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Big update! New items from TORCHE, BLACK TUSK and even more extreme sales!!


TORCHE is one of the few bands that we’ve been alongside for the entire ride, from inception up to present activity. We love this band, they are seriously awesome dudes who write seriously catchy, heavy music. It always feels good to post updates in regards to TORCHE and today we’re happy to announce their two full-length albums have been newly re-pressed on vinyl.

Meanderthal is the album that took TORCHE from the underground to the semi-aboveground. It was on many best-of lists in 2008 (including the #1 spot in the fantastic Decibel Magazine). As it turned out, this ended up being their final album with 2nd guitarist Juan Montoya* and the end of the first era of the band. We ultimately outdid ourselves (and many others) with the first layout/packaging for this thing, with two die-cut tri-folding LP jackets attached together…. and while we would’ve loved to keep it in print that way, it just wasn’t financially feasible. So in an effort to keep one of our favorite albums in print, a new and somewhat simplified version of Meanderthal has been newly re-pressed.


Now packaged in a standalone gatefold jacket, Montoya and Aaron Turner’s original artwork has been mostly kept intact, and overall it still looks pretty damn killer (photo proof). We’re glad there was a way to keep this album in print, as it truly is stellar! 2000 more of this have been pressed, with standard black vinyl available along with three “color in color” versions of oranges, silvers and yellows, as well as a red/white/blue tri-blend) . The ones photographed above compliment the layout quite well, and we’re happy to announce that this is now available again in the Robotic Empire – Online Store.

+ We also have a small amount of the original/deluxe jacket version, as described above. Last copies available anywhere. +


In addition to Meanderthal finally being available on vinyl again, we’re now up to the fifth(!) pressing of the Self-Titled Reissue debut LP. This time around we kept the color vinyl (relatively) simple for a change and went with a Jah-inspired rasta tri-blend! 1000 more copies for this pressing (500 black, 500 rasta jawns), also available now in the Robotic Empire – Online Store.

++ Both Meanderthal and the Self-Titled Reissue LPs are now nicely priced at $11.99 each, about 4 bucks cheaper than before for S/T and $8 cheaper for Meander. ++

All of this recent TORCHE activity is culminating just in time for a massive summer tour (dates below), hot on the heels of guitarist/vocalist Steve Brooks “other” band FLOOR just completing their first proper US tour in eight years! We recently re-pressed the FLOOR Below & Beyond discography 8xCD set for their tour and still have some copies in stock. Seeing as how the band may be (relatively) dormant for a while with TORCHE getting busy again, we’ve just discounted the 8xCD FLOOR set to $29.99 , which can be found now in the Robotic Empire – Online Store. We also have a slew of classic FLOOR t-shirts available and are now down to the last half dozen (or less) copies of the ultramega 10xLP, 1×7″, 8xCD, 32-page-booklet deluxe vinyl edition… Seriously: last chance to dance on that beaut!

As we mentioned above, TORCHE is hitting the road for a substantial US tour, co-headlining alongside BIG BUSINESS (plus HELMS ALEE or THRONES, depending on what part of the country you’re in). The “new guy” 2nd guitarist (and longtime Robo-ally) Andrew Elstner** is firmly in the band now and they are officially on fire once again! Wisely witness this commotion IRL:

w/ BIG BUSINESS & HELMS ALEE:
7/07 Houston, TX @ Fitzgerald’s Downstairs
7/08 Baton Rouge, LA @ Spanish Moon
7/09 Birmingham, AL @ Bottletree Cafe
7/11 Tampa, FL @ The Orpheum
7/12 Miami, FL @ Churchill’s
7/13 Orlando, FL @ The Social
7/14 Atlanta, GA @ EARL
7/15 Greensboro, NC @ Greene Street Club
7/16 Washington, DC @ Rock and Roll Hotel
7/17 Baltimore, MD @ The Ottobar
7/19 Philadelphia, PA @ First Unitarian Church
7/20 Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
7/21 Cambridge, MA @ Middle East Downstairs
7/22 Buffalo, NY @ Mohawk Place
7/23 Cleveland Heights, OH @ Grog Shop
7/24 Newport, KY @ The Historic Southgate House
7/25 Grand Rapids, MI @ The Pyramid Scheme
7/26 Detriot, MI @ Magic Stick
7/27 Indianapolis, IN @ The Hoosier Dome
7/28 Chicago, IL @ The Bottom Lounge
7/29 Minneapolis, MN @ Triple Rock Social Club
7/30 Omaha, NE @ The Waiting Room
7/31 Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater
8/02 Salt Lake City, UT @ Club Vegas
8/03 Boise, ID @ Neurolux
8/04 Seattle, WA @ Neumo’s

w/ BIG BUSINESS & THRONES:
8/05 Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre
8/06 San Francisco, CA @ Slim’s
8/07 West Hollywood, CA @ The Troubadour
8/08 San Diego, CA @ The Casbah
8/09 Scottsdale, AZ @ Martini Ranch
8/10 Albuquerque, NM @ Launchpad
8/12 Dallas, TX @ Club Dada
8/13 San Antonio, TX @ Korova
8/14 Austin, TX @ Red 7

TORCHE-related footnotes:
* Juan Montoya is now playing in MONSTRO, who recently signed to Vagrant (wtf?) and are going on tour with KYUSS and THE SWORD in September/October. Congrats Juan!
** Andrew Elstner was in the criminally underrated RIDDLE OF STEEL and is simultaneously now in the also criminally underrated TILTS. Check them out ASAP.

In addition to all the TORCHE related news, we have also expanded our already outlandish store-wide sales! For the rest of the month, 99% of the 7″ EPs we carry are reduced further to only $1.99 apiece. That now matches our store-wide CD sale of just $1.99 per CD, CD-R, 3″miniCD, etc, etc etc. We got a little crazy there, but are only remaining this insane until the end of the month as we’ve actually cleared a good amount of much-needed space. Still lots of great items available at dirt cheap prices (including newly discounted CANNABIS CORPSE sweatpants), please check out the Robotic Empire – Online Store for all of our ridiculous discounts.


We’ve also got a meaty update as far as new items & restocks go! One big score this time around is the original BLACK TUSK demo EP, The Fallen Kingdom, finally pressed to wax by our homies at Hyperrealist. Eight songs, badass Baizley artworkin, raw sludgey goodness as only the dirty South knows how to properly do… and oh yeah, some logo-matched yellow vinyl copies too if you’re quick! Chop chop.

In addition to that jammer, we’ve got new stock from ANNIHILATION TIME (the II LP reissue with limited bonus 7″), CAPSULE‘s righteous new No Ghost album on ltd color vinyl, CHURCH OF MISERY and EYEHATEGOD essentials from Emetic, the unstoppable FELL VOICES LP from Gilead brethren, horribly difficult to obtain Throne imports (FLESHPRESS, LUDICRA, UNEARTHLY TRANCE), lotsa skramz (DANSE MACABRE, DOLCIM, HER BREATH ON GLASS, etc) for all the screamos out there, KICKING SPIT‘s awesome debut 12″, PYGMY LUSH‘s unbearably good Old Friends album on import wax (with slightly different artwork), and heaps more killer stuff.

For restocks, we’ve got ARKTIKA, CANNABIS CORPSE, COMADRE, ELECTRIC WIZARD, GIANTS, MEWITHOUTYOU, SALOME, THOU, TITAN and more! Here’s the full list:

NEW ITEMS:
* Annihilation Time – II – BLUE COLORED VINYL 12″+7″ (Tank Crimes) – $11.99
* ANS / Ramming Speed – Split 12″ (Tank Crimes) – $9.99
* Austrasian Goat, The / Hollow Sunshine – Split 12″ (Vendetta) – $14.99
* Big Eyes – Self-Titled Cassette (Tank Crimes) – $4.99
* Black Tusk – The Fallen Kingdom – BLACK VINYL 12″ (Hyperrealist) – $14.99
* Black Tusk – The Fallen Kingdom – YELLOW COLORED VINYL 12″ (Hyperrealist) – $14.99
* Capsule – No Ghost – GREY COLORED VINYL 12″ (Rorschach) – $12.99
* Church Of Misery – Volume 1 12″+7″ (Emetic) – $19.99
* Danse Macabre – Einerseits Andererseits 10″ (React With Protest) – $9.99
* Dead To A Dying World – Self-Titled – GREEN COLORED VINYL 2×12″ (Tofu Carnage) – $26.99
* Dolcim – We Carry The Fire 12″ (React With Protest) – $10.99
* Electro Quarterstaff – Aykroyd 12″ (War On Music) – $11.99
* Eyehategod – Dopesick – BLACK COVER VERSION VINYL 2×12″ (Emetic) – $19.99
* Eyehategod – Dopesick – WHITE COVER VERSION VINYL 2×12″ (Emetic) – $19.99
* Eyehategod – In The Name Of Suffering 2×12″ (Emetic) – $19.99
* Eyehategod – Take As Needed For Pain 2×12″ (Emetic) – $19.99
* Fell Voices – Untitled 12″ (Gilead Media) – $13.99
* Fleshpress – Rebuild / Crumble 12″ (Throne) – $14.99
* Fleshpress – No Return 12″ (Throne) – $14.99
* For Want Of – Self-Titled 7″ (Resuscitate) – $4.99
* Gehenna – Malice – RED ORANGE COLORED VINYL 3×12″ (Dark Symphonies) – $54.99
* Her Breath On Glass – We Aimed Straight Down – RED BLACK COLORED VINYL 12″ (IFB) – $9.99
* Kicking Spit – Psychrockbullsh!t – WHITE COLORED VINYL 12″ (Tank Crimes) – $9.99
* Ludicra – The Tenant 2×12″ (Throne) – $29.99
* Pygmy Lush – Old Friends – BLACK IMPORT VINYL 12″ (Adagio830) – $14.99
* Pygmy Lush – Old Friends – RED COLORED IMPORT VINYL 12″ (Adagio830) – $14.99
* Resurrectionists / Battle Of Wolf 359 – Split 10″ (React With Protest) – $10.99
* Suma / Unearthly Trance – Collaboration 12″ (Throne) – $19.99
* Torche – Self-Titled Reissue – RASTA COLORED VINYL 12″ (Robotic Empire) – $14.99
* Torche – Meanderthal – CUBAN FLAG COLORED VINYL 12″ (Robotic Empire) – $11.99
* Torche – Meanderthal – ORANGE BLOB COLORED VINYL 12″ (Robotic Empire) – $11.99
* Torche – Meanderthal – TAINTED SILVER COLORED VINYL 12″ (Robotic Empire) – $11.99
* Torche – Meanderthal – YOLK COLORED VINYL 12″ (Robotic Empire) – $11.99
* Velnias – Sovereign Nocturnal 12″ (Vendetta) – $9.99

RESTOCKS:
* Arktika – At Zero 2×12″ – COLORED VINYL (Narsharda) – $19.99
* Arktika – Heartwrencher 12″ – GREEN SPLATTER COLORED VINYL (Narshardaa) – $12.99
* Cannabis Corpse – The Weeding 12″ – ORANGEL COLORED VINYL (Tank Crimes) – $9.99
* Comadre – Wolf Ticket 12″ (Adagio 830) – $14.99
* Electric Wizard – Dopethrone T-Shirt – Size: EXTRA LARGE (Eat Death) – $11.99
* Electric Wizard – Dopethrone T-Shirt – Size: LARGE (Eat Death) – $11.99
* Electric Wizard – Dopethrone T-Shirt – Size: MEDIUM (Eat Death) – $11.99
* Electric Wizard – Dopethrone T-Shirt – Size: SMALL (Eat Death) – $11.99
* Giants – Old Stories 12″ – SPLATTER COLORED VINYL (Cavity) – $9.99
* Mewithoutyou – AB Life 12″ – BROWN COLORED VINYL (Gilead) – $14.99
* Mewithoutyou – Catch For Us the Foxes 12″ – RED COLORED VINYL (Gilead) – $14.99
* Omega Massif / Mount Logan – Split 12″ – CLOUD GREY VINYL (Vendetta) – $10.99
* Salome – Self-Titled 12″ (Vendetta) – $12.99
* Stirling Says – Balboa 12″ (Adagio) – $9.99
* Thou / Human Intruder – Split 7″ (Dead Earth) – $5.99
* Titan – Colossus 12″ (React With Protest) – $12.99
* Torche – Meanderthal – [DELUXE JACKET] BLACK VINYL 12″ (Robotic Empire) – $19.99

Not a bad update after a slight gap there, hopefully something caught your eye and you’re keen to hit the Robotic Empire – Online Store.

Last but not least, a quick update on a few current projects: both THOU and PG.99 will see new vinyl on Robotic Empire in early August! We’ve got a “megaEP” for THOU at the plants now titled The Archer & The Owle, and while we may obviously be biased, it absolutely rules! The PG.99 release is the long-overdue vinyl treatment of their Singles collection, along with a repress of the Document #8 album, both to coincide with their (now sold out) pending reunion at Best Friends Day in Richmond this August. We’re hoping to have those for sale sometime in July or August, depending on when things wrap up.

That’s it for now, please hit up the Robotic Empire – Online Store if you can! Peace!

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TEST PRESS BONANZA – auctioning a ton of rare stuff – ISIS, RED SPAROWES, GRAILS, etc

Title sums it up pretty well. Ebayin’ a small boatload of personal and/or archived rarities. Time to shed a little weight:

http://search.ebay.com/_W0QQsassZroboticempire

* BAD SECRETS 9″ TEST PRESS AS A 10″ young widows pelican
* CANNABIS CORPSE blunted 12″ 1st press!! municipal waste
* DEAD MACHINES future 10″ UNPLAYED! wolf eyes john olson
* DEATH PROOF SOUNDTRACK 12″ LP vinyl!! Quentin Tarantino
* DRUM MACHINE MADNESS 7″ TESTPRESS agoraphobic nosebleed
* GHASTLY CITY SLEEP – 12″ TEST PRESS city of caterpillar
* GRAILS – Burden/Redlight rare 2xLP SET! ltd 200 om sunn
* GRAILS – Take Refuge In Clean Living 12″ LP om kayo dot
    (rare PURPLE VINYL from the 1st press, limited to 200)
* HELMS ALEE – s/t 12″ RAREST VERSION /200 harkonen botch
* HOUSE OF LOW CULTURE 7″ TEST PRESS! isis neurosis boris
* ISIS – Panopticon 2xLP 1st press TEST PRESS SET pelican
* ISIS – Panopticon 2xLP remastered re-press TEST PRESSES
* ISIS panopticon RARE 12″ LP side-B only TEST PRESS tool
* ISIS – Panopticon 2×12″ LP neurosis mastodon 7 converge
    (1st press on RARE opaque ORANGE vinyl limited to 212)
* ISIS – Oceanic Remixes 4x 12″ TEST SET! jesu mr. bungle
    (FULL 4LP TEST PRESS SET! only complete set available)
* ISIS – Oceanic Remix Vol. 1 12″ TEST PRESS khanate sunn
* ISIS – Oceanic Remix Vol. 2 LP TEST PRESS jesu godflesh
* ISIS – Oceanic Remix Vol. 3 12″ TEST PRESS! mike patton
* MAGRUDERGRIND /SHITSTORM 12″ TEST PRESS torche baroness
* MANNEQUIN / TRANSISTOR TRANSISTOR 7″ TEST PRESS! orchid
* MASTODON – Blood Mountain 12″ LP WHITE! slayer converge
* MENEGUAR -Strangers In Our House 12″ OOP built to spill
* PG.99 – document #5 RARE 12″ LP 7 page99 screamo orchid
* PYGMY LUSH – Bitter River 12″ TEST PRESS! pg.99 page 99
* RED SPAROWES at the soundless dawn LP 12″ isis neurosis
    (rare 2x LP TEST PRESS SET! limited to just 10 copies)
* RED SPAROWES / GRAILS – 12″ TEST PRESS om shrinebuilder
* RED SPAROWES/GREGOR SAMSA lp TEST PRESS mogwai sparrows
* THE SHAKERS Omaha The Cat Dancer PIC LP 12″ REED WALLER
* STOP IT – Demo 10″ city of caterpillar kidcrash screamo
    (rare tour-only TEST PRESS EDITION -ltd to 150 copies)
* U.S. CHRISTMAS s/t 12″ LP COLOR VINYL neurosis hawkwind

Everything ends the evening of Sunday, March 7th.

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Thanks.

CANNABIS CORPSE sweatpants, random OOP colored vinyl found, huge update, etc!

This week’s update to the Robotic Empire – Online Store is pretty outlandish. From new sweatpants and warehouse finds of rare vinyl, to all kinds of rad distro vinyl, cds, tapes, shirts etc… we’re feelin pretty good about this small mountain of underground weirdness for ya.


When CANNABIS CORPSE asked if we wanted to print up some sweatpants for them, we just couldn’t say no. It doesn’t get much more classically metal than SWEAT PANTS, but we took the band’s logo design to the next level by adding “BONG R.I.P. 666″ in the same style running down the other leg. Yep, weedy green print running down each leg on a surprisingly comfortable pair of black sweatpants. Plus pockets on each side and the back!? You’ll be moving back into mom’s basement in no time!

Beyond this awesome/absurd addition to our CANNABIS CORPSE merch arsenal, we’ve also re-stocked on a pile of rad shirts from Warlord, plus some (pretty difficult to get) new import shirts from screamo stalwarts COMADRE. If actual music’s your bag instead of threads, the new stuff we got this time around is all over the map. The overt brutality of much of the BURMESE catalog (finally stocked on vinyl), grinding mayhem galore from German label Power It Up, plus a variety of import cassettes from Pure Mind.

On the re-stock tip, we unearthed a bunch of random sold out colored vinyl in a sweet warehouse find of some old Robo stuff. We also made a killer trade with HELMS ALEE and are now the only folks out there with their sought-after debut/demo 1-sided 12″! This was something we able to stock only once before due to the label basically vanishing afterwards, and this self-titled 12″ sold out super quick last time. The packaging for it is pretty outrageous too, with silk-screened ink on nearly every element of the release. Plus some more copies of OLD MAN GLOOM 2xLPs on color vinyl, along with PIZZA‘s killer debut LP and we’re pretty amped on all this re-stock stuff too. Here’s a list of the whole shebang:

NEW ITEMS:
* 7000 Dying Rats – Fanning the Flames of Fire 12″ (Invisible) $9.99
* Agathocles – Mincer 12″ (Power It Up) $12.99
* Bathtub Sh!tter – Sh!tter At Salzgitter CD (Power It Up) $12.99
* Birdflesh – Mongo Musicale 12″ (Power It Up) $12.99
* Burmese – A Mere Shadow and Reminiscence of Humanity 12″ (Tumult) $9.99
* Burmese – Men 12″ (Load) $9.99
* Burmese – Monkeys Tear Man to Shreds – RED COLORED VINYL 12″ (Enterruption) $12.99
* Burmese – White – WHITE COLORED VINYL 12″ (Planaria) $12.99
* Burmese / Cadaver Eyes – Split CD (Heart & Crossbones) $7.99
* Cannabis Corpse – Bong R.I.P. 666 – Size: EXTRA LARGE Sweatpants (Robotic Empire) $19.99
* Cannabis Corpse – Bong R.I.P. 666 – Size: LARGE Sweatpants (Robotic Empire) $19.99
* Cannabis Corpse – Bong R.I.P. 666 – Size: MEDIUM Sweatpants (Robotic Empire) $19.99
* Cannabis Corpse – Bong R.I.P. 666 – Size: SMALL Sweatpants (Robotic Empire) $19.99
* Comadre – A Wolf Ticket Cassette (Pure Minds) $8.99
* Comadre – Flower Size: LARGE T-Shirt (Pure Minds) $14.99
* Comadre – Flower Size: MEDIUM T-Shirt (Pure Minds) $14.99
* Comadre – Flower Size: SMALL T-Shirt (Pure Minds) $14.99
* Cripple Bastards – Variante alla Morte 12″ (Power It Up) $12.99
* Embalming Theatre / Swarrrm – Split CD (Power It Up) $12.99
* Extreme Noise Terror – Law Of Retaliation 12″ (Power It Up) $12.99
* Flying Luttenbachers, The – Systems Emerge From Complete Disorder 12″ (Troubleman Unlimited) $9.99
* Flying Luttenbachers, The – The Void 12″ (Troubleman Unlimited) $9.99
* Forbes / Young / Walter – American Free 12″ (UGExplode) $9.99
* Insult – Emo-Bashing Fastcore Pimps 12″ (Power It Up) $12.99
* Leng T’Che / F#&k The Facts – Split – CLEAR COLORED VINYL 7″ (Power It Up) $4.99
* Leng T’Che / F#&k The Facts – Split CD (Power It Up) $12.99
* Massgrave – 5 Years Of Grinding Crust Core CD (Power It Up) $12.99
* Om – Conference of the Birds 12″ (Holy Mountain) $9.99
* Suppository / Regurgitate – Split CD (Power It Up) $12.99
* Total F#&king Destruction – Peace, Love and Total F#&king Destruction Cassette (Pure Minds) $8.99
* Unholy Grave / Kadaverficker – Split 7″ (Power It Up) $4.99
* Why – The Early Whitney 12″ (Anticon) $9.99
* Why – The Sanddollars 12″ (Anticon) $9.99
* XBXRX – Sixth In Sixes CD (Polyvinyl) $7.99
* XBXRX – Wars CD (Polyvinyl) $7.99

RESTOCKS:
* At The Gates – Gardens Of Grief T-Shirt – Size: EXTRA LARGE (Warlord) $11.99
* At The Gates – Gardens Of Grief T-Shirt – Size: LARGE (Warlord) $11.99
* At The Gates – Gardens Of Grief T-Shirt – Size: MEDIUM (Warlord) $11.99
* At The Gates – Gardens Of Grief T-Shirt – Size: SMALL (Warlord) $11.99
* Battle Of Mice / Jesu – Split 12″ CLEAR/BLACK COLORED VINYL (Robotic Empire) $15.99
* Burmese / POTOP – Split 12″ (Crucificados) $12.99
* Helms Alee – Self-Titled 1-Sided 12″ WHITE COLORED VINYL (Rome Plow) $14.99
* His Hero Is Gone – Monuments T-Shirt – Size: EXTRA LARGE (Warlord) $12.99
* His Hero Is Gone – Monuments T-Shirt – Size: LARGE (Warlord) $12.99
* His Hero Is Gone – Monuments T-Shirt – Size: MEDIUM (Warlord) $12.99
* His Hero Is Gone – Monuments T-Shirt – Size: SMALL (Warlord) $12.99
* His Hero Is Gone – Skin Feast T-Shirt – Size: EXTRA LARGE (Warlord) $12.99
* His Hero Is Gone – Skin Feast T-Shirt – Size: LARGE (Warlord) $12.99
* His Hero Is Gone – Skin Feast T-Shirt – Size: MEDIUM (Warlord) $12.99
* His Hero Is Gone – Skin Feast T-Shirt – Size: SMALL (Warlord) $12.99
* Isis – Live IV 2×12″ HONEY VINYL [clear brown] (Robotic Empire) $24.99
* Neurosis – Given To The Rising 2×12″ (Neurot) $22.99
* Old Man Gloom – Christmas – RED GREEN COLORED VINYL 2×12″ (Magic Bullet) $19.99
* Old Man Gloom – Seminar II – BLUE COLORED VINYL 2×12″ (Magic Bullet) $19.99
* Pizza – Midnight Creature Party 12″ (Sterling) $12.99
* Red Sparowes – Every Red Heart Shines Toward The Red Sun 2×12″ – GOLD COLORED VINYL (Robotic Empire) $19.99
* Spazz – Goat T-Shirt – Size: LARGE (Warlord) $12.99
* Spazz – Goat T-Shirt – Size: MEDIUM (Warlord) $12.99
* Spazz – Goat T-Shirt – Size: SMALL (Warlord) $12.99
* Torche – In Return 10″+CD *MAROON SWIRL COLORED VINYL (Robotic Empire) $14.99
* Torche – In Return 10″+CD *PINK COLORED VINYL (Robotic Empire) $14.99
* Ultra Dolphins – Mar 12″ CLEAR WITH RED COLORED VINYL (Robotic Empire) $12.99
* Wasted Time – Futility 12″ (Grave Mistake) $9.99
* Zann – Three Years In The Desert Cassette (Pure Minds) $8.99

Two final things also worth mentioning: the last few weeks’ updates have been roughly on par with substantiality, so please check those out here. We’re also still running the buy-$50-getta-free-Robo-shirt offer until the end of the month, so be sure to hit that up if you buy 50 bucks or more worth of stuff. Thank you!

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TORCHE – Meanderthal 12" 2nd press, HELMS ALEE 12" & more!!!


OK folks it’s that time again: a new vinyl update from Robotic Empire! We were unfortunately the last folks to be selling the first pressing of TORCHE‘s gargantuan new release Meanderthal due to circumstances beyond our control, and we’re towards the back of the line on the second press as well. But we’re still totally amped on how this beast turned out, and are pleased to announce that the second pressing of Meanderthal is now available in the Robotic Empire Online Store.

This second pressing was made on six colors, ludicrously named the following:

* CHERRY BURST – 400 copies
* ICE STORM – 200 copies
* LIZARD SKIN – 400 copies
* MAGMA – 400 copies
* ROCKSLIDE – 200 copies
* TAPWATER – 400 copies


The reason for these names is because when backlit, the records look almost completely different… and sound exactly the same! The same great tunes are still jam-packed into this vinyl, and we’re really stoked on how this pressing turned out. For anyone still unfamiliar with what we’re talking about here, here’s our always-hyperbolic description for this album:

Can a band be absolutely crushing yet legendarily anthemic… at the same time? Miami’s TORCHE have not only figured this out, they’ve mastered it. Their third release, Meanderthal, is simultaneously oppressive and powerfully uplifting. Like that invincible feeling you get when love is new, mixed with the heaviest soundtrack imaginable. TORCHE’s gargantuan return to their patented megaheavy pop ’n roll streamlines their form into brief and precise slabs of song-writing brilliance. Prepare to headbang while singing along at the top of your collapsed lungs, as Meanderthal surpasses all groundwork laid by TORCHE’s self-titled debut and last year’s In Return EP. Copious hooks abound, psychedelic swarms of drone weave amongst riff-wizardry… while the sheer heavyness is downright overwhelming. Robotic Empire goes huge on their most ludicrously elaborate packaging yet, while TORCHE absolutely level the earth with their finest work to date.

* Several MP3s from Meanderthal can be heard on TORCHE‘s Myspace page.

A few other new items and restocks have also been added to our Online Store this week, with last week’s update following below…

NEW ITEMS: (for week of 09/30/08)
* Chronic Youth – First Demo Cassette (Self Released) – $4.99
* Nadja – Trembled CD (Utech) – $14.99
* Off Minor – Some Blood 12″ (Paramnesia) – $12.99
* Teenage Cool Kids – Queer Salutations / Remember Me As A Silhouette Cassette (Crooked Direction) – $5.50
* Torche – Meanderthal – CHERRY BURST COLORED VINYL 12″ (Robotic Empire) – $19.99
* Torche – Meanderthal – ICE STORM COLORED VINYL 12″ (Robotic Empire) – $19.99
* Torche – Meanderthal – LIZARD SKIN COLORED VINYL 12″ (Robotic Empire) – $19.99
* Torche – Meanderthal – MAGMA COLORED VINYL 12″ (Robotic Empire) – $19.99
* Torche – Meanderthal – PURPLE COLORED VINYL 12″ (Robotic Empire) – $19.99
* Torche – Meanderthal – ROCKSLIDE COLORED VINYL 12″ (Robotic Empire) – $19.99
* Torche – Meanderthal – TAPWATER COLORED VINYL 12″ (Robotic Empire) – $19.99
* Valkyrie – Man Of Two Visions CD (Noble Origin) – $10.99

RESTOCKS: (for week of 09/30/08)
* A Fine Boat That Coffin / Am I Dead Yet / Mock Heroic / Utarid – Split 12″ (React With Protest) – $11.99
* Alcest – Souvenirs D’Un Autre Monde – BROWN COLORED VINYL 12″ (Hyperrealist) – $14.99
* Black Tusk – Passage Through Purgatory CD+DVD (Hyperrealist) – $9.99
* Brainstorm / Dead Friends – Split Cassette (Vinyl Rites) – $4.99
* Cream Abdul Babar / Teen Cthulhu – Split CD (Hyperrealist) – $7.99
* Dead Hate The Living, The – Shock and Awe CD (Hyperrealist) – $8.99
* Get Rad – Say Fuck No To Rules, Man CD (Hyperrealist) – $8.99
* In First Person – Self-Titled CD (Paramnesia) – $7.99
* La Quiete – La Fine Non E La Fine 10″ (React With Protest) – $11.99
* Memento Mori – Discography CD (Hyperrealist) – $8.99
* Various Artists – Emo Apocalypse 12″ (React With Protest) – $13.99


We also just recently dropped the new HELMS ALEE full-length debut, Night Terror, which we are mildly afraid of being criminally overlooked. This band is definitely on the next-level as far as merging heavyness and melody… almost akin to TORCHE but with a very distinct, different spin for sure. The CD version of this album was also released by our big bro’s at Hydra Head, and we’re pumped to get to release the vinyl for such a crucial band. This is available now in our Online Store, and here’s our description of this bad mofo…:

Seattle has been no stranger to dirty, heavy bands… but newcomers HELMS ALEE propel the city’s longrunning music reputation to the next level of awesomeness. Marrying the best parts of grunge and the rock trinity of punk, indie and stoner varieties, this powerful trio lay waste with their debut album Night Terror. Ten tracks that run the gamut of psychedelic grit, western-ish drugged out drone jams, delicate melodic passages and most of all, ferociously crushing heavy rock. These truly hypnotic songs also benefit from a healthy balance of soaring vocals into the triumphant chorus of male and female yells. The sheer magnitude of said awesomeness is pretty incredible for a relatively new band, but years in the trial-by-fire underground and a band member building their own amps only ups the ante. Add in percussion unafraid of crashing and clanging like a tornado and you’ve got a thunderous debut of shoegazer bliss mixed perfectly with hessian heaven. HELMS ALEE are poised to level with their debut longplayer, and Robotic Empire is proud to present it to you.

* Several MP3s from Night Terror can be heard on HELMS ALEE‘s Myspace page.

It’s also worth noting that members of HELMS ALEE have previously done time in HARKONEN & THESE ARMS ARE SNAKES and currently LOZEN! Night Terror was printed on very heavy reverse-board cardstock, and pressed in the following quantities:

* 203 on ALGAE BLOOM
* 203 on PEACH
* 620 on BLACK

Along with these kickass LPs, we also stocked a whole mess of other killer music for the Robotic Empire Online Store, including the following:

NEW ITEMS: (for week of 09/23/08)
* Across Tundras – Dark Songs of the Prairie – CLEAR SPLATTER COLORED VINYL 12″ (Kreation) – $14.99
* Across Tundras – Dark Songs of the Prairie – SILVER SPLATTER COLORED VINYL 12″ (Kreation) – $14.99
* Anduin – Forever Waiting – GREY COLORED VINYL 12″+CD (SMTG) – $11.99
* Anduin – Forever Waiting CD (SMTG) – $7.99
* Audible Delusions Ensemble – Winters Weapon CD (Heathen Skulls) – $9.99
* Black Widow – Night Of The Raven CD (Heathen Skulls) – $9.99
* Blarke Bayer / Black Widow – Arctic Blast CD (Heathen Skulls) – $9.99
* Blarke Bayer / Black Widow – Presents I.B CD (Heathen Skulls) – $9.99
* Coffins – Mortuary of Darkness – CLEAR GREEN COLORED VINYL 2×12″ (Kreation) – $18.99
* Coffins – Mortuary of Darkness – GRREN BLACK COLORED VINYL 2×12″ (Kreation) – $19.99
* Coffins – Mortuary of Darkness – SPLATTER COLORED VINYL 2×12″ (Kreation) – $19.99
* Fear Power God – Spoken Word CD (Blackhouse) – $10.99
* Foot Village – Self-Titled – WHITE COLORED VINYL 7″ (Rock is Hell) – $8.99
* Grey Daturas – Blood Trail CD-R (Heathen Skulls) – $7.99
* Grey Daturas – Return To Disruption CD (Heathen Skulls) – $9.99
* Helms Alee – Night Terror – ALGAE BLOOM COLORED VINYL 12″ (Robotic Empire) – $14.99
* Helms Alee – Night Terror – BLACK VINYL 12″ (Robotic Empire) – $14.99
* Helms Alee – Night Terror – PEACH COLORED VINYL 12″ (Robotic Empire) – $14.99
* Indian – Slights and Abuse – CLEAR COLORED VINYL 12″ (Seventh Rule) – $11.99
* Indian – The Sycophant – BLOOD ORANGE COLORED VINYL 12″ (Seventh Rule) – $11.99
* Light Yourself On Fire – Intimacy – CMYK SPLATTER 12″ (Seventh Rule) – $12.99
* Nachtmystium – Eulogy IV – BLACK WHITE COLORED VINYL 12″ (Kreation) – $14.99
* Nachtmystium – Eulogy IV – CLEAR WHITE BLACK SPLATTER COLORED VINYL 12″ (Kreation) – $16.99
* Sasqrotch – Self-Titled – WHITE COLORED VINYL 7″ (Rock is Hell) – $8.99
* Supermachiner – Rise – BLACK VINYL 2×12″ (E-Vinyl) – $17.99
* Wetnurse – Invisible City – GREEN BLACK SPLATTER COLORED VINYL 2×12″ (Seventh Rule) – $19.99
* Who Calls So Loud – Self-Titled – GREEN BLACK COLORED VINYL 7″ (Protagonist) – $10.99
* Who Calls So Loud – Self-Titled – MINT GREEN COLORED VINYL 12″ (Protagonist) – $10.99
* Yob – Catharsis – WHITE BLACK COLORED VINYL 12″ (Kreation) – $15.99
* Zann / Burial Year – Split – BLACK VINYL 12″ (Adagio830) – $20.99
* Zs – Self-Titled – WHITE COLORED VINYL 7″ (Rock is Hell) – $8.99

RESTOCKS: (for week of 09/23/08)
* Antlers – Self-Titled Cassette (The Perpetual Motion Machine) – $4.99
* Indian – The Unquiet Sky 2×12″ (Seventh Rule) – $17.99
* New Electric – Self-Titled Cdep (The Perpetual Motion Machine) – $5.99
* Plague Bringer – As The Ghosts Collect CD (Seventh Rule) – $10.99
* Snack Truck – Harpoon CD (The Perpetual Motion Machine) – $7.99
* Sweet Cobra – Praise CD (Seventh Rule) – $10.99
* Tigershark – Limited Tour Cassette (The Perpetual Motion Machine) – $5.99
* Total Shutdown / XBXRX – Split 2×5″ (Rock is Hell) – $13.99
* Wow, Owls! – Pick Your Patterns CD (The Perpetual Motion Machine) – $8.99
* Zach Hill & Mick Barr – Vol. 2 12″ (Rock is Hell) – $20.99

That pretty much wraps things up for this update… some major stuff here folks, and we thank you in advance for checking it all out! Peace!

Robotic Empire – Online Store

p.s. although we’re not selling it yet, everyone needs to check out the new YOUNG WIDOWS album Old Wounds on Temporary Residence… if you haven’t already. Hands down one of the best albums of the year from some solid dudes down in Louisville, and their best work to date!

Pressing info for HELMS ALEE and TORCHE – Meanderthal first press

Some folks have wanted to know the pressing info for some of our recent releases, so for the ones not currently listed here’s what we’ve got for you. A more comprehensive update to our “discography” page will commence soon. In the meantime…

HELMS ALEE – Night Terror 12″ pressing info:
* 203 on BLUE / GREEN w/ SPLATTER
* 203 on PEACH
* 620 on BLACK
* 5 TEST PRESSES (all went to the band)

TORCHE’s – Meanderthal 12″ pressing info:
The first press for this was quite a mess as far as organization and counting goes (for a variety of reasons), so we will probably never have an accurate count on exacty how many were made. We do have approximate numbers, which we can estimate as follows:

* 1000 as picture discs
* 800 on black vinyl
* 400 on yellow vinyl
* 400 on purple vinyl
* 350 on white vinyl
* 200 on orange vinyl
* 50 blank label test presses (all given to the band and Hydra Head)

The second press (splatter) of Meanderthal is starting to trickle out there, and we’ll have it available as soon as possible… which won’t be as long of a wait as last time, promise! In the meantime, we do have current copies of both releases available in our Online Store.

Hope that clears some things up, thanks for the interest.