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Now Hear This: Miss Lava | Doom Machine

I'm getting caught up on the good albums that have come out lately. Like this one.

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THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE: “Lisbon’s premier heavy rockers Miss Lava are back with Doom Machine, the band’s fourth album and the perfect soundtrack for your post-lockdown world.

“This album reflects on how each one of us can breed and unleash our own self-destructive force, assembled to be part of a giant Doom Machine,” states singer and lyricist Johnny Lee. Sonically, Doom Machine ranges from riff-raff extravaganza to psychedelic and eerie swirls amid hypnotic interludes. All instrumental parts were recorded live to capture a fresh energy. It is the band’s densest sonic output, emotionally reeling from the tragic death of guitarist K. Raffah’s baby son and from all the other members’ children born during the creative process. “Doom Machine is a very emotional experience for us… [my son] was only here for a month and a half, but his light was very bright. When we listen to the record, it’s impossible not to hear my son’s energy on many moments. We feel his presence every time,” shares Raffah.

Doom Machine is the successor to the EP Dominant Rush (2017) and the albums Sonic Debris (2016), Red Supergiant (2013) and Blues For The Dangerous Miles (2009) — one of the top Portuguese albums of the year — as well as a limited-edition self-titled blood red vinyl EP (2008). Over the years, the band have played live in the U.K., toured Spain and Germany, and had slots on different European festivals. Miss Lava even made a one-off appearance at the legendary Whisky a Go-Go in Los Angeles. The band has shared the stage with the likes of Queens of the Stone Age, Slash, Graveyard, Ufommammut, Greenleaf, Kyuss Lives!, Fu Manchu, Valient Thorr, Entombed, Truckfighters and many more.”

Photo by André Cardoso.