Fear, Emptiness, Decibel: Stream “The Ladder,” the First New Floor Song in Eleven Years!!!
Before there were blogs there were these things called magazines, and the only metal magazine we still get excited about reading every month is Decibel. Here’s managing editor Andrew Bonazelli…
In early 2010, our buddies at Robotic Empire released a gorgeous, comprehensive Floor box set, Below and Beyond. This was right around the time that frontman Steve Brooks’ ensuing doom-pop outfit, Torche, were really starting to pound stakes in hipsterville—they would eventually cross over on the strength of that fall’s crazy-catchy Songs for Singles EP. It was surely a vindicating time for workaholic Brooks—anyone who read our Floor s/t HOF earlier this year knows that these dudes made no money whatsoever, and their two outstanding full-lengths didn’t translate into an increased audience.
But a funny thing happened when the trio reformed to tour in support of Below & Beyond—a total critical reevaluation, with the fans who didn’t exist following suit. Turns out that unadulterated, crushing density ages pretty well—not to mention the perceived novelty of the iconic detuned “bomb string.” Now, against all odds, Floor are prepping for a highly anticipated comeback album on Season of Mist next spring. And lucky us—we get to debut their first new song in 11 years via the Flexi Series. One listen to “The Ladder” and it’s like they never left. Arriving on metallic-silver-on-blue vinyl, this crusher links Floor’s unassailable history to an exciting, unwritten future. Peep below and then motor over the to Decibel webstore, where a few copies of the issue containing this flexi are now available: