"My main source of inspiration is my life experiences and events that happen around the world."

Rafael’s love of metal began at age 12, when he first discovered bands such as Korn, Metallica, System of a Down, and later bands like Nightwish and Within Temptation. At age 15, he made the decision to move to the United States to pursue his dream of forming his own band.


He met drummer Colin while attending college, and they formed the project that would eventually become Neptune the Mystic. The two would rehearse symphonic metal covers until one of Rafael’s flyers was answered by guitarist Hayden, completing the original trilogy of NTM.



White Shure SM48


My parents, Chiara Lubich, Tuomas Holopainen, Amy Lee, Serj Tankian, Marcelo Burlon, Florence Welch, Jonathan Davis, Andrea Ferro, Cristina Scabbia

Other Hobbies:

Painting, drawing, running, watching movies and anime, attending geek conventions, designing stage outfits, playing videos

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Favorite Album:

The Open Door

Favorite Movies:

The Lord of the Rings series, Blade series, Underworld, Dawn of the Dead, Anywhere but Home

Favorite Anime:

Fate/Zero, Fate/stay night, Fate/Grand Order

Favorite Food:

Salame al cioccolato, pasta salad, tuna, paella, potato salad

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