Amir Derakh and Ryan Shuck are back to bring the masses back out of hiding. This duo was the driving force behind Orgy, a group that broke new ground in taking aggressive electro beats and mixing them with a hard metal edge. This time, as Julien-K, they’ve put an emphasis on guitars and bigger vocals led by Shuck.

Skeptics guessing at the chance of lighting striking twice were hushed after Julien-K took over the Roxy April 8. Their larger-than-life sound got the packed house off their feet and as close to the stage as possible. With a pit of fans 200 deep singing every song, it was hard not to get lost in the chaos.

“This is big. We’ve waited a long time for this,” comments Derakh. “After going out on Projekt Revolution, we got a chance to get people familiar with the sound before launching this CD, and it’s paid off.”

They are currently touring in support of their new album, Death to Analog, and plan to be on the road all summer. In addition to getting a killer show in 2009, fans can also expect to hear the band’s influence in the video game world as well. The “Transformers 2” game is scored by Julien-K.

As if that weren’t enough, they will also be launching another project, Dead by Sunrise, with Chester Bennington of Linkin Park on vocals.

“As an artist I couldn’t be happier, I’m getting to play in two different bands at the same time and create two different sounds,” adds Derakh.

Dead by Sunrise is a departure from the rap rock that Linkin Park is known for, allowing for some range in the vocals. Opening up his vocal abilities, it seems as though this band gives Bennington the musical foundation he needed to do his voice justice. The ethereal sound that Derakh and Shuck have put together here is a much more somber recognition of their Julien-K alter ego.

The main focus of Julien-K’s legacy will be their stage show. The former members of Orgy destroy the stage every night they perform. From Shuck’s unrestrained personality to Derakh’s technically perfect guitar arrangements, this is worth the wait in line.



Death to Analog is currently available. For more information, visit julienk.com.