|Do you really need an introduction for EXCITER after publishing Ricci's answers ? Well let's say they're an awesome Heavy Metal band from Canada. This interview is a bit special as I got in touch with Paul Champagne who forwarded questions to Dan Beehler who was the first singer and drummer in EXCITER. Actually his vocals and his way of drumming created the EXCITER's touch, melted with twisted Ricci's guitar parts. This interview is divided in two parts as Daan answered to the only 16 first questions and I'm waiting for the end of his answers. Read on what this genius had to say.|
|Can you remember how you came into Metal
and which bands impressed you at the time ?
My brother got me into Metal. He was my biggest inspiration. Early Alice Cooper was first.
If I’m right, the band was first called HELL RAZOR,
later you changed the name into EXCITER… How did come the idea and
the change ?
The band was born in 1978, but it seems the first demo tape
only surfaced in 1982… So was the band concentrating on writing
songs, rehearsing and playing live at the beginning ?
In 1982, there was a demo tape with "World War III"
and "Sail On". How were the reviews back then ? I guess this
demo helped you to get in touch with Shrapnel… Will the "Sail
On" track eternally rest into the crypt, as it seems you never used
this song on vinyl back in the earlier days ?
The same year the "US Metal II" compilation LP
including EXCITER’s "World War III" was released, an amazing
song by the way ! Do you remember the response for your first vinyl appearance
? Did the deal for the first LP come quickly with Shrapnel ?
In 1983, you recorded a three
tracker tape including "Under Attack", "Rising Of The Dead"
and "Cry Of The Banshee". Was it done to promote the LP or to
help signing the deal with the record labels ?
|Then you put out the "Heavy Metal
Maniac" LP, an incredible masterpiece in my opinion as it has remained
one of my favourite album of all times ! Although the distribution was limited
in Europe, you received an incredible feedback ! Are you still proud of
that album and the fact that with "Heavy Metal Maniac" you have
left a timeless jewel in the story of Metal ?
Thank you for the amazing compliments !!! It’s too bad about the distribution but a lot of people got this album somehow. Even today with the re-releases I know that if I only had the money to buy one (which is true) I would shell out for "Maniac" !!! Johns guitar was a monster, never came close after that.
What are you memories to be the opening
band for Black Sabbath in ’83 ? Did you play only local gigs to
support the first LP ?
It seems the deal with Shrapnel Records
was for only one album. How did you get in touch with Megaforce for the
second LP ?
’84, "Violence And Force" LP was unleashed, full of killer
songs again ! Were you satisfied with the job done by Megaforce ? Was this
label good for the tour support also ?
Megaforce did a great job.. We fucked up. It was a strong album, but the production should have sounded more like “Maniac”.
You were also part of a Megaforce compilation
LP with the track "Death Revenge". As this song is really killer,
why didn't you use it for the LP ? Will you put it as a bonus-track on
a possible re-release of "Violence And Force" ?
There was another label change as you
signed with Music For Nations. Did you think it was a better idea to sign
with an European label for promotion or tour support ?
The Loud" was released in ’85. There is more versality, but
no sell-out to an accessible market as the songs definitely still are
strong, raging and memorable. Do you see this album as a natural progression
? Was it as good as received the first two ones ?
|What was the idea
behind the release of the "Feel The Knife" 12’’, including
the devastating title track and live versions of "Violence And Force"
and "Pounding Metal" ? Was it out of question at the time to put
out a live LP with songs from the three albums ?
We wrote “Feel the Knife” in about half an hour. The record company wanted an extra track…….I HATE IT !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The live tracks are cool tough, and very authentic for the era.
Can you explain the reason why John
Ricci left the band at this time ?
The "Unveiling The Wicked"
LP saw the light of day in ’86, with new guitarist Brian McPhee.
There are good songs on this album, but do you think McPhee was a good
choice for the band ? I still think that tracks like "Die In The
Night" or "Breakdown The Walls" would have been more killer
with John’s guitar playing…