After a sold-out
debut mini-CD, the 4-piece is back with two tracks within an enhanced
CD including the whole 5 songs of the MCD, pictures, reviews, new logo,
contacts and lyrics!
This time the recording has been entrusted with Disarmonia Mundi's Ettore
Rigotti, who's given the songs a more professional, fatter soundscape
and a massive impact, privileging bass sounds and having Stigma closer
to Gothenburg acts. However, the difference with the plethora of imitators
without inspiration resides in the special blend resulting from the
new tracks: murderous Death-Core with dubbed vocals (growls and possessed),
ultrafast and frenzied drumming, a brilliant merciless guitar that never
becomes tired of changing patterns and speed. Maybe the opening slot
for Entombed in Milan drew them towards this direction, but we have
to emphasize the songs remain fresh even after several listens and do
not contain any tedious passages; there's also place for some experimentalism
putting the anger and fury aside, like when they are mitigated by the
industrial portion at the end of "Mirthless Soul".
Defining Stigma in 2005 isn't that hard if you've never heard them;
suffice it to say that "Metamorphosis" was an uppercut
crashing your mandibles, whereas "Epitaph of Pain"
has the effect of an overwhelming armoured train mangling your bodies
without recognition. No quality decrease so far, let's wait and see
what the full-length will reserve for us.
MARKUS GANZHERRLICH - 20th February 2005