Orgy and Company Go Wild In Anaheim

By Brandon “B-Mac” McCarthy

I am always up for seeing new and exciting bands that are looking to share their musical creations. On September 21st, I was invited to the House of Blues in Anaheim to check out this upcoming rock group from New York called Brand of Julez, who is hitting the road as an opening act for industrial rockers Orgy. For those that do remember them and those who do not, Orgy is an alternative/industrial metal creation by frontman Jay Gordon, who conquered the 1990s with their “death pop” style with hit singles like “Stitches” and the New Order cover, “Blue Monday.” Along with Brand of Julez came The Crowned, a premier metal group seeking metal domination, and Vigil of War, who I unfortunately missed. Performed in the side room known as the Parish Room, it was time to rock out.

I got to the Parish Room just in time to hear the insanity that is the Crowned. They brought raw metal aggression to the tiny room. Fronted by drummer/lead vocalist Marc Coronado, who sported a Doyle devil lock hairstyle, the Crowned laid to waste the Anaheim crowd with their combative nature. Coronado nails it on both crashing the drums and wailing on the vocals. Their guitarist, Slater, plays a mean note on the axe. Looking a little like the late Chris Cornell, he brought some heavy duty riffs. Bassist Johnny Damien shook the stage with the mighty plucks of his bass guitar. With songs like “Forthcoming,” “Murder,” “Nobody,” and “God Dammit,” the Crowned turned the Parish Room into a madhouse. As they were about to perform “The Dead,” Damien came the rafters and tossed out a bag of balloons that were actually condoms. I thoroughly enjoyed the Crowned, and felt welcomed in their metal kingdom.

Full The Crowned slide show below:

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Brand of Julez, a hard rock sensation from New York, was next to hit the stage. Their sound is very heavy, melodic, and has a bit of an old school touch to it. Frontman and rhythm guitarist Julez Zamora was full of fury and splendor when his voice echoed in the Parish Room. His brother, bassist Brandon, dropped the hammer on his nail-biting beats. Drummer Frankie D’Esposito displayed true showmanship with his powerful style behind the kit. Then there’s Nick Kashmanian, the lead guitarist with cunning flare and heaviness. Sporting snake-skin boots that looked like they belonged to Ted Nugent, he sizzled throughout the evening, especially when he played on the talk-box for a few tunes. One does not see that very often, it is very Richie Sambora. From “Falling Up” to “Dancing on a Wire,” “Gone,” “Power Within,” and “Take It All Away,” Brand of Julez revved up their motors and gave an awesome performance. I am so glad I did not miss them. Going forward, the future looks bold for them.

Full Brand of Julez slide show below:

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Orgy took the stage next, looking to give the fans of Anaheim a taste of their death pop magnificence. Longtime vocalist and founder Jay Gordon has not lost an ounce of his alluring alternative singing. He ran all over the tiny stage, looking to pump up the crowd with the opener, “Suckerface.” Double-teaming the industrial beat with angst and authority were bassist Creighton Emrick and rhythm guitarist Ilia Yordanov. Lead guitarist Carlton Bost electrified the Parish Room with his industrial metal riffs and solos that had the fans drooling out the mouth, while drummer Ryan Browne was a booming machine. I never saw Orgy in the 90s, but after witnessing their performance, I can see why fans enjoyed them during the peak of industrial and alternative rock scene. The fans of Anaheim were in Heaven when they heard their favorite tunes like “Dissention,” “Suck It,” “Fetisha,” “Fiction (Dreams in Digital),” “Stitches,” and the New Order cover “Blue Monday,” the song that launched them into stardom. Orgy was a well-oiled mechanical rock machine.

Full Orgy slide show below:

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The evening turned out better than I thought it would. Going into this show, I did not know what to expect for the evening. I never seen any of these groups before, so I was heading into the Parish Room with an open mind. The Crowned put on a killer set, Brand of Julez brought of old school heavy rock flavor, and Orgy turned over the industrial engines. All three of the bands that I saw that night performed with excellence and style. So happy I made it to the House of Blues that night. To Orgy, Brand of Julez, and the Crowned, I salute you. Horns up!!!

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