Flawless record from Norway's finest. Extol capture a perfect blend of brutality and harmony, combining the elements of death, black, thrash, and prog for which they're known for. Guaranteed to be one of the mos underrated albums of the year. Hell of a record.
Wonderful tight blend of everything they've done before (mostly Undeceived, then Blueprint Dives, Burial, Synergy) but each composition stands in itself, resulting in a crushing package bigger than the sum of its parts. Progressive, beautiful yet very heavy. With added Yes-like vocal harmonies. 9 out of 10 songs are excellent. Buy this album.
you'd have a hard time believing these guys haven't played together in seven years. generic and redundant in more than a couple spots, the overall soul that made Extol such a powerhouse is still present throughout these tracks. and the added help of the returning core and founding members of the group gives the album a much needed boost in chemistry, with very little awkward or forced parts.
It plays loud and proud, just like any of the band's other releases, but it is a very simplified version of their technical sound, and the production is very awkward in spots. This isn't so much bad as it is disappointing, considering how long that it has been in the works.