SOME STRANGER review from Alternative Press

Pretty rad SOME STRANGER review from Alternative Press. Here’s a lil’ screengrab:

Vinyl pre-orders going for another week or so until the actual records show up:

https://www.roboticempire.com/store/index.php?main_page=advanced_search_result&keyword=Some+Stranger

Full review can be read here:

http://altpress.com/reviews/entry/some_stranger_some_stranger_ep

New stuff in Robotic Empire’s Online Store (HUM, CONVERGE, JK FLESH, HOAX, TOUCHE AMORE, etc etc etc)

Almost 1-month to the day from our last update (with lots of killer new stuff, plus key re-presses from TORCHE and BARONESS), we’re back with another round of awesome stuff in the Robotic Empire – Online Store.

We’ve got a wicked variety of cool stuff for this update, including one item which we’re incredibly jealous (and mildly frustrated) NOT to have been a part of. After years of harassing HUM about letting us reissue their incredible catalog, Shop Radio Cast beat everyone (including the band) to the punch. The resulting proof is in the pudding though, as their reissue of You’d Prefer An Astronaut really did turn out nice, along with the reissue treatment for two bangin QUICKSAND 12″s.

Beyond the special attention to that stuff, there are many other high-calibre items here including new items from CONVERGE, HOAX, JK FLESH, LOMA PRIETA, IN LOVING MEMORY, MAGIC CIRCLE, plus splits from TRIAC / D.O.C., TOUCHE AMORE / PBTT, DROPDEAD x2 and, YEAR OF NO LIGHT / ALTAR OF PLAGUES, plus imports aplenty from Vendetta/Adagio and some other choice stuff.

On the re-stock tip, we’re talkin bout (Willis) crucial stuff from ACID KING, AMENRA, CLOUD RAT, DROPDEAD, GIANTS, GODFLESH, KEN MODE, KIDCRASH, NACHTMYSTIUM, PHOENIX BODIES, RAEIN, PUNCH, ROSETTA, TOUCHE AMORE and WHITEHORSE. Here are the full lists:

NEW ITEMS:
* Batillus – Concrete Sustain 12″ (Vendetta) $14.99
* Black Heart Rebellion, The – Har Nevo 12″ (Adagio830) $14.99
* Blue Letter, The – Love Is Not Control – GREY COLORED VINYL 2×12″ (Init) $19.99
* Brainbombs – Obey – RED COLORED VINYL 12″ (Armageddon) $14.99
* Children Of God – We Set Fire to The Sky 12″ (Vendetta) $14.99
* Converge – All We Love We Leave Behind 2×12″ (Deathwish) $19.99
* Converge / Dropdead – 20th Anniversary Split – COLORED VINYL 7″ (Self Released) $5.99
* Crowskin – Black Lava 12″ (Vendetta) $14.99
* Dropdead / Look Back And Laugh – Split – GREEN COLORED VINYL 7″ (Armageddon) $5.99
* Elder – Spires Burn / Release – PURPLE COLORED VINYL 12″ (Armageddon) $14.99
* Hoax – Self-Titled 12″ (Adagio830) $14.99
* Holy – The Age Of Collapse 12″ (Adagio830) $14.99
* Hum – You’d Prefer An Astronaut – 180 GRAM WHITE COLORED VINYL 12″ (Shop Radio Cast) $21.99
* In Loving Memory – A Discography – ORANGE COLORED VINYL 12″ (Init) $14.99
* JK Flesh – Posthuman CD (3 By 3 Music) $9.99
* Loma Prieta – Life/Less 12″ (Deathwish) $9.99
* Magic Circle – Self-Titled 12″ (Armageddon) $14.99
* Multiple Truths – No One Wins 12″ (Halo Of Flies) $10.99
* Perfect Future – Old Wounds: Warmth In The Winter Of 1914 & 1915 12″ (Adagio830) $14.99
* Quicksand – Manic Compression – RED BLACK SWIRL COLORED VINYL 12″ (Shop Radio Cast) $19.99
* Quicksand – Slip – 180 GRAM BLACK VINYL 12″ (Shop Radio Cast) $19.99
* Reivers – Sympathetic Shock 12″ (Vendetta) $14.99
* Ruined Families – Blank Language 12″ (Adagio830) $14.99
* Terror Bird – Secret Rituals 12″ (Adagio830) $14.99
* Touche Amore / Pianos Become The Teeth – Split – AQUA BLUE COLORED VINYL 7″ (Deathwish) $4.99
* Triac / D.O.C – Split 12″ (RSR) $16.99
* Whitehorse / Batillus – Split 12″ (Vendetta) $14.99
* Year Of No Light / Altar Of Plagues – Split 12” (Music Fear Satan) $14.99

RESTOCKS:
* Acid King – Free / Down With the Crown 12” (Kreation) $10.99
* Acid King – III 12” – COLORED VINYL (Kreation) $10.99
* Amenra – Mass III-II + Mass IIII 2xCD (Init) $13.99
* Cloud Rat – Moksha 12” (Halo Of Flies) $10.99
* Dropdead – Discography 12-13 12” – RED COLORED VINYL (Armageddon) $14.99
* Dropdead – Self Titled 1993 12” – BLUE COLORED VINYL (Armadeggon) $14.99
* Giants – Old Stories 12” – COLORED VINYL (Cavity) $9.99
* Godflesh – Love and Hate In Dub 12” (Kreation) $10.99
* Ken Mode – Venerable 12” – CLEAR COLORED VINYL (Init) $14.99
* Kidcrash – Naps 12” – One-Sided VINYL (Init) $12.99
* Nachtmystium – Eulogy IV 12” (Kreation) $10.99
* Phoenix Bodies / Raein – Split 7” – CLEAR COLORED VINYL (Init) $4.99
* Punch – Nothing Lasts 7” (Deathwish) $4.99
* Rosetta – A Determinism of Morality 2×12” – COLORED VINYL (Cavity) $19.99
* Touche Amore – Parting The Sea Between Brightness and Me 12” (Deathwish) $10.99
* Whitehorse – Progression 12” – BLACK AND BLUE COLORED VINYL (At A Loss) $14.99


In addition to all that cool jibba jabb, we’re expecting our copies of the debut SOME STRANGER 12″ EP to arrive within the next two weeks and all pre-orders will then ship out A S A P.

The full EP is now streaming via SoundCloud and/or Bandcamp.

We pressed this bad mamma jamma as a 45rpm 12″ and it includes a high quality digital download as well. Pre-orders are currently available here and are available on black or clear/black color vinyl.

BOOM! That’s it for this time, please hit up the Robotic Empire – Online Store for all this and more. Big ups!

SOME STRANGER (ex-DAYTRADER) to release their debut on Robotic Empire, opening track now streaming and Pre-Orders up!

SOME STRANGER will release their debut “Self-Titled” EP on April 2nd (digital) and April 30th (vinyl). Co-released by the band and independent label Robotic Empire, the digital version will be available as a pay-what-you-want download directly from the band via Bandcamp as well as traditional digital retailers. The vinyl will be released as a 45RPM 12″ by Robotic Empire and is available for preorder now:

https://www.roboticempire.com/store/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=5793

SOME STRANGER started immediately following the departure of vocalist Tym from his previous endeavor, rock outfit DAYTRADER. Joined by visual artist and guitarist Daniel Danger on guitar, the duo swiftly tracked the EP with Gary Cioffi (TRANSIT, MISSER). The record was then mixed by Vince Ratti (BALANCE AND COMPOSURE, CIRCA SURVIVE) and mastered by Will Yip (TITLE FIGHT, BLACKLISTED).

Alternative Press’ recent “100 Bands You Need To Know This Year” feature characterized SOME STRANGER as “a textured, haunting collection that defies easy categorization.”

Says vocalist Tym, “We’re extremely excited to be working with Robotic Empire on this project. They’ve released some of our favorite records of all time… Torche, Isis, Jesu, pg99… the list goes on. We sent them some demos as we were writing them and when they offered to help us release it, it was a no-brainer.  We finished up the recording process at the tail end of last year and we can’t wait for people to hear it.”

Robotic Empire label founder Andy Low added “Having known Tym and Dr. Danger for a long time, it’s exciting to hear SOME STRANGER pushing their individual and collective strengths in great ways. Our friends have crafted a powerful debut and we’re thrilled to be a part of it!”

TRACK LISTING:
1. On And On
2. Points East
3. Silver & The Sun
4. Song One
5. Sirens

PREVIEW:
The opening track “On And On” is streaming now over at absolutepunk.net:

http://www.absolutepunk.net/showthread.php?t=3089271

ALBUM DESCRIPTION:
Striking out from the wastelands of conventional “indie” or “emo” rock, SOME STRANGER emerge with five incredibly catchy tracks on their debut release. Blissful melodic vocals soaring over an erratic and driving rhythm section are combined with hyper yet delicate guitars run through an arsenal of effects pedals. The overall haunting results are leaps and bounds beyond most debut releases, the clear result of seasoned veterans combining forces to yield amazing results.

Formerly of emo-rock outfit DAYTRADER, vocalist Tym joined friend and acclaimed visual artist / guitarist Daniel Danger to form SOME STRANGER with a mutual affliction for left-of-center angular rock. The duo enlisted longtime friend Derrick Flanagin (also of DAYTRADER, CAPSULE) to track drums and promptly hammering out their first set of recordings with engineer Gary Cioffi (TRANSIT, MISSER) also handling bass duties. Vince Ratti (CIRCA SURVIVE, BALANCE AND COMPOSURE) expertly mixed the session, which was then mastered by Will Yip (TITLE FIGHT, BLACKLISTED). Finally, Jacob Van Loon contributed artwork and the debut EP is now ready to be unleashed. This 45RPM vinyl 12″ has a first press limited to 500 pieces (200 on black vinyl, 300 on clear/black) and includes a digital download.

RELATED:
* http://www.somestranger.com
* http://somestranger.bandcamp.com
* http://www.facebook.com/somestrangerband
* https://www.roboticempire.com/store
* http://www.facebook.com/RoboticEmpire

TORCHE and BARONESS represses, new material, tour dates, BIG distro update and more!


The biggest news for the Robotic Empire – Online Store this time around is the fifth(!) pressing of TORCHE‘s now-classic In Return 10″+CD. With each pressing having been 2000 copies, this means 10,000(!!) of this burly EP now exist… which is absolutely crazy to think about.

TORCHE have shown no signs of slowing down, either in the live-devastation or song-development departments. In Return has proven to be a pivotal release, both for fans and the band, and has subsequently become of the biggest overall releases that Robotic Empire has done. We are both amazed and humbled by the stellar reaction this EP has had over the past five years, and are excited to present the latest ridiculous pressing to you today:

2000 MO’ COPIES:
* 200 copies of Ballistic (clear w/ red streaks and a black blob)
* 200 copies of Blue Hydrangea (light blue with blue swatches inserted)
* 400 copies of Planetoid (beer/pink with lots of streaks)
* 400 copies of Orange Julius (delicious!)
* 400 copies of Ice Moon (blue in blue)
* 400 copies of Smelted Ore (silver and gold stripes with gold streaks)

In general, we’ve toned down on the absurd color-vinyl “variants” for our vinyl pressings over the past few years, but with In Return and its vibrant John Dyer Baizley designed gatefold layout, it feels appropriate to go BIG with the color vinyl options… and thus, we very much have. With a counterpart CD of the same music embedded into the gatefold interior, this is one of the more impressive single-recording packagings we’ve been a part of to date.

* TORCHE‘s In Return 10″+CD is available once again in the Robotic Empire – Online Store

In addition, the band has self-released a thunderous two-song 7″ called Harmonslaught that sees the long-awaited return of the infamous “bomb string”. We are one of the few distros to have copies of this, which is also now available on color vinyl. With the band constantly on the road, re-upping this won’t happen quickly so hop on it now if you want a copy! We also have some badass t-shirts along with limited amounts of their latest killer album, Harmonicraft. BOOM!

Last but obviously not least on the TORCHE-tip, the band is hitting the road hard again this spring/summer both in the USA and Europe (plus, FLOOR are touring with THRONES too, just before!) so scroll to the bottom of this update for all related tour dates.


Semi-related (via ye olde dawg Baizley), BARONESS First + Second 12″ has been re-pressed by our Savannah friends Hyperrealist, and we got copies once again as their main mailorder-outlet. This time around 1500 copies were made with a cool new “rusty” lookin’ foil-stamp on the gatefold jacket (enlarged photo here). Appropriately complimentary vinyl colors were picked, so an equal amount of brown and orange vinyl now exist of this formative-material release.

Obviously a lot has happened with and to BARONESS collectively, but one thing has remained true: where they’ve come from and where they’re going. The band has evolved considerably over the years to become a rock/metal juggernaut, and on First + Second they impressively displayed their capabilities, albeit with a hefty lean on the “heavy”. A fan-favorite for many reasons, we are glad to see this made available once again.

* BARONESS First + Second 12″ is available now in the Robotic Empire – Online Store

Concluding the BARONESS-related stuff here for now, we will make an announcement in the coming weeks in regard to one of the band’s members… and it is not what you would expect…

Beyond this awesome activity, we’ve got a handful of new items and one re-up for the Robotic Empire – Online Store. The previous update was substantially larger so we’re including that as well since its nice and fresh as well:

NEWEST STUFF:
* Asva / Philippe Petit – Empires Should Burn 12″ (Small Doses) $9.99
* Baroness – First & Second 12” BROWN COLORED VINYL (Hyperrealist) $14.99
* Baroness – First & Second 12” ORANGE COLORED VINYL (Hyperrealist) $14.99
* Sandrider – Self-Titled 12″ (Good To Die) $17.99
* Torche – Harmonslaught – COLORED VINYL 7″ (Amnesian) $6.99
* Torche – In Return – BALLISTIC COLORED VINYL 10″+CD (Robotic Empire) $14.99
* Torche – In Return – BLUE HYDRANGEA COLORED VINYL 10″+CD (Robotic Empire) $14.99
* Torche – In Return – ICE MOON COLORED VINYL 10″+CD (Robotic Empire) $14.99
* Torche – In Return – ORANGE JULIUS COLORED VINYL 10″+CD (Robotic Empire) $14.99
* Torche – In Return – PLANETOID COLORED VINYL 10″+CD (Robotic Empire) $14.99
* Torche – In Return – SMELTED ORE COLORED VINYL 10″+CD (Robotic Empire) $14.99
* VYGR / At Our Heels / Griever – 3 Way Split – BLACK BROWN COLORED VINYL 12″ (Creator Destroyer) $14.99
* Whitehorse – Live Ritual July 25th 2011 CD (Small Doses) $9.99

RE-UP:
• Ancient Sky – Castle / Allegory 7” (Wharf Cat) $9.99
• Torche – Harmonicraft 12” CLEAR COLORED VINYL (Volcom) $15.99

NEW STUFF: (that’s still available)
* 16 – Lost Tracks Of Time – PURPLE BLUE SWIRL COLORED VINYL 12″ (Last Hurrah) $18.99
* Battle Path – Empiric 12″ (Alerta Antifascista) $11.99
* Bone Dance – Self-Titled – CLEAR COLORED VINYL 12″ (Melotov) $14.99
* Cloud Rat – Moksha 12″ (Halo Of Flies) $10.99
* Cop City / Chill Pillars – Hosed 12″ (Floridas Dying) $12.99
* Cop City Chill Pillars – Held Hostage On Planet Chill 12″ (Floridas Dying) $12.99
* Cough – Supplicant – Size: EXTRA LARGE T-Shirt (Self Released) $14.99
* Cough – Supplicant – Size: LARGE T-Shirt (Self Released) $14.99
* Cough – Supplicant – Size: MEDIUM T-Shirt (Self Released) $14.99
* Cough – Supplicant – Size: SMALL T-Shirt (Self Released) $14.99
* Dads – Brown on Brown 12″ (Wharf Cat) $11.99
* Jacuzzi Boys – No Seasons 12″ (Florida’s Dying) $12.99
* Jodis – Black Curtain – CLEAR COLORED VINYL 12″ (Hydra Head) $19.99
* Johnny Mox – We / Trouble – RED COLORED VINYL 12″ (Sons of Vesta) $14.99
* Jowls – Cursed – COLORED VINYL 10″ (Tiny Engines) $9.99
* Mamiffer / Pyramids – Split 12″ (Hydra Head) $16.99
* Mamiffer / Pyramids – Split – GREY COLORED VINYL 12″ (Hydra Head) $16.99
* Marked Men – Fix My Brain Cassette (Dirt Cult) $4.99
* Marked Men – Ghosts Cassette (Dirt Cult) $4.99
* Marked Men – On the Outside Cassette (Dirt Cult) $4.99
* Marked Men – Self-Titled Cassette (Dirt Cult) $4.99
* Meek Is Murder – Algorithms – CLEAR COLORED VINYL 12″ (Granite House) $11.99
* Moloch / Wyqm – Split – GLOW IN THE DARK COLORED VINYL 12″ (Death Agonies & Screams) $9.99
* Monuments Collapse – Self-Titled 12″ (50 Year Storm) $10.99
* Passing Phases – Endless Autumn 12″ (Cricket Cemetery) $9.99
* Pigs – You Ruin Everything – BLACK VINYL 12″ (Solar Flare) $16.99
* Pigs – You Ruin Everything – BLUE COLORED VINYL 12″ (Solar Flare) $16.99
* Split Cranium – Self-Titled – BLACK VINYL 12″ (Hydra Head) $19.99
* Wyqm – Deathspectre CD (Death Agonies & Screams) $9.99
* Wyqm – Portrait of Spectre – GREY WITH BLACK SWIRL COLORED VINYL 12″ (Death Agonies & Screams) $9.99
* Wyqm – Self-Titled – GREEN WITH BLACK MIST COLORED VINYL 12″ (Death Agonies & Screams) $6.99

RESTOCKS:
* Ancient Sky – Self-Titled 12″ – BLACK VINYL (The Perpetual Motion Machine) $10.99
* Ancient Sky – Self-Titled 12″ – CLEAR WITH PINK HAZE COLORED VINYL (The Perpetual Motion Machine) $10.99
* Ancient Sky – Self-Titled 12″ – WHITE COLORED VINYL (The Perpetual Motion Machine) $10.99
* 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: LARGE (Self Released) $14.99
* Cough – Plague T-Shirt – Size: MEDIUM (Self Released) $14.99
* Jesu – Heart Ache & Dethroned 2×12″ – GREY COLORED VINYL (Hydra Head) $24.99
* Jesu – Heart Ache & Dethroned 2×12″ – WHITE COLORED VINYL (Hydra Head) $24.99
* Jesu – Self-Titled 2×12″ – BLACK VINYL (Hydra Head) $24.99
* Lightbearer – Llapsus 2×12″ – VINYL (Halo of Flies) $21.99
* Pelican / These Arms Are Snakes – Split 10″ – CLEAR WITH PINK COLORED VINYL (Hydra Head) $9.99
* Raein – Ogni Nuovo Inizio 12″ – 1-SIDED BLACK ETCHED VINYL (Sons Of Vesta) $18.99
* Torche – Songs For Singles 12″ – BLACK VINYL (Hydra Head) $16.99
* Wyqm – Portrait of Spectre 12″ – RED WITH BLACK SPLATTER COLORED VINYL (Death Agonies & Screams) $9.99

YEAH! Love an update chock full of good stuff. If somethang floats yer boat, please hit up the Robotic Empire – Online Store as we have a BUSY schedule ahead of us and gotta pay for all the pending chaos somehow!

Thank you,

-Team Robo
* Robotic Empire – Online Store

FLOOR TOUR DATES:
* Wednesday, March 27 @ Tremont Music Hall – Charlotte, North Carolina
* Thursday, March 28 @ Rock And Roll Hotel – Washington, District of Columbia

DATES w/ THRONES:
* Friday, March 29 @ Saint Vitus Bar – Brooklyn, New York
* Saturday, March 30 @ As220 – Providence, Rhode Island
* Sunday, March 31 @ Great Scott – Allston, Massachusetts
* Monday, April 1 @ The Barbary – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
* Wednesday, April 3 @ Taft Theatre – Cincinnati, Ohio
* Thursday, April 4 @ Ace of Cups – Columbus, Ohio
* Friday, April 5 @ Grog Shop – Cleveland Heights, Ohio
* Saturday, April 6 @ The Pyramid Scheme – Grand Rapids, Michigan
* Sunday, April 7 @ Magic Stick – Detroit, Michigan
* Monday, April 8 @ Subterranean – Chicago, Illinois
* Wednesday, April 10 @ Bottletree Cafe – Birmingham, Alabama
* Friday, April 12 @ Churchill’s Pub – Miami, Florida
* Saturday, April 13 @ Crowbar – Ybor City, Florida
* Sunday, April 14 @ The Atlantic – Gainesville, Florida

TORCHE TOUR DATES:
USA:
* Friday, May 10th @ 529 – Atlanta, Georgia
* Saturday, May 11th @ Bottletree Café – Birmingham, Alabama
* Sunday, May 12th @ Fitzgerald’s Downstairs – Houston, Texas
* Monday, May 13th @ Red 7 – Austin, Texas
* Tuesday, May 14th @ Club Dada – Dallas, Texas
* Saturday, May 18th @ Troubadour – West Hollywood, California
* Monday, May 20th @ SF Eagle – San Francisco, California
* Tuesday, May 21st @ Oakland Metro Operahouse – Oakland, California
* Wednesday, May 22nd @ Ace of Spades – Sacramento, California
* Thursday, May 23rd @ The Observatory – Santa Ana, California
* Friday, May 24th @ House of Blues – San Diego, California
* Sunday, May 26th @ The Gorge Amphitheatre – George, Washington
* Tuesday, May 28th @ Burt’s Tiki Lounge – Salt Lake City, Utah
* Wednesday, May 29th @ Bluebird Theater – Denver, California
* Thursday, May 30th @ Czar Bar – Kansas City, Missouri
* Friday, May 31st @ Do Division – Chicago, Illinois
* Friday, May 31st @ Empty Bottle – Chicago, Illinois
* Saturday, June 1st @ The Cactus Club – Milwaukee, Wisconsin
* Sunday, June 2nd @ Firebird – St. Louis, Missouri
* Monday, June 3rd @ The Ballrom – Ciincinnati, Ohio
* Tuesday, June 4th @ Ace of Cups – Columbus, Ohio
* Wednesday, June 5th @ The Grog Shop – Cleveland Heights, Ohio
* Thursday, June 6th @ Majestic Theatre – Detroit, Michigan
* Friday, June 7th @ The Pyramid Scheme – Grand Rapids, Michigan
* Saturday, June 8th @ Lee’s Palace – Toronto, Ontario Canada
* Sunday, June 9th @ Lost Horizon – Syracuse, New York
* Monday, June 10th @ The Sinclair – Cambridge, Massachusetts
* Thursday, June 13th @ The Note – West Chester, Pennsylvania
* Thursday, June 20th @ Dickens – Calgary, Alberta Canada

EUROLAND:
* Friday, July 5th @ Hove Festival – Arendal – Norway
* Saturday, July 6th @ Kuudes Asti Festival – Helsinki – Finland
* Tuesday, July 9th @ Café Central – Weinheim – Germany
* Thursday, July 11th @ Azkena – Bilbao – Spain
* Friday, July 12th @ El Sol – Madrid – Spain
* Saturday, July 13th @ Salamandra 1 – Barcelona – Spain
* Sunday, July 14th @ Creature Fest – Lodi – Italy
* Monday, July 15th @ Freak Out Club – Bologna – Italy
* Tuesday, July 16th @ Arena 3 (Raum Bar) – Vienna – Austria
* Wednesday, July 17th @ Exhaus – Trier – Germany
* Thursday, July 18th @ O13 – Tilburg – Netherlands
* Friday, July 19th @ Dour Festival – Dour – Belgium
* Saturday, July 20th @ Underground – Koln – Germany
* Sunday, July 21st @ Bastard Club – Osnabruck – Germany
* Tuesday, July 23rd @ Metal Days – Tolmin – Slovenia
* Thursday, July 25th @ 1210 – Stuttgart – Germany
* Friday, July 26th @ Zeche Carl – Essen – Germany
* Saturday, July 27th @ Omas Teich Festival – Grossefehn – Germany
* Sunday, July 28th @ Greenville Festival – Paaren im Glien – Germany
* Saturday, August 17th @ The Garage – London – United Kingdom
* Sunday, August 18th @ Brudenell Social Club – Leeds – United Kingdom
* Monday, August 19th @ Broadcast – Glasgow – United Kingdom
* Wednesday, August 21st @ Grand Social – Dublin – Ireland
* Thursday, August 22nd @ Auntie Annies – Belfast – United Kingdom

p.s. Truly the last thing now, we’ve pseudo re-launched the “Robotic Obscurities” rarities thing, but much less longwinded now. Just the tracks, ma’am:

http://soundcloud.com/robotic-obscurities

Robotic Empire – February Online Store Update

It’s been about a month or so since our solid first update of 2013 and since then we’ve received a STACK of righteous tunes and threads for the Robotic Empire – Online Store!

Wasting no time, we’ve got new music from the likes of 16, BONE DANCE, CLOUD RAT, COP CITY CHILL PILLARS, DADS, FALL OF EFRAFA, FUCKING INVINCIBLE (featuring Lex from DAUGHTERS back on the mic for the first time in years!), JACUZZI BOYS, THE MARKED MEN (quadrupole-cassette mania!), MEEK IS MURDER, MOLOCH, PASSING PHASES (FKA PIZZA and TEENS IN TROUBLE), PIGS, WYQM and more. Beyond that it’s also very worth noting the final round of *new* Hydra Head releases that are likely to come out, which we’re very happy to stock from the likes of JK FLESH / PRUIENT (a perfectly appropriate end-release), JODIS‘ latest LP (which is so damn good we’d actually asked if Robo could release it!), Finnish lords CIRCLE, left-field D-beat mayhem from SPLIT CRANIUM and the excellent MAMIFFER / PYRAMIDS collaboration LP. Rounded out by a new COUGH t-shirt design and that concludes our highlights for the new items. Other bangers within, here’s the full list:

NEW ITEMS:
* 16 – Lost Tracks Of Time – PURPLE BLUE SWIRL COLORED VINYL 12″ (Last Hurrah) $18.99
* Battle Path – Empiric 12″ (Alerta Antifascista) $11.99
* Bone Dance – Self-Titled – CLEAR COLORED VINYL 12″ (Melotov) $14.99
* Circle – Manner – BLACK VINYL 12″ (Hydra Head) $19.99
* Circle – Manner – EYEBALL COLORED VINYL 12″ (Hydra Head) $19.99
* Circle – Manner – RED EYE COLORED VINYL 12″ (Hydra Head) $19.99
* Cloud Rat – Moksha 12″ (Halo Of Flies) $10.99
* Cop City / Chill Pillars – Hosed 12″ (Floridas Dying) $12.99
* Cop City Chill Pillars – Held Hostage On Planet Chill 12″ (Floridas Dying) $12.99
* Cough – Supplicant – Size: EXTRA LARGE T-Shirt (Self Released) $14.99
* Cough – Supplicant – Size: LARGE T-Shirt (Self Released) $14.99
* Cough – Supplicant – Size: MEDIUM T-Shirt (Self Released) $14.99
* Cough – Supplicant – Size: SMALL T-Shirt (Self Released) $14.99
* Dads – Brown on Brown 12″ (Wharf Cat) $11.99
* Fall Of Efrafa – Elil 2×12″ (Alerta Antifascista) $24.99
* Fucking Invincible – 5 Song Cassette (Super Sonic) $4.99
* Jacuzzi Boys – No Seasons 12″ (Florida’s Dying) $12.99
* JK Flesh / Pruient – Worship Is the Cleansing of the Imagination 12″ (Hydra Head) $19.99
* Jodis – Black Curtain – CLEAR COLORED VINYL 12″ (Hydra Head) $19.99
* Jodis – Black Curtain – YELLOW COLORED VINYL 12″ (Hydra Head) $19.99
* Johnny Mox – We / Trouble – RED COLORED VINYL 12″ (Sons of Vesta) $14.99
* Jowls – Cursed – COLORED VINYL 10″ (Tiny Engines) $9.99
* Mamiffer / Pyramids – Split 12″ (Hydra Head) $16.99
* Mamiffer / Pyramids – Split – GREY COLORED VINYL 12″ (Hydra Head) $16.99
* Marked Men – Fix My Brain Cassette (Dirt Cult) $4.99
* Marked Men – Ghosts Cassette (Dirt Cult) $4.99
* Marked Men – On the Outside Cassette (Dirt Cult) $4.99
* Marked Men – Self-Titled Cassette (Dirt Cult) $4.99
* Meek Is Murder – Algorithms – CLEAR COLORED VINYL 12″ (Granite House) $11.99
* Moloch / Wyqm – Split – GLOW IN THE DARK COLORED VINYL 12″ (Death Agonies & Screams) $9.99
* Monuments Collapse – Self-Titled 12″ (50 Year Storm) $10.99
* Passing Phases – Endless Autumn 12″ (Cricket Cemetery) $9.99
* Pigs – You Ruin Everything – BLACK VINYL 12″ (Solar Flare) $16.99
* Pigs – You Ruin Everything – BLUE COLORED VINYL 12″ (Solar Flare) $16.99
* Split Cranium – Self-Titled – BLACK VINYL 12″ (Hydra Head) $19.99
* Wyqm – Deathspectre CD (Death Agonies & Screams) $9.99
* Wyqm – Portrait of Spectre – GREY WITH BLACK SWIRL COLORED VINYL 12″ (Death Agonies & Screams) $9.99
* Wyqm – Self-Titled – GREEN WITH BLACK MIST COLORED VINYL 12″ (Death Agonies & Screams) $6.99

On the restock tip we’re talkin turkey bout essentials from ANCIENT SKY, COUGH, JESU, LIGHTBEARER, PELICAN / TAAS, RAEIN, TORCHE and WYQM. Full list yonder:

RESTOCKS:
* Ancient Sky – Self-Titled 12″ – BLACK VINYL (The Perpetual Motion Machine) $10.99
* Ancient Sky – Self-Titled 12″ – CLEAR WITH PINK HAZE COLORED VINYL (The Perpetual Motion Machine) $10.99
* Ancient Sky – Self-Titled 12″ – WHITE COLORED VINYL (The Perpetual Motion Machine) $10.99
* 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: LARGE (Self Released) $14.99
* Cough – Plague T-Shirt – Size: MEDIUM (Self Released) $14.99
* Jesu – Heart Ache & Dethroned 2×12″ – GREY COLORED VINYL (Hydra Head) $24.99
* Jesu – Heart Ache & Dethroned 2×12″ – WHITE COLORED VINYL (Hydra Head) $24.99
* Jesu – Self-Titled 2×12″ – BLACK VINYL (Hydra Head) $24.99
* Lightbearer – Llapsus 2×12″ – VINYL (Halo of Flies) $21.99
* Pelican / These Arms Are Snakes – Split 10″ – CLEAR WITH PINK COLORED VINYL (Hydra Head) $9.99
* Raein – Ogni Nuovo Inizio 12″ – 1-SIDED BLACK ETCHED VINYL (Sons Of Vesta) $18.99
* Torche – Songs For Singles 12″ – BLACK VINYL (Hydra Head) $16.99
* Wyqm – Portrait of Spectre 12″ – RED WITH BLACK SPLATTER COLORED VINYL (Death Agonies & Screams) $9.99

Since we’ve currently got a lot of stuff either at the pressing plant or coming up right quick, if you’re able to pick up a lil’ somethin’ somethin’ it would help us a lot! Hopefully something above there strikes a nerve, but if not we’ve got thousands of other items across most underground/indie genres one can think of.

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Robotic Empire – First Update of 2013

First update for the new year from Camp Robo and while we’re gearing up for a BUSY year, we’ve got no major label activity this time around. Instead though, we’ve got HEAPS of killer new items and restocks for the Robotic Empire – Online Store!

Busy buds abound, for the new items we’ve got a brand new 7″ EP from ANCIENT SKY (who’s T.R.I.P.S. album was such an in-house favorite last year that we helped release it), the RVA-heathens BASTARD SAPLING finally unleased their debut album after years of preparation (and it shows), BLACK TUSK return with a beaut of new split 7″ with DEAD YET via longtime bros Hyperrealist. BRAINOIL deliver a ruthless 12″, THE CATALYST return with their heaviest and best album yet(!) on color wax, THE CLEAN 2xLPs from the NZ legends via Chaos mainman, Winchester Timmy 540, the final instalment of the unreal Clone comp series 2xLP import, utterly relentless glory from D-CLONE, KOWLOON WALLED CITY‘s latest headspinner, KYLESA catalog vinyl, MUTILATION RITES 12″s aplenty, NOOTHGRUSH(!!!) import vinyl, NORTHLESS back with the pummel, PALLBEARER‘s unreal debut album on double LP, SAMOTHRACE and TITAN heavyness, WINDHAND‘s fantastic doomy debut, a phatty YOB 2xLP and WAY more. GOOD.NESS.

Restocks ain’t nuthin to shake a stick at neither! THE LAST COPIES of the ALCEST 12″ on Hyperrealist, CAPSULE‘s latest on color vinyl, unholy CHRISTIAN MISTRESS filthyness, the COFFINS / SOURVEIN long awaited EP re-up, DARK CASTLE vinyl (which has been hard to keep in stock) and HARKONEN‘s masterwork on appropriate long-player from the rising star Brutal Panda, LITURGY for better or for worse, two essential PYGMY LUSH albums, plus TWEAK BIRD, WHITEHORSE and more more more. Here are the full lists:

NEW ITEMS
* Ancient Sky – Castle / Allegory 7″ (Wharf Cat) $9.99
* Bastard Sapling – Dragged From Our Restless Trance 12” – WHITE COLORED VINYL (Forcefield) $12.99
* Black Tusk / Dead Yet? – Split 7” – GREEN COLORED VINYL (Hyperrealist) $5.99
* Brainoil – Death Of This Dry Season 12” (20 Buck Spin) $13.99
* Catalyst, The – Voyager 12” – ORANGE COLORED VINYL (Forcefield) $12.99
* Clean, The – Oddities 2×12” (540) $16.99
* Clone – Play Slow. Die Fast Vol. IV 2×12” – DARK BROWN DARK GREEN COLORED VINYL (Blind Date) $24.99
* Clone – Play Slow. Die Fast Vol. IV 2×12” (Blind Date) $24.99
* D-Clone – Creation and Destroy 12” (540) $9.99
* Haggatha – IV 12” (Blind Date) $14.99
* Hop Along – Get Disowned 12” (Hot Green) $10.99
* Kowloon Walled City – Container Ships 12” – COKE BOTTLE CLEAR COLORED VINYL (Brutal Panda) $14.99
* Kylesa – Static Tensions 12” (20 Buck Spin) $14.99
* Mouthbreather / Worn In Red – Split 7” – RED COLORED VINYL (Rorschach) $4.99
* Mutilation Rites – Empyrean 12” (Gilead Media) $16.99
* Mutilation Rites – I Am Legion 12” (Gilead Media) $12.99
* NO///se’ – Self-Titled 12” (Challenge The Throne) $10.99
* Noothgrush – Erode The Person 12” (Blind Date) $14.99
* Northless / Light Bearer – Split 12” – DARK RED COLORED VINYL (Halo Of Flies) $12.99
* Obliteration – Nekropsalms 12” (Forcefield) $12.99
* Occulatation – Three And Seven 12” (20 Buck Spin) $14.99
* Pallbearer – Sorrow And Extinction 2×12” (20 Buck Spin) $21.99
* Samothrace – Reverence 12” (20 Buck Spin) $14.99
* Titan – Burn 2×12” – BLACK VINYL (React With Protest) $19.99
* Titan – Burn 2×12” – CLEAR ORANGE COLORED VINYL (React With Protest) $19.99
* Unholy Thoughts – The Attic 12” (Forcefield) $12.99
* Various Artists – Tor Johnson Records 10-Year Anniversary Omnibus 7” (Tor Johnson) $4.99
* Whitehorse / Cross – Split 12” (Blind Date) $14.99
* Windhand – Self-Titled 12” (Forcefield) $12.99
* Yob – Atma 2×12” (20 Buck Spin) $21.99

RESTOCKS:
* Alcest – Souvenirs D’Un Autre Monde 12″ (Hyperrealist) $14.99
* Capsule – No Ghost 12″ – GREY COLORED VINYL (Rorschach) $12.99
* Christian Mistress – Agony & Opium 12″ (20 Buck Spin) $13.99
* Clone (Fistula/Crowskin/Etc.) – Play Slow Die Fast Vol.3 12″ (Blind Date) $16.99
* Coffins / Sourvein – Split 7″ (Forcefield) $6.99
* Dark Castle – Surrender To All Life Beyond Form 12″ – RED COLORED VINYL (Brutal Panda) $23.99
* Graves At Sea / Asunder – Split 12″ (20 Buck Spin) $13.99
* Harkonen – Shake Harder Boy 12″ – YELLOW BLUE COLORED VINYL (Brutal Panda) $18.99
* Liturgy – Renihilation 12″ (20 Buck Spin) $13.99
* Pygmy Lush – Mount Hope 12″ (Lovitt) $14.99
* Pygmy Lush – Old Friends 12″ (Lovitt) $14.99
* Tweak Bird – The Future Beyond 7″ (Challenge The Throne) $6.99
* Whitehorse – Document 250407 12″ (Blind Date) $14.99

We’ll be coming at ya soon with a rad new round of shirts, then some more re-presses, then some re-issues, then some rad new releases, then more of all the same! It’s gonna be a great year as we have way more on deck than last year, so if you’re able to assist and order a lil’ somethin somethin from us, please do know that it makes a noticeable difference and helps us keep the party train rollin!!!

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JESU "Christmas" vinyl & CD pre-orders up now! + Contest winner and GREAT year-end updates!

We started the year with a release (TILTS) and now we’ll end the year with one…


SURPRISE: four of Justin K. Broadrick’s incredible sonic personalities within one impressive 12″ EP, simply titled Christmas. JESU lays the foundation with the initial hymn, along with brilliant remixes from related projects PALE SKETCHER and FINAL, plus an exclusive and brand new remix by the oppressive JK FLESH entity.

Originally self-released as a digital-only EP for Xmas 2010, the 35+ minutes of music within have been sonically upgraded by mastering wizard James Plotkin specifically for the two physical formats. Vinyl edition comes on complimentary ice-blue color wax housed in a glorious high-gloss full color jacket, CD edition also comes with high-gloss artwork and has an exclusive lyrics page.

* Each format is limited to a one-time pressing of 500 copies
* Stream the full release now over at SPIN Magazine
* Available to pre-order NOW at the Robotic Empire – Online Store

We are expecting these to arrive at RoboHQ within the first week or two of December and plan to rock all the pre-orders right back out the door hopefully just in time for the holidays. If all goes according to plan, folks should be receiving their packages right around Xmas itself.

However, because the entire postal system gets bogged down around the holidays, it is impossible to guarantee things at this time of year… that being said, Priority Mail is recommended for affordable semi-expedited delivery.

This release has been in the pipeline for ages and we’re glad it’s finally (almost) in existence, even if so damn close to the wire. We’re thrilled to work with Justin K. Broadrick again and have plans to announce another JKB release in 2013.

Beyond that, it’s been a wild year with a lot of changes for us but we’re happy to say that some stability is finally on the horizon with new roots being put down (and/or in motion) after long periods of flux.

We keep chugging along with the Robotic Empire – Online Store and want to genuinely thank everyone who’s ordered from us this year, or… ever! We couldn’t keep this operation afloat without the direct support of our mailorder followers, and we really appreciate all of those who’ve stuck with us through the years or just found out about us recently. It’s getting increasingly difficult to run a label like ours in this “landscape” and blah blah blah, the same thing you’ve probably heard a lot of times by now… but at the end of the day, we are a small operation and sincerely appreciate everyone who’s helped.

Enough emo year-end-sentimentality, let’s get to the MUSIC: lots of cool new stuff joins this update, including a rad NEIL YOUNG t-shirt (the same image infamously connected to LYNYRD SKYNYRD), OLD MAN GLOOM‘s appropriately-timed Christmas re-presses, BONGZILLA, PROTESTANT, THE AUSTRASIAN GOAT, and BASTARD NOISE / MAN IS THE BASTARD vinyl, SUTEKH HEXEN‘s new album and collections release on wax, sinister tapes from NIHILL and HALLOWED BUTCHERY and surprisingly/awesomely a fantastic new TAIGA cassette which is Bryant Clifford Meyer’s solo project, our old dawg who is/was in such acts as ISIS, RED SPAROWES, PALMS and more!

On the re-stock tip we’ve got extensive Denovali vinyl imports aplenty, Magic Bullet essential re-ups abound, LSD AND THE SEARCH FOR GOD, more OLD MAN GLOOM on cassette and vinyl, plus some other random jibba jabb. Here are the full lists:

NEW ITEMS:
* Amarok / Pyramido – Split 12″ (Orca Wolf) $9.99
* Arktika – Symmetry – CLEAR WHITE COLORED VINYL 12″ (Nar Shardaa) $14.99
* Austrasian Goat, The – Paved Intentions 2×12″ (Vendetta) $24.99
* Bastard Noise – The Progression Of Sickness 10″ (Deep Six) $9.99
* Bongzilla – Gateway – GREEN COLORED VINYL 12″ (Hydrophonic) $19.99
* Hallowed Butchery – Hymns Of The Apostate Cassette (Adagio830) $4.99
* Jesu – Christmas CD (Robotic Empire) $7.99
* Jesu – Christmas – ICE BLUE COLORED VINYL 12″ (Robotic Empire) $12.99
* Man is the Bastard / Aunt Mary – Split 10″ (Deep Six) $9.99
* Neil Young – Tonight’s The Night – Size: EXTRA LARGE T-Shirt (DIY) $14.99
* Neil Young – Tonight’s The Night – Size: LARGE T-Shirt (DIY) $14.99
* Neil Young – Tonight’s The Night – Size: MEDIUM T-Shirt (DIY) $14.99
* Neil Young – Tonight’s The Night – Size: SMALL T-Shirt (DIY) $14.99
* Nihill – Woesteniij Cassette (Tartaus) $7.99
* Old Man Gloom – Christmas – BLACK VINYL 2×12″ (Tortuga) $25.99
* Old Man Gloom – Christmas – PINK COLORED VINYL 2×12″ (Tortuga) $25.99
* Protestant – Reclamation 12″ (Halo Of Flies) $10.99
* Sutekh Hexen – Behind the Throne – PINK COLORED VINYL 12″ (Magic Bullet) $14.99
* Sutekh Hexen – Empyraisch 12″ (Adagio830) $14.99
* Taiga – Musikecassette Cassette (Manatus Musicus) $6.99

RESTOCKS:
* Audrey – The Fierce And The Longing 12″ (Denovali) $16.99
* AUN – Black Pyramid 12″ – BLUE AND BLACK COLORED VINYL (Denovali) $23.99
* Blueneck – Scars Of The Midwest 12″ (Denovali) $16.99
* Disappearer – The Clearing 2×12″ – VINYL (Magic Bullet) $19.99
* Doomriders – Black Thunder 12″ – COKE BOTTLE CLEAR COLORED VINYL (Magic Bullet) $14.99
* Heirs – Fowl 12″ – WHITE COLORED VINYL (Denovali) $23.99
* Iroha – Self-Titled 2×12″ – VINYL (Denovali) $29.99
* Jeniferever – Iris 12″ (Denovali) $19.99
* Jesuit – Discography 12″ +7″‘ – GOLD COLORED VINYL (Magic Bullet) $9.99
* Les Fragments De La Nuit – Musique Du Crepuscule 12″ (Denovali) $16.99
* LSD And The Search For God – Self-Titled 12″ (Deep Space) $10.99
* Made Out of Babies – The Ruiner 12″ – PURPLE COLORED VINYL (Magic Bullet) $9.99
* Majority Rule – Emergency Numbers 12″ – AQUA COLORED VINYL (Magic Bullet) $9.99
* Majority Rule – Interviews With David Frost 12″ – THC COLORED VINYL (Magic Bullet) $9.99
* Meet Me In St. Louis – Variations On Swing 12″ – CLEAR WITH BLACK SPLATTER COLORED VINYL (Deno… $14.99
* Mouse On The Keys – Sezession 10″+CD – VINYL (Denovali) $24.99
* Old Man Gloom – No CASSETTE (Sige) $9.99
* Old Man Gloom – Seminar II 2×12″ (Magic Bullet) $19.99
* Pageninetynine / Majority Rule – Split 12″ – PUKE COLORED VINYL (Magic Bullet) $9.99
* Revok – Bad Books And Empty Pasts 12″ – 180GRAM CLEAR WITH RED COLORED VINYL (Denovali) $11.99
* 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
* Switchblade – Self-Titled 200 2×12″ – BLACK WITH SCREENPRINT VINYL (Denovali) $21.99
* This Will Destroy You – Self-Titled 2×12″ – COLORED VINYL (Magic Bullet) $19.99
* Weekend Nachos – Unforgivable 12″ – RED COLORED VINYL (Deep Six) $9.99


In addition, all VLING recycled-vinyl-jewellery and related items are currently up to 50% off as well. We are also extending our “fire sale” on CDs through the holiday season, with 20+ titles on sale for UNDER A BUCK! This is madness.


And last but clearly not least, we have picked a winner for our most recent contest: congratulations to Björn Bauer for his incredible and intricate tree drawing that wins our shirt-design-contest. We received some seriously amazing submissions (either for content, skill and/or ability to make us laugh) but Björn’s fantastic image hit the nail on the head. Check out his website for an extensive portfolio and more info on this great artist. Big ups to everyone who took the time and effort to submit something for this, it was a lot of fun going over all the entries, and (with their permission) we may post a few of the “runner up” images as well. We will post a larger version of Björn’s graphic when we announce shirt ordering info in the coming weeks… stay tuned!

BOOM! Great way to end the year. Hope everyone reading this can reflect on all the good things that have happened to them these past 11-12 months and let it percolate and overpower any bad elements of the year. OK OK enough hippy nonsense, don’t trample your fellow man or anything but Robo-capitalist scum still say “go buy our rotatable plastic circles!”

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