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"an inspirational pace, yet still dazzlingly hyperactive, tongue-in-cheek and thrilling" (aka: badass NEON BASTARD review!)

The first freakishly accurate NEON BASTARD review has come in, courtesy of our longrunning Canadian brothers at Exclaim! Check it:

“The debut release from some of the craziest New Zealanders this side of Peter Jackson, Meikhaus features more chaos, dissonance and overt belligerence than dudes dubbed ‘kiwis’ should be able to dig up. Creating a volatile cocktail of extremities, the album’s 11 songs barely reach out beyond the time necessary for a really good bowel movement, but in those 20something minutes, we hear the frenzy of Agoraphobic Nosebleed, Zeke-ish primal punk, the rumbling upheaval Death Breath have been milking lately and loads of fuzzed-out, Sabbath-meets-Sabbath cover band groove (read: decadent stoner rock). Capable of managing an inspirational pace, yet still dazzlingly hyperactive, tongue-in-cheek and thrilling, Meikhaus sounds almost as if Mike Patton channelled his spirit into something less snide and more appreciable on multiple levels while stealing some of the youthful energy of his hosts.”

BOOYA! That well paraphrases the madness that is NEON BASTARD‘s debut album, now available direct from us for only 6 bucks! We’re keeping this one real cheap to encourage people to pick it up, as we’re real hyped on what these down undererer maniacs have cooked up. There’s so much going on within this album that we highly implore you to check it out!

* Preview here, here or here
* Purchase here

NEON BASTARD debut out now (+giveaway), new RED SPAROWES and way more!


We’re excited to announce that a new Robotic Empire label release is now available, this time from New Zealand beasts NEON BASTARD! Meikhaus is the name of their album and CD is the circular format we’ve released it on. There’s 11 tracks within 22 minutes, so that should say something about the frenzied pace of this maniacal debut. We’re talkin furious punk, raging hardcore, stoney riffs, gritty noise rock and blasting powerviolence attacks.

Incidentally this is the second gnarly band from magical the land of kiwis that we’ve worked with, the first being last year’s crushing debut EP from DIAL, whom NEON BASTARD share a guitar player. Incestious yes, but damn good jams of a very different nature are found on Meikhaus. The first 50 brave orderers will also get a free 1″ NEON BASTARD button. Also: the first person to accurately guess what band (& release) NEON BASTARD have blatantly plagiarized on their album cover gets a FREE copy of said album!

* This is available now in the Robotic Empire – Online Store

* You can hear two tracks here, or possibly here (if you can find the player)

* Tracks from NEON BASTARD, DIAL and 16 others can be found now on our FREE Robotic Empire Label Sampler 2k10. Lil Jon approved!


Decibel Magazine was kind enough to give Meikhaus a nice little review too, found in the current issue with REFUSED on the cover. The detailed history of their landmark The Shape of Punk to Come album is a pretty good read as well. Pick that up here.

Beyond that overdue new label activity, we’ve also got a really solid update for the Robotic Empire – Online Store this week. Almost everything new is notable on some level, but standouts include the new PIZZA er… uh TEENS IN TROUBLE cassette (wtf name change / no more slices?!), new RED SPAROWES on both CD and vinyl, TAIGA import LP (Cliff from ISIS/RED SPAROWES/WINDMILLS BY THE OCEAN solo ambient glory), more imports and even more killer imports. Several screamo and doomy restocks as well, here ya go:

NEW ITEMS:

* Ancient VVisdom / Charles Manson – Split – 1-Sided GREY COLOREED VINYL 12″ (Withdrawl) $11.99

* Gnaw Their Tongues – L’arrivÈe De La Terne Mort Triomphante CD (Crucial Blast) $9.99

* Hot Cross – Risk Revival – YELLOW COLORED VINYL 12″ (Destructure) $16.99

* Knut – Wonder 12″ (Conspiracy) $13.99

* Knut – Wonder CD (Conspiracy) $12.99

* Lords – F’ All Y’all Motherf’rs – WHITE COLORED VINYL 12″ (Destructure) $17.99

* Neon Bastard – Meikhaus CD (Robotic Empire) $5.99

* Reaching Away – Push Away The Moon 12″ (McMurtrey) $10.99

* Red Sparowes – The Fear Is Excruciating, But Therein Lies The Answer 12″ (Conspiracy) $14.99

* Red Sparowes – The Fear Is Excruciating, But Therein Lies The Answer CD (Conspiracy) $12.99

* Summer Pledge – You Are You 12″ (Self Released) $7.99

* Taiga – Hsheal 12″ (Conspiracy) $14.99

* Teens In Trouble [aka Pizza] – Self-Titled Cassette (Self Released) $4.99

* Wolves In The Throne Room – Black Cascade – PICTURE DISC VINYL 2×12″ (Conspiracy) $25.99

RESTOCKS:

* A Day In Black And White / Golden Birds – Split 7″ (Paranoid) $4.99

* Amanda Woodward – Meurt La Soif – BROWN COLORED VINYL 7″ (Paranoid) $4.99

* Geisha – Die Verbrechen Der Liebe CD (Crucial Blast) $5.99

* Geisha – Mondo Dell’Orrore CD (Crucial Blast) $7.99

* Giants – Old Stories – SPLATTER COLORED VINYL 12″ (Cavity) $9.99

* Hot Cross – Risk Revival – ORANGE COLORED VINYL 12″ (Paranoid) $16.99

* Hot Cross / The Holy Shroud – Split – PICTURE DISC 7″ (Paranoid) $5.99

* Kowloon Walled City – Turk Street – RED BLACK HAZE COLORED VINYL 10″ (Wordclock) $7.99

* Lords / Karysun – Split – RED COLORED VINYL 10″ (Destructure) $16.99

* Monarch – Dead Men Tell No Tales 2xCD (Crucial Blast) $9.99

* Nadja – Desire In Uneasiness CD (Crucial Blast) $9.99

* Souvenirs Young America – An Ocean Without Water CD (Crucial Blast) $7.99

Also worth noting is our insane-o blowout sale on some Robo catalog titles (plus a few others recently discounted). Get em while they’re cheap!

* A Life Once Lost – Open Your Mouth For The Speechless CD $.99

* A Life Once Lost – The Fourth Plague: Flies CDep $.99

* An Albatross – London: Live! Test Press Version – COLORED VINYL 12″ $19.99

* An Albatross – London: Live! – COLORED VINYL 12″ $12.99

* A Storm Of Light / Nadja – Primitive North [split] – PHOSPHORESCENCE COLORED VINYL 2×12″+CD $16.99

* Bad Secrets – Self-Titled – 9″+CD ALL VINYL VERSIONS – $9.99

* Big Business – Mind The Drift – BLACK VINYL 12″ $19.99

* Black Cross – Sink, Knives and Chrome CDep $4.99

* Black Cross – Severance Pays CD $8.99

* Cannabis Corpse – Tube Of The Resinated 12″ *ALL VINYL VERSIONS* $11.99

* Capsule – Self-Titled (Tape + Demo + Tour + More) 12″ *ALL VINYL VERSIONS* $10.99

* Clouds – We Are Above You – 2×12″+CD $14.99

* Coliseum – Goddamage CD $5.99

* Ghastly City Sleep – Self-Titled 12″ *ALL VINYL VERSIONS* $9.99

* Hewhocorrupts – Midi of Profits USB Bracelet $12.99

* Pelican / These Arms Are Snakes – Split – BLACK VINYL 10″ $9.99

* Thou – Baton Rouge, You Have Much To Answer For – BLACK VINYL 12″ $10.99

* Tideland – Asleep In The Graveyard 12″ ALL VINYL VERSIONS $9.99

* Tideland – Pancake – T-Shirt ALL SIZES $9.99

* Torche – Bear – T-Shirt ALL SIZES $10.99

* Torche – In Return – ”Flies’ T-Shirt ALL SIZES $10.99

* Torche – In Return – 10″+CD ALL VINYL VERSIONS $11.99

* Torche – Possessed – T-Shirt ALL SIZES $10.99

* Versoma – Life During Wartime 12″ ALL VINYL VERSIONS $4.99

Thanks for checking out this latest update, peace!

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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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Robotic Empire to release NEON BASTARD debut "Meikhaus"


We’ve teamed up with the Wellington, New Zealand band NEON BASTARD for the release of their debut album, Meikhaus. Comprised of 11 songs in under 22 minutes, Meikhaus is a total blitzkrieg of blasting punk rock, stoner riffs and pure noise.

Two preview tracks have been posted (well, hidden) on the band’s hideous myspace page, here:

http://www.myspace.com/NeonBastard
(try zooming out your browser if you want to hear them)

About as far from “normal” as a band can get, Robotic Empire is thrilled to team up with the weirdos in NEON BASTARD, who embody elements vital to underground music: damn good tunes without taking oneself too seriously. A smattering of genres are covered throughout the songs within Meikhaus; the track listing as follows:

1. Steven Tyler
2. Lateman
3. Cock Rock
4. Mangy Feline
5. I’m Your Bastard
6. Don’t Tread on Me
7. Mad F’ing
8. Kano and Rongburns on the Nose Candy
9. Pushah
10. Big Dogz
11. c.2023

NEON BASTARD‘s debut will be available on CD and through digital download worldwide on September 7th, 2010, with a pro-filmed video for “Mangy Feline” to shortly follow the album’s release.