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Last January 29th, singer Saulo Castilho’s project XAKOL performed for the first time with their new lineup. The highlight was the debut of guitarist André Freitas. André, who has been a professional musician, songwriter and guitar teacher for more than 10 years, was also a member of the bands ST3 and The Search 7, besides playing with artists like Marcus Salles and Joe Vasconcellos.

Now the project has the following fixed line-up for live concerts: Saulo “Xakol” Castilho (vocals), Rafael Azevedo (guitar), André Freitas (guitar), Gil Lima (drums), Daniel Schlemper (keyboards) and Thiago Moser (bass).

Two albums are also being recorded, both of which will be released by MS Metal Records and will feature famous Brazilian musicians as special guests, such as Bruno Sutter (Detonator, Massacration), Marcelo Moreira (Circle II Circle, ex-Almah), Rafael Pensado (Mindflow), besides production by Edu Falaschi (Almah, ex-Angra) in one of the albums.



Thanks to all who came to our concert last Sunday. It was amazing! And congratulations to our new guitarist, André Freitas, who killed it in his first gig. Our new full line-up is now (from left to right): Daniel Schlemper (keyboard), André Freitas (guitar), Gil Lima (drums), Saulo “Xakol” Castilho (vocals), Rafael Azevedo (guitar) e Thiago Moser (bass).



Another edition of Rocking Birthday is confirmed!

We will be once again performing at Célula Showcase, Florianópolis in the last weekend of January, this time with the bands Thousand Suns and Acesso Violento.

This will be our first concert with guitarrist André Freitas in our fixed lineup.

Entrance is free!

Date: Jan 29th 2017
Time: 6 PM
Venue: Célula Showcase, Rodovia João Paulo, 75 – Saco Grande, Florianópolis – SC
Price: free!


MerryXmas1Thanks to all who have visited our website, liked our Facebook page and its publications, subscribed to our YouTube channel or have just followed our work and waited silently for our releases. The year of 2016 was great with some dreams coming true for us, and you are an essential part of that.

Merry Xmas (with capital X) and a happy 2017 for you all, because we already know this year will be even better!

Adair Daufembach, Rafael PensadoRafael Pensado, drummer for Brazilian progressive metal band MindFlow, recorded a track for the album Chaos Lit a Soul as a guest musician. The recording was supervised by the acclaimed producer Adair Daufembach and took place in Los Angeles at Machina Factory studio, owned by the drummer himself. Among drummers who have recently recorded in this studio are Aquiles Priester (Noturnall, ex-Angra, ex-Primal Fear) and Dirk Verbeuren (Megadeth, ex-Soilwork), besides Marcelo Moreira (Circle II Circle, ex-Almah), who recorded the remaining tracks for Chaos Lit a Soul there.

The song recorded by Pensado will be the sixth track in the album, and the most progressive in my opinion, being the perfect song for this drummer, who I consider to be the reference in Brazil for this genre.