No Coffin have never left a pocket of silence in their doom thrash. It is a genre that many don’t touch, for execution has to be near perfect. Maybe this is one band that was just fated and slated to blow minds. This is their live album, DCxPC Live Vol. 15 No Coffin Live at Lou’s. Get ready for a neck wreck.
No Coffin/God Killer opens the track, with a lot of feedback. From the crowd, and the guitars. As the drums thunder in, ominous vocals giving some of the best gutturals that can be heard, live. The evil riff is a Kerry King badge winner, with some blistering pace immediately hit. With the instruments, you can hear the excitement in the gig, with the ultra tight recording that has been done. Reverse Prayer follows, doubling down on the energy that was being dissipated. It has more of a doom tone, even getting in some Tony Iommi sludge tones and melodies. As you can hear it bounce off the walls, the niche explodes. With blast beats and a roaring bridge, you’re initiated into where the adults mosh. No Coffin are ridiculously tight for a live performance that demands so much energy.
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.45 continues the descend into doom. The riff is one of the best I’ve heard in thrash in a long time. If I was in that crowd, you could imagine losing a few teeth. It brings the best of old school thrash, Slayer, Candlemass and the likes. Bringing an energy that seems like an exploding lithium factory, it breaks down to something even more addictive. My neck could never survive this. Fire Is the Cleanser Into All Life Must End brings some more ravenous riff power. At this point, we’re operating on rage and suffering-the prime fuel for doom thrash. A 3-piece band is putting even the big league guys to shame. They are more organised and tight here than many seasoned bands on their records.
Next comes a cover of Portishead’s Over. Performed with class and an ode to one of their favourites, it is an explosive performance with a raw, real energy that they tap into like animals. The catchy riff rings out in the back, the vocals in the spotlight for the energy harnessed for something like this. A well-rounded, soulful cover, from tones to the inspiration drawn. Money Brings Tragedy closes out a bombastic set with class and style. One of their best performances, and you never see the zeal dip down. The riff is menacing, drawing blood with the kind of groove they’ve chosen.
I’d have loved to have seen these songs feature in a show like Cobra Kai, tipping their hats to metal and rock. A live album like this would be best for a biography movie of the same. No Coffin want to bring thrash back to the place of power it held. This album sure as hell made it till there.