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Let me start out this way: Fall of the Albatross is definitely not for the faint of heart. The Queens-based band deals in full-fledged, prog-metal freakouts, with a dash of finger-snapping jazz melodies thrown in. If that's not enough to pique your interest, check out their latest album, Enormous Cloud. It's an exercise in controlled chaos as the band growls, screeches, and swings through winding--and sometimes jarring--transitions. "Like A Good Tornado," the band's stand-out track, is just that--a whirlwind of sound complete with roaring guitar licks, time-signature play, and the band's characteristic style jumps. The record is 11 tracks of spastic, dense, instrumental goodness, that may bewilder first-time listeners, however, the auditory payouts are great and well worth the ride. Catch them at Fat Baby 2/23 alongside Professor Caffeine & the Insecurities, Juan Bond, and Deeply Woven, and go ahead and hit that play button to stream them below.-Olivia Sisinni
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