|Studio album by|
|Released||June 13, 1988|
|Studio||The Music Grinder, Los Angeles, California|
|Genre||Thrash metal, crossover thrash|
|Nuclear Assault chronology|
Survive is the second studio album by American thrash metal band Nuclear Assault, released in 1988 on vinyl, compact disc and cassette. As of 2012, the album has been out of print. Propelled by the single "Brainwashed", Survive was the album that broke Nuclear Assault into the thrash metal mainstream, and was their first album to enter the Billboard 200, reaching number 145 on that chart.
Reviews for Survive have been mostly positive. AllMusic's John Franck awards the album three stars out of five and claims that Nuclear Assault had become "East Coast thrash metal contenders (to a throne pretty much owned by Anthrax) thanks to their politically charged metal fodder." For the album's music, Franck states, "shows progress, notching up some of the band's most accomplished, lyrically controversial material to date with the title track, 'Rise From the Ashes,' and the anti-mainstream media rant 'Brainwashed.'" Mike Exley of Metal Forces found Survive "a finely crafted excellent album, that shows the band enlarging their sound beyond the first few tentative progressive steps the band took on The Plague". He wrote that even though "Get Another Quarter" and "PSA" are of lower standard, "the rest of the album has variety and class stamped all over it".
Survive entered the Billboard 200 album charts in October 1988, four months after its release. The album peaked at number 145 and remained on the chart for ten weeks. "Good Times Bad Times" was originally recorded by Led Zeppelin in 1969.