I don't know if they have any others yet (I don't think they do) but this has been an impressive first offering. If their lyrics are any indication, DROID is a group of people clearly fed-up with the abuses and distortions of christendom. This album is a punishing, sacrilegious blitzkrieg, calling-out the many faults of the pervasive thuggishness, deception and exploitation of the abrahamic faiths line after line. "Accept your saviour, and you'll spare our lives," "Gods little soldiers do evil deeds - so discrete so they'll still believe," "Keep them passive and give them faith, starve the poor and become a king of kings," "preach 'humanity,' yet teach them judgement," etc.
Another applause-worthy trait is the pounding, syncopated progressive rhythms, often played in unison with almost all of the band's instrumentalists, as if DROID were one big percussion instrument. This formula can get boring if not properly applied, but Teissere and Childress dutifully keep the more percussive side of the guitars interspersed with complementary lead-riffs that fill-in the sound and make it more complete. All in all, this album is a dissonant, thrashing hurricane of sound in every track.
My favorite songs from this album are "The Resurrection," "God of Anger" and "No Gods, No Masters."
If I had any complaints, I would say it's two things - the track "Withdrawals of Me," for one. It sounds as if it was written about a cheating ex-lover, and if it can be said that someone agreed to monogamy and then didn't keep their word, I can understand the disappointment of the cheated-on. Still, this song mostly comes-off like a butthurt tirade of tiresome slut-shaming and doesn't really impress me lyrically. The riffs are pretty good, but not enough to justify keeping a copy of a song where they toss-around the word "whore" like this. The other fault I find is really more just an area for improvement - namely that there's very little actual *singing* on this album. I like a good balance between melodic vocals and screaming, and I can think of about five-seconds-worth of this album where I hear any melody. There's a moment where the words, "'A normal life,' is that too much to ask?" in a very contorted, dismal sort of melody. But it's only backup-vocals, not lead.
Finally, I'd like to applaud DROID for one thing - the fact that they actually keep it inventive with the rhythms they write throughout this album. That I can remember, McWells never once resorts to that monotonous "DIK-a-DIK-a-DIK-a-DIK-a" filler-drumming that's become so lamentably common in metal (especially metalcore) these days. That makes this album even more a breath of fresh-air. Writing genuine metal music takes skill and ingenuity. DROID lead by example in this respect.
Overall I give this album four out of five stars.