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Scale The Summit
Carving Desert Canyons

Company: Prosthetic Records
Release: 2009
Genre: Progressive, Heavy
Reviewer: Chris Kincaid

  • Bucks fickle trends



  • In a music industry that can be tough to crack if your band doesn't come with loads of flair or a lead singer who is stacked, it's refereshing to find bands who stay clear of the status quo and strike out in brave fashion with something different and manage to get somewhere with it.

    Formed in 2004 by guitar duo Chris Letchford and Travis Levrier, Scale The Summit have done that with their 2nd album--their first with a major label--called "Carving Desert Canyons". A Prog Metal/Instrumental piece that's combines the epic complexity of Dream Theater with the ability to express emotion simply through guitars, drums and bass like Joe Satriani.

    Even with the epic vibe the songs are short, clean and nicely produced. One look at Scale The Summit would make you think the members should be banging out the standard Rock radio fare that would appeal to 15 year olds but one listen to a song such as 'Age of The Tide' with it's sweeping guitar work squashes any stereotypes immediately. Same with the short but sweet opener 'Bloom'. Other tracks like 'Glacial Planet' or 'Sargasso Sea' conjure images of endless vistas with their very light but well played sound.

    Even though the guitar is the domminant instrument here it never overshadows the drums played by Pat Skeffington or the bass which is handled beautifully by Jordan Eberhardt who lays down a smooth line on 'City In The Sky'. They co exist and blend great especially on tracks like 'The Great Plains' 'Dunes'.

    While not as strong as the above mentioned artists, if you're in the mood for an album that either bucks fickle trends or creates a sense of ambience through well played Rock melodies check these guys out!


    Maximum Metal Rating Legend - Click for Full Details
    5 Excellent - Buy it and say a prayer to the metal gods that you were tuned on to this masterpiece. A classic.
    4-4.5 Great - Almost perfect records but there's probably a clunker or a lacking somewhere to keep it from perfection. You won't feel bad about dropping some bones on these.
    3.5 Good - Most of the record is good, but there may be some filler. This is the OK range where you'd search for the record on sale or used.
    3 Average - Some good songs, some bad ones at about a half/half ratio. Could show skills but be dull overall. Redeeming qualities for indy bands are effort and passion. Majors that don't try or suck outright end up here.
    2-2.5 Fair - Worth a listen, but best obtained by collectors. There is much better metal out there.
    1-1.5 Bad - Major problems with music, lyrics, production, etc.
    0 Terrible or an otherwise waste of your life and time.

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