Crank this to 9.3 of 11
|    Editor's Pick
Stoner rock, Heavy psych rock
Sounds Like:
Torche, Kylesa
Thursday, January 16, 2020
DROID from Melbourne Australia takes us on a sonic journey through heavy psych rock with Hypereality. With a plethora of bands like Irata, Torche and Baroness commanding the scene, it’s always thrilling to hear up and coming bands take on this genre and feed life into the scene. Their 2017 debut was a dense psychedelic mind trip of heavy and doomy psych with insane echoed vocals, taking a page from Sons of Otis. With Hyperreality we are seeing rapid growth and expanding upon their psych doom.

On Hypereality, the foursome have evolved with injecting elements of stoner and more psychedelic rock with cleaner and unusual vocals tones. The first track “Mind Collapse” is evident of this with slightly aquatic vocals along with a more spacey stoner vibe. The second song “Mouth of the Hound” is a fucking beast; it’s heavy, pounding and just flat out mesmerizing. This track leads right into psychedelics of “Fertile Crescent,” a terrific back-to-back combination as the album starts to come together as a whole as your mind succumbs to the heaviness.

1. Mind Collapse 04:47
2. Mouth of the Hound 08:15
3. Fertile Crescent 06:44
4. Divine Ascent 04:32
5. Thunder Mountain 06:28
6. Ant Queen 05:39

Standout Track(s)
For some reason “Thunder Mountain” really hits a nerve with us, the stoner rhythm in the middle of the track so infectious.

Adult Beverage Pairing
Einstein's Favorite by New York-based Equilibrium Brewery.  The 10.5% ABV Imperial IPA has tastes and aromas of orange and vanilla. This unique flavor aling with its potency is a great pairing with Hyperreality.

Vocal Performance
9.4 out of 11

Risk of Subwoofer Damage
9.5 out of 11

Captivation and Variety
9.5 out of 11

Weight of the Heavy
9.4 out of 11
Lyrics and Song Structure
9.4 out of 11

Fretwork Prowess
9 out of 11

Overall Album Flow
9.7 out of 11

Album Cover Aesthetics
8.9 out of 11

Production Value
9.4 out of 11

Final Thoughts
We love the slight evolution of the music and we are in the midst of seeing a band hitting their stride. Just pick up both albums as they will add great variety to your collection. It’s a bit early, but we are already primed for a new release to see where they go from here. In the meantime let’s enjoy the heavy psychedelic that Hypereality has to offer.

DROID are:
Vocals/Guitar: Richard Iskov
Vocals/Bass: Will Haines
Guitar: Tim Wooltorton
Drums: Jeremy Kaye Simmons

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