10 Songs, 46 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

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.

EDITORS’ NOTES

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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About Extol

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 their native Norway before releasing their full length debut Burial in 1998. An EP, Mesmerized, followed a year later, and in 2000 Extol returned with Undeceived featuring new members Tor Magne S. Glidje on guitar and John Robert Mjaland on bass. ~ Mike DaRonco

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