10 Songs, 42 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

After four albums for Prosthetic Records, the Houston prog-metal group Scale the Summit get mathy and intricate on the self-released In a World of Fear. This set conjures distinct sound worlds with crystalline production (“Astral Kids”), labyrinthine guitar lines (“Cosmic Crown”), and tortuously heady rhythms (“Witch House”). Tracks like “Opal Bones” blend airy ambiance and exemplary heavy-metal riffs to create otherworldly textures, while the closer “The Warden,” with its ornate guitar melodies, harks back to classic ’80s progressive metal.

EDITORS’ NOTES

After four albums for Prosthetic Records, the Houston prog-metal group Scale the Summit get mathy and intricate on the self-released In a World of Fear. This set conjures distinct sound worlds with crystalline production (“Astral Kids”), labyrinthine guitar lines (“Cosmic Crown”), and tortuously heady rhythms (“Witch House”). Tracks like “Opal Bones” blend airy ambiance and exemplary heavy-metal riffs to create otherworldly textures, while the closer “The Warden,” with its ornate guitar melodies, harks back to classic ’80s progressive metal.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5
12 Ratings

12 Ratings

LgChicken12 ,

Probably the formula that should be followed moving forward

Chris has been able to create a really solid effort with the heavy use of guests to replace band members that were basically shown the door by not getting enough credit or compensation for their efforts. At least that's the rumor... As far as I know the bass and drums are consistent throughout. I was expecting a step back but overall this is probably an improvement. It has a good mix of classic STS tapping sound along with some evolution that is similar in some regards but more effective than Animals As Leaders as it is much less challenging to listen to.

The songs do seem more unique and less repetitive and the guests do just a phenomenal job of melding with Chris' vision in order to create a pretty cohesive tracklist.

I do miss Mark Michell's bass sound and that is one negative here. There is no doubting the skill of the bass work however it is mixed way down into the background where Mark sat pretty high in the mix which I always liked. My other main critique is the inclusion of strange sections from time to time which ruin the flow of a song. I get that this is progressive instrumental music but I sometimes get the impression of 'hey let's put this weird part right in the middle of the song for no reason at all' kind of vibe. It happens rare enough to not have a big impact on the album as a whole.

Solid stuff.

blomeitunes41 ,

Very good stuff!

John, Per & more guests is worth it alone.

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