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CREATION IS CRUCIFIXION returns with live appearance and new release

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Pittsburgh tech-metal hactivists Creation is Crucifixion has reactivated with a double-LP and live appearance scheduled at King of the Monsters’ 20th Anniversary Festival on Saturday, August 1st 2015.

Largely inactive for the past dozen years, CIC cut their teeth in the underground punk/hardcore circuits of the late 90’s and early 00’s. The band’s technical approach to death metal, mixed with a staunchly subversive attitude and subject matter garnered Creation is Crucifixion a cult-following.

Long rumored for over a decade, Antenna Builder, the ‘final’ recording by Creation is Crucifixion’s last active lineup is a 9-minute opus that brilliantly merges CIC’s heavy music along with the noise passages the band became renown for. As one of the highest-fidelity recordings from the band’s extensive output, the lineup’s similarly oppressive Rerecorded Splits material is being joined on a 45rpm 12″ vinyl record released by longtime cohorts Robotic Empire.

Accompanying the studio-recordings 12″ will be a live LP from a classic CIC’s set from on their last European tour, captured Geneva, Switzerland during May of the millennial year. These 15+ year recordings will both finally become available just in time for Creation is Crucifixion’s reunion show at King of the Monster Records’ massive 20th anniversary celebration in Mesa, AZ at the beginning of August. The band released material with the longrunning label back in the late 90’s.

In a lengthy new interview with Vice’s Noisey blog, CIC vocalist Nathan Martin details his transition from frontman of a hardcore metal band to tech company CEO:

“I got into the noise scene following people like Eric Wood [of Bastard Noise] and he’s into noise for a very valid reason, he cares about sound … I remember him always pushing to be more prolific. Man is the Bastard and Bastard Noise clearly do this, they are prolific. Keep doing it. That’s almost a kind of work ethic thing that I even try to do here at Deeplocal, the company I built. Just do it, get it out there, push it and do as much stuff as you can.

We started from a single contract to do some design work. I went back to what I loved doing, which is a little bit of physical engineering, a little bit of software, a little bit of design. I figured I’m just going to use this to do whatever I want to do and we slowly built the company from two people, to five, then eight and now to 25. It was slow, and we’re going on nine years now doing that.

What we did really well was always seize opportunities. When it seemed like there was an opportunity, we did it. I treated the company like a band. Everything that I learned from that band… I did with this company. We built a brand that’s more or less based on trying to be a metal band as a fucking company.”

The full interview gives a concise overview of both Creation is Crucifixion and Deeplocal, along with their approach and impact on existing in two complimentary but very different realms:

http://noisey.vice.com/blog/creation-is-crucifixion

The Antenna Builder + Rerecorded Splits and Live In Geneva 2xLP will be available in a limited capacity at the King of the Monsters festival, followed shortly after by a widespread release via Robotic Empire.

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Robotic Empire announces second Nirvana tribute, “Whatever Nevermind”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“Whatever Nevermind”

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

Digital reissue/rarities label The Archivist launched!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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CAVE IN’s The Sacrifice Poles vinyl finally available + lots of great distro titles!

caveinspread700pxwebWe are thrilled to announce the availability of CAVE IN‘s elusive mid-period album The Sacrifice Poles, which Robodog Records originally released on CD back in 2001. Comprised entirely of instrumental 4-track recordings from 1998-2000, The Sacrifice Poles sees CAVE IN heavily experimenting during writing blocks between Until Your Heart Stops and Jupiter. Largely unlike either release due to the creative process, the album remains unmistakably “Cave In” and is a surprising window into one of rock music’s most amazing transitions.

Aside from “Brain Candle Waltz”, all material has stayed exclusive to this release and we are thrilled to finally present it on vinyl, over 13 years later. Aaron Turner’s stark original artwork and layout has been meticulously re-created from archived artist proofs, for a 5-color silkscreened LP jacket printed by brethren at Broken Press.

All audio for both vinyl and digital formats has been separately remastered by James Plotkin in 2014 for a warmer, fuller sound. Pressed in an edition of 500 copies, 300 were made on translucent blue vinyl and 200 on black vinyl. All LP copies include a high quality digital download.

This officially drops on May 27th but we’re too damn stoked and have put up our mailorder copies now! iTunes and other digital services will have this on the 27th as well.

* Order CAVE IN‘s The Sacrifice Poles LP now at the Robotic Empire – Online Store
* Pre-order the digital version of CAVE IN‘s The Sacrifice Poles via iTunes or our Bandcamp

Once track from each side of the vinyl are also available to preview via Soundcloud:

Beyond that awesome release, we have acquired a gnarly plethora of new vinyl and cassettes for the Robotic Empire – Online Store, including a bunch of rad tunes from former Robo alumni.

On the new release tip we’ve got new stuff from THE BODY, CULT LEADER (3/4ths of powerhouse GAZA), DECADES/FAILURES (Adam from STOP IT!!‘s excellent dark solo material), DOC‘s killer 12″ (with MAGRUDERGRIND drummer Chris Moore), DOOMRIDERS bringing the thunder, two MOUNTAINS LPs, a new self-released NADJA 7″ seeing them in a new aggressive light, plenty of THOU vinyl as their prolific roar rolls on, TOUCHE AMORE‘s new one for all the sad souls and way more.

As for restocks, it’s much of the same plus the two latest long players from CONVERGE, GRAILS self-released reissues of their two first LPs (initially released by Robo/Neurot), HELMS ALEE‘s rare old debut 1-sided 12″ (amazing we got more of these), LITURGY‘s polarizing Aesthetica 2LP, an expanded TRAP THEM 12″ and a trifecta of double-LPs from YEAR OF NO LIGHT.

HEAPS of good stuff, here are the full lists:

NEW ITEMS:
* Body, The – Christs, Redeemers Cassette (At A Loss) $6.99
* Cave In – The Sacrifice Poles 12″ – BLACK VINYL (Robotic Empire) $16.99
* Cave In – The Sacrifice Poles 12″ – BLUE COLORED VINYL (Robotic Empire) $16.99
* Cult Leader – Nothing For Us Here 12″ (Deathwish) $9.99
* Decades / Failures – Self-Titled Cassette (Dead Tank) $4.99
* DOC – Decomposition Fantsay 12″ – RED COLORED VINYL (Rorschach) $15.99
* Doomriders – Grand Blood 12″ (Deathwish) $9.99
* Elsinors – Dreams of Youth 12″ (Dead Tank) $9.99
* Hexis – Abalam 12″ (Music Fear Satan) $9.99
* Koen Holtkamp – Motion 12″ – CLEAR COLORED VINYL (Thrill Jockey) $11.99
* Landing – Self-Titled 12″ (Geographic North) $18.99
* Mountains – Centralia 2×12″ – BROWN COLORED VINYL (Thrill Jockey) $21.99
* Mountains – Mountains, Mountains, Mountains 12″ – WHITE COLORED VINYL (Thrill Jockey) $14.99
* Nadja – Tangled 7″ (Broken Spine) $7.99
* Thou / Cower – Split 12″ (Nuestra Lengua) $11.99
* Thou / The Body – Released From Love 12″ (Vinyl Rites) $10.99
* Tinniens – Dub Guns Cassette (Geographic North) $5.99
* Touche Amore – Is Survived By 12″ (Deathwish) $9.99

RESTOCKS:
* Body, The – All The Waters Of The Earth Turn To Blood 2×12″ – CLEAR COLORED VINYL (At A Loss) $19.99
* Body, The – Master, We Perish 12″ (At A Loss) $10.99
* Converge – All We Love We Leave Behind 2×12″ (Deathwish) $19.99
* Converge – Axe To Fall 12″ (Deathwish) $10.99
* Grails – Redlight 12″ (Pamilco) $14.99
* Grails – The Burden of Hope 12″ (Pamilco) $14.99
* Helms Alee – Self-Titled 1-Sided 12″ – WHITE COLORED VINYL (Rome Plow) $14.99
* Huata – Atavist Of Mann 2×12″ – RED COLORED VINYL (Music Fear Satan) $19.99
* Liturgy – Aesthethica 2×12″ – CLEAR COLORED VINYL (Thrill Jockey) $21.99
* Mountains – Air Museum 12″ – CLEAR COLORED VINYL (Thrill Jockey) $14.99
* Thou – To The Chaos Wizard Youth 10″ (Howling Mine) $12.99
* Trap Them – SÈance Prime: The Complete Recordings 12″ (Deathwish) $10.99
* Year Of No Light – Ausserwelt 2×12″ – DARK BLUE COLORED VINYL (Music Fear Satan) $19.99
* Year Of No Light – Nord 2×12″ – WHITE COLORED VINYL (Music Fear Satan) $20.99
* Year Of No Light – Vampry 2×12″ (Music Fear Satan) $20.99

That wraps it up! Long awaited CAVE IN release plus new tunes and restocks of significant proportions!

Get into it all at the Robotic Empire – Online Store.

PEACE.

NIRVANA tribute LP now available for mailorder and download!

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Wow so Record Store Day was awesome! Lots of folks picked up the Nirvana tribute LP – and of course, inevitably, copies are now showing up on ebay as well. No major surprise there, but the volume and silly prices the release is commanding have initiated a bump up in the need for mailorder copies ASAP. We’ve been given the green-light to go ahead and sell the standard version, so black vinyl and yellow vinyl versions are now available to mailorder.

* Various Artists – “In Utero, In Tribute, In Entirety” vinyl LP in the Robotic Empire – Online Store

All copies of this release include a high-quality digital download, and please note, the standard edition does not include the large poster found in the Record Store Day version.

Beyond that, the release is now available digitally as well via iTunes, Spotify and Bandcamp.

Because it’s been made available on Bandcamp, this also means the release is now streaming in full:

So there we are. This release is officially out there, the reception has been amazing and we’re so happy to have our 100th release finally wrapped up almost exactly 15 years since this crazy label started! Robo 001 dropped on April 22nd, 1999 – it has been an very unexpected and wild ride, thank you to each and every person who has ever taken interest in one of our releases. Much love!!

THOU mega-update with new vinyl, t-shirts & tapes! Plus a new TILTS Kickstarter, HOUSE OF LIGHTNING and more!

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For one of the most prolific heavy bands around, THOU have really outdone themselves lately. Along with their stunning new longplayer Heathen, the Louisiana group also serve up The Sacrifice, a 5 track EP recorded at the same time but of a distinctly different vibe. The overall tempo is increased compared to Heathen, focusing more on sludgey dirges than expansive gloom. However THOU‘s trademark doom and roar is still very present, on masterful display in condensed form.

With a companion drone piece and classic NIRVANA cover (“I Hate Myself and I Want to Die”), this 25-minute EP is now available on Robotic Empire on vinyl and cassette. The 12″ vinyl comes on clear 180 gram heavyweight vinyl, in a “tip-on” style casewrapped jacket with flood black interior. The cassette edition is limited to 200 copies and comes in a two-color silkscreened J-card. Both editions include a high-quality digital download.

* You can stream the full EP now via local Louisiana outfit 225 Magazine, and/or Soundcloud
* The Sacrifice pre-orders are up now in the Robotic Empire – Online Store
(The Sacrifice officially comes out April 29th, pre-orders are expected to ship roughly a week or so beforehand)

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Appropriately, a cassette edition of Heathen is also available, yielding THOU‘s most lurching, expansive material. A brilliant union of melody and dismay – with the biting social commentary the group has become renowned for. With ten tracks at over an hour’s length, instrumental interludes break up the otherwise massive tracks.

THOU have crafted their finest long-player yet, and Robotic Empire is thrilled to present the cassette edition. Limited to 200 copies and housed in a letterpress J-card, THOU once again brings the thunder with quality and class.

* You can download Heathen now via Bandcamp, and/or iTunes or stream it on Spotify
* Heathen cassettes are available now in the Robotic Empire – Online Store

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In conjunction with the new THOU releases and their US tour kicking off this month (see dates below), we have also properly revamped the landmark Baton Rouge, You Have Much To Answer For 12″ EP. This pivotal release (for the band and for the label) initiated what has evolved into a series of lengthy “EP” releases with a crushing NIRVANA cover included. The absolutely bludgeoning Bleach-era tune “Sifting” is joined by two mammoth THOU originals and a monster drone tune.

This release set the standard for our maze of collaborations with these guys, and accordingly we’ve re-issued it with 180 gram heavyweight vinyl, a ticker tip-on style gatefold jacket and all around beefed this thing up to the max.

Since this comes out alongside the new “EP” The Sacrifice we figured we’d drop a sneaky coupon code folks can use to pick up both at a discount. If you order both on vinyl, fang in the “THOU25” coupon code at checkout, you can pick up both for $25.

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If there somehow wasn’t enough new THOU activity right now, the dudes are hitting the road THIS week and we’ve printed up some phatty t-shirts for them to take along the journey. You can check out the full list to see a full list of their upcoming shows over the next month, plus their activity extending beyond the West Coast come June/July.

If you won’t be making it out to one of the aforementioned live rock concert gigs, we’ve got two THOU double-sided t-shirt designs up now in the Robotic Empire – Online Store


To flip the script on how we pre-order a release, TILTS and Robotic Empire have joined forces once again for a Kickstarter campaign to release their sophomore album, Cuatro Hombres. Amazingly, and humblingly, we reached our initial goal in under 24 hours.

We are utilizing the positive aspects of Kickstarter to create a more engaging pre-order, where folks can “pledge” for a variety of “rewards” ranging from the simple (digital download, vinyl LP, t-shirt) to the more involved (custom test presses, TILTS playing to you and your friends + cooking you a meal!) – Basically we’re hoping to make it interesting and drum up some funds to not only press the new album, but also repress the debut LP as well.

Although we quickly hit our initial goal, the amount we set realistically only covers part of the overall cost to make all this cool stuff – so we’re hoping more cats will get in the mix on this pre-order and if/when we hit the 4k mark, we’ll add the debut LP back into the mix for a special Kickstarter-only rate as well.

Please check out the TILTS Kickstarter campaign for all kinds of cool jibba jabb, and/or preview a (rough mix & unmastered) new track now:

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Beyond all this amazing Robo activity but still semi-related to our camp is the long-awaited, much-belabored HOUSE OF LIGHTNING album. Our friends in Texas, Fair Warning Records, have finally unleashed this beast of a debut, taking what was started with DOVE, upping the riff-tornado and generally screwin with your dome.

Rising from the ashes like a mighty phoenix, HOUSE OF LIGHTNING features past and present members of DOVE, FLOOR, and CAVITY. Lightworker is a 10-song, 40-minute riff-rollercoaster that was recorded by Mark Nikolich at Atomic Audio (FLOOR, KYLESA) with brilliant jacket artwork by Francesco LoCastro.

We are extremely stoked this beast is finally available, after many years in the making. Henry is an absolute madman shredder freak and this album requires repeated deep listens truly “get it”. We scored some of the limited color vinyl copies (both green and orange) and you can pick this up now in the Robotic Empire – Online Store.

* Preview HOUSE OF LIGHTNING at the Fair Warning Records bandcamp

AND it wouldn’t be a proper Robotic Empire update without some other bangin new items and restocks for the distro aspect of our Online Store. There’s been a bunch of great new stuff over the past month or so (some of which got buried in the previous update) that we’re highlighting it all below:

NEW ITEMS:
* Adult Crash – Unfinished Business 12″ (Standards) $7.99
* Alpha Owl – 3-Song EP Cassette (Tor Johnson) $4.99
* Carne – Ville Morgue 12″ (Solar Flare) $14.99
* Cave In – Until Your Heart Stops 12″ (Hydra Head) $12.99
* Cavity – On The Lam 12″ – PICTURE DISC VINYL (Hydra Head) $9.99
* Celeste – Animales(s) – 180 Gram BLACK VINYL 2×12″ (Denovali) $31.99
* Daitro – Y 12″ – YELLOW COLORED VINYL (Echo Canyon) $16.99
* Daughters – Daughters 12″ – CLEAR COLORED VINYL (Hydra Head) $12.99
* Floex – Gone 10″ (Denovali) $21.99
* Heathen Reign – Self-Titled – PURPLE COLORED VINYL 12″ (Heathen Reign) $14.99
* Helms Alee – Weatherhead Cassette (Hydra Head) $4.99
* Hollow Sunshine – Scale – Size: EXTRA LARGE T-Shirt (Robotic Empire) $14.99
* Hollow Sunshine – Scale – Size: LARGE T-Shirt (Robotic Empire) $14.99
* Hollow Sunshine – Scale – Size: MEDIUM T-Shirt (Robotic Empire) $14.99
* Hollow Sunshine – Scale – Size: SMALL T-Shirt (Robotic Empire) $14.99
* House of Lightning – Lightworker 12″ – GREEN COLORED VINYL (Fair Warning) $14.99
* Landing – Gravitational IV 12″ (Equation) $12.99
* Nihill – Verdonkermaan 12″ (Hydra Head) $9.99
* Prurient – Times Arrow Cassette (Hydra Head) $4.99
* Pyramids / Horseback – A Throne Without A King Cassette (Hydra Head) $4.99
* Red Fang – Whales and Leeches 12″ (Relapse) $9.99
* Robotic Empire – Snake – Size: EXTRA LARGE T-Shirt (Robotic Empire) $14.99
* Robotic Empire – Snake – Size: LARGE T-Shirt (Robotic Empire) $14.99
* Robotic Empire – Snake – Size: MEDIUM T-Shirt (Robotic Empire) $14.99
* Robotic Empire – Snake – Size: SMALL T-Shirt (Robotic Empire) $14.99
* Stuntman – Incorporate The ..Excess – CONFETTI COLORED VINYL 12″ (Solar Flare) $14.99
* Tellusian – Collision 12″ (Pillow Scars) $11.99
* Thou – Heathen Cassette (Robotic Empire) $5.99
* Thou – The Sacrifice Cassette (Robotic Empire) $5.99
* Thou – The Sacrifice 12″ – CLEAR COLORED VINYL (Robotic Empire) $14.99
* Thou – DIY T-Shirt – Size: EXTRA LARGE (Robotic Empire) $14.99
* Thou – DIY T-Shirt – Size: LARGE (Robotic Empire) $14.99
* Thou – DIY T-Shirt – Size: MEDIUM (Robotic Empire) $14.99
* Thou – DIY T-Shirt – Size: SMALL (Robotic Empire) $14.99
* Waco F”k – Eliminate Culture 12″ (Standards) $7.99
* Windhand – Soma – 180 GRAM WHITE PURPLE SWIRL COLORED VINYL 2×12″ (Relapse) $19.99

RESTOCKS:
* Baroness – Blue 2×12″ (Relapse) $19.99
* Baroness – Red Album 2×12″ (Relapse) $19.99
* Cave In – Tides of Tomorrow 12″ (Hydra Head) $9.99
* Cough – Ritual Abuse 2×12″ – BLUE COLORED VINYL (Relapse) $19.99
* Cough / Windhand – Reflection of the Negative 12″ – BLACK GREY SWIRL COLORED VINYL (Relapse) $12.99
* Forest Swords – Dagger Paths 12″ (Olde English Spelling Bee) $15.99
* Huata – Atavist Of Mann 2×12″ – RED COLORED VINYL (Music Fear Satan) $19.99
* Inter Arma – Sky Burial 2×12″ (Relapse) $19.99
* Jesu – Heart Ache & Dethroned 2×12″ (Hydra Head) $24.99
* Kayo Dot – Blue Lambency Downward 12″ (Hydra Head)$ 12.99
* 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
* Old Man Gloom – No 2×12″ (Sige) $19.99
* Pygmy Lush – Cold World / Guilt 7″ – CLEAR COLORED VINYL (Lovitt) $4.99
* Pygmy Lush – Old Friends 12″ (Lovitt) $12.99
* Thou – Baton Rouge, You Have Much To Answer For 12″ – 180 Gram Black Vinyl $14.99
* Thou – Harp Lady T-Shirt Size: EXTRA LARGE (Mammoth) $14.99
* Thou – Harp Lady T-Shirt Size: LARGE (Mammoth) $14.99
* Thou – Harp Lady T-Shirt Size: MEDIUM (Mammoth) $14.99
* Thou – Harp Lady T-Shirt Size: SMALL (Mammoth) $14.99
* Torche – Songs For Singles 12″ (Hydra Head) $12.99
* Year Of No Light – Ausserwelt 2×12″ (Music Fear Satan) $19.99
* Year Of No Light – Nord 2×12″ – WHITE COLORED VINYL (Music Fear Satan) $19.99
* Year Of No Light – Vampry 2×12″ (Music Fear Satan) $19.99

YES! Lots of mean titles there, hit up the Robotic Empire – Online Store for all that and obviously heaps more.

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Last but definitely not least, Robotic Empire is participating in Record Store Day for the first time in 2014, with the release of our longest running project ever, the NIRVANA tribute album called In Utero: In Tribute: In Entirety. It’s been roughly half the label’s existence in the making, rounded the corner as our 100th (!) release, and officially comes out April 19th, 15 years almost exactly to the date of our very first ever release.

To say this is a long time coming is a major understatement, and we’re beyond thrilled that it’s finally coming out. The initial vinyl release will be the Record Store Day version, which comes on maroon color vinyl and includes a RSD-exclusive poster. After RSD concludes, we will have a standard version available for mailorder folks who can’t nab it via the record stores, but definitely head out to your local shop on April 19th as it’s tough for independent businesses out there (as we know well) and it’s very cool there is a specific event that keeps people aware of the brick & mortar operations braving the realities of retail today.

OK that’s it, holy smokes sooo much cool stuff – please pick something up if you can. JAH BLESS!

Nirvana “In Utero” Tribute Album Launched as Robotic Empire’s 100th release and 15th Anniversary as a Label!

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We are absolutely elated to announce Robotic Empire’s 100th release and 15-year-anniversary with the long-long-awaited Nirvana covers album, “In Utero: In Tribute: In Entirety”.

Roughly half the label’s existence in the making, the 12-song tribute album collects tracks from a healthy variety of artists covering Nirvana’s final studio album in full.

Including contributions from well-known groups Thursday and Circa Survive, longtime label cohorts Daughters, Young Widows, Pygmy Lush and Thou, new comrades Ceremony, Mean Jeans and Whirr, and some of the final recorded works from Jay Reatard, These Arms Are Snakes and Black Math Horseman – here is the full track listing:

1. Pygmy Lush – “Serve the Servants”
2. Circa Survive – “Scentless Apprentice”
3. These Arms Are Snakes – “Heart-Shaped Box”
4. Thursday – “Rape Me”
5. Jay Reatard – “Frances Farmer Will Have Her Revenge on Seattle”
6. Young Widows – “Dumb”
7. Mean Jeans – “Very Ape”
8. Thou – “Milk It”
9. Whirr – “Pennyroyal Tea”
10. Daughters – “Radio Friendly Unit Shifter”
11. Ceremony – “Tourette’s”
12. Black Math Horseman – “All Apologies”

The vinyl edition is being released in conjunction with Record Store Day 2014 on April 19th, and comes on maroon vinyl with a huge RSD-exclusive poster. The digital release will become available on the same day, and can be pre-ordered via iTunes now:

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/in-utero-in-tribute/id825844196

An immediate download of Jay Reatard’s version of “Frances Farmer Will Have Her Revenge on Seattle” is available with the digital release pre-order. Vice/Noisey have posted this newly-mastered version of Jay’s track – for which he recorded all instruments, and was sadly one of his last recordings – along with Mean Jeans’ appropriately rippin version of “Very Ape”:

http://noisey.vice.com/blog/listen-to-jay-reatard-and-mean-jeans-cover-nirvana-songs

“In Utero: In Tribute: In Entirety” comes out almost exactly 15 years to the date of Robotic Empire’s first release in April of 1999 (initially under the moniker of Robodog Records) – setting off a decade and a half of unleashing mutant music from the likes of Torche, Isis, pg.99, Floor, Pig Destroyer, Red Sparowes, Jesu, The Red Chord and many others.

“It has been a privilege to introduce so many unique bands to likeminded freaks over the past 15 years. Looking back at what’s transpired almost seems unreal, and even with a shameful carbon footprint of many thousand plastic circles – I can safely say that it has been an honor to work with the artists we have, and a hearty thank you is due to all who’ve listened thus far. I genuinely hope you’ll enjoy this tribute to one of the bands who first showed me the strange side of music. Nirvana was truly one of the greats, and we’ve done our best to craft an appropriate homage to so many people’s all-time favorite band.” – Andy Low / Robotic Empire

HOLLOW SUNSHINE album out today, video premiere on Noisey/Vice, iTunes coverage and mo’

We are thrilled to announce that the debut album by HOLLOW SUNSHINE is out today! Available on vinyl through the Robotic Empire – Online Store and digitally through iTunes or Bandcamp, Held Above contains 9 tracks of blissed out doom/pop/garage glory.

Also premiering today is the band’s first official music video, for the album track “Here For Now”. This just dropped via Noisey / Vice, who called it “handheld and woozily out of focus – like the world is whizzing by when you’re just the right side of tipsy… It’s pure 90s and it makes us wanna dig out that dusty Big Muff and turn everything up loud.” Believe dat!

On the digital download tip, iTunes was kind enough to feature the album cover on their Main storefront page, Music landing page, and Alternative genre page. Too cool! Here’s a little screengrab of HOLLOW SUNSHINE chillin below their girl Lady Gaga:

Main Storefront - tile graphicHeld Above is officially out today, and we’re so stoked on how this mamma jamm turned out.

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Grab vinyl here: https://www.roboticempire.com/store/index.php?main_page=advanced_search_result&keyword=Hollow+Sunshine

Digital available here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/held-above/id730703881

and/or here: http://roboticempire.bandcamp.com/album/hollow-sunshine-held-above