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Droid Vocalist Announces Departure From Band
February 18, 2010
Droid vocalist James Eason has announced that he has left the band and is currently exploring other projects in the music world. His statement on his departure can be read below.

"I have spent the last 10+ years in the band Droid so this is no easy decision for me. To make it simple the past 10 years in Droid have had their great and memorable moments and their not so memorable moments.

I have chosen to move on in positive direction... This being said, my # 1 Priority has and always will be to make music and give 100% commitment of myself to my music. Music is my #1 priority and always has been...I stand strong in my commitment. My #1 regret is that the Droid fans have had to wait soooooooooooooo long for a 2nd record, and then receive this news. Where ever I end up I promise to make up for their super long wait. You can count on that, I will always stay true to my word.

I am looking for musicians who are driven, focused and hungry - these are the kinds of musicians I am looking for to play with as of now.

Any interested musicians or bands please feel free to contact me; I can be reached at droidmetal@yahoo.com."
 
 
 
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Arsis Posts New Video Online
March 31, 2008
East Coast technical melodic death thrashers Arsis have posted a brand new video to their YouTube page. The video, chronicles the trailer accident they dealt with a few weeks back. The band had the following to say about the video:

"So, we've posted a new video on our Youtube channel. It's basically us, dying for death metal... in the middle of the country, no less. Enjoy. We think it's funny as shit."

Check out the "Trailer Debacle" video below.

Arsis will release their new album and Nuclear Blast debut, 'We Are The Nightmare', on April 15th.

The band will be embarking on a two week East Coast run with Shadows Fall, kicking things off on April 13th in Buffalo, NY. Canadian hyperblasters Kataklysm are also on the bill as direct support, with The Showdown and Droid rounding out the bill. Tour dates are as follows:

04/13 - Showplace Theater – Buffalo, NY
04/14 - The Machine Shop – Flint, MI
04/15 - Mr. Smalls Theater – Millvale, PA
04/16 - The Chance – Poughkeepsie, NY
04/17 - The Crazy Donkey – Farmingdale, NY
04/19 - Crocodile Rock Café – Allentown, PA
04/20 - Jaxx – W. Springfield, VA
04/21 - Lincoln Theater – Raleigh, NC
04/22 - Jester’s Pub – Fayetteville, NC
04/23 - Hooligans – Jacksonville, NC
04/24 - The National – Richmond, VA
04/25 - Recher Theater – Towson, MD
04/26 - The Palladium – Worcester, MA
 
 
 
 
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Kataklysm Confirmed For Shadows Fall Tour
March 18, 2008
Northern hyper-blasters, Kataklysm, have just been confirmed as direct support to Shadows Fall this April! Also appearing on the tour are The Showdown, Arsis and Droid. Lead singer Maurizio Iacono had this to say about the bands hectic schedule in support of their upcoming release, 'Prevail':

"Well I guess our break time is over. Today we will be having a listening session of our new album ‘Prevail’ for the media and our friends in Hollywood, then we fly off to Australia for our first ever tour there! We are planning a massive touring campaign centered around the new album. On our return from Australia we will prepare for a two week run with Shadows Fall. It will be cool to tour with those guys again since it’s been a while since we’ve played together. We are also working on a Canadian headlining tour for the end of May with our good friends Into Eternity. As many of you already know as well we will be on the ‘Summer Slaughter Tour’ this June/July. So in true Kataklysm road warrior tradition we have set ourselves up for something like 60 to 70 shows from a April to July!

We will be premiering some new songs on our MySpace next month and we’re thinking of playing two new tracks on the Shadows Fall run! We are very proud of Prevail’ and the comments from those who’ve heard it so far have been OUTSTANDING! We can’t wait to see all you crazy fucks out there in the pit with fists in the air! See you soon!”

Shadows Fall Confirmed Dates:
04/13/08 Showplace Theater – Buffalo, NY
04/14/08 The Machine Shop – Flint, MI
04/15/08 Mr. Smalls Theater – Millvale, PA
04/16/08 The Chance – Poughkeepsie, NY
04/17/08 The Crazy Donkey – Farmingdale, NY
04/19/08 Crocodile Rock Café – Allentown, PA
04/20/08 Jaxx – W. Springfield, VA
04/21/08 Lincoln Theater – Raleigh, NC
04/22/08 Jester’s Pub – Fayetteville, NC
04/23/08 Hooligans – Jacksonville, NC
04/24/08 The National – Richmond, VA
04/25/08 Recher Theater – Towson, MD
04/26/08 The Palladium – Worcester, MA

As previously announced the band will be direct support to The Black Dahlia Murder on this years installment of the “Summer Slaughter Tour” with Vader, Cryptopsy, The Faceless, Despised Icon, Aborted, Born Of Osiris, Psycroptic, and Whitechapel.

Kataklysm recently shot a video for the track “Taking the World by Storm” with director David Brodsky (The Red Chord, GWAR, Strapping Young Lad).

The band decided to "immortalize" the character that was featured on the cover of their last CD, 'In the Arms of Devastation', and have him re-appear as the main character — dubbed "The Heartbeast" — on 'Prevail'. Check out the cover artwork for 'Prevail', at this location.

'Prevail' was mixed at AudioHammer Studios in Orlando, Florida with producer Jason Suecof, and is scheduled for release via Nuclear Blast Records on May 23 (Europe) and May 27 (North America). The CD will feature guest solo appearances by Pat O'Brien (Cannibal Corpse), Dave Linsk (Overkill) and producer and guitar shredder Jason Suecof himself. The band promises "a monstrous album that will pummel you from start to finish."
 
 
 
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Droid Announces More Tour Dates
January 16, 2008
More dates were just announced for Droid on the Guerilla Carnival Tour with Ill Nino. The tours line up has been changed as well. The shows will no longer see support coming from Bury Your Dead or Soil, both of whom had to unfortunately drop off the tour. The band Ekotren have been added in their place.

James Buddy Eason lead singer of Droid had this to say, We are really excited to get back out on the road and the Ill Nino guys are good friends of ours so it will be great to see them rip it up every night. I really like the fact that all the bands on this tour are a little different than each other musically. This diverse package will give fans an exciting show from beginning to end. Get ready Droid fans...here comes the pain!!!!

Droids video for Fueled by Hate (which can be viewed below) came in as Headbangers Balls #11 Video of the Year. Droid were also voted Best Newcomers on TheGauntlet.com.

The Guerilla Carnival Tour:
(Droid w/ Ill Nino, Bobaflex, and Ekotren)
1/31 Cleveland, OH - Agora
2/01 Detroit, MI Harpos
2/02 Mokena, IL Pearl Room
2/04 Minneapolis, MN The Rock
2/06 Colorado Springs, CO Black Sheep
2/07 Farmington, NM Gators
2/12 Albuquerque, NM Launch Pad
2/13 Odessa, TX Dos Amigos
2/14 Abilene, TX Midnite Rodeo
2/15 Houston, TX Scout Bar
2/16 Fort Worth, TX Ridglea Theater
2/21 Louisville, KY Headliners
2/22 Springfield, VA - Jaxx
 
 
 
 
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Droid To Tour With Ill Nino
January 12, 2008
Coming off of successful touring stints last year with Family Values and a support slot for Hellyeah and Korn, California metallers Droid have announced their first string of dates for 2008. The band will be heading out on the road with Ill Nino, Soil and Bobaflex as part of the Guerilla Carnival Tour starting on January 31st. The tour will run through March 1st.

James Buddy Eason lead singer of Droid had this to say, We are really excited to get back out on the road and the Ill Nino guys are good friends of ours so it will be great to see them rip it up every night. I really like the fact that all the bands on this tour are a little different than each other musically. This diverse package will give fans an exciting show from beginning to end. Get ready Droid fans...here comes the pain!!!!.

Droid w/ Ill Nino, Soil and Bobaflex on The Guerilla Carnival Tour:

1/31 Cleveland, OH Agora
2/01 Detroit, MI Harpos
2/02 Mokena, IL Pearl Room
2/04 Minneapolis, MN The Rock
 
 
 
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Biography
HOME TOWN: Long Beach, CA
MEMBERS:
BRUCE CHILD: Guitar
JAMIE TEISSERE: Guitar
DUKE: Bass
NICK MCWELLS: Drums
JAMES EASON: vocals

Droid are poised to destroy. Their assault stems from a musical skeleton fused by rapid-fire riffs, wicked power grooves and a violent, hardcore crash. On their self-titled Emotional Syphon Recordings debut, the Long Beach, CA quintet embrace a bludgeoning aesthetic that pummels, punishes and pushes the boundaries of heavy metal. Over the course of the album, Jamie Teissere and Bruce Child's guitars thrash with a syncopated bone-snapping crunch. Drummer Nick McWells blasts a barrage of deadly double bass, while the bass rhythm remains bolted down by Duke (Ex-Deadlights). This core allows Vocalist James Eason to channel an honest brutality and propel the entire package into a dark, violent and cathartic realm.

This debut marks the first release for Emotional Syphon, founded by revolutionary Korn guitarist James "Munky" Shaffer. After catching a Droid show at Hollywood's historic Whisky-A-Go-Go, Munky immediately signed the band as the label's flagship act, and they recorded their inaugural offering at Korn's Elementree Studios in Los Angeles. The sessions resulted in a volatile cache of cuts including "Resurrection", "Price of Honor" and "Fueled by Hate", which blend decimating hooks with infectious guitars.

The songs punch with a vibrancy that separates Droid from the oversaturated scene surrounding them. Says Eason: "You've got to be true to where you come from, and each one of us has a metal background. So we want to pay homage to what we love, but bring it with a new flavor. I want to mix real hardcore into it a little bit, as well. Our goal is to be a band that's always evolving. We're never leaving metal, and that's an oath I will always stand by--but we will evolve."

The blueprint has been drawn with this release, and there's no turning back. A standout track is "Vengeance is Mine", a collaboration with Deftones frontman Chino Moreno. The song is a volley of vitriol between the two singers, a twisted call and response with Eason's commanding bark answering Moreno's tortured, profound and often hypnotic high-pitched scream. "The contrast between me and Chino is sick," says the Droid frontman. "I learned a lot from just watching Chino in the studio. I'll continue to learn and want to work with people like that but, at the same time, be able to hold my own." The track is an unforgettable collision of chaos.

Touring with Korn on 2003's Back 2 Basics tour introduced Droid to America, who got another taste of the chaos on Family Values 2006. Mixing a raw East Coast hardcore ferocity with calculated metallic warfare, Droid have become a fine-tuned murder machine in front of a crowd. "It's like a brick wall coming at you 100 miles per hour", says Eason. "You can basically come to our shows and release all of your hate."

Ultimately, what's drawn so much attention to this band is their deep honesty. "If you're not honest, people can tell", concludes Eason. "People can tell if you've never experienced the things that you're singing about. People will vibe you and see if you're the same guy. The last thing I want to be is fake about anything."

Make no mistake, this metal is real, and ready to kill.