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Extol [VINYL]

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  • Vinyl (24 Jun 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Indie Recordings
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 300,158 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Proghead on 1 July 2013
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Extol's sound is exceptionally well honed. But what's new? After so many years crafting it, Extol have proven themselves to be innovative noise makers of the highest calibre. And after an 8 year hiatus, I'm glad to say that that has not changed. With 'Extol', the band, now pared down to a three piece comprising Peter Espevoll (vocals), Ole Borud (guitars, bass, 'clean' vocals and mellotron) and David Husvik (drums and vocals), have most certainly produced an album that will stand the test of time. As with all great experimental albums, with each spin of the disc, the listener is introduced to new sonic subtleties. Take, for example, the mesmerizing title track, where bone crushing riffs are found co-existing with strains of cello (courtesy of Martin Rosenhoff), or 'Unveiling the Obscure', complete with tightly delivered three-part vocal harmonies for the chorus. Whilst not compromising in terms of the level of intensity of the music (think 'Burial' and 'Undeceived'), the band's sound is wonderfully intricate, melodic and atmospheric. This is an absolutely stunning set of songs from an exceptionally talented band.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lennard Van Wyk on 28 Jun 2013
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What a glorious return this is, the mighty Extol is back, and this new album is a killer album. Burial and Undeceived is still two of my favorite all time metal albums. Synergy and Blueprint was good, but not really comparable to the first two albums. This new album is really very very good. I think that Extol has really managed to fuse the sound of burial and undeceived, with some of their later albums sound. But this album is heavy, and will not disappoint old fans. Much heavier than Blueprint.
Buy this album, this is an amazing band, and an amazing new album.
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This is one of the most musically and lyrically challenging bands and albums you will ever here..all glory to Christ our king....simply exquisite!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
EXTOL RETURNS! 25 Jun 2013
By XDIEX - Published on
Format: Audio CD
This album is mind blowing. I thought Extol was done a long time ago and then I hear about them releasing a new album! I must say this album is full of that classic Extol sound (old school fans rejoice)and also fuses a new type of sound as well. It actually has some pretty brutal parts in it which is pretty surprising. The vocals and lyrics are top notch, there is a good amount screaming and singing and the music is very tight and written well without a doubt. The album has a good flow of music there is stuff for everyone in this, It has hints of Prog metal, heavy metal, hardcore, trash, Djent, rock, its Extol. The quality of this album sounds great and you can tell Extol put a lot of time into this record. This is a new take on Extol but fans of older Extol should not freight because this album has a lot of that old Extol sound to it.

5/5 rating for sure

Extol has returned
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Official review 30 Jun 2013
By Earnest L. Brown - Published on
Having been a long time listener of Extol, the news of them releasing their first full-length album in eight years with Facedown Records was exciting to say the least. Their last record, The Blueprint Dives with Century Media, was nominated for a Norwegian Grammy in 2005. Evolving with each CD, this band has really shown how truly impressive they are with this self-titled album. Extol is filled with the sound that every former fan has come to love. With incredibly intricate syncopated (off rhythm) beats and ever changing time signatures, this album is far from generic and will keep you pleasantly surprised in each song. Being engineered by Jens Borgen (Opeth, Paradise Lost, Enslaved) and having cover art work from Travis Smith (Katatonia, Opeth, Death), the sound quality and visual art are something that add to the atmosphere which Extol has created.

Being from Norway where a large portion of metal music is black metal and satanic, Extol has stayed true to their Christian roots and has created another album which impacts the heart as well as the ears. Drummer David Husvik commented, "Extol was the album that was planned all the way, but never materialized. Partly due to changes in the line up, but also because of the band's urge to always reach for something new. The album is the recap of 20 years of Extol-history, both musically and lyrically."

This album blasts off solid with "Betrayal", starting with a very syncopated rhythm introduction which leads into a very heavy thrash metal feel. The lyrics are based off of the part of Scripture where Christ tells the men that they have done nothing for Him because they did nothing for the poor or the hungry or those who need clothing.

Continuing to "Open The Gates", this song is a simple lyrical track with a great driving beat. The singing reminded me of Weird Al mixed with The Faceless' vocals, but it does not take away from the overall atmosphere. The lyrics plead for Christ to take hold of one's hand and lead them through the gates of righteousness.

"Wastelands" starts out with music very similar to their older songs from Undeceived. This song is about how one has trudged through life surviving by God's grace, but ending with questions of whether one will follow Christ or stay in the desert and continue thirsting for the love that only God can give.

"A Gift Beyond Human Reach" is extremely awesome in the fact that they use industrial metal music in the intro. Industrial metal refers to using hammers clanging on iron and similar sounds. With this song, they state both in the beginning and the end, "Incomprehensible, captivating, flawless, beautiful." This is something that Christ showed from example to do in prayer. "Our Father Who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name." What He showed was to start your prayer off in an honoring way and it also refreshes your mind of how great and vast God's power is. The song goes on to state how God created everyone with purpose and not just as a whim. This purpose and life is the gift that is beyond all human reach.

The fifth song of this album is "Faltering Moves". This song is more of a power ballad for Extol. Lyrically, it is a powerful, but humble prayer. Submissively laying one's sins at the base of the cross and simply asking for Jesus to surround them, knowing full well that He will stay by their side no matter what they have gone through. Asking Christ to surround oneself is possibly one of the most powerful and simple prayers anyone could pray. It takes a willing and humble heart to accept Christ, but it is worth every second of it.

"Behold The Sun" follows. In John chapter 8, Jesus says "I am the light of the world." This song is a metaphor for how Christ illuminates His light on us and how it revitalizes us. His love is warm and energizes the soul. This is definitely a song that I would recommend to those who listen to Becoming The Archetype. The singing in it and some of the guitar riffs are very similar to the style from their newest CD.

Although "Dawn Of Redemption" is an instrumental song, it fits well with the album and I feel that it gives time for the listener to reflect on the rest of the album they have just heard and pray. The track is very calm and I love that they have a violin softly in the background. It is like a little nod to their older work.

"Ministers" is definitely a track that I paid more attention to the lyrics and what they were saying than the music. Although the music is incredible and plays off of their very unique sound in which they incorporate a softer melody with a heavier beat and rhythm keeping the backbone solid. The song hit me hard personally because it is a conviction to those leading others to Christ as to not be overcome by the satisfaction that helping others can bring oneself, but to give all of the glory and honor to God while pursuing the passion and dream that one had to begin with. "Are we lost in addiction to people's addiction?" is just one line in this song that can hold a great weight.

"Extol", the title track and the name of their band is a song that holds much purpose behind it. This being Extol's fifth full length album after twenty years of being a band, to put the meaning of who they are into a song like this is powerful. The song praises God for being God and states how they will praise Him with everything they have. The word "extol" literally means "to praise highly" according to the dictionary and Extol does just that.

This album ends with the song "Unveiling The Obscure". "In a place of peace and confidence, bring us to complete unity. You have overcome the world, a new way for humanity" are Extol's closing words for this incredible album and I must say that it is a fitting end.

Overall: Taking splices of several genres and mixing it into your own unique sound is something rare that not many people can do well, however, Extol does it perfectly with this album. Having strong Christian values portrayed throughout the lyrics is an awesome sight to see for a band who has been such an influence for the Christian metal scene for twenty years. Although some people may not be Christian, this album is extremely powerful and worth listening to no matter what beliefs one has.

RIYL: Cryptopsy, Becoming The Archetype, The Famine, The Human Abstract, Dimmu Borgir, Mortal Treason, Antestor, Cradle Of Filfth
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
EXTOL ARE BACK! 23 Aug 2013
By Philip Johnson - Published on
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I listened to Extol back when they were actually heavy and really progressive. But their past few releases have been sub-par for me lacking in depth and the wonderful heavy side they used to bring. Not anymore! If you are a fan of old Extol get this album! Awesome progressive death metal!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Incredible 30 July 2013
By ScottDel - Published on
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Extol returns after many years of silence with an album that is universally acclaimed and beautifully written. It combines all the elements that have made Extol famous over the years. It is unapologetically progressive and impressively technical. It possesses a nordic heaviness that cannot be denied. It encapsulates the styles found on Extol's albums over the years and build on them with something quite new.
There is no 'old, well established band' staleness here. No. The music is just as fresh and creative as if they started yesterday. They're passion for metal and songwriting excellence shine through this album. A worthy accomplishment.
Recommended to anyone who likes good metal. Even if you shy away from death metal due to a deficiency of metal in your head, you should still love this album if you have any understanding of music.
Highly recommended.
Universally acclaimed by critics and fans alike.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Unique, vicious, melodic. 28 July 2013
By Confuse Ahoy - Published on
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I've never heard something quite like Extol before. While admittedly, I don't dive into the realm of progressive metal much, I do enjoy other facets of the genre, and Extol manages to stand out as being a band that I haven't been a contemporary for.

Extol's brand of metal revolves around a multi-faceted door - one moment they are chugging, vicious death metal and the next moment a swooning melody pours forth, oftentimes even in the same song. I hear traces of Devin Townsend in some of their songs, particularly on "Open the Gates." Moments of rhythmic brutality akin to Gojira also shine through, and on songs like "A Gift Beyond Human Reach" this blend with atmospheric beauty to create an amalgamation of pure metal.

The drumming is tight and interesting. The vocals, between the rasps and crooning, are stand-outs, and the bass/guitars never fail. This is one of the finest metal albums I've purchased in a while.
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