Review of Oh.’s “Metallia” by Stephen Conrad of Progressive Rock Fanatics
by on August 6, 2018 in Metallia reviews

Stephen Conrad is not only a writer and reviewer on Progarchives and his website Progressive Rock Fanatics but he is also a chaplain and an accomplished musician himself. He is a progressive rock enthusiast and recently wrote a review on Progarchives and his website about “Metallia”.

I want to thank Stephen for delving deep into the spiritual and metaphysical components of the music and my psyche. Though Stephen doesn’t know me personally, his words used to describe me at the beginning of his review validate how music can transmit knowledge and give us all understanding and gnosis. His adjectives were so precise it candidly shows he has such sensitivity and a gift of spiritual perception.

He stated in his review,

The quest for the “Philosopher’s Stone” is the stated aim, and in essence, that means becoming spiritually integrated and aware, able to transcend forces that attempt to crush and destroy the human spirit.

An old saying from the recovery world goes something like this: We are not human beings having spiritual experiences, we are spiritual beings having human experiences.

What a great reminder for our journey here.

Thank you also for your gift of descriptive writing, I am always taken aback when someone can put words to describe music, that is a special art. here is what he says about the album:

“Cacophonous, complex, illustrative, dense, awash in radiance, terrifying, challenging- all of it driven by the taut, ferocious guitar work and instrumental mastery demonstrated by Ms. H.

Waves of feminine choral sounds weave in and out of the tapestry, washes of intensity rarely relenting, leading me to recall why at one point in my younger days I was strongly drawn to consider using psychedelic drugs. Mind expansion, spirit expansion. Transcendence. Enlightenment.

I thought the music must be considered a language of its own, and interpreting another’s language is risky and delicate.

Yet, if you do take time to listen and not only listen but HEAR, you will be rewarded, even, perhaps, transformed.”

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Review of Oh. Metallia album for Progressive Rock Fanantics by Stephen Conrad

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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