Review of Oh.’s “Metallia” by Olav Martin Bjørnsen on ProgressoR
by on December 2, 2018 in Metallia reviews
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Olav Martin Bjørnsen one of the most prolific, earnest and conscientious reviewers of progressive music online, reviewed “Metallia” on the long-standing progressive rock online magazine and database ProgressoR

On this mini-album, progressive metal is the name of the game, and a rather peculiar variety of it at that. The non-verbal backing vocals of Olivia is something of a key trait throughout, adding a primal, raw emotional sheen to the proceedings, and a striking contrast to the rather more challenging instrument arrangements too. The songs are all intense, often chaotic, just about always challenging. Fluctuating from one expression to another, flirting with epic orchestral metal just as much as abrasive, non-harmonic quirky instrument wanderings.

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The website ProgressoR – Uzbekistan Progressive Rock Pages: an online progressive music review database was founded in 1998 by the late Vitaly Menshikov who was the editor until 2016. Since then editor Olav Martin Bjornsen (Progmessor) has taken over as the main reviewer on the site and Dmitriy Menshikov as the technical editor and webmaster. It was one of the first sites online that covered progressive rock, metal and avant-garde music with thousands of reviews and a detailed database that spread the news of the genre around the world.

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Since 2008, Olav Martin Bjornsen is the main reviewer on www.progressor.net delivering over 100 reviews a year for over a decade. He also reviews for the internet radio website houseofprog.com. In the past, he was an active collaborator for the website www.progarchives.com as (Windhawk), wrote for Progressive Ears, Prog4You, and USAprogmusic. He writes for the Rites of Spring Festival (RosFest), FRaME music and is a radio DJ on the House of Prog.

The Viking in the Wilderness is a weekly 3 hour long internet radio show that started in 2017. The host is Olav Martin Bjørnsen. Featuring a variety of music from jazz to progressive rock, ambient sounds, heavy metal and music beyond definition.

Every Monday on The House of Prog at 6 PM GMT / 1 PM EST

Note: I am very grateful to Olav “Windhawk” who first discovered my music on House of Prog and added it to Progarchives in 2013.

OH. in Crossover Prog sub-genre of Prog Archives

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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