Excel (3)

Excel is a crossover thrash band from Venice, California. The band never achieved commercial success during their early years of performing and recording, but they are considered to be one of the first crossover thrash bands to come out of Venice, along with hometown mates Suicidal Tendencies.

They started in 1983 under the name Chaotic Noise and members at that time were Daniel Clements (vocals), Adam Siegel (guitars), Rickey Palamino (bass) and Evan Warrech (drums). In 1985, they changed their name to "Excel" and Palamino and Warech would leave the band. Their replacements were Shaun Ross and Greg Saenz.

After releasing two albums, Split Image in 1987 and The Joke's on You in 1989, Siegel joined Mike Muir's Infectious Grooves in 1991. A year later, as Excel were in the process of working on their third album, Siegel and Saenz left the band and were replaced respectively by Brandon Rudley and Max Asher. Their third and last album to date, titled Seeking Refuge, was finally released in 1995. After that, Excel continued under various lineups but rarely played live, and the band had broken up by the time Rudley died from a brain aneurysm in 2000.

The band announced a reunion in 2012, featuring three-fourths of the classic Split Image lineup (Clements, Ross and Saenz) and Alex Barreto on guitar; Saenz later left Excel again and would be replaced by Mike Cosgrove and then by Carlos Gutierrez (2). Excel is still active as of 2020; they perform live mostly in Southern California and new music is rumored to be in the works.


SC 1004 Excel (3) - Split Image album art Excel (3) Split Image (Album) Suicidal Records, Caroline Records SC 1004 US 1987 Sell This Version
CARCD 7 Excel (3) - The Joke's On You album art Excel (3) The Joke's On You (Album) Caroline Records, Caroline Records CARCD 7 UK 1989 Sell This Version
CDP 7243 8 35518 2 4, none Excel (3) - Seeking Refuge album art Excel (3) Seeking Refuge (Album) Malicious Vinyl, Capitol Records CDP 7243 8 35518 2 4, none UK 1995 Sell This Version
BTR-082 Excel (3) - Live 1985-1992 album art Excel (3) Live 1985-1992(CD, Album) Break The Records (2) BTR-082 Japan 2018 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

CAROL 1459 Excel (3) - Blaze Some Hate album art Excel (3) Blaze Some Hate(12") Caroline Records CAROL 1459 US 1989 Sell This Version
CAROL 1456 Excel (3) - Message In A Bottle album art Excel (3) Message In A Bottle(12", Maxi) Caroline Records, Inc. CAROL 1456 US 1989 Sell This Version
MV713 Excel (3) - Split album art Excel (3), Shrine (2) Excel (3), Shrine (2) - Split(7", Spl) Malicious Vinyl MV713 US 1995 Sell This Version


38276, D90729 Excel (3) - Split album art Excel (3) / Shrine (2) Excel (3) / Shrine (2) - Split(VHS, Promo, NTSC) Capitol Records, Inc., Malicious Vinyl 38276, D90729 US 1995 Sell This Version


none Excel (3) - Personal Onslaught album art Excel (3) Personal Onslaught Not On Label (Excel (3) Self-released) none US 1985 Sell This Version
4XPRO79620 Excel (3) - Excel album art Excel (3) Excel(Cass) Malicious Vinyl 4XPRO79620 US 1995 Sell This Version