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Nuclear Assault is a Thrash Metal band from New York City that was formed in 1984 by former Anthrax members Dan Lilker and John Connelly. The band rose to fame in the mid-to-late 1980s with albums such as Game Over, Survive, and Handle with Care.


  • Game Over (1986)
  • Survive (1988)
  • Handle with Care (1989)
  • Out of Order (1991)
  • Something Wicked (1993)
  • Third World Genocide (2005)

  • After the End: "Letter After the Holocaust" from Game Over.
  • And I Must Scream: Almost said ad verbatim in "Nightmares".
  • Atomic Hate: One of the driving themes of the band, especially in the late 1980s.
  • Bedlam House: The speaker in "Nightmares" has been (supposedly wrongly) put in a padded cell.
  • Brutal Honesty: Dan Lilker is one the chief writers of the band. Of course the lyrics are going to be like this!
  • Circus of Fear: "Something Wicked".
  • Instrumental: "Live, Suffer, Die" and "Mr. Softee Theme" from Game Over and "Game Over" from The Plague.
  • Longest Song Goes Last:
    • "Brain Death" from Game Over (7:13 minutes).
    • "Trail of Tears" from Handle With Care (5:42 minutes).
  • Shout-Out: "Something Wicked" to Something Wicked This Way Comes and "To Serve Man" to the Twilight Zone episode of the same name.
  • Song Style Shift: "Butt Fuck (You Figure It Out)" has a blues section in the middle.
    You know, we're probably gonna get a whole lot of slag for putting a blues part on a thrash album
    (But we don't give a fuck)
  • Take That!: "Butt Fuck (You Figure It Out)" is a gigantic one to Vince Neil, specifically his infamous car crash in December of 1984.
  • Thrash Metal: One of the most successful examples of East Coast thrash metal.