After three successful San Francisco reunion shows, influential '80s progressive NWOSFHM (New Wave of San Francisco Heavy Metal) band ANVIL CHORUS has wrapped up mixing 12 songs for a tentative early 2009 release. The tracks are all re-recorded, new versions of the popular cassette demo songs that have been widely traded in the worldwide metal underground for the past 25 years. These cuts have been updated and have recieved quality production. The sessions are being produced by guitarist Thaen Rasmussen and vocalist/bassist Aaron Zimpel along with guitarist Doug Piercy, drummer Joe Bennett and keyboardist Phil Bennet.Commented the band: "The recording is complete and the mixing of nine more songs is our next goal. The three mixes posted have received only positive feedback, with 'awesome' being the preferred adjective used by you listeners. Thanks! Now we have been shopping around to find labels interested in helping get this out. There has been some interest which we are following up on. Hopefully we can finalize something in the next month or so, and have product available by early 2009." The group adds: "Some personnel updates: Joe [Bennett] has decided to relinquish the drum throne to Steve Kilgore. Steve is the perfect guy for the job having played for years with Aaron [Zimpel; vocals, bass] in RELEASE and with Thaen [Rasmussen; guitar] in several other projects. He has been a loooong time friend of band. Guitarist Carlos Hernandez is now a permanent fixture in AC. 'Los' has also been a part of the AC family since the early '80s. He did two of the recent reunion shows and features on the album as well. Doug Piercy will also still feature on the album, but will not serve as permanent guitarist. Currently we are rehearsing as a guitar based four-piece, working on new material and prepping for early 2009 shows. Keep your eyes/ears peeled for more mixes on the MySpace page as well as the posting of the album art created by Mark DeVito [MOTÖRHEAD's 'Motörizer']. Thanks for your patience and continued support!" Classic ANVIL CHORUS footage:
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