ZEX: Ontario Punk Quartet Declares First Wave Of US Invasion Tour Dates; Band Issues Tribute To Friend/Drummer Vassil Mester

Apr 16 2015

Ottawa, Ontario’s punk quartet, ZEX, has issued the first wave of tour dates in the band’s impending US Invasion this Spring, as they continue to conquer the globe in support of their infectious debut LP, Fight For Yourself.

Following a Fall tour of their native Canada, ZEX took their energetic live set to fans across Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Australia and New Zealand on the Wanderlust Tour in February and March. The tour was a raging success, uniting with fans at raging, intimate DIY gigs in nearly twenty cities. Yet just shortly after their return home, great misfortune struck as the band’s longtime comrade and touring drummer for the Wanderlust trek, Vassil Mester, tragically passed away. In honor of their great friend’s passing, ZEX has issued a tribute video to Vassil, which includes a ton of live footage and fan interaction from their tour through the South Pacific.

Check out ZEX’s heartfelt tribute to Vassil Mester RIGHT HERE.

Subsequent to the band’s initial independent release of their first LP, Magic Bullet Records has officially issued Fight For Yourself worldwide, the album now available on all digital platforms, slipcase CD and now with both black and clear pressings 12” wax. ZEX will continue touring on the new album, this week issuing the first bout of confirmed tour dates for their impending US Invasion. With nearly forty cities on the list, ZEX will trample the country from May 5th through June 13th — including one show in Mexico — with more than half of the routing now available. The remaining dates are being confirmed for announcement in the coming days. ZEX will also be releasing a brand new 7” single called “Fear No Man” for this tour.

The band’s “Wanderlust” video is playing at THIS LOCATION, the “Fight For Yourself” video HERE and the “Savage City” video HEREFight For Yourself is playing in its entirety HERE.

ZEX US Invasion:
5/05/2015 Low Beat – Albany, NY [info]
5/06/2015 Hotel Vernon, Worcester, MA [info]
5/07/2015 Kung Fu Necktie – Philadelphia, PA
5/08/2015 Barclay House – Baltimore, MD [info]
5/09/2015 TBA – Virginia Beach, VA
5/10/2015 New Price Books – Raleigh, NC
5/12/2015 Uncle Lou’s – Orlando, FL [info]
5/13/2015 A-Space – Gainesville, FL
5/14/2015 529 – Atlanta, GA
5/15/2015 Betty’s Grill – Nashville, TN
5/16/2015 Mono – Birmingham, AL [info]
5/17/2015 Sluggo’s – Pensacola, FL [info]
5/18/2015 Spitfire – New Orleans, LA
5/19/2015 Black Barbie – Houston, TX
5/20/2015 Paper Tiger – San Antonio, TX
5/21/2015 TBA – Austin, TX
5/22/2015 Padaneria Chitchen-Itza – Dallas, TX [info]
5/23/2015 Sound Pony – Tulsa, OK [info]
5/24/2015 TBA – Oklahoma City, OK
5/26/2015 Gary’s Place – Tucson, AZ [info]
5/27/2015 Time Out Lounge – Phoenix, AZ [info]
5/28/2015 Mods – Tijuana, MX [info]
5/29/2015 TBA – San Diego, CA
5/30/2015 Blacklight District – Long Beach, CA
5/31/2015 TBA – Riverside, CA
6/01/2015 East Side Joes – Las Vegas, NV
6/02/2015 Music Garage – Salt Lake City, UT [info]
6/04/2015 TBA – Kansas City, MO
6/05/2015 Hideout – Omaha, NE [info]
6/06/2015 TBA – Minneapolis, MN
6/07/2015 Wisco – Madison, WI
6/08/2015 Frank’s Power Plant – Milwaukee, WI [info]
6/09/2015 2040 – Chicago, IL [info]
6/10/2015 Last House On The Left – Cincinnati, OH [info]
6/11/2015 Rock Room – Pittsburgh, PA
6/12/2015 Now That’s Class – Cleveland, OH
6/13/2015 Genesse Park – Rochester, NY

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 officially re-released Fight For Yourself with proper distribution to the international masses.

Physical copies of Fight For Yourself can be obtained via Magic Bullet Records HERE, and the digital HERE.

BLACK MARE + LYCIA Team Up For Exclusive Record Store Day Split Set For Release Via Magic Bullet

Apr 14 2015

Magic Bullet is pleased to unveil two brand new and exclusive tracks from an amazingly complementary pairing of Los Angeles, California’s BLACK MARE and Mesa, Arizona’s LYCIA.

BLACK MARE is the dark ambient solo project of Ides Of Gemini frontwoman, Sera Timms. On “Low Crimes,” bandmates from Ides Of Gemini and Mustard Gas & Roses (MGR) contribute to the sonic journey; an aurally lush, yet glacially-paced cruise through Timms’ frozen world wherein she encourages the mind’s eye to notice relics like the feathers of fallen angels scattered about the snow. Ice crystals form on an old church bell in the distance as the subarctic tones of the composition take over everything in their path. There is no escape and there will be no thaw.

LYCIA initially came to prominence back in the late ‘80s and ‘90s with their groundbreaking darkwave and ethereal wave styles. Heavily reverbed guitars, dark/ethereal keyboard tones, and ominous programmed drums pushed the gothic scene forward as their music inspired Nine Inch Nails, Type O Negative, and many within tangential dark, industrial circles. Their 1995 album, The Burning Circle And Then Dust (Projekt Records) remains a cult hit to this day. “Silver Leaf” plays out as the seamless companion to BLACK MARE’s “Low Crimes,” both musically and thematically. There is no joy in either artists’ world, only an eternity to ponder what’s been done. “Silver Leaf” comes about long after summer is gone, “where bright horizons are hard to find.” All that remains is reflection and memory slipping like sand through worn fingers.

The title goes immediately out of print after Record Store Day. Exclusive cover art and insert art by the bands themselves round out this frostbitten slab of wax.

The BLACK MARE/LYCIA split will be unleashed on April 18th, 2015 (Records Store Day) and is available for preorder on limited edition black wax and grey swirl at THIS LOCATION. Digital lovers can order the split via Magic Bullet’s BandCamp page HERE or iTunes HERE.

BOSS KONG: Magic Bullet Records To Uncage Ape Biker Gang Metal 7″ Tied In With Image Comics Series For Record Store Day

Apr 08 2015

Exactly what is, or who are, the back-alley primates that created this beastly outfit known as BOSS KONG you may ask? And the answer is: don’t write a check your ass can’t cash, Jack. Go ahead and dig around if you have some kind of desire to get jacked-up in the end, or if you’re in Columbo’s bloodline of trenchcoat wizardy, but otherwise, I’d just take it for what it is and go about your goddamn business. That said, bio fodder be damned, as these tunes speak for themselves, and all are invited to get slaughterhouse crunked-up and blaze the latest from the BOSS KONG pact on the latest excursion into a demented rendition of the past.

As a crossover/tie-in with the brand new Image Comics series “The Humans,” Magic Bullet Records is proud to present The Humans Soundtrack Vol. II, by BOSS KONG. Set in the late 1960s/early ’70s, “The Humans” is a book about an all-simian biker gang from Bakersfield, California, drinking, fighting, and fucking their way through the turbulent world around them. BOSS KONG is one of the book’s more popular, interesting characters and this installment of the soundtrack series tells tales from the perspective of an ape that’s seen inhumanities both abroad and on the home front. Voiced by a mystery metal figurehead and performed by a cast of mystery stoner rockers, part of the fun of this 7″ is trying to figure out who’s behind the music itself. Once revisiting the glory days, two new hash-pipe nightmare rocker jams await, spreading the rampaging demoralization of the Tet Offensive onto coked-up mullet debauchery on The Humans Soundtrack Volume II, like Ponyboy Curtis ten years after he went from gold to crushed Milwaukee aluminum, now leading the outcasts from the Planet Of The Apes into full-on bar-brawl burnout turf of the metal underworld.

Exclusively created for Record Store Day 2015, Magic Bullet Records will spark BOSS KONG‘s latest spliff in its bodily format on a greasy 7″ slab of vinyl on April 18th in all RSD stores, and through those goddamned digital downloadable things you kids like just four days prior. All “real” copies of The Humans Soundtrack Volume II are pressed on a limited edition, one-time-only run of orange/gold vinyl, and this title goes immediately out of print after Record Store Day. The piece’s exclusive cover art and insert art were created by creator Tom Neely (Henry and Glenn Forever); just one more set of scene points to round out this completely awesome slab of wax. Vintage ape-drape rocker warfare awaits you at the gates.

For digital preorders of The Humans Soundtrack Volume II, sniff out that Bandcamp and iTunes digitalia and ram it. To bag the wax, set up camp at your local Record Store Day depot, bro. Bancamp preorders are HERE, and mailorder HERE.

The Humans Soundtrack Volume II

A. Ride To Die
B. Viet Kong

Review copies are being dispatched this week. To cover The Humans Soundtrack Volume II contact dave@earsplitcompound.com.

Steven Dios of Matawan, NJ is a turd you should not sell to on eBay.

Apr 06 2015

551277_10101819716440469_1854624780_nIf you buy and sell on eBay, you should avoid/block the following individual:

• eBay user: zw340
• Buyer’s name: STEVEN DIOS
• Buyer’s email: steven.dios@gmail.com

This individual recently bid and won several records from us via eBay. We shipped, insured, and issued tracking on the package. The buyer then attempted to open a case on eBay claiming he didn’t receive the package. When we provided the tracking that confirmed delivery, the buyer then decided to contact his credit card company, stating that he never ordered the items. The credit card company of course reversed his fees and is withholding the money from our Paypal account. Beware of this person in all selling/buying/trading capacities. Thank you.

NY IN 64: “A Towering Relic” From Magic Bullet Records-Bound Debut LP Now Playing At MetalSucks

Apr 02 2015

MetalSucks has released the newest single from NY64, the debut LP from the New Jersey-based instrumental rock/hardcore outfit known as NY IN 64, launching the record’s third track, “A Towering Relic.”

While over-the-top metallic brutalization is far from NY IN 64’s approach, a deeply emotional pummeling undeniably in store over the course of their recorded debut, NY64breaching a wide rift of pain and loss, and confronting said demons entirely sans vocals or lyrics. Handling nearly every aspect of the album themselves, the recordings were captured in November at Volume Fact and Backroom Studios (The Dillinger Escape Plan, Foxy Shazam, Meek Is Murder) by guitarist Chris Alfano, and mastered by Nick Zampiello at New Alliance East, and its fitting cover shot/designed by guitarist Justin Hock. “A Towering Relic” becomes available for communal consumption through prime webzine, MetalSucks, who offers of the new tune, “Since East of the Wall are my main touchstone here, I hear plenty of East of the Wall-isms going on — fat, chunky bass, deep pocket grooves, atmospheric guitars and complex arrangements — but I hear something else too… It’s heavy, but it’s also emotional. It’s overtly complex, but it’s soundly structured. In short: it’s really fucking good.”

 

Investigate NY IN 64’s “A Towering Relic” courtesy of MetalSucks; CLICK HERE.

NY IN 64: New Jersey Instrumental Act Featuring You And I and East Of The Wall Members Releases Debut LP Details, New Track

Mar 26 2015

New Jersey’s instrumental quartet, NY IN 64 — featuring former members of You And I and current residents of East Of The Wall — will release their recently completed debut LP, NY64via Magic Bullet Records on April 7th with a vinyl edition to follow shortly after. The enigmatic album’s artwork, track listing and additional details have been revealed this week, in addition to new live shows the band is booking in support of its release.

NY IN 64’s maiden voyage into album land explores vast, lush terrain in genre territories some may apply “post” prefixes to, or refer to as “progressive,” but the simple fact is, the band merely executes spectacularly crafted, instrumental, melodic, hardcore/rock, constructed from an unbreakable core, and its shimmering layers seemingly weaving directly into the earth as they unfold. With turmoil and tranquility interwoven throughout the entire album, the seven dynamic sequences that formulate NY 64 were recorded in November at Volume Fact and Backroom Studios (The Dillinger Escape Plan, Foxy Shazam, Meek Is Murder) by guitarist Chris Alfano, and mastered by Nick Zampiello at New Alliance East, and the cover photography and layout by guitarist Justin Hock.

Magic Bullet Records has unveiled the track listing and cover art for NY 64, which will see official release on CD and digital outlets on April 7th. A 12” vinyl version will be released in the near future as well, with a street date to be confirmed shortly. Digital preorders via Bandcamp have been posted HERE; CD and LP preorders will be available shortly.

NY IN 64’s sixth track “Maintaining Now, The Contact,” is now playing via Bandcamp HERE and Youtube HERE.

 

NY 64 Track Listing:
1. Soon, You Will Lose Me
2. Bystander
3. A Towering Relic
4. Washington Square
5. The World’s Fair
6. Maintaining Now, The Contact
7. Stan & Steve

NY IN 64 has begun booking new shows in support of their debut album, including a short record release trek. The three-city run sees the band playing Wayne, New Jersey on Wednesday, April 8th — just one day after the record is released — followed by a show in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on Friday, April 10th and a set in New York City on Saturday, April 11th. Additional tour dates will be announced in the coming weeks, along with additional album news and more.

NY IN 64 Live:
4/08/2015 Gili’s Place – Wayne, NJ w/ Locktender, Entia, Forever Losing Sleep, Facility
4/10/2015 Lava Space – Philadelphia, PA w/ Locktender, Soul Glo, To Tremble
4/11/2015 ABC No Rio – New York, NY w/ Locktender, Cinema Cinema, Sangharsha

After taking a fifteen-year hiatus from writing music together, Justin Hock and Thomas Schlatter — both part of the writing team behind ‘90s screamo band, You And I — began laying down the framework to collaborate once again. To flesh out the outfit, Schlatter and Hock recruited New Jersey musical veterans Chris Alfano and Seth Rheam, best known for their work in the progressive powerhouse East Of The Wall, among many other acts, completing the lineup for NY IN 64. Completely void of vocals, the raw energy of ‘90s hardcore supplied by Hock and Schlatter, mixed with the refined technical aspects of progressive metal Alfano and Rheam deliver, were like two worlds colliding, however, resulted into something that seamlessly blended the two contrary styles. While injecting the energy and enthusiasm of a basement show into a more refined musical composition, NY IN 64 attempts to harness two sides of many coins; youth and age, rawness and precision, joy and hostility.

Now in the webstore: THIS WILL DESTROY YOU “S/T” 2xLP on gold vinyl!

Mar 19 2015

1twdy-goldNow in the webstore: THIS WILL DESTROY YOU S/T LP on gold vinyl.

Copies are also available at every show on the band’s current western US and Canada tour!

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.

Now in the webstore: THIS WILL DESTROY YOU “Young Mountain” LP on GREEN vinyl!

Mar 19 2015

1mbl081-1greenNow in the webstore: THIS WILL DESTROY YOU Young Mountain LP on green vinyl.

Copies are also available at every show on the band’s current western US and Canada tour!

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.

Now in the webstore: ZEX “Fight For Yourself” LP on clear vinyl!

Mar 19 2015

1mbl181-1clearNow in the webstore: ZEX Fight For Yourself LP on clear vinyl.

This is from the first pressing of the worldwide reissue on Magic Bullet Records.

Fight For Yourself is the debut full-length from Ottawa, ON’s ZEX. Channeling traditional heavy metal crunch and leads into their classic punk rock approach, ZEX’s 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.

More information on the release is available here.

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

The album features 10 songs:

01. Fight for Yourself
02. Wild Blood
03. We’re Rebels
04. Screaming at the Wall
05. XXX
06. Wanderlust
07. World of Trash
08. Break Free
09. On Our Own
10. Savage City

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.

Now in the webstore: ZEX “Fight For Yourself” LP on black vinyl!

Mar 19 2015

1zex-blackNow in the webstore: ZEX Fight For Yourself LP on black vinyl.

This is from the first pressing of the worldwide reissue on Magic Bullet Records.

Fight For Yourself is the debut full-length from Ottawa, ON’s ZEX. Channeling traditional heavy metal crunch and leads into their classic punk rock approach, ZEX’s 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.

More information on the release is available here.

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

The album features 10 songs:

01. Fight for Yourself
02. Wild Blood
03. We’re Rebels
04. Screaming at the Wall
05. XXX
06. Wanderlust
07. World of Trash
08. Break Free
09. On Our Own
10. Savage City

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.

ANCIENT VVISDOM announce US/CANADA tour with SÓLSTAFIR

Mar 09 2015

Solstafir April - May 2015 USA Tour Admat V5Great news for fans of ANCIENT VVISDOM: the band will be direct support on all upcoming SÓLSTAFIR tour dates of the United States and Canada.

The tour comes on the heels of Sacrificial, the band’s third studio album to date (available in the webstore here).

Here’s all the dates. Please mark your calendars!

4/22/2015 BROOKLYN, NY - THE SHOP
4/23/2015 MONTREAL, QC - L’AIL’ZE
4/24/2015 OTTAWA, ON - MAVERICKS
4/25/2015 TORONTO, ON - GARRISON
4/26/2015 ROCHESTER. NY - BUG JAR
4/27/2015 PITTSBURGH, PA - 31st ST PUB
4/28/2015 COLUMBUS, OH - ACE OF CUPS
4/29/2015 GRAND RAPIDS, MI - PYRAMID SCHEME
4/30/2015 MILWAUKEE, WI - TBD
5/1/2015 MINNEAPOLIS, MN - NETHER BAR
5/3/2015 CHICAGO, IL - REGGIES
5/4/2015 KANSAS CITY, MO - RIOT ROOM
5/5/2015 DENVER, CO - LARIMER
5/6/2015 SALT LAKE CITY, UT - BAR DELUXE
5/8/2015 SPOKANE, WA - THE PIN
5/9/2015 VANCOUVER BC - RICKSHAW
5/10/2015 SEATTLE, WA - EL CORAZON
5/12/2015 SAN FRANCISCO, CA - OAKLAND OPERA
5/13/2015 LOS ANGELES, CA - LOS GLOBOS
5/14/2015 SCOTTSDALE, AZ - PUB ROCK LIVE
5/15/2015 ALBUQUERQUE, NM - SISTER
5/16/2015 FORT WORTH, TX - SONS OF HERMANN
5/17/2015 AUSTIN, TX - RED 7
5/18/2015 NEW ORLEANS, LA - ONE EYED JACKS
5/20/2015 RICHMOND, VA - STRANGE MATTER

IDES OF GEMINI : Additional US dates added for March and April!

Mar 09 2015

In addition to their previously announced live run supporting acclaimed indie rockers, Mountain Goats, West Coast sound alchemists, IDES OF GEMINI, are pleased to announce a gaggle of headlining shows this Spring. With various performances scattered prior to and preceding the tour, the band will bring their eclectic sonic rituals to Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Indiana, Missouri, Colorado, and Utah with even more exhibitions in their plotting stages. See confirmed dates below.

IDES OF GEMINI: 
3/29/2015 Mango’s – Houston, TX *
3/30/2015 Siberia – New Orleans, LA *
4/01/2015 Thirsty Hippo – Hattiesburg, MS *

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
4/10/2015 Saint Vitus Bar – Brooklyn, NY * (no Mountain Goats)
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 First Avenue – 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:

4/24/2015 Wunderkammer Art Gallery – Fort Wayne, IN *
4/26/2015 Riot Room – Kansas City, MO *
4/27/2015 Larimer Lounge – Denver, CO *
4/28/2015 Metro Bar – Salt Lake City, UT *

*new dates

IDES OF GEMINI will be touring in support of their critically championed, Chris Rakestraw (Danzig)-produced Old World New Wave full-length released in September via Neurot Recordings. Featuring nine dark, absorbing soundscrapes, the record continues to reap approval from fans and critics alike. Bearded Gentlemen Music dubs 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 boasts, “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 moments 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.”

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