Location: Bekkestua (Norway) Genre: Black Metal/Death Metal/Progressive Metal/Thrash Metal
Bio: Extol are a Christian progressive extreme metal band from Bekkestua, Norway that was formed in 1993. The band is known for playing a variety of different styles of metal which include progressive metal, death metal, black metal, and thrash metal. Over the course of their career, the band has been noted for their precise, technical musicianship.
Extol came into existence during a period of time when heavy metal was commercially dead. Parallel to the emerging Norwegian underground black metal scene, and in a time when hard music was characterized by nu metal and post grunge, Extol insisted to pursue the dream of bringing death metal back to the alternative musical landscape. Extol knew the genre was in desperate need for change. The oppressive correctness, a lack of melodic freedom and a feeling of stagnation in the rhythmic patterns in metal, provoked Extols first full length album "Burial" (1998). With this album the band challenged the genres traditional structures and it bears the stamp of irreverent approach to tonality, harmonies and atmosphere, more common for bands from the 70's. This was the starting point for Extol's creativity and laid the foundation for their coming albums; "Undeceived" (2000), "Synergy" (2003) and the Norwegian Grammy nominated "The Blueprint Dives" (2005), supported by extensive world wide touring with bands such as Mastodon and Opeth.