To paraphrase Nina Simone: “It’s a new day, it’s a new week, it’s a new Band of the Day”. That last bit may need some finessing.
The base of En-Stigma is Ioannina a city in the west part of Greece.
How did you meet?
All of the people who contributed on this album are really good friends of mine. With some of them I’ve played in bands for years and with others it’s our first collaboration but everyone gave it their best and the album came out really awesome.
Before you get sick of being asked… where does the band name come from?
The name actually came to me when I was trying to think of names for the songs and I found it by mixing together the words enigma and stigma.
What are your influences?
Well I guess our composing is influenced by many genres such as symphonic, oriental, heavy, progressive, doom, black, death and industrial.
Describe your music. What makes you unique?
Our music is a mix of all the genres I’ve mentioned above carefully put together in 8 songs that I believe the listener can easily grasp with lyrics we all can relate to.
Do you have any particular lyrical themes?
There is a concept behind the album which is metaphorical and through we want to express our anxiety and our thoughts about where the world is heading to and how humans through unity can prevent all bad situations and also how able they are to better themselves.
What kit do you use / guitars do you play / etc.?
For the recordings of this album we used cubase, bias fx and bfd softwares. We recorded guitars with Schecter Hellraiser extreme series and Ibanez RG 7-string, bass with BC Rich Virgin Four and all the folk instruments used were handcrafted by my late father Constantine Armenopoulos.
What, if anything, are you plugging/promoting at the moment?
This month saw the release of the remastered version of our debut album Reforming the Universe both in standard 8-song format and a deluxe 15-song format.
What are your plans for 2020?
The great news is that we’ll be getting in the studio once again to record new stuff but I’m not sure when exactly.
If you were second on a three-band bill, which band would you love to be supporting and which band would you choose to open for you? A chance to plug someone you’ve toured with, or a mate’s band we’ve not heard of before!
Well, that’s a difficult one because there are so many bands I would like to play with but I believe System of a Down or Slipknot are the bands I want to play with the most. For the opening part there is a great band here in Ioannina called Cravarc created by some of the people who worked on this album with me and I definitely would choose them. They’ve released a single and their album is coming out soon.