Robotic Empire

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Robotic Empire
Robotic Empire Logo.jpg
Founded1999 (1999)[1]
FounderMike Taylor, Andy Low
GenreHardcore punk, heavy metal, post-rock, alternative rock
Country of originU.S.
LocationRichmond, Virginia

Robotic Empire is an American independent record label based out of Richmond, Virginia, specializing in hardcore punk, heavy metal, and alternative rock. Some of the most popular bands signed to the label over the years have been pg.99, City of Caterpillar, Crowpath, The Red Chord, Circle Takes the Square, Cursive, Versoma, Daughters, Isis, Kayo Dot, Cave In, Red Sparowes, Torche and Hot Cross. Robotic Empire was known as Robodog Records for their first 14 releases.

In the 2010s, the label released a series of Nirvana tribute albums annually for Record Store Day: In Utero, in Tribute, in Entirety (2014), Whatever Nevermind (2015) and Doused in Mud, Soaked in Bleach (2016).[2][3] They all featured prominent figures in the post-hardcore scene with all three including covers by Circa Survive, Thou and Young Widows, and also included prominent performances by These Arms Are Snakes, Jay Reatard, Daughters, Torche and The Fall of Troy.

The label also operates The Archivist, a digital-download label that reissues rare and out-of-print albums released between the late 1990s and the early 2000s.[4]


The Archivist[edit]

  • The Assistant
  • City of Caterpillar
  • Cloacal Kiss
  • Employer, Employee
  • Forcefedglass
  • Forstella Ford
  • Grief
  • Harkonen
  • Hassan I Sabbah
  • Idolands
  • Joshua Fit for Battle
  • Lick Golden Sky
  • Love Lost But Not Forgotten
  • Majority Rule
  • The Now
  • Pushmen
  • Ratking
  • Reactor No.7
  • Riddle of Steel
  • Transistor Transistor
  • The Ultimate Warriors
  • Welcome the Plague Year
  • Wraith

See also[edit]


  1. ^ n/a. "Robotic Empire Label Overview". Punk News. Retrieved 2017-02-04.
  2. ^ Kaminski, Karol. "Robotic Empire Launches 3rd Nirvana Tribute Album". Idioteq. Retrieved 2016-04-16.
  3. ^ Darcy, Matt. "Robotic Empire Offers Third Nirvana Tribute LP". Nefarious Realm. Retrieved 2016-03-23.
  4. ^ Arensdorf, Peter (2015-12-03). "Label Spotlight: The Archivist". The Daily Rind. Retrieved 2017-02-28.
  5. ^ Julien, Alexandre (October 20, 2009). "The Abandoned Hearts Club Official Biography". Abridged Pause Blog. Archived from the original on October 18, 2017. Retrieved September 6, 2020.

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