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    At War Biography

    At War was formed in 1983 by guitarist Shawn helsel, bassist and vocalist Paul Arnold. and Drummer Dave Stone. Originally trying out vocalist they quickly decided that the brutal form of metal they had invisioned could only be brought forth by Arnold's growling vocals.

    June of 1985 saw the release of At War's first demo entitled "Eat Lead". The two song demo almost immediatly recieved excellent reviews from fanzines and magazines, and was high on rotation on many college radio stations in the US and an even better reception overseas. This demo garnered At War many record deal offers and they decided to go with a relatively new company called New Renaissance records from California for At War's song "Eat Lead" to be released on the now classic compilation entitled "Speed Metal" Volume I. This compilation is the holy grail among metal collectors all over the world. This led to their first full length release "Ordered To Kill" in 1986. So well recieved was this album and subsequent tour that New Renaissance decided to put the second song from their "Eat Lead" Demo ."Rapechase" on thier next compilation "Speed Metal Hell II" also a collectors item. After more touring and on a roll At War immediatly booked studio time with the great Alex Perialas at Pyramid Sound to produce their awesome 1987 release "Retaliatory Strike". With Rob"Wacko" Hunter co-engineering this masterpiece At War's place in the world of metal was solidified. At War toured relentlessly through the eighties and early ninties when negotiations began to break down with New Renaissance and the music scene was seeing a huge change. Around 1994 At War recorded a few demos to shop around, but were never really happy with the material so it was never released. At War played it's last show around this time.

    Dave, Paul, and Shawn have remained very close friends and At War never officially called it quits. There were several attempts to revive the band during the late ninties and early 2000's, but with families, and businesses to run, it just was not the time.

    Fast Forward to 2006. The amount of fan pressure had been and was so intense it has finally convinced At War to get moving again. They are back at it and have been rehearsing with the original lineup for a new album to be recorded in early 2007. At War is going back to it's roots on this new material, some of which was written during the "Retailatory Strike" sessions. They are also planning a live album. Look for them to be playing out in 2007.


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