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NUCLEAR ASSAULT – CRITICAL MASS – METAL REWIND

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Happy Friday Metalheads! Today we go back to 1989 for a track by the band Nuclear Assault off their third album called “Handle With Care” for the track “Critical Mass.”

Formed in 1984 after bassist Dan Lilker was fired from Anthrax, Nuclear Assault released two demos that helped them secure a multi-album deal with Combat Records and a tour across the United States. Their first two albums on Combat Records were starting to create a buzz, however “Handle With Care” and the video “Critical Mass” became a staple on MTV, most notably on Headbangers Ball. 

One of the best parts of this video is the appearance of the secretary who brought down Televangelist Jim Bakker (husband of Tammy Faye Bakker) and sometime metal video guest star Jessica Hahn who tries her best to show she’s a Nuclear Assault fan! Check out the video below and don’t forget to follow the bouncing yellow circle!

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ANTHRAX – ARMED AND DANGEROUS

It’s Wednesday and today we go back to 1985 to the first EP by Anthrax called Armed and Dangerous and the first to feature singer Joey Belladonna.

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L to R: Frank Bello, Scott Ian, Charlie Benante, Joey Belladonna and Dan Spitz

Pictures courtesy of Wikipedia and Geeks of Doom

The last two songs on the  EP, “Soldiers of Metal” and “Howling Furies” were recorded with the previous lineup of  Anthrax which included: Neil Turbin – vocals, Scott Ian and Dan Spitz – guitars, Greg D’Angelo – drums and Dan Lilker – bass.  Charlie Benate who joined Anthrax in 1983 re-recorded many of the drum tracks for the EP, while Dan Lilker went on to join Nuclear Assault and was replaced by Charlie’s nephew, Frank Bello.

The song “Armed and Dangerous”  which also appears on Spreading The Disease is similar to the EP version, however it was remixed to include a fade-in intro leading into the acoustic guitar melody. The song “Raise Hell” was an original recording for the EP, and the band did a cover version of the Sex Pistols song “God Save the Queen.” Definitely a classic!