LadyAxe is a South African Viking Metal artist/ dark poet/ horror author and indie filmmaker.
As for her music career, Axe was the first female heavy metal artist in South Africa, back in 1992-3.
It was a tough time to bring a female power metal artist in amongst the new wave of Death Metal that just took over the country, but she persisted, being billed mainly with Goth/ Power acts through her record company. Because of mismanagement of the acts on the record company's roster, Axe left the company a year after.
In 2009 LadyAxe headlined the Windhoek Metalfest in Namibia, making history as the first time a metal band featured three generations of females from the same family. It was a once-off feat just for the one performance, but proved the unpredictable nature of LadyAxe.
SPRAY appear in 1997. Though it sounds like a band, it`s the outcome of the work of Joao Paulo Das Neves. Songs, lyrics, vocals and all instruments.
Cosmopolitan, his work lives too with some invitees ( Rui Reininho, Paulo Costa, Peixe, Paulo Praça, Joana Carvalho, etc. ) that help decisively on the final results.
Three albums, produced by Luis Carlos Pereira ( Pintado No Luar ), Rui Reininho ( Salto Mortal ) and João Paulo Das Neves in the the newest Brit.
The first and second albums were remastered and will be very soon on all digital platforms.
Brit, a 2020 work, is released by the label Ministry Of Musics. It represents the living hood of the artist in London for the last fourteen years .
There, he worked in the Abbey Road Studios, and played withRadio Revolution, and in some live venues with Gene Loves Jezebel, playing in the most legendaries Marquee and Unicorn Camden Live.
In Portugal the artist was a notorious presence on the press, hat in turn, gave him some nice reviews and coverage. TV and Cable TV were well aquatinted with his music, mainly rock`n`roll shows.
He played with Rui Reininho at some live venues, out of which we can underline his presence in Coliseu do Porto, an huge venue, in a show called Porto Cantado ( he, Rui Reininho, Sérgio Godinho, Rui Veloso, Manuela Azevedo and Vozes da Radio were the headliners).
The artist made an outstanding performance with Rui Reininho, 2001, at the anniversary of the Museum Of Contemporary Art of Oporto ( Casa de Serralves ), experimenting with sounds and visions strongly.
Paulo Janela is a composer and producer hailing from Portugal who leads the one-man metal band XmafaX.
At just 12 years old, Janela started dabbling in music, beginning with the piano and eventually leading into the electric guitar. When he was 12, metal was at its prime with heavyweights like Metallica, Helloween, Anthrax, Slayer, King Daimond, Judas Priest and Pantera dominating the charts. Today, Janela continued to play the guitar, bass and keyboard in addition to other hardware including the midi keyboard and various computer programs.
Constantly inspired by Heavy Metal, Gothic, Industrial and EBM music genres, XmafaX’s music remains unprecedented due to his unique style of mixing many genres together.