11 June, 2013

Full Album Stream: Scale The Summit: The Migration – new album


Instrumental metal mavericks', SCALE THE SUMMIT, new album ‘The Migration’ is out today, June 11th, 2013 on Prosthetic Records. Released digitally only outside of North America, the album can be downloaded from iTunes UK and iTunes Germany. In North America, ‘The Migration’ is available on iTunes, on BandCamp here, or as CD or LP here (Prosthetic web store). Recorded with Jamie King at Basement Studios in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, the album features cover art by illustrator Duncan Storr and ten thrilling, adventurous soundscapes we can all enjoy below, courtesy Prosthetic Records:

Guitarists Chris Letchford and Travis LeVrier formed SCALE THE SUMMIT in 2004 after they have met as students at the Los Angeles Musicians Institute. SCALE THE SUMMIT's lineup was completed when fellow student and drummer Pat Skeffington and bassist Jordan Eberhardt joined up. A couple of years later, the band relocated to Houston, Texas and released a self-financed debut album in 2007, ‘Monument’, collecting accolades from some of the world's most respected heavy metal magazines as a result. Next, SCALE THE SUMMIT signed with Prosthetic Records and released their sophomore album, ‘Carving Desert Canyons’, in 2009, described as “fresh, sound-out-of-time experience” by Eduardo Rivadavia, AllMusic (more here). In 2011, they issued a Mark Lewis-produced ‘The Collective’:
“They’re much more about two-guitar interplay, and even expressive rhythm section work, than about mere showboating. This is a crucial strategy that permits their albums - not only ‘The Collective’, but its predecessor ‘Carving Desert Canyons’, too - to be listened to from front to back without the listener growing weary. A piece like ‘Drifting Figures’ lives up to its title: it’s a multifaceted composition, starting out as a spacy ballad with repetitive figures from one guitar balancing long notes from another, as the bass performs jazz fusion-ish loops beneath and the drummer goes tastefully wild, but then picks up speed and becomes more rockin' - and that’s typical of SCALE THE SUMMIT, not only the complexity and multi-stage writing, but the smooth transitions between sections and between tracks,” [commented Phil Freeman, AllMusic – more here:]
SCALE THE SUMMIT features: Chris Letchford – eight-string guitar, Travis LeVrier – seven-string guitar, Mark Michell – six-string bass and Pat Skeffington - drums

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