Extol has returned with two brand new songs "Labyrinth of Ill" and "Exigency", their first new material since 2013. Better yet, both songs are the first in 20 years to feature guitarist Christer Espevoll. Both songs feel more like they belong somewhere between The Blueprint Dives and Undeceived, rather than follow-ups to their 2013 self-titled. It's awesome.
"The new songs have that perfect blend of hooks, quirks, and melody, coupled with the distinct flavor of a lineup featuring David, Peter, Christer, and yours truly. And top that off with an excellent mix from Jens Bogren. I'm very happy," said guitarist Ole Børud.
Vocalist Peter Espevoll shares the sentiments, saying "I can't believe it's been a decade since we released the latest Extol album. I'm really stoked about the fact that Christer is on board again! It kind of feels like the good old days!"
"The way we wrote 'Labyrinth of Ill' took me back to the good old days," said Christer Espevoll. "It has the distinct impression of all members baked into a recognizably unique Extol cookie: Brutal riffing and tight, yet floating rhythmic section, meeting pleasant melodies, and atypical metal harmonies, topped off with a slightly outside guitar solo that leaves you wanting more, all in classic Extol fashion. I can't wait to continue this new Extol chapter!"
"'Labyrinth of Ill' has definitely renewed my faith in Extol and our ability to play rock music once again," said drummer David Husvik. "Who doesn't wanna go to church when they hear the 'Patience' passages play ping pong with Ole's guitar solo? Brutal, but at the same time disturbingly cozy."