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Scale The Summit - Carving Desert Canyons (5/10) - USA - 2009

Genre: Instrumental Metal
Label: Prosthetic Records
Playing time: 39:51
Band homepage: Scale The Summit

Tracklist:

  1. Bloom
  2. Sargasso Sea
  3. The Great Plains
  4. Dunes
  5. Age Of The Tide
  6. Glacial Planet
  7. City In The Sky
  8. Giants
Scale The Summit - Carving Desert Canyons

On their second album of Instrumental Metal music, the guys in SCALE THE SUMMIT are labelling their sound “Adventure Metal”, because the general feedback from people is that their songs take them on a exciting journey. My question remains: are there psychedelic drugs or perhaps solitary meditation involved when these incredibly well performed songs take on a journeyed feel?

 

I´m hearing the same thing that I did with “Monument”; a wide range of jaw dropping playing techniques, but this time the arrangements are a bit more on the calmer side, maybe because the Death Metal parts have completely vanished (except for the microscopic blasts in “Age Of The Tide”) and have been replaced with slower passages. However, it doesn´t take long before I´m bored with this. As great as it all sounds, no song stands above the next, it´s a relentless, forty minute blur of awesome instrumental skills that ultimately wears off pretty quick.

 

The progressive instrumentation of each member in the band shows immense prowess; the jumpy bass lines, the spiralling perpetuo moto melodies (sometimes recalling MASTODON´s “Blood Mountain”) and flashy drumming, everything sounds well thought out, but I´m not seeing anyone carving desert canyons... I don´t know, but I´m just having trouble tapping into any tangible journeyed atmosphere as I sit here in front of my desk, wondering why this band is having a minor momentum going.

 

No matter how brilliant these guys are on their instruments, no matter how institutional their song writing may be, I remain pretty indifferent towards this album. Like I said in my review of the band´s debut, this will please musicians and fans of prog/tech music more than anyone else.

(Online June 17, 2009)

Frodi Stenberg



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