Dream Theater – The Astonishing

While here at Heavy Blog we usually err on the “for its own merit” side of the album/career debate, choosing to focus on an album’s singular traits rather than its place within a band’s discography, this would be a mistake here. While The Astonishing, one of the most anticipated albums of the year, is certainly a departure from everything Dream Theater has been giving us in the past few years, it’s also a return to several key sounds from the beginning and middle period of their career.

Scale The Summit – V

By the release of their fourth LP, The Migration, it was pretty safe to say that Houston’s instru-metal maestros Scale the Summit had fully solidified a sound that was now almost instantly recognizable among their more flamboyantly-shreddy peers. Whether it’s the string-skipping, major key leads or the band’s increasingly-heavy affinity…