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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:

* 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.

* 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!


SOME STRANGER review from Alternative Press

Pretty rad SOME STRANGER review from Alternative Press. Here’s a lil’ screengrab:

Vinyl pre-orders going for another week or so until the actual records show up:


Full review can be read here:


New stuff in Robotic Empire’s Online Store (HUM, CONVERGE, JK FLESH, HOAX, TOUCHE AMORE, etc etc etc)

Almost 1-month to the day from our last update (with lots of killer new stuff, plus key re-presses from TORCHE and BARONESS), we’re back with another round of awesome stuff in the Robotic Empire – Online Store.

We’ve got a wicked variety of cool stuff for this update, including one item which we’re incredibly jealous (and mildly frustrated) NOT to have been a part of. After years of harassing HUM about letting us reissue their incredible catalog, Shop Radio Cast beat everyone (including the band) to the punch. The resulting proof is in the pudding though, as their reissue of You’d Prefer An Astronaut really did turn out nice, along with the reissue treatment for two bangin QUICKSAND 12″s.

Beyond the special attention to that stuff, there are many other high-calibre items here including new items from CONVERGE, HOAX, JK FLESH, LOMA PRIETA, IN LOVING MEMORY, MAGIC CIRCLE, plus splits from TRIAC / D.O.C., TOUCHE AMORE / PBTT, DROPDEAD x2 and, YEAR OF NO LIGHT / ALTAR OF PLAGUES, plus imports aplenty from Vendetta/Adagio and some other choice stuff.

On the re-stock tip, we’re talkin bout (Willis) crucial stuff from ACID KING, AMENRA, CLOUD RAT, DROPDEAD, GIANTS, GODFLESH, KEN MODE, KIDCRASH, NACHTMYSTIUM, PHOENIX BODIES, RAEIN, PUNCH, ROSETTA, TOUCHE AMORE and WHITEHORSE. Here are the full lists:

* Batillus – Concrete Sustain 12″ (Vendetta) $14.99
* Black Heart Rebellion, The – Har Nevo 12″ (Adagio830) $14.99
* Blue Letter, The – Love Is Not Control – GREY COLORED VINYL 2×12″ (Init) $19.99
* Brainbombs – Obey – RED COLORED VINYL 12″ (Armageddon) $14.99
* Children Of God – We Set Fire to The Sky 12″ (Vendetta) $14.99
* Converge – All We Love We Leave Behind 2×12″ (Deathwish) $19.99
* Converge / Dropdead – 20th Anniversary Split – COLORED VINYL 7″ (Self Released) $5.99
* Crowskin – Black Lava 12″ (Vendetta) $14.99
* Dropdead / Look Back And Laugh – Split – GREEN COLORED VINYL 7″ (Armageddon) $5.99
* Elder – Spires Burn / Release – PURPLE COLORED VINYL 12″ (Armageddon) $14.99
* Hoax – Self-Titled 12″ (Adagio830) $14.99
* Holy – The Age Of Collapse 12″ (Adagio830) $14.99
* Hum – You’d Prefer An Astronaut – 180 GRAM WHITE COLORED VINYL 12″ (Shop Radio Cast) $21.99
* In Loving Memory – A Discography – ORANGE COLORED VINYL 12″ (Init) $14.99
* JK Flesh – Posthuman CD (3 By 3 Music) $9.99
* Loma Prieta – Life/Less 12″ (Deathwish) $9.99
* Magic Circle – Self-Titled 12″ (Armageddon) $14.99
* Multiple Truths – No One Wins 12″ (Halo Of Flies) $10.99
* Perfect Future – Old Wounds: Warmth In The Winter Of 1914 & 1915 12″ (Adagio830) $14.99
* Quicksand – Manic Compression – RED BLACK SWIRL COLORED VINYL 12″ (Shop Radio Cast) $19.99
* Quicksand – Slip – 180 GRAM BLACK VINYL 12″ (Shop Radio Cast) $19.99
* Reivers – Sympathetic Shock 12″ (Vendetta) $14.99
* Ruined Families – Blank Language 12″ (Adagio830) $14.99
* Terror Bird – Secret Rituals 12″ (Adagio830) $14.99
* Touche Amore / Pianos Become The Teeth – Split – AQUA BLUE COLORED VINYL 7″ (Deathwish) $4.99
* Triac / D.O.C – Split 12″ (RSR) $16.99
* Whitehorse / Batillus – Split 12″ (Vendetta) $14.99
* Year Of No Light / Altar Of Plagues – Split 12” (Music Fear Satan) $14.99

* Acid King – Free / Down With the Crown 12” (Kreation) $10.99
* Acid King – III 12” – COLORED VINYL (Kreation) $10.99
* Amenra – Mass III-II + Mass IIII 2xCD (Init) $13.99
* Cloud Rat – Moksha 12” (Halo Of Flies) $10.99
* Dropdead – Discography 12-13 12” – RED COLORED VINYL (Armageddon) $14.99
* Dropdead – Self Titled 1993 12” – BLUE COLORED VINYL (Armadeggon) $14.99
* Giants – Old Stories 12” – COLORED VINYL (Cavity) $9.99
* Godflesh – Love and Hate In Dub 12” (Kreation) $10.99
* Ken Mode – Venerable 12” – CLEAR COLORED VINYL (Init) $14.99
* Kidcrash – Naps 12” – One-Sided VINYL (Init) $12.99
* Nachtmystium – Eulogy IV 12” (Kreation) $10.99
* Phoenix Bodies / Raein – Split 7” – CLEAR COLORED VINYL (Init) $4.99
* Punch – Nothing Lasts 7” (Deathwish) $4.99
* Rosetta – A Determinism of Morality 2×12” – COLORED VINYL (Cavity) $19.99
* Touche Amore – Parting The Sea Between Brightness and Me 12” (Deathwish) $10.99
* Whitehorse – Progression 12” – BLACK AND BLUE COLORED VINYL (At A Loss) $14.99

In addition to all that cool jibba jabb, we’re expecting our copies of the debut SOME STRANGER 12″ EP to arrive within the next two weeks and all pre-orders will then ship out A S A P.

The full EP is now streaming via SoundCloud and/or Bandcamp.

We pressed this bad mamma jamma as a 45rpm 12″ and it includes a high quality digital download as well. Pre-orders are currently available here and are available on black or clear/black color vinyl.

BOOM! That’s it for this time, please hit up the Robotic Empire – Online Store for all this and more. Big ups!

SOME STRANGER (ex-DAYTRADER) to release their debut on Robotic Empire, opening track now streaming and Pre-Orders up!

SOME STRANGER will release their debut “Self-Titled” EP on April 2nd (digital) and April 30th (vinyl). Co-released by the band and independent label Robotic Empire, the digital version will be available as a pay-what-you-want download directly from the band via Bandcamp as well as traditional digital retailers. The vinyl will be released as a 45RPM 12″ by Robotic Empire and is available for preorder now:


SOME STRANGER started immediately following the departure of vocalist Tym from his previous endeavor, rock outfit DAYTRADER. Joined by visual artist and guitarist Daniel Danger on guitar, the duo swiftly tracked the EP with Gary Cioffi (TRANSIT, MISSER). The record was then mixed by Vince Ratti (BALANCE AND COMPOSURE, CIRCA SURVIVE) and mastered by Will Yip (TITLE FIGHT, BLACKLISTED).

Alternative Press’ recent “100 Bands You Need To Know This Year” feature characterized SOME STRANGER as “a textured, haunting collection that defies easy categorization.”

Says vocalist Tym, “We’re extremely excited to be working with Robotic Empire on this project. They’ve released some of our favorite records of all time… Torche, Isis, Jesu, pg99… the list goes on. We sent them some demos as we were writing them and when they offered to help us release it, it was a no-brainer.  We finished up the recording process at the tail end of last year and we can’t wait for people to hear it.”

Robotic Empire label founder Andy Low added “Having known Tym and Dr. Danger for a long time, it’s exciting to hear SOME STRANGER pushing their individual and collective strengths in great ways. Our friends have crafted a powerful debut and we’re thrilled to be a part of it!”

1. On And On
2. Points East
3. Silver & The Sun
4. Song One
5. Sirens

The opening track “On And On” is streaming now over at absolutepunk.net:


Striking out from the wastelands of conventional “indie” or “emo” rock, SOME STRANGER emerge with five incredibly catchy tracks on their debut release. Blissful melodic vocals soaring over an erratic and driving rhythm section are combined with hyper yet delicate guitars run through an arsenal of effects pedals. The overall haunting results are leaps and bounds beyond most debut releases, the clear result of seasoned veterans combining forces to yield amazing results.

Formerly of emo-rock outfit DAYTRADER, vocalist Tym joined friend and acclaimed visual artist / guitarist Daniel Danger to form SOME STRANGER with a mutual affliction for left-of-center angular rock. The duo enlisted longtime friend Derrick Flanagin (also of DAYTRADER, CAPSULE) to track drums and promptly hammering out their first set of recordings with engineer Gary Cioffi (TRANSIT, MISSER) also handling bass duties. Vince Ratti (CIRCA SURVIVE, BALANCE AND COMPOSURE) expertly mixed the session, which was then mastered by Will Yip (TITLE FIGHT, BLACKLISTED). Finally, Jacob Van Loon contributed artwork and the debut EP is now ready to be unleashed. This 45RPM vinyl 12″ has a first press limited to 500 pieces (200 on black vinyl, 300 on clear/black) and includes a digital download.

* http://www.somestranger.com
* http://somestranger.bandcamp.com
* http://www.facebook.com/somestrangerband
* https://www.roboticempire.com/store
* http://www.facebook.com/RoboticEmpire