Exterminator - _Mirror Images_
(Independent, 2002)
by: Quentin Kalis (7.5 out of 10)
Exterminator is a thrash band originating from Belgium. _Mirror Images_ opens and closes with straightforward thrashers -– the influence of bands such as Dark Angel, Slayer and the other usual suspects can clearly be heard. They have a strong retro influence, yet are not afraid to incorporate more 'modern' elements (modern insofar as their use in metal only came to be accepted within the last decade) such as keyboards, female vox and spoken sections -- suggesting that perhaps the band have been listening to Cradle of Filth. Still, there are far worse bands to be influenced by! The best song is easily "Bitter End", a touching number dedicated to deceased members of the vocalist's family; the personal connection imbues it with an emotion lacking from the other songs, which consider religion and touch on socio-political issues. The ordinary thrash songs are competent but generic; however if Exterminator write more songs like "Bitter End", they may yet make a truly excellent album.

Contact: http://listen.to/exterminator/

(article published 9/7/2003)

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