This Friday, Selfmadegod Records will release D.Ö.D., the debut album from Polish/Italian grindcore/thrash/crossover faction Camera Obscura Two with current and former members of Schizo, Cripple Bastards, Hour Of Penance, Novembre, The Foreshadowing, Pestem, and more on the record.
Camera Obscura Two (or CO2) is led by Alberto Penzin, formerly of Italian thrash legends Schizo, on four-string bass, joined by Giulio The Bastard (Cripple Bastards) on vocals, Andrea Ragusa (ex- Pestem, I Will Kill You) on five-string bass, Marco Mastrobuono (Hour Of Penance, Inno) on guitars, and Giuseppe Orlando (Novembre, Catacomb) on drums.
My Ways Are Not Your Ways
To Bleed To Feel Alive
Stalked By The Eye Of No God
Need For Limited Loss
(She’s) The Enemy
The Bitterest Drop (Part 1)
CO2’s D.Ö.D. was tracked in Italy by Mastrobuono and Orlando at Kick Recording and Outer Sound Studios with additional tracking by Carlo Altobelli and Graziano Manuele at Toxic Basement Studios and Ueickap Studio, with additional guitar and bass tracked in Poland by Haldor Grunberg at MAQ Records and Satanic Audio, and additional drum pars recorded by Wilfred Ho in China. The record was mixed and mastered by Mastrobuono and Orlando at Kick Recording and completed with illustrations and cover design by Szymon Siech. Several of the tracks were originally written and performed by Schizo in the 1980s and 1990s, and the record features guest musicians Marco Montagna with additional lead guitars and vibrato bar and Steven Fischer with additional effects and underground cinematics. The music on D.Ö.D. is probably for fans of Discharge, Bulldozer, Nihilist, Hellhammer, Terrorizer, Repulsion, Killing Joke, and S.O.D.
Camera Obscura Two: was conceived by Alberto Penzin (ex-Schizo) on 09/09/07 and ultimately brought to life on 10/10/10 with the grand arrival of Giulio The Bastard (Cripple Bastards) on vocal duties, followed by the pivotal recruiting of second bass player Andrea Ragusa on 11/11/11. After a few years in the basement intertwined with some sporadic live stints, several demo tracks and a couple dozen additional months on hiatus, the band is now ready for quite some turmoil following the addition to the ranks of guitar player deluxe Marco “Cinghio” Mastrobuono and drummer wiz Giuseppe “Peppe” Orlando.
The band’s first full-length release is an elegant recollection of all CO2 crucial tunes purposely re-recorded and put together for the eloquently titled D.Ö.D. album, a twenty-eight-minute lean, mean, and tight affair. The record also marks the unfortunate departure of lead vocalist Giulio The Bastard, as the CD cover sticker reads, «A mean compendium of songs arranged, rehearsed and experienced during the early days of the band. And a farewell mémoire to friend and vocalist Giulio The Bastard, no longer involved with CO2. All tracks freshly revamped and committed to tape with no holds barred, mostly fueled by a glorious array of HM-2/5150 set to explode».
As luck would have it, a new vocalist has already been found and will be formally introduced prior the release of next album T.O.D., which has already been conceived and is planned for next year. To sum it all up in just a few bombastic words: CO2 is a one-way pathway to spiritual elevation filtered through a lifetime worth of obsession with metallic transgression. In other words, all the controlled violence and grinding riffage you could wish for.