Review of Oh.’s “Metallia” by Gabriel Badelier on Progcritique
by on September 18, 2018 in Metallia reviews

Gabriel Badelier the inspired, perceptive and artful author behind the highly revered French music review website Progcritique wrote a superb review of new progressive metal album “Metallia.” Progcritique is a website that features new reviews on the latest albums in the world of progressive rock.

I love Gabriel’s use of rich adjectives in the entire review and expressly in the description of “Dragon’s Kiss” and “Triumph”

A symphonic approach for “Dragon’s Kiss”, in truth a melodic melting pot to better blur the tracks, Olivia wanders according to her inspirations and goes from a nostalgic rock to a screaming and fusion metal, revealing an amazing skillfulness. The last “Triumph” track, which is a real slaughter, exudes a great freshness of inspiration and shows, if necessary, the imperial mastery of the lady.

Impregnated with a heavy atmosphere, an eclectic and electric music with a fast tempo, this “Métallia” is a very beautiful album where the lovers of Olivia Hadjiioannou and the others will find what they are looking for!

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Olivia Hadjiioannou, also known as Oh. produces “Métallia”. It is, indeed, an EP that includes six tracks, composed, arranged and mixed by Olivia, on which she plays all the instruments. In the same spirit as her previous production “Synemotion” (http://progcritique.com/2015/05/oh-synemotion/) “Métallia” displays an explosive character due to its concentrated power, Olivia herself says of her compositions “that it is not music for fragile souls but an evanescent storm of instrumental music (the voice being used not for words, but as a sound) that will suit lovers of loud, progressive and experimental music”, a whole work in itself!

Indeed, most of the album is turned towards a rock metal with a severely punctuated tempo, the melodies follow one another and melt with almost every sound. This power is felt from the excellent introduction of “Red Lion”, a superb blend of metal and progressive and is reaffirmed with “Bee” with a Latin

intro before Olivia’s guitaristic wrath falls on it. A track that could almost be described as progressive in its construction, “Androgyny” and its evanescent choirs, does not hesitate to visit or revisit hard rock, the phrasing of the guitar is incisive, striking, the result is a furiously hybrid music. The energy released by “Resurrection”, far from a formalized anthem, rests on an implacable rhythmic that allows itself all the deviations, and succeeds in creating a clean and original sound, where lyrical flights cross the iron with guitars and their merciless riffs.

A symphonic approach for “Dragon’s Kiss”, in truth a melodic melting pot to better blur the tracks, Olivia wanders according to her inspirations and goes from a nostalgic rock to a screaming and fusion metal, revealing an amazing skillfulness. The last “Triumph” track, which is a real slaughter, exudes a great freshness of inspiration and shows, if necessary, the imperial mastery of the lady.

Impregnated with a heavy atmosphere, an eclectic and electric music with a fast tempo, this “Métallia” is a very beautiful album where the lovers of Olivia Hadjiioannou and the others will find what they are looking for!

Progcritique

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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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