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Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 25, 2013)
  • Original Release Date: 2013
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Facedown
  • ASIN: B00CM9JM56
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #134,883 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Extol came into existence in the early 90´s during a period of time when heavy metal was commercially dead. Parallel to the emerging Norwegian underground black metal scene, and in a time when hard music was characterized by nu metal and post grunge, Extol insisted to pursue the dream of bringing death metal back to the alternative musical landscape. Extol knew the genre was in desperate need for change. The oppressive correctness, a lack of melodic freedom and a feeling of stagnation in the rhythmic patterns in metal, provoked Extols first full length album; Burial (1998).



With this album the band challenged the genres traditional structures and it bears the stamp of irreverent approach to tonality, harmonies and atmosphere, more common for bands from the 70´s. This was the starting point for Extols creativity and laid the foundation for their coming albums; Undeceived (2000), Synergy (2003) and the Norwegian Grammy nominated The Blueprint Dives (2005), supported by extensive world wide touring with bands such as Mastodon and Opeth.



Extols new self titled album is like a complex metallic alloy. The playfulness of the songs and the brutal bonding of genres are transformed into a fusion of atmospheric and harmonic prog rock, merged with the tempered thrash and death metal that Extol so uniquely master. This album leads us straight to the core of Extol.



Drummer David Husvik comments: Extol is 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.



With a long awaited creative collaboration with Jens Bogren (Opeth, Paradise Lost, Enslaved) and some truly magnificent artwork by Travis Smith (Katatonia, Opeth, Death), Extol has managed to create a timeless masterpiece and the vision of the band seems clearer than ever.

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Awesome progressive death metal!
Philip Johnson
I thought Extol was done a long time ago and then I hear about them releasing a new album!
XDIEX
It is simply better than it's predecessors dynamically overall.
VIN

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By XDIEX on June 25, 2013
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
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Earnest L. Brown on June 30, 2013
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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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Drew on February 25, 2014
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Before just a casual Extol listener, the quality of their new self-titled really caught me off guard. From the ever-changing time signatures to the tight vocal harmonies, this album has become a favorite in my collection. That has a lot to do with the lyrical content; unabashedly inspired by biblical scripture, and yet it never comes off cheesy or forced. 'Betrayal' convicts me, 'Open the Gates' uplifts me, and I can't count how many times 'Faltering Moves', the masterpiece of this album, has had me in its grip with gut-wrenching guitars and expressive vocal delivery. The words in many of these have deeply affected me spiritually and I don't think it would be too much of a stretch to call this a worship album, albeit one that is farthest from the soulless Christian vanilla you usually hear on the radio.

All the elements come together so well that it forced me to take notice of an unmistakably talented band I never gave much time to before. Complex and distinct, the musical compositions are fantastic ('A Gift Beyond Human Reach', 'Unveiling the Obscure'), and on my first few listens I had no idea where the song structures were taking me.

Music industry mediocrity seems everywhere, and this is a much-needed antidote.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Philip Johnson on August 23, 2013
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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!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By ScottDel on July 29, 2013
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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.
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