Next week, Selfmadegod Records will release D.Ö.D., the debut album from Polish/Italian grindcore/thrash/crossover faction CAMERA OBSCURA TWO, by current and former members of Schizo, Cripple Bastards, Hour Of Penance, Novembre, The Foreshadowing, Pestem, and more. Toilet Of Hell is currently hosting an exclusive stream of a new lyric video for the album’s “To Bleed To Feel Alive.”
CAMERA OBSCURA TWO (or CO2) is led by Alberto Penzin, formerly of Italian thrash legends Schizo, on four-string bass, joined by Giulio The Bastard (Cripple Bastards) on vocals, Andrea Ragusa (ex- Pestem, I Will Kill You) on five-string bass, Marco Mastrobuono (Hour Of Penance, Inno) on guitars, and Giuseppe Orlando (Novembre, Catacomb) on drums.
Following their 2019 split 7″ EP with Schizo, CO2‘s D.Ö.D. was tracked in Italy by Mastrobuono and Orlando at Kick Recording and Outer Sound Studios with additional tracking by Carlo Altobelli and Graziano Manuele at Toxic Basement Studios and Ueickap Studio, with additional guitar and bass tracked in Poland by Haldor Grunberg at MAQ Records and Satanic Audio, and additional drum pars recorded by Wilfred Ho in China. The record was mixed and mastered by Mastrobuono and Orlando at Kick Recording and completed with illustrations and cover design by Szymon Siech. Several of the tracks were originally written and performed by Schizo in the 1980s and 1990s, and the record features guest musicians Marco Montagna with additional lead guitars and vibrato bar and Steven Fischer with additional effects and underground cinematics.
Toilet Ov Hell writes with the “To Bleed To Feel Alive” lyric video, “What do you get when you mix members of Hour Of Penance, Cripple Bastards, Novembre, and Schizo? You get the skull-scraping, gut-grinding, double-bass blast known as CAMERA OBSCURA TWO. When I say ‘double-bass’ I don’t mean a double bass pedal. I mean they have two, count ’em, two bassists. That’s enough low-end to shake loose the fillings in your teeth. Don’t believe me? Well, we have a brand new lyric video from the band to prove you wrong.”
Fans of Discharge, Bulldozer, Nihilist, Hellhammer, Terrorizer, Repulsion, Killing Joke, and S.O.D. tune in.
See CAMERA OBSCURA TWO’s “To Bleed To Feel Alive” lyric video first only at Toilet Ov Hell RIGHT HERE.
Also see the previously released “Stalked By The Eye Of No God” lyric video HERE.
Selfmadegod Records will release CO2’s D.Ö.D. on CD and all digital platforms next Friday, February 12th. Find the album at the Selfmadegod webshop HERE and Bandcamp HERE.
CAMERA OBSCURA TWO was conceived by Alberto Penzin (ex-Schizo) on 09/09/07 and ultimately brought to life on 10/10/10 with the grand arrival of Giulio The Bastard (Cripple Bastards) on vocal duties, followed by the pivotal recruiting of second bass player Andrea Ragusa on 11/11/11. After a few years in the basement intertwined with some sporadic live stints, several demo tracks and a couple dozen additional months on hiatus, the band is now ready for quite some turmoil following the addition to the ranks of guitar player deluxe Marco “Cinghio” Mastrobuono and drummer wiz Giuseppe “Peppe” Orlando.
The band’s first full-length release is an elegant recollection of all CO2 crucial tunes purposely re-recorded and put together for the eloquently titled D.Ö.D. album, a twenty-eight-minute lean, mean, and tight affair. The record also marks the unfortunate departure of lead vocalist Giulio The Bastard, as the CD cover sticker reads, “A mean compendium of songs arranged, rehearsed and experienced during the early days of the band. And a farewell mémoire to friend and vocalist Giulio The Bastard, no longer involved with CO2. All tracks freshly revamped and committed to tape with no holds barred, mostly fueled by a glorious array of HM-2/5150 set to explode.”
As luck would have it, a new vocalist has already been found and will be formally introduced prior the release of next album T.O.D., which has already been conceived and is planned for next year. To sum it all up in just a few bombastic words: CO2 is a one-way pathway to spiritual elevation filtered through a lifetime worth of obsession with metallic transgression. In other words, all the controlled violence and grinding riffage you could wish for.