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.