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Scale The Summit

Formed: 2005
From: Houston, TX, United States
Last Known Status: Active

Latest Scale The Summit News

Below is our complete Scale The Summit news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

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Slim Pickings For New Rock Band Metal Tracks

Bad news headbangers, there's slim pickings for new metal tracks this week through the Rock Band Network. The Xbox 360 version of Rock Band sees the addition of a song by "Electro Punk Metal" act Boney Mean, and one more track from Evile. The list of new songs added to the Rock Band network this week, including the non-metal music, is as follows:

Evile - "Devoid of Thought'
Sunny Day Real Estate - "In Circles"
Inkubus Sukkubus - "Belladonna & Aconite 2010"
SexTon - "Echo (My Only Regret)"
Gov't Mule - "Broke Down on the Brazos"
Red Jacket Mine - "The Pose"
Cold Steel - "Forgotten Tragedy"
Surfer Blood - "Swim"
Surfer Blood - "Floating Vibes"
Nerf Herder - "Mr. Spock"
Bluefusion - "(Random Song)"
Boney Mean - "The Ending Is Death" More...

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Prosthetic Records Artists Added To Rockband

Prosthetic Records has officially added four song from four of their artists, on the new Rockband Network, which allows users to download tracks from a wide library of artist and label submitted tracks. Prosthetic Records' first entries into the system include tracks from The Acacia Strain, Skeletonwitch, Scale the Summit and Holy Grail.

The songs include:
The Acacia Strain – Doctor Doom
Holy Grail – Fight To Kill
Scale The Summit – The Great Plains
Skeletonwitch – Crushed Beyond Dust

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Scale The Summit Writing New Album

Houston's instru-metalists Scale the Summit will embark on a short run of dates starting on June 16th. These are the band's first live shows since headlining the inaugural Prosthetic Records' showcase at Austin's South By Southwest in March, where they debuted a brand new song. Scale the Summit is currently writing the follow up to 2008's "Carving Desert Canyons."

Guitarist Chris Letchford commented, "We're really excited about this short headlining run out to the 'Make Music Pasadena' festival in southern California. We have been at home writing for a couple months now after the BTBAM/Cynic/Devin Townsend tour ended earlier this year. It has been amazing; we're almost finished with all of the guitar parts and have just begun work on a lot of the drum and bass parts. Writing couldn't be moving along any smoother and its awesome to see the direction this album is taking us. We're really branching out our ideas, colors, and feeling for this next album. We're all looking forward to getting back out on the road and playing a few of our new creations for everyone in couple weeks!"

See the band at the following dates, before they begin recording:

6/16 Emo's Alterative Lounge- Austin, TX
6/18 Cheyenne Saloon- Las Vegas, NV
6/19 Make Music Pasadena Fest- Pasadena, CA
6/20 Nile Underground- Mesa, AZ
6/22 Lola's- Ft. Worth, TX

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New Metal Tracks Available On Rock Band This Week

More metal tracks have been added to the expanding Rock Band Network this week, although the pickings are a little slimmer than in recent updates. Most notably are the tracks "Tastes Like Kevin Bacon" by IWrestledABearOnce, "Valkyries" by Amberian Dawn, and "Now Demolition" by Evile. The complete list of new tracks, including all the non-metal songs, is as follows:

Paul Henry Smith & The Fauxharmonic Orchestra - "Flight of the Bumblebee (Rimsky-Korsakov)"
The Bronx - "Knifeman"
Kristin Dare - "'Til I'm Gone"
Circus Circus - "India"
All Time Low - "Walls"
Color Theory - "We're Not Getting Any Younger"
Scale the Summit - "The Great Plains"
Iwrestledabearonce - "Tastes Like Kevin Bacon"
Thunderdikk - "Bra Off Party On"
Amberian Dawn - "Valkyries"
Ballyhoo! - "Paper Dolls"
Sadaharu - "It's Not Paranoia If They're Shooting Live Bullets"
Evile - "Now Demolition"
Reverend Horton Heat - "Death Metal Guys"
Connor Christian and Southern Gothic - "Sunday Suit"
Farther Snake - "Shape 3"
Blackberry River Band - "Santa Fe"
CJ - "Eency Weency Spider"
The Knew - "By Yourself"
Windtunnel Syndrome - "You're An Egg! (Evolution)"
Counterfeit Pennies - "Five More Minutes"
Band of Horses - "Is There a Ghost" More...

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Dio Comments On Prosthetic Charity Auction

Prosthetic Records is currently auctioning an Epiphone Prophecy Futura Custom EX on eBay, with all proceeds benefitting the T.J. Martell Foundation, a non-profit organization that supports research for cancer, AIDS and leukemia. The guitar will be signed by the six Prosthetic acts who will play the label's inaugural SXSW showcase at Mohawk in Austin, Texas on Wednesday night (Mar. 17): Scale The Summit, Landmine Marathon, Withered, Book of Black Earth, The Funeral Pyre and Clinging To The Trees of a Forest Fire.

The T.J. Martell Foundation was recommended to Prosthetic by the management of legendary vocalist Ronnie James Dio, who was diagnosed with stomach cancer late last year. A 501(c)3 non-profit founded in the 1970s, the Foundation has helped Dio receive key treatment in his
ongoing battle against cancer. More information on the organization can be found at www.tjmartellfoundation.org.

Prosthetic was honored to receive these words of encouragement directly from Dio himself shortly after the auction went live on Monday:

"It's great to be a part of your wonderful charitable event, and all the caring performers who are giving of themselves to aid the charity of my choice. My current misfortune has opened my eyes to the constant need for funds to battle the ravages of cancer, and I am therefore pleased to endorse your efforts to auction off an Epiphone guitar signed by the aforementioned musicians to benefit the T.J.Martell Cancer Foundation. Let's hope a generous amount of money can be raised for this ultra-worthy cause. Thanks so much for you concern and humanity. It's a gesture of kindness I will never forget.

Love and Magic to you all,
Ronnie James Dio"

Interested parties can bid on the auction or learn more about the
guitar here
.

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Between The Buried And Me Announces Tour Dates

Between The Buried And Me has announced a lengthy headlining tour of North America which will kick off at the beginning of next month. This will be in support of the bands highly acclaimed new album, "The Great Misdirect" which is available now through Victory Records. Support on the trek will come the legendary Cynic, as well as Devin Townsend Project and Scale The Summit.

The tour dates are as follows:

January 8 - Nashville, TN - Rocketown
January 9 - Atlanta, GA - The Masquerade
January 10 - New Orleans, LA - House of Blues
January 11 - Houston, TX - Meridian
January 12 - Dallas, TX - The Prophet Bar (Big room)
January 13 - San Antonio, TX - The White Rabbit
January 15 - Tempe, AZ - The Clubhouse
January 16 - San Diego, CA - House of Blues
January 17 - West Hollywood, CA - House of Blues
January 18 - San Francisco, CA - Slim’s
January 20 - Denver, CO - Cervantes
January 22 - Louisville, KY - Headliners Music Hall
January 23 - Detroit, MI - Magic Stick
January 24 - Chicago, IL - House of Blues
January 25 - Cleveland, OH - Peabody’s Downunder
January 26 - Toronto, ON - Opera House
January 27 - Montreal, QC - Club Soda
January 28 - Boston, MA - House of Blues
January 29 - Clifton Park, NY - Northern Lights
January 30 - New York, NY - The Fillmore @ Irving Plaza
January 31 - Philadelphia, PA - Trocadero
February 1 - Baltimore, MD - Sonar
February 3 - St. Petersburg, FL - State Theatre
February 4 - Charleston, SC - Music Farm
February 5 - Knoxville, TN - Bijou Theatre
February 6 - Charlotte, NC - The Fillmore

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Scale The Summit Announces North American Tour

Scale The Summit have announced they will be supporting Between the Buried and Me on a North American tour along with Cynic and The Devin Townsend Project.

Guitarist Chris Letchford commented: "We're touring with Between The Buried And Me, Cynic and Devin Townsend! We have been wanting to tour with Between The Buried And Me for years now. The second I heard news of Cynic reforming and hearing their amazing new album, I never thought a package like this would come together, very glad their back! Then there is Devin Townsend. The last time I saw Devin play was with Strapping Young Lad when I was 16, which was over 9 years ago! Never would have thought we'd tour together. This tour is not one you'll want to miss. Best tour of 2010 by far!"

The currently confirmed dates are as follows:

1/8 Nashville, TN @ Rocketown
1/9 Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
1/10 New Orleans, LA @ House of Blues
1/11 Houston, TX @ Meridian
1/12 Dallas, TX @ The Prophet Bar (Big Room)
1/13 San Antonio, TX @ The White Rabbit
1/15 Tempe, AZ @ The Clubhouse
1/16 San Diego, CA @ House of Blues
1/17 West Hollywood, CA @ House of Blues
1/18 San Francisco, CA @ Slim's
1/20 Denver, CO @ Cervantes
1/22 Louisville, KY @ Headliners Music Hall
1/23 Detroit, MI @ Magic Stick
1/24 Chicago, IL @ House of Blues
1/25 Cleveland, OH @ Peabody's Downunder
1/26 Toronto, ON @ Opera House
1/27 Montreal, QC @ Club Soda
1/28 Boston, MA @ House of Blues
1/29 Clifton Park, NY @ Northern Lights
1/30 New York, NY @ The Fillmore - Irving Plaza
1/31 Philadelphia, PA @ Trocadero
2/1 Baltimore, MD @ Sonar
2/3 St. Petersburg, FL @ State Theatre
2/6 Charlotte, NC @ The Fillmore

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Scale the Summit Lines Up US Tour Dates

SCALE THE SUMMIT, the Houston-based progressive rock band - who are touring in support of their Prosthetic debut, "Carving Desert Canyons" - will join PROTEST THE HERO and THE NUMBER TWELVE LOOKS LIKE YOU on April 17 in Denver, Colo. for a portion of the "Heads Will Roll" tour.

"We can't wait to get out there and play Carving Desert Canyons for all of our fans. It's so much more powerful, heavy, and epic live," explained guitarist Chris Letchford. "We're very excited about teaming up with Protest The Hero, The Number Twelve Looks Like You and MISERY SIGNALS." More...

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Scale The Summit's New Album Release Date Set

Scale The Summit, the Houston-based progressive metal band, will unveil their Prosthetic Records’ debut, "Carving Desert Canyons," on February 17 and is currently streaming the new song "Sargasso Sea" on their MySpace page.

“Sargasso Sea’ is one of our personal favorites off the new album,” explained 8-string guitarist Chris Letchford. “We’re excited to be able to share new music with our fans, it’s been over two years since we had new songs to post.”

The industrious instrumental quartet filmed the recording of "Carving Desert Canyons" and will be sharing four “making of” clips leading up to release date. The first clip is available below. The album was recorded in the late Summer of this year at New Jersey’s Nut House Recording Studio.

Scale The Summit’s self-released debut album, Monument, was well-circulated in underground circles leading to bloggers and tapped in writers spreading the word of the young band.

Scale The Summit's “Making Of Carving Desert Canyons” Video: More...

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Scale The Summit Offers In-depth Recording Blog

Houston instrumental metal band SCALE THE SUMMIT has issued an in-depth blog upon the completion of the band's Prosthetic Records debut, Carving Desert Canyons. The entire blog from guitarist Chris Letchford, featuring photos and in-depth information about the recording process and equipment used, is available on the band's MySpace page. More...

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Scale The Summit Enters The Studio

Houston’s instrumental quartet SCALE THE SUMMIT hit the studio today to begin tracking the band’s Prosthetic Records debut. Due in early 2009, the record will consist of all-new songs and is the follow-up to the band’s 2007 self-released debut, "Monument," and fans can expect a series of in-studio blog and video updates covering the progress of the recording of SCALE THE SUMMIT’s new music.

"Writing is complete for our next album, and I have to say this is some of the best material we have ever written!” guitarist Chris Letchford says. “We have been working hard on this album for a good six months now and we are really excited to get to work on it in the studio. We are set to enter Nut House Recordings on Aug 29th in New Jersey to start tracking and the title for this nice group of jams will be ‘Carving Desert Canyons.’ Now...you all can be in suspense for studio updates, video, shows, touring, and of course some killer new music!"

SCALE THE SUMMIT has tapped seasoned photographer Tom Kilty to personify the band’s sound through the ‘Carving Desert Canyons’ artwork which promises to be in-depth. Fans can get a sample of past SCALE THE SUMMIT designs here. In the meantime, several songs from "Monument" are available on the band’s MySpace page.

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Scale The Summit Cancels Tour

Scale The Summit has cancelled the remainder of their current tour. Here's a statement from guitarist Chris Letchford:

"Due to unsolved van problems this late in the tour we have been forced to drop off our current tour with God Is An Astronaut. We would like to apologize to all of the clubs, promoters, our booking agency, and of course all of our fans that planned on coming to see us play. Its a bummer, being our first tour! We'll be touring again for sure. I think we are going to take this time to get the next album finished for Prosthetic Records.

"It started on the way down from Kansas and got worse. We stopped in OK on our day off and the Machanic shop we went to had no time. We struggled to make it to SXSW and did, and played the hell out of it.

"We are super bummed about this and so sorry to everyone planning on coming out! We will tour again, but it's just not going to happen right now."

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Scale The Summit Offer Tour Update

Prosthetic Records issues the following press release:

An update from SCALE THE SUMMIT after the band's first night out on tour: "Last night was the first date of the tour. We played at Emo's in Austin, Texas. Bad ass club, good sound and we all played great. All around good show. Thanks again to Pack Of Wolves for having us, always great playing with them! We'll be back in SXSW in about a week for some more good shredding fun. On our way to Dallas for our day off. Little Rock on Saturday! Until next time..." More...

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Scale The Summit Plans Month-Long US Tour

Houston’s SCALE THE SUMMIT have confirmed plans to tour from late this month into late March across the southern and eastern United States, playing with a handful of different bands along the way, including several shows with God Is An Astronaut and an appearance by the instrumental quartet at Austin, Texas’ South By Southwest music festival on March 14.

In the meantime, SCALE THE SUMMIT continues to work on new material for the forthcoming Prosthetic Records debut, which is tentatively scheduled for a late 2008 release. "We're all very excited about working with Prosthetic Records and are looking forward to what we will accomplish together in the future," guitarist Chris Letchford previously stated." We are currently preparing to go out on the road in 2008 in support of our current release 'Monument,' while also showcasing the new material that we have written for our first Prosthetic release. The new songs have really helped us solidify our signature sound, so expect to hear more evolved, face melting instrumental jams from SCALE THE SUMMIT!"

Formed in Los Angeles in 2004, the band has previously released the self-financed full-length, "Monument," which has been receiving positive press worldwide. Songs from "Monument" are available online at the band’s MySpace page.

Here are the latest SCALE THE SUMMIT tour dates: More...

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Scale The Summit Signs To Prosthetic Records

Prosthetic Records is proud to announce Houston-based instrumental progressive quartet SCALE THE SUMMIT as the latest addition to the label's roster. Formed in Los Angeles in 2004, the band has previously released the self-financed full-length, "Monument," which has been receiving positive press worldwide. Clips from the release are available on the band's MySpace page. SCALE THE SUMMIT is currently continuing to work on new material for the forthcoming Prosthetic Records debut, which is tentatively scheduled for a late 2008 release.

"We're all very excited about working with Prosthetic Records and are looking forward to what we will accomplish together in the future," guitarist Chris Letchford says." We are currently preparing to go out on the road in 2008 in support of our current release 'Monument,' while also showcasing the new material that we have written for our first Prosthetic release. The new songs have really helped us solidify our signature sound, so expect to hear more evolved, face melting instrumental jams from SCALE THE SUMMIT!"

SCALE THE SUMMIT currently have one live show planned:
1/04 San Antonio, TX - The White Rabbit (Texas Takeover 2008)

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