Review of Oh.’s “Metallia” by Siggy Zielinski on Babyblauen Seiten
by on September 4, 2018 in Metallia reviews
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Babyblauen Seiten is the most comprehensive European and German language website for progressive music with over 23,000 reviews of 15,000 albums by 6,000 bands and is placed in the top 20 of review websites equal to Pitchfork Media.

Siggy Zielinski a reviewer on Babyblauen who specializes in electronic, experimental, prog, jazz, jazz-rock, metal and folk music, wrote a wonderful review of ‘Metallia‘.

He writes:

Only after a few passages does the open music lover begin to discover that the pieces are multi-layered and rich in detail and that the electric guitar is only used as one means of expression among many. Besides the parts for the guitars and drums, one discovers the ethnically coloured percussion, the creative rhythms and breaks and the polyphonic, mostly very wild vocals as well as the more extreme and unusual sounds that one can elicit from the human vocal cords. Now and then symphonic keyboard chords shimmer through and seem to suggest recognizable structures in the often shamanic songs. In such moments the voice of Oh. may remind of some well-known singers, most probably Kate Bush.

Thus, in parts the music reveals a rather experimental character. Like “Bee”, for example, which begins with solos for the acoustic guitar and then develops into an almost apocalyptic-appearing, sometimes industrial-influenced moods, which give an idea of the considerable depth that seems to have been created for the spatial mixing.

Thank you Siggy. Please visit Babyblauen Seiten to read the rest of the review in German

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Oh. is the name of a Greek musician who records her albums on her own as an accomplished multi-instrumentalist. She plays the electric guitar, the bass guitar, the drums and the violin – apparently all of them equally well and in an easy-going manner. Sometimes she also plays the keyboard and sings. On the present album with the melodious title “Metallia”, however, she only sings without words and with a mixed backing vocal, which then gives the impression of an additional instrument.

Nevertheless, I would not necessarily describe the music as “instrumental”. Singing plays an important role in what may seem to be a slightly chaotic arrangement, but in an extraordinary way.

On her website the sympathetic Greek explains that the EP “Metallia” is a six-part concept album, which was intended as a direct attack on our opinions and expectations in order to extract pure visions from our minds. A transformation should take place, if possible, to make gold out of the ordinary metal of our mind. You can see, the lady has a weakness for poetic, pictorial expression. Sometimes she also writes poems, or something comparable. The artwork also plays an important role for this versatile artist.

The very special music of Oh. seems to emanate from Progmetal and repeatedly revolves around the musician’s extensive guitar parts (such as solos and chord progressions). Only after a few passages does the open music lover begin to discover that the pieces are multi-layered and rich in detail and that the electric guitar is only used as one means of expression among many. Besides the parts for the guitars and drums, one discovers the ethnically coloured percussion, the creative rhythms and breaks and the polyphonic, mostly very wild vocals as well as the more extreme and unusual sounds that one can elicit from the human vocal cords. Now and then symphonic keyboard chords shimmer through and seem to suggest recognizable structures in the often shamanic songs. In such moments the voice of Oh. may remind of some well-known singers, most probably Kate Bush.

Thus, in parts the music reveals a rather experimental character. Like “Bee”, for example, which begins with solos for the acoustic guitar and then develops into an almost apocalyptic-appearing, sometimes industrial-influenced moods, which give an idea of the considerable depth that seems to have been created for the spatial mixing.

At the beginning the pieces seemed to me all too analogous and as if composed of various layers in panic and under a lot of pressure. But there is a method to this sympathetic madness and it seems entirely original to me now.

So if you want to hear a fairly experimental prog metal from a very talented multi-instrumentalist, “Metallia” is a good choice.

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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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