Droid
Droid


4.0
excellent

Review

by Josh Fountain CONTRIBUTOR (63 Reviews)
August 1st, 2008 | 20 replies | 5,263 views


Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A strong, pummeling, albeit not terribly original debut from Droid. There is a lot of potential with this band.

There are bands out there that are very diverse and creative. They change the ways you look at music. They have the ability to completely make you rethink how music should be made The guitar parts are so intricate and the time signatures are so crazy that you can barely keep up. Those bands are out there, however, Droid is definitely not this band. What Droid is, though, is a very entertaining, punishing band.

To start off, their sound is a mix of less mathy Meshuggah and Lamb of God. They fall into the category where they could be called metalcore (given how vague and wide-open that genre is) but they really do not fit. They fall into the even more vague category of NWOAHM, which it seems is disappearing as a genre because of the many sub-genres and the intense need to over-categorize bands. Many people have even called them nu-metal, no doubt because of their affiliation with Munky from Korn. They are straight forward, pure aggression, with zero let up, zero melody, and zero breakdowns.

This self titled debut is not terribly original or diverse, but it is very strongly written. The songwriting saves this album. Every riff is pummeling yet sticks to your mind like glue. The drumming is precise and fast. The lead singer James Eason has a very strong, angry delivery, yet is easy to understand. He has the straight-forward, almost Randy Blythe, vocals, but also can hit a high register as well as a deeper growl. The lyrics are not that creative, typical angry metal fare, but the delivery is what really matters here, and it is strong.

The guitars are sharp and the riffs are insane. There is a definite groove to the songs and while there is not much technicality, the riffs fit well with the songs. The only unfortunate thing is the distinct lack of any soloing. There are a couple of great leads, however, that make the songs even stronger. The drumming matches with the riffing well and the drummer does get his chances to shine. The bass is practically inaudible, which is unfortunate but that is how it goes these days. There is also a lack of true standout songs, as the albums flows together easily. Opener "The Resurrection", "No Gods No Masters", "God of Anger", and "Salt the Graves" are the only songs that truly stand out. Worth mentioning, as well, is "Vengeance is Mine" as Chino Moreno makes a guest appearance, and his high-pitched screams juxtapose vocalist Eason's deep growls perfectly.

So, all in all, a very strong debut from a band with a lot of potential. If they can carve out their own niche with their next album, they are looking at a promising metal career, a few more standout songs and a bit more diversity and they are assured that I will buy their next album.

Recommended tracks:
The Resurrection
No Gods No Masters
God of Anger
Vengeance is Mine
Salt the Graves



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Curse.
Contributing Reviewer
August 1st 2008



7970 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

This is technically my second review, but my first one was lost, so any constructive criticism is welcomed.

Thor
August 1st 2008



10176 Comments


Saw these guys a few months ago. They were pretty energetic and put on a decent show, but I don't think they'd be that much fun to listen to on a record. Too monotonous.

beans
August 2nd 2008



2332 Comments


i still haven't heard these guys

little tip, a little bit more length on the review wouldnt hurt, a little more detail. but not bad for a first (or in this case second) review.
Try and model it after an essay, with an introduction
a body paragraph with main and supporting details and a strong conclusion.

Curse.
Contributing Reviewer
August 5th 2008



7970 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

thanks bunit, I appreciate the advice. And Thor, I have not seen them live but I hear they put on a pretty killer show.

kintups
April 21st 2009



491 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thiz iz amazing.

Curse.
Contributing Reviewer
February 25th 2010



7970 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

for the one other person that cares, the lead singer left the band

combustion07
February 25th 2010



5334 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Glad you posted on this, I completely forgot about these guys, I need to give this another listen

BassDemon333
February 25th 2010



3350 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

The lead singer left? That sucks...this wasnt bad at all

Curse.
Contributing Reviewer
February 25th 2010



7970 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

i really like this album, and randomly turned it on today

BallsToTheWall
March 7th 2010



44164 Comments


Finally I found out what song was played in that episode of Bones. God Of Anger fuckin rules.

combustion07
March 7th 2010



5334 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Most of the album fuckin rules Balls, you need to get this.

tomatron
June 22nd 2010



53 Comments


The song with Chino has got to be one of the most brutal tracks around, especially vocally. There is a sweet in studio clip of them recording the vocals... it pretty much sounds like a massare. Definitely check it out:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MzilZiTDbZM

BallsToTheWall
June 22nd 2010



44164 Comments


Reminds me of Bones. Goddamnit it rules.

krig9412
July 29th 2010



792 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

It's a shame the vocalist left, he pretty much carried the band

Slimjim367
July 29th 2010



512 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

this album was good but boring

6Dark6Cell6
December 16th 2010



255 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Though they dont bring much of anything new to the table they sure pound

BassDemon333
December 16th 2010



3350 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I love the first half of this album but after the song with Chino it seems to go downhill

Departures
April 16th 2011



872 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This album is awesome!

Digging: Blu - Good To Be Home

killians202
June 28th 2011



62 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Minus the need to quell that "I want to stab faces" feeling I get from this album, it's a winner. Great album. Good review.

pizzamachine
June 28th 2011



12571 Comments


good album



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