From: Glendale, CA, United States
Last Known Status: Active
We began in 2003 as a band called Black Rose, group of kids from Crescenta Valley High School in La Crescenta. BR consisted of only a few of the members that exist in Orcus (Hayg, John Paul and Andrew). Hayg was playing bass at the time, JP was playing rhythm and ex-member Xander was playing lead. Andrew was on keys and ex-member Lana was playing drums. Due to conflicting interest, Xander and Lana decided that Black metal wasn't quite their thing. The remaining three members decided to get together with drummer Rob Terzian, Hayg's cousin, to fill Lana's part. Hayg decided to switch to lead guitar and BR sought out another bassist. Karo Torosyan, long time friend of John Paul, was asked if he'd like to take up the position, and Karo gladly agreed. BR played a few shows at the Whisky, but Rob was having difficulty keeping up with the pace and the progressiveness of the music. He left in September of 2005
The following month, BR came across a drummer by the name of Chris Moore. Chris had played with many other bands before BR, and was fairly well known in the industry. After a few weeks of jamming with Chris, the music of BR had been enhanced two fold. At this moment, it was decided the band was going to change their name to Orcus. With Chris topping off the mix, all the members realized that they had reached a point of amazing chemistry, friendship, and musical skill, and that the five of them would be the ones to take this band to the next stage.
Since the joining of Chris Moore and the name change to "Orcus", We have become a regular sight at the Whisky. We've opened for Rattlehead, Dragon Lord and Bleed the Sky, as well as headlined the Whisky ourselves. We just recently played a big show at the House of Blues and plan to play there many more times in the future. We've just finished recording an entire album with Poison Carousel Productions. Special thanks to Anna Cumming and Bill Metoyer for their excellent help on the album, and everything else you guys have done for us. We are currently unsigned, but definitely looking for a label that well suits us.