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Collective

Scale the SummitVinyl
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)

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  • Vinyl (April 10, 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Prosthetic Records
  • ASIN: B007A05EZ4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #245,267 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Boldly Moving in a New Direction \m/ March 1, 2011
Format:Audio CD
Scale the Summit is a young band yet they boldly move in a new professional sounding and resourceful direction compared to their sophomore album "Carving Desert Canyons" (Perhaps Dream Theater taught them some super cool things when they toured together!). They're very selective this time with tempo changes, thoughtful guitar playing, bass with more presence, and drumming that has a much more developed style with very complex cymbal usage like Portnoy when he was in Dream Theater. Although the album is slower compared to the first two, do not worry as it easily lives up to the band's reputation of capturing nature and adventure musically like past works of "adventure" metal. If anything the album is more progressive rock and much more solid showing that the band doesn't just play super fast (As fun as the last two albums were!). I think it'll definitely come in handy for their fourth album. My favorite songs are "Whales", "Origin of Species", and "Black Hills"- Overall these guys have matured greatly with their music and of course overly fun and awesome to listen to! Anyone looking for some sweet instrumentals, past fans, and fans of prog rock will love this album! Scale the Summit rocks! \m/
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful instrumental album April 15, 2011
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
If you enjoyed the previous album, Carving Desert Canyons, stop right here and just get this; it is quite a worthy follow-up. Scale the Summit's tagline is "Their strings are voices." This is a reference to both the instrumental nature of their music and the supremely evocative melody that guitarist Chris Letchford & co. excel at creating. A multitude of techniques are employed: creative use of 8-string guitars, gentle arpeggio sweeping, indie-style multi-finger tapping, and just a hint of shred, none of which ever comes off as overly flashy but all in its place. These guys know how to put the music first. Definitely recommended for anyone who enjoys beautiful instrumental rock, metal lovers looking for something more laid-back, and guitarists.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Monument of what they've worked for until now March 17, 2011
Format:Audio CD
I can't lie-- this took awhile. I had listened to this on Soundcloud before it came out and, like another record that came out around the same time (Radiohead's "The King of Limbs"' I came away feeling a bit underwhelmed. I wanted to write my review right then and there: that the new Scale The Summit album is a "disappointment," that it's good but "more of the same" and that there is literally nothing that separates this disc from the previous two. But I held off. My affection for Scale the Summit is too great. Those kids who impressed me so much (not just with their chops but also their doggedly positive attitudes) on Prog Nation 09 couldn't disappoint... could they?

The answer is no. And, as I've given this one time to bake in the sun, it's becoming increasingly clear to me that disappoint they did not!

The fact is, if you have all of Scale the Summit's records than maybe this one is a bit samey at first. Sure, it's darker in sections, but it's still settled in some very familiar territory. But here's the sticking point: The Collective is Scale the Summit's best work. The melodies are tighter, the song writing is more mature, the mix is better; this is their sound perfected. The 3rd time is indeed a charm.

Will their formula work again? Thanks to the abundance of instrumental acts to crop-up online in recent years, I vote "no," it won't. But it works this time, and gloriously so. It is Scale the Summit's firing at full horsepower. If you like them, you should realize this record is really their "monument." If you don't know who they are, I can't stress enough that this is the record to start with. It is fantastic; a true man-made wonder, a fountain in the desert gushing forth with heart-melting melodies and baroque-riffage as meditative as watching the sun sink behind a mountain on a cool spring dusk.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars New Favorite Band May 9, 2011
Format:Audio CD
I am relatively new to instrumental music and progressive rock but I have to say this is some awesome music. I've only heard the first 5 tracks on the cd and already I give the album 5 stars. Its rare that I hear a song and immediately like it, but every song I've heard so far was memorable. I will continue to listen to these guys. (To me) some of their stuff reminds me of Dream Theater but simplified and less IN-YOUR-FACE-crazy-never-ending riffs. Although I love DT it gets kind of old. This is like a breathe of fresh air. I highly recommend this album.

Dear Scale the Summit,

Please don't add vocals, its ruined many bands.

Thanks.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars July 6, 2014
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nice job. thanks
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A refreshing instrumental progressive metal album where songwriting is the primary focus. That’s not to say this band doesn’t have chops, but it’s nice to see technical ability used as a tool rather than a focal point. The arrangements they put together are both cohesive and varied, running the gambit between soothing clean passages, reverbed-soaked post metal atmospheres, groovy riffage, and even a few ambient moments. One thing I really love about this band is that their solos and technical moments never feel overly flashy or forced. So much instrumental metal comes off as technical display whereas every intricate moment here has a purpose and fits within the context of its song. My one complaint is that I would’ve liked a little more bite on some songs as the relaxed atmosphere tends to make the album feel a little homogenous. But that really doesn’t take away from the excellent songwriting and musicianship on display here. Overall a fantastic album from a band with a very bright future.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Great
I was introduced to StS via their Migration album and that sets the bar very high. This is a great album on its own but comparatively a 4 star experience.
Published 6 months ago by omid
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT
An improvement, especially in production value, over "Carving Desert Canyons." It's a great stepping-stone to "The Migration," and one of those albums where, if... Read more
Published 11 months ago by RideTheSpiralToTheEnd
5.0 out of 5 stars A one word review?
AWESOME. Too bad Amazon requires at least 20 words for a product review. STS is one of the very few instrumental bands that are good enough, imaginative enough, and interesting... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Slayerguy79
5.0 out of 5 stars Masterpiece!
My search for new exciting progressive music led me to Scale the Summit and this is one of the best albums of last year! Read more
Published 22 months ago by Neil AN
2.0 out of 5 stars it's not good
I've given this album a few listens and it is still boring, plodding, unimaginative. It sounds like the result of a couple of jam sessions where no one had any real solid ideas,... Read more
Published on July 11, 2012 by rocker
5.0 out of 5 stars For instrumental prog lovers one and all
This is a great album. Very well put together, kind of a good album to sit and chill to. I listen to this on almost a daily basis along with Periphery's instrumental album.
Published on June 4, 2012 by jason j gutsch
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Album! Great Band!
I first heard Scale the Summit play at the Progressive Nation 09' tour, and while even though they were the first opening band, I have to say they blew every other band away that... Read more
Published on May 6, 2012 by Anthony
5.0 out of 5 stars Epic Instrumental Metal Masterpiece
I purchased this album by Collective through a recommendation by a friend who has great taste in metal. I've been so impressed by it! Read more
Published on April 18, 2012 by Cyclone J
5.0 out of 5 stars Progressive metal at it's melodic best!
This album really blew me away! I randomly checked this one out while going through the "Customers Who Bought Items in Your Recent History Also Bought" section and after previewing... Read more
Published on April 4, 2012 by Mxyzptlk
4.0 out of 5 stars Imagine The Ocean
Another production from independent musician(s) who remain steadfast to their own drummer's tune. There are no vocals. Read more
Published on April 1, 2012 by Karen
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