Nuclear Assault is an American thrash metal band from New York.
Nuclear Assault currently has six studio albums, the latest being "Third World Genocide" (2005). Their hit albums Survive (1988) and Handle with Care (1989), reach the 145> and 126> places of the Billboard 200, respectively>.
The band was formed in New York in 1984 by bassist Dan Lilker, who was then playing with Anthrax and was looking for even more aggressive sonic sensations, and John Connelly, a roadie within Anthrax until then >. They are joined by guitarist Mike Bogush and drummer Scott Duboys (later from Cities, Cycle Sluts from Hell and Warrior Soul). They record two demos, which includes the songs Stranded in Hell, The Plague, and Hang the Pope >>>.
While in the early 1980s, thrash metal is dominated by its founding groups all from California (Metallica, Exodus, Testament, Megadeth, Slayer), Nuclear Assault is among the first to emerge from New York alongside Overkill and Anthrax. The band's first performance was at the Union Jack in South River, New Jersey, at the end of 1984. Guitarist Mike Bogush was replaced by Anthony Bramante. Bramante's first performance with the band took place 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 of the former New Jersey band. TT Quick>.
The second demo, Live Suffer Die , is recorded, and the band goes on a US tour. They signed to the Combat Records label and, after the album "Game Over" in April 1986, the band toured Europe with Agent Steel and Atomkraft. Later, not feeling appreciated by Combat Records, the band signs with I.R.S. Records and publishes the album Survive in 1988. The album reaches the 145> place of Billboard 200>. They then open in concert for Slayer and play headlining with Acid Reign. The following album, Handle with Care in 1989, attends the band's commercial peak, reaching 126> place> and 60> place of the UK Albums Chart> then the band turns in Japan and the United States with Testament and Savatage. The band released their first live album, Live in Hammersmith Odeon, in 1990, but the band began to face problems.