It has been a long time since I heard anything new by Exciter, probably since The Dark Command. In fact I don’t even have anything in my collection newer than Unveiling the Wicked. Here we have the “official” North America release of Death Machine, a nine track, 40 minute blast of speed metal from the Canadian thrashers.
Exciter are certainly not breaking any new ground here in the world of metal music. An extremely raw production and simplistic song structure throughout the album make this a decent listen, particularly if you are a fan of the band going back to the 80s. The music isn’t sloppy, but the playing and production aren’t particularly crisp either. Their in your face thrash is much like the music on their first couple of albums, including the Pounding Metal-like Power and Domination.
No real highlights or bombs on Death Machine, but the vocal performance by Kenny Winter is full of energy and he definitely entertains. If you enjoy 80’s style speed metal from one of the pioneers of the genre (John Ricci), then pick up Death Machine and bang your head!
Check out the song Skull Breaker: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3c3zJyiHzK4
I hear the sound in a METAL way.