"some music was meant to stay underground..."


Formed: 1993
From: Beckestua, Norway
Last Known Status: Active


Extol came to life in the fall of 1993. David Husvik (drums) and Christer Espevoll (guitar) had been jamming for a few months and wanted to start a band. So Peter Espevoll joined on vocals. At that time David and Christer were 16 and Peter was 14.

May 1994, Extol played their first gig, with Eystein Holm on bass. After a while we wanted to try out with a second guitarist and so they added Emil Nikolaisen in 1995.

In January 1996, Extol recorded three songs for a Norwegian metal compilation called "Nothern Lights" that was released by Australian Rowe Productions.

Ole Børud from Schaliach had been stepping in on bass on a few shows while Eystein did his duties in the army. Not long after the recording of their demo "Embraced," Emil decided to leave the band to give all his attention to his other band Royal. Ole replaced Emil and became a permanent member of Extol.

In the late summer of 1997, Extol recorded their first full length album "Burial," which earned them a signing with Endtime in 1998. Extol played their first shows in the US (Texas Rockfest and Cornerstone festival), and "Burial" was licensed to Solid State for the US and to Avalon for Japan.

Eystein left the band in 1999 and Tor Magne Glidje came in as our new bassist. In December of 1999 we recorded "Undeceived." It turned out to be heavier and much darker than "Burial." It was very hard, yet melodic. A few months later Ole decided to leave the band. Tor Magne took Oles place and Jon Robert Mjåland joined in on bass.

After the release of "Undeceived," the band signed with Century Media and released "Synergy" through them in 2003.

Latest Extol News

Below is our complete Extol news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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More Info On Ohio's Dwell In Darkness Festival

June 10th-11th will mark the return of the nationally acclaimed 'Dwell in Darkness' festival that is set to bring a dark cloud over the city of Dayton, Ohio for two straight days. In a waning metal scene, SMNnews.com in conjunction with JagerMeister, and The End Records will be breathing new life back into Dayton, Ohio for a two day metal extravaganza that will feature a myriad of international, national, regional, and local bands.

The 2 days of pure metal fury will be unleashed at Elbos, a premiere Dayton venue that will be housing most diverse festival that North America has to offer. Located in the heart of the "Oregon District", Elbos features an outdoor patio, pool tables, vendorville and merch areas, and a full bar.

Headlining Day One (June 10th) of Dwell in Darkness II, all the way from Norway will be Century Media Records' mighty Extol. The band will be performing in support of their May 3rd release "Blueprint Dives" as they trek across North America. Co-headlining with Extol will be Listenable Records' road-warriors Incantation who will be making a special one-off appearance before heading out on a full US tour with Hate Eternal. Like a turd in your easter basket, Friday's lineup wouldn't be complete without the almighty grindcore quartet of Circle of Dead Children. Day one of terror continues with the addition of the incredibly brutal black metal stalwarts Summon, regional powerhouses Estuary, and Cleopatra Records artists Wehrwolfe. Also flying in from Norway to make a rare one off US performance, will be up and coming death metallers Judas Goat. Fusing the best of the mid-west and east coast with a flavorful touch of European metal delight, June 10th is set to make metal history in Dayton, Ohio. Throcult will also be making there way across a few states to debut some new material for all to see and hear. On top of that…preparing to send a bold, powerful statement to their local metal community, rounding out the day's lineup will be Blackmetal.com artists Sin Origin, regionals Black Trinity and Skullcap, New York's Fecal Corpse, Kansas Metal Awards winners Evermourn, Kentucky's Day I Dread, West Virginia's Premature Burial, and locals Elusive Travel.

If Friday wasn't enough - prepare for the unstoppable lineup of Saturday (June 11th)…Headlining the 2nd day of this amazing event will be the insane, intense, musical powerhouses who recently inked a deal with TVT Records and go by the name of Bobaflex. Known for their brutal live show, and onstage intensity, the band will be taking time out of the studio to headline this prestigious Ohio event - so start preparing yourself. Adding to the tally of the east coast's biggest names in rock and metal that will be appearing at Dwell in Darkness II is Artemis Records' Dog Fashion Disco. DFD will be making a special one off appearance to take to the stage in Dayton, Ohio as they continue to work on their major label debut. Century Media's finest Canadian act, progressive-melodic-death metallers Into Eternity as well as one of Nuclear Blast Records latest signings All Shall Perish will be storming the front, part of an all out main stage Ohioan aural assault.

Also diverging away from their regular touring schedule, from the white-hot West Coast label, Prosthetic Records (Lamb of God, All that Remains, Himsa, etc.), will be one of West Virginia's most merciless and forthright acts - Byzantine. Alas, what would a true festival be without a bit of female spice? Broadzilla, who have toured the world, will also be stopping by to tear the house down. Jetting over from Illinois, with bottles of Jager in hand, and plenty of free merch, will be Metal Blade Records artists and rock and roll virtuosos the Heavils - expect a set-time full of surprises! The pit doesn't stop there. Upping the ante and flying in from New York City to wreak havoc upon the city of Dayton, a band who will be making their second Dwell in Darkness appearance, is former Century Media/Kingfisher Records hardcore artists 4 in tha Chamber. Also making the trip from the East Coast, a group who has taken to the stage at European Festivals such as Wacken, and have toured relentlessly all over Germany, will be Twisted Tower Dire. Other namesakes rounding out the billing for Saturday, June 11th will be doomsters Avernus, who recently inked a deal with Flood the Earth Records, Lifeforce Records' Hell Within, New York City's Mr. Bungle Fast Eddie, as well as, A Waking Nightmare, The Messiah Complex, Rev. 9, Project 44, Jackalopes, I Died Trying, Morphic Resonance, Splitt, Caje, Lowchain, Ludavico Technique, Seconds from Disaster, Enslaved to Mercy, South Gate, Regiment, Dissonant Hatred, Krimson Reign, Needless Guilt, Rewind, Diskreet, Metaphysical, Woe of Tyrants and Fourty Tour.

This two day phenomenon, that features artists from Ferret Records, Metal Blade Records, Century Media Records, Prosthetic Records, Cleopatra Records, TVT Records, Listenable Records, and Lifeforce Records, with bands coming in from Norway, Pennsylvania, Kansas, West Virginia, California, Illinois, Kentucky, and New York. The show will ONLY cost a mere $15 dollars a day, with two-day passes running for a discounted rate at $27. Bringing in genres of music from all across the world, and from all across the United States, Dwell in Darkness II provides the best in hardcore, metal core, heavy metal, black metal, death metal, doom, industrial, and much, much more all for the cost of a 3 band club show.

There will also be hourly giveaways, raffles, contests, festival shirts, merch booths, autograph sessions with performing artists, vendorville areas, and much, much more. Also on hand to complete your two days of metal will be SMNnews.com and SMN Promotions Staff, who will be flying in to meet and greet fans, and MC the event. Discounted hotels rates are available for traveling parties through the Red Roof Inn in Miamisburg, Ohio @ 937-866-0705 - just mention the group name of 'Dwell'!

More show information is available at: http://dwellindarkness.SMNnews.com.

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Into Eternity Posts Mexico and Ohio Festival News

Canadian progressive death metal artists has posted the following message on their official website:

April 21, 2005 - México and Ohio festival news
All of us in Into Eternity are extremely blown away to be chosen to play the main stage of the Monterrey Metal Fest II!. It is our first time playing in México and we get to play at such a great festival! I think I am more excited to meet all the legendary bands we are playing along side with. Jag Panzer, Metal Church, Hammerfall and Motorhead are all class act bands. We plan to make the most of this opportunity and give 110% onstage!

We are also happy to play Dwell In Darkness II Festival in Dayton, Ohio on June 11th, along with Extol, Incantation, Bobaflex, Dog Fashion Disco and many more (presented by SMNnews.com)!

See you on the there & keep it metal!!

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Vote For Metal Hammer's Golden Gods Awards

Nominees for UK's Metal Hammer Golden Gods 2005 awards have been announced in the following categories:

Best UK Band:
Bullet for My Valentine
Hurricane Party
Lost Prophets
Viking Skull More...

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Extol Heading To The U.S.

Norway's Extol will be touring the U.S. throughout the summer in support of their brand new release, "The Blueprint Dives".

Here are the dates:

Apr. 20 - Coray Alumni Gym - Wheaton, IL
Apr. 22 - Ichthus Festival - Wilmore, KY
Apr. 24 - The Palladium - Worcester, MA (New England Metal and Hardcore Festival)

w/ Haste the Day, Embrace Today:

Apr. 26 - The Icon - Buffalo, NY
May 3 - Hyamp - Huntington, WV
May 4 - The Toneyard - Knoxville, TN
May 6 - The Complex - Memphis, TN

w/ Haste the Day, Dead to Fall, Twelve Tribes:

May 11 - The Imperial - Jacksonville, FL


May 13 - Cornerstone Festival - Orlando, FL
June 30 - Cornerstone Festival - Bushnell, IL (Tooth and Nail Day)
July 1 - Cornerstone Festival - Bushnell, IL
July 15 - Sonshine Festival - Willmar, MN

More dates will be announced.

Extol's brand new album, "The Blueprint Dives", will be released on May 3 through Century Media Records.

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Extol To Tour UK With God Forbid

Extol will be touring the UK with God Forbid from March 19th through the 26th. The tour will be promoting their new album The Blueprint Dives.

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Extol To Tour With God Forbid

Right after wrapping up their support slot for Mastodon and Dozer Norway’s Extol will support the mighty God Forbid in UK on their forthcoming headlining tour:

Mar. 19 (UK) London Underworld
Mar. 20 (Wales) Cardiff Barfly
Mar. 21 (UK) Oxford Zodiac
Mar. 22 (Scotl.) Glasgow King Tuts
Mar. 23 (UK) Northumbria Uni
Mar. 24 (UK) Manchester Academy 3
Mar. 25 (UK) Liverpool Uni
Mar. 26 (UK) Sheffield Corperation
Support will be UK’s Ted Maul.

Don’t miss them on European mainland with Mastodon and Dozer:
Feb. 19 (D) Hamburg Knust
Feb. 20 (D) Cologne Underground
Feb. 21 (D) Berlin Kato
Feb. 22 (D) Munich Backstage
Feb. 23 (CH) Vevey Rocking Chair
Feb. 25 (I) Milan C-Side
Feb. 27 (E) Madrid Arena
Feb. 28 (E) Barcelona Mephisto
Mar. 02 (B) Brussels Abbox
Mar. 03 (F) Paris Boule Noir
Mar. 04 (NL) Amsterdam Melkweg
Mar. 05 (NL Nijmegen Doornroosje
Mar. 06 (DK) Copenhagen Lille Vega
Mar. 07 (S) Malmo Kulturbolaget
Mar. 08 (S) Stockholm Klubben
Mar. 09 (N) Oslo John Dee

Or on one of their other shows:
Feb. 17 (N) Oslo Sub Scene (Release Party)
Mar. 11-13 (S) Linköping Bobfest
Apr. 07 (N) Bergen Hulen

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Extol To Tour With Mastodon

Right in time for the European release of their new album "Blueprint" on February 21st, 2005, Extol will go on road with Mastodon and Dozer. A good chance to see the new guitarists Tor Glidje and Ole Halvard Sveen - and also a good chance to hear some of the new songs of this gifted Norwegian band, that will definitely blow your mind.

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Extol Finish Shooting "Pearl" Video

Extol bassist Tor Magne Glidje has posted the following message on the band's official website:

We're finished shooting the "Pearl" video! It took us two days to get things right,- and it was just like the "24" series! The guys in Helmet Productions didn't sleep for like 48 hours, only working and working to get what they wanted! The locations were awesome,- really dark and spooky... But, it's probably the coldest experiences we've ever had!! It was snowing, and we were only wearing t-shirts... We are used to snow here in Norway, but this was like the Northpole! We had a an actress who stayed in ice-cold water for like 3 hours straight! We hope she didn't get sick!! The video is supposed to be finished in the beginning of January. We'll keep you updated!

Thanks to all the people involved;- Helmet Productions and crew, Silence the foe for letting us sleep on their floor, and all the actors,- especially Beate and Anne!

Have a blessed Christmas and a great new year everyone! This year has been really hectic in the Extol-camp, but we can't wait to see you guys on tour next year! We're so excited...

"Pearl" comes off of Extol's fourth full-length album "Blueprint" due in stores February 21st in Europe.

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Extol Name New Album 'Blueprint'

European underground metal heroes Extol are to call their new album 'Blueprint'. The album is to be released at the end of February by Century Media.

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New Extol Line-up Revealed

Norwegian metallers Extol have posted this message on their official website:

We are proud to present the new Extol members!

After our two guitarists (Ole and Christer) left the band in February this year, we pretty much found ourselves standing on bare ground in the search for new, dedicated members, but also in the direction to take musically. The vision of the band burned stronger than ever, and so we needed guitarists and songwriters who were willing to give their all for Extol and that would fit into the band on a more personal level as well.

It's therefore our privilege to announce Tor Glidje and Ole Halvard Sveen as the new, permanent guitarists in Extol. As many of you already know, Tor already contributed in Extol on bass and guitar throughout the Undeceived era, and both he and Ole Halvard are considered the masterminds behind the black metal cult act Lengsel and the super-energic rock-band Ganglión. We are deeply honored to have them in our unit and hereby we welcome them into the Extol-family.

The new line-up has proven very successful so far, as we have been working closely together the last five months on Extol's fourth full-length album. We are currently finding ourselves in Antfarm Studio in Denmark, where we are mixing the new material and adding the final touch to the album.

-Henrik and Extol

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Extol Record New Album

News taken from the Extol website:

On Monday, the 2nd of August, we entered Toproom Studio to record our fourth full-length album, bearing the work-title "Gloriana." As many of you may know, this is the same studio we used for Synergy and so we're once again looking forward to working with Herr Børge Finstad. The new material demands a different sound approach than the detailed Synergy concept. In order to create a heavier and more atmospheric Extol sound, we will bring the recorded material from Toproom to Antfarm Studio (the Haunted, Heaven Shall Burn, Hatesphere) in Aarhus, Denmark to mix it there. We will do our best to keep you updated on the recording-process the next couple of weeks, posting pictures and news on the Extol website.

We are aware that many of you have been dying to know who the new guitarists are. Well...you have not been waiting in vain, but we ask you to have just a little more patience with us. Complete line-up and brand new band pictures will be revealed shortly after the New York photo-shoot. We promise!

-Peter, David and John-

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