Exciter is the Canadian speed metal band from Ottawa, Ontario. They are widely considered to be one of the first speed metal bands and a seminal influence of the thrash metal genre. Despite many changes in personnel, the band have managed to keep a small but dedicated following for more than 25 years.
The Exciter band started as "Hell Razor" and was formed by John Ricci (Guitars), Dan Beehler (Drums, Vocals), Allan James Johnson (Bass) in 1978. In 1980 the band's name was renamed into "Exciter"
Exciter is a Canadian speed metal band that was formed in Ottawa in 1978. They are considered to be one of the pioneering bands of the speed and thrash metal genres, and their fast-paced, high-energy music has influenced countless other metal bands over the years.
Exciter's original lineup consisted of Dan Beehler on drums and vocals, John Ricci on guitar, and Allan Johnson on bass. They released their debut album, "Heavy Metal Maniac," in 1983, which quickly established their signature sound of fast, aggressive riffs and high-pitched, screaming vocals.
Over the years, Exciter has released a number of acclaimed albums, including "Violence & Force" (1984), "Long Live the Loud" (1985), and "Unveiling the Wicked" (1986). They continued to tour and release new music throughout the 1990s and 2000s, and their influence on the metal scene has remained strong.
One of the defining characteristics of Exciter's music is their fast, furious playing style. Their songs are filled with lightning-fast riffs, blazing solos, and thundering drum beats that are designed to get the listener's blood pumping. The band's music is not for the faint of heart - it's meant to be played loud and enjoyed at maximum volume.
In addition to their music, Exciter is also known for their high-energy live performances. The band has played countless shows around the world, and they have built a reputation for delivering electrifying, adrenaline-fueled performances that leave audiences exhausted and satisfied.
Despite numerous lineup changes over the years, Exciter has remained true to their roots and their commitment to delivering fast, aggressive metal music. They continue to be a major influence on the metal scene, and their legacy is secure as one of the pioneering bands of the speed and thrash metal genres.
Roadrunner RR 9710 / Shrapnel , 1986 , Netherlands
"EXCITER - Heavy Metal Maniac" is the electrifying debut album by Canadian Thrash Metal pioneers, Exciter. Originally known as "Hell Razor", this 12" vinyl LP encapsulates the raw power and intensity of the band's early sound. Released with relentless speed and aggression, this iconic album showcases Exciter's signature blend of fast-paced riffs, thunderous drums, and electrifying vocals, solidifying their place in the world of Heavy Metal history.Show Details
Music For Nations RR 9782 , 1985 , Netherlands
"Long Live the Loud" is the third studio album by the Canadian speed metal band Exciter, released through Music For Nations in 1984 and rereleased through Megaforce Records in march 2005 with the EP Feel the Knife. All songs were written by Dan Beehler, except "Victims of Sacrifice" by Johnson and Beehler.Show Details
Music For Nations MFN 47 , 1985
"Long Live the Loud" by Canadian speed metal band Exciter, unleashed through Music For Nations in 1984, is a seminal sonic assault that defined the genre's intensity. Written primarily by drummer Dan Beehler, the album's relentless energy and iconic tracks like "I Am the Beast" cemented Exciter's status as speed metal pioneers. Its legacy endures, a timeless testament to the raw power and creativity of 1980s metal.Show Details
Music For Nations MFN 61 , 1986 , France
"EXCITER - Unveiling the Wicked" is a thrilling 12" vinyl LP released in 1986 by Canadian Heavy Metal band Exciter. Published under the MFN Music for Nations label and manufactured in France, this album showcases the band's evolution, blending powerful riffs, blistering solos, and intense vocals. With its aggressive energy and dark lyrical themes, "Unveiling the Wicked" solidifies Exciter's status as a force to be reckoned with in the Metal scene.Show Details
Roadrunner RR 9870 , 1983 , Netherlands
"Violence and Force" by Exciter has been produced by Carl 'The Sacred One' Canedy and released in 1984. It has been recorded at the "Pyramid Sound Recording Studios" (this studio was four years later used by "Overkill" to record "Under the Influence"), Alex "The Boy Pharoah" Perialas was responsible for the recording, while "Jack Skiner" took care of the mastering.Show Details