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Dan Lilker

Dan Lilker
Dan Lilker in 2005
Background information
Born (1964-10-18) October 18, 1964
Genres Heavy metal, thrash metal, speed metal, crossover thrash, hardcore punk, grindcore, death metal, black metal
Occupation(s) Musician, songwriter
Instruments Bass, guitar, drums, piano, vocals
Years active 1981–2014
Associated acts Anthrax, S.O.D., Nuclear Assault, Brutal Truth, The Ravenous, Holy Moses, Nokturnal Hellstorm, Exit-13, Hemlock, United Forces

Dan Lilker (born October 18, 1964 in Bayside, New York) is a musician from the United States, most known as a bass player,[1] but also guitarist, pianist, drummer and vocalist. He is the bassist for the thrash metal band Nuclear Assault and was a founding member of Anthrax with Scott Ian,[1] (Lilker was then playing rhythm guitar) and recorded bass guitar and co-wrote on their first album, Fistful of Metal. He also founded crossover band Stormtroopers of Death with Scott Ian and Charlie Benante (from Anthrax), and Billy Milano (Anthrax roadie, M.O.D. singer).[1] He also plays bass with Brutal Truth,[1][2] Exit-13,[1] Malformed Earthborn,[3] The Ravenous, Overlord Exterminator, Venomous Concept, Crucifist, Nokturnal Hellstorm and Extra Hot Sauce.

Lilker played on Holy Moses' 1994's No Matter What's the Cause.[4] He is known for his fast, guitar-like riffing through heavy layers of distortion. Dan Lilker has been a columnist with Zero Tolerance Magazine since the publication's inception in 2005. In 2009, it was reported that Chicago journalist Dave Hofer was writing a biography of Lilker.[5]

Lilker is currently in United Forces, which features his Stormtroopers of Death bandmate Billy Milano as their singer.[6]

As of 2003 Danny Lilker had sold nearly 5 million records worldwide according to Nielsen SoundScan

On January 10, 2014, Lilker announced his plans to retire from being a full-time recording and touring musician.[7] He also announced that Brutal Truth would break up on his 50th birthday (October 18, 2014).[8]


  • Discography 1
    • Extra Hot Sauce 1.1
    • Nuclear Assault 1.2
    • Brutal Truth 1.3
    • Anthrax 1.4
    • Stormtroopers of Death 1.5
    • The Ravenous 1.6
    • Venomous Concept 1.7
  • References 2


Extra Hot Sauce

Date of release Title Label
1988 Taco of Death Peaceville Records

Nuclear Assault

Date of release Title Label US sales
1986 Brain Death (EP) Combat Records / Under One Flag 5,000
March 10, 1986 Game Over Combat Records / Under One Flag 90,000
1987 The Plague (EP) Combat Rec. / Under One Flag 80,000
1988 Fight To Be Free (EP) Relativity / Under One Flag 15,000
1988 Good Times, Bad Times (EP) Under One Flag 10,000
June 13, 1988 Survive Combat Rec. / Under One Flag 100,000
November 23, 1989 Handle With Care Relativity / Under One Flag 500,000
1989 Handle With Care European Tour '89 100,000
September 10, 1991 Out of Order Relativity / Under One Flag 40,000
1991 Radiation Sickness 50,000
May 19, 1992 Live at the Hammersmith Odeon Relativity Rec. / Roadrunner 150,000
July 1, 2003 Alive Again Screaming Ferret / Steamhammer 45,000
August 29, 2005 Third World Genocide Screaming Ferret Wreckords 50,000

Brutal Truth

Date of release Title Label US sales
October 6, 1992 Extreme Conditions Demand Extreme Responses Earache Records 40,000
October 25, 1994 Need to Control Earache Records 30,000
October 1, 1996 Kill Trend Suicide (EP) Relapse Records 20,000
September 23, 1997 Sounds of the Animal Kingdom Relapse Records 40,000
2000 For Drug Crazed Grindfreaks Only! Solardisk 5,000
April 20, 2009 Evolution Through Revolution Relapse Records 20,000
September 27, 2011 End Time Relapse Records


Date of release Title Label US sales
January 1984 Fistful of Metal Megaforce Records 150,000

Stormtroopers of Death

Date of release Title Label US sales
December 1985 Speak English Or Die Megaforce Records 100,000
1992 Live at Budokan Megaforce Records 100,000
May 18, 1999 Bigger Than The Devil Nuclear Blast Records 50,000
1999 Seasoning the Obese: 7" split with Yellow Machinegun Rotten Orange/Howling Bull 75,000
August 21, 2007 Rise of the Infidels Megaforce Records 20,000

The Ravenous

Date of release Title Label US sales
August 29, 2000 Assembled in Blasphemy Hammerheart 50,000
2002 Three on a Meathook (EP) Red Stream 10,000
February 24, 2004 Blood Delirium Red Stream 10,000

Venomous Concept

Date of release Title Label
2008 Poisoned Apple Century Media


  1. ^ a b c d e Strong, Martin C. (2002) The Great Metal Discography, MOJO Books, ISBN 1-84195-185-4, p. 30-31, 93–94, 394
  2. ^ Byrne, Michael (2009) "Q&A: Brutal Truth's Dan Lilker", Baltimore City Paper, July 28, 2009, retrieved 2010-01-29
  3. ^ Rivadavia, Eduardo "Malformed Earthborn Biography", Allmusic, retrieved 2010-01-29
  4. ^ "Metal Fanatix". Metal Fanatix. March 11, 2006. Retrieved 2011-07-16. 
  5. ^ "DAN LILKER Musical Biography In The Works",, January 3, 2009, retrieved 2010-01-29
  6. ^ "Former Stormtroopers of Death Members Launch United Forces". December 24, 2012. Retrieved 2012-12-26. 
  7. ^ "Brutal Truth/Ex-Anthrax Bassist Dan Lilker To 'Retire' From Being Full-Time Musician". January 10, 2014. Retrieved 2014-01-10. 
  8. ^ "Dan Lilker Retiring From Music This Year, Brutal Truth To Disband in October". January 10, 2014. Retrieved 2014-01-10. 
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