George Baba is the kind of guy who seems to live and breathe music. He has played in VOID, The Dead Revolt, RIVERS and Death By Supernova. Death By Supernova like his other projects is undeniably rock. Baba has a penchant to play rock that derives from the late ‘60s and ‘70s rather than something contemporary.
Between his guitar tone, delivery and a number of other factors his music on his self-titled album is a mix between hard, garage, progressive and classic rock. Fans of bands from Alice Cooper to Deep Purple to Black Sabbath should be able to enjoy Death By Supernova without much of a problem.
Thematically Death By SuperNova isn’t exactly an uplifting album. Baba explains that the album is about “A lonely man who seeks comfort in a woman through sex. He is unable to understand why she doesn't want to be with him and in a depressed state of mind, he violently murders her.” Luckily, Baba is a gifted lyricist and the experience of listening to the album from beginning to end does not feel trite.
He kicks things off with a sludgy, rocker entitled “Silver Tongued Devil.” The chorus is memorable when he sings, “I was a rockstar all along Nobody ever told me I was a winner, they were wrong I was a rockstar all the time Just didn't know it cause I was a loser all my life.” It has a certified catchy chorus that got stuck in my head after spinning the song for a second time.
“1000 Misfires in the Womb of Creation” has my vote for top ten coolest song titles I have heard. The initial build up of the song sounds like something you would expect from The Who. It’s a pure cathartic energy release that is all too rare among mainstream rock bands these days. “Thank God for the Atomic Bomb” gets into punk/garage type territory. The microsecond guitar fills are money.
The lyrics become more indicative of the theme on “These Grave Girls.” He sings, “I can't caress you with severed hands So release me from these chains Cause I'm addicted to your lustful smile And it's driving me insane.” As the album progresses the songs are well written and hard to ignore. “War and Women” was a personal favorite that I will be revisiting every so often.
Death By Supernova isn’t flawless but it is a consistently good album that delivers. Recommended
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