Extol
Undeceived


5.0
classic

Review

by donovan909 USER (22 Reviews)
December 24th, 2011 | 47 replies | 10,268 views


Release Date: 2000 | Tracklist

Review Summary: In the world of metal, rarely is there such an immensely overlooked band of this caliber. Somehow, metal fans tend to unite in bringing attention to A-list bands that break the mold like Opeth or Mastodon. Somehow Extol has been left to those lucky few w

3 of 3 thought this review was well written

It would be unjust to simply describe this band by making numerous references to other bands and their influences, simply because their music is unlike anything else out there. There is no doubt they are steeped in their black metal influences, however, they don’t sound like a black metal band. Much like Emperor became an anomaly on their album ‘Prometheus: The Discipline of Fire & Demise’, Extol pulls out all the stops on Undeceived.

They don’t rely on horrid, basement sounding production, there are no fuzzed out in-discernible guitars or garbled drums. Their production is clean and pristine, allowing every instrument to shine through with absolute clarity. For this album, their line-up was at its peak with:

Peter Espevoll – vocals
Christer Espevoll - guitars
Ole Børud - guitars, flute, vocals
Tor Magne Glidje - bass guitar
David Husvik – drums

Peter Espevoll’s vocals are perfect, moving nicely, between, black metal screeches, hard-core styled shouts, and even some growling. The band’s main songwriter, guitarist, and clean vocalist Ole Borud, composes their music with an absolute intensity, integrating styles from black metal, death metal, and a heavy dose of progressive styling, really setting the stage for their own brand of metal. Not un-like Emperor, their use of clean vocals, orchestral sections, mixed with an utterly deafening mix of extreme metal is done with clinical precision.

I would be hard pressed to say that I have ever heard anything quite like this. There are moments that would not be a far stretch to compare them to other black metal bands, but right when you think you could peg them down, they completely transition into another style altogether without skipping a beat.
Making the Emperor comparison is the closest thing possible, because of Ihsahn’s astute ability to always move forward, never allowing for his music to become stale and always reaching forward for something new to throw into the mix. However, Extol is extreme, but never as menacing or bludgeoning as Emperor.

They have a much thrashier approach, harkening back to a much older school of music, reminiscent of the beginnings of thrash metal, such as OLDER Metallica, Slayer, and Testament. However, with Extol’s approach, it never begins to sound stagnant, merely, another style to mix into their already original combination of black/death metal. Ole Borud has an almost angelic clean vocalist style, similar to Opeth’s, it is used sparingly and to great effect.

The perfect example of their formula would probably be the song Ember, which also was their ‘single’ from the album nonetheless. The beginning of the song Ember, it is starts out with a wonderful passage at the beginning of the song with a clean guitar and Ole Borud singing, only to erupt into an atonal progressive sounding guitar riff, with Peter Espevoll’s black metal screaming bringing an intense end to the gentle preceding passage. By the conclusion of the song, the guitars have turned melodic with strings bringing it to a close.

Every song on this album is necessary, every song has its own life, and it would appear that not a note is written without purpose. Their execution of this style is never comes off tepid or experimental, it comes off as masterful, like they have been honing their skills for decades and this is only their second proper album.

It is a shame, as the band went through line-up changes, changed their sound entirely with their latter two albums before breaking up. However, that does not negate the masterpiece that they created on Undeceived. Anyone who loves extreme metal in any of its incarnations would easily find something that intrigues them on this album and for all their innovation, this album puts this in the ranks of some of the greatest extreme metal albums ever made….. and that is not said lightly.



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Tyrannic
December 24th 2011



3261 Comments


lol that summary

"There is no doubt they are steeped in their black metal influences, however, they don’t sound like a black metal band."

semicolon after influences

indiscernible is a word.

"Their execution of this style is never comes off tepid or experimental"

axe is

"It is a shame, as the band went through line-up changes, changed their sound entirely"

need a they after changes,

"Peter Espevoll’s vocals are perfect, moving nicely, between, black metal"

or: Peter Espevoll's vocals are perfect, moving nicely between black metal...



not bad. not good.

Athom
Staff Reviewer
December 24th 2011



17200 Comments


INRImetal

Pharoh
December 24th 2011



3326 Comments


one of the best christian albums

donovan909
December 24th 2011



22 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Definitely one of the best Christian metal albums ever, alongside with early Living Sacrifice and Believer.

And to redskyforsmiles... INRImetal.... I don't know if that is meant as a neg. or not, but to truly evaluate a band based on their merits aka.. quality of music, well written lyrics, originality.......WHO CARES what they are singing about, whether it be the devil, death, sex, drugs, or eating people... I LOVE Bloodbath, I like bands like Opeth, Soilwork, whatever....the actual lyrical content doesn't change the fact that a band has put out an album of quality music in their genre.... are we going to label Cannibal Corpse.. SILLLYmetal? How about Mastodon...FANTASYmetal????

Pharoh
December 24th 2011



3326 Comments


also horde and scrolls of megilloth

Emim
December 25th 2011



26509 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

stone cold 5

jybt
December 25th 2011



342 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Sincere thanks for reviewing this! Undeceived is absolutely amazing, a classic of technical/progressive death metal. Extra bonuses for the lyrical depth, accurate reflection of Christianity's essence and its perfect synergy with the music. The outro of Time Stands Still is one of the most epic moments in the whole genre, and pretty much every song means something significant to me, but 4, 7 and 10 are my three most precious.

Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
December 25th 2011



18066 Comments


lol christian metal

Digging: Huerco S - Colonial Patterns

TheSpirit
December 26th 2011



17193 Comments


I'm all for music having a message and that message being anything but for some reason whenever it's a christian message, the music no matter how good it is ruined for me

Digging: vhmnt / blsphm - vhmnt / blsphm

Hawks
December 26th 2011



34628 Comments


Ugh unblack metal...

Digging: Equilibrium - Erdentempel

Emim
December 26th 2011



26509 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

quit being a fag and like this, haux

jybt
December 26th 2011



342 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Hawks: This has very little black metal, it's largely tech-death. Extol's songwriting complements this subject matter just about as perfectly, or better, as any other band does with any other subject.

JokineAugustus
April 21st 2012



5722 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Burial I like slightly more, and Synergy is my favorite album of theirs.

Digging: Renaissance - Scheherazade and Other Stories

sputnik1
April 22nd 2012



157 Comments


I agree with his review, unknown classic and although Christian metal usually sucks this is excellent!

Digging: Death - Individual Thought Patterns

Emim
October 5th 2012



26509 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

yes it does

skoopy48
January 1st 2013



1442 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

aaaaaaaaaaaaand this is awesome

CaptainDooRight
January 1st 2013



28355 Comments


this for me is about riffs, not the lyrics



Digging: Tukaaria - Raw to the Rapine

JokineAugustus
February 5th 2013



5722 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I gotta jam this again. Haven't done so in a while.

fromtheinside
February 5th 2013



17714 Comments


salright

Digging: Fallujah - The Flesh Prevails

WhereSleepIsRest
March 19th 2013



99 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

"I'm all for music having a message and that message being anything but for some reason whenever it's a christian message, the music no matter how good it is ruined for me"

HAHAHHA that is the stupidest thing ive ever heard... its a shame there are so many ignorant and childish people out there, who think they have an opinion that is worth hearing... Anyway this album pretty much kicks the shit out of almost every extreme metal album out there, without even trying. Truly innovative and original and extremely talented AND THEY ARE GETTING BACK TOGETHER!!!! new album and documentary! whooop whhooooopp




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