Dan Lilker

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Dan Lilker
Dan Lilker in 2005
Dan Lilker in 2005
Background information
Birth nameDaniel A. Lilker
Born (1964-10-18) October 18, 1964 (age 56)
GenresExtreme metal, hardcore punk, thrash metal, grindcore, death metal
Occupation(s)Musician, songwriter
InstrumentsBass guitar, guitar, drums, piano, vocals
Years active1981–present
Associated acts

Daniel A. Lilker (born October 18, 1964 in Bayside, Queens, New York) is an American semi-retired musician best known as a bass player,[1] but also guitarist, pianist, drummer and vocalist. He is the bassist for the thrash metal band Nuclear Assault and was a founding member of Anthrax with Scott Ian,[1] (Lilker was then playing rhythm guitar) and recorded bass guitar and co-wrote on their first album, Fistful of Metal. He also founded crossover band Stormtroopers of Death with Scott Ian and Charlie Benante (from Anthrax), and Billy Milano (Anthrax roadie, M.O.D. singer).[1] He also plays bass with Brutal Truth,[1][2] Exit-13,[1] Malformed Earthborn,[3] The Ravenous,[4] Overlord Exterminator,[5] Venomous Concept, Crucifist,[6] Nokturnal Hellstorm[7] and Extra Hot Sauce.

Lilker played on Holy Moses' 1994's No Matter What's the Cause.[8] He is known for his fast, guitar-like riffing through heavy distortion. Lilker has been a columnist with Zero Tolerance Magazine since the publication's inception in 2005. In 2009, it was reported that Chicago journalist Dave Hofer was writing a biography of Lilker.[9]

Lilker is currently[citation needed] in United Forces, which features his Stormtroopers of Death bandmate Billy Milano as their singer.[10]

As of 2003 Lilker has sold nearly 5 million records worldwide according to Nielsen SoundScan.[citation needed]

On January 10, 2014, Lilker announced his plans to retire from being a full-time recording and touring musician.[11] He also announced that Brutal Truth would break up on his 50th birthday (October 18, 2014).[12] However[citation needed], Lilker is still a member of Nuclear Assault, who currently perform live only occasionally.


Extra Hot Sauce[edit]

Date of release Title Label
1988 Taco of Death Peaceville Records

Nuclear Assault[edit]

Date of release Title Label US sales
1986 Brain Death (EP) Combat Records / Under One Flag 5,000
March 10, 1986 Game Over Combat Records / Under One Flag 90,000
1987 The Plague (EP) Combat Rec. / Under One Flag 80,000
1988 Fight To Be Free (EP) Relativity / Under One Flag 15,000
1988 Good Times, Bad Times (EP) Under One Flag 10,000
June 13, 1988 Survive Combat Rec. / Under One Flag 100,000
November 23, 1989 Handle With Care Relativity / Under One Flag 500,000
1989 Handle With Care European Tour '89 100,000
September 10, 1991 Out of Order Relativity / Under One Flag 40,000
1991 Radiation Sickness 50,000
May 19, 1992 Live at the Hammersmith Odeon Relativity Rec. / Roadrunner 150,000
July 1, 2003 Alive Again Screaming Ferret / Steamhammer 45,000
August 29, 2005 Third World Genocide Screaming Ferret Wreckords 50,000

Brutal Truth[edit]

Date of release Title Label US sales
October 6, 1992 Extreme Conditions Demand Extreme Responses Earache Records 40,000
October 25, 1994 Need to Control Earache Records 30,000
October 1, 1996 Kill Trend Suicide (EP) Relapse Records 20,000
September 23, 1997 Sounds of the Animal Kingdom Relapse Records 40,000
2000 For Drug Crazed Grindfreaks Only! Solardisk 5,000
April 20, 2009 Evolution Through Revolution Relapse Records 20,000
September 27, 2011 End Time Relapse Records


Date of release Title Label US sales
January 1984 Fistful of Metal Megaforce Records 150,000

Stormtroopers of Death[edit]

Date of release Title Label US sales
December 1985 Speak English Or Die Megaforce Records 100,000
1992 Live at Budokan Megaforce Records 100,000
May 18, 1999 Bigger Than The Devil Nuclear Blast Records 50,000
1999 Seasoning the Obese: 7" split with Yellow Machinegun Rotten Orange/Howling Bull 75,000
August 21, 2007 Rise of the Infidels Megaforce Records 20,000

The Ravenous[edit]

Date of release Title Label US sales
August 29, 2000 Assembled in Blasphemy Hammerheart 50,000
2002 Three on a Meathook (EP) Red Stream 10,000
February 24, 2004 Blood Delirium Red Stream 10,000

Venomous Concept[edit]

Date of release Title Label
2008 Poisoned Apple Century Media

Holy Moses[edit]

Date of release Title Label
1994 No Matter What's the Cause SPV/Steamhammer


  1. ^ a b c d e Strong, Martin C. (2002) The Great Metal Discography, MOJO Books, ISBN 1-84195-185-4, p. 30-31, 93–94, 394
  2. ^ Byrne, Michael (2009) "Q&A: Brutal Truth's Dan Lilker Archived August 14, 2011, at the Wayback Machine", Baltimore City Paper, July 28, 2009, retrieved January 29, 2010
  3. ^ Rivadavia, Eduardo "Malformed Earthborn Biography", Allmusic, retrieved January 29, 2010
  4. ^ "The Ravenous - Assembled in Blasphemy - Reviews - Encyclopaedia Metallum: The Metal Archives". www.metal-archives.com. Retrieved February 7, 2020.
  5. ^ Blabbermouth (March 2, 2004). "DANNY LILKER's OVERLORD EXTERMINATOR: Music Posted Online". BLABBERMOUTH.NET. Retrieved February 7, 2020.
  6. ^ "CRUCIFIST'S SLEEP-INDUCING BOREDOM ON DEMON-HAUNTED WORLD". MetalSucks. November 10, 2009. Retrieved February 7, 2020.
  7. ^ Blabbermouth (February 6, 2012). "DANNY LILKER's NOKTURNAL HELLSTORM Releases Debut Album". BLABBERMOUTH.NET. Retrieved February 7, 2020.
  8. ^ "Metal Fanatix". Metal Fanatix. March 11, 2006. Archived from the original on February 22, 2012. Retrieved July 16, 2011.
  9. ^ "DAN LILKER Musical Biography In The Works Archived January 5, 2009, at the Wayback Machine", blabbermouth.net, January 3, 2009, retrieved January 29, 2010
  10. ^ "Former Stormtroopers of Death Members Launch United Forces". Blabbermouth.net. December 24, 2012. Retrieved December 26, 2012.
  11. ^ "Brutal Truth/Ex-Anthrax Bassist Dan Lilker To 'Retire' From Being Full-Time Musician". Blabbermouth.net. January 10, 2014. Retrieved January 10, 2014.
  12. ^ "Dan Lilker Retiring From Music This Year, Brutal Truth To Disband in October". metalunderground.com. January 10, 2014. Retrieved January 10, 2014.