Wednesday, November 16, 2016

OvO + The Quietus

"Punctuated by slamming, swampy drums, squalls of feedback and punchy guitar riffs, as well as Stefania Pedretti's no-holds-barred vocal."
–The Quietus

"They play music – rhythmic noise, really – that simmers with a flat-affect malice, owing equal debts to extreme metal, noise rock, industrial music, and dark electronica. Lurching metal/noise collages topped with wordless shrieking... Feverish energy... A melodic heart that calls '80s slasher scores to mind."
–Stereogum

New OvO track "Eternal Freak" premiered today via UK site The Quietus.

Listen, here:

Another anthem of bare-bones industrial-metal occultism, "Eternal Freak" appears on the Italian duo's ninth album, Creatura, coming December 9th on Dio Drone Records.

Counting Swans and Diamanda Galas as their biggest influences, OvO's Stefania Pedretti and Bruno Dorella mark dark magic out of primitive industrial sounds and Pedretti's theatrically demonic vocals. Dorella pounds out minimal cadences on a mix of acoustic and electronic percussion, as Pedretti casts spells in her own arcane language –"there are no lyrics," she explains. A combination of guitars and synths sets a driving, end-of-the-world tone. 

Creatura was recorded by Lorenzo Stecconi (Zu, Ufomammut) at a theater company's warehouse in Ravenna, Italy; it was mixed by Giulio Favero, and mastered by Giovanni Versari (Muse).

For further edification, check out the band's recent video clip for "Satanam," here:

Over its 16-year career, OvO has played a total of almost 1,000 shows across the world, with bands like Godflesh, Thrones, and Nadja. OvO will be touring throughout 2017.

Photo by Francesca Morello