After 18 months of preparation, heavy rock collaboration, Stagma, have released their first single, ‘Pokerface’, from their debut album. Featuring Vinny Appice on drums, ‘Pokerface’ is now available to download from all good streaming services. Accompanying the digital download, Stagma have also issued an official lyric video.
Alongside Vinny on drums, ‘Pokerface features lead singer Rob Mancini, bassist Joe Petro, lead guitarist Neil Fraser and rhythm guitarist Alexandre Santos. Rob Mancini is currently recording the final tracks from his studio in Ireland as Alex mixes and produces at PressPlay studios in Lisbon. ‘Pokerface’ serves as the first taste of the band’s eagerly-awaited debut album.
On 16 October 2017, Stagma, the heavy rock collaboration formed by composer/guitarist Alexandre Santos, and featuring lead singer Rob Mancini, bassist Joe Petro, lead guitarist Neil Fraser, and drummers Vinny Appice and Patrick Johansson, will release the first single, ‘Pokerface’, from their self-titled debut album. Available from digital stores worldwide, it will be accompanied by a lyric video with artwork by Zacarias D’Araujo. ‘Pokerface’ serves as the first taste of the band’s eagerly-awaited debut album and features Vinny Appice (Black Sabbath/Dio) on drums.
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.
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
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.
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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.
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.
Born 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.
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.
You wait ages for a guitarist and then three come along at once. Or is that buses?
Fabulous news this morning as Neil Fraser confirmed that he will be joining Joe and Alex at PressPlay Music in Lisbon next weekend to record tracks for Stagma‘s debut album. A hyper-busy weekend is planned, as Neil will only be around for a couple of days, but all being well – alongside a hectic recording schedule – there will be time for a little relaxation, sightseeing and some of that always warm Portuguese hospitality.
Building on the sterling work provided by Vinny at his studio in LA in August, adding Neil’s lead guitar, Alex’s rhythm guitar and Joe’s bass will nearly put the finishing touches to Stagma, the band’s debut album. We’re certainly looking forward to hearing the fruits of their labours.