Floor - Self Titled (with Bonus 7 inch) (LP)
Limited edition on black vinyl. Includes a bonus 7" and a digital download code for the entire album. Deluxe gatefold sleeve.
This is a great record - a huge step forward in terms of bringing a new flavour to the whole sludge sound. One of the best produced heavy albums ever - at loud volumes the drums and guitars create a massive wall of sound. Definitely has crossover appeal as well.
The album will certainly have your speakers quaking under the strain. It pounds continually although I'm left will a surreal mellow vibe after each listen. The vocals have this airy echo that sometimes reminds me of early Burton C. Bell (fear factory) when he would periodically sing with clean vocals. This is one of those cds that the uninitiated can also enjoy. This is near the top of my 2002 best records list.
Isis - Celestial (Remastered) (Brown Splatter) (2LP)
Limited edition of only 300 copies on clear with brown splatter colored vinyl.
The band's landmark debut album returns to vinyl. Comes with re-mastered audio and re-invisioned artwork by Aaron Turner.
Isis - In the Absence of Truth (2LP)
Limited edition of only 1595 copies on thick black vinyl! Deluxe gatefold sleeve.
The band's latest further explores their progressive tendencies, although this time around their approach is more intellectual than emotional. The arrangements are more complex and there's an increased sense of melody. Indeed, what's noticeable after the first listen is that front man Aaron Turner sings more than he barks and the guitars remain cleaner for longer stretches. And when he switches to the tortured howl and the distortion kicks in, Isis remains committed to the lush orchestration. In Absence of Truth is an obvious continuation of the style developed on Oceanic and refined on Panopticon. The band's gotten smarter with their writing, and while that may prevent the album from sinking in right away, it's still a satisfying listen.
Isis - Wavering Radiant (Re-issue) (Blue/White) (2LP)
Limited edition of only 775 copies on blue and white splatter colored vinyl. Deluxe gatefold sleeve.
This is their fifth and final full-length album, last released by Ipecac Recordings in 2009 and produced by Joe Barresi and recently remastered for vinyl by Mika Jussila. The band split just over a year after its release. Robotic Empire is thrilled once again to supply the gatefold, double-LP vinyl edition of this classic album.
Red Sparowes - At the Soundless Dawn (Color) (2LP)
Featuring members of Neurosis and Isis.
Limited edition of only 500 copies on translucent green vinyl. Deluxe gatefold sleeve.
It is heavy, yet relaxing, airy, and at times almost has a desert feel to it. It is all instrumental which I feel suits the music style just fine.
This album is amazing. I immediately got saturated in it and have had it on constant spin. Beautiful, mellow and subtly haunting - love it!
I love that it's instrumental - it really has a lush, dreamy soundscape vibe. Like I could be lying on a lounge chair on a balcony overlooking a beach, with a loaded pipe in hand, watching the red glow of the sun as it falls below the horizon.
Thou - The Sacrifice (Clear) (LP)
Limited edition on 180gr clear vinyl. Deluxe Stoughton jacket. Includes download code.
'The Sacrifice' Offers some of the band's most condensed work to date, eschewing the crawl found on most of their long-players AND upping the tempo a bit while retaining their well renowned doom and roar.
Torche - In Return (Color) (10 inch)
Limited edition on colored vinyl. Includes a CD of In Return! Beautiful deluxe packaging!
Torche easily surpass their previous effort with In Return; the songs seem much more cohesive and have a stronger mood and feel. The record is quick and concise and has little in the way of throwaway tracks; there may be songs that you skip over from time to time, but every song is worth listening in its own way. In Return is worth owning if not just for the shining example of what a great looking record can look like. And the music is excellent on its own merit and worth a second listen if you were at all disappointed with their previous output.
Torche - In Return (with Bonus CD) (Color) (10 inch)
Limited edition on color vinyl. Includes a CD.In Return. Beautiful deluxe packaging.
Torche easily surpass their previous effort with In Return; the songs seem much more cohesive and have a stronger mood and feel. The record is quick and concise and has little in the way of throwaway tracks; there may be songs that you skip over from time to time, but every song is worth listening in its own way. In Return is worth owning if not just for the shining example of what a great looking record can look like. And, the music is excellent on its own merit and worth a second listen if you were at all disappointed with their previous output.