Synergy (Extol album)

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Synergy
Synergy.jpg
Studio album by
Released12 August 2003
Recorded2003
GenreProgressive death metal, thrash metal
Length42:44
LabelCentury Media (International)
Solid State (USA)
ProducerBorge Finstand
Extol
Extol chronology
Undeceived
(2001)
Synergy
(2003)
The Blueprint Dives
(2005)

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 progressive 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."[1]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Blabbermouth.net8/10[2]
Exclaim!Highly favorable[3]
Lords of Metal90/100[4]
Metal.de8/10[5]
Metal Hammer Germany5/7[6]
Powermetal.deHighly favorable[7]
The Whipping Post9/10[8]

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."[9]

Track listing[edit]

Synergy track listing
No.TitleLength
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
Total length:42:44

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Metal Glory Interview". Metal Glory. Retrieved April 1, 2021.
  2. ^ Daley, Tony. "CD Reviews - Sinergy Extol". Blabbermouth.net. Retrieved September 30, 2009.
  3. ^ Prato, Greg (September 1, 2003). "Extol - Sinergy". Exclaim!. Retrieved April 1, 2021.
  4. ^ Brinkman, Peter (June 2003). "Extol - Synergy". Lords of Metal. Horst Vonberg (27).
  5. ^ "Extol - Synergy". Metal.de (in German). July 15, 2003. Retrieved April 1, 2021.
  6. ^ Müller, Stefan (June 1, 2003). "Review zu: Extol - Synergy". Metal Hammer Germany. Axel Springer AG.
  7. ^ Lang, Stephan (May 19, 2003). "Review | Extol - Sinergy". Powermetal.de (in German). Retrieved April 1, 2021.
  8. ^ Morrow, Matt. "Extol - Sinergy". The Whipping Post. Retrieved April 1, 2021.
  9. ^ Sollow, Stephanie (July 27, 2003). "Extol - Synergy". Progressive World. Retrieved April 1, 2021.