February 7, 2006
Robotic Empire is proud, excited and honored to announce that the two full-length albums by Portland's instrumental prodigies GRAILS are now both available on vinyl from our record label. We made 1000 copies of each of these incredible albums, with 700 of each to be made available through stores come March 28th. In the meantime, we are now offering the limited colored vinyl of each LP directly from us for $12ppd (in the USA). These are both now available in our Online Store.
For those unfamiliar with this simply glorious group, we feel that they are one of instrumental music's most serene, fascinating and beautifully complex acts. Guitars, pianos, strings, drums and much more are utilized to merge somber melodies with building waves of emotion, all sans vocals. It's downright powerful stuff, and all done with unique songwriting, surprising twists and an overall haunting feeling that is hard to shake, even after multiple listens. We have posted an MP3 from each album in the following location: Click Here (and scroll down a bit)
Now to the grit of vinyl's limited nature: the limited color quantities. We ordered 200 of each album on colored vinyl, but they turned out a little different than we hoped. We requested a more "smokey" transition between black and the translucent color (green for The Burden of Hope and red for Redlight) but instead we got more of a "splatter" effect, which is still pretty killer (as you can see by the detailed photos below). The band got some copies, so we have 150 of each for our mailorder purposes. Most of our vinyl stuff doesn't stick around too long, so we're encouraging you to get on the ball with ordering this jam, as not only did the artwork translate beautifully to the large vinyl format, but this music is pretty much mandatory if you like progressive and/or interesting stuff. For your reference purposes, we licensed these beasts from Neurot Recordings, one of independent music's leading innovators responsible for such acts as Neurosis, Isis, Made Out Of Babies, Red Sparowes and many more,
These two limited vinyl releases are also the prelude to the upcoming split LP between Grails and Red Sparowes, but we will inform you of that's release when it comes closer to fruition. In the meantime, these two phenomenal full-lengths are now available for your listening/collecting pleasure directly from the Robotic Empire Online Store.