SCALE THE SUMMIT PREPARING TO SCALE SUMMITS ONCE AGAIN
I thought I’d already publicly waxed ecstatic about the fact that Colorado instrumetal young guns Scale the Summit are recording a new album this year, but I guess I actually only did so in my mind. Which is absolutely unacceptable, because I know there’re plenty of other prog dorks out there who will be just as excited as me to hear about this:
Scale the Summit’s debut Carving Desert Canyons ranked #11 on my list of most favoritest albums of 2009, and they rocked our faces off live on the Progressive Nation tour earlier that same year. They rocked our faces off again when they opened for BTBAM, Cynic and Devin Townsend this past winter (that lineup still gives me a raging hard-on), and then yet another time when they played our co-sponsored SXSW showcase in March. You could say I really like this band a lot and you’d be understating it.
The follow-up to Carving Desert Canyons is being produced by Daath collaborator-producer / From Exile guitarist Mark Lewis and is expected out on Prosthetic Records some time in early 2011. Lewis’s ability to get killer tones shouldn’t be questioned; his work with Daath sounds fantastic and he also produced Holy Grail’s ripping new record Crisis in Utopia. I’m hoping he’ll also flex his songwriting/song-tweaking muscles a tad bit with Scale the Summit, because their last record’s one downfall was that the tracks tended to bleed together and were a bit hard to differentiate from one another. The growing maturity of the band members themselves will help in that department as well, I’m sure. Read Axl’s interview with Lewis here; it’s a fascinating trip into the mind of a producer.
Definitely way psyched for this album. It’s at the very top of my “2011 albums I can’t wait to hear” list at the present moment.
Thanks to El Ton Côté for sending in this news.