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I did a search and was surprised to find only a limited number of mentions for Nuclear Assault in the Thrash section? Anyway I will put that right with a thread just for them. Only the first three albums are of any merit for me "Game Over", "Survive" and "Handle With Care" with the latter being the weakest of the bunch. "Game Over" is probably my favourite with its traditional thrash approach with bursts of near grind like instensity, with their tongue in cheek approach they break up the album nicely (check out "Buttf**k" for a random slice of brilliance). "Survive" is fucking awesome too but I rarely see it get the credit it deserves with "Game Over" seemingly mandatory listing as a classic on most forums. "Handle With Care" gets bad rep, some deserved, some not. "Critical Mass" is a monster of a track though - but the brilliance of the first two records is lacking overall by album number 3. We can also thank Dan Lilker for the mighty Brutal Truth of course which is another thread altogether. Seems Anthrax's loss after "Fistful Of Metal" was Nuclear Assaults gain. Any other Nuclear fans on here?

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Re: Nuclear Assault Survive is my favorite album of theirs, and one of my favorite thrash albums ever, but as you said the first three are all good. They have a perfect balance of ripping speed, punky intensity, and a great sense of melody, especially in John's nasal soaring vocals. Great stuff, maybe even better than New York legends Overkill, but obviously with fewer great albums under their belts. Sent from my HTC PH39100 using Tapatalk 2

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Yeah. Great band, great gigs. I heard "Hang The Pope" way before anything else quite like that (say Napalm Deaths "Scum" just for the sake of argument), and that showed me the future! Never looked back really. I hate this nostalgia kick at the moment, but you've brought up one of the diamonds here.

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I did a search and was surprised to find only a limited number of mentions for Nuclear Assault in the Thrash section? Anyway I will put that right with a thread just for them. Only the first three albums are of any merit for me "Game Over", "Survive" and "Handle With Care" with the latter being the weakest of the bunch. "Game Over" is probably my favourite with its traditional thrash approach with bursts of near grind like instensity, with their tongue in cheek approach they break up the album nicely (check out "Buttf**k" for a random slice of brilliance). "Survive" is fucking awesome too but I rarely see it get the credit it deserves with "Game Over" seemingly mandatory listing as a classic on most forums. "Handle With Care" gets bad rep, some deserved, some not. "Critical Mass" is a monster of a track though - but the brilliance of the first two records is lacking overall by album number 3. We can also thank Dan Lilker for the mighty Brutal Truth of course which is another thread altogether. Seems Anthrax's loss after "Fistful Of Metal" was Nuclear Assaults gain. Any other Nuclear fans on here?
I'm a longtime fan of Nuclear Assault, awesome post. 1. Survive 2. Game Over 3. The Plague EP 4. Handle With Care

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Well I'm the odd one out given that Nuclear Assault sound generic to me. Maybe listening to them for the first time when I was completely burnt out on thrash contributed to that opinion but subsequent listens have done little to shake that tag.
Yeah, especially if you like Overkill, you owe it to yourself to give them another try.

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