Like all musical collaborations, when talented musicians get together great things happen. Stagma brings together six consummate musicians in a heavy rock collaboration formed by composer/guitarist Alexandre Santos (Scar For Life). Featuring Rob Mancini (Scar For Life, Boneyard Dog) on vocals, Neil Fraser (TEN) on lead guitars, Alex Santos on rhythm guitar, Joe Petro (Heaven and Earth) on bass and Vinny Appice (Black Sabbath, Dio) and Patrick Johansson (Yngwie Malmsteen, W.A.S.P.) on drums, Stagma released their first album, the self-titled Stagma, on 6 April 2018 from HeadShell Records.
Stagma was formed in late 2015, when Alex Santos, guitarist, producer and composer with Scar For Life, wanted to create a heavy rock album with a modern approach; melodic and with lots of groove. He got together with British guitarist Neil Fraser and American bassist Joe Petro and Stagma was born out of this collaboration.
Alex composed eleven new songs from his studios in Lisbon, and in the summer of 2016 Vinny laid the foundations for the album by recording seven tracks at his studio in Los Angeles. In the fall of 2016, Joe Petro and Neil Fraser joined Alex at PressPlay Music studios in Lisbon to record lead, bass and rhythm guitar, and Patrick laid down four further tracks from his studio in Florida.
In March 2017, Alex Santos composed a bonus track for the album featuring drummer Simon Wright (AC/DC, Dio, Queensrÿche) and C64 game composer Jeroen Tel (Maniacs of Noise) added keyboards and synths. In August 2017, Irish singer Rob Mancini was reunited with Alex Santos as the vocalist and lead singer for Stagma. The album was mixed and produced at PressPlay in Lisbon and the first single from the album, ‘Pokerface’ was released on 16 October 2017, prior to a scheduled international release of the full album in April 2018 from (www.headshellrecords.com). In spring 2018, three further singles, ‘Bounty Hunter’, ‘Promise Me’ and ‘Rocket Machine’, were released on streaming and were available from Headshell Records.
The album features an introductory track, ‘Genesis’, and closing anthem, ‘To be continued …’, from gaming legend Jeroen Tel and ‘Sister Sister’ with guest drummer Simon Wright (AC/DC). The album is available to download from all good streaming services.
:: TRACK LIST ::
01 GENESIS // 02 POKERFACE
03 ROCKET MACHINE // 04 FACES IN THE MIRROR
05 PROMISE ME // 06 GATES OF VALHALLA
07 CASTAWAY // 08 BOUNTY HUNTER
09 SISTER SISTER // 10 VIKING NATION
11 WRITTEN IN STONE // 12 TO BE CONTINUED
:: LINEUP ::
Rob Mancini – vocals
Alexandre Santos – rhythm guitars
Neil Fraser – lead guitars
Joe Petro – bass
Vinny Appice – drums on tracks #01 to #08
Simon Wright – drums on track #09
Patrick Johansson – drums on tracks #10 and #11
Jeroen Tel – synths and keyboards on tracks #01, #03, #06 and #12
Dinho – screams on track #08
All songs written by Alexandre Santos, except for tracks #01 and #12,
written and arranged by Jeroen Tel
All lyrics by Rob Mancini
Songs arranged by STAGMA
Mixing and mastering by Alexandre Santos
Artwork by Zacarias d’Araujo
What others are saying about Stagma:
Musically it is heavy melodic rock with groove and catchiness, and the production is good and pretty exciting … Good vocals and good production, good variation through the songs as well. … a great melodic rock album that … manages to sound fresh and interesting – Hallowed.se
Stagma alternates catchy moments with other more heavy and dark, for a final result that is good from the production point of view, but hard enough for most classic melodic fans. – MelodicRock.it
The sound quality of the album is really heavy and aggressive as modern Heavy Metal demands to be, but with that essential clarity. … All the songs are really great, … so listen the album from the beginning to its end. – Metal Temple
Links: www.stagmaband.com | Twitter: @stagmaband | Facebook: www.facebook.com/stagmaband | www.headshellrecords.com
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