Tyler Gadbaw (vocals) and Alyx Ward (guitar/vocals) have been playing different styles of music together for years. Their tastes turned to the scene of mathcore and experimental metal in 2007, and the next year they released a pair of self-produced EPs ("Anatomy of an Armadillo" and "Another Obsolete Truth") under the moniker Snatch Murphy.
In order to play the songs live, they needed to fill out their ranks. Drummer Kyle Johnson and bassist Evan Davenport entered the picture in early 2010, and in May of that year, renamed Black Market Assassin at the suggestion of a fan, the band played their first show.
In order to accommodate the rapid-fire screaming that is a signature of BMA's sound, the band auditioned and recruited singer Richard Holland live during their set in the summer of 2010.
Playing shows relentlessly for about eight months straight, BMA announced a brief hiatus spring 2011 for the band to record an album. Emerging late August, the band announced the release date of their debut EP, 'Whores and Hashish,' would be October 29th at Freaker's Ball, with another EP release soon to follow.
However, during the recording process, the band was forced to part ways with Davenport due to creative differences. The band immediately recruited Logan Taylor as their new bassist, and filled out the guitar section with another stringsman, Casey Hickem Harant. After a short break to instruct their new members and hone their new sound, the band entered the scene again in early March 2012.