Excel is a crossover thrash band from Venice, California. The band was formed in 1983 by singer Dan Clements and guitarist Adam Siegel. Excel was influenced by street art and known for painting graffiti on the streets of the cities where they played their shows.
Excel in 1988, L-R: Adam Siegel, Shaun Ross, Greg Saenz and Dan Clements
|Also known as||Chaotic Noise|
|Origin||Venice, California, United States|
|Genres||Crossover thrash, thrash metal, heavy metal, skate punk|
|Years active||1983–1992, 1994–1995, 2012–present|
|Labels||Suicidal (1985–1988) |
High Speed (1987)
Delicious Vinyl (1994–1995)
|Associated acts||Suicidal Tendencies, Infectious Grooves, Cyco Miko, No Mercy, Against, My Head, Alien Ant Farm|
|Members||Dan Clements |
|Past members||Adam Siegel |
Excel was also known for jumping on stage with other bands from Venice such as No Mercy, Beowülf, Suicidal Tendencies (with whom Excel are very close friends) and Cryptic Slaughter, and sometimes with other thrash metal bands like Testament and Overkill.
Excel has released three studio albums, three split albums, five demos, three singles and two live albums. They broke up in 1995. Their first two albums, Split Image and The Joke's on You, were reissued in 2001 with bonus tracks, and in August 2009, they released a special collection of eight DVDs of their tours in Europe and Los Angeles and published them on their MySpace page. Excel announced a reunion in January 2012.
Their full-length studio albums include:
- Split Image (1987)
- The Joke's on You (1989)
- Seeking Refuge (1995)