Houston's modern prog-metal masters, Scale The Summit have been quietly making a name for themselves while playing entirely instrumental music. The Migration marks their fourth album and third for Prosthetic Records, Scale The Summit not only shows proof of their technical proficiency, but presents it with a confidence that is hard to match.

As with any prog-metal band there is the stigma of a certain level of pretentiousness and musical wankery that is considered unbearable by most. Given the fact that I'll take a good song over a well executed one, musicianship isn't most important to me. What the fuck do I care if you can play like Yngwie Malmsteen if the songs suck shit? For example, I know Dream Theater play with exceptional ability, but even though their execution is above and beyond their peers they don't do shit for me. While Scale The Summit don't stray far from Dream Theater, they possess a certain level of sincere civility and write songs that are more accessible to my primitive tastes.

Going into The Migration I felt like the lack of vocals would be a big hurdle in a ten song 43 minute record, but I can't say I really noticed. The song writing covers enough ground that vocals may have actually made some tracks sound too crowded. Guitarists Chris Letchford and Travis Levrier take turns carrying the weight of the band on their backs. The rhythm section is more than adept, but these guys interchange authority with a fluidity that is unmatched in modern metal.

Scale The Summit are impressively carving out their own little niche in metal and The Migration is proof that their is room for them. It isn't a sound that is for everyone, but the level of creativity is respectable by all and the song writing might catch a few people off guard and reel them in.