Supernatural CatOvo : Abisso -LP/CD- (I,2013)****°
It’s hard to believe that this duo (with Bruno Dorella on drums and Stefania Pedretti on vocals and guitars) are already having this band/project for 13th years! It is heavy shit, which is experimental and creative, like a new language almost, not fitting with hardcore or deathmetal or avant-garde but having something in common a bit with all those genres, as if being inspired even more directly from the pit of demons via some sort of ritualistic, musically inspired demonic possession.
The album still starts (and rather ends) quietly, with oscillating guitars, and calmly building-up drums, then a voice emerges like a dinosaur opening its egg, screaming for the first time. Accompanied by a certain heavy fuzz bass rhythm some repetitive groovy drumming, a song still emerges from here, screaming from a dark and fire place of hell. The second track starts with a bit of distorted electronics, heavy bass and drumming. It reminds me a bit of this 90s track with the “Fire”-element, with the setting filmed underground mining underground rock clip (-I remember “firestarter” from The Prodigy here-). A high voice is vibrating with its crazy weirdness but also, with great musical effect. On the next track, drums are added and heavy deep distortion, creating together a doomed stoner effect, while enriching it with rather hardcore-alike trash rock vocals. The next track starts more quietly with bass and drums with the voice still screaming with pain, but also in a more quiet way with the same amount of horror. Then an extra deep deathcore voice is added, so that the full picture of horror turns complete, with the doom bass and drums to it. While the drum and bass continues to peep, boom and power up, the lead voice seems to speak out witches’ spells. On the next track with drums and distorted guitar leading, the rather possessed voice pushes the music further up as if whipping it with her voice. We hear some oscillating guitars on top. The title track is even more frightening with horrors from hell, crying from the pit, during a steady rhythm, with experimental peeps to it and deep long note distortions, with an almost industrial music-kind of electricity. Some breathy witchy voice is added on top. Consider this is as opera. As a contrast a rather folk voice is added on top of this as well, while the other parts are breathing sweat. The next track features a faster drum rhythm, screams from hell, and some faster screaming. Also then, a rather folk voice, like Indonesian singing, is added as a nice extra contrast to the deeper breathing bass voice and the distorted bass/drums continuations. The one before last track is a last quiet moment with experiments on guitar, drums from a kept distance. It shows a quiet rhythm, a spatial feel, and we hear an organ drone too. A bit more normal singing occurs. Where the last track could be direct a recording from hell, where you can hear an imprisoned beast being slaughtered in the metallic machine environment, swallowed to it’s event in sound, to an even more horrifying effect.
For this new album, the duo had the help of Giulio “Ragno” Favero at the mixing desk, Giovanni Versari for the mastering. It also featured the collaboration of Alan Dubin (ex OLD, Khanate, now in Gnaw) and Carla Bozulich with her full band Evangelista.