About No Class Assassins
The opening track, “Blacked Out,” is straight out of the Obituary playbook. The groove, molten guitars and concise drumming is here in its brutal glory. Vocalist Jay Crimson finds his inner Chuck Schuldiner when screeching and the track sounds like it could fit on any 1991 death metal compilation. The stomping “Third Time is Not a Charm” opens with a rolling guitar riff and drum beat before halting in to several simple, but effective breakdowns. Bassist Chris Stotler stands out on this track with several bass solos that recall mid-90s Death.
The next track “John Doe” is continues the brutal onslaught with guitarist Dave Kelsey pulling out riffs from hell on this song. The song is a slow paced monster that trudges along with no signs of slowing down. No Class Assassins wears its influences and better yet knows how to play them.
While some metal fans prefer the modern death metal/hardcore sound, No Class Assassins shows why the old school is fundamental. The band does modify things with several breakdowns which will tide newer metal fans over. Still, the No Class E.P. is a tribute to the vintage underground. This record will make you blow the dust off of your Carcass and Death records, put on a Cannibal Corpse shirt and thrash out over the weekend.
Review by Jerel Johnson