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Progressive instrumentalists Scale The Summit are streaming their acclaimed new album The Migration – out in North America tomorrow – online via SoundCloud… have a listen to this majestic new offering below. Recorded with Jamie King (Between the Buried and Me) at Basement Studios, the album features mesmerizing cover art by illustrator Duncan Storr (Edge of Sanity, Hawkwind) and 10 thrilling, adventurous soundscapes from one of the leading acts in modern prog.

The Migration, Scale the Summit’s fourth studio album, left me a little puzzled. It definitely SOUNDS like Scale the Summit so, if you’re super into jazzier instrumental music that features rock instrumentation, you won’t be disappointed. Chris Letchford and Travis Levrier maneuver their guitars tactfully, creating an immense wall of sound with the help of a substantial amount of delay at times, which adds to many of the tracks’ ethereal feel. Unlike many guitar-driven instrumental albums though, there is absolutely no sense of overplaying. It’s refreshing, in a sense, to hear lead guitar performed in such a way that allows for the song to breathe, instead of forcing cascades of notes into your ear just for the sake of being featured on Guitar World’s “Betcha Can’t Play This.”