Persefone is an Andorran progressive death metal band[2][3][4][5] formed in October 2001.[6] The band's name is derived from Persephone, a figure in Greek Mythology.

Persefone at Turock Open Air 2015
Persefone at Turock Open Air 2015
Background information
GenresProgressive metal, technical death metal, melodic death metal[1]
Years active2001–present
LabelsViciSolum, Napalm
MembersDaniel R. Flys
Carlos Lozano Quintanilla
Filipe Baldaia
Miguel Espinosa Ortiz
Toni Mestre Coy
Sergi Verdeguer
Past membersAleix Dorca
Xavi Pérez
Marc Mas Marti
Jordi Gorgues Mateu
Marc Martins Pia



Persefone was founded in early 2001 in Andorra la Vella, the capital of the small European nation of Andorra. The founding members are Carlos Lozano Quintanilla, Jordi Gorgues Mateu, Toni Mestre Coy, and Xavi Pérez. In 2002 they were joined by Miguel Espinosa Ortiz. A demo was recorded in 2003, and the concept of the album took shape: the five soul illnesses combined with the transition from life to death.[7] A 6-track demo became an LP with the help of Claus Jensen and Intromental Management; Truth Inside the Shades was recorded at Orion Studios and mastered by Peter in de Betou for Taylor Maid Productions.

Some gigs were scheduled, but Pérez left the band, and was replaced by Aleix Dorca Josa, producer of the band, who joined it to perform drums. Also, Marc Marti became the lead singer, taking over for Quintanilla. After this, Truth Inside the Shades was released worldwide through Soundholic Records (Japan), Cd-Maximum (Russia and Baltic States), and Adipocere Records (Europe and United States).[7]

The next album, a longer concept album, relates the story of Persephone, the Greek goddess for which the band was named. In August 2006, Core was released in Japan through Soundholic Records. In 2007, a year after its Japanese release, Persefone signed a deal with Greek label Burning Star Records, and in August the album was released worldwide.[7]

In 2010, the band released its new, Japanese-influenced album Shin-Ken and in March 2010 they supported Obituary in a tour.

Persefone's fourth record, Spiritual Migration, was released in 2013. On 5 August 2014, the band announced that drummer Marc Mas had left the band on good terms.[8]

Persefone's next album, Aathma, was released in February 2017.[9]

On 22 February 2018, Persefone announced that they would release a new single, "In Lak'Ech", a month later on 23 March, featuring Tim Charles from Ne Obliviscaris.[10] The song title comes from "In Lak'ech Ala K'in", a traditional Mayan greeting, meaning "I am another yourself" or "I am you, and you are me".[11][12]

On 4 February 2022, Persefone released a new album titled Metanoia with guest musicians including: Einar Solberg from Leprous, Steffen Kummerer, Angel Vivaldi and Merethe Soltvedt accompanying them.[13] The album was released to critical acclaim with Metal Injection calling it "Fantastic" and SonicPerspectives saying the band "Outdone themselves".[14][15]

On 12 September 2023, Persefone announced the departure of their main vocalist Marc Martins Pia, mainly to focus on his family. On 17 October 2023, the band announced that Daniel R. Flys, the vocalist for Melodic Metal band, Eternal Storm as the new vocalist for the band, replacing Pia.[16][17] The band's first release with Flys, an EP titled Lingua Ignota: Part I, released on 2 February 2024.[18]


Persefone in 2015


  • Toni Mestre Coy – bass (2001–present)
  • Carlos Lozano Quintanilla – guitar (2001–present), vocals (2001–2004)
  • Miguel "Moe" Espinosa – keyboards, vocals (2002–present)
  • Sergi Verdeguer – drums (2015–present)
  • Filipe Baldaia – guitar (2016–present)
  • Daniel R. Flys - vocals (2023-present)


  • Jordi Gorgues Mateu – guitar (2001–2016)
  • Xavi Perez – drums (2001–2003)
  • Aleix Dorca Josa – drums (2003–2006)
  • Marc Mas Marti – drums (2006–2014)
  • Marc Martins Pia – vocals (2004–2023)



Studio albums
  • Truth Inside the Shades (2004, re-recorded in 2020)
  • Core (2006)
  • Shin-Ken (2009)
  • Spiritual Migration (2013)
  • Aathma (2017)
  • Metanoia (2022)
  • In Lak'Ech (2018)
  • Lingua Ignota: Part I (2024)


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