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Lotsa THOU media (shirt pics, great live shots, vinyl photos, etc)

Here’s a little mockup image of the newest “Accountant” THOU shirt. (left part is the front, right part is the back – back print is actually pretty small). Super comfy shirt, ala American Apparel’s grey tri-blend, but without supporting skumbagz…

* Grab that joker here

Brooklyn Vegan also caught THOU live at their recent (and packed) ABC No Rio gigger in NYC, snapping a bunch of rad shots (and apparently a video of them covering “Sabatoge” by ye’ ol’ BEASTIE BOYS!)

* Peep pics/vids here

Semi-related, longtime bro of both the band and label, Josh Sisk, snapped a few gnarly shots as well from this week’s Baltimore show…

* Czech them here

Vinyl Abuse did a cool photo-review of our latest THOU release, The Archer & The Owle megaEP 12″ and cassette. Some pretty rad (and large) photos can be found there now.

* Vinyl Abuse blogg
* Order The Archer & The Owle megaEP 12″ and/or cassette

I think that’s as much THOU updateage we can cram into one little bump… maybe we’ll have a sequel with some videos? Anyway, if you dig this band we’ve got a boatload of their stuff, please check it out!

* THOU in the Robotic Empire – Online Store

More new THOU vinyl & merch, plus a bigass/badass distro update!

(photo by Rich Gaccione)
TWO back-to-back THOU updates?! Not that crazy when you consider how freakishly prolific this monster outfit is, and we’re pretty hyped to have our hands in yet another release they’ve done. A bit less directly this time, but along with longtime brethren Gilead Media, the Robotic Empire – Online Store is the very first place to stock THOU‘s band-released *upgraded* vinyl repress of their latest album, Summit.

Thankfully this one is NOT a pre-order, as this bad mamma jamma is all done and ready to roll! Their latest doom/sludge masterpiece, Summit, was initially released on wax by Southern Lord, but now self-released by the band with some mild but important upgrades: all new plates, heavyweight tip-on style jacket with clear spot-gloss, heavier printed innersleeve (with corrected text and lyrics), NO mucking around with stickers, smokey clear 180 GRAM vinyl… overall we’re just talking a really classy package here.

That’s not to dump on the venerable Southern Lord’s pressing, which was solid. Its just that THOU has since ironed out a few OCD kinks on what they want to see within a fully realized package, taking knowledge gained from our recent The Archer & The Owle “megaEP” release and re-applying some sonic and aesthetic enhancements to their latest full-length offering.

That being said, this thing is freaking beautiful. An already massive album that is now probably a bit more in line with the true vision THOU has for this album. We’re honored to aide these fine southern gentlemen in any way yet again, and of course along with our awesome(ly organized) brother-in-arms at Gilead Media!

To commemorate the occasion (and others), we have beefed up our THOU shirt arsenal with a new ripoff of a classic PG.99 image… actually the first t-shirt we ever printed so many years ago! We’re still using the same great printshop who’ve always done us right and are happy to present this thing to you today. Alabama’s Mammoth Printshop printed our very first shirt for us a solid dozen or so years ago: a black owl and mustard yellow text on an athletic grey t-shirt. Here we are again with an homage to those days (comparison image here), with friends of all conspirators THOU delivering this classic ripoff tee.

In addition to that banger, we’re hoping to have another new design and one re-print in house before too long, but those didn’t quite make it in time for this update. No matter, there is a (potentially literal) TON of other new items and restocks for this update, including a slew of other very righteous vinyl and shirts.

Noteworthy new jams include the debut FALSE LP (sooooo highly recommended), BARGHEST‘s debut (ex/current THOU), DARK CASTLE‘s latest on color, GHOSTLIMB efficiency, the long overdue and most triumphant HARKONEN LP (finally!), MOLOCH, SUTEKH HEXEN, more(!) freakin THOU import LPs, TOMBS wax, mo’ Mylene Sheath glory, another rad COUGH shirt (exclusive to our mailorder) and lots more…

Restocks include the other gnarly COUGH t-shirt designs and ALL their vinyl releases, BARN OWL, a BARONESS re-press, CAPSULE‘s latest album on coloured vinylz, DROPDEAD x3, GEISHA, JUNIUS 2xLPs, MASTODON and more. Here’re the full lists:

* Actors & Actresses – We Love Our Enemy – CLEAR COLORED VINYL 12″ (The Mylene Sheath) $12.99
* Alpinist / Masakari – Split 12″ (Halo Of Flies) $11.99
* Aseethe – Reverent Burden 12″ (Floating Cave) $14.99
* Barghest – Untitled – 180 GRAM VINYL 12″ (Gilead Media) $10.99
* Barn Owl – Shadowland 12″ (Thrill Jockey) $16.99
* Big Kids – Phone Home – BLACK VINYL 12″ (Adagio830) $14.99
* Cough – Goat – Size: EXTRA LARGE T-Shirt (Self Released) $14.99
* Cough – Goat – Size: LARGE T-Shirt (Self Released) $14.99
* Cough – Goat – Size: MEDIUM T-Shirt (Self Released) $14.99
* Cough – Goat – Size: SMALL T-Shirt (Self Released) $14.99
* Dark Castle – Surrender To All Life Beyond Form – RED COLORED VINYL 12″ (Brutal Panda) $21.99
* Deadverse – Caution To The Wind – BLACK VINYL 12″ (Adagio830) $11.99
* Eksi Ekso – Brown Shark, Red Lion – COLORED VINYL 2×12″ (The Mylene Sheath) $19.99
* Elm – Nemcatacoa 12″ (Sweat Lodge Guru) $18.99
* Expo 70 – Where Does Your Mind Go? 2×12″ (Immune) $24.99
* False – Untitled 12″ (Gilead Media) $11.99
* Ghostlimb – Bearings & Distance and Self-Titled Repress 12″ (Adagio830) $14.99
* Harkonen – Shake Harder Boy – BLUE COLORED VINYL 12″ (Brutal Panda) $15.99
* Herra Terra – Quiet Geist – RED COLORED VINYL 12″ (The Mylene Sheath) $12.99
* Higuma – Pacific Fog Dreams 12″ (Root Strata) $16.99
* Jon Porras – Undercurrent 12″ (Root Strata) $16.99
* Lavinia – There Is Light Between Us – BROWN GREY COLORED VINYL 12″ (The Mylene Sheath) $12.99
* Moloch – Possession 12″ (Vendetta) $14.99
* No Funeral – Self-Titled 12″ (Wands Discs) $9.99
* Resurrectionists / Lich – Split 12″ (Vendetta) $14.99
* Snowblood – Self-Titled 2×12″ (Super Fi) $27.99
* Sutekh Hexen – Luciform 12″ (Wands Discs) $9.99
* Thou – Owl – Size: DOUBLE EXTRA LARGE T-Shirt (Robotic Empire) $12.99
* Thou – Owl – Size: EXTRA LARGE T-Shirt (Robotic Empire) $12.99
* Thou – Owl – Size: LARGE T-Shirt (Robotic Empire) $12.99
* Thou – Owl – Size: MEDIUM T-Shirt (Robotic Empire) $12.99
* Thou – Owl – Size: SMALL T-Shirt (Robotic Empire) $12.99
* Thou – Owl – Size: YOUTH LARGE T-Shirt (Robotic Empire) $12.99
* Thou – Summit – SMOKEY CLEAR COLORED 180 GRAM VINYL 12″ (Self Released) $16.99
* Thou – To The Chaos Wizard Youth 12″ (Vendetta) $14.99
* Thou / Cower – Split 12″ (Vendetta) $14.99
* Tombs – Path Of Totality 12″ (Relapse) $12.99
* Zachary Cale – Noise of Welcome 12″ (Adagio830) $14.99

* Angel Eyes – Midwestern 12″ – GOLD COLORED VINYL (The Mylene Sheath) $9.99
* Barn Owl – Ancestral Star 12″ (Thrill Jockey) $16.99
* Baroness – Blue 2×12″ – CONFETTI COLORED VINYL (Relapse) $24.99
* Beware of Safety – It Is Curtains 12″ – RED w/ BLACK HAZE (The Mylene Sheath) $14.99
* Capsule – No Ghost 12″ – GREY COLORED VINYL (Rorschach) $12.99
* Cough – Baphomet T-Shirt – Size: EXTRA 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 – Ritual Abuse 2×12″ – RED COLORED VINYL (Relapse) $19.99
* Cough – Sigillum Luciferi 2×12″ – ORANGE COLORED VINYL (Forcefield) $17.99
* Cough – Wizard T-Shirt – Size: EXTRA LARGE (Self Released) $14.99
* Cough – Wizard T-Shirt – Size: LARGE (Self Released) $14.99
* Cough – Wizard T-Shirt – Size: SMALL (Self Released) $14.99
* Cough / The Wounded Kings – An Introduction To The Black Arts 12″ (Forcefield) $9.99
* Dropdead – Discography 1992-1993 12″ (Armageddon) $9.99
* Dropdead – Self Titled 1993 12″ (Armadeggon) $9.99
* Dropdead – Self Titled 1998 12″ (Armageddon) $9.99
* Geisha – Maudit A Minuit 12″ (Super Fi) $13.99
* Junius – Self-Titled 2×12″ – RED COLORED VINYL (The Mylene Sheath) $19.99
* Junius – The Martyrdom Of A Catastrophist 2×12″ – BRONZE COLORED VINYL (Mylene Sheath) $21.99
* Mastodon – Leviathan 12″ (Relapse) $14.99
* Sleep – Volume 2 T-Shirt – Size: EXTRA LARGE (DIY) $14.99
* Sleep – Volume 2 T-Shirt – Size: LARGE (DIY) $14.99
* Sleep – Volume 2 T-Shirt – Size: MEDIUM (DIY) $14.99
* Sleep – Volume 2 T-Shirt – Size: SMALL (DIY) $14.99
* Thou / Leech – We Pass Like Night, From Land to Land 12″ – WHITE COLORED VINYL (Gilead Media) $14.99

Not too shabby at all, especially if you like the heavy stuff. Holla!

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NPR streaming PG.99 and THOU live audio!

PG.99 and THOU both played Washington, DC this past weekend… DURING the middle of hurricane Irene! NPR was awesomely on hand and recorded the show!

* PG.99 streaming audio @ NPR

* THOU streaming audio @ NPR

A true road warrior named Alec travelled from Maine(!) for the event too, and took some gnarly close-up footage of the bands as well. More to surface, but here’s THOU covering NIRVANA (at the 2minute mark):

Last related news for now: longtime likeminded weirdo Ryan Hex is still going strong with his Hex Records / Hanging Like a Hex thing… stoked he’s still writing righteous reviews after all these years. Anyway, he just dropped some science on THOU‘s new The Archer & The Owle megeEP including this tasty tidbit:

“Thou keeps their massive sludge experiments interesting, rocking, and most of all, heavy as Marty McFly’s opinion of time travel. It’s like Eyehategod with extra brains and just as much spite, and some cool, twisted melody to top it all off. They probably gave this away for free online already anyway, but the vinyl looks pretty cool and I think they even made a run of cassettes for this release if you’re into 80’s technology.”

* Read the whole thing here, its great and there’s plenty of other well written reviews too. No universal praise either, dawg keeps it real!

Beyond that, we’re steadily selling the new releases (and reiusse) from both bands, so check em out if you haven’t already:

* PG.99 stuff @ Robotic Empire’s Online Store

* THOU stuff @ Robotic Empire’s Online Store

New releases from PG.99 and THOU + shirt and vinyl sales, new items and more!!

Sometimes it can be difficult to write about dudes you’ve spent important formative years with, witnessing them grow from teenage punx into skilled musicians and incredible songwriters. Our longtime brothers from Sterling, Virginia are just that though… so with a nostalgic heart we present the latest Robotic Empire update.

PG.99 is the first band we ever did a release with, back in the very beginning Robodog days at the end of the last century. Its pretty crazy that over 12 years later, here we are again still talking about the same band… but they seemed incredible to us back then and still remain so today. From their first demo material to the final recordings five years later, it was amazing to watch this band evolve into the formidable force they became. Its appropriate then that Robotic Empire presents the long-overdue vinyl issuing of PAGENINETYNINE‘s Singles collection album.

Eighteen tracks spanning their existence have been pressed into one stellar LP. Originally released on CD by (the now-defunct?) Reptilian Records, this collection compiles PG.99‘s widespread non-album material. It includes the stuff from their splits with CIRCLE TAKES THE SQUARE, CITY OF CATERPILLAR, ENEMY SOIL, PROCESS IS DEAD and REACTOR NO. 7 along with other short-run compilation, EP and demo tracks.

Most PAGENINETYNINE fans have a favorite album, but in some ways Singles may be a better overall representation of the band. Each of their three full-lengths (and split longplayer with MAJORITY RULE) are excellent individual documents in their progression, but Singles manages to show it all: their humble beginnings to furious midpoint and experimental end. From the original demo tape to final split EP release, the wild ride of PG.99‘s various creations are clearly displayed on Singles, showing a band that evolved more in their prolific five years than one could really deem reasonable.

Finely mastered by James Plotkin for a much warmer and fuller sound not heard on the original releases, this 12″ has been packaged in a printed innersleeve (with an excellent eulogy by JR Hayes of PIG DESTROYER) and a silk-screened fold-over cover (printed by Broken Press, ala document #8click here for a bigger version of the above photospread). 1000 copies have been pressed: 200 on green, 200 on blue and 600 on black vinyl.

PG.99 – Singles by Robotic Empire

** THIS IS TECHNICALLY A PRE-ORDER as it officially has an August 2nd “street date”, although we’ve been given the go-ahead to start shipping out pre-orders within a week or two from now. However, everything for this release is now finished and in house already.. so you can order this NOW in the Robotic Empire – Online Store and we will ship out all orders as promptly as possible! **

Closely related is the latest pressing of PG.99‘s landmark document #8 album. Considered by many to be their definitive album, its easily the one with the most vision. Originally recorded throughout one hectic weekend in the winter of 2001, document #8 was re-mixed a few years later by band members and engineer Kurt Ballou. Since this recording those guys have forged a relationship that continues throughout each PYGMY LUSH recording (also accomplished at Kurt’s Godcity studios) and the results speak for themselves. Blistering songs dripping with spirit and passion, document #8 is arguably PG.99‘s magnum opus. Also housed in a silkscreen jacket, this one comes with a large 16-page booklet of lyrics/artwork/photos/etc (click here for a bigger version of the above photospread). 1000 more copies of this LP have been pressed: 200 on red, 200 on white and 600 on black vinyl.

Both of these releases are timed to correspond with PAGENINETYNINE‘s reunion at this year’s Best Friends Day festival in Richmond, Virginia. Friday, August 19th will see them play alongside CONVERGE, STRIKE ANYWHERE, CAPSULE and more at the Canal Club in RVA. Their plan is to perform the document #8 album in full, along with other material spanning their history. Its definitely not something to miss, as PG.99 hasn’t played live in over eight years. More information on the (massively fun) Best Friends Day event can be found here:

In a new addition to the Best Friends Day performance, PAGENINETYNINE will also play a bit closer to home at the Black Cat in Washington, DC the following weekend on Saturday, August 27th. Appropriately, THOU will be opening up that show… PG.99 + THOU for $10 = pretty hard to beat! More info on that over at the Black Cat website.

Both of those LPs, along with some celebratory-discounted PG.99 t-shirts (and the many members’ other bands’ records) can be found in the Robotic Empire – Online Store.

Punk Rock In The Wrong Hands by PG.99

Related in core fundamentals is a lengthy new release from Louisiana’s THOU. Longtime friends of the aforementioned Virginians, THOU is cut from a very similar cloth wherein a DIY mentality is the backbone to extreme(ly) heavy music. The sonic results may vary from PG.99, but THOU‘s rock-solid work ethic, relentless touring and absurdly prolific release schedule now rivals (and possibly exceeds) their Sterling, VA contemporaries. Its also been a great pleasure to work with these maniacs in the past, thus we’re honored to present their new 12″ to you today.

Recorded throughout the turn of the decade, THOU deliver another potent 40 minutes of triumphant doom-laden sludge fury on The Archer & The Owle. Atypical heavyness to say the least, the ultra-crushing sound THOU has become known for is subtly enhanced by unique elements ala piano, atmospheric noise, horns, double bass and several re-envisioned cover songs for keen ears to decipher. Along with otherwise unreleased Summit-era material, this lengthy “megaEP” also (appropriately) contains THOU‘s original half of the now postponed co-release with PYGMY LUSH, oddly inspiring the band to then cover two tracks by their collaborators’ latest work.

Its all spice added to the overall stunning effect of a truly visionary band; intelligent commentary atop six massive tracks of absolutely bludgeoning music. Presented on color vinyl housed in a beautiful spot-glossed “tip-on” classic style heavyweight gatefold LP jacket, this is yet another brick in THOU‘s ever-strengthening wall of spite and menace. All mailorder copies of The Archer & The Owle vinyl include a canvas patch exclusive to the label and band copies. 2000 copies of this “megaEP” have been pressed: 500 on opaque gray (mailorder/band only) and 1500 on translucent clear. This and much of THOU‘s vast back-catalog (plus a few t-shirt designs) can be found now in the Robotic Empire – Online Store.

Voices in the Wilderness by THOU

** As above with PG.99‘s Singles 12″, THIS IS TECHNICALLY A PRE-ORDER as it officially has an August 2nd “street date”, although we’ve been given the go-ahead to start shipping out pre-orders within a week or two from now. However, everything for this release is en route to us… so you can order this NOW in the Robotic Empire – Online Store and we will ship out all orders as promptly as possible! **

In addition to the vinyl version of this behemoth, we’ve teamed up with our brothers at Sweat Lodge Guru (who are also responsible for the awesome OMGvinyl) to unleash the cassette version of this “megaEP”.

300 copies of the pro-tape version have been made, which comes in an unreal two-color letterpress double-sided, mulit-panel j-card (click here for a bigger version of the above photospread). Pretty darn impressive for 6 bucks, this is available NOW in the Robotic Empire – Online Store as well as from Sweat Lodge Guru.

In addition to these new releases (and re-press) we’ve got a fairly significant RoboSale going on at the moment. Hot on the heels of our insane “fire sale” discounts throughout May and June, we’re now offering a slew of Robotic Empire released vinyl and t-shirts at some stupid discounts… only until the end of July though. The vinyl is a widespread slew of Robo (and related) releases, and the shirts are mostly discounted in related celebration of PG.99‘s burst of activity! Here’s the list:

VINYL: (this sale applies to all colors we have in stock)
* Cannabis Corpse – Tube Of The Resinated 12″ = $9.99
* Capsule – Blue 12+CD = $8.99
* Employer, Employee – Discography 12″ = $9.99
* Floor – Below & Beyond (Deluxe 10xLP, 1×7″, 8xCD, 32-page booklet) = $239.99
* Ghastly City Sleep – Self-Titled 12″ = $7.99
* Gods & Queens – Untitled (debut) 12″+CD = $11.99
* Inter Arma – Sundown 12″ (Mirror Universe release) = $7.99
* Isis – Oceanic 2xLP (vinyl+printed sleeves only, no gatefold jacket) = $9.99
* Pygmy Lush – Bitter River 12″ = $8.99
* Red Sparowes – At The Soundless Dawn 2×12″ = $15.99
* Red Sparowes – Every Red Heart… 2×12″ = $15.99
* Ultra Dolphins – Mar 12″ = $7.99
* Ultra Dolphins – Why Are You Laugh 12″ = $7.99
* Verse En Coma – Self-Titled 10″+CD = $9.99
* Young Widows – Live 12″ (180g) = $9.99

T-SHIRTS: (this sale applies to all sizes we have in stock)
* Pageninetynine – Cow = $9.99
* Pageninetynine – Family = $9.99
* Pageninetynine – Girl With Heart = $11.99
* Pageninetynine – Goth Girl = $9.99
* Pageninetynine – Owl = $11.99
* Pygmy Lush – Man on the Moon = $10.99
* Pygmy Lush – Donkey = $10.99
* Pygmy Lush – Cold World = $10.99
* Pygmy Lush – Mount Hope (black) = $10.99
* Pygmy Lush – Mount Hope (white) = $10.99

All of the above discounted stuff can be found now in the Robotic Empire – Online Store. This is all in an effort to clear some space, as along with the new releases above we also recently re-pressed some essential TORCHE albums (highlighted in the last update). What this all amounts to is a real premium for space at the lil’ ol’ RoboHQ so thus, the sales continue. However, this is likely to be our last large-scale discounting for a while, but nonetheless there’s some good deals to be had. Along with the above items, over 275+ others have various sales attached to them as well.

Beyond all the new Robo label activity, we’ve actually gotten in very few new stuff/restocks lately (for a change), only a couple items really… so we’re posting those along with the last update’s stuff.

NEW ITEMS: (from this update)
* Obliteration – Nekropsalms 12″ (Forcefield) – $9.99
* Pageninetynine – Singles – BLACK VINYL 12″ (Robotic Empire) – $11.99
* Pageninetynine – Singles – BLUE COLORED VINYL 12″ (Robotic Empire) – $11.99
* Pageninetynine – Singles – GREEN COLORED VINYL 12″ (Robotic Empire) – $11.99
* Thou – The Archer & The Owle – GREY COLORED VINYL 12″ (Robotic Empire) – $14.99
* Thou – The Archer & The Owle – RED COLORED VINYL 12″ (Robotic Empire) – $14.99
* Thou – The Archer & The Owle Cassette (Robotic Empire / Sweat Lodge Guru) – $5.99
* Thou / Moloch – Tears That Soak A Callous Heart Cassette (Perpetual Motion Machine) – $4.99

RESTOCKS: (from this update)
* Cannabis Corpse – Blunted At Birth CD (Forcefield) – $9.99
* Cannabis Corpse – Tube of the Resinated CD (Forcefield) – $9.99
* Cough – Sigillum Luciferi CD (Forcefield) – $9.99
* Cough / The Wounded Kings – An Introduction To The Black Arts 12″ VINYL (Forcefield) – $9.99
* Pageninetynine – Document #8 – BLACK VINYL 12″ (Robotic Empire) – $11.99
* Pageninetynine – Document #8 – RED COLORED VINYL 12″ (Robotic Empire) – $11.99
* Pageninetynine – Document #8 – WHITE COLORED VINYL 12″(Robotic Empire) – $11.99

NEW ITEMS: (from last update)
* Annihilation Time – II – BLUE COLORED VINYL 12″+7″ (Tank Crimes) – $11.99
* ANS / Ramming Speed – Split 12″ (Tank Crimes) – $9.99
* Austrasian Goat, The / Hollow Sunshine – Split 12″ (Vendetta) – $14.99
* Big Eyes – Self-Titled Cassette (Tank Crimes) – $4.99
* Black Tusk – The Fallen Kingdom – BLACK VINYL 12″ (Hyperrealist) – $14.99
* Black Tusk – The Fallen Kingdom – YELLOW COLORED VINYL 12″ (Hyperrealist) – $14.99
* Capsule – No Ghost – GREY COLORED VINYL 12″ (Rorschach) – $12.99
* Church Of Misery – Volume 1 12″+7″ (Emetic) – $19.99
* Danse Macabre – Einerseits Andererseits 10″ (React With Protest) – $9.99
* Dead To A Dying World – Self-Titled – GREEN COLORED VINYL 2×12″ (Tofu Carnage) – $26.99
* Dolcim – We Carry The Fire 12″ (React With Protest) – $10.99
* Electro Quarterstaff – Aykroyd 12″ (War On Music) – $11.99
* Eyehategod – Dopesick – BLACK COVER VERSION VINYL 2×12″ (Emetic) – $19.99
* Eyehategod – Dopesick – WHITE COVER VERSION VINYL 2×12″ (Emetic) – $19.99
* Eyehategod – In The Name Of Suffering 2×12″ (Emetic) – $19.99
* Eyehategod – Take As Needed For Pain 2×12″ (Emetic) – $19.99
* Fell Voices – Untitled 12″ (Gilead Media) – $13.99
* Fleshpress – Rebuild / Crumble 12″ (Throne) – $14.99
* Fleshpress – No Return 12″ (Throne) – $14.99
* For Want Of – Self-Titled 7″ (Resuscitate) – $4.99
* Gehenna – Malice – RED ORANGE COLORED VINYL 3×12″ (Dark Symphonies) – $54.99
* Her Breath On Glass – We Aimed Straight Down – RED BLACK COLORED VINYL 12″ (IFB) – $9.99
* Kicking Spit – Psychrockbullsh!t – WHITE COLORED VINYL 12″ (Tank Crimes) – $9.99
* Ludicra – The Tenant 2×12″ (Throne) – $29.99
* Pygmy Lush – Old Friends – BLACK IMPORT VINYL 12″ (Adagio830) – $14.99
* Pygmy Lush – Old Friends – RED COLORED IMPORT VINYL 12″ (Adagio830) – $14.99
* Resurrectionists / Battle Of Wolf 359 – Split 10″ (React With Protest) – $10.99
* Suma / Unearthly Trance – Collaboration 12″ (Throne) – $19.99
* Torche – Self-Titled Reissue – RASTA COLORED VINYL 12″ (Robotic Empire) – $14.99
* Torche – Meanderthal – CUBAN FLAG COLORED VINYL 12″ (Robotic Empire) – $11.99
* Torche – Meanderthal – ORANGE BLOB COLORED VINYL 12″ (Robotic Empire) – $11.99
* Torche – Meanderthal – TAINTED SILVER COLORED VINYL 12″ (Robotic Empire) – $11.99
* Torche – Meanderthal – YOLK COLORED VINYL 12″ (Robotic Empire) – $11.99
* Velnias – Sovereign Nocturnal 12″ (Vendetta) – $9.99

RESTOCKS: (from last update)
* Arktika – At Zero 2×12″ – COLORED VINYL (Narsharda) – $19.99
* Arktika – Heartwrencher 12″ – GREEN SPLATTER COLORED VINYL (Narshardaa) – $12.99
* Cannabis Corpse – The Weeding 12″ – ORANGEL COLORED VINYL (Tank Crimes) – $9.99
* Comadre – Wolf Ticket 12″ (Adagio 830) – $14.99
* Electric Wizard – Dopethrone T-Shirt – Size: EXTRA LARGE (Eat Death) – $11.99
* Electric Wizard – Dopethrone T-Shirt – Size: LARGE (Eat Death) – $11.99
* Electric Wizard – Dopethrone T-Shirt – Size: MEDIUM (Eat Death) – $11.99
* Electric Wizard – Dopethrone T-Shirt – Size: SMALL (Eat Death) – $11.99
* Giants – Old Stories 12″ – SPLATTER COLORED VINYL (Cavity) – $9.99
* Mewithoutyou – AB Life 12″ – BROWN COLORED VINYL (Gilead) – $14.99
* Mewithoutyou – Catch For Us the Foxes 12″ – RED COLORED VINYL (Gilead) – $14.99
* Omega Massif / Mount Logan – Split 12″ – CLOUD GREY VINYL (Vendetta) – $10.99
* Salome – Self-Titled 12″ (Vendetta) – $12.99
* Stirling Says – Balboa 12″ (Adagio) – $9.99
* Thou / Human Intruder – Split 7″ (Dead Earth) – $5.99
* Titan – Colossus 12″ (React With Protest) – $12.99
* Torche – Meanderthal – [DELUXE JACKET] BLACK VINYL 12″ (Robotic Empire) – $19.99

WOW. Yeah, if we haven’t been busy enough lately… lets keep the crazy going! Please hit up the Robotic Empire – Online Store and pick something up if you can. We’ve gone kinda nutzo on vinyl lately and could use some help getting it outta here. Big ups!

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THOU to crush ancestral homelands (aka, our dawgs are touring EUROPE!)

Our southern sludge brothers THOU are about to embark on a journey to the ancestral lands… in other words, Europe: watch out!

10.06 – Brighton, England at Cowley Club
11.06 – Groningen, Netherlands at Vera
12.06 – Eindhoven, Netherlands at Area 51
13.06 – Leiden, Netherlands at 071
14.06 – Bielefeld, Germany at AJZ
15.06 – Hamburg, Germany at Flora
16.06 – Copenhagen, Denmark at Stengade
17.06 – Berlin, Germany at Cassiopeia
18.06 – Leipzig, Germany at Zoro
19.06 – Praha, Czech Republic at 007 Club
20.06 – Wien, Austria at Arena
21.06 – Koper, Slovenia at Pandamonium
22.06 – Milano, Italy at Dauntaun / Leocavallo
23.06 – Bologna, Italy at XM24
24.06 – Stuttgart, Germany at JH West
25.06 – Versmold, Germany at Cry Me a River Fest
26.06 – Mülheim, Germany at AZ Mülheim
27.06 – Utrecht, Netherlands at dB’s CAB-Rondom 100
28.06 – Kortrijk, Belgium at Cinepalace
29.06 – Portiers, France at Le Confort Moderne
30.06 – Paris, France at La Miroiterie
01.07 – London, England
02.07 – Nottingham, England at Stuck on a Name Studios

Shortly upon their return we’ll have a substantial new release from these burly boys titled The Archer & The Owle. More info forthcoming, but in the meantime… check out these fiends in action if you live on that side of the pond!

"this is a real ep" (aka, two awesome THOU reviews!)

It’s pretty awesome and inspiring when we get sent reviews for a release we didn’t even mail out promos for. BIG ups to Ian Wise and Demian Johnston for taking the time to review the THOU, Baton Rouge, You Have Much To Answer For EP all on their own volition. Seriously, much appreciated!

Thou somehow manage to consistently put out fully realized records with obviously thoughtful artwork and meticulous packaging. And they do so at a pace that makes me embarrassed of how slowly my own musical endeavors come together. This release, their most recent 12” EP (it’s four songs, but each side is about 15 minutes, so “EP” is sort of misleading) sums up most things I love about the band. Their earlier releases were heavy, but focused on slow parts with really pretty sounding guitar harmonies. I loved it, but recently they’ve picked up the pace a little and have gotten much, much more dissonant in their sound. This record is no less abrasive than the “Smoke Pigs” track they contributed their split with Black September, but they have some spacey, jammy parts that go well with their sludge aesthetic and help the record flow better as a long player. The tracks here also seem less disjointed than songs on Tyrant or Peasant, both of which had some awkward changes. Of course, the packaging is great as the band partnered with the always diligent Robotic Empire, the only people who may actually be nerdier than Thou about vinyl packaging. -Ian Wise / Razorcake (buy here)

holy shit. this is fantastic. super heavy, super thick and totally amazing sounding. you can really tell they gave a shit in releasing this. i have no idea if this is coming out in any other formats but this is a real ep. so often bands will release a cassette to keep some sort of “cred” going but it ends up being some throw away demos or noise from a band that has no business making noise. this feels real. two heavy and interesting originals on the a side and an instrumental laden with samples and really heavy guitars followed by a Nirvana cover with a killer guitar solo using a phase shifter in a excellent way. the way this sounds is also another reason why having James Plotkin master your releases will never make you regret the affordable price. you just have to hear it. it sounds amazing. the packaging is a double sided screenprinted three panel j card and it looks fantastic. the artwork is great, the music is great. i used to not really dig thou but after the last couple things i have heard i am completely sold. great work. – Demian Johnston / Dead Formats

This release is still available on both formats (vinyl and cassette):
* THOU – Baton Rouge, You Have Much To Answer For 12″
* THOU – Baton Rouge, You Have Much To Answer For Cassette
* THOU – Most of the rest of their (available) standalone releases, plus t-shirts/etc

New releases & re-presses from THOU, HEWHOCORRUPTS, SHITSTORM, SUFFOCATE FOR FUCK SAKE and more!

We are psyched to announce that the previously (and quickly) sold out THOU EP, Baton Rouge, You Have Much to Answer For, is now available again on both vinyl and cassette. We re-pressed the vinyl on black (1000) and tapes on red (200). Same artwork, same inserts, same music and all… just available again, this time with a sweet corresponding t-shirt printed up as well. The shirt is (reappropriated) artwork from the gatefold LP jacket’s back cover, and turned out really awesome. 2-color front, 1-color back and red & black ink on “athletic grey” sweatshop-free t-shirts; you can see a bigger image of the front artwork here. There’s no package deals or anything set up, but we tried to keep the prices pretty low on all this stuff.

For those living under a rock and still unfamiliar with the grossly prolific THOU, they are easily our favorite southern sludge/doom band in years and a true force to be reckoned with both live and on record. A seething ode to their city of inception, Baton Rouge, You Have Much To Answer For contains by far some of THOU‘s best material released to date, and one of the most downtrodden recordings we’ve been a part of over the past 11+ years of doing this label. It’s an “EP” because it’s 4 songs total, but it’s also over 30 minutes of crushing music, set to the tune of the end of times. Like all of their recordings, its available for free download on their website or if you’re oldschool and want the physical “real thing”, this EP and most of the rest of the available THOU releases are available now in the Robotic Empire – Online Store.

Related to this (but not actually our release) is a killer writeup NPR (!) just gave in regards to both THOU‘s live experience and their new album Summit. Very cool to see such a respected publication shine a little light down into the underground, this time directly onto our friends. You can read the article here and/or pre-order the new Summit CD release from our brethren at Gilead Media (we’ll be stocking it too as soon as its publicly available).

At another end of the hardcore/metal spectrum is the recent HEWHOCORRUPTS Midi of Profits USB Rubber Bracelet release. Attacking capitalism through a more tongue-in-cheek approach (vs THOU‘s somewhat blunt methods), HEWHOCORRUPTS have flown the “corporate grindcore” flag for years, culminating in probably their most absurd release ever (exceeding a credit card-sized CD housed in a wallet, a NSFW split calendar and a 7″ packaged with shredded US currency). Yes, that’s right… this is a functional AND fashionable USB-chip-infused rubber bracelet with meticulously recreated MIDI-based songs held within, inspired in part by their classic Master of Profits EP which displayed a masterful love/hate relationship with METALLICA. Long story short, this 1gb USB chip bracelet is packed with music, videos, tabulator, animated GIFs and other awesome nonsense to justify the pure stupidity of creating this thing. Limited to 200 copies and available now in the Robotic Empire – Online Store.

Beyond the recent label activity, there’s also been a steady stream of killer new stuff and restocks in the Robotic Empire – Online Store. This week we’ve got another “exclusively distributed” item, the new one from Swedish post-metal outfit SUFFOCATE FOR FUCK SAKE. We couldn’t keep their previous stuff in stock, and are the only US outlet you can order this monster 2xLP from. Also new in the expletive-band-name front is the long-awaited blistering split 7″ from SHITSTORM and CONGA FURY, showcasing easily the heaviest n’ fiercest SHITSTORM tracks to date. Solely re-stocking cassettes this week, mostly from our screamy-hardcore-lovin’ Malaysian friends at Utarid, here’s the full list:

* Black Shape Of Nexus – Mannheim Live Cassette (QSD) $4.99
* Conga Fury / Shitstorm – Split 7″ (To Live A Lie) $4.99
* Daitro – Cendresdes Cendres, Je Me Consume – BLACK VINYL 10″ (Music Fear Satan) $15.99
* Daitro – Cendresdes Cendres, Je Me Consume – CLEAR COLORED VINYL 10″ (Music Fear Satan) $15.99
* Suffocate for Fuck Sake – Blazing Fires and Helicopters on the Front Page of the Newspaper. There’s a March Going on and I’m Marching in Heavyboots 2×12″ (Blue Grass) $24.99
* Thou – Baton Rouge, You Have Much To Answer For – BLACK VINYL 12″ (Robotic Empire) $12.99
* Thou – Harp Lady Size: DOUBLE EXTRA LARGE T-Shirt (Robotic Empire) $10.99
* Thou – Harp Lady Size: EXTRA LARGE T-Shirt (Robotic Empire) $10.99
* Thou – Harp Lady Size: LARGE T-Shirt (Robotic Empire) $10.99
* Thou – Harp Lady Size: MEDIUM T-Shirt (Robotic Empire) $10.99
* Thou – Harp Lady Size: SMALL T-Shirt (Robotic Empire) $10.99
* Thou – Harp Lady Size: YOUTH LARGE T-Shirt (Robotic Empire) $10.99
* Three Steps To The Ocean – Until Today Becomes Yesterday CD (Frohike) $9.99

* Daitro – 2004-2007 Discography Cassette (Utarid) $4.99
* Ghostlimb – Alea Eacta Est Cassette (Utarid) $4.99
* Kidcrash – Snacks Cassette (Utarid) $4.99
* La Quiete – La Fine Non E’ La Fine’ Cassette (Utarid) $4.99
* Osceola – Discography Cassette (Utarid) $4.99
* Thou – Baton Rouge, You Have Much To Answer For Cassette (Robotic Empire) $5.99

Since this round of new jams is pretty short, we figured it was worth mentioning last week’s killer new stuff as well:

NEW ITEMS: (from 07/25/10)
* Dad They Broke Me – ROT 12″+CD (We Empty Rooms) $15.99
* Dove – Self-Titled Cassette (Financial Ruin) $7.99
* Fangs of a TV Evangelist – Self-Titled 12″+CD (We Empty Rooms) $15.99
* Gehenna – Hope Guzzo Bootleg – COLORED VINYL 12″+7″ (A389) $12.99
* Hewhocorrupts – Midi of Profits USB Bracelet (Robotic Empire) $14.99
* Holy Mountain – Diapers Full Live Cassette (Financial Ruin) $5.99
* Integrity – To Die For – RED COLORED VINYL 10″+7″ (A389) $11.99
* Moho – He Visto La Cruz Al RevÈs 12″ (Feast Of Tentacles) $15.99
* Seraphim – Self-Titled – COLORED VINYL 7″ (A389) $4.99
* Souvenir’s Young America – The Name Of The Snake 12″ (Init) $13.99
* Souvenir’s Young America – The Name Of The Snake CD (Init) $9.99
* Thou / The City Is The Tower – Split 12″ (Init) $13.99
* Wolvhammer – Black Marketeers Of World War III CD (Init) $9.99
* Worlds – Unforeseen Paths Cassette (Financial Ruin) $8.99

RESTOCKS: (from 07/25/10)
* Abandoned Hearts Club, The – The Initial Confessions Of CD (Init) $7.99
* Back When – Swords Against The Father 7″ (Init) $4.99
* Battlefields – Stained With The Blood Of An Empire CD (Init) $8.99
* Buried Inside – Chronoclast 12″ – 180GRAM VINYL (Init) $19.99
* Cougar Den – Keepondrifter 12″ – BLUE COLORED VINYL (Init) $12.99
* Integrity – Walpurgisnacht 7″ – COLORED VINYL (A389) $4.99
* Melt Banana – Initial 7″ (Init) $5.99
* Spirit Of Versailles, The – Discography 2xCD (Init) $9.99

There it is folks. Enjoy!
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