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An eccentric enterprise composed of members of Khanate (vocalist Alan Dubin), Burning Witch (drummer Jamie Sykes), Enos Slaughter (guitarist/bassist/pianist Carter Thornton), and Ike Yard (sonic manipulator Jun Mizumachi), plus Emmy Award-winning sound designer Brian Beatrice, Gnaw were formed in 2006 and spent the better part of a year collaborating spontaneously to "see/hear what would develop." What that was -- 2009's This Face album, released through Conspiracy Records -- may never be successfully categorized, given its wholly unpredictable and anarchic noise rock collage of industrial music, extreme metal, dissonant effects, and field recordings, among other things.
Gnaw is a New York City noise band created by Alan Dubin after the dissolution of Khanate. Originally comprised of Dubin, Carter Thornton (of Enos Slaughter and others), Jun Mizumachi (a former live member of Ike Yard) and drummer Jamie Sykes (of Burning Witch), Brian Beatrice and drummer Eric Neuser later joined the group. In addition to the traditional 4 piece rock format and string and wind instruments, Gnaw utilizes found sound and manipulated recordings. In issue 302, The Wire magazine called Gnaw "a terrifying rock sextet whose blackened vision has enough dark energy to blot out the sun". The publication described Gnaw's debut album, This Face, to be "unsettling but vital listening". The album was named number 17 of the year by Rock-A-Rolla magazine.
In 2013, Gnaw signed with Seventh Rule Recordings who released their sophomore album, Horrible Chamber.