Not only am I a huge fan of music, but I’ve immersed myself in horror movies for the better part of 30 years. To me, certain forms of music and horror movies go together like peanut butter and jelly. I’m obviously talking about the metal genre with it’s (at times) disturbing subject matter and violent imagery. In decades past, many horror movies relied on metal for backing music or even soundtracks to help push movie advertising (remember Freddy in the Dokken “Dream Warriors” video or Megadeth revamping “No More Mr. Nice Guy” by Alice Cooper for Shocker?).
Some of the earliest horror is known as “Giallo” based out of Italy in the 20th century. It was known for it’s elements of mystery along with slasher, crime, or supernatural elements. There was usually a tinge of eroticism in these movies as well which caused outrage in normal folk. By today’s standards, these movies seem rather tame, but for their time, they were quite shocking to the public. Throughout the years, heavy metal has received the same negative reception from narrow-minded individuals. If OvO had been around in the early 20th century, an album like Creatura would have made for an excellent giallo soundtrack.
Based out of Ravena, Italy, OvO is the duo of Stefania Pedretti and Bruno Dorella. The songs here are extremely primitive and tribal. Many images of the movie The Wicker Man fly through my head as I listen to the blending of demonic screams (no words can be deciphered here), electronic drumming, guitar, and lots of crazy synth work. While this album is made of song titles such as “Satanam”, “Zombie Stomp”, and “Freakout”, they’re all sums of a whole work that should be enjoyed from start to finish.
To truly enjoy a work of this magnitude takes some time and effort. My advice is to do what I did: pull up YouTube and look for any pre-1920’s silent horror movie and put on Creatura at full blast while watching. The movie and this album will take on a whole new meaning.
If you dig the pulsating rhythms of Swans mixed with the oddities of bands like Nadja (who are also excellent) and Gnaw Their Tongues, you’re in for a treat with OvO.
Watch the Gummo-esque video for the song “Satanam” below and order the LP!