Unbeaten records has teamed up with the U.S. metallic-hardcore band from the 90’s STIGMATA to give you the first ever vinyl pressing of their 1997 classic Hymns For An Unknown God (co-produced by Harley of the CRO-MAGS!). The record is slated for an october 28th release. Pre-order here and see more details below.
Originally released on CD by Too Damn Hype Records, Hymns was the third offering from the Albany, NY based quintet. It was also their defining moment as a band, seamlessly blending thrash metal instrumental virtuosity with NY Hardcore Punk’s fury.
Adding to the record’s hardcore legitimacy is the involvement of Harley Flanagan (Cro-Mags) who co-produced the album (with Phil Green) and who adds guest vocals to the song “Burning Human.”
Speaking on the album’s enduring legacy vocalist Bob Riley said “this record means a lot to us as a band and put us on the map! Even after all of this time it still holds up in terms of aggression and in part has been responsible for the continuing existence of this band.”
Originally existing from 1989-2001, Stigmata’s members have also been a part of bands including Shadows Fall, Murderers Row, Flotsam and Jetsam and Dead Rabbits. Renewed interest in the band led to reunion shows a few years later which in turn has led to regular festival appearances and international tours.
In December of 2015 Stigmata released Conditioned To Murder, their first new album in over fifteen years on Unbeaten Records.
An absolute masterpiece of relentlessly crushing ’90s metallic hardcore, everything about this seven-track, 33-minute slab is just hard as hell”. -No Echo