On the 8th January 2015, through Scott Albert’s Celldweller Facebook page, a lyric video was premiered of his synthpop/EDM side project’s single Pro-bots & Robophobes.
Three weeks before on Christmas Eve (24th December), a fifteen second preview was uploaded onto his record label’s YouTube (Fixtmusic).
Scandroid was founded in 2013 with Scott Albert (under the pseudonym Red) and Varien – real name Nick Kaelar – under the guise of Raven, a multi-instrumentalist and multi-genred producer who has written scores for The Walking Dead, 300: Rise of an Empire, and Furious 7. Together, they had released singles Salvation Code & Datastream (2013), and a year later in 2014, Kaelar confirmed that he would be parting to focus on his own material; after his departure, Empty Streets and Aphelion were available.
It was during the making and post-production of Celldweller’s recent album End of an Empire, that Albert (also known as Klayton) was in the talks of remastering his industrial/gothic metal project Circle of Dust, having regained the rights to them from his previous label R.E.X, and upon the premiere of this video, was in the works of his remastering and decided to pair the projects up.
As a result, Scandroid’s new single is a mixture of synthpop, EDM and industrial (industrial dance); with Klayton emulating his vocals pre-Celldweller (2003 onwards), whilst keeping to his character of Red. Pro-bots & Robophobes’s universe also seems to have connections to Celldweller’s EOAE, with the mention of E.E.V – another name for the female protagonist Siren in the story arch of Outland Industries.
You may view Varien’s work under his YouTube, and his current record label Monstercat