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Nuclear Assault


Nuclear Assault were among thrash metal's most socially aware groups, making room for serious subject matter (and occasional goofs) in their careening speed metal riffing. They also remained closer to the world of hardcore than most of their peers, and at their late-'80s peak released some of the most uncompromising (albeit, interesting) thrash metal offerings of the time. Sadly, because they lacked any truly commercial material, Nuclear Assault would never reach the mainstream acceptance of a Metallica, Megadeth, or even Anthrax (of the Joey Belladonna yore. After performing on Anthrax' 1984 debut Fistful of Metal, bass player Danny Lilker decided to jump ship and search for a more aggressive outlet (if you can imagine that) for his music. Subsequent to a brief reunion of sorts with Anthrax pals Scott Ian and Charlie Benante, and ex-Psychos singer Billy Milano for the hugely influential S.O.D. opus Speak English or Die, Lilker formed Nuclear Assault with vocalist and guitarist John Connely (also briefly a member of Anthrax in its formative years) in 1985. Guitarist Mike Bogush and drummer Scott Duboys (who would later join Warrior Soul) only lasted a few months before being replaced by guitarist Anthony Bramante and ex-T.T. Quick powerhouse drummer Glenn Evans. One of the Big Apple's few challengers (along with Anthrax and Overkill) to the Bay Area dominance of all things thrash metal, Nuclear Assault became immediate contenders due to the cumulative sum of its parts — not to mention, their extreme nature and their ability to back it up with solid musicianship. Produced by metal stalwart Alex Perialas, their first album, 1986's Game Over, was regarded as a breath of fresh air with its potent speed metal tinged with hardcore overtones. In the process, fans and critics alike instantly accepted it and the band was quickly off to the races.

Top Albums

Survive (Remastered), Nuclear Assault
1. Survive (Rem..
Survive, Nuclear Assault
2. Survive
"Handle With Care" Recording Sessions (Remastered), Nuclear Assault
3. "Handle..
Game Over Sessions (Remastered), Nuclear Assault
4. Game Over Se..
"The Plague" Recording Sessions (Remastered) - EP, Nuclear Assault
5. "The Pl..
Alive Again, Nuclear Assault
6. Alive Again
Third World Genocide, Nuclear Assault
7. Third World ..
Something Wicked, Nuclear Assault
8. Something Wi..
Live, Suffer, Die - EP, Nuclear Assault
9. Live, Suffer..
Live Off the Board At CBGB 1986, Nuclear Assault
10. Live Off the..
Metal Merchants Festival: Live in Oslo, Norway (Jan 29, 2011), Nuclear Assault
11. Metal Mercha..
Live in Tokyo, Nuclear Assault
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Assault & Battery, Nuclear Assault
13. Assault &..
Third World Genocide, Nuclear Assault
14. Third World ..
Brainwashed (Remastered) - Single, Nuclear Assault
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"F#" (Remastered) - Single, Nuclear Assault
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"Fight to Be Free" (Remastered) - Single, Nuclear Assault
17. "Fight ..
Stop Wait Think (Remastered) - Single, Nuclear Assault
18. Stop Wait Th..
Sign in Blood: Out of Order Recording Sessions (Remastered), Nuclear Assault
19. Sign in Bloo..
Sign in Blood (Remastered) - Single, Nuclear Assault
20. Sign in Bloo..

Top Songs

Trail of Tears (Remastered)"Handle With Care" ..5:44$0.99
Mother's Day (Remastered)"Handle With Care" ..0:32$0.99
Torture Tactics (Remastered)"Handle With Care" ..2:22$0.99
Search and Seizure (Remastered)"Handle With Care" ..4:11$0.99
When Freedom Dies (Remastered)"Handle With Care" ..2:33$0.99
Wake Up (Remastered)"Handle With Care" ..2:58$0.99
Surgery (Remastered)"Handle With Care" ..2:44$0.99
Inherited Hell (Remastered)"Handle With Care" ..3:30$0.99
Critical Mass (Remastered)"Handle With Care" ..3:18$0.99
New Song (Remastered)"Handle With Care" ..2:59$0.99
Cross of Iron (Remastered)"The Plague" Record..3:39$0.99
Plague (Remastered)"The Plague" Record..4:55$0.99
Justice (Remastered)"The Plague" Record..4:19$0.99
Butt Fuck (Remastered)"The Plague" Record..2:59$0.99
Nightmares (Remastered)"The Plague" Record..3:57$0.99
Game Over (Remastered)"The Plague" Record..2:38$0.99
Brain Death (Remastered)Game Over Sessions (Remaste..7:16$0.99
Cold Steel (RemasteredGame Over Sessions (Remaste..2:41$0.99
Lesbians (Remastered)Game Over Sessions (Remaste..0:52$0.99
Hang the Pope (Remastered)Game Over Sessions (Remaste..0:44$0.99
After the Holocaust (Remastered)Game Over Sessions (Remaste..3:44$0.99
Vengeance (Remastered)Game Over Sessions (Remaste..2:51$0.99
Nuclear War (Remastered)Game Over Sessions (Remaste..3:47$0.99
Betrayal (Remastered)Game Over Sessions (Remaste..3:01$0.99
Radiation Sickness (Remastered)Game Over Sessions (Remaste..2:49$0.99

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