2022 is an exciting time for underground rock music. It feels like there is a continuous stream of bands swinging out of rehearsal rooms armed with albums that turn the rock scene on its head. One of those such acts is London rock duo Nova Twins, who have been detonating their explosive mix of punk and nu-metal in venues across the UK for a few years now, proving themselves to be one of the most potent acts around. So, will their new album, Supernova, help cement their place as one of the most exciting and vital groups on the circuit?
Kicking off with “Antagonist,” with a dirty, distorted riff, the tone is set as the duo of singer and guitarist Amy Love and bassist Georgia South wallop out a swirling mix of punk rock and modern rock. It’s a hard-hitting start from the pair followed up by the sultry, grinding “Cleopatra.” “K.M.B” is the first time you start to see the full wealth of Nova Twin’s armoury as the pair drip their industrial punk with splashes of gritty, straight-from-the-streets rap. Love brutally snarls, “Get my fucking crowbar, take you to the Graveyard” over a filthy riff, huge pop melodies, and an atmosphere lifted right out of one of those really creepy horror movies we all love to watch.
“Fire & Ice” is simply a sizzling slice of dirty modern rock. Packed with more of that distortion-soaked riffery and that hard-hitting message so important to the pair, this is the perfect example of how the ladies won’t shy away from drilling home their message. As well as those hard-hitting, uncompromising words, Supernova is the kind of album that doesn’t contain itself within any musical boundary. Pulsing through its veins, Supernova has got punk rock snarl, nu-metal bounce, R&B grooves and hip-hop attitude. When the pair roll that all into one and then light the fuse on tracks like the pumping “Choose Your Fighter,” the explosive end result is devastating.
“Sleep Paralysis”’s jarring mix of almost industrial punk rock and delicious pop is the perfect way for the twins to sign off this wonderfully diverse and exciting album. A record that travels down so many musical paths you never know what is coming, Supernova is also a recording that doesn’t shy away from hitting home its tough message. Combine the two, and you get one of the most vital albums from one of the most vital groups the UK scene has produced in the last few years. Absolutely essential.
Supernova Track Listing:
1. Power (Intro)
5. Fire & Ice
7. A Dark Place For Somewhere Beautiful
9. Choose Your Fighter
11. Sleep Paralysis
Run Time: 30:54
Release Date: June 17, 2022
Record Label: Marshall Records