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Exciter

Formed: 1978
From: Ottawa, Canada
Last Known Status: Active

Latest Exciter News

Below is our complete Exciter news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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Internal Bleeding Added To 70000 Tons Of Metal

New York death metal veterans Internal Bleeding, who are credited for bringing a "slam metal" style to the extreme genre, has been confirmed as the latest band to perform at next year's 70000 Tons Of Metal cruise, with fifteen more groups still to be announced. The cruise will set sail from Port Lauderdale, Florida on February 1st and head to the Grand Turk and Caicos Islands and back in a trek that will last until February 5th.

The current list of confirmed bands are as follows:

Aborted
Aeternam
Alestorm
Amberian Dawn
Battle Beast
Benediction
Benighted
Beyond Creation
Cannibal Corpse
Dark Tranquility
Die Apokalyptischen Reiter
Enslaved
Evergrey
Exciter
Exhumed
Freedom Call
Goatwhore
Gyze
In Extremo
Insomnium
Internal Bleeding
Korpiklaani
Kreator
Masterplan
Meshuggah
Metal Church
Naglfar
Necrophobic
Obscura
October Tide
Primal Fear
Rhapsody
Sabaton
Samael
Septicflesh
Sepultura
Sinister
Sirenia
Sonata Arctica
Swallow The Sun
Threshold
Voivod
Witchery
Wolfchant
Wolfheart

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Exhumed Added To 70000 Tons Of Metal

American death metal favourites Exhumed has been announced as the latest band to be announced for the original heavy metal cruise, 70000 Tons Of Metal. This addition takes the list of confirmed bands to 44, with 16 more bands still to be announced. The cruise will set sail from Port Lauderdale, Florida on February 1st and head to the Grand Turk and Caicos Islands and back in a trek that will last until February 5th.

The current list of confirmed bands are as follows:

Aborted
Aeternam
Alestorm
Amberian Dawn
Battle Beast
Benediction
Benighted
Beyond Creation
Cannibal Corpse
Dark Tranquility
Die Apokalyptischen Reiter
Enslaved
Evergrey
Exciter
Exhumed
Freedom Call
Goatwhore
Gyze
In Extremo
Insomnium
Korpiklaani
Kreator
Masterplan
Meshuggah
Metal Church
Naglfar
Necrophobic
Obscura
October Tide
Primal Fear
Rhapsody
Sabaton
Samael
Septicflesh
Sepultura
Sinister
Sirenia
Sonata Arctica
Swallow The Sun
Threshold
Voivod
Witchery
Wolfchant
Wolfheart

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Sirenia Confirmed For 70000 Tons Of Metal

Norwegian gothic metal act Sirenia are the latest band to be confirmed for the original heavy metal cruise, 70000 Tons Of Metal. This addition takes the list of confirmed bands to 43, with 17 more bands still to be announced. The cruise will set sail from Port Lauderdale, Florida on February 1st and head to the Grand Turk and Caicos Islands and back in a trek that will last until February 5th.

The current list of confirmed bands are as follows:

Aborted
Aeternam
Alestorm
Amberian Dawn
Battle Beast
Benediction
Benighted
Beyond Creation
Cannibal Corpse
Dark Tranquility
Die Apokalyptischen Reiter
Enslaved
Evergrey
Exciter
Freedom Call
Goatwhore
Gyze
In Extremo
Insomnium
Korpiklaani
Kreator
Masterplan
Meshuggah
Metal Church
Naglfar
Necrophobic
Obscura
October Tide
Primal Fear
Rhapsody
Sabaton
Samael
Septicflesh
Sepultura
Sinister
Sirenia
Sonata Arctica
Swallow The Sun
Threshold
Voivod
Witchery
Wolfchant
Wolfheart

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Amberian Dawn Added To 70000 Tons Of Metal

Finnish symphonic metal outfit Amberian Dawn has been announced as the latest band to be announced for the original heavy metal cruise, 70000 Tons Of Metal. This addition takes the list of confirmed bands to 42, with 18 more bands still to be announced. The cruise will set sail from Port Lauderdale, Florida on February 1st and head to the Grand Turk and Caicos Islands and back in a trek that will last until February 5th.

The current list of confirmed bands are as follows:

Aborted
Aeternam
Alestorm
Battle Beast
Benediction
Benighted
Beyond Creation
Cannibal Corpse
Dark Tranquility
Die Apokalyptischen Reiter
Enslaved
Evergrey
Exciter
Freedom Call
Goatwhore
Gyze
In Extremo
Insomnium
Korpiklaani
Kreator
Masterplan
Meshuggah
Metal Church
Naglfar
Necrophobic
Obscura
October Tide
Primal Fear
Rhapsody
Sabaton
Samael
Septicflesh
Sepultura
Sinister
Sonata Arctica
Swallow The Sun
Threshold
Voivod
Witchery
Wolfchant
Wolfheart

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Threshold Added To 70000 Tons Of Metal

British progressive metal veterans Threshold are the latest band to be announced for the original heavy metal cruise, 70000 Tons Of Metal. This addition takes the list of confirmed bands to 41, with 19 more bands still to be announced. The cruise will set sail from Port Lauderdale, Florida on February 1st and head to the Grand Turk and Caicos Islands and back in a trek that will last until February 5th.

The current list of confirmed bands are as follows:

Aborted
Aeternam
Alestorm
Battle Beast
Benediction
Benighted
Beyond Creation
Cannibal Corpse
Dark Tranquility
Die Apokalyptischen Reiter
Enslaved
Evergrey
Exciter
Freedom Call
Goatwhore
Gyze
In Extremo
Insomnium
Korpiklaani
Kreator
Masterplan
Meshuggah
Metal Church
Naglfar
Necrophobic
Obscura
October Tide
Primal Fear
Rhapsody
Sabaton
Samael
Septicflesh
Sepultura
Sinister
Sonata Arctica
Swallow The Sun
Threshold
Voivod
Witchery
Wolfchant
Wolfheart

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Voivod Added To 70000 Tons Of Metal

Canadian progressive thrash metal legends Voivod are the latest band to be announced for the original heavy metal cruise, 70000 Tons Of Metal. This addition takes the list of confirmed bands to 40, with 20 more bands still to be announced. The cruise will set sail from Port Lauderdale, Florida on February 1st and head to the Grand Turk and Caicos Islands and back in a trek that will last until February 5th.

The current list of confirmed bands are as follows: More...

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Calgary Metalfest Raises Funds For Make-A-Wish

This year's Calgary Metalfest, held from September 14 - 17, saw a historic line up that included Annihilator, the original line up of Exciter, thrash veterans Razor and Sacrifice, plus sets from The Exalted Piledriver, Toxic Holocaust, Gatekrashor, Disciples of Power, The Order of Chaos, and many more.

The festival organizers are no strangers in giving back to the community, using the event since 2013 to raise funds for the Make-A-Wish Southern Alberta. This year's live charity auction, held in between band sets, had multiple offerings and bidding donors that lead to the festival raising its highest ever amount of over $7,000 to help the children. CMF organizers comment:

"Thank you to everyone who donated and bid on all these items! We were able to smash our previous record from last year by over triple! Over $7000 was raised this year to Make-A-Wish Southern Alberta! This was huge for us! Thank you again to all involved in making this the best auction yet! See you next year!" More...

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Calgary Metalfest Holding Charity Auction

Since 2013, Calgary Metalfest has raised $4000 for Make-A-Wish Southern Alberta. This year the fest's organizers plan to shatter that record and raise $10,000 to sponsor an entire wish for a child.

This auction is a live one that will occur between band sets during the fest at all venues. You must be there to be part of the auction. The following items will be available"

- Jeff Waters of Annihilator will be donating one of his guitars
- Tony Iommi signature model Epiphone SG donated by Ross Ingall of Too Metal For Church
- A nightscape print on metal donated by the Monika Deviat of Deviant Optiks Photography
- Each night's respective 4'X6' poster will be signed by all the bands and auctioned off
- A signed Tenacious D photograph donated by Daryl Buchanan of superstarphotos.ca
- A signed photo of you and your favourite band, taken, printed and signed that night
- Tickets to other festivals through the Western Canadian Metal Festival Alliance More...

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Exciter Comments On Reuniting Original Lineup

Canadian thrash group Exciter will be taking the stage at this year's Calgary Metalfest on September 17th. This performance is one for the history books as Exciter will be reuniting the band's original line up for the first time since 1985, plus sharing the stage with fellow Canadian thrash pioneers Annihilator, Razor, and Sacrifice.

All have never before performed on the same stage together, making the concert a historic moment in metal. Exciter guitarist John Ricci comments:

"We are really stoked to participate at the fest with such great bands that came out of Canada and went on to establish themselves as serious contenders in the metal market around the globe. The last time the original line-up played together was the summer of 1985, our last tour together across the USA. When we got back together in 2014, it was like we never broke up, it was like instant musical chemistry!" More...

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Fall Of Summer Reveals Final Band Additions

The Fall Of Summer team is proud to announce the last seven bands of the third edition's line up. The festival's organizers comment:

"So we will start with two bands from the 70s. For the first one, formed in 1972 if you don't recall their name, you will certainly remember their music, as the Italian progressive rock band Claudio Simonetti's Goblin is known for their soundtrack work for films like 'Suspiria,' 'Dawn of the Dead,' 'Profondo Rosso' and we know already that their performance on the Blackwater stage with it's natural amphitheater, the video screening and the lake behind will be one of the highlights of the festival.

"Another band you would be a fool to miss and we are glad to announce is Riot V. If you search for heavy speed ,etal at its best don't search further and just enjoy a pure metal moment with a band that hasn't played in France for so long that we had to do something.

"Let's move to the 80's with two great and solid bands who have always been a reference in their countries, with Heavy Metal french representatives ADX and polish death metal masters Vader. Two bands that don't need introduction and who will as always provide a kick ass gig.

"If we now look at the 90's, we are thrilled to remind you the birth of funeral doom in Finland and announce that, one of its pioneers, Skepticism will join us, or another crucial band that we needed to bring to Fall Of Summer and to France for the first time. More...

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Calgary Metalfest Lineup Announced

On Saturday, September 17th at Flames Central, Big Nate Productions and Hubb Music proudly present an historic night of Canadian metal: Calgary Metalfest.

International touring act Annihilator will perform a blistering 75 minute set. Also appearing will be the recently reformed and original lineup of speed/thrash metal pioneers Exciter. The show will be opened by thrash veterans Razor and Sacrifice. Calgary’s Gatekrashor will provide last call entertainment.

On Friday, September 16th at Dickens Pub, Portland-based Toxic Holocaust will headline the band's first Calgary appearance since 2011 and supported by Disciples Of Power, The Order of Chaos, Fornication, Black Pestilence, and Concrete Funeral.

Thursday, September 15th at Distortion sees The Exalted Piledriver in the band's first ever Western Canadian performance with support from Crystal Mess, Savage Streets, Profits of Crime, and Accostal.

Ticket info is available at this location. Through its live charity auction, Calgary Metalfest has raised a total of $4000 for Make-A-Wish Southern Alberta and is shooting to sponsor an entire $10,000 Wish this year. Auction items will include autographed posters, guitars, art, festival tickets, and more. More...

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Annihilator To Play Calgary Metalfest V

Big Nate Productions and Hubb Music proudly present Calgary Metalfest V: a historic night of Canadian metal!

On September 17th, 2016 at Flames Central, international touring act Annihilator will perform a blistering 75 minute set, the group's first show in Western Canada since 1993. Also appearing will be the recently reformed and original lineup of speed/thrash metal pioneers Exciter.

The show will be opened by thrash veterans Razor and Sacrifice. These bands are all hot off the heels of multiple critically acclaimed festival performances in the US, Europe, and South America. Calgary’s Gatekrashor will provide last call entertainment.

Tickets and VIP passes for September 17th will go on sale Friday May 6th at noon MST through this location and Sloth Records in Calgary. More...

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New Bands Added To Fall Of Summer Lineup

The Fall Of Summer festival team is proud to reveal two more acts to be added to the 2016 lineup, taking place September 2nd and 3rd in France.

Shining will perform a special set to celebrate the band's 20 year anniversary, while fellow countrymen from Unleashed will make the lake of Torcy tremble with some unholy death metal.

These announcements join previously confirmed bands Exciter, Revenge, Nifelheim, Dead Congregation, Manilla Road, Grim Reaper, Abigail, and Hell Militia, with another 18 bands still to be announced. More...

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Maryland Deathfest Names 45 More Acts For 2016

Promoters for Maryland Deathfest have announced 45 more acts for the 2016 edition of the annual Memorial Day festival bash. Among the list - U.K. doom metal legends Paradise Lost, U.S. doom metal upstarts Crypt Sermon, the reformed Swedish death act Centinex, U.K. legends Discharge, U.S. thrash legends Hirax, soon to be defunct legends Nuclear Blast, U.K. classic metal legends Satan and the mighty Bay Area thrash act Testament.

Tickets for the event will be available soon. Head over to this location for more information.

The freshly named act list is:

The Afternoon Gentlemen (UK)
Buzzov*en
Centinex (Sweden)
Claudio Simonetti's Goblin (Italy)
Crypt Sermon
Dehumanized
Demonical (Sweden)
Demonic Christ
Deranged (Sweden)
Discharge (UK)
DOOM (UK)
Dopethrone (Canada)
Dragged into Sunlight (UK)
Gets Worse (UK)
Ground More...

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Maryland Deathfest Confirms 30 Bands For 2016

Promoters for Maryland Deathfest have announced the first slew of thirty bands for the 15th edition of the festival to be held on May 26-29, 2016 in Baltimore, Maryland. Among the list includes: Samael (performing "Ceremony of Opposites" in full), Venom and Exicter.

Ticket information can be found at this location.

There are still 50 bands expected to be announced, but so far the lineup looks like this:

Auroch (Canada)
Bongripper
Bongzilla
Denouncement Pyre (Australia)
Deströyer 666
Disgorge
Exciter
Gruesome More...

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Exciter: Clip Of Reunited Original Lineup Posted

The reunited original lineup of Canadian thrash metal legends of Exciter - featuring guitarist John Ricci, bassist Allan Johnson and drummer/vocalist Dan Beehler - performed again together at the "Keep It True" festival (April 24./25.2015) in Germany.

Check out the fan-filmed video footage below.

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Nifelheim, Ares Kingdom Named To Defenders Fest

The third annual Defenders of the Old Fest, which will be held from March 13-14, 2015 at the Bell House in Brooklyn, has added a third day for Sunday, March 15th featuring Sweden's Nifelheim and Kansas City's Ares Kingdom, plus two more acts to be announced.

The main festival will see headline performances from Riot (n/k/a Riot V) (on Friday, March 13th) and Canadian legends Exciter (back with the original lineup featuring drummer/vocalist Dan Beehler) (on Saturday, March 14th).

Two day tickets for the festival can be purchased at this location. Single day passes for Friday can be purchased over here and Saturday over here.

The lineups for the now three day festival are as follows:

Friday, March 13th:

Riot V
Liege Lord
Destructor
Machine of War (Featuring NME's Brian Llapitan to perform "Unholy Death" in its entirety)
Aggression (Canada) (Legendary Speed Metallers from Quebec. First show in the U.S.)
Magic Circle

Saturday, March 14th:

Exciter (The First U.S. show with the original Beehler, Johnson, Ricci, line-up in 30 years.They will be performing classics from the first 3 albums)
The Rods
Brocas Helm (First East Coast show)
High Spirits
October 31
Cauchemar
Natur More...

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Evil Invaders Covers Exciter Live

Evil Invaders has released new live footage taken from the band's DVD show in Biebob, Belgium on February 28th, 2014. This clip sees the band performing a cover of Exciter's "Violence & Force." Check it out below.

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Exciter Reunites With Original Line-Up

After a series of cryptic announcements via Facebook, the Canadian old school metal pioneers in Exciter have made the announcement that the original trio of John Ricci, Dan Beehler and Allan Johnson will be reuniting and playing their first confirmed gig at the Keep It True Festival on April 24th of 2015. The classic line-up plans to record new material as the first order of business this year.

This announcement comes after a string of conflicting posts made on the Exciter page in the past six weeks. Originally, a status update was posted on Feb. 24th stating that John Ricci was retiring from the band. Ricci vehemently countered that he only wanted to step away to regroup from some unpleasant personnel dealings in the band.

Then on April 4th, a status update appeared saying that bassist Rob 'Clammy' Cohen had been dispatched from the group. Vocalist Kenny 'Motor Mouth' Winter then posted on April 7th about a hiatus he was going to take to work on another project, followed by a post from John Ricci about 'big news' being on the horizon shortly.

Here is the official announcement from John Ricci himself, posted on Exciter's Long Live the Loud page. More...

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Exciter Video Interview Available

Exciter’s John Ricci talked about the history of speed metal on the latest episode of Extreme Metal Television. Check it out below.

The EMTv crew caught up with Exciter when the band played this years Noctis Valkyries Metal Festival in Calgary, AB Canada. Also featured in this episode of EMTv are Canadian death metalers Dire Omen.

You can also read our Sunday Old School column covering Exciter right here.

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