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

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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.

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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

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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!

New TILTS album, three MAN IS THE BASTARD / NOISE t-shirts, rad distro items and more!

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We’re thrilled to announce that the crowdfunded sophomore album from St. Louis’ rock quartet TILTS is finally available on vinyl! Cuatro Hombres is 10 rippin tracks of rock and/or roll, with enough heavy spice added in to make it absolutely bombastic. A song premiere for “Touchdowns” happened via Noisey/Vice, and can be heard here.

Like the debut album (which was also re-pressed alongside this new LP), TILTS entirely self-recorded this beast, then had RVA engineer Ian Whalen (RAH BRAHS, TOMBS, LAMB OF GOD) mix the songs from there. James Plotkin has mastered the release specifically for vinyl, and separately for the included high quality digital-download card.

Both Cuatro Hombres and the self-titled debut LP sport woodcut cover art courtesy of Tom Huck, and are each available now in the Robotic Empire – Online Store.

* Listen to “Thomas Jefferson II” or “Touchdowns” from the Cuatro Hombres LP
* Listen to “Hot For Pizza” or “Mexiqo” from the Self-Titled LP
* Order the vinyl here!

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Beyond that we’ve got a stack of new shirts from MAN IS THE BASTARD / BASTARD NOISE in house, officially Wood-sanctioned. The iconic SKULL is now available as a large black-and-grey on grey shirt, or maroon-and-yellow on orange shirt. For the stoic/bogan types, we’re also scavenged art off the infamous CROSSED OUT split on Slap A Ham, for a classic white-on-black double-sided shirt.

* Grab MAN IS THE BASTARD / NOISE merch in the Robotic Empire – Online Store

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Further on that classic black-n-white SKULL tip comes a left field one we scored a few of, the limited MISFITS X GRATEFUL DEAD “Steal Yr Skull” shirt. Printed on Gildan soft style shirts, these two other iconic skulls are merged where the Crimson Ghost finally rests within the Dead Head.

* Pick up the GRATEFUL DEAD x MISFITS shirt at the Robotic Empire – Online Store

In addition to the aforementioned, we’ve picked up some stellar vinyl releases for thine turntables and listening enjoyment from the likes of CAPSULE, BLOODPHEASANT, LATE BLOOMER, LOCKTENDER, PRIMITIVE MAN and PYGMY LUSH. Here’s the full list:

NEW ITEMS & RESTOCKS:
* Bloodpheasant – Traum 12″ (Tor Johnson) $7.99
* Capsule – No Ghost 12″ – GREY COLORED VINYL (Rorschach) $9.99
* Grateful Dead X Misfits – Steal Your Skull T-Shirt Size EXTRA LARGE $14.99
* Grateful Dead X Misfits – Steal Your Skull T-Shirt Size LARGE $14.99
* Grateful Dead X Misfits – Steal Your Skull T-Shirt Size MEDIUM $14.99
* Grateful Dead X Misfits – Steal Your Skull T-Shirt Size SMALL $14.99
* Late Bloomer – Things Change 12″ – BLUE TEAL COLORED VINYL (Tor Johnson) $7.99
* Locktender – Rodin 12″ – WHITE COLORED VINYL (Halo Of Flies) $12.99
* Man Is The Bastard / Noise – Grey Skull T-Shirt Size: EXTRA LARGE (Robotic Empire) $17.99
* Man Is The Bastard / Noise – Grey Skull T-Shirt Size: LARGE (Robotic Empire) $17.99
* Man Is The Bastard / Noise – Grey Skull T-Shirt Size: MEDIUM (Robotic Empire) $17.99
* Man Is The Bastard / Noise – Grey Skull T-Shirt Size: SMALL (Robotic Empire) $17.99
* Man Is The Bastard / Noise – Orange Skull T-Shirt Size: EXTRA LARGE (Robotic Empire) $17.99
* Man Is The Bastard / Noise – Orange Skull T-Shirt Size: LARGE (Robotic Empire) $17.99
* Man Is The Bastard / Noise – Orange Skull T-Shirt Size: MEDIUM (Robotic Empire) $17.99
* Man Is The Bastard / Noise – Orange Skull T-Shirt Size: SMALL (Robotic Empire) $17.99
* Man Is The Bastard – Two Sided Crossed Out T-Shirt Size: EXTRA LARGE (Robotic Empire) $17.99
* Man Is The Bastard – Two Sided Crossed Out T-Shirt Size: LARGE (Robotic Empire) $17.99
* Man Is The Bastard – Two Sided Crossed Out T-Shirt Size: MEDIUM (Robotic Empire) $17.99
* Man Is The Bastard – Two Sided Crossed Out T-Shirt Size: SMALL (Robotic Empire) $17.99
* Primitive Man / Hexis – Split 10″ (Halo Of Flies) $10.99
* Pygmy Lush – Mount Hope 12″ – 180 GRAM VINYL (Lovitt) $12.99
* Tilts – Cuatro Hombres – PINK OOZE COLORED VINYL 12″ (Robotic Empire) $14.99
* Tilts – Cuatro Hombres 12″ – TEST PRESS VINYL (Robotic Empire) $24.99
* Tilts – Self-Titled 12″ – GREEN COLORED VINYL (Robotic Empire) $14.99

It’s nice to be back in the saddle with a proper update. Head on over to the Robotic Empire – Online Store for all of this and thousands of other titles from lots of rad bands.

Big ups! – Team Robo

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