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Powerupdate to the Robotic Empire – Online Store (new titles from HOLLOW SUNSHINE, ROSETTA, THOU and more)

A small but powerful update to the Robotic Empire – Online Store this round, with some burly new titles freshly in house: new releases from HOLLOW SUNSHINE, THOU, and ROSETTA and more! Also a great new release from North Carolina band BASK which we’ve been jammin’ pretty hard lately, check them out if you enjoy bands along the lines of ANCIENT SKY & ACROSS TUNDRAS. Worth re-highlighting too is the bangin’ new ANCIENT SKYMosaic tapes in the online store NOW: Mosaic Tapes!

Hope everyone got the time they needed to take advantage of the T-shirt sale we ran last month, thanks for picking up some new threads and helping us make room for new designs coming into the shop in the next few weeks. Be on the lookout for a new digs from WRONG and a flash new ROBOTIC EMPIRE label shirt as well!

THOU has just smashed some killer shows with FALSE and have more great shows lined up for October with THE BODY, so we’ve decided to put both The Sacrifice & Baton Rouge 12″s on sale to give everyone the chance to pick up those amazing mega-EPs if you haven’t already. You can find those here Thou Sale! along with their new split with GREAT FALLS.

Here’s the complete list of everything new to the shop this round plus a list below from our previous update in July:

* Bask – American Hollow 12″ (Wonder) $14.99
* Cloud Rat – Moksha 12″ (IFB) $9.99
* Cloud Rat / Xtra Vomit – Split – BROWN COLORED VINYL 12″ (IFB) $9.99
* Hollow Sunshine – Bring Gold – MILKY CLEAR COLORED VINYL 12″ (Iron Pier) $9.99
* Le Almeida – Paraleloplasmos 12″ (IFB) $9.99
* Republic of Dreams / Autarkeia – Split 7″ (IFB) $4.99
* Rosetta – Quintessential Ephemera – GREEN SPLATTER COLORED VINYL 2×12″ (War Crime) $23.99
* SFN / In Disgust – Split 7″ (Drugged Conscience) $4.99
* Tape Rec – Death Friends 12″ (IFB) $9.99
* Thou / Great Falls – Split 7″ (Hell Comes Home) $7.99
* Wymyn’s Prysyn – Head in a Vise 12″ (Drugged Conscience) $9.99

* Ancient Sky – Mosaic 12″ (Wharf Cat) $18.99
* Ancient Sky – Mosaic Cassette (Robotic Empire) $4.99
* Boris / Merzbow – Sun Baked Snow Cave 2×12″ (Hydra Head) $19.99
* Cave In – Antenna 2×12″ (Hydra Head) $19.99
* Cave In – Creative Eclipses 12″ (Hydra Head) $9.99
* Cave In – Shapeshifter Dead Already Cassette (Hydra Head) $4.99
* Cave In – White Silence 12″ (Hydra Head) $11.99
* Converge – Caring & Killing – Early Years 11-14 2×12″ (Hydra Head) $19.99
* Cripple Bastards – Misantropo A Senso Unico – Redux Edition 12″+7″ (Foad) $15.99
* Daughters – Daughters 12″ (Hydra Head) $9.99
* Discordance Axis – Jouhou 2×12″ (Hydra Head) $19.99
* Discordance Axis – Original Sound Version 12-5 – CLEAR COLORED VINYL 2×12″+7″ (Hydra Head) $22.99
* Godflesh – A World Lit Only By Fire 12″ (Avalanche) $11.99
* Godflesh – A World Lit Only By Fire Cassette (Hydra Head) $4.99
* Godflesh – Decline & Fall Cassette (Hydra Head) $4.99
* Godflesh – Decline & Fall 12″ (Avalanche) $11.99
* Harkonen / These Arms Are Snakes – Split – MILKY WHITE COLORED 1 SIDED VINYL 12″ (Mind Over Matter) $11.99
* Harvey Milk – Life…The Best Game In Town – CONFETTI COLORED VINYL 2×12″ (Hydra Head) $19.99
* Jesu – Conqueror 2×12″ (Hydra Head) $19.99
* Jesu – Heart Ache & Dethroned 2×12″ *BLACK VINYL* (Hydra Head) $19.99
* Jodis – Black Curtain 12″ *BLACK VINYL* (Hydra Head) $19.99
* Jodis – Secret House 2×12″ *BLACK VINYL* (Hydra Head) $24.99
* Kayo Dot – Blue Lambency Downward 12″ *WHITE COLORED VINYL* (Hydra Head) $14.99
* Old Man Gloom – Meditations in B 12″ (Hydra Head) $9.99
* Old Man Gloom – Christmas 2×12″ *BLACK VINYL* (Tortuga) $19.99
* Old Man Gloom – No CASSETTE (Sige) $4.99
* Terrorizer – Before The Downfall 2×12″ (Foad) $24.99
* Yacopsae – Einstweilinge Vernichtung – BLUE COLORED VINYL 12″ (Foad) $14.99

Hit up our Online Store for all the above and many other items.

30-track Free “Blood” Mixtape + rad Online Store update

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We have just released a 30-track free mixtape called “Blood”, comprised entirely of Robotic Empire label alumni’s newest material. There’s over 20 previously unreleased tracks, which winds up being the debut release of a lot of artists’ new/side/solo projects, and we’re extremely happy to be presenting this to you today.

You can download/stream “Blood” free now via Bandcamp and/or stream Soundcloud:



To elaborate a bit, we’ve been a label for 15 years now and to celebrate we decided to assemble a unique kind of release – where the primary focus is what’s going on with the amazing musicians we’ve worked with over the years, be it their latest material, an unreleased b-side, or the unexpected solo/side project’s latest stuff. When we started contacting bands the response was overwhelmingly positive, and ver about a two-month material the project snowballed, turning into the free 30 track beast before you!

There are contributions from repeat offenders TORCHE, TILTS, PYGMYLUSH, HOLLOW SUNSHINE, TIDELAND and ALPACA, this sampler also spotlights a swath of new material from members of historic Robo bands PG.99, DAUGHTERS, ISIS, CAPSULE, RED SPAROWES, CRESTFALLEN, YOUNG WIDOWS, STOP IT!!, DIAL, ULTRA DOLPHINS, A STORM OF LIGHT, VERSE EN COMA and many more. The full lineup and tracklisting for “Blood” is as follows:

1. Torche – Andy Low *
2. Passing Phases – In The Dark, In The Fire *
3. The Ar-Kaics – No, No, No
4. Tideland – Let Me In *
5. Big No – Turn It On *
6. Taiga – Excelsius *
7. Tilts – Thomas Jefferson II
8. Gull – Susquehannd (Cut) *
9. Christian Blunda – Faraway *
10. Hollow Sunshine – Stay Down
11. Big Hush – Wholes *
12. Snacktruck – Miracle Ball *
13. Wrong – Call It *
14. Decades/Failures – Blank Clocks *
15. Jaye Jayle – Space Girl *
16. Alpaca – Dark Lands
17. Society – Sympathised
18. Mustard Gas and Roses – The Hard Road *
19. Some Stranger – Cosmic Dust (Call 911)) *
20. Hell Night – Black Hornet
21. Chris Taylor – Train of Thought *
22. Crooked Son – Hum *
23. Medusa – Crack & Bleed
24. Nicholas Sadler – You Don’t Know Where You Are Anymore
25. Idolands – Back Pocket *
26. Ancient Sky – Mistakes *
27. Light Yourself on Fire – Get Got *
28. A Storm of Light – Effigy *
29. Howling Void – The Moaning Ache of a Time on the Edge of Collapse *
30. Pygmy Lush – Serve the Servants (Acoustic Demo) *

* denotes previously unreleased

Worth elaborating on is the lead track from TORCHE, oddly-enough named after Robotic Empire’s label founder. Steve Brooks from the band had the following comment in response to this:

“This is a lost track we recorded for the “Songs for Singles” record in 2010. We weren’t completely satisfied with how it turned out and planned on rewriting it one day. One of the riffs got used in “Letting Go” (Harmonicraft). It’s a tune I kinda forgot about until Andy Low (pack rat) sent us a copy asking if we’d be into having this on his new comp. Sure, why not? If it wasn’t for Mr Low, Rick and I wouldn’t have met, Torche might not have existed and who knows where we’d all be today? We decided to call the song “Andy Low” to make him uncomfortable/feel strange about his name as a song title AND because we love the hell out of him. “Andy Low” is for our boy Andy Low/Robodog/Robotic Empire Records. Enjoy!”

Quote label founder Andy Low on assembling this release:

“I’m truly humbled and fairly weirded-out to have a song named after me. But far more importantly, I’m blown away by the sheer talent that surrounds this free ‘mixtape’ release. Every song included amazes me in some manner, and the culmination of all this material gives me the same kind of excitement I felt on the cusp of releasing our most influential records over the years.

If you can, please take the time to check out the full release, especially the songs by bands you haven’t heard before. It was sequenced with a classic mixtape feel in mind, and set to flow as best it can with such a wide variety of material! With two tracks for each year of the label’s existence, there is a plethora of great new tunes lurking in here, which I hope you’ll find and enjoy.

A genuine and hearty thankyou is due to every artist who is a part of this, it means the world to be celebrating 15 years as a label with such amazing musicians, and their projects past, present and future!”

The “Blood” mixtape can be downloaded now for FREE via Robotic Empire’s bandcamp page, or streamed in full via Soundcloud:



In addition, we’ve also had a great round of new items come into our Online Store:

* Acid King – III 12″ – COLORED VINYL (Kreation) $11.99
* Anti Ritual – Self-Titled 12″ (Vendetta) $9.99
* Argentinum Astrum – Malleus Maleficarum 12″ (Forcefield) $9.99
* Barn Owl – Ancestral Star 12″ (Thrill Jockey) $16.99
* Bastard Sapling – Dragged From Our Restless Trance 12″ – GREY COLORED VINYL (Forcefield) $9.99
* Body, The – Christs, Redeemers 2×12″ (Thrill Jockey) $16.99
* Catalyst, The – Voyager 12″ – ORANGE COLORED VINYL (Forcefield) $9.99
* Code Orange Kids – I Am King 12″ (Deathwish) $10.99
* Cold World – How The Gods Chill – WHITE COLORED VINYL 12″ (Deathwish) $10.99
* Converge – Axe To Fall 12″ – WHITE COLORED VINYL (Deathwish) $10.99
* Cult Leader – Nothing For Us Here 12″ (Deathwish) $9.99
* Doomriders – Darkness Come Alive 12″ – BLACK VINYL (Deathwish) $9.99
* Doomriders – Grand Blood 12″ (Deathwish) $9.99
* Expo 70 / Plankton Wat – Split 12″ (Debacle) $9.99
* Forn – The Departure Of Consciousness 12″ (Vendetta) $9.99
* Godflesh – Self-Titled -TEST PRESS VINYL 12″ $39.99
* Graves At Sea – Documents Of Greif 12″ – PICTURE DISC VINYL (Kreation) $11.99
* Moloch – Possession 12″ – BLACK VINYL (Vendetta) $9.99
* Music Blues – Things Haven’t Gone Well 2×12″ (Thrill Jockey) $16.99
* Nachtmystium – Demise 12″ – PURPLE SILVER COLORED VINYL (Kreation) $11.99
* Oozing Wound – Retrash 12″ (Thrill Jockey) $14.99
* Protestant – In Thy Name 12″ (Halo Of Flies) $10.99
* Soft Pink Truth, The – Why Do The Heathen Rage? 12″ (Thrill Jockey) $9.99
* Touche Amore – Is Survived By 12″ (Deathwish) $9.99
* Trap Them – Seizures In Barren Praise 12″ – BLACK VINYL (Deathwish) $11.99
* Whitehorse / Negative Standards – Split 12″ (Vendetta) $9.99
* Whitehorse – Fire To Light The Way / Everything Ablaze 12″ (Vendetta) $9.99
* Windhand – Self-Titled 12″ – ORANGE COLORED VINYL (Forcefield) $9.99
* Wovenhand – Refractory Obdurate – GREEN COLORED VINYL 12″ (Deathwish) $10.99
* Wrekmeister Harmonies – You’ve Always Meant So Much To Me 12″ (Thrill Jockey) $14.99
* Yautja – Songs of Descent 12″ (Forcefield) $9.99
* Young And In The Way – When Life Comes To Death 12″ (Deathwish) $10.99
* Zoroaster – Self-Titled 12″ (Kreation) $11.99

You can check out all of that and heaps more at http://www.roboticempire.com/store

Big ups & JAH BLESS! – Team Robo

THOU – Baton Rouge 12″ upgraded repress, new t-shirts and distro items

We’re finally surfacing from the FLOOD of orders that came in surrounding FLOOR‘s Self-Titled + Outtakes reissue 12″+7″ and subsequent Online Store relaunch+sale we dropped a month or so ago. The response was cray and we thank all who participated.

Thou BR spreadBack into it with a busy Spring and Summer on deck for Team Robo, we’re happy to announce that THOU‘s landmark Baton Rouge, You Have Much To Answer For 12″ EP is now available once again, right in time for their surge of touring and new release activity. This time around we bumped up the OCD quality-control a bit to be in line with THOU‘s forthcoming output, and heavyweight tip-on style jackets now house 180 GRAM vinyl. So it weren’t already apparent, this bish is heavy!

* That’s available now in the Robotic Empire – Online Store

Some fantastic new material from THOU will also become available in the coming weeks and months – more announcement soon.

Hollow Robo shirt spreadBeyond that, Robo’s also stocked up on some killer new threads, – a new HOLLOW SUNSHINE shirt courtesy of mastermind/Rainbath Visualist Reuben Sawyer – and a new Robotic Empire label shirt from our mailorder beast Chris B.

* Both shirts are available now in the Robotic Empire – Online Store

There’s also some great new additions to the disto and also some crucial restocks – here jah go!

* Alpha Owl – 3-Song EP Cassette (Tor Johnson) $4.99
* Carne – Ville Morgue 12″ (Solar Flare) $14.99
* Celeste – Animales(s) – 180 Gram BLACK VINYL 2×12″ (Denovali) $31.99
* 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
* 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
* Windhand – Soma – 180 GRAM WHITE PURPLE SWIRL COLORED VINYL 2×12″ (Relapse) $19.99

* Baroness – Blue 2×12″ (Relapse) $19.99
* Baroness – Red Album 2×12″ (Relapse) $19.99
* 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
* Huata – Atavist Of Mann 2×12″ – RED COLORED VINYL (Music Fear Satan) $19.99
* Inter Arma – Sky Burial 2×12″ (Relapse) $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
* 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
* 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



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.


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

HOLLOW SUNSHINE vinyl in! +THOU cassette represses and heavy distro items

We’re massively stoked to announce that the debut longplayer by HOLLOW SUNSHINE, Held Above, is now available and Pitchfork has dropped the title track song premier, proclaiming it “a sublime slice of downer pop”.

For the uninitiated, HOLLOW SUNSHINE are a California duo who combine deep tuning with pop undertones and a garage din, crafting a unique combination of warmly familiar elements. The hypnotic swirl of lush vocals hovering over downtuned riffs and steady rhythms yield a mesmerizing listening experience.

Held Above exists within a delicate balance between blown out sludge, narcotic drone and pop sensibilities. Yet this contrast between heaviness and catchiness, with melodic vocals providing a calm and consistent drift throughout, sets HOLLOW SUNSHINE well apart from contemporaries.

The nine tracks of Held Above were self-recorded by the band, vocalist Morgan Enos and guitarist / songwriter Reuben Sawyer, then mastered by James Plotkin, aiming for a soothing “lo” fidelity with clarity kept in mind. This album should appeal to varied fans of everything from TORCHE and JESU to BUILT TO SPILL and SMASHING PUMPKINS.

A visual artist renowned for his work via Rainbath Visual (CHELSEA WOLFE, DEAFHEAVEN, DESTRUCTION UNIT etc etc), Sawyer also conceived the stark imagery for the cover, which is screen-printed on complimentary colored paper by Broken Press. 700 copies of HOLLOW SUNSHINE‘s debut LP were made in the first pressing:

* 100 pink (includes a bonus back-patch)
* 200 white
* 400 black

With a high-quality digital download included, Held Above can now be ordered from the following locations:

* Vinyl w/download available now from Robotic Empire or Revolver, Interpunk and more.

* Digital pre-orders are now live at iTunes or Bandcamp, Amazon and more (available digitally on November 12th).

We’re also happy to report that the two long-playing THOU “EP”s released by Robotic Empire, Baton Rouge, You Have Much to Answer For and The Archer & The Owle, have both been repressed on cassette.

Both releases have been repressed on white cassettes, 200 of each this time around. Same oppressively burly jams, both of which can be found in full on our Bandcamp page.

* These two THOU tapes and far more (shirts, vinyl, CDs, etc) are available now in the Robotic Empire – Online Store

In addition to the influx of Robo label releases, we’ve got a powerhouse update of other new items and restocks in the Robotic Empire – Online Store, with exclusively heavy hitters from the likes of THE BODY, BORIS, EYEHATEGOD, OOZING WOUND, PIGS, RAMLORD, SLEEP, TITAN, a Tor Johnson Records DVD, WRECKMEISTER HARMONIES and the almighty YOB:

* Body, The – Christs, Redeemers 2×12″ (Thrill Jockey) $16.99
* Boris – Smile 2×12” – CLEAR COLORED VINYL (Southern Lord) $21.99
* Eyehategod – Dopesick 2×12” – WHITE COVER VERSION VINYL (Emetic) $19.99
* Eyehategod – Take As Needed For Pain 2×12” (Emetic) $19.99
* Hollow Sunshine – Held Above 12″ – BLACK VINYL $14.99
* Hollow Sunshine – Held Above 12″ – PINK COLORED VINYL w/ BACKPATCH $14.99
* Hollow Sunshine – Held Above 12″ – WHITE VINYL $14.99
* Oozing Wound – Retrash 12″ (Thrill Jockey) $14.99
* Pigs – Gaffe 10″ – BLACK VINYL (Solar Flare) $13.99
* Pigs – Gaffe 10″ – RED COLORED VINYL (Solar Flare) $13.99
* Ramlord – Crippled Minds, Sundered Wisdom 12″ (Hypaethral) $16.99
* Sleep – Dopesmoker 2×12″ – PURPLE COLORED VINYL (Southern Lord) $19.99
* Thou – Baton Rouge, You Have Much To Answer For Cassette (Robotic Empire) $5.99
* Thou – The Archer And The Owle Cassette (Robotic Empire) $5.99
* Titan – Warmer Months 12″ – YELLOW COLORED LIMITED EDITION VINYL (Hypaethral) $16.99
* Tor Johnson – The Ten Years War DVD (Tor Johnson) $4.99
* Wrekmeister Harmonies – You’ve Always Meant So Much To Me 12″ (Thrill Jockey) $14.99
* Yob – The Illusion Of Motion 12″ – 180 GRAM BLACK VINYL (Metal Blade) $24.99
* Yob – The Unreal Never Lived 2×12″ – 180 GRAM BLACK VINYL (Metal Blade) $24.99

Yeah yeah!

-Team Robo

Hollow Sunshine debut album to be released by Robotic Empire

Hollow Sunshine Promo PhotoRobotic Empire is proud to present Hollow Sunshine‘s debut LP, titled Held Above, set for a November 12th release date worldwide.

Hollow Sunshine is a California-based duo consisting of Reuben Sawyer (instrumentation) and Morgan Enos (vocals). Blending massive downtuned riffs with a pop aesthetic, Held Above yields a familiar yet all together unique listening experience

The contrast between heaviness and catchiness (with melodic vocals providing a calm, consistent drift throughout) makes Hollow Sunshine stand out starkly from contemporaries. Blurring the line between pummelling doom and soaring pop, Held Above expands upon ideas forged on initial EPs released by Vendetta and Bridgetown Records, but with new found clarity to composition and production.

A visual artist by trade, Sawyer is also known for his intricate artwork through Rainbath Visual, utilized by a variety of bands such as Chelsea Wolfe, Deafheaven, Inter Arma, Thou and Wolves in the Throne Room. His minimalist imagery for Held Above juxtaposes the rich sonic textures found within the 9-track album.

Held Above is Hollow Sunshine‘s strongest work to date, and will be available on vinyl and digitally via Robotic Empire on November 12th. Audio, video and further details will become available shortly, and for now a teaser trailer can be viewed here: