Nuclear Assault appeared on the New York thrash scene back in the mid to late 1980′s, playing blistering live sets of hardcore influenced thrash metal, and releasing a number of classic albums (including 1986′s Game Over, 1988′s Survive and 1989′s Handle With Care). The band’s last studio album was 2005′s Third World Genocide, but a new album, tentatively titled The Final Assault, is slated for a 2015 release.
Nuclear Assault were among thrash metal’s most socially aware groups, making room for serious subject matter 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 thrash metal offerings of the time. After performing on Anthrax’s 1984 debut ‘Fistful of Metal’, bass player Danny Lilker decided to jump ship and search for a more aggressive outlet 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 Connelly (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 and gaining momentum.
In the meantime, Graviton Music Services/Dry Heave Records are releasing Live At CBGB’s – a limited edition picture disc of one of Nuclear Assault‘s 1986 appearances at the classic punk / metal live music venue. These 10 tracks were recorded off the sound desk at CBGB’s onto tape and stored by drummer Glenn Evans. He recently unearthed the recording from his personal archive and has personally mixed and mastered the recordings up to a very high standard at his home studio.
This recording pre-dates the release of their debut album Game Over and 8 of the tracks would later be released on that album (‘Radiation Sickness‘, ‘Nuclear War‘, ‘Hang The Pope‘, and ‘Lesbians‘) and on The Plague EP (‘Nightmares‘ and ‘Cross Of Iron‘) and the Brain Death EP (‘Final Flight‘ and ‘Demolition‘). The other tracks (‘Meteors‘ and ‘Satan’s Call‘) have never been previously released. The insert contains a photo shoot inside the venue, live shots & old school flyers.