Gaza was an American metal band from Salt Lake City, Utah.
Formed in 2004, they were signed to Black Market Activities and have released one extended-play and three full-length albums. They were known for their complex and heavy sound, as well as their outspoken anti-religious and political views. The band split up in 2013.
The band formed in Salt Lake City intending to be an indie band but, according to then-bassist Jon Parkin, that "lasted about half a practice".
The original lineup consisted of Casey Hansen on drums, Parkin on bass, and Michael Mason and Luke Sorenson on guitars. With this lineup they played their first two shows with different vocalists - first with Dustin Dransfield and then with Dreu Hudson. After their departure, Parkin switched to lead vocals, and bass player Chris Clement was added. With this lineup, the band recorded their debut EP East in 2004, which was distributed by Exigent Records.
In 2006, the band signed to label Black Market Activities, on which they have released I Don't Care Where I Go When I Die, He Is Never Coming Back, and No Absolutes in Human Suffering. After the release of He Is Never Coming Back, Sorenson left the band, leaving them as a four-piece group.
In March of 2013, the band announced that they were disbanding. In the same month, the former members announced they were forming a new band named Cult Leader, with Lucero moving to lead vocals and the addition of Sam Richards to play bass.
Jon Parkin - vocals (2004-2013), bass (2004),
Michael Mason - guitar (2004-2013),
Casey Hansen - drums (2004-2013),
Anthony Lucero - bass (2006-2013),
Dustin Dransfield - vocals (2004),
Dreu Hudson - vocals (2004),
Matt Nanes - bass (2004-2005),
Chris Clement - bass (2004-2005, 2005-2006),
Luke Sorenson - guitar (2004-2009)