with us the progressive “spices” you have found from all over the world.

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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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