Review of Oh.’s “Metallia” by Henric van Essen on Dutch Metal Maniac
by on September 26, 2018 in Metallia reviews
Dutch Metal Maniac

Dutch Metal Maniac is a Dutch metal blog with reviews, interviews and media in English. The team of writers and reviewers are Tim van Velthuysen, Julia Obenauer, Alessandro, Henric van Essen, Martijn Bakker and Leon F.

Henric van Essen of Dutch Metal Maniac reviewed “Metallia”. He has an awesome quote on his bio page:

Never be afraid to wander off the beaten track and once you do, make sure you take more than a few steps. Music has way more to offer you than wherever your current path takes you.

It means a lot when a reviewer – who has listened to “a gazillion bands” says:

I normally hesitate comparing bands to other bands, simply because I think that comparing in some way devalues the effort and work of said band, but even if I wanted to this time, I simply couldn’t. I’m sure you can come up with more than a handful of bands whose influence is to some extent audible in Olivia’s music, but that does not change the fact she has developed a musical style of her own, which can best be placed in the utmost corner of extreme prog metal.

He also says:

This, of course, limits her potential audience because the highly complicated prog she composes is pretty much an acquired taste that is not appreciated by all metal fans. However, the metal fans that do appreciate this will go bananas when they hear this.

That’s a great confirmation. Thank you Henric and Tim and the rest of the team at Dutch Metal Maniac

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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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