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By now plenty of heavy music aficionados should have encountered the Black Rheno in the wild.
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Fewer will recognise Child Bite, a three piece punk band from Detroit who have worked and recorded with Phil Anselmo, and David Yow from Jesus Lizard. Both bands have teamed up to create this four-way explosion of pure energy and intensity that stops just short of ripping heads off.
Anyone familiar with Jesus Lizard would probably already know what to expect from Child Bite as they unleash short bursts of raging hardcore propelled by buzzing guitar and Shawn Knight’s frantic, unsung vocals. The tuneless intoning of Jello Biafra comes to mind briefly as angular guitar noises explode in all directions and Born A Hog’s metallic riffs slash the air.
If it’s pure intensity and musical insanity you’re looking for, this split release is the right place to find it.
Black Rheno’s two tracks are thunderous and unrelenting, bludgeoning slabs of unrelenting sludge and blistering speed, Milla’s voice roaring above the chaos. Flea Ridden starts off with a punkish feel before tearing off into breakneck speed, and Empire is one of the most intense and compact songs they’ve done. If it’s pure intensity and musical insanity you’re looking for, this split release is the right place to find it.
STANDOUT TRACKS: All of them
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