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ALPACA pre-orders up now, new song premier and BANGIN distro update to the Robotic Empire – Online Store

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Robotic Empire is excited to announce that pre-orders are now available for ALPACA‘s debut album, both physically and digitally. Set for release October 1st, Demimonde is the first release from ALPACA and explores new ground for both the label and band members involved.

Comprised of vocalist/guitar player Justin Nuckols and multi-instumentalist Allen Blickle, Demimonde was recorded over a five year period across locations in New York and the members’ native Virginia. Much of ALPACA‘s material was initially created throughout arduous tour schedules for BARONESS, the accomplished hard rock band for which Blickle drummed.

The dance, pop, and melody-driven compositions Blickle crafted for ALPACA juxtapose with Nuckols’ darker, groove-focused, and harmonic vocal explorations.

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This musical collaboration from two ex-step-brothers began in the late ’90s while high school students in the small Appalachian town of Lexington, VA. After separate nomadic wanderings, Nuckols and Blickle both wound up in Brooklyn, NY in 2007.

ALPACA intermittently recorded material between BARONESS‘ tour activities, finally hunkering down in the winter of 2012-2013 to expand their mutual visions and perfect mixes, ultimately finishing a body of work many years in the making.

To compliment the level of detail the music received, the vinyl edition of Demimonde comes housed in a five-color gatefold LP jacket with added spot-gloss finish. Accordingly elaborate color vinyl is available , and joined by a high-quality digital download. 800 color vinyl LPs were pressed + 200 black vinyl, and a CD edition is also available.

LISTEN / READ:
* Listen to “Republic”, courtesy of Vice

* Listen to “FNYC”, courtesy of SPIN

* Listen to “Ease Your Gaze” and read about Blickle’s transition from Baroness to Alpaca, courtesy of MTV Hive

ORDER:
* Pre-order the CD version at the Robotic Empire – Online Store
* Pre-order black or yellow/red vinyl at the Robotic Empire – Online Store
* Pre-order the digital download (with digital booklet) through iTunes
(vinyl and CD pre-orders will begin shipping a week or so before release date, and digital pre-orders will become available day-of)

CONNECT:
* ALPACA on Facebook
* ALPACA on Twitter
* ALPACA on YouTube

We’re absolutely thrilled to finally have this album just about done. It’s been a long ass time since Allen first played us some proto-Paca jams in the old Robo HQ and we’re truly excited to help an old friend with a fantastic debut release.

Beyond that cool label activity, we’ve got a powerhouse of righteous new items in the Robotic Empire – Online Store. First off, we have to note the absolutely insane multi-vinyl releases from THE OCEAN! Pelagic Records really went beyond the standards of “norm” with those releases, plus more GOD IS AN ASTRONAUT on vinyl for the die-hards. Also on the rad-import-tip is the pseudo-sanctioned CURSED “bootleg” LPs, which are just what you’d hope and expect. Semi-ALPACA-related is the badass old BARONESS / UNPERSONS split LP newly available on red color vinyl, and we also got the new LP from THE BODY, also released by At A Loss. Label-favorite FOREST SWORDS is finally here, give that one a chance. Some rippers (CAPTIVE BOLT, CIVILIZATION, EYC) from the newly revived Dead Tank label/distro are now in stock, plus a slew of tapes from Like Young. Appropriately horrific and terrifying is the ungodly COFFINS Colossal Hole 10″ for the true freaks. Also good to see To Live A Lie cranking out filthy high-quality grind (ASSHOLE PARADE, MEHKAGO NT) as always. Good stuff abound, here’s the full list:

NEW ITEMS:
* Alpaca – Demimonde 12″ – BLACK VINYL (Robotic Empire) $14.99
* Alpaca – Demimonde 12″ – COLORED VINYL (Robotic Empire) $14.99
* Alpaca – Demimonde CD (Robotic Empire) $6.99
* Anagnorisis – Beyond All Light Cassette (Like Young) $2.99
* Asshole Parade – Live in Rostock 10″ – MAROON COLORED VINYL (To Live A Lie) $9.99
* Baroness / Unpersons – A Grey Sigh In A Flower Husk 12″ – RED COLORED VINYL (At A Loss) $14.99
* Body, The – Master, We Perish 12″ (At A Loss) $10.99
* Captive Bolt / Gary Francione 7″ (Dead Tank) $3.99
* Chronics – On Tape It Sounds Different Cassette (Mooster) $4.99
* Civilization – Self-Titled 12″ – MARBLE COLORED VINYL (Dead Tank) $9.99
* Coffins – Collosal Hole 10″ (Horror Pain Gore Death) $17.99
* Colossal Rex – Every Place Is Sacred Cassette (Like Young) $2.99
* Cursed – II Bootleg 12″ (Punk Distro) $17.99
* Cursed – The Rest 12″ – BROWN TRANSPARENT COLORED VINYL (Punk Distro) $17.99
* Darkentries – Self-Titled Cassette (Like Young) $2.99
* Downstaaiirs – Weeping/Creeping Cassette (Like Young) $2.99
* Environmental Youth Crunch – Vicious Fishes Cassette $3.99
* Environmental Youth Crunch – Let’s Ride 12″ (Dead Tank) $9.99
* Forest Swords – Dagger Paths 12″ (Olde English Spelling Bee) $15.99
* Glaciers – Mirrored Through The Ancients Cassette (Like Young) $4.99
* God Is An Astronaut – All Is Violent, All Is Bright 12″ (Pelagic) $17.99
* Landing – Wave Lair 12″ (These Are Not Records) $12.99
* Mehkago NT – Massive F’ing Headwounds 12″ (To Live A Lie) $9.99
* Minnow – Self-Titled Cassette (Like Young) $2.99
* Ocean, The – Anthropocentral CD (Pelagic) $13.99
* Ocean, The – Anthropocentric 2×12″ (Pelagic) $32.99
* Ocean, The – Fluxion CD (Pelagic) $13.99
* Ocean, The – Fogdiver 12″ (Pelagic) $20.99
* Ocean, The – Fogdiver CD (Pelagic) $13.99
* Ocean, The – Heliocentric / Anthropocentric 4×12″ – VINYL BOX SET (Pelagic) $89.99
* Ocean, The – Pelagial 4×10″ (Pelagic) $57.99
* Sexes – Self-Titled Cassette (Like Young) $2.99
* Trigger Men – Self-Titled Cassette (Like Young) $2.99

For folks who missed the last update, a seriously fantastic round of music was added to Store in August, here’s the combined list of new items & restocks:

* Afterlife Kids – Morgengrauen 12″ (Adagio830) $10.99
* Aldebaran – From Forgotten Tombs 12″ – GREY BLACK COLORED VINYL (Kreation) $11.99
* Amber – Lovesaken 12″ (Halo Of Flies) $9.99
* Amber – Lovesaken – CLEAR WITH SPLATTER COLORED VINYL 12″ (Halo Of Flies) $9.99
* Atlas Moth, The – An Ache For The Distance 12″ (Brutal Panda) $16.99
* Barn Owl – Shadowland 12″ (Thrill Jockey) $12.99
* Baroness – Blue 2×12″ (Relapse) $19.99
* Black Tusk / Fight Amp – Split 7″ (Brutal Panda) $6.50
* Blind Shake – Seriousness 12″ (Learning Curve) $14.99
* Body, The – Self-Titled 12″ (Feast Of Tentacles) $12.99
* Bone Sickness – Alone In The Grave 12″ (20 Buck Spin) $15.99
* Boris – Smile 2×12″ – CLEAR COLORED VINYL (Southern Lord) $24.99
* Breach – Godbox 12″ (Apocaplexy) $14.99
* Burning Love / Fight Amp – Split 7″ (Hell Comes Home) $7.99
* Catalyst, The – Voyager 12″ – ORANGE COLORED VINYL (Forcefield) $12.99
* Coffins – Buried Death 12″ (20 Buck Spin) $15.99
* Coffins / Otesanek – Split 12″ – BLUE CLEAR COLORED VINYL (Kreation) $9.99
* Coffinworm / Fistula – Split 7″ (Hell Comes Home) $7.99
* Coliseum / Burning Love – Split 12″ (Sound Study) $9.99
* Cough – Sigillum Luciferi CD (Forcefield) $9.99
* Cough / The Wounded Kings – An Introduction To The Black Arts 12″ (Forcefield) $12.99
* Daitro – Collected 12″ (Adagio) $14.99
* Dead Elephant / Rabbits – Split 7″ (Hell Comes Home) $7.99
* Deadverse – Carpet Burns – WHITE COLORED VINYL 12″ (Adagio830) $10.99
* Dopefight / The F’ing Wrath – Split 7″ (Hell Comes Home) $7.99
* Earthling – Dark Path 12″ (Forcefield) $12.99
* Gay Witch Abortion – Opportunstic Smokescreen Behavior – MARBLE GREEN COLORED VINYL 12″ (Learning Curve) $14.99
* Glaciers – Mirrored Through The Ancients 12″ (Self Released) $15.99
* Graves At Sea – Documents Of Greif 12″ – PICTURE
* Grime – Deteriorate – PURPLE COLORED VINYL 12″ (Forcefield) $12.99
* Hoax – Self-Titled 12″ (Adagio830) $14.99
* Holly Hunt – Year One 2×12″ (Other Electricities) $19.99
* Horders – Fimbulvetr 12″ (Feast Of Tentacles) $12.99
* Huata – Atavist Of Mann – RED COLORED VINYL 2×12″ (Music Fear Satan) $19.99
DISC VINYL (Kreation) $9.99
* Indian Summer – Self-Titled 12″ – CLEAR COLORED VINYL (Adagio) $14.99
* Integrity – Systems Overload – RED COLORED VINYL 12″ (Organized Crime) $9.99
* Integrity – Those Who Fear Tomorrow – BLUE COLORED VINYL 12″ (Organized Crime) $9.99
* Inter Arma – Destroyer 12″ (Toxic Assets) $9.99
* Iron Lung – White Glove Test 12″ (Feast Of Tentacles) $12.99
* Jessica 93 – Who Cares 12″ (Music Fear Satan) $12.99
* Kongh – Counting Heartbeats 2×12″ – BLACK VINYL (Music Fear Satan) $19.99
* Kongh – Counting Heartbeats 2×12″ – CLEAR COLORD VINYL (Music Fear Satan) $19.99
* Kongh – Counting Heartbeats 2×12″ – PINK COLORED VINYL (Music Fear Satan) $19.99
* Kowloon Walled City – Container Ships 12″ – BLACK VINYL (Brutal Panda) $14.99
* Lightbearer – Silver Tongue 2×12″ (Halo Of Flies) $19.99
* Medusa – Divine Malice – 1-Sided 120 Gram VINYL 12″ (Auris Apothecary) $15.99
* Medusa – Divine Malice Cassette (Auris Apothecary) $4.99
* Moloch / Ensorcelor – Split 12″ (Feast Of Tentacles) $12.99
* Moloch / Meth Drinker – Split 12″ (Feast Of Tentacles) $12.99
* Monarch – Omens 12″ (Music Fear Satan) $12.99
* Monarch – Omens – RED BLACK SWIRL COLORED VINYL 12″ (Music Fear Satan) $12.99
* Morgion – Cloaked By Ages 12″ (Kreation) $10.99
* Mutilation Rites – Devoid 12″ – CLEAR COLORED VINYL (Forcefield) $12.99
* Naked Lights – Chime Grove 12″ (Adagio830) $10.99
* Pallbearer – Sorrow And Extinction 2×12″ (20 Buck Spin) $22.99
* Perfect Future – Old Wounds: Warmth In The Winter Of 12″ – WHITE COLORED VINYL (Adagio) $10.99
* Pyramido / Union Of Sleep – Split 7″ (Hell Comes Home) $7.99
* Racebannon – Unwanted Sounds Cassette (Auris Apothecary) $4.99
* Secret Smoker – Terminal Architecture – WHITE COLORED VINYL 12″ (Adagio830) $10.99
* Set & Setting – Equanimity – CLEAR COLORED VINYL 12″ (Science of Silence) $14.99
* Stephen Brodsky – Hit Or Mystery 12″ (Little Black Cloud) $12.99
* Suma / Ultraphallus – Split 7″ (Hell Comes Home) $7.99
* Various Artists – Butcher’s Waltz 12″ (Learning Curve) $14.99
* Various Artists – Volume 1 Series Box Set – Hell Comes Home 12×7″ (Hell Comes Home) $92.99
* Vyst – Try Again. Fail Again. Keep On Trying. Keep On Living. Gain While Giving 12″ (Vendetta) $10.99
* Withers – Lightmares 12″ (Adagio830) $10.99
* Wolvhammer – Blackmarketters of WW3 – ORANGE COLORED VINYL 12″+7″ (Learning Curve) $14.99
* Year Of No Light – Nord 2×12″ – BLACK VINYL (Music Fear Satan) $19.99
* Year Of No Light – Nord 2×12″ – WHITE COLORED VINYL (Music Fear Satan) $19.99
* Yob – Catharsis 12″ – BLACK VINYL (Kreation) $10.99
* Zozobra – Savage Masters 12″ (Brutal Panda) $14.99

Yes, that IS a lot of music. Please consider picking something up, we’re overflowing! Head on over to the Robotic Empire – Online Store.

Thank you & big ups!
-Team Robo

ALPACA interview w/ MTV Hive + ‘Ease Your Gaze’ song premiere!

Awesome ALPACA interview+song premiere via MTV Hive:

…the sound is so different from Baroness. Do you think people will be surprised or taken aback by the change?

For sure. I hope they are. That’s sort of what it’s all about — jumping and taking chances. Doing something you love, you know. This is the type of music that I’ve always be into. I’ve always been into pop music since I was a kid, and then I got into, like, punk rock and metal early on, but I always had that side. When you start producing music you kind of like put your limbs out and try a bunch of different things and I think how this record kind of took shape was all these different influences. It’s from the heart and it feels good.”

READ MORE / LISTEN TO ‘Ease Your Gaze’:

http://www.mtvhive.com/2013/09/12/after-a-harrowing-bus-crash-baronesss-allen-blickles-rises-from-the-ashes-with-alpaca/

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Only two weeks until ALPACA pre-orders!

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We now two weeks away from launching ALPACA vinyl pre-orders, and the packaging turned out absolutely dead-on how the band intended. Gatefold jacket, spot-gloss in key places, complimentary color vinyl (pics soon) and all around it looks/sounds awesome!

If you missed the opening track premiere on SPIN.com, you can now hear it right here:

Demimonde officially drops on October 1st but we plan to launch vinyl+download pre-orders about two weeks ahead. Keep ya eyes pealed!

ALPACA announces debut album release + massive update to Robotic Empire’s Online Store

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We are stoked to announce that Los Angeles / Brooklyn duo ALPACA will release their debut album Demimonde via Robotic Empire this October! Comprised of vocalist Justin Nuckols and multi-instrumentalist Allen Blickle, Demimonde was recorded across locations in New York and the members’ native Virginia.

Much of ALPACA‘s material was initially created during arduous tour schedules for BARONESS, the accomplished hard rock band for which Blickle drummed. The dance, pop, and melody-driven compositions Blickle crafted for ALPACA juxtapose with Nuckols’ darker, groove-focused, and harmonic vocal explorations.

Blickle and Nuckols (who also are ex-step brothers) hunkered down in Brooklyn during the winter of 2012-2013, expanding their mutual visions and perfecting mixes, ultimately finishing a body of work many years in the making. The end-result is a stunning debut, which we are thrilled to release to the world both on vinyl and digitally.

Demimonde will be available in October, and a teaser trailer can be viewed on ALPACA‘s YouTube channel.

We’ve known Allen a long time, and it’s been amazing to watch this longrunning project gradually develop from self-recordings into a full-fledged, killer album. Majorly looking forward to releasing this come October, with lots of cool previews on deck in the weeks to come.

ALPACA is pretty switched on with the electronic omnipresence, so if you’re also inclined: Follow and Like and Share and all that good stuff!

* http://www.facebook.com/alpacabeats
* http://www.youtube.com/alpacabeats
* http://www.twitter.com/alpacabeats
* http://www.instagram.com/alpacabeats

Beyond this exciting addition to team Robo, we’ve got an unreasonably awesome update to the Robotic Empire – Online Store this time around, with a veritable stackload of killer new stuff and restocks! Get into it…

We’ve nabbed new vinyl from AMBER, BLACK TUSK, THE BODY, BONE SICKNESS, BREACH, BURNING LOVE (two killer splits), DEADVERSE, EARTHLING, GAY WITCH ABORTION (love typing that), GLACIERS, GRIME, HOAX (import), HOLY HUNT (Betty from FLOOR and the mighty Gavin!), two INTEGRITY classics on color, the ruthlessly good INTER ARMA Destroyer 12″ EP, IRON LUNG (!!)’s new album, LIGHTBEARER double LP, MEDUSA (!!!!!) finally got their mess together on a followup to the criminally underrated and mind-blowingly burly En Raga Sul album (which we released on cassette), two gnarly MOLOCH split LPs (including one with New Zealand heathen freaks METH DRINKER), MONARCH‘s new album on color wax, a freaky RACEBANNON offcuts tape, STEPHEN BRODSKY (of CAVE IN)’s great new solo album, a WOLVHAMMER 12″+7″, ZOZOBRA‘s new bludgeoner, the Butcher’s Waltz comp, and the jaw-dropping “Hell Comes Home” singles series box set (including splits from THOU / KOWLOON WALLED CITY, FISTULA / COFFINWORM and many others). All in all, a crazy sick lineup of new stuff… wasn’t even able to touch on about half of it. Here’s the full list:

NEW ITEMS:
* Afterlife Kids – Morgengrauen 12″ (Adagio830) $10.99
* Amber – Lovesaken 12″ (Halo Of Flies) $9.99
* Amber – Lovesaken – CLEAR WITH SPLATTER COLORED VINYL 12″ (Halo Of Flies) $9.99
* Black Tusk / Fight Amp – Split 7″ (Brutal Panda) $6.5
* Blind Shake – Seriousness 12″ (Learning Curve) $14.99
* Body, The – Self-Titled 12″ (Feast Of Tentacles) $12.99
* Bone Sickness – Alone In The Grave 12″ (20 Buck Spin) $15.99
* Breach – Godbox 12″ (Apocaplexy) $14.99
* Burning Love / Fight Amp – Split 7″ (Hell Comes Home) $7.99
* Coffinworm / Fistula – Split 7″ (Hell Comes Home) $7.99
* Coliseum / Burning Love – Split 12″ (Sound Study) $9.99
* Dead Elephant / Rabbits – Split 7″ (Hell Comes Home) $7.99
* Deadverse – Carpet Burns – WHITE COLORED VINYL 12″ (Adagio830) $10.99
* Dopefight / The F’ing Wrath – Split 7″ (Hell Comes Home) $7.99
* Earthling – Dark Path 12″ (Forcefield) $12.99
* Gay Witch Abortion – Opportunstic Smokescreen Behavior – MARBLE GREEN COLORED VINYL 12″ (Learning Curve) $14.99
* Glaciers – Mirrored Through The Ancients 12″ (Self Released) $15.99
* Grime – Deteriorate – PURPLE COLORED VINYL 12″ (Forcefield) $12.99
* Hoax – Self-Titled 12″ (Adagio830) $14.99
* Holly Hunt – Year One 2×12″ (Other Electricities) $19.99
* Horders – Fimbulvetr 12″ (Feast Of Tentacles) $12.99
* Huata – Atavist Of Mann – RED COLORED VINYL 2×12″ (Music Fear Satan) $19.99
* Integrity – Systems Overload – RED COLORED VINYL 12″ (Organized Crime) $9.99
* Integrity – Those Who Fear Tomorrow – BLUE COLORED VINYL 12″ (Organized Crime) $9.99
* Inter Arma – Destroyer 12″ (Toxic Assets) $9.99
* Iron Lung – White Glove Test 12″ (Feast Of Tentacles) $12.99
* Jessica 93 – Who Cares 12″ (Music Fear Satan) $12.99
* Lightbearer – Silver Tongue 2×12″ (Halo Of Flies) $19.99
* Medusa – Divine Malice – 1-Sided 120 Gram VINYL 12″ (Auris Apothecary) $15.99
* Medusa – Divine Malice Cassette (Auris Apothecary) $4.99
* Moloch / Ensorcelor – Split 12″ (Feast Of Tentacles) $12.99
* Moloch / Meth Drinker – Split 12″ (Feast Of Tentacles) $12.99
* Monarch – Omens 12″ (Music Fear Satan) $12.99
* Monarch – Omens – RED BLACK SWIRL COLORED VINYL 12″ (Music Fear Satan) $12.99
* Naked Lights – Chime Grove 12″ (Adagio830) $10.99
* Pyramido / Union Of Sleep – Split 7″ (Hell Comes Home) $7.99
* Racebannon – Unwanted Sounds Cassette (Auris Apothecary) $4.99
* Secret Smoker – Terminal Architecture – WHITE COLORED VINYL 12″ (Adagio830) $10.99
* Set & Setting – Equanimity – CLEAR COLORED VINYL 12″ (Science of Silence) $14.99
* Stephen Brodsky – Hit Or Mystery 12″ (Little Black Cloud) $12.99
* Suma / Ultraphallus – Split 7″ (Hell Comes Home) $7.99
* Various Artists – Butcher’s Waltz 12″ (Learning Curve) $14.99
* Various Artists – Volume 1 Series Box Set – Hell Comes Home 12×7″ (Hell Comes Home) $92.99
* Vyst – Try Again. Fail Again. Keep On Trying. Keep On Living. Gain While Giving 12″ (Vendetta) $10.99
* Withers – Lightmares 12″ (Adagio830) $10.99
* Wolvhammer – Blackmarketters of WW3 – ORANGE COLORED VINYL 12″+7″ (Learning Curve) $14.99
* Zozobra – Savage Masters 12″ (Brutal Panda) $14.99

Restocks ain’t nothin to shake a stick at neither! We got a distributor return on some old t-shirts, so some classic designs are back in stock from FLOOR and THOU, plus some random odds n’ ends. On the vinyl tip, we’ve re-upped on killer records from ALDEBARAN, jah ATLAS MOTH, BARN OWL, BARONESS, BORIS, jah CATALYST, COFFINS, COUGH, DAITRO, GRAVES AT SEA, INDIAN SUMMER, KONGH, MORGION, MUTILATION RITES, PALLBEARER, PERFECT FUTURE, YEAR OF NO LIGHT and YOB??!!?! Yes please! Le full liste:

RESTOCKS:
* Aldebaran – From Forgotten Tombs 12” – GREY BLACK COLORED VINYL (Kreation) $11.99
* Atlas Moth, The – An Ache For The Distance 12” (Brutal Panda) $16.99
* Barn Owl – Shadowland 12” (Thrill Jockey) $12.99
* Baroness – Blue 2×12” (Relapse) $19.99
* Boris – Smile 2×12” – CLEAR COLORED VINYL (Southern Lord) $24.99
* Cannabis Corpse – Skull Bong T-Shirt – Size: SMALL $14.99
* Capsule – Brick Wave T-Shirt – Size: SMALL $12.99
* Catalyst, The – Voyager 12” – ORANGE COLORED VINYL (Forcefield) $12.99
* Coffins – Buried Death 12” (20 Buck Spin) $15.99
* Coffins / Otesanek – Split 12” – BLUE CLEAR COLORED VINYL (Kreation) $9.99
* Cough – Sigillum Luciferi CD (Forcefield) $9.99
* Cough / The Wounded Kings – An Introduction To The Black Arts 12” (Forcefield) $12.99
* Cough – Baphomet T-Shirt – Size: EXTRA LARGE (Self Released) $14.99
* Cough – Baphomet T-Shirt – Size: LARGE (Self Released) $14.99
* Cough – Baphomet T-Shirt – Size: MEDIUM (Self Released) $14.99
* Cough – Baphomet T-Shirt – Size: SMALL (Self Released) $14.99
* Cough – Plague T-Shirt – Size: EXTRA LARGE (Self Released) $14.99
* Cough – Plague T-Shirt – Size: MEDIUM (Self Released) $14.99
* Cough – Plague T-Shirt – Size: SMALL (Self Released) $14.99
* Cough – Supplicant T-Shirt – Size: LARGE (Self Released) $14.99
* Cough – Supplicant T-Shirt – Size: MEDIUM (Self Released) $14.99
* Cough – Supplicant T-Shirt – Size: SMALL (Self Released) $14.99
* Daitro – Collected 12” (Adagio) $14.99
* Floor – Dove T-Shirt – Size: EXTRA LARGE $14.99
* Floor – Dove T-Shirt – Size: LARGE $14.99
* Floor – Heather T-Shirt – Size: EXTRA LARGE $14.99
* Floor – Heather T-Shirt – Size: LARGE $14.99
* Floor – Heather T-Shirt – Size: MEDIUM $14.99
* Floor – Heather T-Shirt – Size: SMALL $14.99
* Floor – Heather T-Shirt – Size: YOUTH LARGE $9.99
* Floor – Leaves T-Shirt – Size: EXTRA LARGE $14.99
* Floor – Leaves T-Shirt – Size: SMALL $14.99
* Floor – Leaves T-Shirt – Size: YOUTH LARGE $9.99
* Floor – Logo & Symbol T-Shirt – Size: LARGE $14.99
* Floor – Logo & Symbol T-Shirt – Size: MEDIUM $14.99
* Graves At Sea – Documents Of Greif 12” – PICTURE DISC VINYL (Kreation) $9.99
* Indian Summer – Self-Titled 12” – CLEAR COLORED VINYL (Adagio) $14.99
* Kongh – Counting Heartbeats 2×12” – BLACK VINYL (Music Fear Satan) $19.99
* Kongh – Counting Heartbeats 2×12” – CLEAR COLORD VINYL (Music Fear Satan) $19.99
* Kongh – Counting Heartbeats 2×12” – PINK COLORED VINYL (Music Fear Satan) $19.99
* Kowloon Walled City – Container Ships 12” – BLACK VINYL (Brutal Panda) $14.99
* Morgion – Cloaked By Ages 12” (Kreation) $10.99
* Mutilation Rites – Devoid 12” – CLEAR COLORED VINYL (Forcefield) $12.99
* Pallbearer – Sorrow And Extinction 2×12” (20 Buck Spin) $22.99
* Perfect Future – Old Wounds: Warmth In The Winter Of 12” – WHITE COLORED VINYL (Adagio) $10.99
* Thou – Harp Lady T-Shirt – Size: EXTRA LARGE $14.99
* Thou – Harp Lady T-Shirt – Size: MEDIUM $14.99
* Thou – Harp Lady T-Shirt – Size: SMALL $14.99
* Thou – Harp Lady T-Shirt – Size: YOUTH LARGE $9.99
* Thou – Accountant T-Shirt – Size: EXTRA LARGE $14.99
* Thou – Accountant T-Shirt – Size: SMALL $14.99
* Thou – Accountant T-Shirt – Size: YOUTH LARGE $9.99
* Thou – Owl T-Shirt – Size: LARGE $14.99
* Thou – Owl T-Shirt – Size: MEDIUM $14.99
* Thou – Owl T-Shirt – Size: SMALL $14.99
* Thou – Owl T-Shirt – Size: YOUTH LARGE $9.99
* Year Of No Light – Nord 2×12” – BLACK VINYL (Music Fear Satan) $19.99
* Year Of No Light – Nord 2×12” – WHITE COLORED VINYL (Music Fear Satan) $19.99
* Yob – Catharsis 12” – BLACK VINYL (Kreation) $10.99

B O O M ! Killer update! Great addition to the label! Riding a good wave!

Holla at the Robotic Empire Online Store if something up there strikes your fancy, big ups!

-Team Robo

New cassette from PALMS (members of ISIS and DEFTONES), plus distro items in our Online Store


We are stoked to announce that the debut from PALMS (comprised of 3/5ths of ISIS with Chino Moreno from DEFTONES on vocals) has just been released on cassette by Robotic Empire!

Lush and ethereal, the six songs PALMS deliver on their first offering combine strengths from each of the aforementioned bands without resting on laurels. Plentiful amounts of bliss and beauty merge with just the right level of heavy, yielding a brilliant balance that comes from longtime veterans of cutting-edge music.

Ipecac has released the CD and vinyl for PALMS stunning debut, and Robotic Empire is thrilled to present this cassette edition with a bonus demo version of “Short Wave Radio” included. A full-color, double-sided J-card sleeve houses the white cassette with full color sticker labels. This was pressed in an edition of 275 copies.

* Preview the track “Patagonia” at Soundcloud
* Order PALMS‘ cassette at the Robotic Empire – Online Store

This comes hot on the heels of launching pre-orders for our reissue of ISIS Celestial 2xLP just two weeks ago. The first few waves of pre-orders have now shipped, and our mailorder buddy Jesse photobombed this batch upon send-off:

We’ve still got some color vinyl left (although “Swarm” is getting low) and you can pick up ISIS Celestial 2xLP now in the Robotic Empire – Online Store.

Beyond those new releases, we’ve had a handful of other new items and restocks added to our Online Store for this update:

NEW ITEMS & RESTOCKS:
* Across Tundras / Lark’s Tongue – Split – RED COLORED VINYL 12″ (Cavity) $13.99
* Aidan Baker – Broken & Remade 12” (Revolvermann) $12.99
* Ampersphere / Colaris – Split – CLEAR BLUE COLORED VINYL 12″ (Revolvermann) $12.99
* Bottomfeeder – Demo 2012 Cassette (Born Dead) $5.50
* Bottomfeeder – Two Minutes Hate – COLORED VINYL 12″ (Born Dead) $15.99
* Bottomfeeder – Two Minutes Hate Cassette (Born Dead) $7.99
* Colaris – Renewal – COLORED VINYL 2×12″ (Revolvermann) $23.99
* Palms – Self-Titled Cassette (Robotic Empire) $7.99

A lot more was added the last time around, which is substantial enough to reiterate:

NEW ITEMS:
* American Heritage – Sedentary 12″ (Solar Flare) $14.99
* Annihilation Time – II 12″ (Tank Crimes) $9.99
* Baroness – Yellow & Green 2×12″ (Relapse) $19.99
* Black Tusk – Set The Dial 12″ (Relapse) $14.99
* Botch – American Nervoso 2×12″ (Hydra Head) $19.99
* Centuries – Broken Hymns 12″ (Halo Of Flies) $11.99
* Chelsea Wolfe – Apokalypsis 12″ (Pendu) $18.99
* Constants – If Tomorrow The War 12″ (Science of Science) $16.99
* Cough / Windhand – Reflection of the Negative – BLACK GREY SWIRL COLORED VINYL 12″ (Relapse) $12.99
* Hull – Viking Funeral – Ox Blood w/ BLACK HAZE COLORED VINYL 12″ (Science of Science) $29.99
* Inter Arma – Sky Burial 2×12″ (Relapse) $19.99
* Isis – Celestial – BLACK VINYL 2×12″ (Robotic Empire) $22.99
* Isis – Celestial – SUN YELLOW COLORED VINYL 2×12″ (Robotic Empire) $22.99
* Isis – Celestial – SWARM YELLOW COLORED VINYL 2×12″ (Robotic Empire) $22.99
* Isis – Celestial – MARBLED YELLOW COLORED VINYL 2×12″ (Robotic Empire) $22.99
* Kicker – Not You 12″ (Tank Crimes) $10.99
* Momentum – Herbivore 12″ (Halo Of Flies) $11.99
* Monolith / Voyager – Split 12″ (Science of Science) $8.99
* Pig Destroyer – Book Burner – 180 GRAM VINYL 12″ (Relapse) $12.99
* Sofy Major – Idolize 12″ (Solar Flare) $14.99
* Tideland – Lull 12″ (Sterling) $9.99
* Tideland – Lull – SILVER COLORED VINYL 12″ (Sterling) $9.99
* Vitamin X – About to Crack 12″ (Tank Crimes) $10.99
* Watertank – Sleepwalk 12″ (Solar Flare) $14.99
* Year Of No Light – Vampry 2×12″ (Music Fear Satan) $19.99

RESTOCKS:
* Baroness – Blue 2×12″ (Relapse) $19.99
* Baroness – Red 2×12″ (Relapse) $19.99
* Cough – Ritual Abuse 2×12″ – BLUE COLORED VINYL (Relapse) $19.99
* Daitro – Cendresdes Cendres, Je Me Consume 10″ – BLACK VINYL (Music Fear Satan) $10.99
* Doomriders – Black Thunder 12″ – COLORED VINYL (Magic Bullet) $14.99
* Ghoul – Transmission Zero 12″ – COLORED VINYL (Tank Crimes) $9.99
* Glaciers – And The Sea Won The Battle 12″ – CLEAR BLUE SWIRL COLORED VINYL (Self Released) $14.99
* JK Flesh / Pruient – Worship Is the Cleansing of the Imagination 12″ (Hydra Head) $15.99
* Jodis – Secret House 2×12″ – GREEN PEACH COLORED VINYL (Hydra Head) $24.99
* Kayo Dot – Blue Lambency Downward 12″ – MAROON COLORED VINYL (Hydra Head) $14.99
* Kicking Spit – Psychrockbullshit 12″ – WHITE COLORED VINYL (Tank Crimes) $9.99
* Kongh – Shadows Of The Shapeless 2×12″ (Music Fear Satan) $19.99
* Pygmy Lush – Mount Hope 12″ – 180 GRAM VINYL (Lovitt) $14.99
* Pygmy Lush – Mount Hope 12″ – CLEAR COLORED VINYL (Lovitt) $14.99
* Pygmy Lush – Mount Hope 12″ – RED COLORED VINYL (Lovitt) $14.99
* Torche – Harmonicraft 12″ – CLEAR COLORED VINYL (Volcom) $14.99
* Year Of No Light – Ausserwelt 2×12″ – BLACK VINYL (Music Fear Satan) $19.99

Lots of good stuff across a variety of genres! Check out the Robotic Empire – Online Store for all this and heaps more.

Thanks & peace!

-Team Robo

ISIS – Celestial 2xLP available + lots of rad new items in the Robotic Empire Online Store!

IsisCelestialSpreadWe are now taking pre-orders for ISIS‘ first album, Celestial, which Robotic Empire has just reissued on 2xLP with nice packaging. The manufacturing is all done, and with a July 9th release date we hope to have it in your hands just around that time. You can pick it up now in the Robotic Empire – Online Store.

For those unfamiliar with the release, the now-classic debut full-length Celestial highlights ISIS‘ roots in metal and hardcore while displaying the experimentation with post-rock and ambience that they would become best known for. Accurately described by Decibel Magazine as “a transitional record between the band’s early work and the post-metal benchmarks such as Oceanic … the elements of the greatness are present, but rawer, more direct.” Initially surfacing in 2000 following the larvael stages of formative EPs, Celestial was ISIS’ first release with the (then newly-solidified) lineup that would last them through a decade until disbanding in 2010.

With chugging sludge, expansive doom, droning metal and a nuanced yet vital use of keys, samples and noise, Celestial at times borders on completely devastation, but gracefully shifts into passages of sheer beauty. ISIS came into their own with Celestial, mastering the flow of sonic dynamics between “loud” and “quiet”, smoothly bringing sparse elements into an otherwise oppressively heavy sound.

This unique and varied album of nearly an hour’s length was their first captured by engineer Matt Bayles, who subsequently recorded ISIS‘ following three long-players. Aaron Turner’s artwork has been fully reimagined from the original elements, and the double LPs are housed in a gatefold jacket with printed innersleeves containing flood-black interior printing. Out of print for years, Celestial is finally available again with newly remastered audio, carefully crafted specifically for vinyl by longtime cohort James Plotkin.

We’ve pressed 2000 copies of this and they turned out great: 1100 black vinyl, and 300 each of three variations of yellow.

* Order vinyl at the Robotic Empire – Online Store

Beyond that obviously massive release, we’ve stocked a variety of rad stuff for the Robotic Empire – Online Store recently, pretty much all on large-format vinyl. A great stack of no-brainers so its almost a bit weird highlighting ANNIHILATION TIME, BARONESS, BLACK TUSK, BOTCH (!), CENTURIES, CHELSEA WOLFE, CONSTANTS, COUGH, HULL, INTER ARMA (!), PIG DESTROYER, TIDELAND (!), VITAMIN X, YEAR OF NO LIGHT, etc… but, we just did. Here’s the full list:

NEW ITEMS:
* American Heritage – Sedentary 12″ (Solar Flare) $14.99
* Annihilation Time – II 12″ (Tank Crimes) $9.99
* Baroness – Yellow & Green 2×12″ (Relapse) $19.99
* Black Tusk – Set The Dial 12″ (Relapse) $14.99
* Botch – American Nervoso 2×12″ (Hydra Head) $19.99
* Centuries – Broken Hymns 12″ (Halo Of Flies) $11.99
* Chelsea Wolfe – Apokalypsis 12″ (Pendu) $18.99
* Constants – If Tomorrow The War 12″ (Science of Science) $16.99
* Cough / Windhand – Reflection of the Negative – BLACK GREY SWIRL COLORED VINYL 12″ (Relapse) $12.99
* Hull – Viking Funeral – Ox Blood w/ BLACK HAZE COLORED VINYL 12″ (Science of Science) $29.99
* Inter Arma – Sky Burial 2×12″ (Relapse) $19.99
* Isis – Celestial – BLACK VINYL 2×12″ (Robotic Empire) $22.99
* Isis – Celestial – MARBLED YELLOW COLORED VINYL 2×12″ (Robotic Empire) $22.99
* Isis – Celestial – SWARM YELLOW COLORED VINYL 2×12″ (Robotic Empire) $22.99
* Isis – Celestial – SUN YELLOW COLORED VINYL 2×12″ (Robotic Empire) $22.99
* Kicker – Not You 12″ (Tank Crimes) $10.99
* Momentum – Herbivore 12″ (Halo Of Flies) $11.99
* Monolith / Voyager – Split 12″ (Science of Science) $8.99
* Pig Destroyer – Book Burner – 180 GRAM VINYL 12″ (Relapse) $12.99
* Sofy Major – Idolize 12″ (Solar Flare) $14.99
* Tideland – Lull 12″ (Sterling) $9.99
* Tideland – Lull – SILVER COLORED VINYL 12″ (Sterling) $9.99
* Vitamin X – About to Crack 12″ (Tank Crimes) $10.99
* Watertank – Sleepwalk 12″ (Solar Flare) $14.99
* Year Of No Light – Vampry 2×12″ (Music Fear Satan) $19.99

On the restock-tip we’re in the same boat: all no-brainer bangers from BARONESS, COUGH, DAITRO, DOOMRIDERS, GHOUL, GLACIERS, JKFLESH, JODIS, KAYO DOT, KICKING SPIT, KONGH, PYGMY LUSH, TORCHE and YEAR OF NO LIGHT.

RESTOCKS:
* Baroness – Blue 2×12″ (Relapse) $19.99
* Baroness – Red 2×12″ (Relapse) $19.99
* Cough – Ritual Abuse 2×12″ – BLUE COLORED VINYL (Relapse) $19.99
* Daitro – Cendresdes Cendres, Je Me Consume 10″ – BLACK VINYL (Music Fear Satan) $10.99
* Doomriders – Black Thunder 12″ – COLORED VINYL (Magic Bullet) $14.99
* Ghoul – Transmission Zero 12″ – COLORED VINYL (Tank Crimes) $9.99
* Glaciers – And The Sea Won The Battle 12″ – CLEAR BLUE SWIRL COLORED VINYL (Self Released) $14.99
* JK Flesh / Pruient – Worship Is the Cleansing of the Imagination 12″ (Hydra Head) $15.99
* Jodis – Secret House 2×12″ – GREEN PEACH COLORED VINYL (Hydra Head) $24.99
* Kayo Dot – Blue Lambency Downward 12″ – MAROON COLORED VINYL (Hydra Head) $14.99
* Kicking Spit – Psychrockbullshit 12″ – WHITE COLORED VINYL (Tank Crimes) $9.99
* Kongh – Shadows Of The Shapeless 2×12″ (Music Fear Satan) $19.99
* Pygmy Lush – Mount Hope 12″ – 180 GRAM VINYL (Lovitt) $14.99
* Pygmy Lush – Mount Hope 12″ – CLEAR COLORED VINYL (Lovitt) $14.99
* Pygmy Lush – Mount Hope 12″ – RED COLORED VINYL (Lovitt) $14.99
* Torche – Harmonicraft 12″ – CLEAR COLORED VINYL (Volcom) $14.99
* Year Of No Light – Ausserwelt 2×12″ – BLACK VINYL (Music Fear Satan) $19.99


Another noteworthy highlight is that a recent release from last month, SOME STRANGER‘s debut 12″ EP, has received some nice praise from the glossy UK mag Rock Sound. Both a feature and review were in their last issue, and a larger graphic can be viewed here

That one has been a fun release for us, a little outside our comfort zone yet a very powerful debut from some longtime friends of the label.

* Listen to the full EP at Bandcamp
* Order vinyl at the Robotic Empire – Online Store

OK that wraps up the latest update from Robotic Empire. Please order something from our Online Store if ya can, so we can make room for this guy!

Peace!

FLOOR featured in Decibel “Hall of Fame”

Floor-HOF-DecibelIf for unknown reasons you aren’t already subscribed to Decibel Magazine, do yourself a solid and get aboard the party train NOW.

A “Hall of Fame” piece on FLOOR‘s magnificent self-titled album can be found in the July issue of the monthly mag, which goes into detail with each member on the history of the album, and reverberations resulting from it’s existence.

Essential!