Chaotic Platters

By Michael Toland, Fri., May 23, 2014

Chaotic Platters


Oblation (Season of Mist)

Despite going great guns with Torche's "thunder pop," Miami doom merchant Steve Brooks reunited his previous sludge trawlers Floor for a tour that included Fun Fun Fun Fest 2010 and now culminates in Oblation. Good call, man. The Florida trio's first studio album in a decade and third LP overall revives a signature wall of bassless grunge, strummed on a pair of down-tuned guitars expunging riffs as thick as a Proust box set. Brooks, axe grinder Anthony Vialon, and basher Henry Wilson apply generous dollops of Torche-like melody to both the instrumental interaction and the frontman's own gritty singing, which gives bonecrushers "Love Comes Crushing," "War Party," and the title slab enough accessibility to bend new ears while retaining amp-abusing crunch for the faithful. (Thu., May 29, Red 7)


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