In an era filled with re-union tours and comeback albums, it seems only right that the spoof rockers who made a living out of taking the p*ss out of the music industry should get in on the action.

American comedy trio Michael McKean, Christopher Guest and Harry Shearer resurrected the British heavy metal characters made famous by the 1984 mockumentary This Is Spinal Tap for a one-off Live Earth performance at London's Wembley Stadium in 2007. Now, according to WENN, they have confirmed that they are reforming Spinal Tap to write their first album since 1992's Break Like The Wind.

The album is set for release by download and conventional media later this year.