IDES OF GEMINI Announces US Live Rituals With Mountain Goats

Feb 11 2015

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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.”

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

Feb 08 2015

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:

Variety
The Guardian
Box Office Mojo

ZEX “Fight For Yourself” reviewed at Pitchfork

Feb 08 2015

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.

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

Feb 05 2015

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

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

Feb 05 2015

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.

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

Dec 20 2014

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
Goliath
Funeral State
Side B
Hand of God
Meat Pack
I Am Transgressor

MEATWOUND Live:
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.”

MEATWOUND:
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 dave@earsplitcompound.com.

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

Dec 05 2014

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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 dave@earsplitcompound.com.

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

Nov 19 2014

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.

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

Nov 06 2014

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.

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

Nov 06 2014

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.

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

Nov 06 2014

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!

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

Oct 31 2014

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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