Dan Clements

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Dan Clements
Birth name Daniel Mark Clements
Born (1966-03-25) March 25, 1966 (age 50)
Origin Venice, California, United States
Genres Heavy metal
Thrash metal Crossover thrash
Stoner metal
Skate punk
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter
Years active 1983–present
Labels Suicidal (1985–1988)
High Speed (1987)
Caroline (1987–1989)
Noise (1989)
Delicious Vinyl (1994–1995)
Capitol (1994–1995)
Malicious (1995)
Built On An Once (2006–2007)
Associated acts Excel, Adam Siegel, Shaun Ross, Greg Saenz, Against, Suicidal Tendencies, Kreator

Daniel Mark Clements (born March 25, 1966)[1] is an American singer-songwriter from Venice, California, best known as the lead vocalist of crossover thrash band Excel, and the only member that remained in the group since its formation until its dissolution. Currently he is a member of Against, the group formed with his very close friends from No Mercy and Suicidal Tendencies.

History[edit]

Dan started singing at a young age, taking his first heavy metal and punk inspirations from Black Sabbath and The Police respectively. In 1983, at the age of 16 years he left home and went to live with a friend at Venice High, soon after Dan's friend cousin, Adam Siegel, moved in.[2] Then Clements recorded a tape to give it to Adam, and they started talking about forming a band. The group was called "Chaotic Noise" with Evan Warech on drums and some temporary bassists during 1984, they played a lot of shows around L.A. with different bands of the same scene like No Mercy, Suicidal Tendencies, Beowülf and Cryptic Slaughter. They became very good friends of all those musicians and adopted each other as early influences.[3]

A few months later, Rickey Pallamino took over the four strings and Chaotic Noise recorded their first Demo. They also became close friends of a graffiti crew, Kings Stop at Nothing, specially with a boy called Shaun Ross, Dan and Adam learned to paint with him and included the graffiti in the style of the band. When Pallamino left Chaotic Noise, there was no one better than Shaun to replace him, then they changed their name to Excel, name that was created by Shaun Ross when he was in Kings Stop at Nothing. Dan printed posters to find a new drummer, and a few weeks later he received a call from Greg Saenz, who would become the fourth member of the band. They recorded 3 more demos between 1985 and 1986 (Sonic Decapitation,Personal Onslaught and Refuse to Quit), editing their first studio album (Split Image) in 1987 (the recording was paid by Mike Muir and distribution was conducted by Caroline Records), the second one (The Joke's on You) in 1989, and a tour in Netherlands the same year with that line-up. Between January and February, 1989 Dan recorded together Greg Saenz the background vocals for the fourth studio album by thrash metal band Kreator, titled Extreme Aggression. In 1990 Adam left Excel to join Infectious Grooves, so Dan decided to split the band until he returned. In 1992 Adam came back to record the last Excel demo: Third album demos, then he left the band definitely together Saenz to form the power-trio My Head. The band remained silent for three years until Dan and Shaun joined together to release the last Excel album,Seeking Refuge, with Brandon Rudley on guitar and "Max" on drums. Then they broke up for good. In 2001 he joined the band Supervillain, with which he still performs live in some tours. In May 2006 Dan returned to the studios with Grant Estes (guitar), Amery Smith (drums), Louiche Mayorga (bass) and Kevin Guercio (vocals) to record a sequel to the split album Welcome to Venice, titled Welcome 2 Venice under the name Against.[4] After the release of the album there were rumors about a possible Excel reunion, however Clements said he had no intentions of reforming the band and did not want anyone to take Against as a return of the group.[1]

Discography[edit]

Excel[edit]

See also: Excel discography and List of Excel demos
(Clements participated in all Excel's records)

Year Title Label
1987 Split Image Suicidal/Caroline
1989 The Joke's on You Caroline
1995 Seeking Refuge Delicious Vinyl/Capitol

Kreator[edit]

Year Title Label Credits
1989 Extreme Aggression Noise Records Background vocals

Against[edit]

Year Title Label Notes Credits
2006 Welcome 2 Venice Built On An Once Split Album Vocals on "Camarillo"

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b [1] Archived October 18, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ [2] Archived September 7, 2010, at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ "Glorious Times: Set Yourself Apart". Pioneeringglorioustimes.blogspot.com. 2010-06-14. Retrieved 2013-09-15. 
  4. ^ "Ex Suicidal Tendencies Members Join Forces With Former Excel Singer In Against - Blabbermouth.net". Roadrunnerrecords.com. 2006-05-15. Retrieved 2013-09-15. 

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