Italian duo OvO have spent the last 14 years creating what they have termed minimal extreme metal, and from what I have heard from them, that about sums them up perfectly. This is their seventh full-length album, added to the numerous collaborations and remixes they have been part of, and an album that marks a new stepping-stone and introduces electronic sounds to their repertoire.
On “Abisso”, their second release for Supernatural Cat, Bruno Dorella (percussion) and Stefania Pedretti (vocals, guitar, bass) have created eleven nightmarish soundscapes that manage to escape the album and burrow right into your brain. ‘Tokoloshi’ is the lead track for the album, with the band having created a suitably bizarre video for it. The track starts with some the sound cutting in and out as if the recording process had failed. The sound drops at irregular intervals, leaving the listener confused and unprepared for what is to come and when it will strike.
On ‘Anesis’ , they go for a heavy industrial feel, with a strong military sounding rhythm and samples at the centre of the track. One of the more “normal” tracks on the album, if that’s the right word to use. A lot of the tracks are slow and take their time to build up or in some cases fall apart. It does on occasion sound very random and untidy, but there is certain uniformity to the chaos.
There are the guests / collaborators on this album, Alan Dubin of O.L.D. / Gnaw / Khanate guests brings his vocal talents to ‘A Dream Within A Dream’ and Carla Bozulich and her band Evangelista appear on ‘Fly Little Demon’ and in their own way, they add something else to this varied cacophony of noise. Everything about the band comes across as something a little bit different. A duo comprising (according to their bio) of a ‘little possessed singer’ and an ‘enormous drummer’, with a predilection to wearing wrestling masks when performing.
Thurston Moore, Sleepytime Gorilla Museum and Bastard Noise to name three. The variety of those three acts alone shows the types of influences they are drawing from. “Abisso” is a slow lumbering beast, that is at times quiet and eerie before becoming loud and abrasive, but it keeps its unsettling theme throughout. Very difficult to grade an album like this, as people with an interest in the more leftfield branches of metal will find plenty on here to like, others will just not be able to grasp it at all.