It sounds like Nuclear Assault, the New York thrash OGs who pioneered the genre's East Coast sound in the early Eighties, are getting ready to retire. In a recent interview with Decibel, bassist Dan Lilker hinted that the band's fast-approaching appearance at Decibel's Metal and Beer Festival might very well be their last U.S. show ever.
"We're going to be pretty much wrapping it up," Lilker said of the band's lifespan in relation to the June 2022 fest. "Nobody is getting any younger. People have commitments and families and stuff like that. I've been to a couple of the Metal & Beer Fests and I was usually pouring or just hanging out and drinking or something. So, I think it's truly cool to be able to do this and I'm not kissing your ass here, at a nice, prestigious American metal festival. Also, I like beer.
"In all seriousness, it will be cool playing one of these. Like I said, I've been to a couple and when I go backstage and bullshit with people, I feel like, 'Shouldn't I be doing something?' I think it should be a lot of fun and that might be our last U.S. show, actually."
If this is actually true, then the band are going out with a bang by playing their entire 1986 masterpiece, Game Over, at the festival, which goes down June 10th and 11th at the Filmore in Philadelphia. See Lilker's full interview below and revisit our 2020 Q&A with him about the making of Game Over.