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Mailorder madness!

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Wow! We got flooded in Holiday / ISIS orders and are a bit behind schedule as a result. That being said, we are chugging through everyone’s orders as quickly as we can.

We appreciate your patience as we get through this mountain of mailorder. Our operation is humble, and very thankful for all the interest and orders.

Everyone be safe out there. Big ups & Jah bless!

ISIS “Oceanic” 2xLP re-mastered repress, and annual Crazy Holiday Sale

holidaysale700webIt’s crazy to think about, but the year is almost over. Everything ramps up surrounding the holidays, and we’re doing a mini “Black Friday” crazy holiday sale, with 30% off all orders $50 or more. This is the biggest blanket-discount we’ve ever done in the Robotic Empire – Online Store, so now is a great time to stock up on killer vinyl, shirts, CDs or whatever you and/or your loved ones are after this holiday season.

On that note, we are working through the entire month non-stop, so the “XMASPARTY” coupon code will hook ya up throughout the rest of the year. Just enter it during your checkout and you’re good to go.

We’re not giving a definitive “you must get orders in by X date to get stuff by Christmas” like we have in the past – so if you’re trying to get gift-orders in, try and do so ASAP as it’s very tricky to gauge/guarantee shipping times around this season.

oceanic-spread700webThis would be a good time to mention that we’re currently taking pre-orders for the new repress of ISIS‘ landmark opus, Oceanic. Probably the defining ISIS album now that it’s said and done, showcasing a band at the height of a monumental transition, “Oceanic” was/is hailed by many fans as ISIS’ landmark album, earned widespread critical acclaim and was even dubbed “seminal” by Drowned In Sound.

Raising the massive bridge between crushing metal and atmospheric post-rock, ISIS truly came into their own sound on this brilliant sophomore album. This stunning double LP is unquestionably one of ISIS’ pinnacle achievements getting the proper vinyl treatment it so utterly deserves.

2180 total copies were made of this new pressing of Oceanic: 200 on translucent light green, 500 on cream w/green splatter, 1480 on black.

Fully printed on reverse-board stock with “tip-on” style gatefold jackets and printed innersleeves, the audio for this new vinyl pressing was carefully remastered by sonic wizard James Plotkin. Explains drummer Aaron Harris, “The clarity that’s been revealed in these songs was surprising even to me. I’ve heard these songs probably thousands of times. When I listened to the remastered version of “Weight” it was like I was back in the studio recording the song. I also noticed a lot of new detail in Jeff’s bass guitar, and energy in the guitars. I know Oceanic is a favorite among fans, and I think this remaster will bring a new appreciation even to those who have heard it many times.”

This is available to pre-order now in the Robotic Empire Online Store, and is expected to ship around the first week of December.

Big ups & Happy Holidays!

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:

http://roboticempire.bandcamp.com

https://soundcloud.com/roboticempire/sets/blood-mixtape

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:

http://roboticempire.bandcamp.com

Enjoy!

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

NEW ITEMS & RESTOCKS:
* 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

New cassette from PALMS (members of ISIS and DEFTONES), plus distro items in our Online Store


We are stoked to announce that the debut from PALMS (comprised of 3/5ths of ISIS with Chino Moreno from DEFTONES on vocals) has just been released on cassette by Robotic Empire!

Lush and ethereal, the six songs PALMS deliver on their first offering combine strengths from each of the aforementioned bands without resting on laurels. Plentiful amounts of bliss and beauty merge with just the right level of heavy, yielding a brilliant balance that comes from longtime veterans of cutting-edge music.

Ipecac has released the CD and vinyl for PALMS stunning debut, and Robotic Empire is thrilled to present this cassette edition with a bonus demo version of “Short Wave Radio” included. A full-color, double-sided J-card sleeve houses the white cassette with full color sticker labels. This was pressed in an edition of 275 copies.

* Preview the track “Patagonia” at Soundcloud
* Order PALMS‘ cassette at the Robotic Empire – Online Store

This comes hot on the heels of launching pre-orders for our reissue of ISIS Celestial 2xLP just two weeks ago. The first few waves of pre-orders have now shipped, and our mailorder buddy Jesse photobombed this batch upon send-off:

We’ve still got some color vinyl left (although “Swarm” is getting low) and you can pick up ISIS Celestial 2xLP now in the Robotic Empire – Online Store.

Beyond those new releases, we’ve had a handful of other new items and restocks added to our Online Store for this update:

NEW ITEMS & RESTOCKS:
* Across Tundras / Lark’s Tongue – Split – RED COLORED VINYL 12″ (Cavity) $13.99
* Aidan Baker – Broken & Remade 12” (Revolvermann) $12.99
* Ampersphere / Colaris – Split – CLEAR BLUE COLORED VINYL 12″ (Revolvermann) $12.99
* Bottomfeeder – Demo 2012 Cassette (Born Dead) $5.50
* Bottomfeeder – Two Minutes Hate – COLORED VINYL 12″ (Born Dead) $15.99
* Bottomfeeder – Two Minutes Hate Cassette (Born Dead) $7.99
* Colaris – Renewal – COLORED VINYL 2×12″ (Revolvermann) $23.99
* Palms – Self-Titled Cassette (Robotic Empire) $7.99

A lot more was added the last time around, which is substantial enough to reiterate:

NEW ITEMS:
* American Heritage – Sedentary 12″ (Solar Flare) $14.99
* Annihilation Time – II 12″ (Tank Crimes) $9.99
* Baroness – Yellow & Green 2×12″ (Relapse) $19.99
* Black Tusk – Set The Dial 12″ (Relapse) $14.99
* Botch – American Nervoso 2×12″ (Hydra Head) $19.99
* Centuries – Broken Hymns 12″ (Halo Of Flies) $11.99
* Chelsea Wolfe – Apokalypsis 12″ (Pendu) $18.99
* Constants – If Tomorrow The War 12″ (Science of Science) $16.99
* Cough / Windhand – Reflection of the Negative – BLACK GREY SWIRL COLORED VINYL 12″ (Relapse) $12.99
* Hull – Viking Funeral – Ox Blood w/ BLACK HAZE COLORED VINYL 12″ (Science of Science) $29.99
* Inter Arma – Sky Burial 2×12″ (Relapse) $19.99
* Isis – Celestial – BLACK VINYL 2×12″ (Robotic Empire) $22.99
* Isis – Celestial – SUN YELLOW COLORED VINYL 2×12″ (Robotic Empire) $22.99
* Isis – Celestial – SWARM YELLOW COLORED VINYL 2×12″ (Robotic Empire) $22.99
* Isis – Celestial – MARBLED YELLOW COLORED VINYL 2×12″ (Robotic Empire) $22.99
* Kicker – Not You 12″ (Tank Crimes) $10.99
* Momentum – Herbivore 12″ (Halo Of Flies) $11.99
* Monolith / Voyager – Split 12″ (Science of Science) $8.99
* Pig Destroyer – Book Burner – 180 GRAM VINYL 12″ (Relapse) $12.99
* Sofy Major – Idolize 12″ (Solar Flare) $14.99
* Tideland – Lull 12″ (Sterling) $9.99
* Tideland – Lull – SILVER COLORED VINYL 12″ (Sterling) $9.99
* Vitamin X – About to Crack 12″ (Tank Crimes) $10.99
* Watertank – Sleepwalk 12″ (Solar Flare) $14.99
* Year Of No Light – Vampry 2×12″ (Music Fear Satan) $19.99

RESTOCKS:
* Baroness – Blue 2×12″ (Relapse) $19.99
* Baroness – Red 2×12″ (Relapse) $19.99
* Cough – Ritual Abuse 2×12″ – BLUE COLORED VINYL (Relapse) $19.99
* Daitro – Cendresdes Cendres, Je Me Consume 10″ – BLACK VINYL (Music Fear Satan) $10.99
* Doomriders – Black Thunder 12″ – COLORED VINYL (Magic Bullet) $14.99
* Ghoul – Transmission Zero 12″ – COLORED VINYL (Tank Crimes) $9.99
* Glaciers – And The Sea Won The Battle 12″ – CLEAR BLUE SWIRL COLORED VINYL (Self Released) $14.99
* JK Flesh / Pruient – Worship Is the Cleansing of the Imagination 12″ (Hydra Head) $15.99
* Jodis – Secret House 2×12″ – GREEN PEACH COLORED VINYL (Hydra Head) $24.99
* Kayo Dot – Blue Lambency Downward 12″ – MAROON COLORED VINYL (Hydra Head) $14.99
* Kicking Spit – Psychrockbullshit 12″ – WHITE COLORED VINYL (Tank Crimes) $9.99
* Kongh – Shadows Of The Shapeless 2×12″ (Music Fear Satan) $19.99
* Pygmy Lush – Mount Hope 12″ – 180 GRAM VINYL (Lovitt) $14.99
* Pygmy Lush – Mount Hope 12″ – CLEAR COLORED VINYL (Lovitt) $14.99
* Pygmy Lush – Mount Hope 12″ – RED COLORED VINYL (Lovitt) $14.99
* Torche – Harmonicraft 12″ – CLEAR COLORED VINYL (Volcom) $14.99
* Year Of No Light – Ausserwelt 2×12″ – BLACK VINYL (Music Fear Satan) $19.99

Lots of good stuff across a variety of genres! Check out the Robotic Empire – Online Store for all this and heaps more.

Thanks & peace!

-Team Robo

ISIS – Celestial 2xLP available + lots of rad new items in the Robotic Empire Online Store!

IsisCelestialSpreadWe are now taking pre-orders for ISIS‘ first album, Celestial, which Robotic Empire has just reissued on 2xLP with nice packaging. The manufacturing is all done, and with a July 9th release date we hope to have it in your hands just around that time. You can pick it up now in the Robotic Empire – Online Store.

For those unfamiliar with the release, the now-classic debut full-length Celestial highlights ISIS‘ roots in metal and hardcore while displaying the experimentation with post-rock and ambience that they would become best known for. Accurately described by Decibel Magazine as “a transitional record between the band’s early work and the post-metal benchmarks such as Oceanic … the elements of the greatness are present, but rawer, more direct.” Initially surfacing in 2000 following the larvael stages of formative EPs, Celestial was ISIS’ first release with the (then newly-solidified) lineup that would last them through a decade until disbanding in 2010.

With chugging sludge, expansive doom, droning metal and a nuanced yet vital use of keys, samples and noise, Celestial at times borders on completely devastation, but gracefully shifts into passages of sheer beauty. ISIS came into their own with Celestial, mastering the flow of sonic dynamics between “loud” and “quiet”, smoothly bringing sparse elements into an otherwise oppressively heavy sound.

This unique and varied album of nearly an hour’s length was their first captured by engineer Matt Bayles, who subsequently recorded ISIS‘ following three long-players. Aaron Turner’s artwork has been fully reimagined from the original elements, and the double LPs are housed in a gatefold jacket with printed innersleeves containing flood-black interior printing. Out of print for years, Celestial is finally available again with newly remastered audio, carefully crafted specifically for vinyl by longtime cohort James Plotkin.

We’ve pressed 2000 copies of this and they turned out great: 1100 black vinyl, and 300 each of three variations of yellow.

* Order vinyl at the Robotic Empire – Online Store

Beyond that obviously massive release, we’ve stocked a variety of rad stuff for the Robotic Empire – Online Store recently, pretty much all on large-format vinyl. A great stack of no-brainers so its almost a bit weird highlighting ANNIHILATION TIME, BARONESS, BLACK TUSK, BOTCH (!), CENTURIES, CHELSEA WOLFE, CONSTANTS, COUGH, HULL, INTER ARMA (!), PIG DESTROYER, TIDELAND (!), VITAMIN X, YEAR OF NO LIGHT, etc… but, we just did. Here’s the full list:

NEW ITEMS:
* American Heritage – Sedentary 12″ (Solar Flare) $14.99
* Annihilation Time – II 12″ (Tank Crimes) $9.99
* Baroness – Yellow & Green 2×12″ (Relapse) $19.99
* Black Tusk – Set The Dial 12″ (Relapse) $14.99
* Botch – American Nervoso 2×12″ (Hydra Head) $19.99
* Centuries – Broken Hymns 12″ (Halo Of Flies) $11.99
* Chelsea Wolfe – Apokalypsis 12″ (Pendu) $18.99
* Constants – If Tomorrow The War 12″ (Science of Science) $16.99
* Cough / Windhand – Reflection of the Negative – BLACK GREY SWIRL COLORED VINYL 12″ (Relapse) $12.99
* Hull – Viking Funeral – Ox Blood w/ BLACK HAZE COLORED VINYL 12″ (Science of Science) $29.99
* Inter Arma – Sky Burial 2×12″ (Relapse) $19.99
* Isis – Celestial – BLACK VINYL 2×12″ (Robotic Empire) $22.99
* Isis – Celestial – MARBLED YELLOW COLORED VINYL 2×12″ (Robotic Empire) $22.99
* Isis – Celestial – SWARM YELLOW COLORED VINYL 2×12″ (Robotic Empire) $22.99
* Isis – Celestial – SUN YELLOW COLORED VINYL 2×12″ (Robotic Empire) $22.99
* Kicker – Not You 12″ (Tank Crimes) $10.99
* Momentum – Herbivore 12″ (Halo Of Flies) $11.99
* Monolith / Voyager – Split 12″ (Science of Science) $8.99
* Pig Destroyer – Book Burner – 180 GRAM VINYL 12″ (Relapse) $12.99
* Sofy Major – Idolize 12″ (Solar Flare) $14.99
* Tideland – Lull 12″ (Sterling) $9.99
* Tideland – Lull – SILVER COLORED VINYL 12″ (Sterling) $9.99
* Vitamin X – About to Crack 12″ (Tank Crimes) $10.99
* Watertank – Sleepwalk 12″ (Solar Flare) $14.99
* Year Of No Light – Vampry 2×12″ (Music Fear Satan) $19.99

On the restock-tip we’re in the same boat: all no-brainer bangers from BARONESS, COUGH, DAITRO, DOOMRIDERS, GHOUL, GLACIERS, JKFLESH, JODIS, KAYO DOT, KICKING SPIT, KONGH, PYGMY LUSH, TORCHE and YEAR OF NO LIGHT.

RESTOCKS:
* Baroness – Blue 2×12″ (Relapse) $19.99
* Baroness – Red 2×12″ (Relapse) $19.99
* Cough – Ritual Abuse 2×12″ – BLUE COLORED VINYL (Relapse) $19.99
* Daitro – Cendresdes Cendres, Je Me Consume 10″ – BLACK VINYL (Music Fear Satan) $10.99
* Doomriders – Black Thunder 12″ – COLORED VINYL (Magic Bullet) $14.99
* Ghoul – Transmission Zero 12″ – COLORED VINYL (Tank Crimes) $9.99
* Glaciers – And The Sea Won The Battle 12″ – CLEAR BLUE SWIRL COLORED VINYL (Self Released) $14.99
* JK Flesh / Pruient – Worship Is the Cleansing of the Imagination 12″ (Hydra Head) $15.99
* Jodis – Secret House 2×12″ – GREEN PEACH COLORED VINYL (Hydra Head) $24.99
* Kayo Dot – Blue Lambency Downward 12″ – MAROON COLORED VINYL (Hydra Head) $14.99
* Kicking Spit – Psychrockbullshit 12″ – WHITE COLORED VINYL (Tank Crimes) $9.99
* Kongh – Shadows Of The Shapeless 2×12″ (Music Fear Satan) $19.99
* Pygmy Lush – Mount Hope 12″ – 180 GRAM VINYL (Lovitt) $14.99
* Pygmy Lush – Mount Hope 12″ – CLEAR COLORED VINYL (Lovitt) $14.99
* Pygmy Lush – Mount Hope 12″ – RED COLORED VINYL (Lovitt) $14.99
* Torche – Harmonicraft 12″ – CLEAR COLORED VINYL (Volcom) $14.99
* Year Of No Light – Ausserwelt 2×12″ – BLACK VINYL (Music Fear Satan) $19.99


Another noteworthy highlight is that a recent release from last month, SOME STRANGER‘s debut 12″ EP, has received some nice praise from the glossy UK mag Rock Sound. Both a feature and review were in their last issue, and a larger graphic can be viewed here

That one has been a fun release for us, a little outside our comfort zone yet a very powerful debut from some longtime friends of the label.

* Listen to the full EP at Bandcamp
* Order vinyl at the Robotic Empire – Online Store

OK that wraps up the latest update from Robotic Empire. Please order something from our Online Store if ya can, so we can make room for this guy!

Peace!