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Album Review: Floor – Oblation

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, May 1, 2014 at 9:50 PM (PST)

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Floor‘s long overdue sophomore full length (after an endless series of smaller format releases) delivers on everything that made this band great the first time. Massive riffs, bomb string earth moving rumble and Steve Brooks’ vocals either spacey and laconic or engaged and up front but always catchy.

Most fans know Steve more for his Torche achievements than the great band that preceded them, but hopefully Oblation will change that. This record is just as good as anything Floor have done before, with “Rocinante” a real anthem that may be my favorite new song from the band. There are just so many good riffs here. Like Season Of Mist label mates Hark (basically Taint 2.0), Floor have made a record that clearly represents a love of playing together. The songs have that vital organic feel, with every snare hit energetic and every song offering great passages.You’ll thrill to each shifting tectonic surge of power from the two downtuned guitar/no bass attack.

“Lord knows, she’s never wrong,” sings Brooks on the massive “Trick Scene”, which rocks like, well, Torche meets Melvins. The awesomely titled “Love Comes Crushing” is also super liberal with a heavilly maxed out daily allowance of doomage. The music sounds like the hull of a huge ship ripping in half and sinking. Then the drum hits crack down. Other high energy songs like the upbeat ‘War Party’ are serious head nodders and easy to lose yourself in. This album has a very high repeat listen factor, with the songs really growing on you. It’s not as raw as the S/T and still feels a bit more subdued than a band with these frequencies would live, but it is nonetheless a real keeper and my favorite thing Floor have done yet.

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