Nuclear Assault - Brain Death 12" Vinyl EP Album

"Brain Death," Nuclear Assault's inaugural 12" Vinyl EP Album marked a seminal moment in thrash metal history. Released as the band's first Extended Play (EP), this iconic record showcased their raw intensity and lyrical prowess. Unleashed with thunderous riffs and relentless energy, "Brain Death" solidified Nuclear Assault's place in the burgeoning metal scene, laying the foundation for their influential musical journey.

 

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Album Description:

The 12" extended play (EP) record by Nuclear Assault, titled "Brain Death," was released in 1986. It is a defining record of the American thrash metal genre, showcasing the band's unique blend of punk and metal influences.

"Nuclear Assault" formed in 1984, with founding members John Connelly (vocals, guitar) and Danny Lilker (bass). Both had previously been members of Anthrax, another prominent thrash metal band. They were joined by drummer Glenn Evans and guitarist Mike Bogush, and began writing and recording music that blended punk and metal influences.

Their debut album, "Game Over," was released in 1986, the same year as "Brain Death." It was a critical success, and helped to establish Nuclear Assault as one of the premier thrash metal bands in the United States.

In 1986, thrash metal was at the height of its popularity. Metallica had just released their seminal album "Master of Puppets," and Slayer had released "Reign in Blood." The scene was dominated by fast, aggressive music and politically charged lyrics.

"Brain Death" was released on Combat Records, a label known for its association with thrash metal bands. The EP contained four tracks, including the title track, which had previously appeared on "Game Over." The other three tracks were all new compositions.

"Brain Death" was well-received by both fans and critics, and helped to solidify Nuclear Assault's position in the thrash metal scene. The EP showcased the band's technical proficiency and unique sound, which blended elements of punk an

d metal. The title track, "Brain Death," in particular, was praised for its political lyrics and aggressive instrumentation. The song criticized the US government's handling of the Cold War, and called for an end to nuclear weapons.

 

Music Genre:

Speed / Thrash Metal

Album Production information:

The album: "Brain Death" was produced by: Alex Perialis

Executive producer: Steve Sinclair

Barry Kobrin - Executive Producer
Tom Coyne - Mastering Engineer
Ed Repka - Album artwork

Edward J. Repka, commonly known as Ed Repka, is an accomplished American artist renowned for his exceptional talent in creating highly-detailed illustrations, particularly within the heavy metal music industry. With his distinctive style and intricate artwork, Repka has made a significant impact on the visual aesthetics associated with this genre of music. His contributions to album covers and merchandise for numerous bands have solidified his position as a respected figure in the world of heavy metal art.

Born and raised in the United States, Repka developed a passion for art from a young age. He honed his skills by studying illustration and fine arts, eventually graduating from the School of Visual Arts in New York City. Inspired by renowned artists such as Frank Frazetta and H.R. Giger, Repka forged his own unique style characterized by its attention to detail and dynamic compositions.

Repka's artistic journey intertwined with the rise of heavy metal music during the 1980s. It was during this time that he became associated with some of the most influential bands in the genre. His collaboration with thrash metal icons Megadeth resulted in the creation of their iconic mascot, Vic Rattlehead, which graced the covers of several of the band's albums, including "Peace Sells... But Who's Buying?" and "Rust in Peace." The striking imagery of Vic Rattlehead perfectly captured the rebellious and provocative spirit of the band's music, earning Repka widespread recognition.

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Beyond his work with Megadeth, Repka has collaborated with numerous other bands, leaving an indelible mark on the heavy metal genre. He has created album covers for bands such as Death, Municipal Waste, Nuclear Assault, and Toxik, among many others. Each of these illustrations showcases his meticulous attention to detail and ability to translate the essence of the music into captivating visual imagery.

One of Repka's notable strengths lies in his ability to bring fantastical and macabre concepts to life. His artwork often features nightmarish creatures, dystopian landscapes, and vivid depictions of horror. Through his skillful use of color and intricate linework, he manages to evoke a sense of awe and intrigue, effectively complementing the aggressive and intense nature of heavy metal music.

While Repka has become synonymous with heavy metal art, his talent extends beyond this genre. He has worked on projects ranging from video game covers to comic book illustrations, showcasing his versatility as an artist. Despite his success and recognition within the heavy metal community, Repka remains humble and approachable, appreciating the support and enthusiasm of his fans.

 

Collector Notes:

Alex Perialas is an American Producer and sound engineer, and owner of the "Pyramid Sound Recording Studios" in Ithaca, and has been responsible for the production and engineering of dozens of Heavy Metal albums during the 1980s. Perialas is a well-known music producer and engineer who has been active in the industry for over three decades. He has worked with a wide range of musical artists, including heavy metal bands like Anthrax, Slayer, and Overkill, as well as pop artists like Taylor Dayne and New Kids on the Block. Throughout his career, Perialas has become known for his technical expertise, creative vision, and ability to bring out the best in his artists.

Perialas was born in Greece and grew up surrounded by music. His father was a classical guitarist and his mother was a singer, so it was only natural that he would develop an early love for music. He began playing the guitar at the age of 12 and quickly became interested in recording and producing music. He moved to the United States in the 1970s to study music engineering and quickly began working in the industry, first as an assistant engineer and then as a producer.

One of Perialas' earliest successes came with the release of the album "Among the Living" by Anthrax in 1987. This album marked a departure from the traditional sound of heavy metal and helped to establish Perialas as a major player in the genre. He went on to produce several more albums for the band, including "State of Euphoria" and "Persistence of Time". He also worked with other heavy metal acts like Slayer, Overkill, and Testament, helping to shape the sound of the genre and establish it as one of the dominant forces in popular music.

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In addition to his work in heavy metal, Perialas has also produced and engineered albums in a wide range of other genres. He has worked with pop artists like Taylor Dayne and New Kids on the Block, helping to create some of their biggest hits. He has also worked with hip-hop artists like MC Lyte and jazz musicians like Grover Washington Jr. This versatility and ability to work with a wide range of artists is one of the reasons why Perialas has been so successful throughout his career.

Throughout his career, Perialas has been dedicated to the art of music production and engineering. He has a deep understanding of the technical aspects of recording and a keen ear for what makes a song sound great. He is also a creative visionary who is able to bring out the best in his artists, helping them to create music that is both innovative and commercial. His work has been recognized with numerous awards and accolades, including multiple Grammy nominations and wins.

In conclusion, Alex Perialas is a music producer and engineer who has made a significant impact on the industry. His work has helped to shape the sound of heavy metal and establish it as one of the dominant genres in popular music. He has also worked with a wide range of other artists, bringing out the best in them and helping them to create innovative and commercially successful music

Barry Kobrin was a music producer of the mid-80s with a focus on Heavy Metal music. He produced records for bands like: Abattoir, Agent Steel, Helstar, working closely together with the producer Steve Sinclair

Edward J. Repka, commonly known as Ed Repka, is an accomplished American artist renowned for his exceptional talent in creating highly-detailed illustrations, particularly within the heavy metal music industry. With his distinctive style and intricate artwork, Repka has made a significant impact on the visual aesthetics associated with this genre of music. His contributions to album covers and merchandise for numerous bands have solidified his position as a respected figure in the world of heavy metal art.

Born and raised in the United States, Repka developed a passion for art from a young age. He honed his skills by studying illustration and fine arts, eventually graduating from the School of Visual Arts in New York City. Inspired by renowned artists such as Frank Frazetta and H.R. Giger, Repka forged his own unique style characterized by its attention to detail and dynamic compositions.

Repka's artistic journey intertwined with the rise of heavy metal music during the 1980s. It was during this time that he became associated with some of the most influential bands in the genre. His collaboration with thrash metal icons Megadeth resulted in the creation of their iconic mascot, Vic Rattlehead, which graced the covers of several of the band's albums, including "Peace Sells... But Who's Buying?" and "Rust in Peace." The striking imagery of Vic Rattlehead perfectly captured the rebellious and provocative spirit of the band's music, earning Repka widespread recognition.

Read more...

Beyond his work with Megadeth, Repka has collaborated with numerous other bands, leaving an indelible mark on the heavy metal genre. He has created album covers for bands such as Death, Municipal Waste, Nuclear Assault, and Toxik, among many others. Each of these illustrations showcases his meticulous attention to detail and ability to translate the essence of the music into captivating visual imagery.

One of Repka's notable strengths lies in his ability to bring fantastical and macabre concepts to life. His artwork often features nightmarish creatures, dystopian landscapes, and vivid depictions of horror. Through his skillful use of color and intricate linework, he manages to evoke a sense of awe and intrigue, effectively complementing the aggressive and intense nature of heavy metal music.

While Repka has become synonymous with heavy metal art, his talent extends beyond this genre. He has worked on projects ranging from video game covers to comic book illustrations, showcasing his versatility as an artist. Despite his success and recognition within the heavy metal community, Repka remains humble and approachable, appreciating the support and enthusiasm of his fans.

Tom Coyne is a mastering engineer from New Jersey who has mastered dozens of Heavy Metal albums during the 1980s.

  Steve Sinclair, In the 1980s Steve Sinclair has been a successful producer for Heavy Metal bands. As an A&R Manager for Combat Records and Mechanic Records he produced many talented Heavy Metal and Punk bands. These bands include: Death, Crumbsuckers, Agent Steel, Nuclear Assault, Zoetrope, Ludichrist, Possessed, Dream Theater, Voivod, Vio-Lence, Abattoir, Dark Age, D.B.C., Dark Angel, Helstar

 

Record Label Information:

Combat / Under One Flag 12FLAG 102

Media Format:

12" 45rpm Vinyl Stereo Extended -Play  Gramophone Record
Album weight: 230 gram  

Year & Country:

1986 Made in England
Band Members and Musicians on: Nuclear Assault Brain Death
    Band-members, Musicians and Performers
  • John Connelly

      John Connelly - Vocals, Guitar. A former roadie of "Anthrax" and friends with "Dan Lilker". Connelly formed together with Lilker the New York Speed/Thrash Metal band "Nuclear Assault" in 1984.

  • Anthony Bramonte
  • Danny Lilker

    Dan Lilker (full-name: Daniel A. Lilker) - a highly influential figure in the heavy metal and underground music scenes, known primarily for his work as a bassist and founding member of several prominent bands. Born in 1964 in New York, Lilker began playing music as a teenager and formed his first band, Overkill , in 1980.

    In the years that followed, Lilker played with a number of other bands, including Anthrax , Stormtroopers of Death , and Brutal Truth, and became known for his aggressive and innovative bass playing style. He also became a prominent figure in the underground metal community, both as a musician and as a producer and engineer.

    Throughout his career, Lilker has pushed the boundaries of what is considered heavy metal, incorporating elements of punk, hardcore, and experimental music into his work. He has been praised for his technical ability as well as his willingness to experiment and take risks with his music.

    In addition to his work in music, Lilker is also a vocal advocate for animal rights and has been involved in various animal welfare organizations. He is known for his outspoken and sometimes controversial views on a range of issues, including politics and the music industry.

    Overall, Dan Lilker is a highly respected and influential musician who has had a significant impact on the heavy metal and underground music scenes. His innovative approach to bass playing and his willingness to experiment and push boundaries have made him a revered figure among fans and fellow musicians alike.

  • Glenn Evans

Anthony Bramonte - Guitars with the Heavy Metal band "Nuclear Assault" in the period 1985...2002 with several breaks inbetween.

  Glenn Evans - Drums, Producer. Dr ummer with "Nuclear Assault" from 1981 until today with several breaks inbetween. 1989-1992 with C.I.A. and has been producer of several music records.

Track Listing of: "Brain Death"

The Songs/tracks on "Brain Death" are

  • Brain Death
  • Final Flight
  • Demolition
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