"Survive" was the second full-length studio album by the East Coast Thrash Metal band Nuclear Assault, released in 1988, following up on 1987's excellent "The Plague" EP and their classic 1986 debut album "Game Over."
Nuclear Assault is a superb metal band that every Thrash fan at least has to try out and whom many will love. The band featuring Dan Lilker of Anthrax, S.O.D and Brutal Truth on bass, and powerhouse drummer Glenn Evans of TT Quick on drums to create one of the best backbone combinations in metal history. John Connelly's lyrical style is a mixture between occasional humor and primarily socially conscious or political themes that stand the test of time, and Bramante's signature leads are unmistakable.
They are big advocates of gang-chanting backing vocals and alongside their Thrash, add in some ahead-of-their-time grooves and some proto-grind core bursts of blasts occasionally as well.
This is one of the most overlooked and underrated Thrash albums of all time. It is a cult classic and is beloved and spoken fondly of by many true fans of the band and the genre. No Nuclear Assault concert after this album's release would ever be complete without at least a quarter of the track listing making the set.
Stylistically, it is something of a midway point for the band, sitting less in the crossover/punk scene than the band's earliest days, but not as fast and heavy as the band's more extreme follow up album "Handle With Care". This allows for a memorable and diverse set of well-written and expertly performed songs, which is improved upon yet further with a much better production job than their previous work.
Songs like "Brainwashed”, “Rise From The Ashes” and "Fight To Be Free" are some of the bands most memorable and enduring tracks, while "The Great Depression" and "Equal rights" are two of the most aggressive songs from the group.
This album is a must for every metal head's portable device. Digitally remastered at Gem Mastering for maximum sound quality. Fasten you seat belts!