Since their 1984 formation, EXCEL released three studio albums as well as a number of demos and singles. Equally influenced by punk rock and heavy metal in both attitude and delivery, the band’s rabid musical approach and intelligent lyrics set them apart as a genre-defining act of the era. Produced by Randy Burns (Death, Possessed, Kreator, Suicidal Tendencies), Split Image was originally released through Suicidal and Caroline Records in 1987, and has since remained widely regarded as an elemental release as part of the ‘80s crossover explosion.
Remastered by Brad Boatright (Bl’ast!, Sleep, Obituary, Black Breath) the “Split Image” Southern Lord issue comes with a massive amount of bonus material including the Welcome to Venice comp. tracks, Personal Onslaught Demo, Refuse to Quit Demo etc.). The LP Includes a 32 page 7”X7” booklet with tons of photos from the era and a 11” x 17” poster of the original Michael Seiff album cover artwork. CD contains bonus demo material:(Personal Onslaught Demo, Refuse to Quit Demo). + Booklet with many rare/unseen photos. A crucial documentation of an essential crossover band!
The current EXCEL lineup -- Dan Clements on vocals, Shaun Ross on bass, Mike Cosgrove on drums and Alex Barreto (Chain of Strength) on guitar -- will continue this new chapter of the band. The band will be playing several high profile festival shows as well as select, special club appearances worldwide.