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Robotic Empire completes Nirvana tribute trifecta with “Doused In Mud, Soaked In Bleach”


We are extremely stoked to announce our third Nirvana tribute LP, “Doused In Mud, Soaked In Bleach”, completing a trifecta of homages to the legendary band’s official studio albums.

The Hall of Famer’s debut LP “Bleach” is covered in full, start to finish, by a diverse range of independent/alternative artists including Basement, Beach Slang, Big Hush, Circa Survive, Daughters, Defeater, The Fall of Troy, Mean Jeans, Rob Crow’s Gloomy Place, The Saddest Landscape, This Will Destroy You, Thou and Young Widows.

Appropriately reflecting Nirvana‘s rawest studio album alongside a full-circle nod to our root genres, this is arguably the darkest, heaviest release in the tribute series. A tasteful re-envision of these classic songs sees all 13 “Bleach” tracks run through the bands’ creative engines, putting an intense new perspective on these 25+ year old songs.

Today, Circa Survive premiers their cover of ‘Love Buzz’, originally written/performed by Shocking Blue but made infamous by Nirvana. Alternative Press is streaming the song now along with a brief Q&A with the band:


On their method of covering a cover, Brendan Ekstrom from Circa Survive says:

“It’s hard to explain but in my mind ‘Love Buzz’ is a Nirvana song. It’s one of the first songs that I obsessed over when I was 14 years old and was learning to play guitar. At the time, I thought Nirvana wrote it. It just fit so well with the rest of the record…. I didn’t need to listen to the originals when the band who was making me believe in music had their own amazing version for me to listen to.”

Circa Survive is one of three reoccurring bands who’ve contributed to all of the Nirvana tribute LPs Robotic Empire’s issued, including 2015’s “Whatever Nevermind” and 2014’s “In Utero: In Tribute”. Like both previous tributes, the vinyl edition of “Doused In Mud, Soaked In Bleach” is being released in conjunction with Record Store Day, occurring on Saturday, April 16th this year.

The Record Store Day edition exclusive metallic-silver vinyl color and includes a bonus oversized poster, with standard editions (sans poster) to follow RSD via our Online Store. All copies include a high-quality digital download of the full release.

The album will also be released digitally across all major platforms on Saturday, April 16th, with iTunes and Bandcamp pre-orders live now, including an immediate download of the Circa Survive cover for pre-orderers:



“Doused In Mud, Soaked In Bleach” Full Track Listing:

Defeater – Blew

Thou – Floyd the Barber

Beach Slang – About a Girl

Basement – School

Circa Survive – Love Buzz

This Will Destroy You – Paper Cuts

Young Widows – Negative Creep

Mean Jeans – Scoff

Rob Crow’s Gloomy Place – Swap Meet

The Fall of Troy – Mr. Moustache

Big Hush – Sifting

Daughters – Big Cheese

The Saddest Landscape – Downer

New ANCIENT SKY album, lots of Hydra Head restocks and mo!

We hope everyone had a great holiday weekend (if you’re located in the US & A) and now that we’re done with the festivities we’ve got a meaty update for you this week. Lots of new stock from our buddies over at Hydra Head (thanks for the rad robot sketch guys!) including Godflesh + Jesu items abound, along with Cave In and other various goodies. HH-related is the long awaited vinyl issuing of the collaborative Harkonen / These Arms Are Snakes split, finally available as a deluxe 12″ courtesy of Mind Over Matter.

Italian label FOAD sent us some choice vinyl you’ll see below and the new Ancient Sky 12″ and tape are now available in the online shop. Robo’s responsible for the cassette edition, limited to 150 copies with a full color J-card and black shell with yellow imprinting. We’re stoked to work with those guys again for the tape release of the seriously killer new album Mosaic!

Worth re-highlighting is the nice stack of items we brought into the Robotic Empire Online Store last month from Thrill Jockey, A389, Top Shelf, and Gilead. We’ve got that list below for you to glance through again.

Thanks and hope everyone is having a great summer so far.

* Ancient Sky – Mosaic 12″ (Wharf Cat) $18.99
* Ancient Sky – Mosaic Cassette (Robotic Empire) $4.99
* Boris / Merzbow – Sun Baked Snow Cave 2×12″ (Hydra Head) $19.99
* Cave In – Antenna 2×12″ (Hydra Head) $19.99
* Cave In – Creative Eclipses 12″ (Hydra Head) $9.99
* Cave In – Shapeshifter / Dead Already Cassette (Hydra Head) $4.99
* Cave In – White Silence 12″ (Hydra Head) $11.99
* Converge – Caring & Killing 2×12″ (Hydra Head) $19.99
* Cripple Bastards – Misantropo A Senso Unico – Redux Edition 12″+7″ (Foad) $15.99
* Daughters – Daughters 12″ (Hydra Head) $9.99
* Discordance Axis – Jouhou 2×12″ (Hydra Head) $19.99
* Discordance Axis – Original Sound Version – CLEAR COLORED VINYL 2×12″+7″ (Hydra Head) $22.99
* Godflesh – A World Lit Only By Fire 12″ (Avalanche) $11.99
* Godflesh – A World Lit Only By Fire Cassette (Hydra Head) $4.99
* Godflesh – Decline & Fall Cassette (Hydra Head) $4.99
* Godflesh – Decline & Fall 12″ (Avalanche) $11.99
* Harkonen / These Arms Are Snakes – Split – MILKY WHITE COLORED 1 SIDED VINYL 12″ (Mind Over Matter) $11.99
* Harvey Milk – Life…The Best Game In Town – CONFETTI COLORED VINYL 2×12″ (Hydra Head) $19.99
* Jesu – Conqueror 2×12″ (Hydra Head) $19.99
* Old Man Gloom – Meditations in B 12″ (Hydra Head) $9.99
* Terrorizer – Before The Downfall 2×12″ (Foad) $24.99
* Yacopsae – Einstweilinge Vernichtung – BLUE COLORED VINYL 12″ (Foad) $14.99

* Jesu – Heart Ache & Dethroned 2×12″ (Hydra Head) $19.99
* Jodis – Black Curtain 12″ (Hydra Head) $19.99
* Jodis – Secret House 2×12″ (Hydra Head) $24.99
* Kayo Dot – Blue Lambency Downward 12″ – WHITE COLORED VINYL (Hydra Head) $14.99
* Old Man Gloom – Christmas 2×12″ (Tortuga) $19.99
* Old Man Gloom – No Cassette (Sige) $4.99

* Anne – Dream Punx 12″ – CLEAR COLORED VINYL (A389) $14.99
* Big Business – Battlefields Forever 12″ (Gold Metal) $19.99
* Braid – No Coast 12″ – ORANGE BLACK COLORED VINYL (Top Shelf) $13.99
* Circuit des Yeux – In Plain Speech 12″ – WHITE COLORED VINYL (Thrill Jockey) $18.99
* Colleen – Captain of None 12″ (Thrill Jockey) $18.99
* Dommengang – Everybodys Boogie 12″ (Thrill Jockey) $18.99
* Elder – Demo Cassette (Self Released) $4.99
* Fashion Week – Pret A Porter 12″ (Solar Flare) $19.99
* Forn – The Departure Of Consciousness 12″ (Gilead Media) $12.99
* Generation Of Vipers – Coffin Wisdom 12″ (Gilead) $12.99
* Implodes – Reverser 12″ – PURPLE COLORED VINYL (Gilead Media) $12.99
* Iron Reagan – Spoiled Identity 12″ – GREEN COLORED VINYL (A389) $14.99
* Iron Reagan – Worse Than Dead 12″ – PURPLE COLORED VINYL (A389) $14.99
* Lightning Bolt – Fantasy Empire 2×12″ – PINK COLORED VINYL (Thrill Jockey) $20.99
* Like Rats – Self Titled 12″ (A389) $14.99
* Liturgy – Aesthethica 2×12″ (Thrill Jockey) $21.99
* My Fictions / The Saddest Landscape – Split 12″ – PURPLE COLORED VINYL (Top Shelf) $13.99
* Native Lights – Self-Titled 12″ (Passive) $14.99
* Nothing – Downward Years To Come 12″ – COLORED VINYL (A389) $14.99
* Oozing Wound – Retrash 12″ (Thrill Jockey) $18.99
* Primitive Man / Fister – Split 12″ (A389) $14.99
* Saddest Landscape, The – Exit Wounded 12″ – PINK COLORED VINYL (Top Shelf) $13.99
* Sea Of Bones – The Earth Wants Us Dead – Self Titled 3×12″ (Gilead Media) $34.99
* Sumac – The Deal 2×12″ (Thrill Jockey) $28.99
* Toe – For Long Tomorrow 12″ – GREEN COLORED VINYL (Top Shelf) $13.99
* Toe – New Sentimentality 12″ – TAN COLORED VINYL (Top Shelf) $13.99
* Toe – Songs, Ideas We Forgot 12″ – PURPLE COLORED VINYL (Top Shelf) $13.99
* White Hills – Walks For Motorists 12″ – COLORED VINYL (Thrill Jockey) $18.99

Hit up our Online Store for all the above and many other items.

Digital reissue/rarities label The Archivist launched!

The Archivist logo white BG 1000pxRobotic Empire is excited to announce the creation of a new digital-only label, The Archivist. Launching with 15 digital reissues of long out-of-print albums alongside otherwise unreleased material, The Archivist establishes a home for both lost classics and new tunes for fans to access on iTunes, Spotify, Google Play, Amazon, Bandcamp and other major digital outlets.

The roots of the project stem from an early adoption of digital media by Robotic Empire, and the realization of many excellent albums simply being available in no legitimate form. The main goal of The Archivist is to make  widespread availability of influential and/or inspiring music that otherwise may not reach fans worldwide who want to hear these songs.

The Archivist’s initial launch sees the following releases now available digitally:

* City of Caterpillar – Demo + Live Recording (originally released in 2002, long out of print/unavailable)
* City of Caterpillar – Self-Titled album (originally released in 2002, long out of print/unavailable)
* Forcefedglass – When Back Are Turned, Knives Are Pulled (expanded edition, originally released in 1998 from dudes who went on to join Converge, Hassan I Sabbah, etc.)
* Idolands – Rare At Ease EP (previously unreleased EP / member of Daughters side-project)
* Joshua Fit For Battle – Bring Out Your Dead (collection album originally released in 2003, long out of print)
* Majority Rule – Demo EP (rare 2000’s recording leading up to the “Interviews With David Frost” album)
* Riddle of Steel – 1985 (originally released in 2008, Andrew Elstner’s band prior to Torche/Tilts)
* Riddle of Steel – Burn (originally released in 2001, Andrew Elstner’s band prior to Torche/Tilts)
* Riddle of Steel – Got This Feeling (originally released in 2005, Andrew Elstner’s band prior to Torche/Tilts)
* Riddle of Steel – Python (originally released in 2003, Andrew Elstner’s band prior to Torche/Tilts)
* Transistor Transistor – Erase All Name and Likeness (originally released in 2005, long out of print)
* Transistor Transistor – Ruined Lives (originally released in 2008, long out of print)
* Transistor Transistor – Young Vampires of New Hampshire (feat. Tomas Lindberg, originally released in 2008)
* Welcome the Plague Year – Self-Titled album (originally released in 2004, long out of print)
* Wraith – Self-Titled EP (previously unreleased occult rock recordings from Eric Hernandez of Capsule, Wrong, Kylesa, etc)


A lengthy list of direct links to this first round of 15 releases can be found below, and you can follow The Archivist direct via Facebook, Bandcamp and/or our newsletter to find out about future releases:


City of Caterpillar – City of Caterpillar:
* iTunes – https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/city-of-caterpillar/id961113790?uo=4
* Spotify – https://open.spotify.com/album/0uXUaF5IG6V1jmPZgD7XZG
* Amazon – http://www.amazon.com/City-Caterpillar/dp/B00SR4PB96
* Google Play – https://play.google.com/store/music/album/City_of_Caterpillar_City_of_Caterpillar?id=Bhlhyhd7mnfl2e5jbcfr646ucje
* Bandcamp – https://thearchivistlabel.bandcamp.com/album/city-of-caterpillar

City of Caterpillar – Demo + Live Recording:
* iTunes – https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/demo-+-live-recording/id960689324?uo=4
* Spotify – https://open.spotify.com/album/4MmqFjIx9gaQUesvP2ZCtW
* Amazon – http://www.amazon.com/Demo-Live-Recording-City-Caterpillar/dp/B00SQ6KO38
* Google Play- https://play.google.com/store/music/album/City_of_Caterpillar_Demo_Live_Recording?id=Blixhccdoxqjsg5oehzzqnzjiku&hl=en
* Bandcamp – https://thearchivistlabel.bandcamp.com/album/demo-live-recording

Forcefedglass – When Back Are Turned, Knives Are Pulled (Expanded Edition):
* iTunes – https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/when-backs-are-turned-knives/id947767918?uo=4
* Spotify – https://open.spotify.com/album/3PvjHj3KUffCnnMi5GFLvJ
* Amazon – http://www.amazon.com/Backs-Turned-Knives-Pulled-Expanded/dp/B00QITF0LG
* Google Play – https://play.google.com/store/music/album/Forcefedglass_When_Backs_Are_Turned_Knives_Are_Pul?id=Blk4cuuends2txaiz4fygt7odga&hl=en
* Bandcamp – https://thearchivistlabel.bandcamp.com/album/when-back-are-turned-knives-are-pulled-expanded-edition

Idolands – Rare At Ease EP:
* iTunes – https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/rare-at-ease-ep/id953698821?uo=4
* Spotify – https://open.spotify.com/album/5hC5WqFe2lzfpiaarhvx21
* Amazon – http://www.amazon.com/Rare-at-Ease-Idolands/dp/B00R9VHUA6
* Google Play – https://play.google.com/store/music/album/Idolands_Rare_at_Ease?id=B26axrhcbabvwammdseinqbry3m&hl=en
* Bandcamp – https://thearchivistlabel.bandcamp.com/album/rare-at-ease-ep

Joshua Fit for Battle – Bring Out Your Dead:
* iTunes – https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/bring-out-your-dead/id947749342?uo=4
* Spotify – https://open.spotify.com/album/2opAg43xGJPcst6ijKfQc7
* Amazon – http://www.amazon.com/Bring-Your-Dead-Joshua-Battle/dp/B00QITJQP2
* Google Play – https://play.google.com/store/music/album/Joshua_Fit_For_Battle_Bring_out_Your_Dead?id=Bbc7guhyyqlpultuv4niehf5juy&hl=en
* Bandcamp – https://thearchivistlabel.bandcamp.com/album/bring-out-your-dead

Majority Rule – 4-Song Demo EP:
* iTunes – https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/4-song-demo-ep/id949040341?uo=4
* Spotify – https://open.spotify.com/album/3L1R77YROKRjYDGJAzoOm5
* Amazon – http://www.amazon.com/4-Song-Demo-Majority-Rule/dp/B00QO2HZGA
* Google Play – https://play.google.com/store/music/album/Majority_Rule_4_Song_Demo?id=Buk72pfnhehw3eie7ka6f2wtf5e&hl=en
* Bandcamp – https://thearchivistlabel.bandcamp.com/album/4-song-demo

Riddle of Steel – 1985:
* iTunes – https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/1985/id949043475?uo=4
* Spotify – https://open.spotify.com/album/4oGEpSqkz8f9FgXs6PQmQH
* Amazon – http://www.amazon.com/1985-Riddle-Steel/dp/B00QO2ANUK
* Google Play – https://play.google.com/store/music/album/Riddle_of_Steel_1985?id=Bihcfepqce3oaqaqw6zfg2v5cm4
* Bandcamp – https://thearchivistlabel.bandcamp.com/album/1985

Riddle of Steel – Burn EP:
* iTunes – https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/burn-ep/id947661824?uo=4
* Spotify – https://open.spotify.com/album/5kLm3X6x9fpq1UiICTL0PD
* Amazon – http://www.amazon.com/Burn-Riddle-Steel/dp/B00QITAOHQ
* Bandcamp – https://thearchivistlabel.bandcamp.com/album/burn-ep

Riddle of Steel – Got This Feelin’:
* iTunes – https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/got-this-feelin/id947763097?uo=4
* Spotify – https://open.spotify.com/album/0mW1TzVLg2iIRcHs5FXrxR
* Amazon – http://www.amazon.com/Got-This-Feelin-Riddle-Steel/dp/B00QJ020Z8
* Google Play – https://play.google.com/store/music/album/Riddle_of_Steel_Got_This_Feelin?id=Brrwpdgdygk2opucotb5ecvfneu
* Bandcamp – https://thearchivistlabel.bandcamp.com/album/got-this-feelin

Riddle of Steel – Python:
* iTunes – https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/python/id947741796?uo=4
* Spotify – https://open.spotify.com/album/0ktVDujAouKoHqRzWVDnJ7
* Amazon – http://www.amazon.com/Python-Riddle-Steel/dp/B00QJ4YTC6
* Google Play – https://play.google.com/store/music/album/Riddle_of_Steel_Python?id=Bmjdrotl4356qquzr46k3geeaza
* Bandcamp – https://thearchivistlabel.bandcamp.com/album/python

Transistor Transistor – Erase All Name and Likeness:
* iTunes – https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/erase-all-name-and-likeness/id952000913?uo=4
* Spotify – https://open.spotify.com/album/46JrmbXmbYR6E3cI4pVUu1
* Amazon – http://www.amazon.com/Erase-All-Name-Likeness-Master/dp/B00R5M0R40
* Google Play – https://play.google.com/store/music/album/Transistor_Transistor_Erase_All_Name_and_Likeness_?id=B2vk3r5qvul2gcgrszxgupyfhgm
* Bandcamp – https://thearchivistlabel.bandcamp.com/album/erase-all-name-and-likeness

Transistor Transistor – Ruined Lives:
* iTunes – https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/ruined-lives/id952016371?uo=4
* Spotify – https://open.spotify.com/album/2s3TUPyTvrQCClUO8u1iZR
* Amazon – http://www.amazon.com/Ruined-Lives-Transistor/dp/B00R60E75Q
* Google Play – https://play.google.com/store/music/album/Transistor_Transistor_Ruined_Lives?id=Be4bxioaa5hpzum4bqck37h3asu
* Bandcamp – https://thearchivistlabel.bandcamp.com/album/ruined-lives

Transistor Transistor – Young Vampires of New Hampshire:
* iTunes – https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/young-vampires-new-hampshire/id955645719?uo=4
* Spotify – https://open.spotify.com/album/5B3EisVBPq3B2TGqYSsfM4
* Amazon – http://www.amazon.com/Young-Vampires-New-Hampshire-Transistor/dp/B00R52DHPG
* Google Play – https://play.google.com/store/music/album/Transistor_Transistor_Young_Vampires_of_New_Hampsh?id=Bj4qljhbyac6avc2la72cudqdg4
* Bandcamp – https://thearchivistlabel.bandcamp.com/album/young-vampires-of-new-hampshire

Welcome the Plague Year – Welcome the Plague Year:
* iTunes – https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/welcome-the-plague-year/id947632911?uo=4
* Spotify – https://open.spotify.com/album/0JxaieYC7M4d9RGVRd6hYc
* Amazon – http://www.amazon.com/Welcome-Plague-Year/dp/B00QIDNSYS
* Google Play – https://play.google.com/store/music/album/Welcome_the_Plague_Year_Welcome_the_Plague_Year?id=B3tyng7xm4lp4va2xmtutm5roem
* Bandcamp – https://thearchivistlabel.bandcamp.com/album/welcome-the-plague-year

Wraith – Wraith EP:
* iTunes – https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/wraith-ep/id952034153?uo=4
* Spotify – https://open.spotify.com/album/43n4PaLXJ57uZTud5cVZfa
* Amazon – http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00R611A3M
* Google Play – https://play.google.com/store/music/album/Wraith_Wraith?id=B43fgruh2gafxn5rn5w7zwxkosi
* Bandcamp – https://thearchivistlabel.bandcamp.com/album/wraith-ep

A continuing stream of releases will roll out in the following weeks and months, with a healthy schedule of future activity planned. To find out first about additional tunes as they become available, be sure to follow The Archivist via Facebook, Bandcamp and/or our newsletter:


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:



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:



In addition, we’ve also had a great round of new items come into our Online Store:

* 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

NIRVANA tribute LP now available for mailorder and download!


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!!

Nirvana “In Utero” Tribute Album Launched as Robotic Empire’s 100th release and 15th Anniversary as a Label!

In Utero In Tribute In Entirety Nirvana tribute album cover

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:


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”:


“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