French Assault

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One of countless mid-'80s EPs released by opportunistic (some would say desperate) Neat Records to make up for Venom's fast dwindling recorded output, French Assault collected six of the thrash metal pioneer's best-known cuts. Leading off with the classic "Nightmare" (at the time, a surprising and purposeful step towards commercial accessibility), the disc also boasts a powerful live rendition of "Countess Bathory," as well as some priceless rarities, like "Powerdrive" and "Burstin' Out."