Pariaus was formed in 2000 by guitarist Lance Kates and drummer Shawn Jordan. Kates and Jordan crossed paths at a recording engineering school in North Hollywood, Ca., where Kates was an instructor. The two started jamming during class breaks and soon were looking to do something a little more. But things got put on hold as Jordan found himself having to return to his native New Mexico to deal with family issues. After losing touch for nearly three years, Jordan returned to California and finally tracked down Kates and the two began working on material that Kates had written when the two first met. Originally called "Curse of a Nation", they set out with a new frame of mind and in 2005, Jordan recruited bassist Bobby Black whom he had met thru his sister-in-law. Black stepped up to then recruit a second guitarist, Rob Turner and in 2006, the four decided to change the band name from "Curse of a Nation" to "Pariaus". With a definition of social outcast, the band took the word "Pariah" and made up their own variation of the word and thus, Pariaus was born. Pariaus unleashed their fury on the L.A. metal scene in June of 2006 with a debut performance at the legendary Viper Room. While influenced by bands such as Black Sabbath, Pantera, Slayer, Iron Maiden, Tool and Mudvayne, Pariaus combine their energetic playing style, personalities and individual influences into a sound that is uniquely all their own. Pariaus signed with indie label Corporate Records in early 2007. Playing a steady stream of SoCal venus, Pariaus has become a pivotal part of the South Bay metal scene, playing frequently with bands such as Archaic Plague, Eyes in the Fog and Bloodypalms. Hell hath no fury unless Pariaus is there to fuel it.
Of course we play live! We love playing out in front of people, and we are honored to share the stage with some of the best metal bands in the Southbay. We've stayed pretty much in the Torrance/Hermosa Beach area lately, but we have played shows in Hollywood and Orange County. Soon we will be out playing pretty much any place that will have us in support of our debut release "DAMNATA MEMORIA" which is tentatively scheduled towards the end of October. Our very first show together in 06' was pretty special, we made our first appearance together at the legendary Viper Room in Hollywood.
Black Sabbath and Kiss were probably the two bands that started it all for us. Then as we got a little older, we got into bands like Venom, Slayer, Iron Maiden, Megadeth, Metallica, Motley Crue, Pantera, Overkill, Testament, Death, Cannibal Corpse, Suffocation and Sepultura. More recently, bands like Mudvayne, Lamb of God and Gojira have had a big influence on our music.
Gallien Krueger, Krank and Mesa Boogie amplification, Warwick basses, Jackson and ESP guitars, Sabian Cymbals, Tama Drums and hardware, Regal Tip sticks, Remo and aquarian drumheads.
Offical band webpage: www.myspace.com/pariaus