While a lot of instrumental metal, with all of its neo-classical leanings, can feel a bit academic, Scale the Summit use create a series of instrumental adventures on their fourth album, The Migration. Taking listeners on a thrillingly technical voyage across an expansive and twisting landscape of searing riffs and thunderous rhythms, the band's style of metal is one that leans more toward the fantastic than the fearsome. For some listeners, the lack of vocals might be a turnoff, but Scale the Summit actually use it to their advantage, avoiding some of the pitfalls of prog-metal by being able to simply jump from part to part and explore a melody without needing to make room for a singer. All told, The Migration is an exciting and surprisingly fun album filled will take listeners on a journey through its soaring heights, provided they're brave enough to handle the thrills.
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AllMusic Review by Gregory Heaney