The Pitch: Italian experimental duo OvO continue what Decibel called a "David Lynch dance party" with their new album via Artoffact Records. FFO: Swans, Igorrr, Skuggsja
What I Like: After all of the death metal and hardcore I've been listening to from 2019, it was high time for something different. With an intensely eclectic and highly unique mixture of electronic, industrial, folk, ambient, and black metal; OvO was just what the doctor ordered. This is music that is impossible to put into a box. You've got the more aggressive fare of grim, industrial banger "Queer Fight," but also the strange, almost Gorillaz-meets-Krayashawn soundscapes of "Testing My Poise." And can we just take a second to praise that snare tone? The opening of "Psora" is like sonic daggers before taking a detour into something more slow and ominous. And I can't help but think about Skinny Puppy's cEvin Key when listening to the mood music of tracks like "Sicosi" and "L'Eremita."
Critiques: The second half is a little heavy the more atmospheric material. I like it, but a better ratio throughout of meditative to aggressive would have made for a more consistently engaging runtime.
The Verdict: Miasma is Björk and Yoko Ono in the depths of an ether binge with Ivar Bjørnson. It may be early in 2020 to say, but I have few doubts that this will be one of the most unique albums to come out this year. It's not for everyone, but it's definitely something you should find out for yourself.
Flight's Fav's: Queer Fight, You Living Lie, Psora
- Review by FlightOfIcarus
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