The instrumental progressive quartet SCALE THE SUMMIT will release their highly anticipated fifth album, “V,” worldwide on Sept. 18. Today, Prosthetic Records begins to unveil the album’s cover art by the British artist Duncan Storr, who also contributed the artwork for the band’s acclaimed 2013 release, “The Migration.”
The “V” cover is a composite of images that visually represent the titles of specific songs on the new album. Over the next two weeks, Prosthetic will unveil the artwork piece-by-piece and song-by-song, beginning with the album’s opening track, “The Winged Bull.” You can hear a brief snippet below.
“V” was mixed by Jamie King (BTBAM, The Contortionist), who also worked with the band on “The Migration.” The album is the group’s first with new drummer J.C. Bryant, who joined the group earlier this year. Follow Prosthetic on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram in the coming days to see the rest of the “V” cover come into focus, and to hear additional samples of new songs.
Described as “essential prog” (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 alongside the likes of Between the Buried and Me, Protest the Hero, Periphery, The Human Abstract and Cynic. 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 alongside acts including YES, Intronaut, The Ocean, Glass Cloud, Trioscapes and TesseracT, as well as appearances on several notable festivals (Yestival, SXSW, Cruise to the Edge, etc).
SCALE THE SUMMIT – who recently performed at Houston’s Free Press Festival alongside the likes of Mastodon, The Sword and Pallbearer – will return to the road this fall. Dates and details will be announced in the coming weeks.