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Carving Desert Canyons

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★★★★½
(11 Reviews)

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  • I… am… breathless. That was an incredibly beautiful and satisfying listening experience. Prosthetic Records is on a roll this year as far as finding amazing instrumentalists (these guys and Animals As Leaders). I don’t know what is going on over there, but they need to keep it up. And Scale the Summit needs to write another record soon.

    Briefly put, you want to hear this record. It is poetry without words. Profound. Listen to it while taking a long scenic drive… you’ll end up gaining a new perspective on life and what it means to be alive.

    Posted on November 25, 2009 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • I was initially unimpressed by this album and the band, but upon repeated listening, I came to really enjoy them … even went on to learn a little more about them. Im even more impressed to learn that they’re so young. They sound much more experienced. Sure there are a few thing’s I’d change about them: a bit less monotony, a bit more experimentation, their songs tend to sound too much alike for my tastes, but they’re a really promising band. And, as music to just listen to, it actually makes me feel better. A great effort. I recommend it. I don’t understand how people compare it to Liquid Tension Experiment, and they shouldn’t. This band is great on its own.

    Posted on November 25, 2009 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • I first encountered Scale the Summit when they opened for Dream Theater in Prog Nation. I was extremely impressed by their musicianship, but it seemed like there was way too much going on in their songs – I didn’t really get it. But now I do! You have to listen a few times to let the intricacy of this music really sink in. Scale the Summit has really achieved something great here – instead of pointless noodling like prog/technical bands are apt to do, all of the vast quantities of notes on this record actually have a purpose and meaning in the song. The songs ebb and flow, have interesting little tangents, build up to epic refrains, go into headbanging grooves, and of course have lots of technical wizardry for those of us who geek out about that. But most importantly these songs have vision – Scale the Summit is saying something with their music. It sounds to me like they’re channeling some of the grandiosity and complexity of nature. Maybe that’s why its called Carving Desert Canyons? If you like epic, uplifting, relaxing, complex, heavy, powerful music you should give this band a chance!

    Posted on November 24, 2009 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • I like this. Very uplifting and fun instrumental album. The rythms really make you move, and the tone of the guitarists are amazing. The drummer’s a beast also. Thanks for signing my earplug guy at the Dream Theater/prog nation concert on August 2nd in boston!

    Posted on November 24, 2009 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • I heard Scale The Summit at Dream Theater’s Chicago 2009 show and these guys delivered a rock-solid performance that displays originality and tremendous drive. They are definitely fit for the honor of playing for Mike Portnoy’s audience.

    To my ear Scale The Summit sounds like a cross between Liquid Tension Experiment and California Guitar Trio, punctuated with occasional reminders of Rush. But comparisons fall short, because even at this early stage they have clearly found their voice and it is distinctive. I purchased their CD at the concert last night and I’m listening to it for the third time today – not something I often do. The feeling they project is not so much that they take themselves seriously, but that they take their *musical task* seriously.

    Some may say that great prog rock is the domain of an older school of musicians, but this album is proof of a new generation with great chops and strong compositions. Excellent work, gentlemen.

    Perry Marshall

    Posted on November 24, 2009 - Permalink - Buy Now