In celebration of the birth of Abisso, the forthcoming new studio endeavor from Italian avant noise weavers, OvO, today the band have disclosed further album details as well as a video for the track “Tokoloshi.”
Though OvO is a tricky band to pinpoint, it’s easy to identify the evolution from Assassine‘s total improv to Cor Cordium‘s radical noise rock. Abisso marks a new artistic era for this eclectic two-some, formed by Stefania Pedretti and Bruno Dorella. There’s a renewed richness to their sound, brought on by the use of samples, drum machines, pads, field recordings and synths. Cor Cordium and its predecessor, CroceVia, were veritable points of no return for their minimal rock designs, engaged in making as much sound as possible with very few elements: Dorella’s half drum set, Pedretti’s guitar and incredible voice. The new challenge is to go beyond those confines, using contemporary music tools to maintain their unparalleled creativity and eternal evolution. With the help of Giulio “Ragno” Favero at the mixing desk, Giovanni Versari’s mastering, and the friendly collaboration of Gnaw’s Alan Dubin (formed OLD and Khanate) and Carla Bozulich with her full band, Evangelista, OvO have crossed into new territories of extreme artistry.
On the subject of this collaboration, Carla Bozulich enthuses via the medium of poetry, “On the night that the stone church exploded there were birds in the rafters and birds in the sky. The darkness became permanent and the stone became ice. Yet the bells, they continued to ring. When the animals melted, no one knew what was to come. Impossible sounds came from the open stomachs of stone beasts in the sky. Red light and numbers. Out came the birds. The freedom was that of blood that rushed into the veins. Not bleeding out. The blood rushed in. The giant ice rocks broke into a sort of clock on the ground and the villager’s frozen fingers cracked as they prayed for a house of power and stone and quiet apologies, guilt and salvation. But the stones were a sad ending and there was a new start beginning — two happy twin children, the blood gently flowing up up in in into their frozen veins. It was OvO and Evangelista. Two heads on a small bird – growing – growing — eyes of LEDs and red numbers and bells. The numbers clicked one and a big bell rang. Two and a bell. Then three and four… Do not wait for midnight flashing twelve. Just turn around and run.”
Comments Alan Dubin simply of his part on the track “A Dream Within A Dream, “I am honored and psyched as hell to have my voice be a part of such a devastating OvO song.”
Watch The fittingly twisted visuals for “Tokoloshi” HERE:
Abisso Track Listing:
1. Harmonia Microcosmica
3. I Cannibali
4. A Dream Within A Dream (feat. Alan Dubin)
6. Harmonia Macrocosmica
8. Pandemonio09. Ab Uno
10. Fly Little Demon (feat. Evangelista)
OvO will release Abisso on November 4th via Supernatual Cat and upon entering their thirteenth year in existence, are showing no signs of relenting in their unorthodox attack on instruments.
Further OvO details to be divulged in the weeks to come.
“With such a small collection of instruments to abuse, OvO constantly evolve as a multi-headed beast – at times creating a clatter of apocalyptic death-thrash before veering violently into extended passages of synth-driven noise-doom. If you’re looking for the soundtrack to a murderous rampage, multi-car pile-up or nuclear meltdown, look no further. There doesn’t really exist anything else quite like this in music.” – The Sleeping Shaman
“From start to finish it sounds like a hellmouth opened in a recording studio, which is every bit as fascinating as that sounds.” – MTV Iggy
“Ominous basslines, crushing drumming and serpentine guitar – fascinating and terrifying.” – Sitting Now
“Drifting in the limbo between the percussive sludge of Jucifer and the surreal assault of Fantômas.” – The Skinny
“Not for the faint of heart, but then again, most real art is like that: it challenges you to make sense of it according to your own life and beliefs, and either ignore it or change because of it. This is that real.” – Foxy Digitalis
“The two masked hell-raisers that make up OvO have created an album that can only be described as a discordant, schizophrenic and shockingly evil mess, albeit an extremely enjoyable one. Fuzzy lumbering bass lines, simple percussion and dirty riffs play the backing music to groans and screams that could only have materialised directly from hell’s mouth. It doesn’t get much more fucked up than Cor Cordium; the worrying thing is you’ll probably enjoy it.” – Digital Fix