First off let me tell you that…this is not the same Extol that you are used to. No more of that Hardcore,heavy, speedy, in your face, jaw dropping metal riffs. And no more of that super fast never ending double bass and not to mention so super good bass riffs that John Robert can pull off. And…no more low gruff heavy vocals…this records is in a entirely new direction. Now, if I has to put it in a catagory I would say…Goth Rock, with melody and Harmony. You can put it in whatever category you want to but this is what I’m saying.
Now the album starts off with the song Gloriana that they posted up on their Purevolume site. I wasn’t to impressed at this and was totally saddened that they gave up the old Extol, so I skipped the song and moved on. Now the next song was good. Soul Deprived. the song was… amazing. It may not be old Extol, but it is clear new Extol. Now Peter may not do low gruffs vox, but he does more of scream. Which sounds really good. But I must say, the new guitarist are really good. They may not be metal guitrarist, but they are some good guitarists.
I would have to say that some of the best songs on the whole record would have to be Pearl, which is clearly the song that shows you the new direction that Extol wanted to take. Well the best songs would be Pearl, Soul Deprived, And Another Adam’s Escape.
Again, It’s not old Extol, but its new and totally awesome!!!
If you’re an Extol fan, I would suggest buying it and checking it out. It may grow onto you like it did me. And if you were never an Extol fan, you might like their new direction. Well,
until next time…
If one thing holds true for Extol, through their evolutions as a band, It’s that they Don’t try the same thing too often. Their earliest works were close to black metal, then their masterpiece, Undeceived, was melodic death, Synergy was thrash, and this… Well, I’ll end my run-on there, but only because I’m lacking how to classify this CD.
But why classify it? If you’re a fan of Extol, and you should be, it should be enough that this CD delivers. If you were expecting the technical guitar-work of Synergy, or the pure frenetic energy of Undeceived, you’ll be disappointed. But if you come into this one without great expecations; the chances are good you’ll enjoy it.
The guitars are smooth and friendly and Peter Espevoll’s trademark screams make only limited appearances, quickly replaced by his clean vocals.
If that kind of description turns you off, ignore The Blueprint Dives; It’s not for you. If you think you might like it, however, there’s a good chance you will.