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New releases & re-presses from THOU, HEWHOCORRUPTS, SHITSTORM, SUFFOCATE FOR FUCK SAKE and more!


We are psyched to announce that the previously (and quickly) sold out THOU EP, Baton Rouge, You Have Much to Answer For, is now available again on both vinyl and cassette. We re-pressed the vinyl on black (1000) and tapes on red (200). Same artwork, same inserts, same music and all… just available again, this time with a sweet corresponding t-shirt printed up as well. The shirt is (reappropriated) artwork from the gatefold LP jacket’s back cover, and turned out really awesome. 2-color front, 1-color back and red & black ink on “athletic grey” sweatshop-free t-shirts; you can see a bigger image of the front artwork here. There’s no package deals or anything set up, but we tried to keep the prices pretty low on all this stuff.

For those living under a rock and still unfamiliar with the grossly prolific THOU, they are easily our favorite southern sludge/doom band in years and a true force to be reckoned with both live and on record. A seething ode to their city of inception, Baton Rouge, You Have Much To Answer For contains by far some of THOU‘s best material released to date, and one of the most downtrodden recordings we’ve been a part of over the past 11+ years of doing this label. It’s an “EP” because it’s 4 songs total, but it’s also over 30 minutes of crushing music, set to the tune of the end of times. Like all of their recordings, its available for free download on their website or if you’re oldschool and want the physical “real thing”, this EP and most of the rest of the available THOU releases are available now in the Robotic Empire – Online Store.

Related to this (but not actually our release) is a killer writeup NPR (!) just gave in regards to both THOU‘s live experience and their new album Summit. Very cool to see such a respected publication shine a little light down into the underground, this time directly onto our friends. You can read the article here and/or pre-order the new Summit CD release from our brethren at Gilead Media (we’ll be stocking it too as soon as its publicly available).


At another end of the hardcore/metal spectrum is the recent HEWHOCORRUPTS Midi of Profits USB Rubber Bracelet release. Attacking capitalism through a more tongue-in-cheek approach (vs THOU‘s somewhat blunt methods), HEWHOCORRUPTS have flown the “corporate grindcore” flag for years, culminating in probably their most absurd release ever (exceeding a credit card-sized CD housed in a wallet, a NSFW split calendar and a 7″ packaged with shredded US currency). Yes, that’s right… this is a functional AND fashionable USB-chip-infused rubber bracelet with meticulously recreated MIDI-based songs held within, inspired in part by their classic Master of Profits EP which displayed a masterful love/hate relationship with METALLICA. Long story short, this 1gb USB chip bracelet is packed with music, videos, tabulator, animated GIFs and other awesome nonsense to justify the pure stupidity of creating this thing. Limited to 200 copies and available now in the Robotic Empire – Online Store.

Beyond the recent label activity, there’s also been a steady stream of killer new stuff and restocks in the Robotic Empire – Online Store. This week we’ve got another “exclusively distributed” item, the new one from Swedish post-metal outfit SUFFOCATE FOR FUCK SAKE. We couldn’t keep their previous stuff in stock, and are the only US outlet you can order this monster 2xLP from. Also new in the expletive-band-name front is the long-awaited blistering split 7″ from SHITSTORM and CONGA FURY, showcasing easily the heaviest n’ fiercest SHITSTORM tracks to date. Solely re-stocking cassettes this week, mostly from our screamy-hardcore-lovin’ Malaysian friends at Utarid, here’s the full list:

NEW ITEMS:
* Black Shape Of Nexus – Mannheim Live Cassette (QSD) $4.99
* Conga Fury / Shitstorm – Split 7″ (To Live A Lie) $4.99
* Daitro – Cendresdes Cendres, Je Me Consume – BLACK VINYL 10″ (Music Fear Satan) $15.99
* Daitro – Cendresdes Cendres, Je Me Consume – CLEAR COLORED VINYL 10″ (Music Fear Satan) $15.99
* Suffocate for Fuck Sake – Blazing Fires and Helicopters on the Front Page of the Newspaper. There’s a March Going on and I’m Marching in Heavyboots 2×12″ (Blue Grass) $24.99
* Thou – Baton Rouge, You Have Much To Answer For – BLACK VINYL 12″ (Robotic Empire) $12.99
* Thou – Harp Lady Size: DOUBLE EXTRA LARGE T-Shirt (Robotic Empire) $10.99
* Thou – Harp Lady Size: EXTRA LARGE T-Shirt (Robotic Empire) $10.99
* Thou – Harp Lady Size: LARGE T-Shirt (Robotic Empire) $10.99
* Thou – Harp Lady Size: MEDIUM T-Shirt (Robotic Empire) $10.99
* Thou – Harp Lady Size: SMALL T-Shirt (Robotic Empire) $10.99
* Thou – Harp Lady Size: YOUTH LARGE T-Shirt (Robotic Empire) $10.99
* Three Steps To The Ocean – Until Today Becomes Yesterday CD (Frohike) $9.99

RESTOCKS:
* Daitro – 2004-2007 Discography Cassette (Utarid) $4.99
* Ghostlimb – Alea Eacta Est Cassette (Utarid) $4.99
* Kidcrash – Snacks Cassette (Utarid) $4.99
* La Quiete – La Fine Non E’ La Fine’ Cassette (Utarid) $4.99
* Osceola – Discography Cassette (Utarid) $4.99
* Thou – Baton Rouge, You Have Much To Answer For Cassette (Robotic Empire) $5.99

Since this round of new jams is pretty short, we figured it was worth mentioning last week’s killer new stuff as well:

NEW ITEMS: (from 07/25/10)
* Dad They Broke Me – ROT 12″+CD (We Empty Rooms) $15.99
* Dove – Self-Titled Cassette (Financial Ruin) $7.99
* Fangs of a TV Evangelist – Self-Titled 12″+CD (We Empty Rooms) $15.99
* Gehenna – Hope Guzzo Bootleg – COLORED VINYL 12″+7″ (A389) $12.99
* Hewhocorrupts – Midi of Profits USB Bracelet (Robotic Empire) $14.99
* Holy Mountain – Diapers Full Live Cassette (Financial Ruin) $5.99
* Integrity – To Die For – RED COLORED VINYL 10″+7″ (A389) $11.99
* Moho – He Visto La Cruz Al RevÈs 12″ (Feast Of Tentacles) $15.99
* Seraphim – Self-Titled – COLORED VINYL 7″ (A389) $4.99
* Souvenir’s Young America – The Name Of The Snake 12″ (Init) $13.99
* Souvenir’s Young America – The Name Of The Snake CD (Init) $9.99
* Thou / The City Is The Tower – Split 12″ (Init) $13.99
* Wolvhammer – Black Marketeers Of World War III CD (Init) $9.99
* Worlds – Unforeseen Paths Cassette (Financial Ruin) $8.99

RESTOCKS: (from 07/25/10)
* Abandoned Hearts Club, The – The Initial Confessions Of CD (Init) $7.99
* Back When – Swords Against The Father 7″ (Init) $4.99
* Battlefields – Stained With The Blood Of An Empire CD (Init) $8.99
* Buried Inside – Chronoclast 12″ – 180GRAM VINYL (Init) $19.99
* Cougar Den – Keepondrifter 12″ – BLUE COLORED VINYL (Init) $12.99
* Integrity – Walpurgisnacht 7″ – COLORED VINYL (A389) $4.99
* Melt Banana – Initial 7″ (Init) $5.99
* Spirit Of Versailles, The – Discography 2xCD (Init) $9.99

There it is folks. Enjoy!
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HEWHOCORRUPTS release "Midi of Profits" USB bracelet (!) on Robotic Empire +big Online Store updates


In the works for a stupidly long time, its kind of amazing we didn’t (completely) spill the beans on this one. Chicago’s HEWHOCORRUPTS are no stranger to weird releases; the “corporate grindcore” outfit have formerly issued a credit card sized CD housed in a wallet, a NSFW split calendar, an EP packaged with shredded money, etc… but this one probably takes the cake.


Midi of Profits is what it’s called, and a frikkin 1gb USB bracelet is what it is: that’s right, we’ve released a rubber USB bracelet with MIDI songs on it. The files in question are meticulously re-created computerized versions of HEWHOCORRUPTS‘ classic Master of Profits EP, but now with MIDI guitars, machine drums and vocoded vocals. An insane amount of time was spent making these completely absurd tracks, and we are blown away with how accurately they digitally reflect the originals.

To spice it up even further, the band includes tablature for all the songs, two classic/incredible/related music videos, album art, credits and more on this fully functional 1gb USB-chip-infused rubber bracelet. Fashionable AND functional, per the HEWHOCORRUPTS corporate mantra. You can wear it and share it, but the only place to get this beaut is through the Robotic Empire – Online Store (and the band themselves). We only made 200 of these bad mamma jammas, so grab one now or forever cry yourself to sleep.

* LISTEN HERE
* ORDER HERE


Appropriately we are also running a large scale sale at the moment, to clear some room for “fresh new stock” per our own corporate mantra. In other words, we’re selling all standalone CDs and DVDs on our site (priced over five bucks) for $2 less than usual right now, even if they’re already discounted! This “clearance special” is only running until the end of the month, so check it out now if you like shiny discs on the cheap!

Beyond those white-collar activities, we also have a host of new jams for all the blue-collar and no-collar punx out there. This week the Robotic Empire – Online Store sees new additions from the absurdly prolific THOU, longtime favorites DOVE, Richmond’s SOUVENIR’S YOUNG AMERICA‘s new one, the revamped INTEGRITY and more. Plus a fairly stacked Init Records restock makes this a sweet little stash o’ stuff:

NEW ITEMS:
* Dad They Broke Me – ROT 12″+CD (We Empty Rooms) $15.99
* Dove – Self-Titled Cassette (Financial Ruin) $7.99
* Fangs of a TV Evangelist – Self-Titled 12″+CD (We Empty Rooms) $15.99
* Gehenna – Hope Guzzo Bootleg – COLORED VINYL 12″+7″ (A389) $12.99
* Hewhocorrupts – Midi of Profits USB Bracelet (Robotic Empire) $14.99
* Holy Mountain – Diapers Full Live Cassette (Financial Ruin) $5.99
* Integrity – To Die For – RED COLORED VINYL 10″+7″ (A389) $11.99
* Moho – He Visto La Cruz Al RevÈs 12″ (Feast Of Tentacles) $15.99
* Seraphim – Self-Titled – COLORED VINYL 7″ (A389) $4.99
* Souvenir’s Young America – The Name Of The Snake 12″ (Init) $13.99
* Souvenir’s Young America – The Name Of The Snake CD (Init) $9.99
* Thou / The City Is The Tower – Split 12″ (Init) $13.99
* Wolvhammer – Black Marketeers Of World War III CD (Init) $9.99
* Worlds – Unforeseen Paths Cassette (Financial Ruin) $8.99

RESTOCKS:
* Abandoned Hearts Club, The – The Initial Confessions Of CD (Init) $7.99
* Back When – Swords Against The Father 7″ (Init) $4.99
* Battlefields – Stained With The Blood Of An Empire CD (Init) $8.99
* Buried Inside – Chronoclast 12″ – 180GRAM VINYL (Init) $19.99
* Cougar Den – Keepondrifter 12″ – BLUE COLORED VINYL (Init) $12.99
* Integrity – Walpurgisnacht 7″ – COLORED VINYL (A389) $4.99
* Melt Banana – Initial 7″ (Init) $5.99
* Spirit Of Versailles, The – Discography 2xCD (Init) $9.99

We also want to mention again the previous two-weeks’ new items & restocks since some really good stuff has come in and been widely overlooked. Here’s all that again:

NEW ITEMS: (from 07/05/10 + 07/18/10)
* Acid King – Free / Down With the Crown 12″ (Kreation) $9.99
* Across Tundras – Old World Wanderer CD (Self Released) $7.99
* Big Trouble In Little China – 4 Song – PINK COLORED VINYL 7″ (No List) $5.99
* Bloody Panda – Summon 2×12″+DVD (20 Buck Spin) $20.99
* Chino Horde – Discography 2×12″ (Adagio830) $18.99
* Comadre – Burn Your Bones, Songs About The Youth Cassette (Pure Minds) $5.99
* Flowers In the Attic – Fingers – Size: MEDIUM T-Shirt (McCarthyism) $6.99
* Flowers In the Attic – Fingers – Size: SMALL T-Shirt (McCarthyism) $6.99
* Ghostlimb – Alea Eacta Est Cassette (Utarid) $5.99
* Gods & Queens – Untitled #2 – 1-SIDED VINYL 12″ (Sons of Vesta) $14.99
* God Is An Astronaut – A Moment Of Stillness 12″ (Revolvermann) $15.99
* God Is An Astronaut – A Moment Of Stillness – BLUE BLACK COLORED VINYL 12″ (Revolvermann) $15.99
* Gok – Mark I Cassette (Revolvermann) $4.99
* Hidden Hand – Aztec Hand – Size: GIRLS LARGE T-Shirt (McCarthyism) $6.99
* Hidden Hand – Aztec Hand – Size: GIRLS SMALL T-Shirt (McCarthyism) $6.99
* Hidden Hand – GREEN Aztec Hand – Size: EXTRA LARGE T-Shirt (McCarthyism) $6.99
* Hidden Hand – GREEN Aztec Hand – Size: LARGE T-Shirt (McCarthyism) $6.99
* Hidden Hand – RED Aztec Hand – Size: EXTRA LARGE T-Shirt (McCarthyism) $6.99
* Hidden Hand – RED Aztec Hand – Size: LARGE T-Shirt (McCarthyism) $6.99
* KEN Mode – Mennonite – COLORED VINYL 3×7″ (No List) $19.99
* KEN Mode – Mennonite Cassette (No List) $7.99
* KEN Mode – Reprisal – RED & GREY COLORED VINYL 2×12″ (No List) $19.99
* Liturgy – Renihilation 12″ (20 Buck Spin) $10.99
* Mass, The – City Of Dis CD (Crucial Blast) $1.99
* Most Precious Blood – Merciless 12″ – WHITE COLORED VINYL 12″ (Bitter Melody) $9.99
* Stirling Says – Balboa 12″ (Adagio830) $9.99
* Stormcrow / Coffins – Split 12″ (20 Buck Spin) $10.99
* Ultra Dolphins – Alien Baby – GLOW IN THE DARK COLORED VINYL 12″ (Rorschach) $11.99

RESTOCKS: (from 07/05/10 + 07/18/10)
* Across Tundras – Dark Songs of the Prairie 12″ – BLACK VINYL (Kreation) $9.99
* Across Tundras – Dark Songs of the Prairie 12″ – SILVER SPLATTER COLORED VINYL (Kreation) $9.99
* Ampere – All Our Tomorrows End Today 10″ – BLACK VINYL (Ebullition) $10.99
* Birthday Boyz – The Bro Cycle 12″ (Life in a Box) $9.99
* Brainworms – Swear To Me 12″ – BLUE COLORED VINYL (Rorschach) $14.99
* Brainworms – Which Is Worse 12″ – PINK ICE BLUE COLORED VINYL (Rorschach) $14.99
* Cannabis Corpse – Bud Monsters T-Shirt – Size: EXTRA LARGE (Robotic Empire) $14.99
* Cannabis Corpse – Bud Monsters T-Shirt – Size: LARGE (Robotic Empire) $14.99
* Cannabis Corpse – Skullbong T-Shirt – Size: MEDIUM (Robotic Empire) $14.99
* Catalyst, The – A Hospital Visit CDep (McCartyism) $6.99
* Coffins – Mortuary of Darkness 2×12″ – SPLATTER COLORED VINYL (Kreation) $19.99
* Comadre – Flower T-Shirt – Size: MEDIUM (Pure Minds) $19.99
* Comadre – Flower T-Shirt – Size: SMALL (Pure Minds) $19.99
* Das Oath – Self-Titled 11″ (Youth Attack) $12.99
* Deadly Sins – 4×7″ (Hater of God) $10.99
* Drowning With Our Anchors – You Can Never Go Home Again 12″ (Adagio 830) $13.99
* Ed Gein – Judas Goats and Dieseleaters 12″ – BROWN/CLEAR VINYL (Hex) $10.99
* Ed Gein – Judas Goats and Dieseleaters 12″ – RED/CLEAR VINYL (Hex) $10.99
* 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
* Fell Voices – Self-Titled 12″ (Human Resources) $12.99
* God Is An Astronaut – The End Of The Beginning 2×12″ (Revolvermann) $20.99
* Hidden Hand, The / Wolly Mammoth Split CD McCarthyism $4.99
* Joshua Fit For Battle – Bring Out Your Dead CD (Electric Human Project) $4.99
* Jumbo’s Killcrane – The Slow Decay CD (Crucial Blast) $3.99
* Little Gold – On The Knife 12″ (Adagio 830) $10.99
* Mouthbreather – Lila 10″ (Adagio) $10.99
* Nachtmystium – Demise 12″ – PURPLE SILVER COLORED VINYL (Kreation) $13.99
* Nachtmystium – Eulogy IV 12″ (Kreation) $14.99
* Nadja / OVO – The Life And Death Of A Wasp 12″ (Adagio) $9.99
* Orchid – Self-Titled [gatefold] CD (Ebullition) $9.99
* Orchid – Self-Titled 12″ – GATEFOLD BLUE COLORED VINYL (Ebullition) $12.99
* Orchid – Totality CD (Clean Plate) $11.99
* Oak & Bone – Self-Titled 7″ (Hex) $4.99
* Pageninetynine – Girl w/ Heart T-Shirt – Size: LARGE (Robotic Empire) $14.99
* Pageninetynine – Girl w/ Heart T-Shirt – Size: MEDIUM (Robotic Empire) $14.99
* Pageninetynine – Girl w/ Heart T-Shirt – Size: SMALL (Robotic Empire) $14.99
* Pageninetynine – Owl T-Shirt – Size: EXTRA LARGE (Robotic Empire) $14.99
* Pageninetynine – Owl T-Shirt – Size: MEDIUM (Robotic Empire) $14.99
* Pageninetynine – Owl T-Shirt – Size: SMALL (Robotic Empire) $14.99
* Pizza – Self-Titled 7″+CD-R – BLACK VINYL (Sons Of Vesta) $5.99
* Pizza – Self-Titled 7″+CD-R – YELLOW COLORED VINYL (Sons Of Vesta) $5.99
* Pizza / Tideland – Split 7″ – VINYL (Cosmic Debris) $4.99
* South, The / Hypatia – Split 12″ (Square Of Opposition) $5.99
* Thou / Salome – Split 12″ (Vendetta) $10.99
* Tragedy – Nerve Damage CD (Self Released) $10.99
* Tragedy – Self-Titled 12″ – IMPORT VERSION VINYL (Tragedy) $14.99
* Triac – Dead House Dreaming CD (Reptilian) $2.99
* Waifle – The Music Stops, The Man Dies 12″ (Magic Bullet) $9.99
* Who Calls So Loud – Self-Titled 2×10″ – COLORED VINYL (Adagio 830) $14.99
* Yob – Catharsis 12″ (Kreation)$9.99
* Zoroaster – Voice of Saturn 12″ (Kreation) $10.99


Finally, we also want to mention we’ve added another band to our roster: NEON BASTARD from New Zealand will see their debut album “Meikhaus” released by us on September 7th. Uncomfortably nestled somewhere in the midst of powerviolence/punk/sludge/grind/stoner rock… these four weirdos have concocted an maniacal debut and we’re psyched to release it! You can read more about all that here. Heads up!

Thanks ya’ll / peace!

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