Ex­pan­sive, en­gross­ing in­stru­men­tal ride

Total Guitar - - ON THE UP -

You will likely know Toska’s Rabea Mas­saad al­ready from his YouTube chan­nel or role in met­allers Dorje, but Toska is where the tal­ented gui­tarist pushes him­self to the fullest ex­tent as a player and writer, com­bin­ing com­plex in­ter­lock­ing riffs with am­bi­ent sound­scapes. “What ap­peals to me most is the feel­ing it gives me hear­ing it back,” he tells TG. “When I hear a chord pro­gres­sion where all the in­stru­ments are in­ter­twined, it pro­vokes emo­tions. I feel Toska doesn’t nec­es­sar­ily need vo­cals be­cause it’s so en­gross­ing.”

When TG catches Rabea, he is still reel­ing from a week­end of polyrhythms, ped­als and power trios at Ar­cTanGent fes­ti­val, but at­ten­tion will soon turn to their de­but al­bum. “It’s an evo­lu­tion,” says Rabea. “It’s less ag­gres­sive and er­ratic. Without be­ing cliché - more of a roller­coaster!”

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