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The Christian metal band Extol returns to recording after an eight-year absence with a self-titled album that reaffirms both its ferocity and virtuosity. The Norwegian trio recalls the excellence of its 2000 release Undeceived by combining the merciless power of death metal with the challenging stratagems of prog rock. Frontman Peter Espervoll has an intimidating snarl, which finds greater balance in guitarist/bassist Ole Borud’s clean singing; the combination underscores the themes of spiritual warfare that run through the band’s songs. There’s a heroic sweep to Extol’s instrumental architecture, heard in the dizzying sonic arcs of “A Gift Beyond Human Reach” and the deep brooding chasms of “Dawn of Redemption.” Tracks like “Betrayal” veer from lacerating guitar attacks to serene passages with lightning quickness, guided by David Husvik’s complex (yet always visceral) drumwork. Distorted vocals and massed choirs add another dimension to “Open the Gates” and “Unveiling the Obscure.” Amid the violent eruptions and angelic interludes are hosannas of praise and cries for redemption, made all the more urgent by the album’s furious swirls of conflicting sound.

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Extol doesn't disappoint! In fact, they've EXCEEDED expectations!

Extol is a band that offers fans of metal an experience they've never quite had, starting with their first major album Burial, a wandering, triumphant and experimental sounding piece of unusual black metal, with both growling and clean sounding passionate vocals. With each new release after that, they refined their approach with a whole new sound quality in recording, more technical prowess, and stayed fresh and interesting. I have always trusted with each album they'd keep impressing me. With their latest, they've achieved the best sound yet, in terms of studio quality and best possible offering of their unbelievably unique style. The weaving of heartfelt melodies, Christ centered message, and blistering metal power, this album is an absolute masterpiece that any extol fan will be giddy to explore. It's clear extol has spent the many years in hiatus thinking this one through, and it almost seems like they have a little flavor of each past album included. This is truly your greatest work Extol, no doubt about it! Thank you for giving us this one more time! I hope and pray this is not the end.


Fantastic album! Glad to see the band back together! This really ought to be under the Metal genre.


I'm so exited for a new Extol album! The quality of sound is great and the band is quite talented in the realm of metal. If you like this album, I also recommend their Burial and Undeceived albums which are also very heavy and technical. I also love the bold proclamation of the bands faith in Christ. I would love to see more of that in the heavy metal scene.


Formed: 1994

Genre: Hard Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Extol first got together in early 1994 with the intentions of starting a death metal band that showed more of a progressive side; rather than atypical run of the mill group of burnout's who focused more on their image. Adding to their influences of classical music, jazz, goth and acts such as Iron Maiden, Man-o-War, Napalm Death and Morbid Angel, Peter Espevoll (vocal), Christer Espevoll (guitar), Eystein Holm (bass), David Husvik (drums) and Ole Borud (guitar), had the chance to play all throughout...
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  • $9.90
  • Genres: Rock, Music, Metal
  • Released: Jun 25, 2013

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