For over 20 gut-punching years, STIGMATA has defined aural aggression and musical mayhem as the underlying backbone that the Upstate New York hardcore music scene has been built upon. Alumni have gone on to make musical waves with the likes of SHADOWS FALL, MURDERERS ROW, GREAT DAY FOR UP, DEAD RABBITS, CRISIS, THE CLAY PEOPLE, ILL REMEMBERED, and BURNING HUMAN to name a few. Since founding his first band DISPLACED AGGRESSION in the mid ‘80s, vocalist Bob Riley has been the guiding light of the STIGMATA franchise. Within two years of its inception, DA was forced to change its name to CRANIAL ABUSE as a necessary tactic in order to get back into clubs after the band’s allegedly overly violent following had gotten them banned. CRANIAL ABUSE was to be short-lived as well, for all the same reasons that DA had to be dissolved. But as the ‘80s became the ‘90s the Riley/Mike Maney outfit became STIGMATA, named after the marks of Christ’s suffering that mysteriously appear on some believers’ hands, heads, and bodies in the depths of their religious fervor. Ultimately, it was a lasting, legendary name, given the ever-growing legions of supporters, fans, and collaborators that joined the band in their travels through the nineties. Over the following two decades, the band released albums and EPs, endured lineup changes, and saw familiar clubs close but through it all, rest assured in the knowledge that one thing will remain when the roaches and the rats are gone: STIGMATA.