To describe the music of Canadian EXCITER is pretty easy. Who equals Heavy Metal with bombastic choirs, endless melodies and nice little additions, is at the wrong address with EXCITER. Those, who love solid and honest handcraft more than anything else, though, will find their thing with the Canada boys. So the second album "Violence And Force" brings up the really big guns.
Similar to their countrymen of RAZOR the trio around singing drummer Dan Beehler planes the wood so furiously that the wood shavings fly all over the place. On "Violence And Force" three expressions are valid only: Power, power and again power! After the short fretboard wizardry of "Oblivion" the murderous title track breaks through with tons of power. A great speed demon with distinct shout chorus. "Scream In The Night" is a tad slower, but has a better chorus. Then we get one of the biggest classics of the band: "Pounding Metal", a breaker that stomps through the room with boots that you could stamp out a wildfire. After that the "Destructor" races through the undergrowth, annihilating everything that is not up the trees by three.
And the whole album continues like that, here faster, there slower, then everything in one, but always with a primordial power behind it. The biggest highlight of the album, though, is the song "Saxons Of The Fire". A mega hammer, which does not have to hide behind the hymn "Heavy Metal Maniac" in the least. Absolutely essential!!! (Online December 23, 2003)