Heavy Metal Maniac
I consider this Ottawa band's debut to be as essential as "Kill Em All" or any
of the early 80s classics (ie. Raven's "All For One", Venom's "Black Metal",
Grim Reaper's "See You In Hell", Anthrax's "Fistful of Metal" and ALL the
Motorhead...) Actually, Exciter's follow-up ("Violence & Force") is
maybe just as important, if not more!
Exciter were what all those old cranky longhairs needed as the scene
was about to explode with thrash---Power Metal! I wonder if this was as much
of a bitch to land a copy of back when this was out in 1983 as it is
now. Supposedly re-released on CD (I have only laid my eyes once on a
bootleg with the first two LPs, but missing "Iron Dogs" and I think,
one song off the second...plus it was mastered off vinyl).
I would recommend this instead of any band wearing make-up.
Dan Beehler (drums/vocals), John Ricci (guitar), and Allan Johnson
(bass), wore jeans, leather, studs, chains and made Joe Average
Metalhead stand up and feel proud.
Musically Exciter were sort of like Motorhead at their fastest (for
comparison's sake), but harsher. Dan's screaming was unlike anyone else.
Like someone once said (ChorazaiM?), metal bands USED to always have
unique singers - maybe not great (or even shitty), but every band was
identifiable. Fortune shined here as Dan Beehler's vocals and intense
double bass drumming were a progression from what was considered the
heaviest of headbangin metal at the time (not including Venom, they are
in a different category). John Ricci's guitar sound was sharp, the
overall production of the album was perfect. Raw, the sound levels were
probably pumped up, or maybe Exciter played so fuckin loud! For a three
piece band, they sounded powerful. No, actually, FUCKIN POWERFUL!!!
This album was a far cry from their Anvil-type 1980 demo (2 songs,
"World War Three", later on a compilation called U.S.Metal, and a metal
ballad "If It Takes All Night"...not really a tape to search for.) If
you see "Heavy Metal Maniac" (or "Violence and Force"), BUY IT!
Side Heavy-The Holocaust(Intro)/Stand Up and Fight/Heavy Metal Maniac/
Iron Dogs/Mistress of Evil
Side Metal-Under Attack/Rising of the Dead/Blackwitch/Cry of the Banshee
© 1999 mlotek