Canadian thrash metal pioneers EXCITER have parted ways with France's Osmose Productions. The band is currently seeking a new label home for the release of the group's upcoming CD, entitled "Thrash Speed Burn".
EXCITER last fall announced the addition of Brooklyn, New York-based singer Kenny "Metal Mouth" Winter to the group's ranks. "After holding auditions this past summer, the band was blown away with Kenny's three-and-a-half-octave range, delivered with tremendous intensity and conviction," the band previously said in a statement.
Kenny "Metal Mouth" Winter has issued the following statement regarding his addition to the band:
"A big hello to all EXCITER fans worldwide! I want to take a moment to thank John, Clammy and Rik for their support and for the opportunity that has been given to me to perpetuate the legacy of EXCITER. I also want to thank all the fans that have expressed their salutations and support without even having heard my voice. Your acceptance has been overwhelming (literally)!
"I have become aware that there are fans out there that are concerned and/or skeptical about the upcoming album and the direction that it might take with me at the mic. Believe me, guys, I know I have big shoes to fill. To follow in the footsteps of Dan and Jacques will be no easy task, but I intend to storm every continent with the confidence and conviction of an electrical storm. Make no mistake… I-AM-METAL!!!"
Vocalist Jacques Belanger left EXCITER for the third and final time last spring "due to differences of opinion on many issues," according to a press release.
EXCITER's latest CD is "New Testament - Coven of Re-Recorded Classics", a collection of reworked early songs which was released in June 2004 through Osmose Productions.