, the long-defunct punk/metal fusion band from Venice, California, is planning to reunite for select live shows. Greg Saenz
, who played drums for EXCEL
from 1986 until 1992, tells BLABBERMOUTH.NET
are getting back together as a result of EXCEL
bassist Shaun Ross
and myself jamming with Alex Barreto
(CHAIN OF STRENGTH
) on guitar in Rialto, California We are going to continue rehearsals in Los Angeles with vocalist Dan Clements
, and we are brainstorming a full-on assault of Southern California and hopefully beyond."
Formed in 1983 under the name CHAOTIC NOISE
, the band changed its name to EXCEL
in 1985. EXCEL
released two albums — "Split Image"
(1987) and "The Joke's On You"
(1989) — before guitarist Adam Siegel
joined INFECTIOUS GROOVES
in 1990. In 1992, Siegel
to form the power trio MY HEAD
. After five years of silence, EXCEL
returned to record its third and final album, "Seeking Refuge"
(1995), and then broke up for good.
In 2003, former members of EXCEL
considered legal action against METALLICA
over the song "Enter Sandman"
, which they claimed borrowed heavily from the EXCEL
track "Tapping Into The Emotional Void"
was originally included on EXCEL
's "The Joke's On You"
LP, which surfaced in 1989 — two years prior to the release of METALLICA
's self-titled CD.)