Reunited Virginia thrash metal legends AT WAR will release their first album in 20 years, entitled "Infidel", on August 18 via Heavy Artillery Records. The CD's stunning cover artwork comes courtesy of legendary illustrator and photographer Claudio Bergamin and can be viewed below.
AT WAR entered Pyramid Sound studios in Ithaca, New York on January 4, 2009 to start recording "Infidel". Engineering the album was Alex Perialas, best known for his work during the golden age of thrash by engineering benchmark albums by such bands as ANTHRAX, TESTAMENT, OVERKILL, NUCLEAR ASSAULT and S.O.D., among others.
The song "At War", taken from the upcoming CD, is now available for streaming on the band's MySpace page.
Paul Arnold had this to say about the band's return and the forthcoming album: "AT WAR is back!!! Harder, heavier, and meaner than ever. 'Infidel' will solidify what people expect from AT WAR...War Metal in its most ballistic form!"
Formed in 1983 by guitarist Shawn Helsel, bassist and vocalist Paul Arnold and drummer Dave Stone, AT WAR went on to solidify itself as one premier metal bands in the American underground. After the reviews and college radio play of their 1985 demo "Eat Lead", AT WAR went on to release two albums — "Ordered to Kill" (1986) and "Retaliatory Strike" (1987) — for New Renaissance Records. A follow-up to "Retaliatory Strike" was recorded in 1994 but ultimately scrapped which prompted AT WAR to go on an indefinite hiatus only to have the beast awaken from its slumber in 2006 to begin working the material that would become "Infidel".
Upcoming AT WAR shows:
July 24 - Volume 11 - Raleigh, NC
July 25 - Alley Katz - Richmond, VA