California-based hard-hitting quintet DROID has commenced the songwriting process for its sophomore album, tentatively due before the end of the year. Until then, a free MP3 download is available on the band's new web site located at www.droidmusic.com. Fans must register to the web site to receive the new track titled "Condemn the Weak". The free MP3 is an unreleased track from the group and is being given away to celebrate the New Year with fans.
DROID's new website is a social networking web site where users can communicate with the band and other DROID fans. The site features a chat room, profiles, forum, groups, and more.
DROID vocalist James "Buddy" Eason states: "Happy New Year, DROID fans! We have some exciting things going on in the DROID camp right now. We are writing music for our next record and are very excited with the direction things are going in. The new music will be heavier and more technical than ever without losing that DROID groove. Also, check out the new web site and register a profile. The band will be doing online chats and regular updates with the progress of the new record and other DROID-related news. Don't forget to download our unreleased track called 'Condemn the Weak' for free! We want to thank all of the DROID fans for their support and want you to know we are working hard to get back out on the road and give you the best DROID record we can create."
Capital Chaos has posted video footage (see below) of DROID's August 6, 2008 performance at The Boardwalk in Orangevale, California. Also on the bill were OTEP, ANEW REVOLUTION, UNDYING SILENCE and CLAUDIA'S ASHES.
DROID's debut album was released in 2007 on Emotional Syphon Recordings, James "Munky" Shaffer of KORN's new record label.
The Long Beach five-piece, consisting of Eason, guitarists Bruce Child and Jamie Teissere, bassist Ryan Burchfield and drummer Nick McWells, blends the syncopated, bludgeoning rhythm and riff assault of LAMB OF GOD with guttural HATEBREED-style screams for a volatile blend of metal. "We're aiming for a groove," Eason told Ruin magazine. "I'm a fan of real shred masters, but also bands with more of a groove like MASTODON. We're trying to fit our own little groove in there and stand out without having to copy everybody else. You don't really have to shred to be metal these days. You can shred with a groove too, and that's what we're going for."