A view from LA …

Things are coming together nicely. Stagma are in the studio, recording tracks for for our debut release.

Vinny Appice, our drummer, has already laid down his signature powerful style on several tracks at his studio in Los Angeles and Alex is preparing to add rhythm guitars at PressPlay studios in Lisbon. All being well Joe Petro will join Alex in Lisbon to add bass and later lead guitar, by Neil Fraser, will be added soon after.

On completion the music will be mixed and produced at Alex’s PressPlay Music studios in Lisbon.

The photo at the head of this post was kindly provided by Vinny straight from his studio.

Stagma: The band is in the studio


The EP, Stagma, is coming together. In a Facebook post at the weekend Alex reported that he has started ‘laying down guitars over Vinny Appice’s heavy drumming’. Vinny is presently in his studio in LA and has laid down two of the seven tracks on STAGMA’s debut EP. Soon the other members of this rock collaboration will be making their own contribution to the album: Alex and Neil Fraser on guitars, and Joe Petro, also recording from LA, on bass.

We’ll have more details as to the format and availability of Stagma the EP soon.

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Coffin Case Co., Los Angeles

STAGMA is pleased to announce that we are being supported by the Coffin Case Co. from Los Angeles CA. We agree that nothing looks better together than guitars and basses protected by Coffin cases. Look out for a double-neck bass case for Joe Petro’s 4×8 string coming by the end of 2016.

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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:

NEIL live

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.