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PYGMY LUSH is on tour: GO SEE THEM! +new cassettes n’ junx


PYGMY LUSH just hit the road… go see one of our favorite current bands live!

March 4 – Baltimore, MD @ Charm City
March 5 – Philadelphia, PA @ Beaumont Warehouse
March 6 – Purchace, NY @ Whitsons Hall
March 8 – Washington, DC @ Black Cat w/ Hey Girl
March 9 – Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter w/ Antlers & Little Gold
March 10 – Chapel Hill, NC @ Nightlight w/ Bellafea
March 11 – Columbia, SC @ Hunter Gatherer
March 12 – Asheville, NC @ Broadways
March 13 – Jacksonville, FL @ Warehouse 8B
March 14 – Tallahassee, FL @ Farside
March 15 – Tampa, FL @ Transitions Gallery
March 16 – Gainesville, FL @ Wayward Council
March 17 – Atlanta, GA @ Drunken Unicorn
March 18 – Athens, GA @ Caledonia Lounge
March 19 – Birmingham, AL @ Spring Street Fire House
March 20 – New Orleans, LA @ Euclid Records w/ Thou & Lovey Dovies
March 21 – Baton Rouge, LA @ Perkins Parlour
March 22 – Austin, TX @ Trailerspace
March 23 – Tulsa, OK @ Sound Pony
March 24 – Albuquerque, NM @ Blackbird Buvette
March 25 – Phoenix, AZ @ Sound Kontrol
March 26 – Riverside CA @ Division 9
March 27 – Santa Barbara, CA @ Biko
March 29 – Santa Rosa, CA @ Arlene Francis Center
March 30 – Portland, OR @ Red and Black Café
March 31 – Olympia WA @ The Northern
April 1 – Seattle, WA @ Healthy Times Fun Club
April 2 – Missoula, MT @ Zootown Arts
April 4 – Minneapolis, MN @ The Cellar 108
April 5 – Beloit, WI @ C -Haus
April 6 – Carbondale, IL @ Hangar 9
April 7 – Louisville, KY @ Keswick Democratic Club
April 8 – Chicago, IL @ Strangelight
April 9 – Detroit, MI @ Trumbleplex
April 10 – Cincinnati, OH @ Goetz Alley
April 11 – Columbus, OH @ Carabar
April 12 – Cleveland, OH @ Now That’s Class
April 13 – Ithaca, NY @ Green Star Annex
April 15 – Boston, MA @ Democracy Center
April 16 – Brooklyn, NY @ The Acheron

We printed up some nicer Bitter River tapes compaired to the first press, plus the killer split with TURBOSLUT on cassette as well… and as of South Carolina they should have a NEW 2-song cassingle as well that is totally soul crushingly good.

We’ll have all that junx and more from these dudes in our Online Store before too long, but if you’re anywhere even remotely near any of the dates above: GO SEE EM LIVE with DES ARK and pick up something from them direct. Witness one of our favorite active bands going right now, and if possible please help fill our bro’s tank, as gas prices are through the roof and that makes DIY-touring even harder than it already is.

Also, you can scope a new song here:
http://soundcloud.com/communion5/yellow-hall/s-RPvfA

They’re releasing their new album “Old Friends” on Lovitt Records pretty soon, and have the CD of it available with them on tour. Now that they’re on the road though, any updates will be less frequent for the time being. But you can still keep an eye on what’s what here:
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Pygmy-Lush/110146402382386
and
http://pygmylush.wordpress.com

WORD!

p.s. CB from GHASTLY CITY SLEEP posted a rad video of PL in Philly:

TEST PRESS BONANZA – auctioning a ton of rare stuff – ISIS, RED SPAROWES, GRAILS, etc

Title sums it up pretty well. Ebayin’ a small boatload of personal and/or archived rarities. Time to shed a little weight:

http://search.ebay.com/_W0QQsassZroboticempire

* BAD SECRETS 9″ TEST PRESS AS A 10″ young widows pelican
* CANNABIS CORPSE blunted 12″ 1st press!! municipal waste
* DEAD MACHINES future 10″ UNPLAYED! wolf eyes john olson
* DEATH PROOF SOUNDTRACK 12″ LP vinyl!! Quentin Tarantino
* DRUM MACHINE MADNESS 7″ TESTPRESS agoraphobic nosebleed
* GHASTLY CITY SLEEP – 12″ TEST PRESS city of caterpillar
* GRAILS – Burden/Redlight rare 2xLP SET! ltd 200 om sunn
* GRAILS – Take Refuge In Clean Living 12″ LP om kayo dot
    (rare PURPLE VINYL from the 1st press, limited to 200)
* HELMS ALEE – s/t 12″ RAREST VERSION /200 harkonen botch
* HOUSE OF LOW CULTURE 7″ TEST PRESS! isis neurosis boris
* ISIS – Panopticon 2xLP 1st press TEST PRESS SET pelican
* ISIS – Panopticon 2xLP remastered re-press TEST PRESSES
* ISIS panopticon RARE 12″ LP side-B only TEST PRESS tool
* ISIS – Panopticon 2×12″ LP neurosis mastodon 7 converge
    (1st press on RARE opaque ORANGE vinyl limited to 212)
* ISIS – Oceanic Remixes 4x 12″ TEST SET! jesu mr. bungle
    (FULL 4LP TEST PRESS SET! only complete set available)
* ISIS – Oceanic Remix Vol. 1 12″ TEST PRESS khanate sunn
* ISIS – Oceanic Remix Vol. 2 LP TEST PRESS jesu godflesh
* ISIS – Oceanic Remix Vol. 3 12″ TEST PRESS! mike patton
* MAGRUDERGRIND /SHITSTORM 12″ TEST PRESS torche baroness
* MANNEQUIN / TRANSISTOR TRANSISTOR 7″ TEST PRESS! orchid
* MASTODON – Blood Mountain 12″ LP WHITE! slayer converge
* MENEGUAR -Strangers In Our House 12″ OOP built to spill
* PG.99 – document #5 RARE 12″ LP 7 page99 screamo orchid
* PYGMY LUSH – Bitter River 12″ TEST PRESS! pg.99 page 99
* RED SPAROWES at the soundless dawn LP 12″ isis neurosis
    (rare 2x LP TEST PRESS SET! limited to just 10 copies)
* RED SPAROWES / GRAILS – 12″ TEST PRESS om shrinebuilder
* RED SPAROWES/GREGOR SAMSA lp TEST PRESS mogwai sparrows
* THE SHAKERS Omaha The Cat Dancer PIC LP 12″ REED WALLER
* STOP IT – Demo 10″ city of caterpillar kidcrash screamo
    (rare tour-only TEST PRESS EDITION -ltd to 150 copies)
* U.S. CHRISTMAS s/t 12″ LP COLOR VINYL neurosis hawkwind

Everything ends the evening of Sunday, March 7th.

http://search.ebay.com/_W0QQsassZroboticempire

Thanks.

GHASTLY CITY SLEEP embark on full US tour


Brooklyn’s GHASTLY CITY SLEEP are embarking on a full US tour today, hitting both coasts in one month’s time. Some holes remain in their routing, and the band is seeking help from underground promoters in certain areas (see below). Here are the dates:

10/24 Philadelphia, PA @ Disgraceland – w/ Gholas (record release show), Secret Cutter, New Idea Society
10/25 Doylestown, PA @ Muggs – w/ The G
10/26 Washington DC @ Velvet Lounge – w/ Hel Toro
10/27 Richmond, VA @ Gallery 5 – w/ Brontosaurus, Caves Caverns, Jonathan Vasse
10/28 Harrisonburg, VA @ Blue Nile – w/ American Tourist
10/29 Asheville, NC @ BoBo Gallery – w/ Dank God
10/30 Athens, GA @ The Globe – w/ Matt Boyle
10/31 Gainesville, FL @ The Atlantic – THE FEST – w/ Ghost Buffalo, Tubers, Fin Fang Foom, more
11/01 Gainesville, FL @ THE FEST (day off)
11/02 New Orleans, LA @ Dragon’s Den – w/ Hurray For The Riff Raff
11/03 New Orleans, LA @ Tulane University Scultpture Gardens (early show)
11/03 Baton Rouge, LA @ Fletcher’s House (late show) – w/ Lake, Desolation Wilderness, Man Plus Building
11/04 Austin, TX @ Beerland – w/ Electric Jellyfish
11/05 Tulsa, OK @ The Monolith – w/ Clay Welch, Scales of Motion
11/06 Albuquerque, NM – HELP!
11/07 Tuscon, AZ @ The Living Room – w/ West
11/08 San Diego, CA – HELP!
11/09 Los Angeles, CA @ Echo Curio – w/ Super Minerals, Fantastic Ego, The Lost Libraries
11/10 Los Angeles, CA – HELP!
11/11 Santa Barbara/Riverside, CA – HELP!
11/12 Santa Rosa, CA @ TBA – w/ Litany For The Whale
11/13 San Fransisco, CA @ TBA – w/ Litany For The Whale
11/14 Oakland, CA @ TBA – w/ Litany For The Whale
11/15 Portland, OR @ TBA – w/ Litany For The Whale
11/16 Tacoma, WA @ TBA – w/ Litany For The Whale
11/17 Seattle, WA @ TBA – w/ Litany For The Whale
11/18 Boise, ID – HELP!
11/19 Salt Lake City, UT – HELP!
11/20 Denver, CO – HELP!
11/21 Lincoln, NE @ TBA – w/ Snakehead, Ghost Towns
11/22 Chicago, IL – HELP!
11/23 Pontiac, MI @ The Crofoot – w/ Summer Pledge, Vivious Cycles
11/24 Dayton/Cincinnati, OH – HELP!
11/25 Pittsburgh, PA @ TBA

Feel free to contact GHASTLY CITY SLEEP directly at their email theghastlycitysleep@gmail.com for information about shows, or if you can offer any help with the open dates. Updated info is being posted on the band’s myspace page as well:

http://www.myspace.com/GhastlyCitySleep

GHASTLY CITY SLEEP announces summer live dates


Brooklyn-via-Richmond’s GHASTLY CITY SLEEP have lined up a handful of shows surrounding their tourmates/brethren PYGMY LUSH‘s new album release on Lovitt Records. With both bands showcasing new material, these should be solid events. Here are the dates:

07/11/08 @ St. Al’s Sanctuary (19 I St. NW) in Washington, DC – w/ Pygmy Lush (record release show), Paul Joyner – 7pm – $8

07/12/08 @ MSB Church (59 S Main St.) in Doylestown, PA – w/ Pygmy Lush, Elder, Power Animal – 6pm – $6

07/13/08 @ Middle East (472 Massachusetts Ave) in Cambridge, MA – w/ Apse, Ekranoplan – 9pm – $8

07/23/08 @ Glasslands (289 Kent Ave) in Brooklyn, NY – w/ Hunt Club (record release show), Sisters, Joe Solomon – 8pm – $5

07/25/08 @ Cake Shop (152 Ludlow St.) in New York, NY – w/ New Idea Society, Boy Genius – 8pm – $7

08/14/08 @ Gallery 5 (200 W. Marshall St.) in Richmond, VA – pre-Best Friends Day show

Additional info can and will be found on the band’s myspace page:
http://www.myspace.com/GhastlyCitySleep

GHASTLY CITY SLEEP vinyl now available!! +RED SPAROWES, TORCHE re-presses!


Low and behold, the GHASTLY CITY SLEEP vinyl is finally done! Only like 9 months late, what? Better late that never birthing this beast though, as this self-titled debut turned out beautiful on vinyl. Two jackets printed up at Ross Ellis (with a thick spot varnish on the outer one) house the fine vinyl made by Pirates Press. This is the first job we’ve hand-assembled in years, and it was definitely worth having a billion extra boxes in-house for, as the end-result is pretty stellar! We made 1165 of these total, with the total pressing info as such:

* 275 on VANILLA (opaque cream with a tiny bit of white splatter)
* 275 on SMORE (opaque brown mixed with opaque cream)
* 275 on COGNAC (metallic gold mixed with translucent green)
* 210 on BLACK
* 130 (rejected) TEST PRESSES with alternate packaging

The test press version is only being sold along with the regular album, and these are now available through the Robotic Empire Online Store!

GHASTLY CITY SLEEP is mainly comprised of Virginia-to-NYC transplants who’ve converted their audio pallet from former chaos (CITY OF CATERPILLAR, MAJORITY RULE) into blissful rock-based ambience. Channeling the ghosts of SIGUR ROS and MOGWAI‘s past blended with powerful guitars, keys, varied percussion and just about everything in between. The multitude of layers involved here are accompanied by a warm, haunting array of vocals… all helping GHASTLY CITY SLEEP craft simply epic songs. Two tracks from this self-titled debut can be heard online here: http://www.myspace.com/GhastlyCitySleep

These LPs will ship out roughly around the time of the band’s record release show on December 15th, and will be amongst our last shipment trip for the year as we’re not filling any new orders received after December 10th. The US post offices are just far too nuts around Christmas time to even try fighting the crowds. We’ll be accepting orders during this break, but won’t start shipping again until after the new year… so if you want stuff, now is the time to get it!

Speaking of “stuff”, along with this beautiful GHASTLY CITY SLEEPdebut, we have just (again) re-pressed the vinyl versions of RED SPAROWES and TORCHE‘s debut albums, along with the deluxe TORCHE followup, In Return on 10″+CD (together).


The TORCHE Self-Titled Reissue 12″ has been re-pressed as the first press is now sold out. Touring their asses off with MOGWAI, ISIS, JESU and BARONESS since its release definitely hasn’t hurt, so we pressed up 1000 more! Pressing info is as follows for this second press:

* 250 on BURGUNDY (dark opaque maroon)
* 250 on CHOCOLATE COIN (metallic gold mixed with opaque brown)
* 250 on HOLY WATER (a weird amalgamation of clears)
* 250 on SAKE (clear with cloudy opaque white mixed in)

This is the gatefold, fully re-mixed and re-mastered edition of TORCHE‘s debut album… which has been completely reworked from the ground up due to the band’s overall dissatisfaction with the original release. This new version is a much more accurate representation of the band with an even heavier (and clearer) mix than the original, also containing an all new bonus track originally recorded during the initial tracking (but only recently receiving some absolutely epic vocal treatment) and expanded artwork.


Along with this, TORCHE‘s In Return 10″+CD has been re-pressed as well. Everyone who’s pre-ordered this second pressing will have their order shipped out on Friday, December 7th. These are now in-house and ready to roll so please order way through the Robotic Empire Online Store. The pressing info for this second pressing is as follows:

* 400 on ASTEROID
* 400 on MAROON SWIRL
* 400 on OPAQUE DARK PINK
* 400 on TRANSLUCENT GREEN SWIRL
* 200 on TRANSLUCENT RED w/ BLUE “PLANETS”
* 200 on CLEAR w/ BLACK “PLANETS”

It sure doesn’t feel like it, but it’s been three years since TORCHE‘s eponymous debut, and now they return with a blistering new release fittingly titled, well, In Return. This monstrous, seven-song, 20-minute EP pushes TORCHE‘s musical extremes even further as the “poppy” songs are far more catchy, and the “heavy” songs are infinitely more crushing. The band continues to explore every side of their multi-faceted personas, presenting their darkest, heaviest and most infectious work to date!

In Return is also Robotic Empire’s most obsessively ridiculous packaging yet; a beautiful full-color John Baizley design as a gatefold 10″ jacket with a printed innersleeve and a die-cut that holds the companion CD in place, all housed in a thick mylar bag with a two-color sticker. Yep, this deluxe colored vinyl comes with a musically-identical CD counterpart so you don’t have to deal with any digital download hassles if you simply want this thing on your computer. However, you’ll definitely appreciate the physical nature of this true beast once you see and hear TORCHE‘s absolutely mammoth new release, as this truly is the most over the top packaging we’ve done to date!

Other new stuff and restocks that have come to the Robotic Empire Online Store in within the past week or so includes the following:

* Ampere – “All Our Tomorrows End Today – BLUE COLORED VINYL” 10″ (Ebullition) – $11.00
* Ampere / Sinaloa – “Split” 12″ (Ebullition) – $12.00
* Battle of Mice – “A Day of Nights” CD (Neurot) – $10.00
* Black Cross – “Severance Pays” CD (Auxiliary) – $12.00
* Black Cross – “Sink, Knives and Chrome” CDep (Auxiliary) – $7.00
* Brainworms – “Which Is Worse – CLEAR w/ SPLATTER COLORED VINYL” 12″ (Rorschach) – $10.00
* Brainworms – “Which Is Worse” CD (Rorschach) – $8.00
* Catalyst, The – “Marianas Trench – CLEAR COLORED VINYL” 12″ (Self Released) – $9.00
* Chamberlain – “Exit 263″ 12″ (Hometown Caravan) – $10.00
* Chamberlain – “Five Year Diary” 2×12″ (Hometown Caravan) – $14.00
* Coliseum – “Goddamage” CD (Auxiliary) – $10.00
* Coliseum – “No Salvation – SILVER w/ WHITE SPLATTER COLORED VINYL” 12″ (Auxiliary) – $14.00
* Eulcid – “Hope, And Songs To Sing” 12″ (Altin Village) – $12.00
* Final – “3″ 2xCD (Neurot) – $12.00
* Grails – “The Burden of Hope” CD (Neurot) – $10.00
* Grails – “Redlight” CD (Neurot) – $10.00
* House of Low Culture – “Edwards Lament” CD (Neurot) – $10.00
* Iron Lung / Agents Of Abhorrence – “Split – GREY COLORED VINYL” 7″ (Missing Link) – $8.00
* Japanther / The Good Good – “Split” 7″ (Altin Village) – $7.00
* Japanther – “Master Of Pigeons” CD (Menlo Park) – $10.00
* Japanther – “Yer Living Grave” CD (Menlo Park) – $10.00
* Made Out Of Babies – “Coward – BROWN w/ SPLATTER COLORED VINYL” 12″ (Neurot) – $15.00
* Made Out Of Babies – “Trophy” CD (Neurot) – $10.00
* MGR (member of ISIS) – “Nova Lux” CD (Neurot) – $10.00
* Monarcs / Thank God – “Split – WHITE COLORED VINYL [limited to 110]” 10″ (Mashnote) – $11.00
* Neurosis – “Enemy Of The Sun” CD (Neurot) – $10.00
* Neurosis – “Given To The Rising – BLACK / WHITE / SILVER COLORED VINYL” 2×12″ (Neurot) – $25.00
* Neurosis – “Souls At Zero” CD (Neurot) – $10.00
* Neurosis – “Times of Grace” CD (Relapse) – $10.00
* New Idea Society – “The World Is Bright And Lonely” 12″+CD (Altin Village) – $12.00
* Om / Current 93 – “Split – CLEAR COLORED VINYL” 10″ (Neurot) – $14.00
* Om / Current 93 – “Split – PURPLE COLORED VINYL” 10″ (Neurot) – $14.00
* Om / Current 93 – “Split – RED COLORED VINYL” 10″ (Neurot) – $14.00
* Orchid – “Chaos Is Me – YELLOW COLORED VINYL” 12″ (Ebullition) – $12.00
* Orchid – “Dance Tonight / Revolution Tomorrow – BLUE COLORED VINYL” 10″ (Ebullition) – $11.00
* Pink Razors – “First Degree – WHITE COLORED VINYL” 7″ (Rorschach) – $5.00
* Plows – “Those People” CD (Self Released) – $7.00
* Portraits of Past – “01010101 – BLUE COLORED VINYL” 12″ (Ebullition) – $10.00
* Prideswallower – “Lifeswallower” CDep (Auxiliary) – $7.00
* Pusher – “Self-Titled” CD (Auxiliary) – $10.00
* Red Sparowes – “At The Soundless Dawn” CD (Neurot) – $10.00
* Red Sparowes – “At The Soundless Dawn – CLOUDY SKY COLORED VINYL” 2×12″ (Robotic Empire) – $20.00
* Red Sparowes – “At The Soundless Dawn – STORMY SKY COLORED VINYL” 2×12″ (Robotic Empire) – $20.00
* Red Sparowes – “Every Red Heart Shines Toward The Red Sun” CD (Neurot) – $10.00
* Sleep – “Vol 2 – Size: Small” T-Shirt (Self Released) – $15.00
* Sleep – “Vol 2 – Size: Medium” T-Shirt (Self Released) – $15.00
* Sleep – “Vol 2 – Size: Large” T-Shirt (Self Released) – $15.00
* Tarantula Hawk – “Self-Titled” CD (Neurot) – $10.00
* They And The Children – “Thoughts on Becoming a Ghost” CD (Tor Johnson) – $8.00
* Yaphet Kotto – “We Bury Our Dead Alive” CD (Ebullition) – $10.00
* Young Widows / Plows – “Split – BLUE COLORED VINYL” 7″+CD (Auxiliary) – $7.00
* Young Widows – “Settle Down City” 12″ (Auxiliary) – $14.00

That’s the main news right now. For everyone wondering exactly when the ISIS Shades Of The Swarm box set will be done, well we still don’t have an exact date for you. With so many different parts to this massive job, there’s no way to say exactly when it will be done just yet. There’s no pre-ordering for this happening either, so another post will be made when we’re ready to announce it for sale.

And finally, the CAPSULE debut album Blue will be entering production next week as well. The artwork and master are both done and this album is going to be pressed as both formats together (12″ + CD). We’re REALLY stoked on how this is shaping up, and a recently mastered version of “Symptom Of Spectacle” has been posted online here: http://www.myspace.com/CapsuleFL. We’re thinking about doing another pre-order for this one, possibly with some kind of tie-dye’d t-shirt…

More on all that soon, in the meantime the Robotic Empire Online Store will be closing down for the holidays on December 10th so get those orders in early if you want stuff. Thanks!

New releases from TORCHE, GHASTLY CITY SLEEP, ISIS and more!!!

Hot on the heels of the PYGMY LUSH Bitter River CD / LP / T-Shirt pre-order we announced last week (click here to see the post) we’ve received a massive amount of CDs and vinyl we need to announce as now available!

The first major new addition to the Robotic Empire Online Store is the absolutely incredible debut album from Brooklyn’s GHASTLY CITY SLEEP. This self-titled effort is seriously leaps and bounds beyond anything the seasoned members have created in the past, and we really couldn’t be happier with how this debut turned out! Here is what we wrote about this album for stores, distros, etc:

“It isn’t often new music surfaces that is so deeply intense, just hearing it may induce instant nostalgia; the ancient sensations you get when the seasons change, a vivid dream involving the first person you ever loved. In the same way that select few can simultaneously achieve dark and uplifting songs, the Brooklyn-based quartet known as GHASTLY CITY SLEEP hone in on some immensely powerful elements to deliver a commanding, breathtaking first offering. On the GHASTLY CITY SLEEP debut, four tracks span thirty minutes… and when it’s done, you actually feel different. To say it’s “moving” is an understatement with what Robotic Empire safely proclaims to be one of the most groundbreaking releases we’ve ever been a part of.

While two pieces nearly reach the six-minute mark and the other two eclipse nine, the whole offering flows with a smooth liquidity, creating one solidified, captivating body of work. The four young men involved in GHASTLY CITY SLEEP don’t stick to one instrument long, as the entire collective can be found playing everything from guitars, keys, various percussion and just about everything in between. The multitude of layers involved here are accompanied by a warm yet haunting array of vocals, all helping to produce this simply epic debut.”

The first track from this release, “Ice Creaks”, can be heard online here. Although not exactly indicative of their sound, it’s worth mentioning that GHASTLY CITY SLEEP‘s debut recording features members of and/or contributions by past and present members of GREGOR SAMSA, CITY OF CATERPILLAR, MAJORITY RULE, KILARA, KAYO DOT and more. This recording is truly a horse of a different color though, with comparisons to SIGUR ROS, MUM, STEREOLAB, LOW, MOGWAI and SLOWDIVE not unjust.

The CD version of this album is now finished, in house and ready to ship out (click here for an animation of the deluxe packaging). This fortunately hasn’t leaked online (so far) as the promo copies haven’t shipped yet, so the only way to hear this thing is to actually buy it… a novel idea, right? The vinyl isn’t being offered as a pre-order as the print isn’t in production just yet, but we’ve got test presses already so the vinyl should be in motion very soon! This won’t be in stores until October 16th so if you want to hear GHASTLY CITY SLEEP, this is the way… or live of course. There is only one scheduled performance right now, but more will be announced ASAP…

Monday, August 20th – Baltimore, MD @ The Ottobar (2549 N Howard St.) – w/ Circle Takes The Square, Haram, Pygmy Lush, Dawn Treader – 9pm – ALL AGES

So if you aren’t on the east coast and are interested in picking up this CD please head on over to the Robotic Empire Online Store. Yes we’ve heard “nobody buys CDs anymore”, but the packaging for this is truly next-level with a clear PVC insert creating a slightly cloudy white effect when you look through the jewel case to the truly massive poster fold-out. Yep, this is the biggest poster fold-out the manufacturers can even make, and this double-sided insert has a huge painting on one side and an insanely-detailed, block-press-inspired flipside with all lyrics and linear notes included (something you won’t get if you just download this). Long story short, for $10 you not only support an independent band and label, but also get a truly impressive release both in audio and visual!


Next up in the truly MASSIVE new release department is the long-awaited EP from TORCHE!!! It sure doesn’t feel like it, but it’s been three years since TORCHE‘s eponymous debut, and now they return with a blistering new release fittingly titled, well, In Return. This monstrous, seven-song, 20-minute EP pushes TORCHE‘s musical extremes even further as the “poppy” songs are far more catchy, and the “heavy” songs are infinitely more crushing. The band continues to explore every side of their multi-faceted personas, presenting their darkest, heaviest and most infectious work to date!


In Return is also Robotic Empire’s most obsessively ridiculous packaging yet; a beautiful full-color John Baizley design as a gatefold 10″ jacket with a printed innersleeve and a die-cut that holds the companion CD in place, all housed in a thick mylar bag with a two-color sticker. Yep, this deluxe colored vinyl comes with a musically-identical CD counterpart so you don’t have to deal with any digital download hassles if you simply want this thing on your computer. However, you’ll definitely appreciate the physical nature of this true beast once you see and hear TORCHE‘s absolutely mammoth new release, as this truly is the most over the top packaging we’ve done to date! We even got our pressing plant to do some crazy colored vinyl options that have NEVER BEEN DONE BEFORE! Yep, the “planets” version (or “petals”, or “easter eggs”?? see below!) is some first-time-ever shit, and cost extra to do since it was labor-intensive to make… so we’re charging a bit more for them.

* Two tracks from In Return, “Rule The Beast” and the title track “In Return”, can be previewed here!

This beast won’t be in stores until September 18th (in the USA, a bit later in Europe) and we’ve gotta limit the mail orders of this one to non-European countries only as Rock Action is releasing this one in Europe too. Euros, start hounding them about it… otherwise, if you’re interested in picking this up please head over to the Robotic Empire Online Store. The recording for this was expensive (it sounds fucking incredible) and the packaging costs were through the roof so we gotta charge $14-$16 for this crazy package, but that does include postage in the USA. Sorry about the high price, it really is worth it though… wait until you see and hear this thing!

Here’s the pressing info for the In Return 10″+CD:
* 400 on BEER / YELLOW (side A = “beer” colored, side B = translucent yellow)
* 400 on BROWN w/ HEAVY SILVER SPLATTER
* 400 on CAMOUFLAGE
* 400 on COKEBOTTLE BLUE w/ SILVER SMOKE
* 200 on CLEAR w/ “PLANETS” (click here for a bigger pic)
* 200 on BLUE w/ “PLANETS” (click here for a bigger pic)

Available now only in the Robotic Empire Online Store!

And for all those ornery (…and/or patient) collectors who ordered the Self-Titled Reissue a few months back, here is the pressing info for that:
* 250 on BLUE w/ WHITE SMOKE
* 250 on CLEAR w/ WHITE SMOKE
* 250 on GREEN w/ WHITE SMOKE
* 250 on YELLOW w/ WHITE SMOKE
* 100 on BROWN w/ STARBURST
* 100 on PINK

There it is, the latest in TORCHE glory! This In Return 10″+CD is seriously one of the coolest looking releases we’ve done yet, if not one of the most pummeling as well! We have copies of the Self-Titled Reissue available on both CD and LP as well, so please hit up the Robotic Empire Online Store if interested!


If all this weren’t enough to overload your senses, we also re-pressed the latest ISIS album, In The Absence Of Truth! The first press of this blasted out pretty fast so we’ve made some more, and here is what we wrote about it for those who haven’t heard it yet:

“The logical expansion of ISIS‘ multiple personalities yield In The Absence Of Truth, their latest monster full-length. It only makes sense that the ‘atmospheric’ parts are even more haunting (yet, uplifting) and the ‘heavy’ parts are even more brutal and crushing. However, it’s hardly an album of polar opposites, with the fluidity only achieved by a band who’s been consistently developing like this for nearly a decade now. The increased amount of actual singing really makes a difference on the more mellow moments, but widespread experimentation with new elements reaches far beyond the vocals here. Appropriate usage of unique tones, leads and overall surprising song-structures culminate with nine tracks of ISIS‘ most impressive work to date. In The Absence Of Truth really is an astounding album, with a maturity displayed that leaps from their past into amazing uncharted waters of heaviness. Robotic Empire is honored to supply this gatefold, double-LP vinyl edition of ISIS‘ latest masterpiece.”

* You can preview the track “Not In Rivers But In Drops” from this album here

The pressing info for this 2nd press is as follows:
* 1100 copies on BLACK
* 300 copies on CLEAR
* 300 copies on GOLD/BLACK (side A = black, side b = metallic gold… these look awesome)
* 300 copies on RED/YELLOW (side A = translucent red, side b = “beer” colored… looks like fruit punch)

If you are interested in this beautiful re-press, please head on over to the Robotic Empire Online Store! We’re charging $20 for this double-LP, which includes postage in the USA.

And last (and actually least), we have added a few restocks to the Robotic Empire Online Store since the last update last week:

* A Fine Boat That Coffin / Am I Dead Yet / Mock Heroic / Utarid – “Split” 12″ (React With Protest) – $10.00
* Belegost / The Sea Like Lead – “Split” CD (Electric Human Proj.) – $9.00
* Danse Macabre – “Synkopenleben Nein Danke” 12″ (React With Protest) – $10.00
* Joshua Fit For Battle – “Bring Out Your Dead” CD (Electric Human Proj.) – $9.00
* La Quiete / Louise Cyphere – “Split – RED COLORED VINYL” 10″ (Electric Human Proj.) – $10.00
* La Quiete / Louise Cyphere – “Split – YELLOW COLORED VINYL” 10″ (Electric Human Proj.) – $10.00
* Setup, The / Schematic of a Waking Life – “Split” CD (Electric Human Proj.) – $7.00
* Tunes For Bears To Dance To / El Minotaur – “Split” 7″ (Medical Abuse) – $5.00
* Various Artists – “Emo Apocalypse” 12″ (React With Protest) – $10.00

WOW big update out of nowhere, it all just kind of worked out like this. We’ve got lots of bills to pay too since tons of stuff has been in production lately (with more in motion right now!) so please help us make more paper and plastic nonsense by hitting up the Robotic Empire Online Store.

Big ups / jah bless / many thanks / peace!!

GHASTLY CITY SLEEP Announce Debut Album, Post Preview Track

Robotic Empire’s latest addition to the roster, Brooklyn’s GHASTLY CITY SLEEP have finished the recording for their eponymous debut, scheduled for release early this spring. Over four tracks (that span 30 minutes) GHASTLY CITY SLEEP combine the finest elements of shoegazer and ambiance along with an acute penchant for melody to create an absolutely stunning array of material. While two pieces nearly reach the six-minute mark and the other two eclipse nine, the whole offering flows with a smooth liquidity, creating one solidified, captivating body of work that easily becomes one of the most exciting and groundbreaking releases we’ve been a part of to date.

The four young men involved in GHASTLY CITY SLEEP don’t keep to one instrument long, as the entire collective can be found playing everything from guitars, keys, various percussion and just about everything in between. The multitude of layers involved here are accompanied by a warm yet haunting array of vocals, all helping to produce this simply epic debut.

The group (with current and former members of CITY OF CATERPILLAR, GREGOR SAMSA and MAJORITY RULE) formed back in 2005 after transplanting from Richmond, VA but only just finished the recordings, completed via Alex Aldi at Gigantic Studios in NYC (ASOBI SEKSU, THE FALL, etc.). GHASTLY CITY SLEEP have posted a sample song, “Ice Creaks”, (featuring Mia from KAYO DOT) for listeners to preview prior to the CD and LP releases come March 27th, 2007. Live performances are in the formative stages now, but in the meantime, “Ice Creaks” can be experienced here:

http://www.myspace.com/GhastlyCitySleep