"Bone-chilling. Breathtaking. Beguiling. Bizarre." - Veil of Sound
Ignoto (meaning "unknown" in Italian) is the new and tenth album by OvO, a legendary Italian duo formed by Stefania Pedretti and Bruno Dorella. Following a release on CD and vinyl last year, they are now releasing it on cassette via Ripcord Records.
Ignoto contains two tracks both lasting over twenty minutes. In this sense the album could be described as doom or sludge but with OvO nothing is ever that simple. The electronic elements that have been present over recent years are still there and play important roles in both pieces.
Above all, however, the lyrics are composed of complete sentences in Italian, a thing which rarely happened in the past. Stefania Pedretti took her inspiration from science fiction and horror classics (Octavia E. Butler, Mary Shelley, Bram Stoker, H. P. Lovecraft, Edgar Allan Poe, Philip K. Dick, Ray Bradbury, Clive Barker, Ambrose Bierce…) bringing out the more esoteric side.
OvO’s fiercely independent ethos and grinding live schedule have earned the band a significant worldwide fanbase that have come to expect nothing but the most daring and innovative dark music presentations.
OvO went through over two decades of noisy music, with a strength that’s not easy to explain, but becomes very clear when seen live. There is poetry behind their savagery. There is love behind their nihilism.
Stefania Pedretti: vocals, guitar, modular synth
Bruno Dorella: drums, electronics
Recorded by Alberto Bimbi at Bronson Club, Ravenna, Italy
Mixed and mastered by Giulio Favero