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Anger Management: Scale The Summit

Tuesday, June 18th, 2013

We check in with all things heavy on RTRFM’s Critical Mass show.

Back in the halcyon days of MySpace, there was a Progressive Instrumental band from the US called Scale The Summit that sent a few tracks from their debut Monument to us for airplay in the earlier days when our radio show was known as Anger Management on another suburban metro station. I remember the tone of their email to us was very humble in approach, just providing two or three tracks with a brief bio and contact information, they didn’t talk themselves up too much.

Now it’s my time to talk them up.

Soon after the release of 2007’s Monument album, Scale The Summit quickly caught the attention of Prosthetic Records who was Lamb of God’s label before they got too big for their boots. Leaving the marketing of the band to Prosthetic, Scale The Summit were able to craft their skills over a further two albums, before this stunning new release The Migration. A record like this will either encourage or discourage would-be musicians from picking up the guitar.

It’s moody and dreamy, it meanders through 42 minutes of glorious guitar work, balancing aggression with seamless jazz grooves and harmonies. If you’re looking for standout tracks, it’s hard not to be impressed with “Evergreen”, “Odyssey” and “Narrow Salient”.

Chris Letchford and his band are all young guys with musicianship well beyond their years. They’re hungry for success, and certainly will achieve beyond expectations with this stellar album.

FFO –  Cynic, Animals As Leaders, Intronaut, Thirsty Merc.