Exciter are a Canadian speed metal band from Ottawa, Ontario. They are widely considered to be one of the first speed metal bands and a seminal influence of the thrash metal genre. Exciter hast sold nearly 2,3 units in the USA and a total sells at 10 million units worldwide. Despite many changes in personnel, the band have managed to keep a small but dedicated following for more than 25 years.
In 1978, the band Hell Razor formed in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. They consisted of vocalist and drummer Dan Beehler, guitarist John Ricci, and bassist Allan James Johnson. In 1980, the band changed their name to Exciter and recorded a demo which they then sent to Mike Varney of Shrapnel Records. Varney included one song from it, "World War III", on the compilation album US Metal Volume II in 1982. Shortly after that, the band were signed to Shrapnel Records. In 1983, they released their debut album, Heavy Metal Maniac.
Later that year, Exciter signed a record deal with Jon Zazula's Megaforce ...