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When he’s not clock­ing up Youtube views with top-notch gear demos, Rabea Mas­saad can be found lay­ing down at­mo­spheric jams with in­stru­men­tal prog trio Toska. The band’s de­but al­bum is awash with big, re­verb-heavy gui­tar tex­tures and in­tel­li­gent, in­ter­lock­ing melodies, but it’s when Mas­saad is at his most fu­ri­ous play­ing-wise that the con­cept re­ally takes off; the djent­tinged grind of Atal­lorder is the al­bum’s high­light, but more con­cep­tual cuts, such as the ti­tle track's fu­sion of movie score and so­cio-po­lit­i­cal com­men­tary, can wear thin. Nonethe­less, this is a com­pelling in­tro to a gui­tarist we al­ready have a keen eye on. Michael Ast­ley-brown

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