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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Big ups & Jah Bless!

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 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

* 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)

* 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:

* 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’:



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!