Review of Oh.’s “Metallia” by siLLy puPPy on Progarchives
by on January 5, 2019 in Metallia reviews

siLLy puPPy is an extraordinary reviewer of progressive music online. He is a special collaborator on Progarchives with over 1400+ reviews and a special collaborator on the Prog/AG Team on Metal Music Archives with a whopping 1600+ reviews. You can also view his extensive collection of music on Rate Your Music.

His review of “Metallia” left me speechless. It is an epic review—full of allusions and mythic references. He paints a picture with words of “Metallia” and places it with precision and grace among the music of the style, something only a person with deep knowledge of the genre can do.

He writes about progressive metal:

The term “progressive metal” rarely gets me excited any longer as it seems for every innovative band that finds a way to craft something completely out of the box, there are about a thousand or more imitators ready to latch on to any possible shred of creativity released and eager to dumb it down until it’s almost impossible to distinguish who actually started the innovation. Every once in a while though, some artist will find a way to create a stylistic shift that incorporates all the elements on the checklist without sounding like Dream Theater, Symphony X, Fates Warning, Crimson Glory or Pain Of Salvation. Yes indeed. Progressive can transcend whereas the metal part firmly establishes some expectations.

And all the way from Athens, Greece we find one of those unique artists who has found a way to go somewhere I’ve never experienced and I have to admit that it’s grown on me quite a bit.

and then about “Metallia”

METALLIA packs a punch like a quickened battle on Middle Earth. With the epic nature of classic Manilla Road and trance metal guitar heft that weaves around the energetic Middle Eastern percussive flow, OH. displays not only her metal idiosyncrasies unlike any other but fortifies them with some serious progressive workouts that allow the complex atmospheric overcast to create the perfect metal storm of sensual goddess driven bombast like Kate Bush joined Slayer and decided to conquer Rome. Add to that there are subtle flamenco and industrial influences to create one of the strangest albums to fall under the prog metal banner of the year. And during the short time this short little slice of metal heaven is in the midst of the battle of the forces it is quite satisfying in the end that the supplicatory pleas of “Triumph” are heard no doubt with the help of Aphrodite, Zeus and other Greek deities who enjoyed this album as much as i did! έξοχος!

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siLLy puPPy is a collaborator on Progarchives.  On ProgArchives he is on the PSIKE team which evaluates music to be included on the site for psychedelic, indo-raga, krautrock and progressive electronic as well as the JF/Canterbury team that covers jazz-fusion and Canterbury Scene and Eclectic prog team. He has written over 1400+ reviews on the ultimate progressive rock music website since 2015. He is also a reviewer on Metal Music Archives with 1608 reviews on the avant-garde metal team.

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OH - Metallia, review by siLLy puPPy

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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