After several EPs, splits, full-lengths, numerous tours and a partnership with Phil Anselmo, Child Bite are starting to become a household name within the hardcore/metal communities. Each new recording from this band garners more and more positive accolades than the one before it, and for good reason. These Detroit psycho punks’ immediately arresting and recognizable sonic presence is wholly unique and delightfully strange, which gives them a creative edge over the competition. Their 2014 Strange Waste EP was probably their most celebrated release to date, as it showcased a refined and venomous sound that was the culmination of over 10 years of evolution. Building upon what made Strange Waste great, Child Bite deliver a new full-length album that pushes the envelope even further. Enter Negative Noise – a 47-minute psychopathic opus that puts everything that came before it to shame.
As with Strange Waste, Negative Noise purveys a drug-induced art-punk sound that amalgamates elements of noise rock, punk, sludge and a wealth of other styles into one grimy, mentally-unstable mixture. Guitars deliver bouncing, spiraling and angular riffs that sound like they were written by an old school garage band on a drug bender. Hyperactive punk rhythms collide head on with gritty bass lines and ugly, dissonant noise rock dirges throughout this blissfully deranged affair. At the heart of this madness is vocalist Shawn Knight, whose insanity-laced howls sound like a mix between Jello Biafra, David Yow and Neil Fallon. The album is essentially Child Bite being Child Bite, albeit more vicious and unyielding.
Nauseating stormers like “Death Before Dementia”, “Euphoria Saturation Point”, “Born a Hog”, et all, grab the listener by the throat and shake them until they are unconscious. These tracks feature endless barrages of surf rock-meets-noise rock-meets-methamphetamine guitar riffs that convulse and intertwine with one another. Dissonant chord shapes combine and swell into walls of polarizing noise, while thick bass lines and pummeling drumming issue a beating of their own. Other tracks like “Paralytic Phantasm” combine the band’s kooky rock stylings with clouds of sci-fi-inspired soundscapes, while cuts like “Vermin Mentality” attempt to carry themselves like a traditional punk/hardcore tune, but are soon derailed by the band’s pervasive eccentricity. Longer tracks like “Apex of Anxiety”, “Beyond the Dirt” and “Heretic Generation” attempt to combine all of the album’s many nuances into one, with elements of bludgeoning sludge metal thrown in for good measure. Unfortunately these longer cuts are downside to the record (“Beyond the Dirt” in particular) because they tend to meander and disrupt the flow of the album at times.
Overall, Negative Noise is yet another solid release from a solid band. Child Bite have definitely hit their stride with these last two release and will hopefully continue to grow and progress. Those looking for something new, heavy and odd will have to look no further. Those looking for the perfect soundtrack to a sci-fi slasher B-movie will also have to look no further.
Release Date: April 1, 2016
Label: Housecore Records
Favorite Tracks: “Paralytic Phantasm”, “Euphoria Saturation Point”, “Born a Hog” and “Feed Me Septic Dreams”
For Fans Of: Pissed Jeans, The Jesus Lizard and Mr. Bungle