Párodos takes its origin from an idea of Giovanni Costabile (Hybris, keyboards), together with Francesco Del Vecchio (Oudeis, guitar), Gianpiero Sica (Orion, bass), Marco Alfieri (M, voice) and Daniele Ippolito (Ephaistos, drums). The purpose was to create something personal, with a modern sound combining different atmospheres, both ethereal and evocative with their roots in black metal. The project, later called Párodos, follows the path of bands such as Fen, Les Discrets, Alcest, Katatonia, Lantlos, Arcturus and Enslaved.
After two years of rehearsals, on July 2016, the band released a live session recorded and mixed in Salerno at Sonic Temple Studio by Fabio Calluori (Heimdall, Nude). After opening for Fleshgod Apocalypse's venue in Naples during their "King Tour", the band entered the Kick Recording Studio to record the debut album Catharsis with producer Marco Mastrobuono (Hour of Penance, Buffalo Grillz) from December 2016 to January 2017, featuring Massimiliano Pagliuso (Novembre), Francesco Ferrini (Fleshgod Apocalypse), Elisabetta Marchetti (Riti Occulti), Riccardo Studer (Stormlord).
The band's name, "Párodos", comes from classics, especially from greek tragedy where the term "parodo" stands for both a side-entrance, and the first song sung by the chorus after its entrance from the side wings (parodoi). The concept behind our music is to introduce the listener into a journey through human tragedy, where everyone is the actor yet a spectator, and to guide him through a purification process that leads to Catharsis.
Catharsis is dedicated in its entirety to Luigi, cousin, friend, brother whose departure after a long suffering deeply changed our lives and dramatically influenced our music. Therefore, the record resembles the structure of a greek tragedy, from ‘Prologue’ to ‘Exodus’, dealing with sorrow to capture its essence and to recover hope.
1. Prologue (Intro)
2. Space Omega
4. Heart of Darkness
6. Black Cross
9. Exodus (Outro)