By Nicholas Jason Lopez
En-Stigma, the “galactic progressive metal” musical project of bassist Vonifatios created in 2014, self-released the remastered, deluxe version of the ‘Reforming The Universe’ album on May 16, 2020 and revealed new music is in the works.
‘Reforming The Universe’ was recorded in Summer 2019 with enlisted help from Anastasios Seremetis, lead guitarist/keyboardist/drum programmer/growler George Tzachristas, vocalists Glory, Anastasios Nikolaou, Alex Seretis, Infernal Lord, Helen Tragoudora and guitarist Constantine Tsapos.
The Music Bugle had the chance to chat with Vonifatios about the project and more.
Music Bugle – How did you get the name for your project?
En-Stigma – Well, the name just came to me when I was trying to find song names. I was thinking the words, “enigma” and “stigma” and bang! That was it!
Music Bugle – What was it like making your album ‘Reforming The Universe’?
En-Stigma – It was a great experience and I loved every last bit of it. Working with so many great people was the experience of a lifetime.
Music Bugle – What excites you the most about your particular genre?
En-Stigma – I think it’s the fact that I can compose without boundaries and create what I have in my mind with no restrictions.
Music Bugle – What do you feel is the biggest challenge you’ve overcome to date?
En-Stigma – I think my father’s death when I was 18 was the biggest challenge because I had a great relationship with him and it came so quickly that it struck me like a bullet in the brain.
Music Bugle – How have you been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic?
En-Stigma – I dare say, not that much. It actually gave me some really needed time.
Music Bugle – What has been the most productive thing you’ve done while in quarantine?
En-Stigma – Playing a lot of music and it was really great. Plus, I didn’t stop working as a school nurse. I was giving lessons using the internet.
Music Bugle – What has been something that has surprised you the most in regards to your music career?
En-Stigma – To learn how many people really care about me and this project and they really stepped up to help me.
Music Bugle – What are your future plans?
En-Stigma – There are plans of future recordings of new songs that are soon to be coming.
Music Bugle – What inspired the artwork for ‘Reforming The Universe’?
En-Stigma – There are two things that amaze me the most, epic fantasy and the vastness of the universe so… there it is!
Music Bugle – What song of yours was the hardest to write or compose?
En-Stigma – The new ones are gonna be difficult because I have some new and experimental stuff.