Tuesday 26 April 2016

Miss Lava - Sonic Debris (Album Review)

Release date: May 06th 2016. Label: Small Stone Records. Format: CD/DD/Vinyl

Sonic Debris – Tracklisting

1.Another Beast Is Born
2.The Silent Ghost Of Doom
3.I’m The Asteroid
4.In A Sonic We Shall Burn
5.At The End of The Light
6.In The Arms Of The Freaks
8.Fangs of Venom
9.Pilgrims Of Decay
10.Planet Darkness

Band Members:

J. Garcia: drums
Johnny Lee: vocals
K. Raffah: guitars
Ricardo Ferreira: bass and vocals


I'm ashamed to admit this but this is my first visit to Miss Lava’s world of heavy psychedelic stoner based fuzz as I’ve missed their previous two albums. Before I listened to their new album – Sonic Debris – I found myself warming up very quickly to their style of Stoner/Fuzz hybrid sound. Their debut album – Blues For The Dangerous Miles – impressed me the most though their 2012 follow-up – Red Supergiant – left me feeling cold at times but I did enjoy the overall wild ride of it all.

I was feeling very anxious before listening to Sonic Debris as I didn’t know what to expect. I shouldn’t have worried as the guys are now signed to legendary Stoner Metal label – Small Stone Records and Scott over at Small Stone knows his stuff. Anyway, back to Sonic Debris. Miss Lava has delivered a crazy and wild psychedelic where the band has changed their sound for the better.

Opening track – Another Beast Is Born – is heavily influenced by Space Rock than their normal Fuzz/Stoner Metal sound and it shows you that Miss Lava is ready to deliver a truly adventurous and exciting album. The music starts very slowly before exploding into a heavier psychedelic haze of sonic riffs. Miss Lava instantly draw you in with slightly droned out psychedelic noises before the hazy vocals of lead singer – drift in and out at different times. This song shows you what to expect over the course of the next ten songs.

Other great songs to check out are: The Silent Ghost Of Doom, In A Sonic We Shall Burn, I’m The Asteroid, Symptomatic and Planet Darkness. As these are the songs where I think Miss Lava excel the most at by creating the albums heaviest and most exciting moments. The vocals and riffs are delivered with crazy stoned out finesse that will only make you enjoy this trippy sci-fi trip even more. The production is for the most part of the album is handled superbly well. However there’s a few moments where the vocals or instruments could have done with more volume to give the album a more vibrant feel.

Sonic Debris sounds like the stoned out offspring of QOTSA, Kyuss, Monster Magnet and Truckfighters all vying for musical supremacy. And for that you will be crazy to miss this superb album. Excellent and Highly Recommended.

Words by Steve Howe

Sonic Debris will be available to buy from Small Stone Records from May 6th 2016 on CD/DD/Vinyl.