When: Mon., April 8, 9 p.m. 2013
The term “doom” barely begins to describe the deep, dark places that Florida sludge wizards Floor explored during a decade-long existence that began in the early 90s—if there were any justice in the world, they would’ve done just as much as the likes of Sleep and Electric Wizard to reignite the underground metal world’s passion for slow-motion blues riffage that sounds like Black Sabbath on a cough-syrup binge. The bassless trio was one of the first groups to realize that detuned guitars played slowly at sadistic volumes can produce an ego-obliterating mystical experience on par with watching an Elder God rise malevolently out of the ocean. The foundational work that Floor did, which is still being built on today, combined with the success of House of Lightning and especially Torche—bands that members of Floor launched following its 2003 breakup—have inspired a reverence among doom aficionados sufficient not only to support a number of reunion tours but also to justify a career-spanning limited-edition 2010 box set with ten LPs and eight CDs. Metal doesn’t get much heavier than this. —Miles Raymer Thrones and Bongripper open.