Bassist/vocalist Paul Arnold of reunited Virginia thrash metal legends AT WAR was shot in a hunting accident last night and has suffered a shattered hip. According to Paul's brother, "The doctors are now going back in to evaluate the hip and nerves and bones. He is on a ventilator as a precaution."
Arnold is expected to make a full recovery.
AT WAR's "Make Your Move" video can be viewed below. The song comes off "Infidel", the first album in 20 years from AT WAR, which was released in August 2009 via Heavy Artillery Records. The CD's stunning cover artwork comes courtesy of legendary illustrator and photographer Claudio Bergamin and can be viewed below.
On March 30, "Infidel" was released as a limited edition of 500 vinyl LPs in a gatefold jacket and an extremely limited edition of 100 cassette tapes.
AT WAR launched a brand new web site which features a library of streaming audio and video content as well as an archive of photos and show flyers spanning the band's 27-year history.
AT WAR recorded "Infidel" in early 2009 at Pyramid Sound studios in Ithaca, New York. Engineering the album was Alex Perialas, best known for his work during the golden age of thrash by engineering benchmark LPs by such bands as ANTHRAX, TESTAMENT, OVERKILL, NUCLEAR ASSAULT and S.O.D., among others.
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".
(Thanks: Kevin of Crestfallen / Brutal Existence Radio)