Italy’s horror inspired extreme metal act Stigma strikes again with its sophomore release Concerto For The Undead. Fusing staccato, spastic, guitar riffs with uncompromising breakdowns and lyrical themes deriving from the cult comic series Tales From The Crypt, Concerto For The Undead places the Italian quartet in a league of its own.
Founded in 2000 by frontman Stefano “Vlad” Ghersi and guitarist Morgan Ferrua, STIGMA began its conquest of the Italian metal scene immediately, releasing two critically acclaimed EPs and appearing at the Wacken Open Air and Metal Camp festivals. STIGMA continued to terrorize clubs across Italy, sharing the stage with THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, NAPALM DEATH and CONVERGE among others.
After signing with USA-based record label Pivotal Rockordings, STIGMA recorded its debut effort When Midnight Strikes! in December 2007 with DISARMONIA MUNDI mainman Ettore Rigotti at DB Studios. When Midnight Strikes! received critical acclaim from media worldwide, with special accolade from Metal Hammer, Rock Hard and Legacy Magazine, and airplay on IRON MAIDEN vocalist Bruce Dickinson’s radio show. Following the release of When Midnight Strikes! STIGMA took its horror show on the road for seventy dates, conquering captivated audiences at festivals and clubs across Europe capped off with a stop at the legendary Belgian hardcore festival Ieperfest and two exclusive shows with BRING ME THE HORIZON and AUGUST BURNS RED in Italy.
STIGMA’s mission to supersede its breakthrough debut album and unleash another tasty lesson in horror yields Concerto For The Undead, the band’s sophomore effort to be released worldwide through Pivotal Rockordings in April 2010. Recorded at Fear Studio and produced by BRING ME THE HORIZON guitarist Jona Weinhofen and mixed and mastered by Scott Akins (BEHEMOTH, CRADLE OF FILTH, SYLOSIS) in December 2009, Concerto For The Undead presents listeners with a ferocious barrage of uncompromising, vertiginous riffing from beyond the grave complemented by infectious gang shout choruses, relentless blast driven drumming, and relentless, thundering bass lines. The cover artwork, a stunning comic-esque tribute to all things Tales From The Crypt, was created by Andrea Berton of Corefolio Design and features comic illustrations that accompany STIGMA’s lyrical fright-fest. With additional guest appearances by Jamie Hope (ex-THE RED SHORE) and Jon Hunt (DEAD TO FALL), this is one Concerto not to be missed.