Bites is the first full-length studio album by Skinny Puppy, released as an LP under Nettwerk in 1985. In 1993 it was reissued on CD with additional material originally performed by Hell-O Death Day, a pseudonym used for the band while they toured as an opener for the electronic act Chris and Cosey.
The first CD release of Bites was on the compilation Bites and Remission in 1987. This release did not include all of the tracks featured on the earlier cassette release, which was significantly longer, and replaced the songs "Assimilate" and "The Choke" with remixed versions. A similar CD called Remission & Bites was released by Play It Again Sam in Europe during the same year. On the 1993 reissue, the song "One Day" is not listed anywhere in the artwork or credits.
The song "Blood on the Wall" contains a sample from The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)–"You see? They say it's just an old man talking. You laugh at an old man. There's them that laughs and knows better." It also contains samples from The Tenant.
The song "The Choke" contains samples from the 1976 film The Tenant–"If you cut off my head, what would I say? Me and my... Me and my head, or me and my body?".
The songs "Church", "Icebreaker", "Love" and "Basement" contain samples from the 1973 film The Legend of Hell House–"Get out before I kill you all!"