Nuclear Death

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Nuclear Death
Origin Phoenix, Arizona, U.S.
Genres Death metal/Grindcore
Years active 1986-2000
Labels Wild Rags
Past members Lori Bravo
Steve Cowan
Phil Hampson
Joel Whitfield

Nuclear Death was a death metal band formed in 1986 in Phoenix, Arizona. They were a very early example of a band in the extreme metal genre with a female vocalist,[1][2] Lori Bravo.

Their style, which drummer Joel Whitfield described as "deathrashardcorextreme music," was compared to bands like Repulsion and Scum-era Napalm Death.[3]


Nuclear Death were formed on March 23, 1986, by Lori Bravo (vocals, bass guitar), Phil Hampson (guitar), and Joel Whitfield (drums) while they were in high school.[3] Their first demo, Wake Me When I'm Dead, was released later that same year, receiving positive reviews from American and overseas zines. They were notable as at the time very few death metal artists had female singers.[2] Their second demo, Welcome to the Minds of the Morbid, followed in 1987, on the back of which Nuclear Death signed a contract with Richard Campos from Wild Rags, a record label, fanzine and record dealer in California.

In 1991, the band released their more controversial work, entitled Carrion for Worm, containing many songs considered to be in bad taste,[2] such as "The Human Seed", "Lurker in the Closet: A 'Fairy' Tale", and "Greenflies". Carrion for Worm featured vocals by Chris Reifert, singer from popular death metal band Autopsy, on two songs, "Cathedral of Sleep" and "Vampirism".

On May 23, 1992, Nuclear Death played a notorious concert in Puerto Rico, with label partners Impetigo. Later that year they released For Our Dead, a four-track single containing a rerecorded version of 1987's "The Third Antichrist" from Welcome to the Minds of the Morbid.

After the break-up of Nuclear Death, Lori went on to form a new band, Raped, in 2002. Joel Whitfield joined Eroticide in 1991. After leaving the band in 1992, Phil was in Eroticide (1996 to 1998), and Whorror (2000 to 2002). In late 2013, Phil started Feral Viscera. He currently continues to record as Feral Viscera, but as of January 2016- decided to re-form Whorror (along with original vocalist Donn Sullivan and original drummer, Mike Wyatt (Genocaust). Their band pages can be found on both Facebook and SoundCloud.


Nuclear Death cited Venom, Motorhead, The Plasmatics, Witchfinder General, and Discharge as their influences.[3]


Nuclear Death's 1990 debut album Bride of Insect was listed in Decibel magazine's "Hall of Fame" as entry No. 90.[3] The entry says:

The music is so dark, twisted and obscure that one could hazard comparisons to multiple strains of ensuing extremity… The lyrics match–if not surpass–the music's filthy intensity. In a time when extreme bands were ranting about the government or bumping fists with Satan, Nuclear Death chose to delve into the depths of human depravity. Murder and sexual deviancy were the order of the day, as incest, bestiality and necrophilia were all celebrated in loving detail.


Last Known Lineup[edit]

  • Lori Bravo- vocals, bass, guitar (1986-2000)

Past members[edit]

  • Joel Whitefield - drums (1986-1990)
  • Phil Hampson - guitar (1986-1992)
  • Steve Cowen - drums, keyboards (1990-1996)



External links[edit]



  1. ^ Female Fronted Heavy Metal, 1976-1989
  2. ^ a b c Prato, Greg. "Nuclear Death". Allmusic. Retrieved on May 16, 201.
  3. ^ a b c d e Admin. "Nuclear Death - Bride Of Insect", Decibel, July 28, 2012. Retrieved on May 16, 2017