News From The War-Front!

Moving into the fourth month of rehearsals since we started in earnest to bring to you At War the state of the union is ….Great! December was full of downtime due to holidays and injuries, but we are back on track and with a vengence. I continue to be hounded by all kinds of people wanting to know when? when? when? Here’s what i can tell you. We have decided to focus our attention on the material for the new album, so we are now in a writing, frenzy. We have some pretty abmitious plans for upcoming releases… yes… I said releases with an s. This means we have a lot of work ahead of us. I just ask that everyone please bear with us. You will not be dissappointed!

I’ve had several people tell me that all folks are going to want to hear live is OTK and Ret. Strike and don’t care about new stuff. Well we do and we’re doing this for us and we hope you dig it as well. When we do our live set you will be propelled into the world of true speed/thrash metal and you wil hear all the classics.

We hope to be in the studio sometime in May and you heard it first here… we are shooting for our first show back to be in August ’07. Though no formal plans have been made these are the tentative dates we are going for. I hope you tell everyone and most of all I hope to see and meet all of you there. Dig It!!

originally submitted to the At War myspace by Paul Arnold on 02/11/2007

The Rust Is Gone

Here we are at the two month mark since we started in earnest to get things rolling again and I can say “the state of the At War Nation is EXCELLENT!”. We have, for the most part, been on track as far as practices go and life has only fucked up a few of our regularly scheduled rehearsals. This holiday season will undoubtably get in the way. We understand this and have agreed that Janurary ’07 will bring a “ramp-up” in the amount of work we intend to get done.

We are simultaniously working on the material for our next album AND our live set. If there are songs you really want to hear live, by all means let us know and we will take all suggestions into consideration. We are at a point where we feel the rust is pretty well gone and we are gelling once again. It’s a good thing…yes it is!

I have been inundated with the same question: When? Let me say, I want this as bad as everyone asking this question. Consider this, It has been over a decade since we played together. Dave, Shawn and I understand this and have all agreed that bottom line is, At War will play when At War is convinced you will be seeing At War in the best capacity possible. We will not do this half-assed! This holds true for the recording of the next album. Rumor has it that Alex Perialas is on board to make sure this happens. STOKED!!

I want to take a moment to express our gratitude to everyone for the overwhelming positive response to what is happening here at the At War camp. I feel naive and stupid not realizing how many people At War had an impact on. If we knew this back then who knows where we’d be now. To all the local musicians and bands: You guys are the best and we all appreciate your support and we will do all we can to bring our scene to the forefront and support all of you!

originally submitted to the At War myspace by Paul Arnold on 12/??/2006

New Material

****THE NEW SHIRTS ARE HERE!!!!! GET SOME YOU MAGNIFICENT BASTARDS

In the past month we have stayed on track with rehearsals and are in the beginning stages of writing some truely badass new material. This is more than I could have hoped for. This is so base and real you just gotta love it. We all are in this mindset right now that the material we record will be only what At War is about and what we love… stripped to the bones ass-kick shit! To the At War die hards “fear not” we have heard you loud and clear. If you dig us for what we have been you will dig us for what we are now and what we strive to always be. That safe haven of metal you can always turn to. We are focused and commited. The work continues.

originally submitted to the At War myspace by Paul Arnold on 11/12/2006

At War Together Again

Since I wrote on 08/12/2006 we have found a new practice place and have been rehearsing for the past month or so. Things are going way better than I could have hoped for. Shawn is spot on and Dave has lost nothing over the years. I could not be more proud to be associated with these two legendary musicians and friends. The classic material is, dare I say: even heavier sounding than I remember it ever sounding and the new material blows me away. There is much more work to do and by god we’ll make it happen. So keep in touch and let us know how you feel. We appreciate each and every one of you and love the support. If you want to hear more At War LET US KNOW!!

originally submitted to the At War myspace by Paul Arnold on 10/16/2006

Paul Arnold Rants On Myspace

I decided to move all this text from the front of the page to the blog section here. Keep checking back for more and more info. Hey All This is Paul and here are some of my thoughts recollections and updates beyond and on top of the normal biography stuff. Enjoy at your leisure! This is off the top of my head and may contain erroneous errors, ommissions, sarcasm, blame, denial, and many other things, but as part of this band I can remember it any way I wish. I will update, correct, falsify, and concocte at my leisure. Piss Off!

At War was formed in 1983 by Shawn Helsel, Dave Stone and Paul Arnold. We released our first demo in 1985, a two song rager called “Eat Lead”. We sold a ton of these gems mostly through fanzines and word “O” mouth. It was soon after that we started getting offers for record deals. After sifting through all the really great record deals that could have made us ultra rich and universaly famous we decided to sign with New Renaissance Records because money, fame and longevity was for chumps. Obscurity seemed so much better to strive for. Who wants to be a rock star for a living anyway, I’d much rather be a working stiff! Wait, Sorry is the sarcasm getting too thick? Another rant was trying to get out. OK where were we? Hmm. Oh yeah. We released “Ordered To Kill” in 1986 to rave reviews. For those that care. We recorded, financed and produced just about everything for “Ordered To Kill” ourselves and locally. Pretty baddass if you ask me. We then recorded “Retaliatory Strike” through New Renaissance Records with Alex Perialas at the helm. I have to say.. these were some great times and some of my fondness…wait greatest (fondness sounds so gay) memories I have are of those sessions and subsequent tours. I have to tell you I love both of those albums as much today as ever. They really hold up to anything released today. I’m not just saying this because im in the band, but because it’s true and I know what the hell I’m talking about.

So we toured and toured and toured and toured. We headlined most of those tours, but we did open and co-headlined with some pretty awesome bands, Slayer, Pantera, Exciter, Voivod, Death, DRI ,Agnostic Front, Nuclear Assault….so much for name dropping. Here’s where it got weird. We were about to record our next album “Calculated Risk” when negotiations broke down about finances for the recording. Instead of getting more or even the same amount of cash to record what would have been our most blistering disc to date as “Retaliatory Strike”, our record company wanted us to go to bumfuck usa with some Russian producer and do it for a buck thirty. All the while being told we were the top draw band on the label. (Through the sarcasm and mild vitrial aimed at New Renaissance Records I want to say if it was not for Ann we would almost certainly be forgotten by now. She kept the At War name alive when we were’nt even thinking about At War and for that… I thank her.) At the same time one of our members won a six month private tour of the local bighouse on chump charges. Turned out to be three months. This was all topped off by the tsunami of “Grunge Rock”. Almost overnight everyones taste in the USA had changed and it made it real hard for most of us heavier bands. Thank God the Europeans saw grunge for what it was and kept the metal scene alive while we here in the USA were subject to some of the most boring bullshit ever to come out of Seattle.

We went ahead and recorded another demo to shop around (6 songs). We recorded it, but never used it. In retrospect I’m glad we never pushed that demo. Though most of the songs were some of the best we had ever written, there were a few that make us wonder what the fuck we were thinking. We allowed outside influence to infiltrate our song writing and what was the essence of At War. If I have my way those songs will never see the light of day. I’ve toyed around with releasing the killer songs, but my goal is the full length “Calculated Risk”, but when?

That brings us to now. Dave, Shawn and I live near each other and remain great friends. There’s not a day goes by I’m not reminded of the impact At War made and continues to make in my life. I still can’t go to any show locally without people coming up to me, give me props and beg for more At War! I know you’ve heard it before, but more than ever it looks like it may happen.

originally submitted to the At War myspace by Paul Arnold on 08/12/2006