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Merging mutant industrialism with corroded soundscapes, this Italian duo paint a decaying post-apocalyptic picture, one that’s at times bleak, at times vivid and in the case of March Of The Freaks and Matriarcale, pretty unhinged. When OvO stamp on the distortion pedals, their depth charge riffs do some serious damage (Satanam a particularly potent example) and their approach to ‘heaviness’ is truly refreshing.

And yes, if you want unrelenting, pounding destruction a la Godflesh, OvO deliver it on songs like Eternal Freak and the title track, but there’s far more to Bruno Dorella and Stefania Pedretti than mere Broadrick worship – a hell of a lot more in fact. Pedretti’s abrasive vocals are used more to spit shrapnel at the listener than deliver lyrics, and there’s an almost DIY flavour to Creatura, a feeling that this music was welded together in a grimy underground lab rather than a state-of-the-art factory.

OvO’s eighth album is a lot to process on one listen, granted, but you’ll be rewarded for your patience… or sent ever so slightly insane. Either way, this is a unique musical statement that demands attention.


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