Synergy (Extol album)

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Studio album by Extol
Released August 12, 2003
Recorded 2003
Genre Thrash metal, progressive death metal, technical death metal
Length 42:44
Label Century Media (International)
Solid State (USA)
Producer Borge Finstand
Extol chronology
The Blueprint Dives
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating 8/10[1]
Exclaim! Highly favorable[2]
Lords of Metal 90/100[3]
Matt Morrow 9/10 stars[4]
Metal Hammer Germany 5/7[5] Highly favorable[6]

Synergy is the third studio album by Norwegian Christian extreme metal band Extol. It was released in 2003 on Century Media, but was licensed to Solid State Records.

With this album, the band shifted more towards a technical death/thrash sound. The Norwegian singer-songwriter Maria Solheim performs guest vocals on "Paradigms". The session guitarist Tore Moren plays guitar solo on "Nihilism 2002" and the first solo on "Psychopath". Samuel Durling of the death industrial band Mental Destruction performs distorted vocals on "Emancipation".

The album was recorded at Top Room Studios. It was produced by Børge Finstad and was mixed at Fagerborg Studios and Top Room Studios. Morten Lund mastered the album at Masterhuset AS. The album cover was painted by Hugh Syme, who has done work for such groups as Iron Maiden, Megadeth, Rush and Fates Warning. The band says that the cover picture "illustrates the synergy effect of elements working together (monk and Death) and thus gaining strength beyond what the effect would be if all the elements would be working separately."[7]

Stephanie Sollow of Progressive World gave the album a very positive review, writing: "Extol are very good at what they do, playing a very tight and intricately arranged form of progressive thrash metal, if you will. They transition easily between different meters, all while creating a heavy wall of sound though which a guitar lead or some dynamic cymbal work will poke through for its lead spot."[8]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Grace for Succession" – 4:12
  2. "Paradigms" – 3:40
  3. "Psychopath" – 3:47
  4. "Blood Red Cover" – 3:37
  5. "26 Miles from Marathon" – 4:12
  6. "Confession of Inadequacy" – 3:47
  7. "Scrape the Surface" – 3:20
  8. "Thrash Synergy" – 5:20
  9. "Aperture" – 3:11
  10. "Emancipation" – 3:20
  11. "Nihilism 2002" – 4:09



  1. ^ Daley, Tony. "CD Reviews - Sinergy Extol". Retrieved September 30, 2009. 
  2. ^ Prato, Greg (September 2003). "Extol - Sinergy • Metal Reviews". Exclaim!. Retrieved May 17, 2012. 
  3. ^ Brinkman, Peter (June 2003). "Extol - Synergy". Lords of Metal. Horst Vonberg (27). Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  4. ^ Morrow, Matt. "Extol - Sinergy". The Whipping Post. Retrieved May 17, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Review zu: Extol - Synergy". Metal Hammer Germany. Axel Springer AG. June 1, 2003. Retrieved July 1, 2013. 
  6. ^ Lang, Stephan (May 19, 2003). "Review | Extol - Sinergy". (in German). Retrieved May 17, 2012. 
  7. ^ "Metal Glory Interview". Metal Glory. Retrieved May 28, 2008. 
  8. ^ Sollow, Stephanie (July 27, 2003). "Extol - Synergy". Progressive World. Retrieved May 28, 2008.  Archived at the Wayback Machine.