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Progressive Rock, Progressive Metal. Avant-Garde
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https://olitunes.com/review-of-oh-s-metallia-by-tomasz-grzywalski-on-secret-exhibition/

+Tomasz Grzywalski the author of, “Secret Exhibition” a blog coming out from Poznań, Poland, where algorithm developer, Tomasz expresses his musical “other half” – reviewed the new prog metal album “Metallia”.

He introduces his review referencing the French bass player and composer, Jannick Top’s album “Infernal Machina”:

In 2008 Jannick Top sent a shock wave through progressive rock community with the release of “Infernal Machina”. The sound that he created on that album was absolutely unique, a fascinating collision of zeuhl, metal and primal screams. Now after ten years I found the same formula rediscovered and applied, again with astonishing result, by OH. (Olivia Hadjiioannou) in her new album Metallia.

He says later:

I did not find any indication that OH. was influenced or indeed that she was even aware of Jannick’s work, but I would be very surprised if she wasn’t (although it’s not very uncommon for two composers to come up with similar ideas independently, a notable example is Henry Cow and Thinking Plague).

I believe someone once mentioned “Infernal Machina” – but actually Tomasz, you just introduced me to this work today through this review. Listening now.

I hear the “zeuhl” in “Metallia.” — yet another new discovery today – the word “zeuhl”.

So for those of you wishing to expand your “prog” vocabulary like me, this is what “zeuhl” means;

Zeuhl is a style of progressive rock that originated in France in the 1960s. Pitchfork’s Dominique Leone says the style is “about what you’d expect an alien rock opera to sound like: massed, chanted choral motifs, martial, repetitive percussion, sudden bursts of explosive improv and just as unexpected lapses into eerie, minimalist trance-rock.

The term comes from Kobaïan, the constructed language created by Christian Vander of the band Magma. He has said that it means celestial; that “Zeuhl music means ‘vibratory music’ and that zeuhl is “L’esprit au travers de la matière. That is Zeuhl. Zeuhl is also the sound which you can feel vibrating in your belly. Pronounce the word Zeuhl very slowly, and stress the letter ‘z’ at the beginning, and you will feel your body vibrating.”

Originally applied solely to the music of Magma, the term “zeuhl” was eventually used to describe the similar music produced by French bands beginning in the 1970s.

Thank you, Tomasz for introducing me to French progressive “zeuhl” and the honour of associating “Metallia” with such a groundbreaking musician as Jannick Top and his album “Infernal Machina”.

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“Metallia” #14 in the Progressive Chart powered by Progwereld and Progstreaming

https://olitunes.com/metallia-14-in-the-progressive-chart-powered-by-progwereld-and-progstreaming/

What an honour to be there with so many great bands – Spock’s Beard, The Pineapple Thief, Riverside…

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Review of Oh.’s “Metallia” by Henric van Essen on Dutch Metal Maniac
https://olitunes.com/review-of-oh-s-metallia-by-henric-van-essen-on-dutch-metal-maniac/

Dutch Metal Maniac is a Dutch metal blog with reviews, interviews and media in English. The team of writers and reviewers are Tim van Velthuysen, Julia Obenauer, Alessandro, Henric van Essen, Martijn Bakker and Leon F.

Henric van Essen of Dutch Metal Maniac reviewed “Metallia”. He has an awesome quote on his bio page:

Never be afraid to wander off the beaten track and once you do, make sure you take more than a few steps. Music has way more to offer you than wherever your current path takes you.

It means a lot when a reviewer – who has listened to “a gazillion bands” says:

I normally hesitate comparing bands to other bands, simply because I think that comparing in some way devalues the effort and work of said band, but even if I wanted to this time, I simply couldn’t. I’m sure you can come up with more than a handful of bands whose influence is to some extent audible in Olivia’s music, but that does not change the fact she has developed a musical style of her own, which can best be placed in the utmost corner of extreme prog metal.

He also says:

This, of course, limits her potential audience because the highly complicated prog she composes is pretty much an acquired taste that is not appreciated by all metal fans. However, the metal fans that do appreciate this will go bananas when they hear this.

That’s a great confirmation. Thank you Henric and Tim and the rest of the team at Dutch Metal Maniac
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Review of Oh.’s “Metallia” by Gabriel Badelier on Progcritique
https://olitunes.com/review-of-oh-s-metallia-by-gabriel-badelier-on-progcritique/

Gabriel Badelier the inspired, perceptive and artful author behind the highly revered French music review website Progcritique wrote a superb review of new progressive metal album “Metallia.” Progcritique is a website that features new reviews on the latest albums in the world of progressive rock.

I love Gabriel’s use of rich adjectives in the entire review and expressly in the description of “Dragon’s Kiss” and “Triumph”

"A symphonic approach for “Dragon’s Kiss”, in truth a melodic melting pot to better blur the tracks, Olivia wanders according to her inspirations and goes from a nostalgic rock to a screaming and fusion metal, revealing an amazing skillfulness. The last “Triumph” track, which is a real slaughter, exudes a great freshness of inspiration and shows, if necessary, the imperial mastery of the lady."

"Impregnated with a heavy atmosphere, an eclectic and electric music with a fast tempo, this “Métallia” is a very beautiful album where the lovers of Olivia Hadjiioannou and the others will find what they are looking for! "
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Review of Oh.’s “Metallia” by Kev Rowland on Progarchives

https://olitunes.com/review-of-oh-s-metallia-by-rev-rowland-on-progarchives/

Kev Rowland, special collaborator on the Cross-over prog team on Progarchives, has written a wonderful review on Progarchives.com about “Metallia“.

Kev is one of the most prolific reviewers with an incredible 1227 written reviews. What dedication, strength of spirit and love he must have to have supported so many bands who are not covered by mainstream press in the progressive underground.

I especially like his analogy to the ‘washing machine’ where he says:

“Time signatures change, bombastic elements come in and out, and it really feels like the listener is being swept along in a maelstrom, or being put inside a washing machine when it is at full pelt.”

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Review of Oh.’s “Metallia” by Peter Cox on Your Music Blog

A new review by Peter Cox — writer at Your Music Blog, radio host on a Future Beautiful Radio show called The Indie Rock Show (Facebook page for it) and musician for over 30 years – in bands such as Dutch melodic and progressive hard rock band Chinawhite and guitars, keyboards, drums and vocals in ambient/new age /progressive rock project Forest Field and the instrumental project Earthshine.

https://olitunes.com/peter-cox-your-music-blog-metallia-oh9122018/
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Review of Oh.’s “Metallia” by Igor Gorely of R.A.I.G. Records on Recyclable Sounds
https://olitunes.com/review-of-oh-s-metallia-by-igor-gorely-recyclable-sounds-records952018/

Igor Gorely is the founder of R.A.I.G. Records. When I went to his website to read about his record company and review site “Recyclable Sounds”. I stumbled upon his commentary where he states that reviews “..at a minimum, they should cause interest in music and literally turn the “reader” into a “listener.” What impeccable intent. He says:

"Over time, I came to two important conclusions for me. The first – any notes about music – whether it’s previews or reviews, reviews or encyclopedic references – should be functional. That is, at a minimum, they should cause interest in music and literally turn the “reader” into a “listener”. Second – no notes on music can not be subjective. Not only because each of us hears, sees and feels in his own way. But also because music is one of the most expressive and emotionally charged art forms, and you can write about it only in a state of either a strong mental uplift, or deep disappointment and even irritation. It is unlikely to be objective and unbiased."

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Review of Oh.’"s “Metallia” by Alain Massard on Profil Progressive Music Webzine
https://olitunes.com/review-of-oh-s-metallia-by-alain-massard-on-profil-prog/

Profil is a radio program and webzine in Quebec that is dedicated to the world of progressive rock. The site is full of hundreds of interviews and the radio program has been broadcasting for 25 years.

Alain Massard a wonderful and vibrant reviewer and writer from Profil narrates the experience of ‘Metallia‘ with lyrical and literary expression. I so enjoyed the energy of this review. Following a narrative like this when you feel a writer has fearlessly immersed themselves in the music and can put words to it is such a precious gift back to the artist.

Je vous remercie, je vous en suis très reconnaissant.

Some quotes from the review:

" Time to tell you about this stratospheric lady who comes from nowhere or from another planet, that of metal-prog-fusion-trash-dream-haunting and not only! You’ll understand, I just loved his devilish production for its tracks and not for the cover which, although it is very beautiful, did not need that to keep you going!"

" So, to go with my convoluted methodical sense, I would say that I “fell in love” with this music that in a few notes gathered everything I could listen to in the great Bible of the PROG! We have short intros, I conceive but all different to ask the question of where we will go! Different themes to get lost in any search for dinosaur groups in which she may have bathed when she was young! A basic cyclothymic structure with a deafening bass and schizophrenic drums to keep you in going, and bouncy, playful guitars, with a changes of tempo not to let you go too far in the analysis,… and finally ethereal voices, coming from a siren’s rock, which disturbed me a lot at the very beginning, but which also allowed me at that moment to feel downright mesmerized… "

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Review of Oh.’s “Metallia” by Siggy Zielinski on Babyblauen Seiten
https://olitunes.com/review-of-oh-s-metallia-by-siggy-zielinski-on-babyblauen-seiten/

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. "
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Review of Oh.’s “Metallia” by K-MaNriffs on Blessed Altar Zine
https://olitunes.com/kmanriffs-blessed-altar-zine-review-oh-metallia/

A metal veteran of 38 years and writer, K-MaNriffs found “Metallia” on Twitter and wrote an epic review on Blessed Altar Zine – a trailblazing webzine that supports underground metal music of all genres.

He says:
"It’s always cool when a Metal artist throws you a curve ball! Sure they’re risking their work slipping through to the catcher on some, but for those they connect with, well, the feeling is magic! Here’s my thought on the new OH! album."

Oh wow! What the bloody hell’s going on here then? Freshness. Uniqueness. Boldness. An outlier! Call it what you like, but this is anything but your typical run of the mill, bog standard, meat and potatoes, vanilla-like metal. In fact, that last sentence is awash with deliberate review clichés in an attempt to convince you that what we’ve got going on here is totally the opposite! "

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