PARIUS is a death metal band that I just recently got in contact with. Anders Ekdahl ©2018

Every band has to introduce their music to new people. What is it that you want people to get from listening to you guys?
-Honestly, if they can finish listening to a track and just think to themselves that these guys made a killer song that’d be good enough for me. When I write my vocal parts I spend a lot of time thinking about the phrasing and exactly how I want things to sound, so if people can appreciate that then job well done.

How hard was it for you guys to pick a name? What had that name have to have to fit your music?
-To be honest picking a band name sucks. I’ve never been a fan of [adjective] of [noun] type band names and I prefer something that you can really own. The first name we used for our band was “Epitaph”, then we switched to “Pariah” and we realized there was already a band around us with that name. I think we just toyed with the word until it was a nonsense word, but it’s something that we can make our own.

Everybody is influenced by certain things. What band(s) was it that turned you on to the kind of music you play? What inspires you today?
-I think most of Parius used Metallica as the gateway drug into metal. I, unfortunately, have a dark past in terms of the music that I used to listen to compared to today. Some of those Metalcore/Deathcore bands that were pretty popular around 2010. I listen to a bunch of things today, and not all of it metal. I try to use inspirations from a many different sources. Right now I’m into new Obscura, Xanthochroid, The Protomen, and Dream Theater.

When you formed did you do so with the intent of knowing what to play or did you do so from the point of having a band name and then picking a sound? How did you settle on the name/sound combo?
-When we first started we tried to sound like bands that we loved. Very obvious influences of the first record are The Black Dahlia Murder and Dethklok. As we matured we definitely became more focus on crafting a sound that was ours while still paying tribute to the bands we enjoy and are influenced by. I’m not too concerned with having a consistent sound because I want to try to experiment with the things that interest me at the time. For example, the song Between Hell and I was our attempt to write a Parius-style black metal song.

I believe that digital is killing the album format. People’s changing habit of how they listen to music will result in there being no albums. Is there anything good with releasing single tracks only?
-We actually thought about releasing a collection of singles after The Eldritch Realm, but some of the band members prefer the old ways and wouldn’t take to it. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with bands doing that, but, personally, I want the music I make to be crafted with a cohesive theme and aesthetic. Releasing single after single would make it a bit harder to accomplish that.

What part does art-work and lay-out play when you release new recordings? How do you best catch people’s attention?
-Since I write all the lyrics for the music I have a very specific idea of how I want everything to go. I feel like artwork is an important chance to catch the listener’s eye and give a face to the music. The story of the album is meant to be a Twilight Zone style story and our guitarist, Ryan, suggested that a 1930’s horror movie poster could be a good idea. I immediately took to the idea and loved the originality of it hoping it would help us stand out.

Has social media re-written the rules on how to promote your music? Or do you go about doing promotion the same way?
-I have very little to do with the social media side of things, but we don’t really break any boundaries with the way we promote. Just some promoted posts and the like.

When you play in a band, does that make you feel like you are a part of a scene, of something bigger and grander?
-I love writing music and being in a band enabled me to create music I couldn’t make on my own. It also gives me something about myself that I can be truly proud of.

How much of a touring band are you? Is touring/gigging still a great way of spreading the word of the band?
-We aren’t a touring band as we have too many commitments at home to every really set out on the road. I think for your band to have a presence in your local scene gigging is the way to go. It helps people talk about you and spread the word.

What will the future bring?
-The goal is to keep making bigger and better music! It sounds incredibly contrived at this point, but the goal is always to do more with the next body of music. I also wanted to thank you for taking the time to talk to small bands like ours. It’s awesome metal blogs like you guys that help keep the community thriving!

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