Reunited New York thrashers NUCLEAR ASSAULT have commenced the songwriting process for their next studio album, tentatively due in late 2003/early 2004."We are in the process of writing new material, and I can tell you that it's definitely in the style of the old stuff," bassist Danny Lilker said in an official press release. "Once again speaking for myself, I think the metal scene NEEDS an injection of classic thrash metal 'cos I've had enough of people thinking LINKIN PARK is metal. We'll have to show these youngsters how metal is really played!" In the meantime, the group — comprised of Lilker, vocalist/guitarist John Connelly, guitarist Erik Burke, and drummer Glenn Evans — will release a live album, titled "Alive Again", through Screaming Ferret Wreckords. "We will soon be releasing our new live album, so people can see for themselves that we still have it!" Lilker explained. "I know a lot of thrash bands seem to be reuniting and some people are wondering 'Can these guys in their late 30s still hack it?' The answer is undoubtedly yes!" The upcoming CD, which represents NUCLEAR ASSAULT's first release in over nine years, will be supported by a world tour, with confirmed dates in the U.S from early January until mid-February. April through late spring 2003 we will see the band returning to European shores on the "No Mercy/Easter Festivals 2003 Tour", packaged with TESTAMENT, MARDUK, DEATH ANGEL, DIE APOKALYPTISCHEN REITER, PRO-PAIN, MALEVOLENT CREATION, DARKANE and CALLENISH CIRCLE. For more information, visit the band's official web site at www.nuclearassault.us.