Nuclear Assault
Game Over


3.0
good

Review

by Dethtrasher USER (232 Reviews)
July 24th, 2006 | 34 replies


Release Date: 1986 | Tracklist


Ladies and gentlemen, let me introduce you to the first album from the New York thrashers ¨Nuclear Assault¨. This album is called ¨Game Over¨, this album is cinsidered to be one of the bands most successful albums along with their second album ¨Survive¨, though I don't agree with that statement. The album contains quite healthy trash-metal, the pace is fast and frantic in some of the songs, there are some short filler songs and some slower songs as well. The vocals on this album must be one of metals most 'annoying' vocals I have heard, I really don't like to say that but that is what I feel about these vocals. The lyrics in this album are a bit political, sometimes a bit satanic and they also include lyrics about the nuclear areas such as nuclear war and stuff that comes along.

The crew in this album was then and still are John Connelly (vocals/guitars), Anthony Bramante (guitars), Danny Lilker (bass) and Glenn Evans (drums). Though Bramante has left the band but the other three members are still with us today and continue to deliver enjoyable thrash albums.

We take a closer look at the front man John Connelly, this man most have one of the oddest vocals in the thrash-metal genre, the vocals today are though very good compared to the this. John's singing voice is best described as yell, a bit sharp and quite strained I would say, sometimes you actually get a strange feeling in your throat when you listen to his vocals to be honest, I do though. But the good thing about Connelly's vocals is that he makes the unique atmosphere that surrounds the band. John is also a guitar player, I can't admit that he does a wonderful performance on this album though, the guitar sound sounds very flat and 'cheap'. The riffing and shredding in this album is yet quite heavy, energetic and fast. The rhythm sections are pretty steady but the lack of heaviness in the guitars makes the material a bit flat and boring. John Connelly's performance as a vocalist will be a 3.5/5 and his guitar playing should also get a 3.5/5.

We move on and take a look at Anthony Bramante, the guitarist that gave ¨Nuclear Assault's¨ thrashy sound because of his more metal directed guitar playing. Bramante does also a pretty decent work here, the only thing he does not do so good is the soloing. The guitar solos sounds like amateur stuff, some solos just have some squeaky high-pitched notes but most of the times the solos are very chaotic and disoriented to my ears. Well he handles a guitar way more better than I can but I know when I hear something good. Anthony Bramante gets an uncertain 4/5 though.

And here we have the bassist and ex-member of ¨Anthrax¨ Danny Lilker. Danny is one of the founding fathers to this band and he does a very good job on this album. His bass is loud and clear, he keeps up in the rhythm sections and he also makes a few moments alone in some songs, nothing special though, most of the times he does some bass intros to the filler songs and some filler sections here and there. But even Danny's bass sounds a bit flat and poor, the bass has a cranky sound, there is not much heaviness and it sounds a bit boring with time. But Danny does a good job as I said and I would give him a strong 4/5.

And now to the last member, Glen Evans is responsible for the drums. I guess he is the only memeber that makes the greatest effort in this album. There are songs with great fast classic thrash drumming, machine-gun in the filler songs and there are also slower drum patterns in the material. There is nothing high-tech with the drumming though, Glenn pounds on like most metal drummers and stays to the basics. Glenn's performance will get a 4.5/5 from me.

The songs in this album had a good variation, the songs didn't have the same song structure and that was more enjoying. Some of the fastest and catchiest songs would be ¨Cold Steel¨, ¨Radiation Sickness¨, ¨Betrayal¨ and ¨Nuclear War¨. The songs that were a bit slower would be ¨Brain Death¨ and ¨Sin¨ maybe. The most boring songs were the filler songs, some people would enjoy them but I hated them when I first heard them, the songs are named as ¨Hang The Rope¨, ¨My America¨ and ¨Mr. Softee Theme¨. There was some songs that grabbed my interest pretty quick and there were also songs that I wish I will never need to hear again. The opening track by the way is an instrumental song but it is nothing special though, it starts off slow and it just gets faster in its pace.

Done, hope this was enough and I hope it was to any help. I didn't enjoyed this album so much, I like the band but their earlier stuff was not that great as I have read about. The things that bugged me was the filler songs, the flat and kind of dull overall sound and some the vocals. I would recommend this to thrash-metal fans becuase I think this album would suit them more, I'm pretty sure that most people would reject this album pretty quick when they have started to listen to it. I think that this album was just as exciting as a new hamburger at McDonald's.

PROS
+ Unique vocals
+ Good bass frequence
+ Pretty good variation of the material

CONS
- The overall sound feels pretty flat and dull
- The solos are not any high-lights
- The vocals would and will annoy people

RECOMMENDED TRACKS
-- Brain Death
-- Nuclear War
-- Cold Steel
-- After The Holocaust

The overall album rating will be: 3/5



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Dethtrasher
July 24th 2006


2211 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Sorry for the wierd thingies at the track titles and band names. I have checked if they can be removed but it seems like they can't be, hope it doesn't mess up the review to much.

Neoteric
July 24th 2006


3243 Comments


This band are quite cool.

_Tyler
July 24th 2006


23 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Nuclear Assault are rad. I only have Survive Though.

ColdDungeon
December 5th 2008


15 Comments


"The album contains quite healthy trash-metal"
Sorry DethTrasher, but you can't even spell tHrash metal correctly.

gutturalmaster
January 8th 2010


170 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

A great thrash album, like most of Nuclear Assault's releases

mark7477
October 3rd 2010


411 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I like game over pretty well it may not be the most skill/well crafted thrash with likes of metallica or megadeth but it's pretty catchy stuff.It's obviously highly influenced from S.O.D and anthrax with songs like hang the pope,my america and theirs nice variation with 6 or 7 minute brain death which is one of their best songs on this record.

Wheelah
May 31st 2011


756 Comments


"Hang The Pope"

All I hear is "BUTTERBALL BUTTERBALL BUTTERBALL", nonstop. That's all I know this band for.

Hyperion1001
Emeritus
April 7th 2012


19975 Comments


i like survive better

MutnikSpusic
January 19th 2013


560 Comments


HANGTHEPOPEHANDÖPOPDANÖPA WADADADADAAA

demigod!
January 19th 2013


49220 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

might check but i dunno

thrash isnt really my thing these days

RobSchuldiner
February 20th 2013


157 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Great album \m/

Atari
Staff Reviewer
July 3rd 2013


22601 Comments


definitely not a 3 this is an excellent debut.

Digging: Susanne Sundfor - Music For People In Trouble

KILL
August 16th 2013


80846 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

my name is EVIL

KILL
August 16th 2013


80846 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

HANG THE POPE HANG THE POPE HANG HIM WITH A FUCKING ROPE

demigod!
October 11th 2013


49220 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

what a gay comment i made, this rules

BigPleb
October 11th 2013


51124 Comments


Yeah you should thrash more

Atari
Staff Reviewer
October 11th 2013


22601 Comments


lol sometimes i look at my old comments and just wonder what i was thinking too. Anyways, their first 3 albums all rule haven't really checked their other ones yet

demigod!
October 11th 2013


49220 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

workin on it!

Atari
Staff Reviewer
October 11th 2013


22601 Comments


Razor - Evil Invaders is a must same with Artillery - By Inheritance but there's too many to name

BigPleb
October 11th 2013


51124 Comments


Shotgun Justice too bro



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