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CARVING DESERT CANYONS

Scale The Summit

 

Progressive Metal

3.48 | 56 ratings

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Epignosis
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Eclectic Prog Team
2 stars On a technical level, this is a decent exhibition of musicianship and tightness, but while that measure of excellence is present throughout, Scale the Summit's sophomore album remains just that, severely lacking in melodies, charm, ideas, or anything else that would compel me to make it a frequently-played album. The trouble is that most of the tracks suffer from repetitiveness- somehow I think a competent vocalist on board, turning these decent instrumentals into proper songs, might have been a good move. There isn't really a whole lot to say about each piece- this is recommended to fans of instrumental guitar rock, to those impressed with the display of chops (but even then there's much better out there). For those seeking melody and brilliant arrangements, look elsewhere- that's just not what this album is about.

"Bloom" An exciting way to begin the album, that opening lead is extremely inspiring.

"Sargasso Sea" Heavy, chugging chords begin this one and remain a constant feature.

"The Great Plains" Probably the best introduction on the album (allowing the music to breathe, as it were), this piece has palm-muted guitar and a fairly straightforward series of chord progressions with some really amazing riffs bridging it all together. Some elegant clean guitar makes for a beautiful middle section.

"Dunes" The heaviness resumes with two static riffs playing side-by-side.

"Age Of The Tide" The heavy drumming doesn't seem to work alongside the more graceful guitars on this one. Otherwise, it's a real peppy instrumental.

"Glacial Planet" The band tones things way down at first , laced with elegant, clean guitar and light drumming. Unfortunately, the introduction is extremely short-lived, as the heavy-handed guitar and rhythm section enter, backing up more lackluster guitar soloing.

"City In The Sky" Essentially more chugging guitars, thudding bass, heavy drums and lead guitar, this is another exercise in sameness, offering no desperately-needed variety. There is a pretty good bass solo, however.

"Giants" The lengthiest and last piece is, as expected, more dual guitar riffs and runs accompanied by over-the-top drumming and passable bass. Ultimately, it is more of the same- very little on this record stands out, but it's all right for what it is.

Epignosis | 2/5 |

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