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Review: Extol - Synergy

Label: Century Media Records
Year released: 2003
Duration: 42:41
Tracks: 11
Genre: Progressive Thrash

Rating: 4/5

Review online: July 31, 2003
Reviewed by: Christian Renner
Readers Rating

Rated 3.75/5 (75%) (4 Votes)

Hailing from Norway, Extol have finally returned with their third full-length album. It has been almost 4 years since their last full length album "Undeceived" and I would have to say after listening to this album the wait was certainly worthwhile.

Extol is one of those bands that you are really not sure what their next album is going to sound like which is something I find to be a pain in the ass at times. There are certainly a thing that all Extol albums have in common and that is exceptional musicianship and songwriting. The new album is certainly no exception since this is easily becoming my favorite album from this band. They seem to be moving into a more thrash metal feel but still retaining all the progressive elements and melody they showed on their other albums. Tempo changes are all over this album and the excellent songwriting really pulls this all together and keeps from sounding disjointed. If I had to describe the sound I guess I would have to go with a cross between the calming side of Opeth with the aggression of Theory in Practice and the technicality of Meshuggah. It really is a testament to their songwriting and talent as musicians to pull this off so damn well.

Overall I would say this is yet another extremely strong release from this band and yet another album that will have their fans proclaiming how good this band really is.


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