Floor: Oblation – album review
Floor – Oblation (Season of Mist)
Floor are back. This is their first album since their self titled debut twelve years ago. Oblation is a desert rock masterpiece, a very welcome return indeed. Louder Than War have been listening, read our review below.
Oblation sounds like it was recorded deep in Death Valley, the band standing in jeans and black tee-shirts, eyes screwed up in the unrelenting white heat of the sun. It reeks of clouds of sweet smoke blowing green and hazy. It hums as if it is powered by broken generators patched together with duct tape. It feels like classic Sabbaff lying on their backs with Kyuss next to a crackling fire as they stare at the never ending stars above them.
This is Stoner Rock at its most effective, stumbling through a landscape of huge riffs and massive pounding drums. You can feel the heat bearing down on you and the sweat dotting the broken ground moments before it evaporates. The vocal is a smooth full whine that sits on top of the huge noise of the rest of the band. Not a classic rock voice but a powerful, emotive cry.
It’s loose and organic; the sound breathes and has space to grow. They don’t lapse into lazy stoner riffs and slackness; this is more spacious and spaced out than buried under a metal sludge. The record is very much a stoner, desert rock opus. The music is in the main slow and immensely heavy, but does speed up in ‘Rocinante’. The music chugs and throbs, and throws a few curveballs, the end of ‘Love Comes Crushing’ gets a thrash punk battering. The most important thing though is the hardness of the album. Slow or fast, every groove is as hard as rusty nails. You could fire bullets at the sound and they would just bounce back.
As a record on its own this is just excellent, the fact that it is in essence a comeback album is incredible. This stands alongside anything Floor released before they split and that is high praise indeed.
All words by Adrian Bloxham, Adrian’s writer archive can be found here.