on 7 February 2016
This is a very unique band who have continued to evolve and grow with each album. They remain a very brutal death/black metal styled band, but there are many influences and styles within the music on this album, like the previous even more evident. This album may not be as varied and ecclectic as the one before, but it is a very sharp, dense and heavy album which still finds them sounding only like themselves, with the mixed parts of black metal, death metal, progressive rock/metal, melodic parts and more. For fans of very heavy death/black/ prog metal, Messhugah, Enslaved, Slayer, Cradle, Dillinger, tech/djent metal and more.
on 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 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.
on 28 June 2013
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.