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Published by admin on 25 Feb 2015

IDES OF GEMINI, BLACK MARE, LYCIA, BOSS KONG Record Store Day releases available for digital pre-order via Bandcamp

mbl188-webmbl184webmbl073On Record Store Day 2015 (04.18.15), we’ll be issuing three 7″s in stores:

IDES OF GEMINI Carthage b/w Strange Fruit
BOSS KONG The Humans Soundtrack Volume II

We realize that some of our more progressive/ecological listeners have abandoned physical formats in recent times and get their content almost exclusively via Bandcamp. If that applies to you, you can pre-order each album now for only $2.00 apiece at the following links and you’ll receive the songs on 04.14.15, a full 5 days before the 7″s are in (crowded) stores! Here’s the links:

• IDES OF GEMINI Carthage b/w Strange Fruit on Bandcamp
• BLACK MARE & LYCIA Split on Bandcamp
• BOSS KONG The Humans Soundtrack Volume II on Bandcamp

Published by admin on 20 Feb 2015

SWEET COBRA: Chicago Outfit Signs With Magic Bullet Records For Anxiously Awaited Earth LP This Spring Featuring Matt Talbot Of Hum And Kurt Ballou Of Converge

Magic Bullet Records is ecstatic to announce the signing of Chicago-based SWEET COBRAfor the release of their anxiously awaited new studio album, Earth, late this Spring. The band’s triumphant new LP was recorded and produced by Matt Talbot of Hum and Kurt Ballou of Converge, and also features guest musical contributions from each artist. Earth is their first full-length recording since their lauded 2010-released Mercy.

Recording was completed in late 2013 with Matt Talbot (Hum) and Kurt Ballou (Converge) at Talbot’s Earth Analog Studios near Champaign, Illinois, mixed by Ballou at his Godcity Studio in Salem, Massachusetts, and with final mastering by Carl Saff. Earth shows the band hungrier than ever, with the trusted and infectious ferocity fans will expect as well as a slick, more accessible approach.

Issued Magic Bullet Records owner Brent Eyestone on getting hooked by the material on Earth, even before its final mastering, “Holy hell… it’s completely badass! Kind of a new sound for the band; catchier, and I can see the appeal of the sound being much broader than their previous output. I get similar feelings from the best Queens of the Stone Age, Quicksand, and Young Widows records… super catchy slabs of heaviness.”

The members of SWEET COBRA collectively offered a humble statement on the signing with Magic Bullet and the upcoming release of Earth: “We are honored to be working with Magic Bullet and have always felt a kinship to the label and artists they release. Earth is a deeply personal album for us, and it was a liberating experience to explore new sounds and dynamics in these songs with Matt and Kurt at the helm capturing it.”

Earth will see release late this Spring on multiple formats; stand by in the coming weeks for an official street date, additional insight and audio samples from the LP. Also watch for SWEET COBRA tour dates throughout the year, including an already sold-out show with Hum in Grand Rapids on April 25th.

3/27/2015 Drunken Donut – Joliet, IL
3/28/2015 Melody Inn – Indianapolis, IN w/ Kvlthammer
4/04/2015 The Burlington – Chicago, IL w/ Auxes
4/25/2015 Pyramid Scheme – Grand Rapids, MI w/ Hum, Cloakroom (SOLD OUT)

The dedication of its members and the band’s storied lineage has helped make SWEET COBRA a household name to fans of bold rock and post-hardcore internationally, and a staple within the bustling music scene of their hometown of Chicago. Founded in 2003 by former members of a wide array of notable underground acts and boasting the fury and angular qualities of their hardcore/noise-rock/metal roots with a more straightforward rock rhythm and delivery, the band came into existence and toured alongside the likes of Pelican, Russian Circles, Coliseum, Black Cobra, Doomriders, The Life And Times, Young Widows and many more. SWEET COBRA toured regularly throughout the first decade of the 2000s, and released a crushing load of recorded material, including three LPs — 2004’s Praise through Seventh Rule Recordings, 2007’s Forever through Hawthorne Street Records, and 2010’s Mercy on Blackmarket Activities — as well as split releases with Doomriders, Get Rad, and Young Widows among other releases.

In fall 2009, with Mercy just completed, second guitarist Mat Arluck lost his ongoing fight with cancer. Arluck’s death left a deep scar on the entire Chicago music scene (and beyond). SWEET COBRA committed to soldier on as a three-piece, as they began, resulting in a transformation of the band in the following years. The members have pushed forward — playing shows, constructing new material, and exploring new sounds. These efforts have culminated in the upcoming release of Earth.

Jason Gagovski - drums and cymbals
Robert Arthur Lanham Jr. - guitar
Botchy Vasquez (aka Tim Remis) - vocals and bass

Published by admin on 11 Feb 2015

IDES OF GEMINI Announces US Live Rituals With Mountain Goats


West Coast atmospheric sound conjurors, IDES OF GEMINI, will bring their sonic rituals to the stage this Spring supporting indie folk rock trio, Mountain Goats. Slated to commence on April 2nd, 2015 in Nashville, Tennessee, the journey will coil its way through seventeen cities coming to a close April 23rd, 2015 in Millvale, Pennsylvania.

“We are beyond thrilled to be going on tour with Mountain Goats this Spring,” IDES OF GEMINI guitarist J. Bennett says. “And we’re honored that John Darnielle and his bandmates chose to bring us along for the ride. I can’t think of another bill that’s quite like this one, so I’ve gotta give them huge props for taking a chance on us and doing something different.”

IDES OF GEMINI w/ Mountain Goats: 
4/02/2015 Mercy Lounge – Nashville, TN
4/03/2015 Grey Eagle – Asheville, NC
4/04/2015 The Jinx – Savannah, GA
4/07/2015 Cat’s Cradle – Carrboro, NC
4/08/2015 9:30 Club – Washington, DC
4/09/2015 Webster Hall – New York, NY
4/11/2015 City Winery – New York, NY
4/12/2015 City Winery – New York, NY
4/13/2015 Union Transfer – Philadelphia, PA
4/14/2015 House of Blues – Boston, MA
4/16/2015 Bogart’s – Cincinnati, OH
4/17/2015 Majestic Theatre – Detroit, MI
4/18/2015 Vic Theatre – Chicago, IL
4/19/2015 Cedar Cultural Center – Minneapolis, MN
4/21/2015 Headliners – Louisville, KY
4/22/2015 Wexner Center – Columbus, OH
4/23/2015 Mr. Smalls Theatre – Millvale, PA

IDES OF GEMINI features Bennett, drummer Kelly Johnston-Gibson and the haunting vocal prowess of singer/bassist Sera Timms, also of West Coast dark-psych conjurors Black Mare. The trio will be touring in support of their critically championed Old World New Wave full-length released in September via Neurot Recordings. Captured at Valley Recording in Burbank, California, engineered and mixed by Chris Rakestraw (Danzig) and mastered by Grammy award winning producer Matt Hyde (Slayer), Old World New Wave offers up nine tracks of dark, mesmerizing soundscrapes. Bearded Gentlemen Music crowns the record “…an enjoyable dream-doom filled sonic journey from start to finish,” while Noisey notes, “…there’s enough droney doom on [Old World New Wave] to make you feel like you’re stuck in David Lynch’s dreams.” Invisible Oranges gushes, “IDES OF GEMINI has a knack for atmosphere, for creating a world of sound and inviting the listener in. Their music has the feel of a classic horror film: all psychology, no fake blood or cheap startles. If there’s a goth revival afoot in metal culture — and, given last year’s releases by In Solitude, Beastmilk and others, there’s certainly an argument to be made for that — then IDES OF GEMINI is among its most evocative front-runners.” Adds Decibel, “A stark blend of black metal-derived guitar riffs, rigid, martial beats, and the haunting, gothic vocal harmonies of bassist Sera Timms and drummer Kelly Johnston-Gibson, this album washes over the listener, feeling simultaneously comforting and unsettling. Better yet, there are moment that see the band exploring more hook-oriented material… which makes you wonder just how much the band’s 2013 tour with Ghost B.C. had an effect on them.”

Published by admin on 08 Feb 2015

THIS WILL DESTROY YOU’s music sees more box office records shattered with “American Sniper”

10922881_419353341554665_3893421470925787726_nTHIS WILL DESTROY YOU continues to rack up shattered box office records from film trailers driven by their music. The most recent instance is “The Mighty Rio Grande” in the official “American Sniper” theatrical trailer and TV spots.

Directed by Clint Eastwood and starring Bradley Cooper and Sienna Miller, “American Sniper” more than doubled the previous record for 4-day take on the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend, broke all Super Bowl weekend records, had the largest January wide release opening of all time, and eclipsed all Christmas box office records for limited release.

The film is currently on pace to challenge “The Passion of Christ” as the top-grossing R-rated film of all time.

To read more on the box office phenomenon of “American Sniper,” please check out these articles and sites:

The Guardian
Box Office Mojo

Published by admin on 08 Feb 2015

ZEX “Fight For Yourself” reviewed at Pitchfork

Pitchfork recently reviewed ZEX‘s Fight For Yourself. It’s awesome seeing the band’s music making such a splash out there! Check out the review here. Thanks.

Published by admin on 05 Feb 2015

ZEX: Ontario Punks Embark On Wanderlust Tour 2015 Through Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Australia and New Zealand This Week

The members of Ottawa, Ontario-based ZEX are currently on their way around the globe, set to begin their Wanderlust Tour 2015 this Saturday in Penang, Malaysia. The month-long trek sees the ambitious quartet taking their their slick, infectious, punk rock and energetic live show to nineteen venues throughout Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Australia and New Zealand from February 7th through March 2nd.

ZEX will tour throughout North America heavily this Spring, with the tentative routing for their US Invasion 2015, which is set to consume May and the first half of June, released via their Facebook page HERE, as final venue info will be announced in the coming weeks.

Channeling traditional heavy metal leads into their classic early punk rock approach, ZEX’s Fight For Yourself drops ten insatiably infectious and fully unruly anthems, the album recorded at Meatlocker Studio with Paul Yogi Granger in Ottawa and mastered by Brad Boatright at Audiosiege in Portland. With a solid fanbase and buzz already going for them due to heavy widespread touring and a diehard worth ethic, the band independently released Fight For Yourself in Canada, which caught the attention of Magic Bullet Records, who this week officially re-releases Fight For Yourself with proper distribution to the international masses on CD and all digital platforms. The new LP version is in production and will be released shortly.

ZEX’s newest video for “Wanderlust” was recently premiered via Decibel Magazine at THIS LOCATION. The two previously-released videos from the LP are also playing, “Fight For Yourself” HERE and “Savage City” HERE, while the LP is playing in its entirety HERE.

ZEX Wanderlust Tour 2015:
2/07/2015 Soundmaker – Penang MY
2/08/2015 Rumah Api – Kuala Lumpur MY
2/10/2015 The Wall – Batu Pahat MY
2/11/2015 Pink Noize – Singapore SG
2/13/2015 DIY show – Sidoarjo ID
2/14/2015 DIY show – Gresik ID
2/15/2015 DIY show – Kediri ID
2/16/2015 DIY show – Solo ID
2/17/2015 DIY show – Klaten ID
2/19/2015 DIY show – Bandung ID
2/20/2015 DIY show – Jakarta ID
2/22/2015 Bearded Lady – Brisbane AU
2/24/2015 Black Wire Records – Sydney AU
2/25/2015 Croatian Club – Newcastle AU
2/26/2015 Old Bar – Melbourne AU
2/27/2015 The World’s End – Adelaide AU
2/28/2015 Black Goat – Melbourne AU
3/01/2015 Whammy Bar – Auckland NZ
3/02/2015 Valhalla – Wellington NZ

Published by admin on 05 Feb 2015

ZEX: Ottawa Punks Deliver Official Video For “Wanderlust” Via Decibel Magazine

Ottawa punk quartet, ZEX, has just added another official video to their growing collection of visual accompaniments to their debut LP, Fight For Yourself, releasing a new clip for the track “Wanderlust” through Decibel Magazine’s online persona, The Deciblog.

Channeling traditional heavy metal crunch and leads into their classic punk rock approach, ZEX’s Fight For Yourself drops ten insatiably infectious and fully unruly anthems, the album recorded at Meatlocker Studio with Paul Yogi Granger in Ottawa and mastered by Brad Boatright at Audiosiege in Portland. With a solid fanbase and international buzz on the band already going for them, due to heavy widespread touring and a diehard worth ethic, the band independently released Fight For Yourself in Canada, and now Magic Bullet Records will deliver the album to the rest world, officially issuing the release on CD and digital globally on February 3rd with an LP to follow shortly after.

Directed by bassist Gab Sex, the “Wanderlust” video takes fans on the road with ZEX, with live footage, mishaps and general bedlam with friends and fans abroad, culled from their August 2014 US tour.


Check out “Wanderlust” now playing at Decibel at THIS LOCATION.


Also view the videos for “Fight For Yourself” HERE and “Savage City” HERE, and stream Fight For Yourself in its entirety HERE.

Having just completed a live run through Canada, in less than a month ZEX will head overseas for their Wanderlust Tour 2015, running through Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Australia and New Zealand from February 7th through March 2nd. Additionally, ZEX will tour through North America again this Spring, with dates for their US Invasion 2015 May/June tour and more to be announced in the coming weeks.

ZEX Wanderlust Tour 2015:
2/07/2015 Penang, Malaysia
2/08/2015 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
2/10/2015 Batu Pahat, Malaysia
2/11/2015 Singapore, Singapore
2/13/2015 Sidoarjo, Indonesia
2/14/2015 Gresik, Indonesia
2/15/2015 Kediri, Indonesia
2/16/2015 Solo, Indonesia
2/17/2015 Klaten, Indonesia
2/19/2015 Bandung, Indonesia
2/20/2015 Jakarta, Indonesia
2/22/2015 Brisbane, Australia
2/24/2015 Sydney, Australia
2/25/2015 Canberra, Australia
2/26/2015 Melbourne, Australia
2/27/2015 Adelaide, Australia
2/28/2015 Melbourne, Australia
3/01/2015 Auckland, New Zealand
3/02/2015 Wellington, New Zealand

ZEX delivers energetic and riotous tunes, where streetfight-ready songs with a darker edge are surrounded by catchy, upbeat anthems, producing a humble, raw and inspiring culmination of straight-up melodic punk rock. Influences including Gary Glitter, The Sweet, Sweeny Todd, Suzi Quatro, Slade, Shakin’ Street, Brats and the like, elements of founders Blondie, The Ramones, X-Ray Specs, Vice Squad, The Partisans and others can be heard in ZEX’s sound, with a tightly-knit musical backdrop courtesy of drummer Tasha G (ex- Gone Drinkin’, Get Wrecked, Slumlord) and bassist Gab Sex (ex- Revenge Of The Mormons), and wailing leads and solos from guitarist Jo Capitalcide (ex- Iron Dogs, Germ Attak), all fueling the vocals of Gretchen Steel, her clean approach wavering between the erogenous style of Debbie Harry and the more raw approach of Joan Jett or Pat Benatar.

Published by admin on 19 Nov 2014

THIS WILL DESTROY YOU’s “Villa del Refugio” currently featured in Bennett Miller’s “Foxcatcher,” in theaters now

Foxcatcher the latest film from director Bennett Miller (Capote, Moneyball) is in theaters now.

The song features THIS WILL DESTROY YOU‘s “Villa del Refugio” in the film and on the soundtrack. Foxcatcher marks the second time we’ve worked with Bennett on one of his films and we continue to be honored by his inclusion and enthusiasm toward the band.

Published by admin on 06 Nov 2014

ANCIENT VVISDOM “The Devil’s Work” music video (and more) premiere at NOISEY

logo_black_typeOur friends at VICE and NOISEY have been so kind as to put together a really cool meeting of the minds for the world premiere of ANCIENT VVISDOM‘S “The Devil’s Work” music video from the newly released Sacrificial album.

In addition to the video itself, AVV‘s Nathan Opposition sits down with Eric Freeman, head of the Church of Satan, to discuss their beliefs and how the define “satanism” within the context of their own lives. it’s an interesting conversation, to say the least.

The article and all accompanying videos can be viewed here. Enjoy.

Published by admin on 06 Nov 2014

Now in the webstore: WORMWOOD “S/T” LP on RED vinyl!

mbl167-redNow in the webstore: WORMWOOD S/T LP on red vinyl. These copies arrived after we received and initially offered the smoke and black copies.

S/T is the debut album from WORMWOOD, a new band comprised of current and former members of DOOMRIDERS. It was engineered, mixed, and mastered 100% Analog by Alex Garcia Rivera at Mystic Valley Studios. The album features 5 songs:

01. Hollow Black Eyes
02. Indoctrination
03. I’d Rather Die
04. White Plague
05. Reprise

The entire album can be streamed at NOISEY.

More information on the release is available here.

You can order now on:
• Limited Black vinyl
• Smoke vinyl

Whenever possible, please support your local record store by obtaining this record in person. And, if that’s not possible:

• United States: copies of the LP are available now in the webstore.

• Canada/World: copies of the LP are available now from Dischord Direct.

• Stores/Distributors: please get your copies from Cobraside Distribution.

Published by admin on 06 Nov 2014

Now in the webstore: a handful of first press copies of CHRISTIE FRONT DRIVE “S/T” LP/DVD reissue

mbl130-blueNow in the webstore: CHRISTIE FRONT DRIVE “S/T” (Reissue) LP + DVD.

While unpacking from the move out west, we uncovered 17 copies of the first pressing on blue/white mixed vinyl.

We also found 15 copies on black vinyl. Some of the black copies have DVD’s, some don’t. First come, first serve.

Grab your copy here.

Thanks a bunch!

Published by admin on 31 Oct 2014

ANCIENT VVISDOM “Sacrificial” track-by-track breakdown now on REVOLVER

The fine folks at Revolver Magazine tracked down the members of ANCIENT VVISDOM to get supplemental material an insight on every single track off of Sacrificial, their third studio album. The result can be viewed here. Enjoy.

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