“Is this real life?”
Blow Off The Omens, the long-awaited fifth full-length from Detroit punk/metal mutants CHILD BITE, begins with this question aimed at those who pursue happiness in the infinite bowels of the black mirror (Spoiler Alert; it’s all fake and we’re all fucked).
Recorded by legendary engineer Steve Albini (Nirvana, Neurosis, The Jesus Lizard) and mixed by Grammy award-winning engineer Collin Dupuis (Tomahawk, Dr. John, Lana Del Rey), Blow Off The Omens serves as a leaner, meaner follow-up to CHILD BITE‘s Negative Noise offering which ranked among Decibel Magazine Top 40 Albums Of 2016.
From the head bob-inducing, noise rock groove of “Vexed Life” to the Jello-Biafra-with-NoMeansNo-esque freight train that is “They All Look Away,” Blow Off The Omens covers a lot of ground within its half-hour running time. Riffs indebted to both Piggy and Pig Champion root their way throughout the album like alt-metal/hardcore hogs on the hunt.
Speaking of Voivod, the spotlight turns to special guest Dan “Chewy” Mongrain’s reality-bending guitar solo during the title track; a song that serves as both the apex of the album as well as CHILD BITE‘s warped, bastardized take on arena rock. Attempts at normality only accentuate their weirdness.
As the record comes to a close, this mantra is offered to all members of modern society; “We are the ones that accept early death.” History repeats itself, convenience is king, resistance is futile… so smoke ’em if ya got ’em.
CHILD BITE‘s Blow Off The Omens will be released November 22nd on CD, digital, and limited-edition vinyl formats via Housecore Records. For physical preorders, visit the Housecore store at THIS LOCATION. For digital orders, go the CHILD BITE Bandcamp page at THIS LOCATION.
Stream first single, “Vexed Life,” below.
Blow Off The Omens Track Listing:
1. Mock Ecstasy
2. The Stimulus Gorge
3. Vexed Life
4. They All Look Away
5. Become An Animal
6. The Wrong Ones Breed
7. Persistence Award
8. Disposable Hysteria
9. Blow Off The Omens
In advance of the release of Blow Off The Omens, CHILD BITE will take to the streets next month on a short eastern US tour with Black Tusk. The journey begins November 7th in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and will run through November 17th in Atlanta, Georgia with additional live incursions to be announced in the weeks to come. See all confirmed dates below.
CHILD BITE w/ Black Tusk:
11/07/2019 Funhouse – Pittsburgh, PA **
11/08/2019 Wonderland – Richmond, VA **
11/09/2019 Maywood – Raleigh, NC
11/10/2019 Metro Gallery – Baltimore, MD
11/11/2019 John And Peter’s – New Hope, PA
11/12/2019 Middle East – Cambridge, MA
11/13/2019 The Stone Church – Brattleboro, VT
11/14/2019 Saint Vitus – Brooklyn, NY
11/15/2019 Golden Pony – Harrisonburg, VA
11/16/2019 Reggies 42nd Street – Wilmington, NC
11/17/2019 529 – Atlanta, GA**
** CHILD BITE only