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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 18 Feb 2015

ROBERT TRUJILLO completing JACO PASTORIUS documentary: you can support!

1jacopledgeOur friend Robert Trujillo has spent the last 5 years of his life chasing the story of the late, great Jaco Pastorius around the globe, spearing no expense from his personal funds. As the project nears completion, extra funds are necessary to handle licenses, manufacturing, and more (making a film is not cheap!).

I recently saw a rough cut of the film after a charity jam with Robert and our friends Ricky from Torche and Graham from Bleach Everything. It was powerful and completely engaging. What really shines through is Robert’s passion for Jaco’s music and story, so I’m happy not only to have donated to the campaign, but now help raise awareness to the project and spread the word.

If Jaco’s music touched your life at any point, or if you’re simply interested in learning more about the subject matter, I urge you to pre-order the film or pick up some of the many exclusive prizes that Robert has offered fans and supporters online. Robert is one of the coolest people I’ve encountered in life and I know he’d appreciate your support.

Check out everything here.

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 20 Dec 2014

MEATWOUND: Corruptive Florida Act To Drop Debut Album Through Magic Bullet This Winter

Magic Bullet Records will take responsibility for the dirty job of handling the release of the scum-laden debut LP from MEATWOUND, an act collecting individuals who have done or are currently doing time with Combatwoundedveteran, Holy Mountain, Headless Dogs, Primate Research and more throughout the Floridian peninsula over the past two decades or so.

Dangerous and hardcore as shit, a thundering concoction of 1990s influences overthrow the MEATWOUND sound; a gutter where the pentatonic, industrialized elements of crushers Fudge Tunnel and Godflesh meet a sordid death metal edge meshing Sepultura and Exit-13, in the same place throbbing Big Black-style hardcore punk is infiltrated by a scuzzy sci-fi The Locust-ish elements, while an expected aggro hardcorish/punked vibe in the realm of many of the other acts the MEATWOUND members hail from surging through it all.

MEATWOUND’s debut LP, Addio was recorded with Dan Byer at Rock Garden Recording in St. Petersburg, Florida, mastered by Dan Randall at Mammoth Sound, and bears artwork by Chris Norris [Steak Mtn.]. Magic Bullet will discharge the beast digitally and on LP in the first quarter of 2015, with final pressing and street date details to be confirmed in the days ahead.

The MEATWOUND posse will support Municipal Waste, Torche and Nightbird at the Tampa gig of their current tour, raiding the Crowbar in Tampa on July 20th. More live actions from MEATWOUND are imminent.

Addio Track Listing:
Side A
In Toilet
Funeral State
Side B
Hand of God
Meat Pack
I Am Transgressor

1/20/2015 Crowbar – Tampa, FL w/ Municipal Waste, Torche, Night Birds [info]

Last year, playing with his current act, Primate Research, vocalist Dan caught drummer Ross and guitarist Ari slaying instrumental jams at a house, and an instant pact of filth was formed, after which the trio found themselves intoxicated at an off-the-grid location in regular jamming sessions. Shortly thereafter, Mariano was sanctioned for the bass research. The vocalist issues, “I asked Mariano to play bass. He had been playing guitar for twenty-five or more years but never played bass; I’m not smart enough to play bass and sing, so I asked him if he wanted to do the shit we were doing, which was Sepultura meets Jesus Lizard, and he jumped in. We wrote three more songs and recorded this 12″. Anything goes. No rules, no boredom, lots of recreational debauchery… a lifestyle upgrade.”

MEATWOUND fashioned their new anthems under a unified regimen of decadence in a place where, as the band depicts it: “According to news reports, Florida is a human wasteland that doesn’t give a shit about laws or decency. It is a swamp ridden cesspool of crime, drugs, carnies, and mutation. We have contributed much asshole culture and music to the world. Tampa specifically, has given the children Assück, Scrog, Death, Morbid Angel, Deicide, Obituary, Reversal of Man, Combatwoundedveteran, Nasty Savage and more. Seputura and Napalm Death came to record here. Cannibal Corpse moved here to live. The Brass Mug is here. Morrisound is here. There are no rules. We are ugly and primitive and short in the attention span. So, as old men, MEATWOUND comes from all that steaming shit pot of geographical music waste and the sounds of our collective childhoods. We grew up in the late 80s/early 90s on the first Earache bands, the first Relapse records, Tampa death metal, Public Enemy, Dischord shit, Steve Albini rampages, Wax Trax, Crass Records, drugs, skateboarding, horror movies, the usual.”

Ari – guitar/jungle tongues
Dan – vocals/Aryan infiltration
Mariano – bass/island violence
Ross – drums/financing

More on MEATWOUND will be available soon; for all Magic Bullet Records press inquiries contact

Published by admin on 05 Dec 2014

ZEX: Magic Bullet Records To Re-Release Debut LP From Ottawa Punk Rock Quartet


As part of a massive upcoming 2015 label release schedule coming together, Magic Bullet Records is stoked to announce the upcoming worldwide re-release and distribution of Fight For Yourself, the infectious debut album by Ottawa, Ontario-based punk rock quartet, ZEX.Delivering their no-bullshit take on early punk penetrated with an edge of early heavy metal, carrying forth the torch lit by the influential predecessors who’ve inspired their path, ZEX pumps out melodic and energetic but sarcastic and riotous tunes. 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. Citing 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.

With ten solid tracks recorded Paul Yogi Granger at Meatlocker Studio in Ottawa and mastered by Brad Boatright at Audiosiege in Portland, ZEX‘s debut LP, Fight For Yourself, received a solid and immediate buzz, gaining quite a bit of attention throughout their home country and well beyond following its initial self-release across Canada. The record caught the ear of Magic Bullet Records, who has already delivered the platter for production and worldwide distribution of the album on CD, LP and digital release during the Winter months of 2015. A solid street date will be announced shortly.

ZEX has also confirmed a massive international tour of the Southwest Pacific for early next year. The ZEX Wanderlust Tour 2015 will run through nearly a month of dates in Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Australia and New Zealand from February 7th through March 2nd. View the city-to-city routing below and watch for specific venue info and additional widespread tour efforts from the band in the coming weeks.

Stream Fight For Yourself in its entirety at THIS LOCATION, and also scope out the band’s videos for the album’s title track HERE and the closing anthem, “Savage City,” right HERE.

Fight For Yourself Track Listing:
1. Fight For Yourself
2. Wild Blood
3. We’re Rebels
4. Screaming At The Wall
5. XXX
6. Wanderlust
7. World Of Trash
8. Break Free
9. On Our Own
10. Savage City

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

For all coverage of ZEX and all things Magic Bullet Records-related contact

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!

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