OH.
Metallia


4.0
excellent

Review

by MetalSoliloquy USER (11 Reviews)
October 25th, 2018 | 7 replies


Release Date: 2018 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Progressive music in the true sense of the word.

Oh. is the musical alter ego of Greek composer, multi-instrumentalist and sound producer Olivia Hadjiioannou. She arrived to the international music world in 2013, releasing her debut EP Sleeping World, which received positive reactions worldwide. In 2015 she released her debut full-length album Synemotion. Now, three years later, Oh. returns to the scene with her second EP, Metallia.

When I received the review request for Metallia, I hadn’t heard anything about Oh. before. Let me put it like this – all the expectations I had about what this record might sound like were shattered when I listened to it for the first time. Oh.’s music truly is something special.

The terms “progressive”, “experimental” and “avantgarde” get thrown around a lot nowadays (not least by myself), but they are rarely really deserved. In this case however, there are hardly any other words one could use to describe the sonic mayhem presented on this EP. Metallia is one 26-minute long composition in six parts, rich in shredding guitars, time-bending tempo shifts, groovy bass lines, deranged, Middle-Eastern influenced rhythms, haunting expressive vocals and creative synth and percussion elements scattered all over the composition.

At first listen, the EP is one thing more than anything else – overwhelming. The sheer amount of musical elements build into the composition are almost too much to take in, especially since the composition itself is unconventional to such an extent that one almost cannot make out any traditional musical structures. The tempo changes repeatedly, the individual instruments are layered in a way that makes you feel like missing out when you try to focus your attention on only one of them.

The hidden leitmotives and recurring patterns in the compostion reveal themselves only after multiple listens and make this EP a real grower that you will return to over and over again and still be surprised and impressed every time you hear it. With Metallia, Olivia Hadjiioannou has proven to be an incredibly gifted and creative composer and technically talented musician. If you are tired of progressive bands repeating the same old stuff over and over again, look no further – Oh. has you covered.


Originally published at www.metalsoliloquy.wordpress.com



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skriverier
October 25th 2018


9 Comments


For a moment I read the title as "Metallica - Oh." thinking they were up to some no good experimental shenaniganry again (god forbid).

I enjoyed your review.

skriverier
October 25th 2018


9 Comments


(this site doesn't have functioning emoticons? what did you people do to deserve this?)

Dewinged
Contributing Reviewer
October 25th 2018


17556 Comments


This sounds like my cup of tea. Good write'up.

Oh, and one review per day brother. We do it that way to give space to everyone's reviews in the front page.

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MetalSoliloquy
October 26th 2018


18 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks, wasn't aware of that rule. Will keep it in mind ;)

Dewinged
Contributing Reviewer
October 26th 2018


17556 Comments


No worries, it's not like it's written anywhere anyway.

Itwasthatwas
October 26th 2018


2189 Comments


this is really cool

DivergentThinking
December 29th 2018


6226 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Well, just found another album that will move my AOTY rankings around again



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