Extol
Paralysis


4.0
excellent

Review

by Source USER (9 Reviews)
March 22nd, 2020 | 11 replies


Release Date: 2001 | Tracklist


After the release of Undeceived, Extol knew they had achieved perfection. There was no possible way any band could ever create a better progressive death metal album, not even Extol themselves. They were in need of more musical worlds to conquer. Ultimately they set their sights on the realm of technical thrash metal, a subgenre which would be completely turned on its head with the release of Extol's masterful third album Synergy in 2003. But Extol knew that such a sudden shift in musical direction would be jarring for fans, so out of the kindness of their hearts they released the 4 song ep Paralysis in 2001 to bridge the stylistic gap.

After the short and frantic title track intro, Your Beauty Divine blasts its way straight into the hearts of listeners. This song is honestly as heavy as anything from Undeceived. It is much less technical and doesn't feature any violins or other elements of proggy goodness, but it is a crushing and memorable experience nonetheless. Christer's leads near the end of the song are particularly heart-wrenching. It is no wonder that this song immediately became a staple of the band's live set. The third song is a cover of Believer's classic thrash anthem "Shadow of Death". This serves as a foreshadowing (hhheheheh) of the technical thrash direction Extol would take on Synergy. It is a shame that Extol's cover version omits the original's eerie intro but I'm sure they had their reasons for doing so. The fourth and final track "Human Frailtie's Grave" is a bonus track featured on the Japanese edition of Undeceived. Whereas the first three tracks of Paralysis feature intimate production as if they were recorded live, this song features the polished production of Undeceived and it always takes my brain a few seconds to get used to this shift in sound. However this is merely a minor quibble regarding an otherwise amazing ep.

For many years Paralysis was out of print and could only be found on cd for a small fortune, but it has recently been made available on streaming services for younger generations of listeners who don't know what cd's are. Give this ep a listen, as it is a nice companion piece to Undeceived and serves as an intriguing transitional release for Extol.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Source
March 22nd 2020


16360 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

TENDERNEEESS

I FEEL YOUR TENDERNEEESS

ChaoticVortex
March 22nd 2020


934 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Pos'd. Extol is so good. Hoping for a reunion.

Source
March 22nd 2020


16360 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i don't think it'll ever happen man, but we can dream!

Friday13th
March 22nd 2020


7044 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Killer EP, especially the first two tracks.

Demon of the Fall
March 22nd 2020


15374 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Always satisfying to see another Extol review, keep fighting the good fight. m/

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DePlazz
March 22nd 2020


1987 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

A new Extol review. Rejoice!

ramon.
Contributing Reviewer
March 22nd 2020


3682 Comments


hell yes this band sounds like azusa

Source
March 22nd 2020


16360 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

the whole discog has a review now

i might review night on brocken next, then the two most important discogs on sputnik will be complete

parksungjoon
March 23rd 2020


15967 Comments


"There was no possible way any band could ever create a better progressive death metal album, not even Extol themselves"

idk man if theres one thing ive learnt in my time on this planet it's to never count out gorguts

that said, YES! A Source metal review!

pos'd

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bloc
March 23rd 2020


60100 Comments


Not sure what this album is, heard it in Nov 2019 and slapped on a 3

Source
March 23rd 2020


16360 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

thanks park bro

bloc give it another listen, this one doesn't have pointless remixes



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