PERSONA is a female-fronted alternative metal band from Tunisia. Their style fuses modern metal sound with elements of rock, thrash and heavy riffs with synth effects and classical orchestration, creating the perfect foundation for intense and captivating vocal lines.
Being considered one of the most accomplished and influential bands on the Tunisian metal scene, PERSONA are now ready to move on to the international level. Their single “Blinded” very quickly captured the attention of metal fans all over the world and got featured in several international and local webzines. It was voted Best Metal Video for 2015 in African Rock Music Awards competition on AudioInferno website. The release of their debut album “Elusive Reflections” is scheduled for February 12th 2016, so get ready to be taken on a journey full of different identities, various and conflicting states of mind, and diverse emotions. The album is already available to pre-order on band’s Bandcamp page.
Formed in 2012 by lead guitarist Melik Melek Khelifa and singer/pianist Jelena Dobric, the band went through many different phases and musical genres, exploring and looking for a distinctive way of expression. After several changes, Yosri Ouada became their permanent rhythm guitarist, Youssef Aouadi took place on drums, Walid Bessadok joined on keyboard and Nesrine Mahbouli on bass. Each member brought an individual musical personality into the band, making its style unique and appealing to the broadest audience.
Very soon after getting together, the band started being active on stage and regularly participating in local metal concerts and events. They won the “Metal Asylum Battle” contest held in Tunis in august 2013, when they performed live on stage with the guest star Ron Bumblefoot Thal (BUMBLEFOOT, Guns’N’Roses, Art of Anarchy).
Jelena Dobric – Lead & backing Vocals
Melik Melek Khelifa – Lead Guitar
Yosri Ouada – Rhythm Guitar
Youssef Aouadi – Drums
Walid Bessadok – Keyboard
Nesrine Mahbouli – Bass
Photographer: Seth photography