Review of Oh.’s “Metallia” by Xaris Beladakis on GreekRebels.gr
by on November 16, 2018 in Metallia reviews
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Xaris Beledakis, an editor on the Greek rock and metal website Greek Rebels reviewed “Metallia”

Greekrebels.gr is an online magazine that promotes and supports the Greek & global rock/metal scene for the last 14 years.

I am very grateful for his beautiful words, the fantastic review and spirit that he has given to this album.

He says about Metallia:

That’s exactly what Metallia has done. Diversity. Listening to it I realized that each song melodies separately and a different human mood, as is also shown by the change of atmosphere from piece to piece. Musically you will meet straightforward references to Jim Matheos (more with O.S.I than with Fates Warning) and the Vai/Satriani a bit, while subconscious 70s prog influences coupled with classical music become apparent with a closer second listening. So we’re talking about a disc that escapes the “leaks” called heavy metal and gets the freedom to look for a different path. Either this is called art rock, or just experimental.

Personally, I would consider a crime if someone restricted the “Metallia” by calling it a progressive instrumental album, as this alone it is not. All-out musicians will already have welcomed Oh. as the new rising star of the domestic scene. The rest of the ordinary listeners, as well as the cinephiles (why not?) who choose to listen to it, will not lose, provided they are concentrated because it’s not one of those works that you just listen to for time to pass.

Please read the FULL review on GreekRebels.gr in Greek (translation below)

Greekrebels.gr is an electronic magazine that was originally created as a fanzine in January 2004 by editor and founder Nikos Siglidis. It has promoted and suppported the Greek & global rock/metal scene for the last 14 years. In the past, Greekrebels.gr also published four collections, “Enter The Hellenic Metal Rebellion” (2005) and “Carving Metal Tunes Volume One, Two & Three” (2011).

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Xaris Beladakis is an editor on Greekrebels.gr.

He says: “Music expresses what can not be said and what is impossible to keep in silence.”

Translation from Greek (Google Translate):

The term “multi-instrumentalist” has never had a particular impact on Greece. First, because it is not for all ears and second, it is targeted at a particular category of people predominantly that of musicians. Oh. (Olivia Hadjiioannou) began her musical journey in 2013 and is not only a genuine lover of heavy progressive metal but also a highly talented soul who likes to experiment with her sound.

The big advantage you have when you literally take everything to a record is that you have the luxury of recording and testing things with anything that expresses you and gives you inspiration. That’s exactly what Metallia has done. Diversity. Listening to it I realized that each song melodies separately and a different human mood, as is also shown by the change of atmosphere from piece to piece. Musically you will meet straightforward references to Jim Matheos (more with O.S.I than with Fates Warning) and the Vai/Satriani a bit, while subconscious 70s prog influences coupled with classical music become apparent with a closer second listening. So we’re talking about a disc that escapes the “leaks” called heavy metal and gets the freedom to look for a different path. Either this is called art rock, or just experimental.

In addition to the very intense sense of cinematography attributed by orchestras and choral parties (always by the same), making the whole venture also function as a soundtrack of a dystopian sci-fi film, with a brighter example of Resurrection.

Finally, its short time gives you all the time you need to understand and see beyond the riffs that, in essence, come to second place sacrificing the altar of emotion. This, moreover, prompted (or at least prompted) the progressive.

Personally, I would consider a crime if someone restricted the “Metallia” by calling it a progressive instrumental album, as this alone it is not. All-out musicians will already have welcomed Oh. as the new rising star of the domestic scene. The rest of the ordinary listeners as well as the cinephiles (why not?) who choose to listen to it will not lose, provided they are concentrated because it’s not one of those works that you just listen to for time to pass.

For the Scrapbook

Oh – Metallia (Self Financed) Greek Rebels

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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