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


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.

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.

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.