So Extol are here with another release, and I know its hitting the streets with much expectation and excitement. I remember being introduced in the early 2000’s by a friend to the sounds of Extol, and even back then going wow this is something I can really get into.
So lets get you in on a few facts about these guys to get a greater picture to those who might not be as familiar as some about the band. They rose out of the heavy metal scene during the 90’s, a time when heavy metal was peaking commercially. This came parallel to Norwegian underground black metal scene. A time when hard music was characterized by nu-metal and post grunge. Extol’s persistence to pursue a dream whereby they brought death metal back to the alternative music scene in my books, seems to have been a long road but with their latest release by all counts they have arrived. I will always regard “Burial” (1998) as one of my all time favorite Christian metal releases, period. It probably because it still holds a lot of nostalgia of that era of my life at that time. So in a way it was part a measuring stick for this release. Also I favor bands that challange the traditional structures of a genre, and I love it when a band can give a genre some education.