Metal Hammer Portugal is currently streaming Doom Machine, the new full-length from Lisbon-based heavy rock unit MISS LAVA. The premiere comes on the eve of the record’s official release via Small Stone Records and Kozmik Artifactz.
Captured live at Generator Music Studios in Sintra, Portugal by Miguel “Veg” Marques, the band’s fourth album stands as their densest output to date doused in kaleidoscopic riff explorations and hypnotic interludes; a multi-textured sonic journey that’s at once deep, heavy, mesmerizing, and cathartic. The record carries with it the warmth and soul of a band full of fresh vigor and perhaps the demons of these tumultuous times.
Stream MISS LAVA’s Doom Machine courtesy of Metal Hammer Portugal at THIS LOCATION.
Doom Machine will be released on CD and digitally this Friday, January 15th via Small Stone with Kozmik Artifactz handling a limited vinyl edition. Find preorders at THIS LOCATION.
Doom Machine is the successor to MISS LAVA’s Dominant Rush EP (2017), Sonic Debris (2016), Red Supergiant (2013), and Blues For The Dangerous Miles (2009) – named by Loud Magazine as one of the Top 5 Portuguese Albums Of The Year – as well as a limited edition self-titled blood red vinyl EP (2008).
The record is loosely focused on the tragic death of guitarist K. Raffah’s infant son and the other members’ children born during the creative process. “Doom Machine is a very emotional experience for us…,” Raffah shares. “[My son] was only here for a month and a half, but his light was very bright. We feel his presence every time.”
MISS LAVA has brought their explosive presence to stages in the UK, Spain, and Germany, and played slots at festivals like Stoned From The Underground, Stonefest, Super Bock Super Rock, Rock In Rio Lisboa, Reverence Valada, Vagos Open Air, Barroselas Metal Fest, and Faro Bike Meeting in their home country. In addition to having traveled to play an exclusive one-off at the legendary Whisky a Go-Go in Los Angeles, the band has shared stages with Queens Of The Stone Age, Graveyard, Ufomammut, Greenleaf, W.A.S.P., Kyuss Lives!, Fu Manchu, Valient Thorr, Entombed, Truckfighters, and many more. The band hopes to return to stages in 2021 to showcase that audio crush that is Doom Machine.
“…the first essential stoner metal release of 2021.” – Outlaws Of The Sun
“Doom Machine was borne out of a duality of existence, blessed with the burden of life and wracked by the loss of it. It represents the beating heart as much as the ash it will inevitably turn to. MISS LAVA feels profoundly primal with their execution of stoner rock, running hot and unchained like a volcanic eruption.” – Everything Is Noise
“Talk about accuracy in a description. Small Stone Records heralds ‘the finest in fuzz since 1995,’ and this new album from Lisbon, Portugal, doom groovers MISS LAVA more than delivers with killer tracks such as ‘Fourth Dimension’… With plenty of retro feel married to some pretty surprising turns – the short instrumental pauses are all oozing psychedelic echo – this is music for fans of Dessert Session-style buzz.” – Vancouver Sun
“The energy with which the songs are delivered is only part of the album’s personality, because the CD version comes with a whopping 15 tracks running a total of 56 minutes, as the returning four-piece of vocalist Johnny Lee, guitarist K. Raffah, bassist Ricardo Ferreira, and drummer J. Garcia tear into one hook after the other, careening with desert-inspired purpose through ‘Fourth Dimension’ and ‘In The Mire’ at the outset like an all-grown-up Kyuss with the rest of the album that follows working in different stages set off by interludes, groups of one or two songs complemented by short pieces of varied atmosphere that lend breadth to the proceedings as a whole.” – The Obelisk
“…a bold new album that’s every bit as fueled by the RAWK as Sonic Debris is. ‘Fourth Dimension’ is the perfect reintroduction into the world of MISS LAVA with odes to the best bits of early Queens Of The Stone Age (that sweet spot between the rawness of their first and slick production of their third) with vocalist Johnny Lee’s bluesy pipes setting the outfit apart from other contemporaries as K. Raffah’s intricate riffage builds a sonic wall that grows and grows throughout Doom Machine.” – Rock ‘N’ Roll Fables