MISS LAVA To Join Rock Against PTSD Livestream This Weekend; Doom Machine Full-Length Out Now On Small Stone Records

Photo by André Cardoso

Lisbon-based retro rock unit MISS LAVA will join the Rock Against PTSD livestream event this weekend. Launched by the Psychedelic Film And Music Festival in an effort to raise awareness of post-traumatic stress disorder, the three-day event, which begins on June 11th, includes videos, interviews, exclusive pre-recorded performances from MISS LAVA as well as Dawn.W, Love Ghost, Brooklyn Bones, Urthona, and more.

Comments guitarist K. Raffah, “The guys from the Psychedelic Film And Music Festival were so nice when they reached out to us. They were the trigger we needed to get back to rehearsals. We chose three of our most ‘psychedelic’ songs and recorded a live session for Rock Against PTSD. Our friends The Quartet Of Woah! were kind enough to lend us their space and we got back together with Fernando Matias, who produced Sonic Debris with us. So, it was a day playing with our friends around, which was pretty cool after so much time off because of Covid-19. We hope everyone can enjoy this performance and raise more awareness to PTSD.”

For ticketing info visit psychedelicfilmandmusicfestival.com. Proceeds from the event will go to The Wounded Warrior Project, a non-profit organization with a strong track record of helping veterans and their families.

MISS LAVA released their Doom Machine full-length earlier this year 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 soaked in kaleidoscopic riffing and hypnotic interludes. A multi-textured, mind-bending audio excursion, Doom Machine carries with it the warmth and soul of a band full of fresh vigor and perhaps the demons of these tumultuous times.

View the band’s previously released videos for “Fourth Dimension” HERE, “The Great Divide” HERE, and “Brotherhood Of Eternal Love” HERE.

Doom Machine is out now on CD and digitally. Find ordering options at THIS LOCATION where the record can be streaming in full.

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.”

“It’s as heavy as it is melodic as it is psychedelic, and if you’re unfamiliar with MISS LAVA but into anything from Blue Cheer to Uncle Acid to King Gizzard, you should check this out.” – BrooklynVegan

“…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 fifteen tracks running a total of fifty-six minutes, as the returning four-piece … 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 bouncy slab of desert flavored stoner rock right in line with the lies of Fu Manchu or Kyuss.” – Void Dispatch