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Stigmartyr @ The Tank Hotel

Stigmartyr Band
From left: Alex Nisiriou, Hayden Gray, Hamish McSorley, Sam Maddalena & Jayden Parker.

Bursting through the (hypothetical) flames from Brisbane, explodes the Melodic Death Metal/Groove Metal act, Stigmartyr.

Already taking the local scene by storm, Stigmartyr have grown from just the usual, stemming from the garage band into a live, blood, sweat and tears death metal band.

Inspired by the likes of Iron Maiden, DevilDriver, Lamb of God and Arch Enemy, Stigmartyr are set to become one of Australia's most sought after household names.

With Hamish McSorley on vocals, Alex Nisiriou and Jayden Parker on guitar, Sam Maddalena on bass and Hayden Gray on drums, the band grew into what we know and love today.

Though founding members, Alex Nisiriou and Sam Maddalena are the only original members left, Stigmartyr has emerged into something quite unique since the band's early days.

As the band's sound began to grow in a much heavier direction three new members were taken under its wing and each have brought with them their own gifts and talents to complete Stigmartyr.

After many months of planning and recording, the band's debut demo release 'Divine Supremacy' was born and three solid shows have already stemmed based on the songs on the album.

This is only the beginning for Stigmartyr.

See them in their fourth show on May 12, this year at The Tank Hotel's 'Metal of Honour WARPATH' show in Brisbane and a chance to meet the guys behind the incredible sound that is: Stigmartyr.

Interview with Guitarist Alex Nisiriou

Alex Nisiriou
Alex Nisiriou at Ye Gods of Music Festival.

Guitarist, Alex Nisiriou, who is known by his fans and band members as simply 'Alex', took some time out from his busy schedule to answer the questions on everyone's lips.

He talks about the time they decided to create the band, the ideas behind the name, 'Stigmartyr', their first debut album and the inspirational factors behind the music that makes the band who they are today.

Alex says the makings of Stigmartyr started in early 2011 after a break from band work with former drummer, Josh 'Hendo' Henderson, who is now the drummer for up and coming band, Maltheist, focusing on a melodic death metal project with new, like-minded musicians.

One of the biggest questions they're asked is, 'who thought of the name 'Stigmartyr'?

Alex says the name was suggested by their former drummer, from 90's death metal band Dimmu Borgir's song 'Hybrid Stigmata'.

"I then decided to expand on the song name, crossing the term 'martyr' with 'stigmata'. It is more of a label to put to our music rather than a meaning we stand for," he says.

He also says they have all been heavy metal music fans for a very long time and had a passion for crossing the line between brutality and melody in terms of their music.

"This is all we really wanted to do with our lives so we decided it was exactly what we were going to do," Alex says.

Their first debut album, 'Divine Supremacy' features the band's first three major songs, 'Bitter Reflection, 'Omega' and 'Victim of Sin'.

Stigmartyr Band
Stigmartyr's 'Divine Supremacy' album.

Stigmartyr have performed in three separate live shows, with the first two gigs at The Basment 243 in Brisbane and their third at the Ye Gods of Metal Festival at Logan Entertainment Centre alongside fellow local band, Before Nightfall.

Alex says playing at the festival has resulted in a lot of hype and attention from other venues and the local scene which has opened up a cornucopia of opportunities for them.

He also says they plan to eventually get to that point in their musical career where they can quit their jobs and dedicate all their time to Stigmartyr.

"As long as we play hard at each and every show and the crowd walks out with a wrecked voice and a sore neck, we know we played hard. There is no better feeling than hitting that stage and seeing the crowd go wild for the songs you wrote in your bedroom," he says.

Alex also has some advice for other metal bands who are just starting out.

"Passion and persistence is the only thing that can get you there. You need to believe that your music is the shit everyone wants to be apart of. If you don't believe, how do you expect them (the audience) to?" he says.

For more information on Stigmartyr, visit their Facebook and Myspace page for news, events and updates, their Youtube channel for live performance videos or email Stigmartyr for further questions for the band.
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Why? See and support local band, Stigmartyr
When: 12th of May, 2012
Where: The Tank Hotel, Brisbane
Cost: $12 for a ticket
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