Piledriver (1985-present): a Thrash Metal band from Canada.
n 1985 a then unknown band called Piledriver burst onto the Metal scene, boasting an over-the-top image, even including silly album covers and titles like "Sex With Satan" and "Alien Rape". Nonetheless they featured a surprisingly well-executed Power /thrash metal style. Metal Inquisition (1985) featuring Bud Slaker (guitar), Knuckles Akimbo (guitar), Former Lee (drums), Pile Driver (Real Name: Gord Kirchin; vocals) and Sal Gibson (bass) proved to receive critical acclaim, in so far as the "fun factor" was concerned, but the follow-up Stay Ugly (1986) with BruizerBernette (guitar), Bernette (guitar), JohnSavage (guitar) and Hammer (drums) replacing the incumbents respectively, proved to be more of a disappointment with the songwriting and production below par and soon after the band vanished. At least they did until 2005 when Gord assembled a new crew featuring himself on vocals (also of: Convict, Dogs With Jobs), desTroyYa Hellis (guitars), Johnny Butts (guitars), Lobo Elf Schnort (bass) and Tupac Sade (drums), to record a future album currently titled Metal Manifesto; in early 2006 they made an appearance at a small club in Toronto for the first meeting of the HMMAC (heavy metal Music Association of Canada).
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Footnote:Year's later in an interview Gord Kirchin announced that the band never really existed at all, but instead the idea came from a record executive who was essentially trying to make a quick buck. Kirchin was only hired to do vocals for two separate studio projects (an explanation as to why the two albums differed as much as they did). Even all the membership names were made up, as was virtually everything else about the band. Kirchin later formed a more honest band effort titled Dogs With Jobs, and sporadically has been working on solo material since then.
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