EXCITER is a Canadian speed metal band from Ottawa, formed in 1978. Named after a song by Judas Priest, they are widely considered to be one of the first speed metal bands and a seminal influence of the thrash metal genre. The band was heavily influenced by a variety of music styles including Judas Priest, Black Sabbath, AC/DC, Deep Purple, Scorpions, Iron Maiden, Motörhead, Rush, Jethro Tull and Grand Funk Railroad. Their debut record, Heavy Metal Maniac, in 1983 is largely accepted as one of the first speed/thrash metal records and is quoted as being a main influence for some of the biggest names in metal today.


The band currently consists of original members Dan Beehler (drums/vocals) & Allan Johnson (bass) who are joined by guitarist Daniel Dekay. Known for their energetic, tight, and deafening performances, the band plays material from across their entire legendary Beehler fronted catalog. Despite many changes in personnel,
EXCITER has managed to keep a dedicated following for over 30 years.


Allan Johnson – Bass
Dan Beehler – Drums
Daniel Dekay – Guitars


Heavy Metal Maniac 1983
Violence & Force 1984
Long Live the Loud 1985
Unveiling the Wicked 1986
Exciter 1988
Kill After Kill 1992
Better Live than Dead 1993


Daniel da Silva






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