EXCITER is a Canadian speed metal band from Ottawa, formed in 1978 and are widely considered to be one of the first speed metal bands and a seminal influence of the thrash metal genre. Their 1983 debut record, Heavy Metal Maniac, 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. Throughout the 80’s the band released several pivotal records on Megaforce, Noise, & Music For Nations and toured with the likes of Motorhead, Mercyful Fate, Manowar, Megadeth, & Accept. 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 & have remained very active with shows all over the world.
Wraith is a blackened speed metal band that hails from Northwest Indiana. Matt Sokol, the founding member, on guitars and vocals. Mike Szymendera on drums, Chris Petkus on bass and Jason Schultz on leads.
Thrashing from the Chicago Southlands, Backlash indoctrinates audiences to their live performances with diverse heavy riffs, robust bass, powerful and guttural vocals accompanied by precision drum grooves. Releasing their debut LP in 2021, “Colossus”, Backlash have since played throughout the midwest with bands such as: Cavalera Conspiracy, Warbringer, and Exciter. Crowned the victors of the fall 2022 Dirtbag Michigan Metalfest competition, Backlash have since released their emphatic thrash anthem “False Flag” to commemorate the achievement. Slated to release their second full length LP in 2024 – Backlash continues to raise the bar in terms of authentic live performance, songwriting and imagery.
For fans of Metallica, Megadeth and Pantera
Just 5 dudes from Chicago making music that everyone from all walks of life can enjoy