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 back burner 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.
Members: Alejandro Corredor – Bass Guitar, Matt Harvey – Vocals, Rhythm Guitar, Tom Draper – Lead Guitar, Carlos Donegan – (session) Drums