Review: Scale the Summit – The Migration

Rated:

3.5/5

The fourth full-length album from Houston instrumental-metal quartet Scale the Summit, The Migration finds the band continuing to develop a tasteful blend of atmosphere, groovy rhythms, and unabashed shredding. Standout tracks “Atlas Novus”, “Oracle,” and “The Dark Horse” combine the kind of beautiful melodies that evoke the band’s nature-oriented imagery with riffs heavy (and groovy) enough to get even Meshuggah diehards on board. Nevertheless, The Migration seems to wander a bit more than 2011’s focused and phenomenal The Collective, losing some steam by the last few tracks. But the album’s best moments are still very memorable and prog fans should definitely pick it up. DAVID McKENNA

Check out “Odyssey” off The Migration below: