Introducing Stagma

The news about Vinny Appice joining Stagma in the studio were reported far and wide yesterday, with news being posted as far away as Australia and Brazil, which was fabulous. But Stagma is filled with great musicians, so here is a brief introduction the the rest of the band:

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On lead guitar is Neil Fraser, who has been playing guitar since the age of nine and has created waves in rock music with a variety of bands from the eighties onward,  including TEN and Rage of Angels. Neil met up with Alex  back in 2012/2013 and recorded a guest guitar solo on their compilation album, Retrospective, and the collaboration project, D.N.A.

FullSizeRenderOn rhythm guitar is Alex Santos, who has been writing music and playing guitar since the age of fourteen. In 2008 he founded Heavy Rock band Scar For Life and has composed, produced and mixed songs for four studio albums for the band and worked on collaborations with Neil Fraser and Vinny Appice, who featured on Scar For Life’s 2014 album, Worlds Entwined.

On bass is Joe Petro, born in Waterbury CT, who has been performing and composing since the 1980s. After performing in the local Connecticut club scene with various bands, Joe moved to Hollywood CA in 1995 and joined the hard rock blues band Sonic Jungle.

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In 2000, Joe joined the Hollywood-based glam band Spiders and Snakes, then formed a Black Sabbath cover band, Forever Say Die. After featuring in a number of bands, Joe joined Stuart Smith’s Heaven and Earth which supported the band on Alice Cooper’s radio show (Coopertown) as well as Cheap Trick, Blue Oyster Cult, Pat Travers and others. Since then, Joe has worked with Blacklist Union and the neo-classical power metal band, Spelled Moon.

The band is currently sourcing a singer who can provide the powerful vocals/lyrics that Stagma is looking for, we’ll have more news about that as the search unfolds.

Stagma lineup confirmed


Today  we were delighted to publicly announce that drumming legend Vinny Appice (Black Sabbath, Dio) will join us to complete the lineup to record our debut EP.

Vinny Appice, who has formed the backbone of such bands as Dio, Black Sabbath, Heaven and Hell and more, live and in the studio, has recorded and co-written songs on over 25 albums, including many multi-platinum records. With over two decades of touring and the sale of millions of records behind him, the other members of Stagma are delighted that he will be joining us in the studio.

“I grew up listening to Vinny’s drumming,” said Lisbon-based guitarist Alex Santos. “For me, he’s one of the heaviest drummers in rock history with a very personal style. Having Vinny on board is a privilege and he will add the vital ingredient that Stagma is looking for …”

The band’s debut EP, also titled Stagma, is due to be released later this year. Alex has composed seven new songs and the band has been recording in Lisbon and LA. The EP will be mixed and produced at Alex’s PressPlay Music studios in Lisbon.