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.


Neil is joining Alex and Joe in Lisbon

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.

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 …

Stagma to release full ten-track album

We are pleased to announce that we’ll be releasing a full ten track album instead of the seven track EP originally planned. A delighted Alex said, “We are old fashioned, we’ll be recording a full-length STAGMA album instead of an EP!”

Vinny has already laid down his signature powerful drumming on several tracks in his studio in Los Angeles and Alex Santos is writing three more songs for Stagma, the album, and preparing to add rhythm guitars at PressPlay studios in Lisbon. In September, Joe Petro and Neil Fraser will join Alex in Lisbon to record bass and guitars at PressPlay, so all being well there will be an opportunity for more photos and videos. On completion the album will be mixed and produced at Alex’s PressPlay Music studios in Lisbon.

We’re really happy to bring you this news and the band is really excited to be putting together an album that we hope everyone will love.

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.