Formed in 2016 through a mutual love for classic heavy metal, NWOBHM ’82 and the horny hard rock in between Pounder are a Los Angeles, California project consisting of Matt Harvey (Exhumed, Gruesome, Dekapitator), Alejandro Corredor (Nausea) and recent second fiddle Carcass joinee Tom Draper. Much like Speedclaw‘s recent material Pounder pay tribute to the cockiest of classic heavy metal with a signal boosted by the energetics of mid 80’s speed metal. ‘Faster Than Fire’ is a catchy, skank-magnetic threesome that recalls ’82-’84 era NWOBHM singles beautifully.
A prime selection from the same session that produced their energetic ‘Heavy Metal Disaster’ demo in 2017, Pounder have held onto their catchiest tunes yet for this EP. The sound is a mix of Chariot‘s punch, the biker hump of ‘Killing Machine’ and some Gotham City-esque guitar work. They’ve nailed the sound without any false-sounding digital reverb and I would venture to guess it was engineered by Corredor who has done great work fiddling knobs for Inquisition, Nausea, Noisem and several others.
If you’re a fan of 80’s metal Pounder is a good time. They’ve done a good job of finding the memorable aspects of groups like Saxon, Tygers of Pan Tang, Raven and just enough Maiden to keep things from going too cornball biker rock. “Come Alive” is probably the ‘time to buy a beer’ or ‘pee break’ part of the show for me but the rest of the EP is a good time. Should be a band to watch for classic heavy metal fiends as a full-length is in the works.
|Released||June 8th, 2018|
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The hammer starts to pound. 3.5/5.0
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