Review of Oh.’s “Metallia” by Jerico on Metalwave (Italian Metal Underground Webzine)
by on December 13, 2018 in Metallia reviews
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A magnificent review of “Metallia” by Jerico the founder and creator of Metalwave, the Italian metal underground webzine.

The pieces are beautiful and give an idea of new, fresh, like a house where you understand that there lives a woman; it starts with the gritty “Red Lion” very Heavy Metal oriented, there is a video on youtube (not first and not last of a long series according to what she says), then follows “Bee” with its acoustic beginning that simulates just the flight of a small bee and then overflowing in a vast and swirling swarm of robotic wasps that really create a trippy atmosphere where the production has been done in a truly intelligent way, almost a “composition within the production” where there is a magnificent use of space, depth, panning etc…. (magnificent piece). ~Jerico Metalwave

Grazie mille!

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(Translated with Google Translate and DeepL)

The word “progressive” and “avant-garde” are used in a naive way and should not be so because every time the idea of labeling a musical project with them comes up, you should ask yourself “with respect to what?” and you should realize how many times it is not appropriate to use it. This is not the case because to label Oh. and her Metallia with these terms is instead a due act. This talented Athenian girl has creativity to sell as well as being responsible and sober both from the point of view of the musical offering and from the point of view of the social and graphic, in short, the image.

This is an instrumental work unlike her previous ones, which focuses on the electric guitar but not so much, because the way in which all the background intervenes and therefore various types of percussions, strings, digital instruments, choirs is enormously present and an immense aid to the sound as a whole, thus avoiding making everything appear as the usual pile of virtuosity of the guitarist X ends up themselves.

The pieces are beautiful and give an idea of new, fresh, like a house where you understand that there lives a woman; it starts with the gritty “Red Lion” very Heavy Metal oriented, there is a video on youtube (not first and not last of a long series according to what she says), then follows “Bee” with its acoustic beginning that simulates just the flight of a small bee and then overflowing in a vast and swirling swarm of robotic wasps that really create a trippy atmosphere where the production has been done in a truly intelligent way, almost a “composition within the production” where there is a magnificent use of space, depth, panning etc…. (magnificent piece).

Androgyny is the third and is characterized by a main riff in palm muting with a wall of female choirs halfway between the sweet and the warrior; it is the one I see most combined with the cover, it gives me the idea of something mythical, a sort of song of the amazons in a modern key.

Resurrection, on the other hand, has a not-so-sweet taste of Devil May Cry, gothic and distorted, a truly successful distorted guitar combo and Requiem-inspired chorus that will bring us to the conclusion with the fiery and impressive epilogue of Dragon’s Kiss and Triumph.

Strongly a long time spent with music (I think it’s her sixth release) Olivia Hadjiioannou with this album she has made a name for herself and is taking home a high mark; it’s really nice to see how she manages to make her music and her image artistically original and is certainly more than worthy of support.

Bravo!

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Metalwave (www.metalwave.it) is an online metal music webzine founded and created by Jerico. Metalwave supports the Italian underground metal scene with live reports, interviews, reviews, concert news and articles and books since 2004

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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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