XTRMNTR (pronounced "Exterminator") is the sixth studio album by Primal Scream. In a departure from Primal Scream's earlier hedonistic recordings, the band took a more political stance, attacking government, police, and multinational corporations. The sound of the album is much more aggressive and forceful than the group's previous output, with harsh industrial sounds forming the basis for songs such as "Insect Royalty", "Accelerator" and "Swastika Eyes". A free postcard championing the cause of the "Free Satpal Ram Campaign" and encouraging fans to participate was included with initial copies of the album's UK release.
The album is also notable for being the final LP release on the influential British label Creation Records. The track "Accelerator" was later lifted from the album to become the last single to be released on the label. Although Gary Mounfield joined the band in 1997 and recorded a selection of tracks on the album Vanishing Point, it was the first time he shared songwriting credits with the band and his first full album since his time in The Stone Roses.
XTRMNTR was critically acclaimed upon release and is recognized as one of the two definitive Primal Scream albums - the other being Screamadelica. NME magazine (12/30/00, p. 77) rated XTRMNTR #2 in its "Top 50 Albums Of The Year 2000", and later at the NME Carling Awards 2001, it won "Best Album" of the year. Uncut, like NME, named it at #2 on their list of the best albums of 2000. The album has a Metacritic score of 90/100, indicating universal acclaim.
Over the years, it has gathered more praise, including appearances on lists of the top albums of the 2000s: NME placed it at #3 of their top 50 albums of decade list and Pitchfork Media placed it at #142 in its Top 200 Albums of the 2000's list.Metacritic placed it at #20 of the 40 best reviewed albums released 2000-9. In 2001, Q magazine named it as one of the "50 Heaviest Albums Of All Time". Praising the production, Stylus Magazine included the album on their 2006 list of the "Top Ten Best Sounding Records, 1997–Present".
In October 2011, NME placed "Swastika Eyes" at #45 and "Accelerator" at #114 on its list "150 Best Tracks of the Past 15 Years". In 2014, they ranked "Shoot Speed/Kill Light" at #190 and "Accelerator" at #497 and in their list of the "500 Greatest Songs of All Time".
A two-CD edition of XTRMNTR was released as part of a deluxe series consisting of their fourth through eighth albums. The first disc includes original album with three bonus tracks; the second includes an additional five B-sides and remixes.