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2001 – present (16 years)
Hailing from Andorra, we now bring you one of the most exciting new acts on the ever-growing metal scene; Persefone.
The band was formed in 2003 and after just a year, the first album, "Truth Inside the Shades", was recorded. Carlos Lozano (Guitar and vocals), Miguel Espinosa (Keyboards and vocals), Jordi Gorgues (guitar) and Toni Mestre (bass) parting from Death metal, through progressive passages and even acoustics, demonstrated to have a great musicality. Bands like Opeth, Borknagar, Arcturus, Symphony X or Cacophony are all a reference for this album.
Teaming up with Intromental Management, the CD was released in 2004 in Russia/Baltic States by CD-Maximum, Japan by Soundholic and the rest of the world by Adipocere. The album was soon distributed and great feedback was received from the press. Persefone created their own little niche, through the original, complex, melodic and at times even aggressive metal that floated out of the speakers!
After the release, the band played a lot of local shows and began working on the second CD, "Core", with two new members in the band: Aleix Dorca as drummer/producer and Marc Martins as vocalist. "Core" is an intense crusade in which the band relates Persephone's story, the Greek goddess from the Underworld. A concept tribute divided on three epic passages where the band defies "Truth Inside the Shades". The music of Persefone has reached a new level of complexity, originality, virtuosity, melody and aggressiveness. Mixed and produced by Aleix Dorca and mastered in Sweden by Peter in de Betou (engineer of top bands like Dimmu Borgir, Enslaved, Dark Tranquility and Katatonia), "Core" shows a new, huge and modern sound.
The fantastic cover art was conceived by Danish artist extraordinaire Annika von Holdt. She created a great ambience of beauty that goes well along with the music.
"Core" was released in late 2006 on Soundholic. In 2007, the Greek label Burning Star Records signed the band for the rest of the World with an early autumn 2007 of "Core".
2008 was spent composing and demo'ing the next album - a conceptual album based upon ancient Japanese war-stories. The album, called "Shin-ken" has been finally released in Japan through Soundholic Records on 22nd July 2009 and the band is currently searching for a suitable label to release it worldwide.
Persefone, a band not easy to put a genre-description upon, now comes back with "Shin-ken", an album that goes further and beyond what has been heard until now. With so many new and upcoming bands in the heavy metal world, Persefone has got a hard task in front of them, but the band members have total confidence in themselves and their music, and we're convinced that you'll feel the exact same way, as soon as you've sat down and listened to their albums.
Persefone is simply put innovative music for the open-minded listener.
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