Industrial/electro rockers Julien-K, founded by original Orgy members Ryan Shuck and Amir Derakh have signed on to a massive national tour with The Birthday Massacre. The band will be dropping their new album titled Harmonic Disruptor in early April. The title track off of the album, “Harmonic Disruptor,” was released as a single on January 24th. Their second single “Shut Down Your Soul” dropped on February 28th and the third single “Stronger Without You” will drop on March 20th.
Great news for fans: Julien-K will be joined by their legendary original drummer and Dead By Sunrise bandmate, Elias “Bones” Rodriguez.
Ryan Shuck was quoted “We reconnected after years apart at Chester’s (Bennington) funeral. I had just given a eulogy and afterwards Elias just came and hugged me. We literally hugged each other and cried HARD for about 10 minutes. No words. Nothing. Then we continued to deal with the tragedy in our own ways, but continued talking months after. In late 2019 we met again at a Korn concert in San Diego where Elias was hanging w our old friend Head (Brian Welch) and we just said to one another….brother I miss playing with you!”
Months later, current Julien-K drummer Alex Gonzalas found himself with multiple conflicted obligations, with “By An Ion” (Gonzalas’ solo project) blowing up on its own. Gonzalas suggested to Shuck that he reach out to Rodriguez, and that it would be “amazing for fans, and an amazing live performance for Julien-K”. Shuck agreed and Elias was quickly reintegrated into the band.
The band is incredibly excited to play the new tracks from the Harmonic Disruptor album with nearly all of the original Julien-K members. “HARMONIC DISRUPTOR takes Julien-K back to it’s dark industrial 90’s roots that they found success with in Orgy’s 1st album, Candyass. It sounds as if NIN Broken era and Ministry smashed into Orgy at its prime. Visceral and pounding, with singer Ryan Shuck showing an entirely different violent take on his usually smooth Gahan-esqe vocal style. Amir Derakh’s signature guitar sound developed in the Orgy days is definitely back for this album” says the band’s lead vocalist Ryan Shuck.
The band is anticipating a massive excited and inspired core fanbase turnout with the re-addition of OG member “Bones” on a virtually perfect tour pairing with The Birthday Massacre.
Julien-K will be headlining dates before and after the main Birthday Massacre tour package as well, with Rodriguez included.
The bands new album, Harmonic Disruptor, is scheduled to drop early April through TLG/INgrooves, as new singles “Shut Down Your Soul”, “Stronger Without You”, and “Burn The System” hit in March. Shuck has mentioned that this album “is sharply focused on the death of our best friend and brother, Chester Bennington”, and that it is a “scream of consciousness” where Shuck had a platform to try to deal with the loss of his best friend, bandmate, and rock legend, Chester Bennington.
Amir Derakh, Ryan Shuck and Anthony “Fu” Valcic have been musical collaborators for 20 years. During their time together they have weaved in and out of mainstream music like a constantly evolving musical fashion house. In the late 90’s to mid 2000’s they were responsible for massive radio and sales hits such as “Blind” (Korn), “Blue Monday”,” Stitches”, and “Fiction” (Orgy), and more recently “Crawl Back In” and “Let Down” (Dead By Sunrise with their close friend Chester Bennington). After enjoying years of traditional music business success, they recently began steering their fans towards their new independent electro-industrial rock project Julien-K – which sounds at home with acts like Depeche Mode, Nine Inch Nails, New Order, Ministry, IAMX, Marilyn Manson, Stabbing Westward, Killing Joke, as well as any act Orgy would have paired with.
Julien-K has just completed their fifth album, Harmonic Disruptor after a 5th #1 crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo. Harmonic Disruptor sees the band returning to its heavy industrial rock roots it started in Orgy & their first album Death 2 Analog.