"some music was meant to stay underground..."


From: NY, United States
Last Known Status: Disbanded

Latest Stigmata News

Below is our complete Stigmata news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.


Unearthing The Metal Underground In Sri Lanka Pt 2

Each week in "Unearthing the Metal Underground," we'll be putting a few quality underground bands in the spotlight in an attempt to get the word out about them. The column has returned for the new year to expose three more great projects from the Sri Lankan metal scene. Today I'll be introducing three more bands from Colombo, Sri Lanka, where the metal scene is the most active.

Back in the 90’s, metal was practically unheard of in Sri Lanka. Very few people were into rock music, which is what almost every Sri Lankan non-Metal fan calls any type of music with distorted guitar parts. At a time when the Internet was only available to the public very few places in Colombo and file sharing programs were unheard of, a very small, underground community existed who shared CD-R’s of videos and mp3 albums in a country which is known for its fairly conservative views that lead to society labeling rock music as the Devil’s music and the usual bullshit. This is, of course, nothing new in the realm of metal and its origins.


Then came 1999, the year which gave birth to a project who today are known as one of most significant metal bands in Sri Lanka, Stigmata. Responsible for Sri Lankan metal anthems such as "Andura" and "Jazz Theory" and after 1 EP and 2 Full Lengths titled "Morbid Indiscretion," "Hollow Dreams" and "Silent Chaos Serpentine" respectively, Stigmata is currently recording their third and yet untitled full length, which will hopefully be released this year. They are also one of the two bands (the other being psychadelic grunge unit Paranoid Earthling) who have performed outside Sri Lanka in countries such as Malaysia, Maldives and India.

Check out Stigmata on their MySpace page and the live video of "My Malice" below.


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Stigmata To Headline Southern Ultimate Explosion

Sri Lankan Progressive Death Metallers Stigmata have been confirmed to headline Maylasia's Southern Ultimate Explosion, a two day festival scheduled to be held on the 11th and 12th July. Joining the festival will be bands such as Karmapura, Flying Sahara, Predicate Not Defined, Wynken Delirium and Blind Tribe.

Visit the band's Myspace page for more information.

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Stigmata Announces Reunion Show

I Scream Records has issued the following announcement about Stigmata playing an upcoming live show:

"Stigmata is playing the 2009 Black n Blue Bowl at Studio B in Brooklyn this coming Saturday, May 30th 2009. I Scream Records is also re-issuing 'Hymns For An Unknown God' & 'Do Unto Others...'. 'The Wounds That Never Heal' features these 2 classic albums + bonus material.

"Check it out!!!!"

The promotional poster for the show can be viewed here.

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Jason Bittner Resurrects Death Metal Project

SHADOWS FALL drummer Jason Bittner has resurrected his previous band BURNING HUMAN and is currently rehearsing and writing for a studio session in late February. The group's debut album is not expected to surface until late summer at the earliest.

In the latter half of the 1990s, BURNING HUMAN was a deathcore/death metal four-piece from the "Capital District" region of New York (Albany, Troy, Schenectady). Ignited in 1995, BURNING HUMAN's lineup consisted of Bittner (currently in SHADOWS FALL, ex-STIGMATA, CRISIS) on drums, Jason Sunkes (currently in DEAD RABBITS, ex-STIGMATA) on guitar, Jay VanDervoort on bass, and Jonah Radaelli on vocals.

Shortly after forming, BURNING HUMAN recorded and released a seven-song demo tape titled "Death is Mercy". These songs were later released on a compilation CD titled "We the People: A Compilation of Upstate NY's Hardest" with three other bands from the Troy/Albany, New York area (WAR-TIME MANNER, POLITICS OF CONTRABAND, DYING BREED). Although the band never issued a full-length album, a number of additional tracks were recorded and released on various compilation CDs, including a song called "Hazards to Humans" on a sampler titled "Capitol Punishment" in 1997. In addition, two songs — "As Good As Dead" and "Tormented Mind" — were featured on the "Frozen Dawn IV" compilation CD in 1998, and "Self-Inflicted Crucifixion" appeared on "United We Stand, Divided We Fall" in 1998.

For more information visit their myspace page.

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Stigmata Drummer Comments On Runion Show

Notable Troy, NY hardcore band Stigmata, who disbanded five years ago, will reunite on November 25th. The show will take place at Saratoga Winners in Latham, NY and the line-up will feature Bob Riley (vocals), Mike Maney (guitar), Jay Sunkes (guitar), Buddy Armstrong (bass), and Shadows Fall member Jason Bittner (drums). Bittner posted the following comments online regarding the show:

"Yes, it's true! For those of you not familiar. Stigmata was my old band before I joined the Shads. We will be reuniting for a special reunion show and playing a lot of great hardcore/metal. And for those of you who are familiar, we will be playing the "Hymns for an Unknown God" record in its entirety. So come out and enjoy!"

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Shadows Fall Drummer In Stigmata Reunion Gig

SHADOWS FALL drummer Jason Bittner will take part in a one-off reunion of his former band, legendary Troy, New York hardcore act STIGMATA, on Friday, November 25 at Saratoga Winners in Latham, NY. The rest of STIGMATA's lineup will be the same as it was five years ago prior to the band's split: Bob Riley on vocals, Mike Maney on guitar, Jay Sunkes on guitar, and Buddy Armstrong on bass.

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