- This article is about a reformed, current band, for other uses see Pile driver (disambiguation)
|Also known as||The Exalted Piledriver|
|Origin||Toronto, Ontario, Canada|
|Genres||Thrash metal, heavy metal|
|Years active||1984–1989, 2004–present|
|Labels||Cobra, Full Moon Productions, High Vaultage, HME, Maximum Metal, Northern Storm, Satanic Metal|
|Associated acts||Convict, Dogs with Jobs, Exorcist, Fist, Sofa-Q, Virgin Steele|
Piledriver is a Canadian thrash / heavy metal band, formed in 1984 by Gord Kirchen. They are known for an over-the-top image and flamboyant song titles and lyrics (as exemplified by such tracks as "Sex With Satan", "Alien Rape", "Sodomize the Dead", "Witch Hunt" and "Human Sacrifice"). Their best known song is possibly the title track of their debut album, Metal Inquisition from 1985. The album was followed by Stay Ugly a year later in 1986. These two early recordings have globally sold nearly 500,000 copies to date.
The band soon disappeared. However, some years later, Kirchin revealed that the band and albums were just a studio project and that the band never really existed at all, with all the names and virtually everything else about the band being made up. Kirchin later formed his own band, Dogs With Jobs, sporadically working on solo material. In 2005, a new band was formed under the revised name of The Exalted Piledriver. A long search began for Kirchin to find the right musicians to fill the promise of the original albums. In the summer of 2006 the current line-up was finalized: Mark Kopernicky (stage name Kinky Pork Cream, guitars), Gerry Keough (stage name Glace Frothfritter, drums) and Robert Tollefson (stage name Lobo Elf Snort, bass). After many live shows in Canada, the USA and in Europe, the band entered the studio in late 2007 to record the first album to feature an actual band. The album, entitled Metal Manifesto, was released in 2008. The band will be playing shows in Canada and Europe during 2009, including a date at the Headbanger's Open Air festival in Itzehoe, Germany in July.
- Metal Inquisition (LP, 1984)
- Stay Ugly (LP, 1986)
As The Exalted Piledriver
- Official Live Bootleg Shpinsk, Batslavia (DVD, 2005)
- Metal Manifesto / Promo '05 (Demo, 2005)
- Metal Manifesto (LP, 2008)
- Night of the Unpolished Turd (Live LP, 2011)