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Extol ~ Extol
Extol ~ Extol
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Evolution of sound, 1 July 2013
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… Read more
Omega ~ Asia
Omega ~ Asia
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic., 22 May 2010
Having not been a huge fan of the original band's work, save for their near fautless debut, I found myself eagerly anticipating the arrival of 'Omega'.

Whilst it took me a great deal of time and effort to begin to appreciate the less immediate tracks off 'Pheonix', 'Omega' had me hooked right from the word 'Go'. Although opener 'Finger On the Trigger' is an Icon song, who can complain when Palmer thumps those tubs so well and Howe's unmistakable guitar work punches through the mix? Wetton's voice is in fine fettle - so much richer, more powerful and controlled than on previous outings, it is a joy to hear him.

Other standout tracks include 'Through My Veins' (a… Read more
Phoenix ~ Asia
Phoenix ~ Asia
3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing, 19 April 2008
One really shouldn't 'judge a book by its cover'. However, sucker that I am, I was immediately taken in by the beautiful Roger Dean painting that adorns the special edition's slip-case and expected the music to not only live up to the album's imagery, but also its title.

I have really endeavoured to 'appreciate' this album; alas, I have failed. Despite the catchy pop-bombast of 'Never Again', replete with 80's kich and a hook-filled chorus, save for the grandiose 'Parallel Worlds' and Howe's enjoyable guitar work on 'Wish I'd Known All Along', 'Phoenix' is crying out to be set free from its cage. The plodding, somewhat predictable nature of many of the tracks (such as Nothing's… Read more

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