Rob Mancini is the vocalist for Stagma

Stagma, the heavy rock collaboration formed by composer/guitarist Alexandre Santos, and featuring bassist Joe Petro, lead guitarist Neil Fraser, and drummers Vinny Appice and Patrick Johansson, confirmed that Irish singer and lyricist, Rob Mancini, will add lead vocals to their debut album, Stagma.

Rob, who has previously worked with Alex Santos on Scar For Life’s 2014 release, Worlds Entwined, and is well known for his rough vocal lines, harmonies and killer riffs, has been adding lead vocals for Stagma’s debut album from his studio in Ireland.

‘The band are delighted to have singer Rob Mancini on board and he has already tracked vocals for half of Stagma’s debut album,’ Stagma posted on their Facebook page, ‘In a recent post, Rob said of his progress: “Some recording session at the minute! I’m on … fire! This will be some hell of an album,” and commented on how much he is, “Looking forward to the madness and everything that comes with it.”’

The news was released today and you can read the Press Release here.

Gaming composer Jeroen Tel to appear on Stagma’s debut album

Stagma are delighted to announce that our debut album will feature a cinematic introduction from video game composer, Jeroen Tel.

The legendary Dutch composer and video-game pioneer, and co-founder of the Maniacs of Noise, will provide a newly-composed introduction to the album. Best known in the 1980s and early 1990s for writing numerous computer game tunes for the Commodore 64, Jeroen Tel has produced a range of electronic music, from electronic orchestral pieces to dubstep. Now he will be bringing his unique talents to Stagma’s heavy rock anthems.

The news was released today and you can read the Press Release here


Bonus track featuring AC/DC’s Simon Wright on Stagma’s debut album

STAGMA is pleased to announce the addition of a bonus track featuring drummer Simon Wright (AC/DC-Dio-Queensrÿche), currently with Dio Disciples.

Joe Petro met Simon in passing during Ace Frehley’s show in California in February and they discussed the possibility of getting Simon involved to record one last track with STAGMA, to complete the band’s debut to be released this year. Simon was kind enough to open up his very busy schedule and accommodate the offer. The original scratch track was composed by Alex Santos within a week, with drums, bass and guitars included. Soon after the track was shared with Neil Fraser for lead guitar and Joe Petro for 8 string bass. The track was completed within two weeks and it has turned out to be the perfect send off for the album’s completion.

We are delighted with the finished track and honoured to have Simon’s involvement in the mix. Simon’s drumming contributed the perfect groove for the song and we thank him for his time and professionalism in completing STAGMA’s first chapter.

To keep up with information about Stagma and our debut album, don’t forget to ‘like’ our page on Facebook and subscribe to our website.

Stagma attends NAMM convention, Anaheim Ca.

This past weekend at the NAMM convention in Anaheim, Alex met up with Joe Petro, Patrick Johansson and Vinny Appice in between meetings with possible sponsors in support of the band’s debut album. It was a flying visit for Alex but a great opportunity to get together with other members of Stagma to discuss future plans for our upcoming album release.

Below are a couple of images from the weekend, we hope to bring you some more soon.

Alex, Joe and Vinny at NAMM 2017
Joe, Patrick and Alex at NAMM 2017
Joe, Patrick and Alex at NAMM 2017

Patrick Johansson joins Stagma

Stagma are delighted to announce that Patrick Johansson (Yngwie Malmsteen, W.A.S.P.) will join the band as the final drummer to complete our debut album, Stagma. Patrick has recorded drums for the last four songs making it a full-album release. His versatile drumming style locks in perfectly with Stagma’s heavy and melodic groove.

patrick-johansson-drummer-with-stagmaBorn in Falun, Sweden, Patrick currently resides in West Palm Beach, Florida, adding a further international aspect to Stagma. In addition to performing with Yngwie Malmsteen, Johansson has performed with American metal band W.A.S.P. among others.

Alex Santos has written four new songs, for what will now be a full eleven-track album, including seven songs previously recorded by Black Sabbath/Dio drummer Vinny Appice. This past Fall in Portugal, Joe Petro and Neil Fraser joined Alex to record bass, lead and rhythm guitar at Alex’s PressPlay Studios in Lisbon. The album is currently being mixed and produced by Alex and is due for release this coming year, 2017.

To see the full press release, click here.

A busy week in Lisbon

PressPlay Studios are happy to announce that Joe Petro’s bass tracks are complete and we wish him a safe trip back to Los Angeles from Lisbon. The visit achieved much more than we expected and when guitarist Neil Fraser flew in for a visit this allowed the band to come together further as a solid unit.

Joe will be posting images of some of the many sights that Alex has showed him during his visit. Look out for these beautiful points of interest from Portugal shortly.


Off to a flying start

Alex welcomed Joe to Lisbon on Sunday, and after a relaxing evening Stagma’s bassist and rhythm guitarist got straight down to business first thing on Monday.

After a busy day, Joe has already wrapped two tracks at PressPlay, his performance described by an excited Alex as ‘huge’.

The boys are back in the studio today and we hope to have more news for you soon.


Joe Petro will be recording in Portugal

Great news for Stagma today. We are delighted that Joe will be joining Alex in Portugal to record bass on Stagma’s album. Arriving in Lisbon on 25 September, Joe will be spending a hectic two weeks recording with Alex at PressPlay Music.  During that time we hope to take some time out to show him the sights and sounds of Lisbon and give him a great Portuguese welcome.

On announcing his decision, Joe said: “I am honored to take the necessary steps in recording with Stagma at Press Play studios in Lisbon and super excited to have Vinny Appice involved on the drum tracks. Can’t think of a better way to start the fall season recording with very talented and humble people”.

We hope to bring you some great photos of Joe’s trip and leave him with some great memories of Stagma and Portugal.

Happy Birthday, Vinny

Today is Vinny’s birthday. So let’s raise a glass (or two) and wish our drummer a very HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

Here’s the great man in action …