Iíve previously mentioned elsewhere on this site a new wave Italian extreme metal. Stigma here fits nicely into that wave with their brutal and tight death metal/metalcore fusion.
Unlike many other bands who deal in metalcore, Stigma have taken an entirely different path thematically: Belagusi-style vampires and other creatures of the night is the topic on ĎWhen Midnight Strikesí, and itís actually very refreshing. This is accentuated by the video for the track I am Dracula which is also included on the CD and the appropriate sound bites from creepy-crawly films.
Musically, the Italians are not a far cry from Maroon or Heaven Shall Burn, however not quite with the same class and ability to surprise. But a very solid and recommendable effort from our southern European metal brothers as you can see from the rating.
Go try it out!