The dubstep demon hailing from Canada.
Excision (real name Jeff Abel) is a Canadian dubstep
producer, active since 2004. He is best-known for his collaborations with fellow Canadian dubstep producers Datsik and Downlink, and along with the aforementioned artists, is credited as a key player in the so-called "brostep" scene; his musical style, characterized primarily by the use of atonal melodies, disorienting song dynamics, and extremely brutal bass drops influenced by brutal/slam Death Metal
and Harsh Noise
, has allowed him to gain massive recognition among fans of extreme music subgenres.
He has collaborated with Pendulum
(The band asked him to remix their 2009 single "Showdown"), Legacy, SKisM, Mr. Hudson, Messinian and Savvy, among many other artists.
He is also known for his flashy and multicolored live shows
, complete with highly advanced and powerful sound systems: his latest tour has the Executioner stage, a sound system with a power of 150 thousand watts
, giving an ear-splittingly loud yet crystal clear sound, almost akin to his studio recording.
In 2012, he formed the Industrial Metal Super Group
Destroid together with Downlink and ex-Pendulum drummer KJ Sawka.
- Destroid: The Invasion (2013)
Excision provides examples of the following tropes:
- Beethoven Was an Alien Spy: Being "dubstep aliens" is the whole idea of Destroid.
- Canada, Eh?
- Concept Album: Destroid: The Invasion is a musical account of Destroid taking over the world, which is detailed enough to have a movie made out of it.
- Darker and Edgier: He did this to brostep (which was already the Darker and Edgier variant of dubstep), of all genres...
- Epic Fail: The music video for "Destroid 11. Get Stupid" is basically one huge fail montage.
- Harsh Noise: Some of his harsher output comes dangerously close. Honestly, listen to the bass drops in "Swagga" or "Deviance".
- The genre itself is a significant influence to his musical style, which leads fans to compare him favorably to the likes of Throbbing Gristle and Merzbow, and a few even describing his music as "very harsh electronic noise set to pounding brostep beats".
- Iconic Logo: The letter X, sometimes shown all chopped up; Destroid, instead, has the double D shaped and placed to look like a headset.
- Industrial Metal: Occasionally makes forays into this, especially with his stint in Destroid.
- Mohs Scale of Rock and Metal Hardness: The hardest dubstep artist on the scale, averaging at a solid/hard 11. He does, albeit rarely, go softer than usual, though his softest work is still no lower than a hard 10/borderline 11.
- Names to Run Away From Really Fast: Excision is a quite gorny name, to say the least.
- One of Us: Apparently he's a fan of Slayer and Gojira.
- Scary Musician, Harmless Music: Inverted - looks like your typical average Joe. His discography, however, contains some of the hardest and most brutalizing songs put on record.
- Up to Eleven: He already took dubstep to its utmost extremes since he first came out in 2007. When heavier and more abrasive dubstep became popular, he made his output even harsher and louder than before. Hell, he may even approach Venereology territory if he keeps up this trend.
- X Meets Y: Cryptopsy and Devourment meet Skream and Merzbow.