Extol
Burial


4.5
superb

Review

by Mr. Gold USER (7 Reviews)
October 23rd, 2012 | 15 replies


Release Date: 1998 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Many a band goes unrecognized due to religion or similarities to other bands. I feel however that no band should be judged based on religion and Extol knew how to create a first album that was not necessarily unique, but still remained catchy as hell.

Back in 1993, a group of musicians from Norway came together to form a metal band. Their goal was to lift their God to the fullest through their music. After 5 years of small shows and 2 songs appearing on a Norwegian metal compilation called Northern Lights, they released their first full length titled Burial.

The way this band is the most unique is the vocalist. Some may say he sounds like Mikael Akerfeldt of Opeth. Now this may be true to an extent, but I feel that his vocals are much more intense especially in the songs "Burial" and "Tears of Bitterness". The song "Burial" is truly one of the strongest on this album. It starts of with an amazing riff that repeats until you hear Peter Espevoll roar with full throttle. Throughout the song, and the album for that matter, he constantly changes his vocals from low growls to a higher black metal scream. That is definitely what is my favorite part about this album. Though there is not as much clean singing as on later albums Undeceived and Synergy, he does his job on the song "Jesus Kom Til Jorden For A do". He hits the high notes with precision, and though the production is a bit more raw, it still is excellent to listen to.

The second highlight would have to be David Husvik's drumming. Truly drummers tend not to get enough credit now, and I believe that he deserves full credit for what he does on this album. The song "Reflections of A broken soul" and "Embraced" are the two songs where he is at his strongest. Right from the beginning of "Embraced", he will keep you guessing at what he is going to play next, as well as making it flow throughout the song. The chorus of this song is my favorite from the whole album. As the song reaches the halfway point, you begin to here the build up to the final chorus that will show ever member of the band at their best. The melody that is played by the guitarists while Peter growls out the line "Surviving in a mysterious way" will stick in you head for hours later. It truly is an experience to listen to, and anyone who is into Opeth or death metal for that matter will find something to enjoy in this listen.

4.4/5

Strongest Songs
Burial, Embraced, Tears of Bitterness

Cons
Some may find the vocals to similar to Opeths. Solo's aren't very common throughout the album.



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JokineAugustus
October 22nd 2012


8587 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

First review. Constructive criticism much appreciated.

SadAndHolyGlow
October 22nd 2012


1615 Comments


Wow. Nice first review, Zao buddy.

JokineAugustus
October 22nd 2012


8587 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Thanks dude. You given this a listen before?

GiaNXGX
October 22nd 2012


4867 Comments


Very good first review man. Just try to evade long paragraphs (you just fixed) - it gives a "long"
impression to your audience. Another thing is that this site supports BBCODE. You can try to italize
album titles, bold song titles (if you want). But it is important to place song titles inside
quotations marks " ". Constructive critics set aside; this album is a magnificent progressive
black/death album that showcases prolific musicianship and deep; Christian lyrics. I've always loved
Extol and this is no exception - In my opinion Undeceived is their best (though).

skoopy48
October 22nd 2012


1872 Comments


fuck yes great band/album

JokineAugustus
October 23rd 2012


8587 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Ill fix it up a bit more tommorow.

SadAndHolyGlow
October 23rd 2012


1615 Comments


I have not yet. I've only heard "Celestial Completion." I'll try to pop it in my ears soon.

JokineAugustus
March 21st 2013


8587 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Jamming Renhetens Elv hard

JokineAugustus
June 28th 2013


8587 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Its so hard to decide between their first 3 for a favourite. Plus the new one may catch up fast.

Friday13th
June 28th 2013


5958 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Haven't heard it, but I know Undeceived is awesome. Good first review choice. Hey, has anyone heard their new album? I haven't but I kinda want to read a review haha

Digging: Universal Totem Orchestra - Mathematical Mother

skoopy48
June 28th 2013


1872 Comments


New album is great, still can't decide between a 4 or 4.5

JokineAugustus
September 9th 2013


8587 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

What's with the ghost neg's on here?

JokineAugustus
September 10th 2013


8587 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Ya true.

JokineAugustus
April 19th 2014


8587 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Damn! I need to come back to this album more often. Might even be a 5

DePlazz
May 11th 2016


661 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Killer debut album, this



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