Thrash Pioneers EXCITER Work on New Album

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johnricciexciterCanadian thrash pioneers Exciter, fresh off their headlining gig at the fifth annual Calgary Metalfest playing with Annihilator, Razor, and Sacrifice, are working on new material with the hopes of releasing a new studio album in 2017. Reached at his home in Ottawa, Ontario, Exciter guitarist and founding member, John Ricci, tells Decibel Geek the band has been busy working on new material for some time now and has five good strong songs they are developing. The new album would be Exciter‘s first release since 2010’s Death Machine and the first with the original lineup since 1985’s Long Live the Loud. He says the band will go into the studio when the material is ready.

You can listen to John Ricci talk about the new album here.

Ricci goes on to say the since the record label, Massacre Records in Germany is not pressuring them to complete the album and has not given them a deadline the band is able to work at their own speed. “In 2015 we said we would have a record in 2016 which we don’t,” he laughs, “and now we are saying next year, 2017.” Ricci says, that although they are writing new songs, “It is going slow.”

Exciter formed in Ottawa, Ontario as Hell Razor in 1978 and changed its name to Exciter in 1980. The original Exciter lineup recorded three classic albums in the 1980s , Heavy Metal Maniac (1983), Violence & Force (1984) and Long Live the Loud (1985) before Ricci left the group. Since that time the band has gone through many line-up changes, however, the original and what most fans would agree is the classic line-up featuring Ricci, Dan Beehler (drums and vocals) and Allan James Johnson (bass) reunited in 2014. Exciter has released eleven studio albums and continues to play festivals such as Sweden Rock Festival (2015) and France’s Fall of Summer Festival (2016).

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