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Nuclear Assault
Nuclear Assault
Nuclear Assault Party.San 2016 01.jpg
Erik Burke (left) and John Connelly of Nuclear Assault at Party.San Open Air in 2015
Background information
OriginNew York City, New York, U.S.
  • 1984-1995
  • 1997
  • 2002-present
MembersDan Lilker
John Connelly
Glenn Evans
Erik Burke
Scott Duboys
Mike Bogush
Anthony Bramante
Dave DiPietro
Scott Metaxas
Scott Harrington

Nuclear Assault is an American thrash metal band formed in New York City in 1984. Part of the mid-to-late 1980s thrash metal movement, they were one of the main bands of the genre to emerge from the East Coast along with Overkill, Whiplash, Toxik, Carnivore, and Anthrax,[1][2] where Nuclear Assault bassist Dan Lilker was a member from its formation in 1981 to 1984 (when he left the band and was replaced by Frank Bello). After releasing five full-length albums and touring relentlessly throughout the 1980s and early 1990s, Nuclear Assault split up in 1995. They briefly reunited in 1997 and then reunited permanently in 2002.

Nuclear Assault has released six studio albums to date, the latest being Third World Genocide (2005). Their most successful records are Survive (1988) and Handle with Care (1989), which peaked at #145 and #126 on the Billboard 200 chart respectively.[3]


Early career (1984-1985)

After the release of Anthrax's debut album Fistful of Metal, bassist Dan Lilker, a founding member of the group, was fired by the band. He decided to pursue a more aggressive style of music and formed Nuclear Assault with guitarist/vocalist John Connelly,[4] who had been involved in an early version of Anthrax.[5] They were joined by guitarist Mike Bogush and drummer Scott Duboys (later of Cities, Cycle Sluts From Hell and Warrior Soul).[4] They then recorded the first of two demos, which included the songs "Stranded in Hell", "The Plague", and "Hang the Pope".[6][7]

The group's first live performance was at the Union Jack in South River, New Jersey in late 1984.[] Guitarist Mike Bogush was later replaced by Anthony Bramante.[4] Bramante's first live performance with the group was at L'Amour in Brooklyn, New York in April 1985.[] Shortly after the performance, Duboys left the band and was replaced by drummer Glenn Evans formerly of New Jersey-based band T.T. Quick.[4]

First three albums and rise to fame (1986-1990)

The second demo Live Suffer Die was recorded and the band began touring the United States consistently. The band signed a multi-album contract with Combat Records and after recording the Game Over album in April 1986, the band later secured a European tour with Agent Steel and Atomkraft in early 1987 to promote "The Plague" EP.[8] Later, feeling constrained by their contract with Combat, the band signed with I.R.S. Records and recorded Survive in 1988.[9]The album reached number 145 on the US Billboard 200 chart[10] and Nuclear Assault set off on a 180-day world tour[11] in the United States and Europe; first as an opening for Slayer and later headlining with British group Acid Reign as a support act.[12] The next album, 1989's Handle with Care, would see the band at their commercial peak, hitting the US chart at number 126,[10] and peaking in the UK Albums Chart at No. 60,[13] with more touring, including a trip to Japan and a U.S. tour opening for Testament and Savatage.[] The band released their first live album, Live at the Hammersmith Odeon, in 1990,[4] but internal troubles were causing problems for the band.[14]

Two more albums, departure of Dan Lilker and split (1991-1996)

Constant touring and recording was taking its toll on the band, and there was a rumour that the band might split.[15] The recording of Out of Order was problematic as all 4 members were engaged in recording side project records after a break following the 1989-1990 "Handle with care" tour.[16] Lead songwriter John Connelly was conspicuously absent from the recording process.[17]He only sang on five of the songs and played the guitar on one (Quocustodiat his only full writing credit), leaving Evans and Lilker to do most of the recording alone.[18] After the release of Out of Order the band toured the USA with Corner and returned to Japan for a second time in 12 months [19] before line up issues came to a head.[20] For a time following the "Out of order" tour there was some confusion about the lineup,with Connolly now on vocals only and Dave DiPietro drafted in on 2nd guitar [21] Bassist and founding member Lilker left to concentrate the band Brutal Truth full time in 1993.[4] and before recording the " Something wicked" Album in late 1992, long standing guitarist Anthony Bramante was released [22] from the fold and the band enlisted Scott Metaxas on bass for recording followed by Dave Spitz (Brother of Dan),touring across Europe and the United States in 1993 and 1994 supporting the "Something Wicked" record[23] Bramante rejoined the band in time for one last run of US dates in early 1995 before the band called it quits, their last recording being a rendition of "Die Hard" for a Venom tribute album. .[4]

Reunions (1997-present)

Nuclear Assault's classic line up later reunited for one concert in 1997 (put on by Eric Paone of 'Candy Striper Death Orgy' in New Hampshire) [24] Then, two more shows the following year with Eric Paone on bass guitar in New England.[25] They reformed once again in 2002 to play the Wacken festival in Germany and recorded a live album entitled Alive Againwith guitarist Bramante departing for a final time in 2005, 2003-2006 brought several European tours, first with Testament and Death Angel, then with Exodus and Agent Steel.[12] A new studio album entitled Third World Genocide followed in 2005,to generally negative reviews with yet more touring, including a South American tour with Death Angel.[12] Activities ceased again in 2006 due to an arm Injury to drummer Glenn Evans.

They made a guest appearance at the Maryland Deathfest on May 25, 2008.[] and the Metal Merchants Festival in Oslo, Norway, in January 2011.

On November 5, 2013, it was announced that Nuclear Assault was working on a new album, which was due for release in 2015. They released an EP on June 1, 2015, titled Pounder, which featured "four killer old-school thrash" songs written by Dan Lilker and John Connelly.[26] The band embarked on the "Final Assault" tour to support the EP.[27] Despite this, Nuclear Assault still performs live occasionally.[28] with new drummer Nic Barker filling in for a retired Glenn Evens.





Studio albums


Live albums



  • 1984: Nuclear Assault demo
  • 1985: Live, Suffer, Die


Music videos

  • Brainwashed (1988)
  • Critical Mass (1989)
  • Trail of Tears (1989)
  • Something Wicked (1993)
  • Behind Glass Walls (1993)
  • Price of Freedom (2005)
  • Long Haired Asshole (2005)


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