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While most thrash metalists of the '80s were quick to boast about their admiration of hardcore, few actually let the musical style seep into their sound. New York City's Nuclear Assault was one of the few bands to do so. Having split during the early '90s, the group — led by founding members John Connelly (vocals, guitar) and Danny Lilker (bass) — reunited shortly after the dawn of the millennium. After issuing a live album in 2003 (Alive Again), the group got around to issuing their first all-new studio album in well over a decade — 2005's Third World Genocide With their last few releases before their split not living up to their earlier work, the reunited Nuclear Assault has wisely gotten back to basics — thrash metal riffs, brutal drumming, and almost hardcore-esque hollering. And while their lyrics prove to still be quite "socially aware" on such tracks as "Price of Freedom," "Eroded Freedom," and the album-opening title track, things aren't always so serious, as evidenced by a re-recording of the John Connelly solo track, "Long Haired A*****e." Musical trends may come and go, but it's good to know you can still count on Nuclear Assault to thrash the night away.


Formed: 1984

Genre: Metal

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Nuclear Assault were among thrash metal's most socially aware groups, making room for serious subject matter (and occasional goofs) 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 (albeit, interesting) thrash metal offerings of the time. Sadly, because they lacked any truly commercial material, Nuclear Assault would never reach the mainstream acceptance of a Metallica,...
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