Selfmadegod Records welcomes 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 many others – and presents the band’s debut album, D.Ö.D.
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 (Pestem, Mass Turbo) on five-string bass, Marco Mastrobuono (Hour Of Penance, Inno) on guitars, and Giuseppe Orlando (Novembre, Catacomb, Inno) on drums.
Following their 2019 split 7″ EP with Schizo, CO2’s D.Ö.D. was tracked in Italy by M. Mastrobuono and G. Orlando at Kick Recording and Outer Sound Studios with additional tracking by Carlo Altobelli and Graziano Manuele at Toxic Basement Studios / Ueickap Studio, and with additional guitar and bass tracked in Poland by Haldor Grunberg at MAQ Records / Satanic Audio, plus additional drum parts recorded by Wilfred Ho in Hong Kong. The record was mixed and mastered by Mastrobuono and Orlando at Kick Recording Studio and completed with illustrations and cover design by Szymon Siech. Two of the tracks were originally written and performed by Schizo in the 1980s and 1990s, and the record features guest musicians Marco Montagna on additional lead guitars and Steven Fischer with additional effects and underground cinematics.
Fans of Discharge, Bulldozer, Nihilist, Hellhammer, Terrorizer, Repulsion, Killing Joke, and S.O.D. should not miss this one.
blackened death metal centered around New York City's grimy underbelly. this is my favorite album to come out so far in 2021 the tracks are short, concise and hit hard. there is a good combination of black metal screeches and buzzing death metal riffs. looking forward to what comes next. kesley
I’m not a good judge when it comes to grindcore. I tend to get lost in the sea of existing projects. But that stuff sure stands out. It even has surprising easter-egg-like tracks at the end. The ten-minute untitled closer reminded me of… Motoi Sakuraba’s kick-ass rock jams in the battles of Resonance of Fate / End of Eternity. Alice M.
The change in the vocal style is jarring at times compared to older releases by the band. But as the album progresses you get used to it, and this is another great crust/grindcore release by them. Bart