Last night I got a new album to listen to: The Migration by virtuoso instrumentalists Scale the Summit. This is melodic metal music at its finest without any gargled screaming (not that I mind the occasional scream, but it gets in the way of a lot of really good metal). Blindingly fast dual harmonic guitar lines race each other to the top of the fretboard before plunging immediately into a bone-shattering breakdown and dissolving into beautiful acoustic drops in a lake of synths; meanwhile, the bass slides fluidly in and out of focus along with very organic-sounding drums. The whole album has a very natural feel to it, it doesn't seem like they're trying very hard. So far my favorite track has to be "Oracle" which has all of the aforementioned attributes in spades; however, the whole album is great, all killer no filler. The band's fourth studio effort, The Migration shows how far they have come and that they truly have arrived. This is the Scale the Summit album I've been waiting for.
Check out another standout, "Atlas Novus" on YouTube.