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God Is HEEEAVVVVYYYYYYY
T. Tennard | NJ | 02/26/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Extol are a Christian extreme metal band that takes the lessons they learned from thier predecessors like Mortification, Living Sacrifice, Believer and Tourniquet to the next level and beyond. Extol combines elements of thrash metal, death metal, grindcore and progressive rock to produce one of the all around best metal cds I have heard in a long, long time. The band utilizes two vocalists that employ drastically different vocal styles. The main vocalist uses a deep guttural death metal voice along with a high pitched screech. The second is a good vocalist who can actually sing,(a rare thing in metal these days). The two contrasting vocal styles work quite well together. Overall Extol is a fantastic band with each member displaying excellent musicianship. The dual guitar work is heavy and distorted, however all of the licks are played cleanly. The two guitarists have written some of the best and most imaginative riffs I have heard in several years. The drummer blows me away, he is excellent. The tempos vary wildly within many of the songs. Unlike so many extreme metal bands Extol writes great riffs and great songs. The lyrics communcate many facts about God's love and His truth. This is extreme metal at it's absolute finest. If you like challenging metal that is fast, heavy, loud and thought provoking this should be the band for you."
Great atmospheric bm! (even if the -|- isn't -l-)
Hoichi, the Earless | Sietch Tabr, Arrakis | 03/27/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"It's easy to pigeonhole 'christian music' as a whole in general because if you have to start from the premise that your band has a 'message' or is 'for the Lord' then its pretty much de-facto that the music isn't worth anything as its only being used as a vehicle to deliver whatever.
The great thing about early Extol (not so much now) is that it was a band that was first and foremost about the music, specifically atmospheric black metal and coming from people just so happened also believed in a creator, which while opposite the 'conventional' black metal standards, nevertheless is understandable since Scandinavian countries espoused christianity for ages. As bands like Leviathan/Xasthur (from California) or even Pyha (a 13yr old boy from South Korea) have demonstrated, black metal cannot be confined to merely location, likewise beliefs shouldn't be held any differently; I use the same analogy when discussing Burzum with people.
Of course, none of this would matter if Extol simply sucked at creating black metal, the fact is just opposite: they do it very, very well. Extol here manages to evoke the almost folk-ish sensibilities that bands like Opeth or Agalloch do when they sound their most black (My Hearse... / Pale Folklore) , but they also channel a healthy amount of really fine tremelo picking/screeching that Ulver did so well around their Bergtatt album, while coating it with the kind of clean production Satyricon has gone with as of late all the while keeping it very grim..
Vocally they don't really sound like too many bands, but come close to Ulver again, but with the tradeoff that they have two vocalists and will switch constantly throughout the album; this aspect is also extremely well done and isn't gimmicky at all as its very consistant since they don't necesarilly have a full-range of screams to go around with ala Twilight...
Overall though Burial is absolutley the best Extol album there is as it definetly is kvlt especially since the clean vocals used on every subsequent album is not present & since they are first and foremost making great atmospheric bm. Its just a shame that Extol decided to abandon this path and move on to symphonic bm, and then abandon bm altogether since this album easily stands head and toe next to any like-minded atmospheric grimness I can name."
Good debut for Extol
Richard Terry | Denver, CO United States | 09/12/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Even though this was not the first album that I have heard by Norweigan metal act Extol, Burial is a really good melodic death metal release by these guys. Having been a big fan of Extol ever since their release titled 'Undeceived' I was excited to pick up their debut.
This album starts off extremely well with the song, Celestial Completion. The black-metal inspired screams by lead vocalist Peter Espevoll are awesome. This is one of the best songs on the album. It follows by the title track, which is long but another head-banger. Track four, which is titled 'Renhetens' Elv and the last song, 'Jesus Kim Til Jorden For A Do' are in Norweigan! They are fun listens, and backup vocalist Ole Borund has nice clean vocals.
Burial is a good buy for fans who already have their Undeceived release. That one is the masterpiece. (Extol only have 3 full-lengths, but they are all good) I am looking forward to hearing Extol's new album titled 'The Blueprint Dives.' It won't be released until early next year. Their two new guitar members for that album were from Christian black metal act, Lengsel. Please check out Extol! CENTURY MEDIA sought fit to pick them up!! They are amazing musicians, and they had a great melodic death metal debut with Burial!"