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In 1978 the band Hell Razor formed in Ottawa ON,Canada. The band consisted of 
John Ricci (guitars), Dan Beehler (drums) and Allan James Johnson (bass).

In 1980 they changed their name to Exciter and recorded a demo which they then
sent to Mike Varney of Shrapnel Records. Varney included one song from it,
“World War III”, on the compilation album US Metal Volume II in 1982. 
Shortly after that Exciter were signed to Shrapel Records.

In 1983 they released their debut album, Heavy Metal Maniac.

Later that year Exciter signed a record-deal with Jon Zazula’s Megaforce Records 
and 1984 they released their second album, Violence & Force. After a few opening
dates with Anthrax They embarked on their first U.S. tour with Mercyful Fate. 
Exciter switched to a new label, Music For Nations and travelled to London to 
record their third album (produced by Motörhead producer Guy Bidhead). The album 
would be titled Long Live the Loud. It was a slightly more ‘mainstream’ heavy 
metal sound than the speed/thrash metal of the first two albums. After its 
release the band went on an European tour with Accept and later a U.S. tour with 
Motörhead and Megadeth. Before the year ended they released the 3-track EP [[Feel
the Knife, which was the last release from the original line-up. Shortly after
its release, John Ricci quit the band and was replaced by Brian McPhee.

Along with a new guitarist came a new, more melodic sound. The next album, 
Unveiling the Wicked, was released in 1986 on the Music For Nations label. After
its release the band went out on a very successful European tour with Motörhead 
and Manowar. It was decided at this time that Dan Beehler (who had handled both 
drums and vocals since the band’s inception) would not sing anymore.

A new vocalist was found in Rob Malnati who made his debut on the 1988 album 
Exciter(O.T.T.). The album was released on the Canadian record label Maze Music.
With Exciter(O.T.T.) the band pushed the melodic sound even further. A Canadian 
tour followed but after that the band went on hiatus.

In 1991 the band re-emerged with Dan Beehler on drums and also lead vocals again.
Original guitarist John Ricci also returned to the fold. Bass duties were 
handled by David Ledden. Their first recording was the song “Born to Kill” 
which appearedon a compilation album titled “Capitol Punishment” released 
in 1991.

In 1992 the band signed with German metal label Noise Records and recorded their 
sixth album entitled Kill after Kill. The band went on a three week European tour
with Rage.

In 1993 they released their first live album, Better Live than Dead, which had
been recorded during their 1991 Canadian tour. The album consisted of songs 
taken from the first three albums. After this release the band disappeared for 
a second time. It would be three years before they would be heard from again.

In March of 1996 an almost completely new line-up was announced. Guitarist, John 
Ricci, was the only returning original member. Jacques Bélanger was the new 
vocalist and Rick Charron and Marc Charron (no relation) would handle drum and 
bass duties. The new line-up played a few well received shows in Canada before 
recording a new album entitled The Dark Command.

This album was released in 1997. With one of their strongest albums in years, the
band went out on a European tour with Anvil and Flotsam and Jetsam.

1998 - 2000
Between 1998 and 2000 the band was basically dormant with only two festival 
appearances in the 2 year span. The summer of 2000 saw the release of the 
follow-up to The Dark Command entitled Blood Of Tyrants. The new album was 
heavier and more aggressive than its predecessor.

In the fall of 2001 Jacques left the band due to “creative differences”. A year 
later Marc quit to pursue a career in the technology industry.

At the beginning of 2003 a new line-up was announced, with John and Rick 
returning along with vocalist Rob Degroot and bassist Paul Champagne. This 
line-up only lasted until March of 2003 when Rob Degroot was let go. His 
replacement was former vocalist Jacques Bélanger.

In 2004 Paul Champagne was released from the band. The band recorded New 
Testament with John on both guitar and bass. New Testament would be a “best of” 
album of re-recorded classics from throughout the band’s entire career. Later 
that year, bassist Rob “Clammy” Cohen would join the ranks. The year 2004 would 
end with the band heading out on a European tour with Steel Attack.

Jacques Belanger left again in 2006. He was quickly replaced in October that 
year by Kenny "Metal Mouth" Winter, from Brooklyn, New York.

The band's tenth album Thrash Speed Burn was released on February 22, 2008 in 
Europe, and on March 4, 2008 worldwide. It has since garnered positive reviews 
from many a European fanzine

In 2010 the band's eleventh album Death Machine was released.

Exciter re-unites with Allan Johnson, John Ricci and Dan Beehler. Show for 
2015 at Keep it True Festival confirmed.

Line Up:Edit

Kenny Winter - vocals
John Ricci - guitars
Rik Charron - drums
Rob Cohen - bass


Heavy Metal Maniac (1983)
Violence and Force (1984)
Long Live the Loud (1985)
Unveiling the Wicked (1986)
Exciter (O.T.T.) (1988)
Kill after Kill (1992)
The Dark Command (1997)
Blood of Tyrants (2000)
Thrash Speed Burn (2008)
Death Machine (2010)


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