Hells Headbangers announces the signing of California's Pounder. The first fruit of this union shall be the band's highly anticipated debut album, Uncivilized, which is expected for release through the label during the spring of 2018. Pounder's debut album shall be preceded by a 7" vinyl EP, Faster Than Fire, which will see release through Shadow Kingdom Records by the beginning of next year. For now crank their Heavy Metal Disaster demo below for a taste of what's to come!
Pounder specialize in dealing out classic heavy metal tunes, expertly crafted and executed, drawing from their NWOBHM influences with hints of early '80s speed metal, Sunset Strip flash, and AOR accessibility. The band was borne out of the members' long-standing love for classic NWOBHM and traditional metal in general. After kicking around in the backburner of main songwriter Matt Harvey's (of Exhumed, Gruesome, and Expulsion) imagination for a few years, he and bassist Alejandro Corredor (Nausea LA, live bassist for Vallenfyre) met guitarist Tom Draper (ex-Angel Witch, Crowning Glory), an Englishman relocated to California, and they quickly bonded over their love of classic metal and hard rock.
It didn't take long for things to start coalescing for Pounder once Harvey decided to take over vocal duties himself, after searching for a singer without any luck. In February 2017, the trio (with the aid of North Carolina-based session drummer Carlos Donegean) entered Trench studios in Corona, California to record seven songs, four of which became their Heavy Metal Disaster demo (released on cassette through Swords and Chains Records in Chicago). The other three songs will be featured on their forthcoming EP for Shadow Kingdom, Faster Than Fire, which will also include their live cover of the Angel Witch classic "Sweet Danger." The EP will be a teaser for their 2018 debut LP, Uncivilized, which the band will be recording this fall in Southern California.
A statement from the band reads: "We're well pleased to have inked a deal with Hells Headbangers and Shadow Kingdom! They do great work, and we're humbled to be on the roster. We're all really excited to get to work onUncivilized. We are ready to up the dose to fully lethal levels of bone-rattling, neighbor-terrorizing, senses-shattering heavy metal!"