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Robotic Empire announces second Nirvana tribute, “Whatever Nevermind”

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We are extremely stoked to announce our second tribute to Nirvana, this time with their breakout Nevermind album being covered in full by a diverse range of bands. The new tribute LP, titled Whatever Nevermind, is being released April 18th in conjunction with Record Store Day 2015, and sees diverse contributions from Boris, Cave In, Circa Survive, Kylesa, La Dispute, Nothing, Pygmy Lush, Thou, Torche, Touche Amore, White Reaper, Wrong and Young Widows.

The lineup assembled for Whatever Nevermind has some of our favorite active bands running Nirvana’s classics through their own creative filters. What they’ve come up with is a great merging of individual style with a nod to the influence of ‘grunge’.

Nirvana clearly doesn’t need further accolade; they’ve been inducted into the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame, are known by most music fans on the planet, and are one of the all-time greats. That being said, Nirvana helped shape our tastes and of countless musicians we respect, and to pay even a slight homage to them in return is a privilege. Working with the amazing range of talents involved here, including several return contributors from the first tribute LP, is an absolute honor, and we can’t wait for people to hear the results.

Circa Survive‘s take on ‘Drain You’ premieres today via Alternative Press and can be heard here:

http://www.altpress.com/features/entry/circa_survive_cover_nirvanas_drain_you_exclusive

On their method of tackling the project, Brendan from Circa Survive says:

“There are different ways to approach covering a band. For us, doing a Nirvana song takes us back to a very raw place that we were in when we were young and just falling in love with music. We didn’t want to say ‘here’s what this song would’ve sounded like if Circa wrote it’. It was way more fun for us to live in their energy and pay homage to their influence by just rocking the shit out of it and keeping it raw.”

The vinyl edition of Whatever Nevermind is being released as a 12″ + bonus 7″ combined, with artwork inspired by and mutated from the original album, and includes a high-quality digital download. Record Store Day 2015 will see an exclusive color-vinyl edition accompanied by a large poster, akin to the 2014 RSD release of In Utero: In Tribute.

The tribute will also be available April 18th to download/stream from all digital outlets, with digital pre-orders now available from iTunes including immediate availability of Circa Survive‘s cover of ‘Drain You':

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/whatever-nevermind-tribute/id973746631

Last year’s In Utero: In Tribute vinyl sold out on release day, the digital version received a spotlight on the iTunes storefront and received coverage across high-profile media including Alternative Press, SPIN and The Guardian.

As Robotic Empire’s 100th release, “In Utero: In Tribute” concluded an oft-rumored, elusive 7-year project. Just one year later, the catalog number for followup homage “Whatever Nevermind” appropriately lands at Robo 116, as the label celebrates its 16th year of existence with this release. We couldn’t be more proud and excited to present this to you!

“Whatever Nevermind”

Young Widows – Smells Like Teen Spirit
Torche – In Bloom
Kylesa – Come As You Are
Cave In – Breed
Boris – Lithium
La Dispute – Polly
White Reaper – Territorial Pissings
Circa Survive – Drain You
Touche Amore – Lounge Act
Wrong – Stay Away
Pygmy Lush – On A Plain
Nothing – Something In The Way
Thou – Endless, Nameless / Even In His Youth (Bonus Tracks)

Digital reissue/rarities label The Archivist launched!

The Archivist logo white BG 1000pxRobotic Empire is excited to announce the creation of a new digital-only label, The Archivist. Launching with 15 digital reissues of long out-of-print albums alongside otherwise unreleased material, The Archivist establishes a home for both lost classics and new tunes for fans to access on iTunes, Spotify, Google Play, Amazon, Bandcamp and other major digital outlets.

The roots of the project stem from an early adoption of digital media by Robotic Empire, and the realization of many excellent albums simply being available in no legitimate form. The main goal of The Archivist is to make  widespread availability of influential and/or inspiring music that otherwise may not reach fans worldwide who want to hear these songs.

The Archivist’s initial launch sees the following releases now available digitally:

* City of Caterpillar – Demo + Live Recording (originally released in 2002, long out of print/unavailable)
* City of Caterpillar – Self-Titled album (originally released in 2002, long out of print/unavailable)
* Forcefedglass – When Back Are Turned, Knives Are Pulled (expanded edition, originally released in 1998 from dudes who went on to join Converge, Hassan I Sabbah, etc.)
* Idolands – Rare At Ease EP (previously unreleased EP / member of Daughters side-project)
* Joshua Fit For Battle – Bring Out Your Dead (collection album originally released in 2003, long out of print)
* Majority Rule – Demo EP (rare 2000’s recording leading up to the “Interviews With David Frost” album)
* Riddle of Steel – 1985 (originally released in 2008, Andrew Elstner’s band prior to Torche/Tilts)
* Riddle of Steel – Burn (originally released in 2001, Andrew Elstner’s band prior to Torche/Tilts)
* Riddle of Steel – Got This Feeling (originally released in 2005, Andrew Elstner’s band prior to Torche/Tilts)
* Riddle of Steel – Python (originally released in 2003, Andrew Elstner’s band prior to Torche/Tilts)
* Transistor Transistor – Erase All Name and Likeness (originally released in 2005, long out of print)
* Transistor Transistor – Ruined Lives (originally released in 2008, long out of print)
* Transistor Transistor – Young Vampires of New Hampshire (feat. Tomas Lindberg, originally released in 2008)
* Welcome the Plague Year – Self-Titled album (originally released in 2004, long out of print)
* Wraith – Self-Titled EP (previously unreleased occult rock recordings from Eric Hernandez of Capsule, Wrong, Kylesa, etc)

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A lengthy list of direct links to this first round of 15 releases can be found below, and you can follow The Archivist direct via Facebook, Bandcamp and/or our newsletter to find out about future releases:

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City of Caterpillar – City of Caterpillar:
* iTunes – https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/city-of-caterpillar/id961113790?uo=4
* Spotify – https://open.spotify.com/album/0uXUaF5IG6V1jmPZgD7XZG
* Amazon – http://www.amazon.com/City-Caterpillar/dp/B00SR4PB96
* Google Play – https://play.google.com/store/music/album/City_of_Caterpillar_City_of_Caterpillar?id=Bhlhyhd7mnfl2e5jbcfr646ucje
* Bandcamp – https://thearchivistlabel.bandcamp.com/album/city-of-caterpillar

City of Caterpillar – Demo + Live Recording:
* iTunes – https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/demo-+-live-recording/id960689324?uo=4
* Spotify – https://open.spotify.com/album/4MmqFjIx9gaQUesvP2ZCtW
* Amazon – http://www.amazon.com/Demo-Live-Recording-City-Caterpillar/dp/B00SQ6KO38
* Google Play- https://play.google.com/store/music/album/City_of_Caterpillar_Demo_Live_Recording?id=Blixhccdoxqjsg5oehzzqnzjiku&hl=en
* Bandcamp – https://thearchivistlabel.bandcamp.com/album/demo-live-recording

Forcefedglass – When Back Are Turned, Knives Are Pulled (Expanded Edition):
* iTunes – https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/when-backs-are-turned-knives/id947767918?uo=4
* Spotify – https://open.spotify.com/album/3PvjHj3KUffCnnMi5GFLvJ
* Amazon – http://www.amazon.com/Backs-Turned-Knives-Pulled-Expanded/dp/B00QITF0LG
* Google Play – https://play.google.com/store/music/album/Forcefedglass_When_Backs_Are_Turned_Knives_Are_Pul?id=Blk4cuuends2txaiz4fygt7odga&hl=en
* Bandcamp – https://thearchivistlabel.bandcamp.com/album/when-back-are-turned-knives-are-pulled-expanded-edition

Idolands – Rare At Ease EP:
* iTunes – https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/rare-at-ease-ep/id953698821?uo=4
* Spotify – https://open.spotify.com/album/5hC5WqFe2lzfpiaarhvx21
* Amazon – http://www.amazon.com/Rare-at-Ease-Idolands/dp/B00R9VHUA6
* Google Play – https://play.google.com/store/music/album/Idolands_Rare_at_Ease?id=B26axrhcbabvwammdseinqbry3m&hl=en
* Bandcamp – https://thearchivistlabel.bandcamp.com/album/rare-at-ease-ep

Joshua Fit for Battle – Bring Out Your Dead:
* iTunes – https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/bring-out-your-dead/id947749342?uo=4
* Spotify – https://open.spotify.com/album/2opAg43xGJPcst6ijKfQc7
* Amazon – http://www.amazon.com/Bring-Your-Dead-Joshua-Battle/dp/B00QITJQP2
* Google Play – https://play.google.com/store/music/album/Joshua_Fit_For_Battle_Bring_out_Your_Dead?id=Bbc7guhyyqlpultuv4niehf5juy&hl=en
* Bandcamp – https://thearchivistlabel.bandcamp.com/album/bring-out-your-dead

Majority Rule – 4-Song Demo EP:
* iTunes – https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/4-song-demo-ep/id949040341?uo=4
* Spotify – https://open.spotify.com/album/3L1R77YROKRjYDGJAzoOm5
* Amazon – http://www.amazon.com/4-Song-Demo-Majority-Rule/dp/B00QO2HZGA
* Google Play – https://play.google.com/store/music/album/Majority_Rule_4_Song_Demo?id=Buk72pfnhehw3eie7ka6f2wtf5e&hl=en
* Bandcamp – https://thearchivistlabel.bandcamp.com/album/4-song-demo

Riddle of Steel – 1985:
* iTunes – https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/1985/id949043475?uo=4
* Spotify – https://open.spotify.com/album/4oGEpSqkz8f9FgXs6PQmQH
* Amazon – http://www.amazon.com/1985-Riddle-Steel/dp/B00QO2ANUK
* Google Play – https://play.google.com/store/music/album/Riddle_of_Steel_1985?id=Bihcfepqce3oaqaqw6zfg2v5cm4
* Bandcamp – https://thearchivistlabel.bandcamp.com/album/1985

Riddle of Steel – Burn EP:
* iTunes – https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/burn-ep/id947661824?uo=4
* Spotify – https://open.spotify.com/album/5kLm3X6x9fpq1UiICTL0PD
* Amazon – http://www.amazon.com/Burn-Riddle-Steel/dp/B00QITAOHQ
* Bandcamp – https://thearchivistlabel.bandcamp.com/album/burn-ep

Riddle of Steel – Got This Feelin':
* iTunes – https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/got-this-feelin/id947763097?uo=4
* Spotify – https://open.spotify.com/album/0mW1TzVLg2iIRcHs5FXrxR
* Amazon – http://www.amazon.com/Got-This-Feelin-Riddle-Steel/dp/B00QJ020Z8
* Google Play – https://play.google.com/store/music/album/Riddle_of_Steel_Got_This_Feelin?id=Brrwpdgdygk2opucotb5ecvfneu
* Bandcamp – https://thearchivistlabel.bandcamp.com/album/got-this-feelin

Riddle of Steel – Python:
* iTunes – https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/python/id947741796?uo=4
* Spotify – https://open.spotify.com/album/0ktVDujAouKoHqRzWVDnJ7
* Amazon – http://www.amazon.com/Python-Riddle-Steel/dp/B00QJ4YTC6
* Google Play – https://play.google.com/store/music/album/Riddle_of_Steel_Python?id=Bmjdrotl4356qquzr46k3geeaza
* Bandcamp – https://thearchivistlabel.bandcamp.com/album/python

Transistor Transistor – Erase All Name and Likeness:
* iTunes – https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/erase-all-name-and-likeness/id952000913?uo=4
* Spotify – https://open.spotify.com/album/46JrmbXmbYR6E3cI4pVUu1
* Amazon – http://www.amazon.com/Erase-All-Name-Likeness-Master/dp/B00R5M0R40
* Google Play – https://play.google.com/store/music/album/Transistor_Transistor_Erase_All_Name_and_Likeness_?id=B2vk3r5qvul2gcgrszxgupyfhgm
* Bandcamp – https://thearchivistlabel.bandcamp.com/album/erase-all-name-and-likeness

Transistor Transistor – Ruined Lives:
* iTunes – https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/ruined-lives/id952016371?uo=4
* Spotify – https://open.spotify.com/album/2s3TUPyTvrQCClUO8u1iZR
* Amazon – http://www.amazon.com/Ruined-Lives-Transistor/dp/B00R60E75Q
* Google Play – https://play.google.com/store/music/album/Transistor_Transistor_Ruined_Lives?id=Be4bxioaa5hpzum4bqck37h3asu
* Bandcamp – https://thearchivistlabel.bandcamp.com/album/ruined-lives

Transistor Transistor – Young Vampires of New Hampshire:
* iTunes – https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/young-vampires-new-hampshire/id955645719?uo=4
* Spotify – https://open.spotify.com/album/5B3EisVBPq3B2TGqYSsfM4
* Amazon – http://www.amazon.com/Young-Vampires-New-Hampshire-Transistor/dp/B00R52DHPG
* Google Play – https://play.google.com/store/music/album/Transistor_Transistor_Young_Vampires_of_New_Hampsh?id=Bj4qljhbyac6avc2la72cudqdg4
* Bandcamp – https://thearchivistlabel.bandcamp.com/album/young-vampires-of-new-hampshire

Welcome the Plague Year – Welcome the Plague Year:
* iTunes – https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/welcome-the-plague-year/id947632911?uo=4
* Spotify – https://open.spotify.com/album/0JxaieYC7M4d9RGVRd6hYc
* Amazon – http://www.amazon.com/Welcome-Plague-Year/dp/B00QIDNSYS
* Google Play – https://play.google.com/store/music/album/Welcome_the_Plague_Year_Welcome_the_Plague_Year?id=B3tyng7xm4lp4va2xmtutm5roem
* Bandcamp – https://thearchivistlabel.bandcamp.com/album/welcome-the-plague-year

Wraith – Wraith EP:
* iTunes – https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/wraith-ep/id952034153?uo=4
* Spotify – https://open.spotify.com/album/43n4PaLXJ57uZTud5cVZfa
* Amazon – http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00R611A3M
* Google Play – https://play.google.com/store/music/album/Wraith_Wraith?id=B43fgruh2gafxn5rn5w7zwxkosi
* Bandcamp – https://thearchivistlabel.bandcamp.com/album/wraith-ep

A continuing stream of releases will roll out in the following weeks and months, with a healthy schedule of future activity planned. To find out first about additional tunes as they become available, be sure to follow The Archivist via Facebook, Bandcamp and/or our newsletter:

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Introducing WRONG and TERMINAL FUZZ TERROR with vinyl and download preorders!

Things have finally calmed down here at Robo HQ after the insane activity from several ISIS vinyl reissues. Happy to have Oceanic, Panopticon and In The Absence Of Truth out there and reasonably widespread again, we’re now ready to introduce you to two new bands joining the Robo roster by launching two new preorders!


TERMINAL FUZZ TERROR are a Seattle-based band consisting of D. Rodriguez (guitar, vocals), D. Nelson (guitar, vocals), A. Crawshaw (drums) and J. Kleine (bass). Drummer Crawshaw also runs the Seattle based screen printing monolith Broken Press, who screened all printwork for TFT’s hand assembled, limited release. Their vinyl debut, Vol 0: In The Shadow Of The Mountain, was recorded at Witch Ape Studio, engineered and mixed by Tad Doyle (of TAD) and mastered by James Plotkin.

TFT unleash a raw fury of rock n’ roll drifted through the filters of punk, psychedelia and blues. Pummeling percussion and wailing riffs accompany a vocal delivery that channels an obliterated Jim Morrison at the height of religious revelry! The magnanimous 17-minute title track B-side closes out Vol 0: In The Shadow Of The Mountain with a long form, slow burning mind melter. You can sample for yourself by previewing “Megalodon” now via The Obelisk.

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Housed in a silk screened jacket limited to 300 copies, this is a thing of beauty and includes a high-quality digital download, massive poster and insert. 50 special deluxe versions of the record include an embroidered 4″ round patch and come packaged in a screen printed tote bag (a very limited amount are available for mailorder from us).


We’ve also got some badass t-shirts for TFT, printed on cozy ass Anvil Ringspun shirts – hit that up too for some new digs.

Available on March 3rd, Vol 0: In The Shadow Of The Mountain pre-orders are up now and expected to ship around Feb. 27th.

* VINYL pre-orders via Robotic Empire’s Online Store

* DOWNLOAD pre-orders via iTunes or Bandcamp

On the other side of the heavy spectrum, for the folks who’ve been wondering what the CAPSULE dudes have been up to, we’re beyond stoked to introduce you to WRONG!


Comprised of Eric Hernandez on guitars / vocals, brother Brian Hernandez on drums, Andres Ascanio on the bass and Ryan Haft on guitars, Miami, Florida’s WRONG debut with an absolutely pummeling four-track EP titled Stop Giving. With an emphasis on bludgeon and groove, it’s hard not to compare their first recordings to heyday-era HELMET; but WRONG deliver their own dissonance, atmosphere and attitude in a massive combination of power and skill. An indication of things to come, Stop Giving preludes a full-length due on Robotic Empire later this year.


The Stop Giving EP vinyl plays at 45rpm, is limited to 300 copies, and comes in silk screened packaging with artwork by TORCHE‘s Rick Smith, printed at Seattle’s Broken Press. Self-recorded and mixed in Summer 2014 at Pinecrust studios in Miami, FL by Ryan Haft, the EP was mastered by Nick Zampiello at New Alliance. Including a high quality digital download, you can listen to “Call It” now on our Bandcamp page.

Vinyl is being assembled now and is set to begin shipping around Feb. 27th !

* VINYL pre-orders via Robotic Empire’s Online Store

* DOWNLOAD pre-orders via iTunes or Bandcamp and immediately receive the song “Call It”

CATCH WRONG ON TOUR w/ TORCHE:
Mar 06 – Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
Mar 07 – Birmingham, AL @ Bottletree Cafe
Mar 08 – Baton Rouge, LA @ Spanish Moon
Mar 09 – Houston, TX @ Fitzgerald’s Downstairs
Mar 10 – Austin, TX @ Red 7
Mar 11 – Dallas, TX @ Club Dada
Mar 12 – Memphis, TN @ The Hi-Tone Cafe
Mar 13 – St Louis, MO @ Firebird
Mar 14 – Chicago, IL @ The Empty Bottle
Mar 15 – Milwaukee, WI @ Cactus Club
Mar 16 – Columbus, OH @ Skully’s Music Diner
Mar 17 – Cleveland Heights, OH @ Grog Shop
Mar 18 – Grand Rapids, MI @ Pyramid Scheme
Mar 21 – Toronto, ON @ Lee’s Palace
Mar 22 – Montreal, QC @ Bar le Ritz PDB
Mar 23 – Buffalo, NY @ Mohawk Place
Mar 25 – Allston, MA @ Great Scott
Mar 26 – Brooklyn, NY @ Saint Vitus
Mar 27 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Underground Arts
Mar 28 – Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter
Mar 29 – Washington, DC @ DC9 Nightclub

Beyond these two new Robo-bangers, we’ve got a handful of solid restocks along with some new releases – so here’s the full list:

NEW ITEMS & RESTOCKS:
* Decades Failures – Goodby3 12″ (Dead Tank) $9.99
* Fall Of Efrafa – Inle 2×12″ (No Pasaran) $24.99
* Pygmy Lush – Mount Hope 12″ – 180 GRAM VINYL (Lovitt) $12.99
* Pygmy Lush – Old Friends 12″ (Lovitt) $12.99
* Terminal Fuzz Terror – In The Shadow Of The Mountain Size: EXTRA LARGE T-Shirt (Broken Press) $9.99
* Terminal Fuzz Terror – In The Shadow Of The Mountain Size: LARGE T-Shirt (Broken Press) $9.99
* Terminal Fuzz Terror – In The Shadow Of The Mountain Size: MEDIUM T-Shirt (Broken Press) $9.99
* Terminal Fuzz Terror – In The Shadow Of The Mountain Size: SMALL T-Shirt (Broken Press) $9.99
* Terminal Fuzz Terror – Vol.0: In The Shadow Of The Mountain – DELUXE VERSION VINYL 12″ (Robotic Empire) $19.99
* Terminal Fuzz Terror – Vol.0: In The Shadow Of The Mountain 12″ (Robotic Empire) $11.99
* Thou – Heathen 2×12″ (Howling Mine) $19.99
* Wrong – Stop Giving 12″ EP (Robotic Empire) $11.99

That’s plenty for now, get into it over at the Robotic Empire – Online Store – BOOM!

ISIS – “Panopticon” remastered 2xLP vinyl now available, plus distro items and restocks.

It’s been an absolutely berzerker holiday season, but no rest for the restless as we’re STRAIGHT back into it #2015 style… into the beastmode, here we go:

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ISIS (the band) vinyl repress madness continues with Panopticon now getting the royal treatment, remastered audio, revamped printwork and all! This is the first full-length we ever worked with the band on, almost 10-years ago to the date (!), and it feels great to have it in print and available all these years later.

This time around the ante has been upped with Mika Jussila of Finnvox Studios’ brilliant audio remastering, who was also responsible for the recent Oceanic remastering as well (previously erroneously credited by us to James Plotkin, who also does great work).

Aaron Turner’s iconic layout has also received a tune-up, with uncoated printed-innersleeves housed within a super high-gloss, tip-on heavyweight gatefold jacket.

2000 copies of this beautiful latest pressing were made: 200 on clear/translucent blue, 500 on clear/translucent orange and 1300 on black vinyl. Panopticon is in-house now and available to order from the Robotic Empire – Online Store.

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In case you missed the memo(s), we also recently re-pressed ISIS classics Oceanic and In The Absence Of Truth, both as 2xLPs as well. All of these and much more is available now in the Robotic Empire – Online Store

Beyond all the ISIS represses and mailorder activity, we’ve also updated the Robo Store with some newer items and older restocks, including a few distributor returns of otherwise OOP items. Here’s the full list:

NEW ITEMS & RESTOCKS:
* Baroness – First & Second 12″ – BROWN COLORED VINYL (Hyperrealist) $14.99
* Baroness – First & Second 12″ – ORANGE COLORED VINYL (Hyperrealist) $14.99
* Dead – Idiots 12″ (We Empty Rooms) $14.99
* Holly Hunt – Prometheus 12″ (Other Electricities) $11.99
* Holly Hunt – Year One 2×12″ (Other Electricities) $19.99
* Insect Ark – Long Arms 10″ (Geweih Ritual Documents) $14.99
* Isis – Panopticon 2×12″ – BLACK VINYL (Robotic Empire) $22.99
* Isis – Panopticon 2×12″ – CLEAR WITH BLUE COLORED VINYL (Robotic Empire) $22.99
* Isis – Panopticon 2×12″ – CLEAR WITH ORANGE COLORED VINYL (Robotic Empire) $22.99
* Magrudergrind – Facemelter T-Shirt Size: EXTRA LARGE (Robotic Empire) $14.99
* Magrudergrind – Facemelter T-Shirt Size: LARGE (Robotic Empire) $14.99
* Magrudergrind – Facemelter T-Shirt Size: MEDIUM (Robotic Empire) $14.99
* Magrudergrind – Facemelter T-Shirt Size: SMALL (Robotic Empire) $14.99
* Plaids – Self-Titled 12″ (Barely Regal) $10.99
* Thou – Ceremonies Of Humiliation 3×12″ (Dead Tank) $34.99
* Tilts – Self-Titled 12″ – YELLOW COLORED VINYL (Robotic Empire) $14.99
* Weak Teeth – So You’re Ruined Your Life 12″ (Tor Johnson) $7.99
* Windmills By The Ocean – II 12″ – PAGAN SUN COLORED VINYL (Robotic Empire) $9.99

That’s the whammy for now, get into it and allllll the rest over at the Robotic Empire – Online Store. Big ups!

Mailorder madness!

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Wow! We got flooded in Holiday / ISIS orders and are a bit behind schedule as a result. That being said, we are chugging through everyone’s orders as quickly as we can.

We appreciate your patience as we get through this mountain of mailorder. Our operation is humble, and very thankful for all the interest and orders.

Everyone be safe out there. Big ups & Jah bless!

ISIS “Oceanic” 2xLP re-mastered repress, and annual Crazy Holiday Sale

holidaysale700webIt’s crazy to think about, but the year is almost over. Everything ramps up surrounding the holidays, and we’re doing a mini “Black Friday” crazy holiday sale, with 30% off all orders $50 or more. This is the biggest blanket-discount we’ve ever done in the Robotic Empire – Online Store, so now is a great time to stock up on killer vinyl, shirts, CDs or whatever you and/or your loved ones are after this holiday season.

On that note, we are working through the entire month non-stop, so the “XMASPARTY” coupon code will hook ya up throughout the rest of the year. Just enter it during your checkout and you’re good to go.

We’re not giving a definitive “you must get orders in by X date to get stuff by Christmas” like we have in the past – so if you’re trying to get gift-orders in, try and do so ASAP as it’s very tricky to gauge/guarantee shipping times around this season.

oceanic-spread700webThis would be a good time to mention that we’re currently taking pre-orders for the new repress of ISIS‘ landmark opus, Oceanic. Probably the defining ISIS album now that it’s said and done, showcasing a band at the height of a monumental transition, “Oceanic” was/is hailed by many fans as ISIS’ landmark album, earned widespread critical acclaim and was even dubbed “seminal” by Drowned In Sound.

Raising the massive bridge between crushing metal and atmospheric post-rock, ISIS truly came into their own sound on this brilliant sophomore album. This stunning double LP is unquestionably one of ISIS’ pinnacle achievements getting the proper vinyl treatment it so utterly deserves.

2180 total copies were made of this new pressing of Oceanic: 200 on translucent light green, 500 on cream w/green splatter, 1480 on black.

Fully printed on reverse-board stock with “tip-on” style gatefold jackets and printed innersleeves, the audio for this new vinyl pressing was carefully remastered by sonic wizard James Plotkin. Explains drummer Aaron Harris, “The clarity that’s been revealed in these songs was surprising even to me. I’ve heard these songs probably thousands of times. When I listened to the remastered version of “Weight” it was like I was back in the studio recording the song. I also noticed a lot of new detail in Jeff’s bass guitar, and energy in the guitars. I know Oceanic is a favorite among fans, and I think this remaster will bring a new appreciation even to those who have heard it many times.”

This is available to pre-order now in the Robotic Empire Online Store, and is expected to ship around the first week of December.

Big ups & Happy Holidays!

30-track Free “Blood” Mixtape + rad Online Store update

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We have just released a 30-track free mixtape called “Blood”, comprised entirely of Robotic Empire label alumni’s newest material. There’s over 20 previously unreleased tracks, which winds up being the debut release of a lot of artists’ new/side/solo projects, and we’re extremely happy to be presenting this to you today.

You can download/stream “Blood” free now via Bandcamp and/or stream Soundcloud:

http://roboticempire.bandcamp.com

https://soundcloud.com/roboticempire/sets/blood-mixtape

To elaborate a bit, we’ve been a label for 15 years now and to celebrate we decided to assemble a unique kind of release – where the primary focus is what’s going on with the amazing musicians we’ve worked with over the years, be it their latest material, an unreleased b-side, or the unexpected solo/side project’s latest stuff. When we started contacting bands the response was overwhelmingly positive, and ver about a two-month material the project snowballed, turning into the free 30 track beast before you!

There are contributions from repeat offenders TORCHE, TILTS, PYGMYLUSH, HOLLOW SUNSHINE, TIDELAND and ALPACA, this sampler also spotlights a swath of new material from members of historic Robo bands PG.99, DAUGHTERS, ISIS, CAPSULE, RED SPAROWES, CRESTFALLEN, YOUNG WIDOWS, STOP IT!!, DIAL, ULTRA DOLPHINS, A STORM OF LIGHT, VERSE EN COMA and many more. The full lineup and tracklisting for “Blood” is as follows:

1. Torche – Andy Low *
2. Passing Phases – In The Dark, In The Fire *
3. The Ar-Kaics – No, No, No
4. Tideland – Let Me In *
5. Big No – Turn It On *
6. Taiga – Excelsius *
7. Tilts – Thomas Jefferson II
8. Gull – Susquehannd (Cut) *
9. Christian Blunda – Faraway *
10. Hollow Sunshine – Stay Down
11. Big Hush – Wholes *
12. Snacktruck – Miracle Ball *
13. Wrong – Call It *
14. Decades/Failures – Blank Clocks *
15. Jaye Jayle – Space Girl *
16. Alpaca – Dark Lands
17. Society – Sympathised
18. Mustard Gas and Roses – The Hard Road *
19. Some Stranger – Cosmic Dust (Call 911)) *
20. Hell Night – Black Hornet
21. Chris Taylor – Train of Thought *
22. Crooked Son – Hum *
23. Medusa – Crack & Bleed
24. Nicholas Sadler – You Don’t Know Where You Are Anymore
25. Idolands – Back Pocket *
26. Ancient Sky – Mistakes *
27. Light Yourself on Fire – Get Got *
28. A Storm of Light – Effigy *
29. Howling Void – The Moaning Ache of a Time on the Edge of Collapse *
30. Pygmy Lush – Serve the Servants (Acoustic Demo) *

* denotes previously unreleased

Worth elaborating on is the lead track from TORCHE, oddly-enough named after Robotic Empire’s label founder. Steve Brooks from the band had the following comment in response to this:

“This is a lost track we recorded for the “Songs for Singles” record in 2010. We weren’t completely satisfied with how it turned out and planned on rewriting it one day. One of the riffs got used in “Letting Go” (Harmonicraft). It’s a tune I kinda forgot about until Andy Low (pack rat) sent us a copy asking if we’d be into having this on his new comp. Sure, why not? If it wasn’t for Mr Low, Rick and I wouldn’t have met, Torche might not have existed and who knows where we’d all be today? We decided to call the song “Andy Low” to make him uncomfortable/feel strange about his name as a song title AND because we love the hell out of him. “Andy Low” is for our boy Andy Low/Robodog/Robotic Empire Records. Enjoy!”

Quote label founder Andy Low on assembling this release:

“I’m truly humbled and fairly weirded-out to have a song named after me. But far more importantly, I’m blown away by the sheer talent that surrounds this free ‘mixtape’ release. Every song included amazes me in some manner, and the culmination of all this material gives me the same kind of excitement I felt on the cusp of releasing our most influential records over the years.

If you can, please take the time to check out the full release, especially the songs by bands you haven’t heard before. It was sequenced with a classic mixtape feel in mind, and set to flow as best it can with such a wide variety of material! With two tracks for each year of the label’s existence, there is a plethora of great new tunes lurking in here, which I hope you’ll find and enjoy.

A genuine and hearty thankyou is due to every artist who is a part of this, it means the world to be celebrating 15 years as a label with such amazing musicians, and their projects past, present and future!”

The “Blood” mixtape can be downloaded now for FREE via Robotic Empire’s bandcamp page, or streamed in full via Soundcloud:

http://roboticempire.bandcamp.com

Enjoy!

In addition, we’ve also had a great round of new items come into our Online Store:

NEW ITEMS & RESTOCKS:
* Acid King – III 12″ – COLORED VINYL (Kreation) $11.99
* Anti Ritual – Self-Titled 12″ (Vendetta) $9.99
* Argentinum Astrum – Malleus Maleficarum 12″ (Forcefield) $9.99
* Barn Owl – Ancestral Star 12″ (Thrill Jockey) $16.99
* Bastard Sapling – Dragged From Our Restless Trance 12″ – GREY COLORED VINYL (Forcefield) $9.99
* Body, The – Christs, Redeemers 2×12″ (Thrill Jockey) $16.99
* Catalyst, The – Voyager 12″ – ORANGE COLORED VINYL (Forcefield) $9.99
* Code Orange Kids – I Am King 12″ (Deathwish) $10.99
* Cold World – How The Gods Chill – WHITE COLORED VINYL 12″ (Deathwish) $10.99
* Converge – Axe To Fall 12″ – WHITE COLORED VINYL (Deathwish) $10.99
* Cult Leader – Nothing For Us Here 12″ (Deathwish) $9.99
* Doomriders – Darkness Come Alive 12″ – BLACK VINYL (Deathwish) $9.99
* Doomriders – Grand Blood 12″ (Deathwish) $9.99
* Expo 70 / Plankton Wat – Split 12″ (Debacle) $9.99
* Forn – The Departure Of Consciousness 12″ (Vendetta) $9.99
* Godflesh – Self-Titled -TEST PRESS VINYL 12″ $39.99
* Graves At Sea – Documents Of Greif 12″ – PICTURE DISC VINYL (Kreation) $11.99
* Moloch – Possession 12″ – BLACK VINYL (Vendetta) $9.99
* Music Blues – Things Haven’t Gone Well 2×12″ (Thrill Jockey) $16.99
* Nachtmystium – Demise 12″ – PURPLE SILVER COLORED VINYL (Kreation) $11.99
* Oozing Wound – Retrash 12″ (Thrill Jockey) $14.99
* Protestant – In Thy Name 12″ (Halo Of Flies) $10.99
* Soft Pink Truth, The – Why Do The Heathen Rage? 12″ (Thrill Jockey) $9.99
* Touche Amore – Is Survived By 12″ (Deathwish) $9.99
* Trap Them – Seizures In Barren Praise 12″ – BLACK VINYL (Deathwish) $11.99
* Whitehorse / Negative Standards – Split 12″ (Vendetta) $9.99
* Whitehorse – Fire To Light The Way / Everything Ablaze 12″ (Vendetta) $9.99
* Windhand – Self-Titled 12″ – ORANGE COLORED VINYL (Forcefield) $9.99
* Wovenhand – Refractory Obdurate – GREEN COLORED VINYL 12″ (Deathwish) $10.99
* Wrekmeister Harmonies – You’ve Always Meant So Much To Me 12″ (Thrill Jockey) $14.99
* Yautja – Songs of Descent 12″ (Forcefield) $9.99
* Young And In The Way – When Life Comes To Death 12″ (Deathwish) $10.99
* Zoroaster – Self-Titled 12″ (Kreation) $11.99

You can check out all of that and heaps more at http://www.roboticempire.com/store

Big ups & JAH BLESS! – Team Robo

New ALPACA digital EP, TILTS and THOU vinyl, plus t-shirts and more

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Los Angeles / New York duo ALPACA today release their sophomore offering, a four song EP titled Post Empire.

Recorded throughout 2013 and 2014, the two man electronic/rock outfit comprised of Allen Blickle and Justin Nuckols explore a slightly darker territory on their latest effort. While retaining the catchy elements ALPACA established on their debut album Demimonde, there’s increased melancholy compared to the breakout debut last year. The proggy sensibilities are more apparent in the less-conventional song structures, and a haunting dissonance balances this new material’s impressive impact.

Blickle’s bombastic and technical drumming style that he grew throughout his tenure with rock group BARONESS shines bright on the harder groove tracks, while Nuckols’ at times ethereal guitar style and vocal performances resonate further maturity on the duo’s new work.

Comments Blickle on the release, “Post Empire in essence portrays a present picture of our personalities musically and contextually. Exploring new territory for every record we work on is what excites us to move forward in our musical relationship.”

The Post Empire EP is now available digitally worldwide via iTunes, Spotify, Bandcamp and others.

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On the opposite end of the format spectrum, THOU‘s monster 12″ EP, The Sacrifice, from earlier this year has just been re-pressed. Quickly blowing out when it landed late spring, this tidy beast returns to wax in all its tip-on jacket / 180-gram vinyl glory! Comprised of five burly tracks recorded during the Heathen album sessions, the 25 minutes of The Sacrifice offers some of the band’s most condensed work to date, eschewing the crawl found on most of their long-players and upping the tempo a bit while retaining their revered doom and roar.

Several new bludgeoners (“New Orleans Is a Hole,” “Pill,” and “Eulogy”) are joined with the masterful drone of “I Believe Because It Is Impossible” and, per usual, a ferocious NIRVANA cover, this time putting “I Hate Myself and I Want to Die” through their apocalyptic grinder. Accompanying the 45 RPM heavyweight clear vinyl 12″ is a high quality digital download included, where THOU once again presents the thunder with quality and class.

* Grab THOU vinyl, cassettes and t-shirts at the Robotic Empire – Online Store
* Get THOU‘s most recent digital releases (The Sacrifice, Heathen, the Algiers collection and others) at Robotic Empire’s Bandcamp

Further color wax is also available for TILTS latest offering, Cuatro Hombres, along with the re-press of their Self-Titled debut album – both now available on vinyl.

Each of these longplaying rock and roll bangers feature cover imagery by Tom Huck, the renowned ‘Evil Print’ woodcut artist also responsible for THE ROOTS Phrenology cover. Including a high quality digital download as well, TILTS catalog is responsibly available once again.

* Find TILTS vinyl (including a limited hand-numbered TEST PRESS edition of Cuatro Hombres) in the Robotic Empire – Online Store

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Beyond that, we’ve been chugging through the recent t-shirts stocked from MAN IS THE BASTARD / NOISE and the GRATEFUL DEAD X MISFITS limited design we scored stock of. Although famous rappers are snatching them up pronto, some sizes of each are still available in the Robotic Empire – Online Store

Big ups & Jah Bless!