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Undeceived

Extol Audio CD
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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Import
  • ASIN: B00004TM1A
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,318,204 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Well, try putting the grinding brutality of death metal together with symphonic black metal, alluring melodies, grind it all up with some degree of Watchtower technicality, and behold the brilliant Norwegian outfit, Extol.
In a time where the death/black metal scene seem so saturated, along comes this excellent 5 piece band revolutionising the whole meaning of melodic brutality. There is, of course, the usual intense guitars/drumming and guttural vocals. However, you can also find plenty of mesmerising melodies that would leave In Flames or Rhapsody gaping in awe. Each song flows extremely well with aggressive but majestic changes in tempo, riffs and mood, making it totally satisfying listening experience.
The track Ember really stands out, combining sheer pulsating death metal with such tantalising melodies leaving me craving for more. Two tracks, Undeceived and a Time Stand Stills, clocks in at over seven (!) progressive minutes. Here, Extol showcase their excellent musical composition and technique, experimenting with different moods comprising of rage, angst, sadness and despair. Extol also utilise a string quartet, injecting memorable melodies with violins and clean vocals on 3 monstrous tracks, adding an entirely unique dimension to their music.
Clocking in at over 57 minutes with 12 masterfully composed songs, this groundbreaking album has already topped underground metal charts all over Europe last year. It's a pity that their main melody maker, Ole Burad, has left the band after this album was released. Without him, I doubt Extol will ever be the same again. I just hope that this isn't my last chance to witness such brilliant marriage of melody and brutality ...
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Extol have stuck to their progressive black and death metal roots with this, their second full length album. It is a very polished and technical offering yet quite aggressive. There is something in here for all fans of heavy music. The tracks are instantly catchy, and should have a place in every serious metal fans collection. Their lyrics spreads the message of salvation through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, which is refreshing as so many bands in this field of music are satanic or anti-social based. A classic Christian metal album which goes right for the juggler!!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Extol - Undeceived 4 Aug 2004
By Richard Terry - Published on Amazon.com
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Before I review this album, I am going to say that I am a Christian, but I do not only listen to Christian heavy metal. (See my reviews for great metal bands I enjoy) Yes, I even enjoy some of the music of the highly controversial band, Dimmu Borgir. They are also a talented band, even though I do not agree with their lyrics. I listen to metal with an open mind, but with ears that long for talent. Extol has the talent to be successful in this genre. Now onto the cd....

This is Extol's second release off of the Solid State record label. Extol amazed fans from Norway, which is their native country and metal fans from America with their first relase called 'Burial.' Undeceived is a great follow-up to Burial, but it is better in many ways. The opening track which is titled, Inferno, starts off strong and then gets very symphonic with string sections that play with the guitars. The title track, Undeceived, opens magnificently with violins, and then gets the listener head-banging and falling in love with the music. Ole Borund lets loose his beautiful voice more on this album on the songs, Ember, Structure of Souls, and Renewal. The vocals of Peter Espevoll sound as brutal as ever. His screaming style is a mix between Ihsahn of Emperor and Mikael Akerfeldt of Opeth, with his awesome growls and black metal inspired screams.

Undeceived flows together very well and I like to classify this release as a type of symphonic black metal mixed with progressive melodic death metal.' Yes, I know there aren't keyboards here like on albums by Dimmu Borgir or Emperor. But, there are strings present in some of the songs. Others would say 'melodic death' or 'progressive death metal.' The thing is, Extol mix many elemants into their music and they can play their instruments extremely well. I have not seen them live yet, but I have heard they are amazing when playing live. I do know that OPETH had Extol open for them for their European tour of the 'Deliverence album.' For all of you metal fans that hate Extol and refuse to listen to their music just because they are Christians should give them a second thought and listen to their music and lyrics with an open mind. Come on, metal fans, CENTURY MEDIA added Extol to their amazing roster of metal bands, apparently with the help of the band, Borknagar. Extol knows how to combine brutality with symphonic elements and proclaim their faith in Jesus Christ with the beautiful genre of heavy metal.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An engaging release 22 Aug 2000
By Dave - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I found Extol on solid state records by chance. Unknown to Swedish Death Metal, this cd is worth a five star rating. The lyrics are all compiled in the liner notes.The art work has been chosen perfectly. With 12 songs at 57 minutes you get a good listening time. The guitars, vocals, entire presence is tight. Everything falls right into place on time. The guitar riffing is surprised be technical additives. Mellow parts on the cd even everything out, yet it's very hard. The hardcore vocals keep you attentive, then the riffs just crash through the ceiling.If you want a cd in this genre with everything going for it and more, add Extol to your collection. I have the 6 song mesmerized cd, it's also very technical and tight.
What stands out the most is the talent put into this disc, and they're christian belief. They are hardcore to the limit in the christian market and pretty unbelievable in the secular. You can't go wrong with this band. Even if you aren't into thrash/death/black metal, this album will keep you entertained, from the production to it's progressiveness that it possesses. Try it out there's no way you'll be let down.
18 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Christian Death Metal, har har har.. 26 Oct 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Yeah, I've always thought of that as a bunch of play-on words. A giant pun. Guess not. Honestly.. I have a hard time swallowing the fact that these guys probably listened to death metal (which is basically all the "lets all murder christians now" theme recycled over and over). Not to mention half the time it's also very violent and very gory at times (hence bands discussing how to properly cut up a body so it sinks when you dump it in the river). Yeah, and now here's death metal all about God's wonderful glory. Woah, that's truely messed up. But hey, I listen to this stuff because it is excellent music.
Amazon took a very bad clip from the song UNDECIEVED.. These guys do a unique thing by using violins here (yeah, I know they are really keyboards).. not to mention this is the second best Death Metal band at doing vocals.. The vocals make it all worth while..
But then the guitars were excellent.. man, if these guys were only Nihilists.. they could rule both worlds.. heh
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Extol - Excellent Metal 7 Sep 2005
By TX MetalMan - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Well worth your time and hearing loss!! Turn this up loud and hold on... good lyrics, super speedy riffs, good tempo changes. How is it that Norwegians can thrash that hard?? Is it the long winters?? ;)

Top Tracks: "Undeceived" is blazing; a metal must hear. "A Structure of Souls" is a beautiful song that holds so much emotion it's guaranteed to move you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Masterpiece 17 Jun 2005
By Landon - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Ok, for all of the people who have been saying crap about christianity having nothing to do with metal, total bullcrap. I bought this cd awhile back just never took the time to review it. It combines (already said) melodic and beautiful instrumentals to a Death Metal feel. It's a truely unique cd that won't disappoint.

1. Inferno:9/10

2. Undeceived:10/10 One of my favorites.

3. Time Stands Still:10/10 Just amazing

4. Ember:9/10 Uses some clean vocals, very well done.

5. Meadows of Silence:8/10 Instrumental Acoustic

6. Shelter:8/10 I love this song, it just get's a bit dull near the end.

7. A Structure of Souls:9/10 More clean Vocals to the verses.

8. Of Light and Shade:10/10 I've seen some reviews that do not like this song but in my opinion one of the best songs on the album.

9. Where Sleep is Rest:7/10 This is another instrumental song that's well done but just get's a bit boring through it.

10. Renewal:7/10

11. Abandoned:6/10 Abandoned is odd since it doesn't have any singing or much of anything really. It just has some odd effects rapped with some either a violin or some other instrument in that category.

12. And I Watch:9/10 A very good closing song. I love when it get's kind of low right before the verse and just kicks in with the double bass and this death metal lick.

In closing, Undeceived is one of the best purchases I've made on a cd.
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