At this point in their career, it’s almost easier to list the prog acts SCALE THE SUMMIT haven’t toured with than the ones they have. From legends like Dream Theater and Yes, to cult heroes such as Cynic and Devin Townsend, to modern trailblazers such as Periphery and BTBAM, to heavy experimentalists like Intronaut and Mastodon, the band has shared stages with a who’s who of the genre’s past, present and future.
This mix of classic and contemporary, timeless and topical is also reflected in the instrumentalists’ evocative sound, which is just as vital in today’s post-post- / anything-goes world of shuffled playlists as it would have been on the freeform rock radio playlists of the 1970s. The group’s fifth album, “V,” sees the group further develop their colorful musical palettes thanks to the addition of new drummer J.C. Bryant and the work of returning mixer Jamie King (BTBAM, The Contortionist), who also collaborated with the band on 2013’s Billboard-charting “The Migration.”
Described as “essential prog” by Guitar World, SCALE THE SUMMIT was formed in 2004 after guitarists Chris Letchford and Travis Levrier met while attending Hollywood’s Musicians Institute. The group self-released their first album, 2007’s “Monument,” before signing with Prosthetic for the 2009 release of their sophomore effort “Carving Desert Canyons.” That album earned acclaim from fans, critics and peers alike — none more high-profile than former Dream Theater drummer Mike Portnoy, who asked the band to take part in the group’s Progressive Nation tour that year.
From there, SCALE THE SUMMIT supported the release of 2011’s “The Collective” with rigorous touring. With new bassist Mark Michell in tow, the band then headed to King’s Basement Studios in North Carolina to record “The Migration,” their first effort to crack the Billboard Top 200. Described as “post-rock at its most melodic and dynamic best” (Alternative Press), the album was supported by extensive touring across North America and Europe, as well as appearances on several notable festivals (Yestival, SXSW, Cruise to the Edge, etc)