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ROBOTIC EMPIRE – Massive update! (New bands, Online Store stuff, etc!)

Hello again, it’s been a while. A lot has happened at Robotic Empire over the past month or so… in fact, the label/mailorder is now split into two camps on opposite ends of the country. This massive move was a huge undertaking for us, but better for everyone in the end as it will mean a more organized setup for our Online Store operation (now located in Olympia, Washington), and some much needed change for the Virginia setup.

We want to thank everyone who ordered from us in any of our our pre-move sales, and also thank those who have been patient while we’ve gotten everything for the Online Store re-established out in Olympia. Things are fully operational again, and better than ever! So we are very pleased to present you a somewhat meaty update here, with lots of happenings both for the label and Online Store aspects of Robotic Empire…

First up, we’re releasing some new records in June. It’s been a slow first part of the year for the label (intentionally) but we’ve got a lot going on in the second half of the year. Kicking things off on June 9th will be the debut releases from New Zealand’s DIAL and Louisville, Kentucky’s BAD SECRETS.


DIAL is the first band from the southern hemisphere that we’ve ever worked with, and couldn’t be much happier about this pairing. Hailing from Wellington, New Zealand… DIAL self-released a demo a couple of years ago that we recently got to hear on a trip to NZ last fall. Intensely powerful stuff is contained within this little five-song EP, so much that we asked the band if we could re-release and thankfully they agreed.

To quote our official hype sheet for this: “The material contained within is leaps and bounds beyond what most bands accomplish even at their best. DIAL successfully channels the darkest corners of the AmRep catalog, the raw ferocity of classic hardcore, offtime kilter of math-rock, and the whole concept that music can actually be dangerous. The air-tight composure of DIAL‘s debut recording is striking; focusing more on space and dissonance than technical shreddery. Obscenely heavy guitars collide with bludgeoning percussion and intense, vicious and scathing female vocals… turning the whole thing into a downright terrifying experience. Add an incredibly crisp recording, and this makes DIAL‘s debut EP one of the most impressive demos we’ve heard in years, let alone had the privilege to re-release.”

We are really stoked about this release and it’ll be available on CD and digitally come June 9th. To give you a little preview, we just posted a track from it on our myspace page:

* Listen to DIAL @ Robotic Empire’s myspace
* Listen do DIAL @ their myspace page


Louisville, Kentucky’s BAD SECRETS was born out of improv jam sessions between YOUNG WIDOWS‘ Evan Patterson and KODAN ARMADA‘s Dan Davis. They recorded three weekends of jamming together, whittled it down to seven songs and thus, their debut release is born. We went for the super conventional 9″+CD format for this one, since it’s such a normal release and all. Hah!

In all seriousness though, we’re really psyched to finally work with Mr. Patterson after knowing this righteous dude and his kin for years. Who knows, maybe we’ve got another release with him up our sleeves…

Until then, the self-titled debut 9″+CD from BAD SECRETS should hit the world on June 9th (if we can get the band to screen the covers in time) and we’re very pumped on the ridiculous color vinyl we’ve got in store for it too. More info on this release forthcoming.


This is probably also a good time to announce that we’ll be releasing the debut album from northern Virginia’s TIDELAND! Mostly comprised of dudes we’ve known for years, upon hearing their killer full length that they recorded @ Godcity studios… deciding to release this was kind of a no-brainer. We’ll be teaming up with our Italian brethren Sons Of Vesta to co-release this on both CD and 12″, sometime later in the summer (most likely July or August).

We’ll post up a track from this release sometime soon, but in the meantime several demos can be found on the band’s myspace page. We should note: the album blows away everything they’ve recorded before.

* TIDELAND on myspace


Semi-related, TIDELAND will be playing the two upcoming MANNEQUIN reunion shows. Yep, our ol’ brothers in grunge finally decided it was time to return to form! There’s surely several reasons for this happening, one favorite being that Ian Widman wanted to drum for MANNEQUIN as his graduation present. We gotta give a hearty “congrats” to him for making this happen! If you live in Virginia (or anywhere relatively close) and want to check out these killer shows, they’ll both be happening the weekend of May 9th/10th and the details for the shows can be found on TIDELAND‘s myspace page.

* An unmastered tour-only MANNEQUIN EP that had two released & two unreleased songs on it (and their name spelled wrong on the cover) can be found here: download “Yr Aching Tooth!!!”


Semi-related to that is that we’ve now got new t-shirts in our Online Store from both PYGMY LUSH and PG.99. Resurrecting the old “goth girl” design sourced from the PAGENINETYNINE / CITY OF CATERPILLAR split 7″, we’re psyched to have this one back in print. Along with that are two new designs from PYGMY LUSH, designed for their last tour. Totally classic, and available now in our Online Store.


Completely unrelated to everything above but equally exciting to us is the re-press of the A STORM OF LIGHT / NADJA - Primitive North 2×12″+CD split. The first press for this thing was a total blowout, so we’ve re-pressed it with the quickness in attempts to keep it available. Two new color vinyl combinations are available for this beast of a release, this time as “Aurora Forge” and “Phosphorescence”. Maybe corny names (?) but it compliments the weird colored vinyl well, and we’re equally pleased with how the re-press turned out as we are with the first press. This comes with a CD of the same jams, and is housed in some pretty fancypants packaging.

Related to that is the fact that we got some super rare CDs direct from Josh Graham of A STORM OF LIGHT and formerly of RED SPAROWES. This includes the self-released very first RED SPAROWES demo CD-R, and their limited live CD that Neurot released. Along with those (which WILL go fast) is the hard-to-find (FALLEN) BLACK DEER Latitudes CD release that Southern organized a couple years back. Hardly any distros got that thing and we scored some copies direct from the band.

Along with all that crazyness above, we’ve also received a healthy amount of new and re-stocked items for this massive first Online Store update from our bi-coastal locations! GO!

NEW ITEMS:
* (Fallen) Black Deer, The – Requiem CD (Latitudes) $12.99
* A Storm Of Light / Nadja – Primitive North [split] – AURORA FORGE COLORED VINYL 2×12″+CD (Robotic Empire) $19.99
* A Storm Of Light / Nadja – Primitive North [split] – PHOSPHORESCENCE COLORED VINYL 2×12″+CD (Robotic Empire) $19.99
* Chronic Youth – Das Chillin Cassette (Vinyl Rites) $4.99
* Drowning With Our Anchors – Breathing Lessons 7″ (Commodity Fetish) $4.99
* Grief – Come To Grief – BLACK VINYL 2×12″ (Throne) $24.99
* Grief – Come To Grief – BLUE SPLATTER COLORED VINYL 2×12″ (Throne) $24.99
* Grief – Come To Grief – ORANGE COLORED VINYL 2×12″ (Throne) $24.99
* Hex Machine – Omen Mas CD (Minimum Underdrive) $9.99
* My Disco – Paradise 12″ (Fruits & Vegetables) $12.99
* Nadja – Corrasion 2×12″ (Basses Frequences) $26.99
* Neil On Impression – L’Oceano Delle Onde Che Restano Onde Per Sempre 2×12″ (Denovali) $22.99
* Pageninetynine – Goth Girl – Size: DOUBLE EXTRA LARGE T-Shirt (Robotic Empire) $15.99
* Pageninetynine – Goth Girl – Size: EXTRA LARGE T-Shirt (Robotic Empire) $14.99
* Pageninetynine – Goth Girl – Size: LARGE T-Shirt (Robotic Empire) $14.99
* Pageninetynine – Goth Girl – Size: MEDIUM T-Shirt (Robotic Empire) $14.99
* Pageninetynine – Goth Girl – Size: SMALL T-Shirt (Robotic Empire) $14.99
* Pageninetynine – Goth Girl – Size: YOUTH LARGE T-Shirt (Robotic Empire) $14.99
* Pirates Press – Vinyl Collage Puzzle (Pirates Press) $25.99
* Pygmy Lush – Donkey – Size: DOUBLE EXTRA LARGE T-Shirt (Robotic Empire) $13.99
* Pygmy Lush – Donkey – Size: EXTRA LARGE T-Shirt (Robotic Empire) $12.99
* Pygmy Lush – Donkey – Size: LARGE T-Shirt (Robotic Empire) $12.99
* Pygmy Lush – Donkey – Size: MEDIUM T-Shirt (Robotic Empire) $12.99
* Pygmy Lush – Donkey – Size: SMALL T-Shirt (Robotic Empire) $12.99
* Pygmy Lush – Donkey – Size: YOUTH LARGE T-Shirt (Robotic Empire) $12.99
* Pygmy Lush – Man On The Moon – Size: DOUBLE EXTRA LARGE T-Shirt (Robotic Empire) $13.99
* Pygmy Lush – Man On The Moon – Size: EXTRA LARGE T-Shirt (Robotic Empire) $12.99
* Pygmy Lush – Man On The Moon – Size: LARGE T-Shirt (Robotic Empire) $12.99
* Pygmy Lush – Man On The Moon – Size: MEDIUM T-Shirt (Robotic Empire) $12.99
* Pygmy Lush – Man On The Moon – Size: SMALL T-Shirt (Robotic Empire) $12.99
* Pygmy Lush – Man On The Moon – Size: YOUTH LARGE T-Shirt (Robotic Empire) $12.99
* Red Sparowes – Demo 03.12.2004 CD-R (Self Released) $29.99
* Red Sparowes – Oh Lord, God of Vengeance, Show Yourself! CD (Neurot) $14.99
* Winters In Osaka – Molded To Crawl CD (Haunted Hotel) $9.99

RESTOCKS:
* Algernon Cadwallader – Some Kind Of Cadwallader CD (Be Happy) – $7.99
* Burst – In Coveting Ways – ORANGE COLORED VINYL 10″ (Throne) – $13.99
* Dystopia – The Aftermath CD (Life is Abuse) – $9.99
* Monarch / Grey Daturas – Split 12″ (Throne) – $15.99
* Noothgrush – Erode The Person CD (Throne) – $11.99

Phew! Wow OK so that’s enough to keep us busy for a while right? There’s plenty more on deck so this year’s just gonna get crazier and crazier for us. We like it this way, so please get those orders in and we’ll crank them out as quickly as possible. THANK YOU!

Robotic Empire
Richmond & Olympia chapters

Robotic Empire – Online Store

p.s. almost forgot, we caved in and signed up for stupid Twitter… so if you’re into that, check out our micro-bloggin’s here.

A STORM OF LIGHT / NADJA – "Primitive North" 2xLP+CDs are HERE! Just three days left on our massive music sale!


Apologies for the blitzkrieg of recent updates, but there’s just 3 days left before the Robotic Empire – Online Store will stop processing new orders… as the time is very near for us to break down all the shelves, pack up all the boxes and move this whole mailorder operation to the other side of the country.

We’re not leaving until early April, so there is still plenty of time to pull, pack and ship all orders received by/on March 15th. This also includes all orders for the brand new A STORM OF LIGHT / NADJA - Primitive North split 2×12″+CD that we finally just got in today! This beast of a release turned out simply incredible and we’re really happy to have a new release available after months of slow label activity, especially one of this caliber.

What also rules is that A STORM OF LIGHT will be touring across Europe in early April. Upon their return to the states they hit most of the eastern-North America in May with the killer blackmetal bands WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM and KRALLICE! Tour dates for STORM and a song from the split can be found here. NADJA‘s own European tour dates can be found here.

We’ve also received a small amount of straggling, last-minute items that really are getting here just in the nick of time. If you want anything from our Online Store, please get those orders in within the next 3 days, so we can ship it out before our move in early April! We will still be accepting orders during the move, but any orders that come in after March 15th will most likely take at least a month to ship to you. So please get those orders in now if you want anything with the quickness!

NEW ITEMS:
* A Storm Of Light / Nadja – Primitive North [split] – BLOOD MOON COLORED VINYL 2×12″+CD (Robotic Empire) – $21.99
* A Storm Of Light / Nadja – Primitive North [split] – GLACIER COLORED VINYL 2×12″+CD (Robotic Empire) – $21.99
* Frodus – Conglomerate International 2×12″ (Gilead Media) – $18.99
* Planks – Self-Titled 12″ (Nar Shardaa) – $13.99
* Shokei – Painkiller 12″ (Nar Shardaa) – $13.99
* Thou – The Retaliation of the Immutable Force of Nature – WHITE COLORED VINYL 12″ (Gilead Media) – $9.99

RESTOCKS:
* Nebula – Atomic Ritual CD (Liquor and Poker) – $7.99
* Saddest Landscape, The – The Sound of the Spectacle – BLUE COLORED VINYL 12″ (Nar Shardaa) – $13.99

And last (but certainly not least) there is still a MASSIVE site-wide sale right now where every music item in our Online Store that’s over $4.99 is marked at least $1.01 off. This includes all CDs, vinyl, DVDs and cassettes… and many, many items are marked down significantly more as well. We’re trying to get as much stuff out of here as possible before the move so please check out the site for a crazyinsane amount of discounted items! This sale ends in just a few days, with March 15th being both the last day this sale is active and the last day we’re accepting orders to ship prior to the move!

Thank you!
Robotic Empire – Online Store

A STORM OF LIGHT / NADJA – "Primitive North" 2xLP+CD pre-order!!


Robotic Empire is honored to announce the pre-order availability of the massive A STORM OF LIGHT / NADJA - Primitive North 2×12″+CD release! Two LPs, one CD (of the same tunes): two new STORM tracks, one lengthy NADJA opus and re-mixes of each bands material constructed by the other band. Add in some pretty fancy packaging and this is one mighty “split”! This is available now for pre-order in the Robotic Empire – Online Store. Here’s our longwinded hyperbole:

Every few years arises a collaboration that stands to test the myriad “split” releases that get haphazardly scrapped together. Primitive North is a shining example of what two strong bands can amass when their forces are joined together.

Reaching well beyond their debut album, And We Wept the Black Ocean Within, A STORM OF LIGHT has entered intense uncharted territories. Fusing delicate melodies with oppressive dirge metal and dense atmospherics, STORM have truly come into their own with these two phenomenal tracks. Contagious, hypnotic and haunting… although no major surprise considering A STORM OF LIGHT is helmed by frontman Josh Graham, who cut his teeth as the visual artist for NEUROSIS and founding member of both RED SPAROWES and BATTLE OF MICE.

The prolific duo of NADJA delivers one truly massive, 20+ minute epic of blissful genius. Their track consists of their patented molasses-thick wall of super-dense fuzz and surprisingly tuneful white noise spanning the spectrum of what NADJA is: a true behemoth of stark, glacial-paced sludge. Shapeshifting from a serene and uplifting aural setting to an absolutely soul-crushing Broadrick-esque industrial nightmare, NADJA is a beast of many faces.

On Primitive North we get the best of both worlds, as volatile remixes also accompany these original works. Each band has reconfigured the other’s material, resulting in remixes that compliment the original songs well, and near-perfectly blend the two groups together. Adding to all of this is stunning original artwork by Graham, packaged in a beautiful 5-color gatefold sleeve with a CD version of the same material included inside with the double vinyl LPs. Last but not least, the flipside of the remix LP has laser-etched artwork, helping A STORM OF LIGHT and NADJA take the whole concept of a “split” release to the next level.

* an A STORM OF LIGHT track from this can be previewed here
* several NADJA tracks from other releases can be heard here

Normally we don’t do pre-orders, but we’re making an exception with this one because it’s arriving here very close to our move date. In order to ensure we can pack/ship these before the Online Store‘s cross-country move in early April, we’re taking orders for this beast of a release NOW! We’re supposed to get our copies of this on March 10th, and hope to have the bulk of the pre-orders shipped out just a few days later. Please note: any additional items you order along with this will be held and shipped along with your pre-order!

The other major thing of note for this update is that after 10 years of knowing the Hydra Head guys, we FINALLY got them to do a real trade with us. Of course it came in when we’re getting ready to move the Online Store to their side of the country… but whatever, beggars can’t be choosers right? This means that the awesome HH vinyl we just scored is receiving the same $1.01 off that all our “large format” vinyl is seeing until March 8th. This stuff and a rad Escucha restock are all we’ve got for ya this week:

NEW ITEMS:
* A Storm Of Light / Nadja – Primitive North [split] – BLOOD MOON COLORED VINYL 2×12″+CD (Robotic Empire) – $21.99
* A Storm Of Light / Nadja – Primitive North [split] – GLACIER COLORED VINYL 2×12″+CD (Robotic Empire) – $21.99
* Clouds – We Are Above You – CORN BLUE COLORED VINYL 2×12″+CD (Hydra Head) – $19.99
* Clouds – We Are Above You – WHITE COLORED VINYL 2×12″+CD (Hydra Head) – $19.99
* Clouds – We Are Above You – YELLOW COLORED VINYL 2×12″+CD (Hydra Head) – $19.99
* Kayo Dot – Blue Lambency Downward – GREEN COLORED VINYL 12″ (Hydra Head) – $16.99
* Kayo Dot – Blue Lambency Downward – MAROON COLORED VINYL 12″ (Hydra Head) – $16.99
* Kayo Dot – Blue Lambency Downward – WHITE COLORED VINYL 12″ (Hydra Head) – $16.99
* Monarcs / Osceola – Split – BLACK VINYL 7″ (Escucha) – $6.99
* Oxbow – The Narcotic Story – RED COLORED VINYL 12″ (Black Diamond) – $12.99
* Pelican / These Arms Are Snakes – Split – BLACK VINYL 10″ (Hydra Head) – $11.99
* Pelican / These Arms Are Snakes – Split – CLEAR WITH BLUE COLORED VINYL 10″ (Hydra Head) – $11.99
* Pelican / These Arms Are Snakes – Split – DARK BLUE COLORED VINYL 10″ (Hydra Head) – $11.99
* Pelican / These Arms Are Snakes – Split – WHITE COLORED VINYL 10″ (Hydra Head) – $11.99

RESTOCKS:
* Daughters – Hell Songs 12″ CREAM COLORED VINYL (Hydra Head) – $12.99
* Daughters – Hell Songs 12″ GREEN COLORED VINYL* (Hydra Head) – $12.99
* Daughters – Hell Songs 12″ PLUM COLORED VINYL (Hydra Head) – $12.99
* Monarcs / Osceola – Split 7″ WHITE COLORED VINYL (Escucha) – $6.99
* Pelican – City Of Echoes 12″ BLACK VINYL (Hydra Head) – $12.99
* Pelican – City Of Echoes 12″ CLEAR LIGHT BLUE VINYL (Hydra Head) – $12.99
* Pelican – City Of Echoes 12″ CLEAR w/ BLACK SPLATTER VINYL (Hydra Head) – $12.99
* Pelican – City Of Echoes 12″ METALLIC SILVER VINYL (Hydra Head) – $12.99
* Pelican – City Of Echoes 12″ PINK w/ BLACK SPLATTER VINYL (Hydra Head) – $12.99
* Suis la Lune – Heir 10″+CD (Escucha) – $18.99
* Tusk – The Resisting Dreamer 12″ BLACK VINYL (Tortuga) – $15.99
* Tusk – The Resisting Dreamer 12″ MAROON COLORED VINYL (Tortuga) – $15.99

Robotic Empire – Online Store

A STORM OF LIGHT posts new track, announces NADJA collaboration


Brooklyn’s A STORM OF LIGHT have posted the new song “Sister” off their forthcoming 2xLP+CD collaboration with Toronto’s NADJA. This track can now be found exclusively at A STORM OF LIGHT‘s myspace page:

http://www.myspace.com/AStormOfLight

The release, titled Primitive North, features two new songs from A STORM OF LIGHT and one lengthy new opus from NADJA. The double vinyl LPs and CD will be packaged together, and also features each band remixing the other’s material. Primitive North will see a March 3rd, 2009 street date through Robotic Empire.

http://www.astormoflight.com
http://www.nadjaluv.ca
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