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At War

Formed: 1983
From: Virginia Beach, VA, United States
Last Known Status: Active

Latest At War News

Below is our complete At War news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

At War Front Man Injured In Accident

Virginia's At War has issued the following announcement about vocalist Paul Arnold being injured in a hunting accident:

"On Dec. 9 Paul Arnold was hunting in the mountains of Virginia with two of his best friends of over thirty years. Paul and his friend decided to cover a certain ridge for the afternoon hunt. Paul took the high stand and his friend took the lower stand. As darkness approached Paul left his stand and worked his way down the mountain and towards his friend as planned. As Paul approached the area where his friend was thought to be, he stopped to get his flashlight, as he was pulling his flashlight from his pocket his friend had been watching, not sure of what he was seeing, he decided Paul was either a deer or a bear and broke the cardinal rule of firearms safety... identify your target.

"He made the decision to shoot, striking Paul in the pelvis with a single shot from a two seventy rifle. injuries were severe and it was not sure if he would survive, but he did, and has been lucky enough to have been flown to uva medical center where they are a trauma one center and they saved his life. In the hospital for more than three weeks the doctors are amazed at his recovery. He was just transferred to a rehabilitation center on the twenty ninth, where gaining mobility will be the focus."

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At War Announces Brazilian Tour Dates

Virginia war metal band AT WAR will be headlining a string of dates up the Eastern United States before heading to Brazil for the first time in support of their skull crushing comeback album "Infidel," released in 2009 on Heavy Artillery Records.

Come show your support for true metal! Dates are as follows;

June 12th Newport News, VA @ Carnival of Brutality Festival w/ Goatwhore and Misery Index
June 13th Richmond, VA @ Alley Katz w/ Vindicator
June 20th Brooklyn, NY @ Club Europa
June 31st Virginia Beach, VA @ Summer Fest 2011
July 9th Belenzinho Sao Paulo, Brazil @ Fofhino Rock Bar
July 10th Curbita, Brazil @ Hangar Bar
July 11th Brazil TBA

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At War To Re-Release "Infidel" Album On Vinyl

War metal band At War has launched a brand new website which features a library of streaming audio and video content as well as an archive of photos and show flyers spanning the band’s twenty-seven year history. The website can be found here. On March 30th the band’s latest album "Infidel" will be released as a limited edition of 500 vinyl LPs in a gatefold jacket as well as an extremely limited edition of 100 cassette tapes.

At War will also be making their first live Japanese appearances ever on March 27th and 28th at the Osaka True Thrash Festival alongside German thrashers Assassin and Japanese heavy metal act Metalucifer, amongst others. Sample At War tracks can also be heard at the band's MySpace page.

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At War Posts New Music Video Online

US war metal band AT WAR has unveiled their music video for “Make Your Move” from their third album "Infidel." Check out the video below:

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Whiplash To Play Morgan Harrington Benefit Show

On December 19, 2009, New Jersey thrashers Whiplash will play a benefit concert for Morgan Harrington, the missing 20-year-old student from Virginia Tech. Harrington was last seen on October 17th near the John Paul Jones Arena in Charlottesville, Virginia following a Metallica concert. The event is being held at The Canal Club in Richmond, Virginia and aims to raise awareness of Morgan's disappearance and support the Harrington family's ongoing search to find her. All proceeds will go to the Find Morgan website. Other bands on the bill include Dangerous New Machine, At War, and The Chaos Agent. View the show poster here.

Whiplash will also perform a special album release show in honor of their recently unleashed "Unborn Again" full-length at Heavy Metal: The Bar, in Garfield, New Jersey, on December 18, 2009. All-night giveaways will include CDs, T-shirts, the Whiplash 25th Anniversary Hot Sauce Collection and a Jackson Kelly guitar, autographed by the band.

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Whiplash Announces Brooklyn Show with Black Anvil

New Jersey metal band Whiplash has announced a show in Brooklyn New York at Club Europa on Friday September 18th. Also playing the show are Virginia's At War, Deathrash, Black Anvil, Sweden's Enforcer, Canadian's Cauldron, Undivided, and Vermefug.

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Video Interview With At War Posted Online

A new video interview with At War, conducted by the Virginia Metal Alliance on July 25th, has been posted online. The video clip can be viewed below. At War is currently set to release its new album "Infidel" on August 18th via Heavy Artillery Records. More...

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At War Streaming New Song "At War" Online

Heavy Artillery has issued the following announcement about At War streaming a new song on their MySpace page:

"With their new studio album, Infidel, hitting streets on August 18th 2009, US war metal legends AT WAR are pleased to give fans a taste of what they can expect with the unveiling of the eponymous track 'At War'. Their first new studio album in over 20 years, Infidel is certain to rank amongst AT WAR’s esteemed discography as the band’s most brutal and uncompromising work to date. The previewed track 'At War' is one of nine tracks featured on Infidel- nine tracks of pure war metal the likes of which can only be delivered by AT WAR.

"Formed in 1983 by guitarist Shawn Helsel, bassist and vocalist Paul Arnold and drummer Dave Stone AT WAR went on to solidify themselves 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 their 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. Throughout 2007 and 2008, a series of triumphant US shows and festival appearances in Europe and Mexico showed AT WAR at the top of their game and unphased by the passage of time or musical trends. Earlier this year AT WAR once again entered Pyramid Sound to record Infidel with Alex Perialas known for not only has work on AT WAR’S seminal 1987 album Retaliatory Stike but for genre defining albums by such bands as ANTHRAX, TESTAMENT, OVERKILL, NUCLEAR ASSUALT, ETC. Infidel’s stunning cover artwork comes courtesy of legendary illustrator and photographer Claudio Bergamin."

Upcoming At War shows:

7/22 @ Volume 11 in Raleigh, NC with Mobile Death Camp, Kiff, and Armored Uprising
7/25 @ Alley Katz in Richmond VA with Beyond Fallen and guests.

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At War Announces Release Date For New Album

US war metal legends AT WAR are pleased to announce that their new studio album, entitled "Infidel," will be unleashed upon the masses on August 18th 2009. Their first new studio album in over 20 years, "Infidel" features nine tracks of pure war metal.

Formed in 1983 by guitarist Shawn Helsel, bassist and vocalist Paul Arnold and drummer Dave Stone AT WAR went on to solidify themselves 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 their 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."

Throughout 2007 and 2008, a series of triumphant US shows and festival appearances in Europe and Mexico showed AT WAR at the top of their game and unphased by the passage of time or musical trends. Earlier this year AT WAR once again entered Pyramid Sound to record "Infidel" with Alex Perialas known for not only has work on AT WAR’S seminal 1987 album Retaliatory Stike but for genre defining albums by such bands as ANTHRAX, TESTAMENT, OVERKILL, NUCLEAR ASSUALT, ETC. "Infidel"’s stunning cover artwork comes courtesy of legendary illustrator and photographer Claudio Bergamin.

Here are the upcoming AT WAR shows:

July 24th @ Volume 11 in Raleigh, NC with Mobile Death Camp, Kiff, and Armored Uprising
July 25th @ Alley Katz in Richmond Va. with Beyond Fallen and guests.

You can listen to some of AT WAR's music on their MySpace player.

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At War Enters The Studio

US war metal band, AT WAR, will be entering Pyramid Studios on January 4th 2009 to start recording their first album in 20 years, entitled "Infidel." Engineering the album will be Alex Perialas best known for his work with Anthrax, Testament, Overkill, Nuclear Assault and SOD amongst others.

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At War Confirmed For Headbangers Open Air Festival

At War will be playing this years Headbangers Open Air Festival in Hamburg Germany on July 15th along with Exodus and Sodom. At War will also be making it's first appearance in Mexico at "Circo Volador" in Mexico City with Agent Steel on July 19th. At War will also be releasing their first Live DVD, entitled "Live at the Norva," on May 28th. This DVD includes all the classic songs from "Ordered to Kill" and "Retaliatory Strike" plus two brand new songs from their upcoming CD, "Infidel." For even more info and to check out some of the band's material, visit their MySpace page .

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Gama Bomb Complete Thrash Assault 2 Lineup

The billing for Thrash Assault 2 (myspace.com/metalonmetal) is now complete with the addition of Ireland's GAMA BOMB from Ireland. The event will also be the first time ever that SABBAT and ONSLAUGHT appear on the same bill for a show.

Here is the final billing: SABBAT, ONSLAUGHT (Very Special Old School Show), PROTECTORS (feat. Martin Missy), AT WAR, DESASTER, GAMA BOMB, RUNAMOK, NOCTURNAL.

The event is scheduled for February 23rd in Wuerzburg, Germany at Soundpark-Ost (ex-Rockpalast).

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Obituary To Headline Brooklyn Xecution Festival

On Saturday, December 8, Florida's iconic death metal band OBITUARY will make its return to New York, headlining the Brooklyn Xecution Festival 2007 at Club Europa in Greenpoint Brooklyn. The event is presented by mandatory New York heavy metal hangout Duff's Brooklyn and sponsored by Williamsburg's San Loco.

Supporting OBITUARY will be respected New York metalcore pioneers MERAUDER, Virginia's lethal, old-school thrashers AT WAR, brutal, black death blasphemers INCANTATION, technical grind-gore masters MALIGNANCY, and Michigan's black thrashers SAURON. Local support for the event features harsh, black/death merchants DIMENTIANON, old-school crossover pitbulls UNDIVIDED, crunchy, death metal hellhounds SHADOW OF DEMISE and old-school death metal, sci-fi reverends CYBER CHRIST. Doors open promptly at 5:00 p.m.

Europa is located at 98-104 Meserole Ave. (corner of Manhattan Ave. and Meserole Ave.) in Greenpoint Brooklyn, NY. Advance tickets can be purchased through www.ticketweb.com or directly at the Duff's Brooklyn located at North 3rd and Kent Ave. in Williamsburg, Brooklyn starting this Friday, November 9 anytime between 6:00 p.m. and 4:00 a.m.

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Thrash Metal Book To Surface In September

Zonda Books has posted this press release:

Garry Sharpe-Young's latest book, "Thrash Metal", is being readied for publication this September. In addition, Zonda Books publishes Garry's "Death Metal", "Black Metal" and "Power Metal" all before the end of the year. These MusicMight titles replace the 2001 editions, which have consistently ranked number 1 on their Amazon.com searches for five years and more.

Thrash Metal. At first mocked by the Rock traditionalists Thrash would swamp the hard n' heavy world propelling one of its own - METALLICA, to the very pinnacle of Rock's elite.

In the early 80s Thrash breathed new life into the Rock scene providing older acts with a much needed kick. This new force opened the floodgates to armies of teens armed with flying Vs, bullet belts and a sense of purpose that would fuel genres such as Thrashcore, Crossover and technical Speed Metal. Without Thrash there would be no Death Metal, no Black Metal. That explosion of aggression has seen subsequent afterblasts, most recently Europe and South America has seen a genuine renaissance of Thrash Metal.

Without doubt, Thrash Metal still continues to make its mark in the biggest possible way. The "big four" - METALLICA, MEGADETH, ANTHRAX and SLAYER are all documented here in the greatest possible detail with full, up to the minute histories, exclusive photographs and global discographies, which include demos, albums, singles, chart positions, track listings and catalogue numbers. Over 400,000 words leave no stone left unturned in pursuit of knowledge of ex-members, rare recordings and career milestones. The author has interviewed all these major acts. Indeed, he interviewed METALLICA's late Cliff Burton just days before his passing. The early days of MEGADETH are straight from the mouth of Dave Mustaine.

Also covered are the legion of groundbreaking Bay Area acts such as METAL CHURCH, TESTAMENT, EXODUS, DEATH ANGEL and HIRAX. The European thrash explosion of KREATOR, RAGE, DESTRUCTION, SODOM, GRAVE DIGGER and HELLOWEEN is also covered in frightening detail. The Pagan Thrash of SABBAT, the avant garde eccentricity of CELTIC FROST and the Funk Thrash of MORDRED - it's all here. The second wave of thrash with major artists such as SEPULTURA, PANTERA and MACHINE HEAD takes the genre right up to the new breed of Thrashers, now a truly world-wide phenomenon. All examined in depth.

Having achieved its quarter of a century, Thrash Metal is not only alive, it is thriving. If you thought this rawest form of Heavy Metal was consigned to the past this book will deliver a rude awakening! Read the book, buy the records and bang that head!!

The scope of 'Thrash Metal' includes artists such as A.N.I.M.A.L., ABANDONED, ABATTOIR, ACCUSSER, ACID, ACID DRINKERS, ACID REIGN, ACROPHET, AFTERMATH, AGENT STEEL, AGONY, AGRESSOR, AIRDASH, AMEBIX, ANESTHESY, ANGEL WITCH, ANGKOR WAT, ANNIHILATOR, ANTHRAX, ANVIL, ANVIL CHORUS, APOKALYPTIC RAIDS, ARBITRATER, ARCH ENEMY, ARMORED SAINT, ARMOURED ANGEL, ARTILLERY, ASSASSIN, AT WAR, ATHEIST, ATOMIZER, ATOMKRAFT, ATROPHY, AZOTIC REIGN...

And that's just some of the "A"'s!

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