Survive (Nuclear Assault album)

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Nuclear Assault Survive.jpg
Studio album by Nuclear Assault
Released June 13, 1988 (1988-06-13)
Recorded January–February, 1988
Studio The Music Grinder, Los Angeles, California
Genre Thrash metal, crossover thrash
Length 30:15
Label I.R.S. Metal
Producer Randy Burns
Nuclear Assault chronology
The Plague
(1987)The Plague1987
Handle with Care
(1989)Handle with Care1989

Survive is the second studio album by American thrash metal band Nuclear Assault, released in 1988 on vinyl, compact disc and cassette. As of 2012, the album has been out of print. Survive was the album that broke Nuclear Assault into the thrash metal mainstream, and was their first album to enter the Billboard 200, reaching number 145 on that chart.[1] "Fight to Be Free" and the Led Zeppelin cover "Good Times Bad Times" were released as singles to promote the album.


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[2]
Metal Forces (9/10)[3]

Reviews for Survive have been mostly positive. AllMusic's John Franck awards the album three stars out of five and claims that Nuclear Assault had become "East Coast thrash metal contenders (to a throne pretty much owned by Anthrax) thanks to their politically charged metal fodder." For the album's music, Franck states, "shows progress, notching up some of the band's most accomplished, lyrically controversial material to date with the title track, 'Rise From the Ashes,' and the anti-mainstream media rant 'Brainwashed.'"[2] Mike Exley of Metal Forces found Survive "a finely crafted excellent album, that shows the band enlarging their sound beyond the first few tentative progressive steps the band took on The Plague". He wrote that even though "Get Another Quarter" and "PSA" are of lower standard, "the rest of the album has variety and class stamped all over it".[3]

Survive entered the Billboard 200 album charts in October 1988, four months after its release.[4] The album peaked at number 145 and remained on the chart for ten weeks.[1]

In August 2014, the magazine Revolver placed Survive on its "14 Thrash Albums You Need To Own" list.[5]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Rise from the Ashes" (Dan Lilker, John Connelly) – 3:04
  2. "Brainwashed" (Lilker, Connelly) – 2:40
  3. "F#" (Connelly) – 2:36
  4. "Survive" (Connelly) – 2:58
  5. "Fight to be Free" (Connelly, Lilker) – 4:22
  6. "Got Another Quarter" (Nuclear Assault) – 0:19
  7. "Great Depression" (Lilker, Connelly) – 3:30
  8. "Wired" (Connelly) – 3:03
  9. "Equal Rights" (Glenn Evans) – 2:58
  10. "PSA" (Lilker) – 0:08
  11. "Technology" (Connelly, Glen Cummings) – 3:13
  12. "Good Times Bad Times" (Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones, John Bonham) – 2:14


  • John Connelly – vocals, guitar
  • Anthony Bramante – guitar
  • Danny Lilker – bass
  • Glenn Evans – drums
  • Recorded and mixed in January – February, 1988 at The Music Grinder, Los Angeles, California, USA
  • Additional recording at Track Record Studios
  • Produced by Randy Burns
  • Engineered by Casey McMakin
  • Assistant engineered by Matt Frieman
  • Executive produced by Miles Copeland
  • Cover art by Sean Rodgers


  1. ^ a b "Nuclear Assault Album & Song Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved 2012-07-27. 
  2. ^ a b Franck, John. "Nuclear Assault - Survive review". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2014-11-12. 
  3. ^ a b Exley, Mike (1988). "Nuclear Assault - Survive". Metal Forces (28). Retrieved 2014-11-12. 
  4. ^ "Survive - Nuclear Assault". Billboard. Retrieved 2012-07-28. 
  5. ^ "14 Thrash Albums You Need to Own". August 29, 2014. Retrieved August 30, 2014. 

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