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Extol was formed in 1993 bydrummer David Husvik and guitaristChrister Espevoll, who had beenplaying together and wanted to starta band. Peter Espevoll became theirvocalist. In 1994, bassist EysteinHolm joined the band just beforetheir first gig. Emil Nikolaisen joinedas a second guitarist in 1995.

In 1996, they recorded forNorwegian metal compilation,Northern Lights. Later that year theyrecorded "Embraced", a short demo.Ole B?soon replaced Emil, whowanted to give more attention to hisother band, Royal, on guitar. In 1997,Extol recorded Burial, the band's firstfull album. The ...read more

Extol was formed in 1993 bydrummer David Husvik and guitaristChrister Espevoll, who had beenplaying together and wanted to starta band. Peter Espevoll became theirvocalist. In 1994, bassist EysteinHolm joined the band just beforetheir first gig. Emil Nikolaisen joinedas a second guitarist in 1995.

In 1996, they recorded forNorwegian metal compilation,Northern Lights. Later that year theyrecorded "Embraced", a short demo.Ole B?soon replaced Emil, whowanted to give more attention to hisother band, Royal, on guitar. In 1997,Extol recorded Burial, the band's firstfull album. They signed with EndtimeProductions in 1998.

The next year, they released the EP,Mesmerized, which featured threeindustrial remixes of songs fromBurial. Eystein was replaced by TorMagne Glidje on bass. They laterrecorded Undeceived, which wasmuch darker and more intense.Then, Ole left the band, so TorMagne switched over to guitar, andJon Robert Mj嬡nd joined as bassist.In 2001 another EP, Paralysis wasrecorded; it was only released inSweden. This EP featured a cover of"Shadow of Death" by Believer, whothe band considers to be a greatinfluence. After Paralysis, Tor Magneleft the band to focus on his otherproject, Lengsel, and Ole returned tothe line-up. After Undeceived wasreleased, Extol was no longerobligated to Endtime, and theysigned with Century Media in 2002.Their album Synergy, released in2003, showed an even greaterappreciation of the band Believer.The music on the album is verysimilar to Believer's style of thrashmetal.

In June of 2004, Ole B?and ChristerEspevoll left Extol to "invest theirtime and energy elsewhere". Takingtheir place as permanent members inthe band are the return of TorMagne Glidje and also Ole HalvardSveen, both from Ganglion, an Extol-side project that merged with Extolwhen four out of five bandmembersended up playing in both bands.

In 2005, the band released whatcould be considered their mostdiverse album in The Blueprint Dives,or "Blueprint" for short. The albumwas nominated for the NorwegianGrammy, Spellemannsprisen, for bestNorwegian metal album in 2005. « hide

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LPs
Extol
06/25/2013

3.8
103 Votes
The Blueprint Dives
2005

3.5
93 Votes
Synergy
2003

3.8
87 Votes
Undeceived
2000

4.3
147 Votes
Burial
1998

3.9
73 Votes
EPs
Paralysis
2001

4
20 Votes
Mesmerized
1999

3.9
29 Votes

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