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NUCLEAR ASSAULT
NUCLEAR ASSAULT
Atomic Waste! Demos & Rehearsals
(High Roller Records)
71:38min

A few years ago, some shitty bootleg featuring NUCLEAR ASSAULT's old rehearsal recordings was released on vinyl. Here is an official answer to that thing! What you get here is the band’s “Live, Suffer, Die” and “Back With A Vengeance” demos from 1985, as well as rare instrumental rehearsal recordings made in the 80s. It starts in a very promising way with the “Live, Suffer, Die” demo, which is very well produced and creates a rather promising impression. Things go downhill when “Back With A Vengeance” starts, mainly due to the (lack of) sound quality. This demo sounds really raw, but lacks some punch. The signs of things to come are already there and the confidence and ambition of this band are already present in this recording, but the contrast between this demo and “Live, Suffer, Die” is almost as vivid as that between “Darkness Descends” and the DARK FUCKING ANGEL demos. The rehearsal tracks appear only on the CD version and they must be published for the ultimate NUCLEAR ASSAULT completists. Especially for those who are into karaoke! Seriously – although it might be cool to have a couple of classic tracks available in this über-raw form, 10 tracks feel like a desperate attempt to use as much filler material as possible, just for the sake of it. Metal has numerous lo-fi classics that are considered more important and influential than many studio-made albums, but this is not the case here. There are 3 tracks that remained unpublished prior to this release among these instrumental recordings and they probably could become very good songs, but those who question the quality of NUCLEAR ASSAULT’s music during that period probably wouldn't bother to read this far anyway, so there’s nothing surprising about it either. It would be fair to say that this release is worth even just because of “Live, Suffer, Die”, but considering the fact that there is nothing wrong about the album versions of these tracks - this “blast from the past” compilation is not really a “must have” release for anyone but the most obsessed fans of this band. www.facebook.com/nuclearassaultofficial, www.hrrecords.de

Sergei Pismeny

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