Nuclear Assault
Handle With Care


4.0
excellent

Review

by Dethtrasher USER (232 Reviews)
July 19th, 2006 | 49 replies | 9,288 views


Release Date: 1989 | Tracklist


We travel back in time when ¨Nuclear Assault¨ was on the run, they are known to mix speedy thrash with influences from the hardcore-genre. Another thing that was pretty unique fro this band was the yell and quite high-pitched vocals from John Connelly (vocals and guitars). After three releases (including a short EP) ¨Nuclear Assault¨ released this album called ¨Handle With Care¨ in 1989, an album that has been considered to be one of their better albums also along with ¨Game Over¨ and ¨Survive¨. The album had the same musical sound as the previous albums except for a few small details, the riffing, the drums and the vocals was pretty much improved but to 'regular' people this would sound exactly like their previous work.

The crew for the album at the time were and some of the still are John Connelly (vocals and guitars), Anthony Bramante (guitars), Danny Lilker (bass) and Glenn Evans (drums). Connelly and his special vocals, many bands were influenced or inspired by the hardcore but many of the bands didn't let the hardcore sound ring out as much but ¨Nuclear Assault¨ did. Connelly's vocals is desrcibed as quite yell and that would be it, he sings though pretty high at some moments but most of the time he sings his 'normal' style. As a guitarist he is pretty good, the rhythm sections are good and solid but the 'wall of sound' is not so heavy as it would be in my opinion. Anthony Bramante was the guitarist that made the band get into more thrashier areas, the riffing is very intense, sometimes simple and sometimes a bit more complexive. The guitar soloing is most of the time chaotic, fast and none-melodic. Danny Lilker on the bass, a bass player with talent that has been playing and plays in bands like ¨Brutal Truth¨, ¨Anthrax¨ and ¨Holy Moses¨ for example. Danny's bass on most of their records is very audiable which is a very good thing, it makes the songs more stabile and interesting. Glenn Evans is pounding on the drums, a very good drummer, he doesn't show so much skill in this album but there is some highlight drumming in a few songs here though.

The songs in this album is basically straight thrash/speed-metal, some songs are very catchy and some songs are really annoying and here is a short song description on each song and I hope this section will give you some guidance:

¨New Song¨ - Catchy intro riffs, classic thrash based verse, calm chorus, fast tempo, skilled and chaotic solo, great headbanging song.
¨Critical Mass¨ - Very catchy main riffing, good song pattern, fast but easy-digested tempo, low annoying factor on the vocals.
¨Inherited Hell¨ - High-picthed guitars as intro, fast but yet simple shredding, annoying vocals, good and half-melodic solos, great headbang section after two minutes including great drum work.
¨Surgery¨ - Slow intro but yet a bit catchy, more great drum work, a bit sluggish riffing, a small bass filling section, a quite medium song.
¨Emergency¨ - Slow intro with wierd guitars, intenvise riffing and drumming, annoying vocals, quite melodic guitar solo.
¨Funky Noise¨ - Filler song, boring, slow drums, screaming guitars and stupid bass lines, 50 seconds of wasted time.
¨F# (wake up)¨ - Fast intro, intensive pace, rushed verse, wierd and half-catchy riffs, great guitar solo section, good drum patterns.
¨When Freedom Dies¨ - 'Falling' riffs as intro, catchy riffs, good tempo, endurable song pattern, good drumming, boring and calm sectiond with slow solos.
¨Search & Seizure¨ - Fast and catchy intro riffs, awesome and rhythmic drum work, great song pattern with, some of the best vocals, fast tempo, more chaotic soloing, great song.
¨Torture Tactics¨ - Calm song but yet fast tempo, catchy shredding, meduim drum speed, quite strong vocals, easy-digested song.
¨Mother's Day¨ - Another stupid filler song, similar to grindcore-songs but with no extreme elements, ultra-fast noise, 32 seconds of more wasted time.
¨Trail Of Tears¨ - Quite catchy intro riffs, pretty catchy song pattern, decent vocals compared to previous tracks, has also calm solo sections which drags the song down.

There you have it, I don't know how you thought about this review, but if it was to any help or if was a bad review just let me know so I know if I will stop or continue to use this kind of reviews. I thought that this album was pretty good, after listening to their earlier material I thought that this album was the best of the bunch. The riffing was more variating and catchier, the drum work was improved and the bass was flowing on very good. The vocals by the way was still not as great as I thought it would be, they sound a little bit improved but they would still bug people I guess. Its a matter of 'love or hate'-vocals basically. I would recommend this album to thrash-metal fans because the music seems to be more directed towards thrash, people who like 'odd' metal-vocals should check this out too.

PROS
+ The instruments has been improved
+ All instruments are loud and clear
+ The thrash-formula is also quite improved when it comes to riffing and drumming
+ The unique vocals from John Connelly

CONS
- All songs appears to have more treble than bass, which makes the songs feel flat
- The vocals would and will annoy people who listens to the bands early material

RECOMMENDED TRACKS
-- New Song
-- Critical Mass
-- Search & Seizure
-- When Freedom Dies

The overall album rating will be: 4/5



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Dethtrasher
July 19th 2006


2211 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I'm trying out different review-styles so just tell me how this was.

Apocalyptic Raids
July 19th 2006


810 Comments


I've been meaning to check this one out, the first two NA albums are awesome.

Dethtrasher
July 19th 2006


2211 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I don't think that hey are too great, their newest album ¨Third World Genocide¨ and ¨Something Wicked¨ is my personal favorites (yet).

I got their first album so I will review when I got some time, I have been looking for the Brain Death EP too but it is really hard to find though.

Btw, did the review came out good?This Message Edited On 07.19.06

south_of_heaven 11
July 19th 2006


5433 Comments


Seriously. I give you credit. You put out like 5 Thrash reviews a day of bands that I've never heard before.
You might want to go back to your old style. I mean, this was fine, but I didn't care for it much.

Dethtrasher
July 19th 2006


2211 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Appreciate it, I thought that it would be a little TBT-varning when I did the song description section.
I just want to spread information about the 80's/90's thrash because I think it is very important genre that needs more credit. I think I will try out some more reviews with this type of style and see if they hold up.

met65
February 13th 2007


105 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

just wondering, how can a song be calm but fast?

Mikesn
Emeritus
February 13th 2007


3709 Comments


High speed, low aggression?

WARPATH_88
February 16th 2007


514 Comments


Hmm... I think I need to check these guys out.

KILL
June 25th 2010


71743 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

brilliant album dno why i put it off so long

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TheNotrap
March 16th 2012


8065 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

"New Song" kicks serious ass.

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KILL
March 16th 2012


71743 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

rules

TheNotrap
March 16th 2012


8065 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Not an amazing band but they still have some cool moments.
If you wish listen to "New Song", "Critical Mass" or "Trail Of Tears"

KjSwantko
June 18th 2012


9277 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Forgot how hard this jams! m/

CaptainDooRight
August 29th 2012


29097 Comments


same



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CaptainDooRight
August 29th 2012


29097 Comments


agreed riff sucks

Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
September 21st 2012


18450 Comments


best thrash vox ever

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Atari
Contributing Reviewer
January 23rd 2013


19738 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

first 2 songs thrash hard

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Atari
Contributing Reviewer
January 25th 2013


19738 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

really digging this shit might bump to a 4.5

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
January 25th 2013


19738 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

come on people who else digs this?

KILL
January 25th 2013


71743 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

no1



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