Back in the 1990's when grunge rock was all the rage, Miami doom metal band Floor noted the genre's trick of tuning the top E string of the guitar down to D and took it 10 steps further. Floor guitarist Steve Brooks detuned it until it flopped down on top of the other strings, the resulting noise resulting in what they called the "bomb string."
The resulting low end madness captured the attention of metallheads and punk rockers worldwide - more so than here in their own backyard, where they floundered in and out of existance for much of the decade, before finally reforming in 2001 and released their self titled debut LP. This album is the gold standard for doom. When they let the bomb string go it sounds like a T-Rex chasing his next meal. More surprising, are the gorgeous melodies that pepper the record. Never will you hear a more romantic, lovely tune about underage sex than Floor's "Tales Of Lolita."
Personal tragedies ended Floor in 2004 and Brooks started up his current, much more successful band,Torche who have played music festivals all over Europe and are sponsored by Scion cars.
While it was well known that there were some unreleased Floor sessions out there, the massiveness of the Box set is startling: 12 vinyl Lps, 8 CDs and one 7" vinyl single are accompanied by a 34 page booklet. Some tracks are repeated, as you might expect - and the recording quality varies from 8-track cassette to 24 track 2 inch tape -- but if the 10 song preview on Floor's myspace page are any indication, it's well worth the $250 (plus postage) price to the serious(ly wealthy / obsessed / lucky) fan.
You can get a preorder here from Robotic Empire Records But act quick! It's a limited pressing of 305.