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Extol The Blueprint Dives

01. Gloriana 02. Soul Deprived 03. In Reversal 04. Pearl MP3 05. From the Everyday Mountain Top 06. Another Adam's Escape 07. The Things I Found 08. Lost in Dismay 09. Essence 10. Void 11. The Death Sedative 12. Riding for a Fall
2005 Century Media Records
Our score 7


Heavy music word association test... ready Ok: Florida : Death Metal New York : Hardcore Sweden : Melodic Metal Norway : Christian Metal Ha! You thought the Norway one was going to be Black Metal, but you were wrong. At least in the case of Extol. Coming from the icy, frozen land known for producing corpse paint wearing misanthropes, it's odd to be a successful band that is a polar opposite (for all intents and purposes_ from what that country is known for. To anyone familiar with Extol, the band has taken many turns musically, and historically they haven't all been popular shifts. The bands older sound was very dark and ominous, similar to their black metal neighbors in many respects. Albums like 2000's Undeceived was almost classic in some respects. The cold and calculating metal was transforming into a more musically progressive beast. However, in 2003, when the band released Synergy, much of the aggressiveness and sheer quality seemed to wane.Extol's newest offering, The Blueprint Dives, has somewhat returned to heaviness the band was once capable of, yet still maintains a prominent emphasis on singing and lighter sections of songs. The band is still working from the progressive mold by experimenting with time signature changes, and modulating between screaming and singing while weaving various textures from metal to progressive rock. Although much of the singing could be eliminated, there are many aspects of this new album, such as interesting, unique melodies, that overshadow the less powerful and less memorable moments. Bottom Line: Extol is a band that by now the listener should know where they stand. If not, this might not be the best album to start with, since this is probably their most diverse release. This diversity is good and bad; it displays a good amount of musical talent within the band, yet seems very random and unfocused at times. Ultimately though, this release is a solid reflection of a solid band.


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perfectpatientADHDkid_ 6/1/2005 6:24:13 PM

wow talk about being surrounded by the gayness

bigego_ 6/1/2005 7:17:57 PM

undecieved is their best album, but i've always like extol and still do

mattox_ 6/1/2005 8:19:45 PM

overall i was dissapointed by this album. they havent really diversified their sound. it seems like they went for a sort of progressive version of some of the more radio friendly bands like deftones. some somewhat heavy parts, but theyve definently left behind all of the black and progressive metal aspects from their past releases. still an enjoyable release, but it hardly seems like the same band.

din_ 6/1/2005 8:38:21 PM

so bad

Stengah_ 6/1/2005 9:35:02 PM

3 points, i stopped reading after christian metal, this band are gays and Ash Levitt should quit writing for teh goat. thx

jon_ 6/1/2005 10:51:50 PM

i love this album. even though its different, and many people already hate it, i think theyve done a great job after losing 2 guitarists, and doing something new, while retaining their progressiveness.

richard_ 6/1/2005 11:26:48 PM

you didn't even finish your parentheses. what a half-assed review.

panzer_ 6/1/2005 11:59:06 PM

Crap. If I wanted to listen to stuff like this, I would be posting on the Muse message board.

drewcifer_ 6/2/2005 2:03:43 AM

horrible album.

tampax_ 6/2/2005 2:10:44 AM


The REAL Bob Rock_ 6/2/2005 6:41:13 AM


manbitesdog_ 6/2/2005 10:08:21 AM

I'm not sure what it means to say that fans of Extol should know where the band stands. Actually the band replaced their longtime guitarists with old members who have apparently discovered White Lion and other 90s lite metal, and their sound has clearly changed to a less challenging and aggressive style. It's an awful, awful album, and surely the Lord is not pleased

Jeff Squires_ 6/2/2005 12:57:21 PM

This is a horrible review. This cd sounds nothing like previous Extol work, thus the listener who is familiar with earlier Extol will have no idea where they stand on this release. The worst part of the review is the fallacy that this album has "returned to heaviness," which is only outdone by the previous statement "much of the aggressiveness and sheer quality seemed to wane [concerning Synergy]." Synergy has some of their best work, and Blueprint lacks the musicianship Extol is known for. The

livinineXile_ 6/2/2005 4:00:27 PM

when i listen to this band i feel the power of jesus christ coming over me and onto my face and a little down my neck.

MojoTFB_ 6/2/2005 5:50:15 PM

how the hell is this album considered heavier as a whole than Synergy? Cause there are more slow distorted parts? I don't know. I think the song "Thrash Synergy" is heavier than all of Blueprint put together. I like this album a lot, but its not nearly as amazing as Synergy which is one of my favorite albums ever. Also, its interesting to listen to this and listen to Ganglion, which is a band that now all current Extol members are in. One of the Blueprint songs ("Essence", I think) was act

anonymous 6/2/2005 7:29:57 PM

you are all gaywads eat some caca little pee pee faces...kill yourself if you hate this album and cry to NOGLORE about it since this is Jesus metal OMGZ MUSE!! EAT A PENIS and swallow it...extol's previous albums blow this one out of the water so but the bands change OMG WHO EVER THOUGHT....LOLZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ

kenwregget_ 6/2/2005 8:03:11 PM

Not horrible, but a 6/10 because of how much they regressed. For such an album where drastic change has occured, a longer, more detailed review is definitely called for.

thisaintsweettea_ 6/3/2005 1:05:18 AM

f*ck this band and god and their fans too. stop this. i hope your churches get burned down.

The REAL Bob Rock_ 6/3/2005 6:57:27 AM

How do you people manage to survive each day? Seriously? You are so f*cking stupid it pains me to read your shit. In fact, I think I'm going to stop.

thegoddamnawesome_ 6/3/2005 11:56:14 AM

that mp3 was one of the worst things i've ever heard.

~Elec-Man~_ 6/6/2005 12:34:02 AM

This band eats a bag of dicks every time a bear shits in the woods.

rainbowsatan_ 6/6/2005 8:36:12 PM

Undeceived f*cking destroys! This album, does not destroy. I can't believe this is the same band! They lost a couple members but come on, they even cut their f*cking hair! WTF?

Meldon_ 7/17/2005 2:57:45 PM

"However, in 2003, when the band released Synergy, much of the aggressiveness and sheer quality seemed to wane." You say THAT about Synergy, one of the most ingenius and very few quality prog. thrash albums out there, and then go on to praise The Blueprint Dives? You, Mr. Levitt, suck at life.

boygeorge_ 8/22/2005 5:16:37 PM

One of yhe best albums this year! You stupid americans have no clue about good music! Were does all the shitty music come from? The US!!