Review of Oh.’s “Metallia” by Artur Chachlowski of Prog Rock MLWZ
by on August 25, 2018 in Metallia Reviews

The great Polish metal journalist, Artur Chachlowski of MLWZ has written a smashing review about “Metallia”. A fearless review written with words as intense as the music he describes. I especially like

…nervous strings cello strings in “Resurrection”, swinging rhythm rocking to the left and right with this musical ship in “Bee” and the feeling of a sonic siege caused by the surrounding sound chaos everywhere. in “Androgyny” – when you experience it all, only then will you feel like a welcome visitor in the land of sounds prevailing in the great musical kingdom of Metallia.

Yes, he certainly conquered the “Kingdom of Metallia”

Thank you Artur for such a wonderful review. Please visit his website and listen to his radio show on MLWZ

Dear reader, at the beginning, you will feel the atmosphere of total chaos. However, over time, this instrumental progressive-metal album will reveal to you the logic of your intricacies and hidden musical depths. It provokes you to think, stimulate the imagination and draw you into the world, let’s say it gently: not very obvious sounds. Listening to Metallia, expect to be unexpected. Nothing is obvious here, nothing sounds as you would expect, and surprise is surprising.

This album will not please everyone, but I know that there will be those who, from the first note opening the theme of “Red Lion”, will be fascinated and kidnapped by the seemingly cacophonic gallop of the sounds of the Greek multi-instrumentalist. In this land there is a turbulent anarchy of crushing guitar riffs, madly drumming percussion and mad vocal that does not sing any particular text, but rather acts as an additional instrument. These choral vocal Ohms build an unbelievable sound tension, and her music sounds so long that you feel like in a manic musical tornado from which there is no escape. You lose control over reality from minute to minute and you stop knowing about what’s going on around you.

Read the full review on MLPZ.PL

MLWZ – “Mały Leksykon Wielkich Zespołów” (MLWZ = “A Small Lexicon of Great Bands”) is radio Rockerwis.FM progressive rock show which started in 1994, on air every Wednesday between 9:00 pm and1:00 pm CET (GMT +1). The show producer is Artur Chachlowski, who is also a well known Polish Metal Hammer journalist.

On the MLWZ show, he presents the Seventies bands which sparked the imagination of music lovers playing progressive rock, art rock and symphonic rock. the show also features younger artists, not only Marillion, Pendragon, Galahad, IQ or Pallas but most of all debut bands and the ones which can currently boast the most interesting albums. The playlist always comprises plenty of new music exclusive to the MLWZ show, which means tracks before their official release. Only on MLWZ can you listen to albums not available for sale in Poland. It was the MLWZ show which featured Spock’s Beard, RPWL, Mostly Autumn and Asgard on the air for the first time in this country. Apart from new albums, each show features Art Rock oriented news, music memories with a Classic Track Focus, interviews and special guest talks with Polish and international artists, and The Record of the Week Review with ample classic rock highlights.

On each playlist, you can click the name of the artist to bring you to the artist’s own website.

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Google Translate:

A multi-instrumentalist and songwriter Olivia Hadjiiannou, hiding from Athens under the pseudonym Oh, created a fascinating, seemingly musical disorder, label titled “Metallia.”

This is a six-part epic composition kept, generally speaking, in a prog metallic style. But to say that music styled by Oh is prog metal, it’s like saying nothing. Because “Metallia” is a multi-layered, sonorous song full of dense sound, thrilling solo guitars, numerous and surprising changes of tempo, rhythmic bass and driving the rhythm of drums and madly sounding vocals.

Dear reader, at the beginning you will feel the atmosphere of total chaos. However, over time, this instrumental progressive-metal album will reveal to you the logic of your intricacies and hidden musical depths. It provokes you to think, stimulate the imagination and draw you into the world, let’s say it gently: not very obvious sounds. Listening to Metallia, expect to be unexpected. Nothing is obvious here, nothing sounds as you would expect, and surprise is surprising.

This album will not please everyone, but I know that there will be those who, from the first note opening the theme of “Red Lion”, will be fascinated and kidnapped by the seemingly cacophonic gallop of the sounds of the Greek multi-instrumentalist. In this land there is a turbulent anarchy of crushing guitar riffs, madly drumming percussion and mad vocal that does not sing any particular text, but rather acts as an additional instrument. These choral vocal Ohms build an unbelievable sound tension, and her music sounds so long that you feel like in a manic musical tornado from which there is no escape. You lose control over reality from minute to minute and you stop knowing about what’s going on around you.

Add to this the many tribal elements (as in the theme of “Dragon’s Kiss”), nervous strings cello strings in “Resurrection”, swinging rhythm rocking to the left and right with this musical ship in “Bee” and the feeling of a sonic siege caused by the surrounding sound chaos everywhere. in “Androgyny” – when you experience it all, only then will you feel like a welcome visitor in the land of sounds prevailing in the great musical kingdom of Metallia.

Phew! It is not easy to reach the end of this, not long after, because only a 25-minute EP, which is closed by probably the least-ordered part of it titled “Triumph”. Listening to “Metallia” is a very intense experience that, like everything intriguing, becomes even better, more valuable and can only be appreciated when you are really ready to listen to it carefully, to understand every nuance and subtle elements hidden somewhere under a thick shell difficult to receive music. Olivia Hadjiiannou demonstrates to us “Metallia” his enormous musical power, which will either crush you or magically draw you into the realm of musical anarchy. Test your strength and the possibilities of sonic perception. Try it. Go to a meeting with sounds that will probably hurt your ears, but the mind will absorb this extraordinary musical message. Just do not say I did not warn you.

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