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Synergy

ExtolAudio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (August 12, 2003)
  • Original Release Date: 2003
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Century Media
  • ASIN: B00009KV3I
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #239,896 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Grace For Succession
2. Paradigms
3. Pyschopath
4. Blood Red Cover
5. 26 Miles From Marathon
6. Confession Of Inadequacy
7. Scrape The Surface
8. Thrash Synergy
9. Aperture
10. Emancipation
11. Nihilism 2002

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars New sound, Same incredible band! September 30, 2003
Format:Audio CD
I wasn't sure about the new sound of Synergy when I first bought the album shortly after it came out, but now I love it! I was used to the black metal brutality of Undeceived and Burial. It took me a few times to get used to the new sound of Extol. Well, these metal masters from Norway have successfully changed their style a little bit and they have amazed their fans with a brilliant album. I was really glad that Ole decided to return to the band for the recording of Synergy. His background vocals on Undeceived were breathtaking and he continues to give us all chills down our spine here on Synergy. Fans of old Extol beware; their new sound is different, and I am focusing mostly on the vocals of Peter Espevoll. Give it a chance. This album is phenomenal. Fans new to Extol please check into this band. Not only are they talented musicians, but all of them are outspoken Christians and they are not ones to cover up their faith in Jesus Christ!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars intense musical evolution September 3, 2003
Format:Audio CD
I am not shocked by the great change of style/sound of extol with this album, probably due to the fact that I got ahold of the Paralysis ep(swedish only release...find a good import store like blastbeats). It showed a huge shift of direction, and Synergy is mostly a continuation of it. Everybody else who has reviewed this cd has already said it: the cd is entirely different than what you are used to. Burial was some of the best harmonic death metal ever. Undeceived was just a brutal death metal kick in the face with tons of beautiful, complex melodic strings/vocals underlying it. This time around, Extol was listening to the long extinct and out of print band Believer in order to do an accurate cover for the Paralysis ep. It seems that they realized what a great band they had found and decided to incorporate the Believer thrash sound into their own chaotic mix of melodic death/hardcore. This album is a nonstop technical metal masterpiece. Imagine the insane leads that Rocky Gray pulls off on Living Sacrifice cds being done the entire time the whole cd. The rhythm guitar is more insane than most lead parts, so just imagine the complexity of the leads! This cd is quite possibly some of the most technical, brutal, intense music I have ever heard. Evolution of the fittest usually favors bands who need to grow in their style. Extol could've easily become one of the greatest death metal bands of all time, with sufficient promotion, using their Undeceived sound. However, the sign of a truly great band is the ability to change and evolve in their careers into a bigger, better sound. Extol proves their greatness with Synergy. My only complaint with this album is that total play time comes in much shorter than any of their previous full lengths. But due to the style shift, this is understandable. If you like metal at all, or just appreciate a great show of talent, then buy this cd.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
Musically, this is the tightest Extol has ever been... The record goes for a thrash sound which is fine with the exception of the vocals... The singer goes for more of a weak shout than an all out growl as in Undecieved. This distressed me greatly at first but after a few listens you get used to it. Not as good as Undecieved but still a great album.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Master's of Metal have done it again! May 30, 2003
Format:Audio CD
The boys from Extol have clearly shown in the past that they are more than capable of playing any style of metal they wish. And their latest release, 'Synergy', is another fine example of their expertise in that area.
This time around Extol has taken a more "thrashy" approach to their songwriting. While being a very "up-beat" album, this album also returns to their more melodic style of writing; a la their first release "Burial".
Extol have always been technical in their song writing, but 'Synergy' far surpasses their previous releases in that aspect. The songs, structurely, are very well crafted and do not get "chopped up and muddy" with too much going on at the same time, as is the case with most other metal releases out there. Everything here is crisp and clear. Each instrument plays a unique part in 'Synergy', and never does one serve as just to be background "filler".
With the shift in the music's direction, Peter Espevoll(lead vocalist) has also changed, to an extent, his vocal style to compliment the new sound. With a more agressive and raw flavor in his screams, he also add's in some "clean" singing along with guitarist/clean vocalist Ole Borud. Add in the intelligent, skillful drumming of David Husvik, the shredding guitar work of Christer Espevoll, and the thick, masterful bass lines of John Robert Mjaland, and you have 'Synergy'.
The result: Magnificent!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A sparkling gem in the metal world February 19, 2007
By Joe
Format:Audio CD
After my most recent listen, I can safely conclude that this cd belongs at the top of anyone's list of technical metal bands. In my opinion, there is simply no comparing other bands to the beautiful concoction of metal that is Extol. Here's why:

Synergy has THE most terrifyingly complex guitar riffs I've ever heard. I really cannot describe it. You just have to buy it and find out for yourself. I cannot stress enough how amazingly good the guitar and bass trio of Extol is. As a guitarist myself, I have yet to hear any one who can match these guys' right hand dexterity with palm muting/tremolo picking. It is absolutely sick.

Between the Buried and Me, Dillenger Escape Plan, Death, Cynic, Alarum, Spastic Ink, Spiral Architect, Nile, and all the other Tech Metal heavies...as amazing as they all are, the progressiveness of Synergy surpasses all and utterly obliterates most of them.

Synergy truly takes the cliche of "organized chaos" and makes it a reality. The guitar duo and bass somehow managed to pull off the most stunningly jagged, angular, chromatic, polytonal, and crunching guitar riffs and seamlessly melded them with an almost scary sense of musicality. Before I said the word "musicality" everyone probably thought of Dillenger Escape Plan or Between the Buried and Me. Don't think of them as a Dillenger or BTBAM. BTBAM's riffs pale in complexity when compared to those on Synergy. And I'm not just saying that to be a jerk. I actually love BTBAM, but for the sake of this review...their riffs don't hold a candle to the ones on this cd.

But Extol didn't just put on the Progressive helmet and go full steam ahead to make something that is purely cerebral.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Technical music
Extol in this album changed their sound from previous works. Peter dropped the super deep growls for more of a "normal" sounding vocal. Read more
Published 13 days ago by Jayb
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice
Great artist, fun to listen to, good quality cd, only thing that gave it four stars over five was the long shipping process
Published 3 months ago by josiah
4.0 out of 5 stars Extol Evolves
This is an interesting album to review. If you're familiar with how Extol started out on Burial and Undeceived, you realize how much of a departure this is from both of them. Read more
Published on January 6, 2010 by DreadfulYgg
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!
I will review this album as objectively as possible, without any influence from previous or future releases.

This is excellent, excellent, superb music! Read more
Published on September 25, 2009 by Michael Thomas
5.0 out of 5 stars Christian rocker chick
Are you kidding me!?Duh Extol is five stars... what kind of question is that? Not only is Extol's music THE BEST, they're Norwegian!!! I love Norway!!! Read more
Published on December 23, 2006
4.0 out of 5 stars Just depends on how you look at, I guess.
I'm not really going to say much about this cd. If you liked Undeceived or Burial and you that this album will continue in the same vain and will not listen to it unless it is... Read more
Published on March 13, 2006 by the invader zim
5.0 out of 5 stars QUINTEESENTIAL PROGRESSIVE DEATH METAL!!!
Synergy is a pinnacle album for Extol and the fulfillment of the progressive metal ideal. Even Chuck Schuldiner would be proud of this album (if you don't know who he is, then you... Read more
Published on February 28, 2006 by Reese Martin
4.0 out of 5 stars Great metal from the Norwiegan metal band
First of all, I have to tell you that I'm very strict. I only give cd's 5's if the completely deserve it. I would have given this like a 4.8 but this site doesn't have that. Read more
Published on December 20, 2005 by John W. Gerig
5.0 out of 5 stars amazing and unique...
I feel bad for the closed-minded Extol "fans" who bash this record as being to much of a far-cry from the bands Death/Black metal roots. Read more
Published on December 17, 2005 by Zikony
4.0 out of 5 stars Looove it
Extol are great. I used to be a christian, yada yada... I'm not anymore, but I still listen to bands like extol, not only for the lyrics. Read more
Published on November 19, 2005 by Earcandy
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