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This Little Underground: Floor @ Backbooth

June 4, 2014
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This Little Underground is Orlando Weekly’s music column providing perspective, live reviews and news on the city’s music scene. Read the latest column here.

(Floor at Backbooth / photo by Christopher Garcia)

If you experienced the massive 2012 reunion show at Will’s Pub, then it will come as zero surprise to you that reconstituted underground metal legends Floor lit it up again (June 2, Backbooth). As both their head-shaving live show and bomb-ass new album Oblation attest, few bands are as dialed in to their sweet spot as these Miami titans. The high-flying, melody-minded template for their quicksilver doom is a model of simplicity and power. With no trifling doodles or heroics, their entire musical architecture exists to serve one single-minded goal: commanding the gaping electricity of their guitar tone. A thing of rare sonic perfection, there are few more quickening sounds in rock today. And the cumulative result is maximum effect with minimum arrangement.

Cynicism is practically institutional among serious music societies, and there’s almost nothing that provokes it more than a reunion. But not when it comes to Floor. If there’s any band that deserves their victory lap and a chance at major-league bat, it’s these guys. They were wildly underrated and the seeds of their groundbreaking work were formative in what is now a big, bright frontier of heavy metal’s positively evolving face.

But even if there were any stubborn traces of cynicism out there, Floor’s new album should effectively snuff them out. As the excellent new work proves, this is not a past-prime band on a cheap cash-grab, contrary even to everything frontman Steve Brooks himself told OW contributor Jason Ferguson in his feature story on their “temporary” 2010 reunion. No, this is a vital, wildly prescient band that’s not only worthy of its overdue credit but clearly has some serious untapped reserves in the tank. While Torche embellished this signature sound to game-changing results, the Floor blueprint is such an astonishingly distilled and focused ideal that it deserves its own sovereign glory. So I say bring it on.

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(Floor at Backbooth / photo by Christopher Garcia)

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