Detroit punk/metal/noise rock misfits, CHILD BITE, have been holed up in their den of iniquity penning new tunes for their as-yet-untitled new full-length, to be recorded by Philip H. Anselmo at his famed Nodferatu’s Lair. The record serves as the follow-up to last year’s Strange Waste EP, released via Housecore Records.
Comments CHILD BITE in a collective statement, “Us BITE boys have been holed up all winter, writing tons of stuff for the next record. We’ve been talking to Phil about recording with him for quite a while; we really just did Strange Waste last year as a way to keep busy while waiting for his busy schedule to clear up. We write in waves, with most songs requiring either four or five distinct passes before they are complete. Most of the songs are entering the third and fourth passes, with lyrics just getting started on. We sent Phil a bunch of really rough demos last week to share our progress and his response was; ‘insanely great ideas!’ Juice levels are reaching new heights in the CB camp.”
In related CHILD BITE intel, the band will appear on an upcoming, limited edition Celtic Frost tribute record. Set for release via Corpse Flower Records this Spring as a supplement to the Morbid Tales! An Illustrated Tribute To Celtic Frost, a mega 155-page comic with illustrations and illustrated anecdotes from a varied bunch of metal musicians/authors, edited by renowned illustrator Mark Rudolph, CHILD BITE opens the collection with their rendition of “The Usurper” with Anselmo on lead vocals. “If you saw us at our release show or on tour last Fall,” the band notes, “you may have heard us play it with [vocalist] Shawn [Knight] doing his best Anselmo-meets-Tom G impression.” The comp will also include Acid Witch, Municipal Waste, members of Neurosis and Repulsion and more!
CHILD BITE’s Strange Waste EP dropped via Housecore Records last Fall and continues to shock and awe ears of the willing with its deliciously bastardized hybrid of the Melvins, Dead Kennedys, Big Black and Faith No More. Ugly, anxious and perilously habit-forming, American Aftermath dubs the record, “The soundtrack to the greatest psychotic slasher film that never was,” commending CHILD BITE’s, “mangled mash-up of noise rock and punk that comes across as something deranged yet catchy.” Detroit Free Press agrees, “CHILD BITE’s music smashes into you, as fast as a freight train and just as heavy. The guitars are a blistering blur of nimble and gnarly tones, with the rhythm section’s raucous grooves propelling a raspy, yowling vocalist’s emphatically motor-mouthed lyrics,” while Stereokiller enthuses, “CHILD BITE smartly synthesizes its influences in a way so that they can not only define themselves musically.” Bearded Gentlemen Music gushes, “Strange Waste encompasses all the things I love about noise rock, but it isn’t so discordant/abrasive that it wouldn’t appeal to other audiences…The riffs on the record are catchier than the clap, and the rhythm section is a constant pummeling. Paired with energetic live shows, constant touring, and Knight’s deranged artwork and prints, CHILD BITE has become a self-made monster that’s leaving a viscous snail trail all over the country and starting to gain quite the fan base. From playing facial hair contests in the bowels of Alaska, to setting up Detroit’s epic Berserker Fest, these guys are some of the hardest working people in the biz,” while The Examiner adds, “All nine tracks are marked by strong, frantic riffage, dirty chords, two-ton low-end, and tight, busy drumming, along with Shawn Knight’s peculiar and mighty vocals. Knight’s voice is what I image one would get by throwing the vocals of Mike Patton, Jello Biafra, Joe McTighe, David Yow and Dave Brockie into a furnace to mix together and pour out as a flowing molten blend. Strange Waste is one of those rare albums that is ridiculously good from start to finish.”
Check out Strange Waste, still streaming in full at Revolver Magazine RIGHT HERE. And don’t forget to peep the band’s video for “Ancestral Ooze.” Written and directed by ex-Dillinger Escape Plan guitarist Jeff Tuttle and featuring the Melvins’ Buzz Osborne, the clip is a tribute to the 1987 underground horror flick Street Trash and is still playing at Decibel at THIS LOCATION.
Strange Waste is available on CD, double vinyl seven-inch and digitally via Housecore Records at THIS LOCATION.