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Nuclear Assault

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(1984 – 1995, 1997 – 1997, 2002 – 2008, 2010 – present)

Nuclear Assault is a thrash metal band formed in 1984. After performing on Anthrax’s debut album Fistful of Metal, bass player Dan Lilker was sacked from the group and decided to pursue a more aggressive style of music. He and former Anthrax vocalist and guitarist John Connelly formed Nuclear Assault. Joined by guitarist Mike Bogush and drummer Scott Duboys (later of Cities, Cycle Sluts From Hell and Warrior Soul and cousin of heavy metal manager Eric Greif), they recorded the first two demos, including the songs Stranded in Hell, The Plague, and Hang the Pope.

The group’s first live performance was at the Union Jack in South River, New Jersey in late 1984. Guitarist Mike Bogush was later replaced by Anthony Bramante. Anthony’s first live performance with the group was at L’amours in Brooklyn, New York in April of 1985. Shortly after the performance, Scott left the band, and was replaced by drummer Glenn Evans.

After recording the Game Over album in April 1986, the band signed a multi-album contract with Combat Records, including a European tour with Agent Steel and Atomkraft. Feeling constrained by their deal with Combat, the band signed with Miles Copeland and I.R.S. Records for 1988’s Survive. The album ranked 125 on the Billboard charts, and Nuclear Assault set off on a 180-day world tour in the United States and Europe; first by opening for Slayer, and later headlining, with British group Acid Reign in tow. The next album, 1989’s Handle with Care, would see the band at their peak.

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