Extol was formed in Bekkestua, Norway by cousins drummer David Husvik and guitarist Christer Espevoll, who were both 16 at the time.
The two had jammed together since fall 1993 and wanted to start a band. Christer's brother Peter, 14 was recruited for vocal duties.
Bassist Eystein Holm joined on 17 May 1994 as the band was rehearsing for a show that day.
In an interview, Peter explained the band's name: "Extol means to exalt, to lift up what you give glory to, and that's what's we're all about.
We want to give God all the glory with our lives and with our music."
Extol wanted to expand their musical style beyond regular heavy metal music to show more of a progressive side.
The style change necessitated another guitarist, a position Emil Nikolaisen of the band Royal filled in 1995.

The group soon garnered a reputation in the local scene.
In January 1996, Extol made their first record appearance on a Norwegian metal compilation called Northern Lights.
The album featured other local Christian artists Antestor, Schaliach, and Groms.
Steve Rowe of Australian Christian metal band Mortification released the compilation on his record label, Rowe Productions.
The band ventured to Stockholm, Sweden two months later for their first show outside their homeland.
At the end of 1996, Nikolaisen departed so he could devote more time to Royal, and was replaced by Ole Børud of Schaliach and Arnold B Family.

In 1997, Extol released an independent three-song demo: Embraced. A studio album was recorded at the end of the year even though a record label had not signed them.
Almost a year passed before Endtime Productions picked up the band.
Their debut album, Burial, was released in December 1998.
The album was licensed in the United States on Solid State Records, and in Japan on Avalon Records.
Critical reception was very positive from Christian and secular publications.

Active Years: 1993-2006, 2012-Present

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