01. Exposing the Semihumans
02. Visions of Coming Apocalypse
03. Extermination of Millions
04. Forced Prostitution
05. Shrouded in Solitary
06. Vicious Pretension
07. Behind the Walls of Derangement
09. Era of Submission
11. Before the Uncreation
2007 Unique Leader Records
After dropping a solid debut on Unmatched Brutality a couple years back, Greek death metal tribe Inveracity return with a new label but the same old sound. The latter is not necessarily bad since Inveracity create a competent mixture of classic and modern death, drawing on both European/American innovators and practitioners. Yet, I had hoped they would embrace other influences to increase their arsenal and sharpen their hooks as Circle of Perversion, their first release, had a fair amount of potential. Regardless, if one is seeking some skilled death metal material without cricket/predator vocals, progressive melody or hardcore influence, then Extermination of Millions is going to ring true.
Over the duration of 11 tracks and 30 minutes, Inveracity grind on through with all the zeal found amidst the 90's Roadrunner/Earache/Combat death metal catalogs with copious double bass, monster riffs, straight up growls and lyrics about the dark side of existence in 2-3 minute chunks of bombast. Tracks like "Era of Submission," "Slavery" and the title track remind me of Immolation, while "Forced Prostitution" and "Shrouded in Solitary" mutilate with the precision of early Gorguts. "Exposing The Semihumans" and "Raped" destroy at lightning speed while "Visions of Coming Apocalypse" flat out rules. Still, with the exception of "Visions" and the final number, "Before The Uncreation" (Bolt Thrower worship defined and updated), there really isn't anything too exciting on Extermination of Millions. It's a well-played record, but amidst the confines of an increasingly tired genre there is reduced impact. As a huge fan of this death metal era, I'm stoked on Inveracity's devotion, but not always keen on their delivery.
The production is perfect and elevates this album above similar bands that have bargain basement recordings in comparison. The artwork, courtesy of George Prasinis, is worth a gander and also stands admirably beside like-minded layouts.
Bottom Line: Old school deathheads will eat up Inveracity's Extermination of Millions while recent converts to the glories of the past are likely to approve of this Athens act. There is serious talent here and Inveracity approach death metal with the business end of the knife; I simply wish they could find a firmer grip on the handle to make it their own.