Long Live the Loud
I am the Beast
Victims of the Sacrifice
Beyond the Gates of Doom
Born to Die
Wake Up Screaming
This was highly, highly anticipated by me and my cohorts that summer. Metallica, “”Ride the Lightning”” was almost a year old and Slayer, “”Hell Awaits”” had just been released, as had the debut by Exodus. What on earth would LP number three from Ottawa finest bring? Word was that they were wimping out… After hearing a track on Music For Nations, “”Metal Zone”” comp, I was pretty sure that wasn’t the case. “”Long Live the Loud”” is quite pleasing. Essentially, the same style as the first two. A bunch of proto-power-thrash with loads of double-bass drumming and banshee wails from Dan Beehler, atonal screeeeeeeching, ala Greg Ginn, from Jon Ricci, as well as bulldozer bass backlash from Alan Johnson. Side Two is a bit more proggy, (Heh, heh, heh, heh, heh…) with “”Wake Up Screaming”” moving through several tempos. “”Born To Die”” and “”Victims of Sacrifice”” plod and pound along at mid-tempo, but manage to keep their heads above putrid water. All the rest thrash and flail along like Motorhead and Saxon trapped in a British Mk. II tank being pushed by an out-of-control steam locomotive that Lemmy can’t get a handle on.
Guy Bidimead, who had recently manned the wheels of steel for the “”new”” songs on Motorhead, “”No Remorse”” comp, lends his production skills here. The barely contains the thrashing rage these guys were capable of stiring up.
Exciter performance is so over-the-top and contains SO MUCH energy. Laugh all you want, but you’ll sift through 1,000 bands or more before you find another with the raw, manic energy these guys had in their glory days!
Old School Thrash at its very best!!!!,
This is the best Exciter album of all time. To make my review short and to the point, this album makes you want to bang your head through the wall!!!!!! Nuff said!!
Exciter is a 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. Exciter have sold nearly 300,000 units in the USA and a total sales close to 500,000 units worldwide. Despite many changes in personnel, the band has managed to keep a small but dedicated following for over 30 years.
Speed Kills – The Very Best In Speed Metal LP 1985. Music For Nations compilation. Check samples. Exodus, Destruction, Metallica, Slayer, Possessed, Exciter, Venom, Voivod, Megadeth, Celtic Frost, etc.