Guitarist John Ricci of Canadian power metal pioneers EXCITER was interviewed by Diane “Kamikaze” Farris on the “Peer Pressure” segment of her radio show on WFMU. You can now listen to the chat below.
EXCITER released its latest album, “Death Machine”, on October 29, 2010 via Massacre Records. The effort was made available as a standard CD, a digipak and a limited-edition (500 copies) gatefold LP.
In a recent interview with Music Legends, Ricci stated about the making of the new album, “The recording sessions for “Death Machine” were a little disjointed. We recorded all the instruments at different times because of scheduling conflicts and also the fact our singer, Kenny, lives in New York City, therefore it wasn’t one smooth recording session. Kenny arrived to record vocals after all the music was done and he sang the songs for the very first time without really hearing the songs previously. Nevertheless, the album turned out good. Because we were trying to meet the deadline to complete the record, I think we rushed the mixing process as well. All in all, no matter what we do or what gear we use, we always get this raw garage or ‘very analog’ sound.”
When asked where he finds the inspiration to write music, John replied, “EXCITER‘s inspirations to write music comes from everyday news events, mostly of violent topics. Killings, murders, etc. We live in such a sick world, with senseless killings and unprovoked violence. The lyrics I write do not glamorize violence but condone it. Of course, some song topics include witches and Satan, but these topics are strictly fantasy. For example, if you watch a horror movie, it’s not for real only make-believe. The instrumental part of EXCITER‘s music is always from an angry point of view. As far as I’m concerned, metal has to be played with aggression and simple power chords to get the message across to the listener. This has been the EXCITER formula for over 30 years.”