Stigmata has unveiled its new drummer — and he’s a familiar face. In early May, the band announced that they were auditioning new Skinsmen as their drummer at the time had left the band to continue his work overseas.
However, they didn’t immediately announce a replacement percussionist and with gigs galore for the year, there was a ton of speculation about who the metal titans might enlist.
On May 29, through an announcement on their social media pages, Stigmata revealed that legendary skinsman Harshan Gallage was joining the group as their newest member.
One of the founding members of Thriloka, Harshan contributes to countless other artists and performers such as Indrachapa Liyanage, Kasun Kalhara, Alien Accent and Paranoid Earthling. Gallage is known far and wide in musical circles and is considered a beast on the throne. Combine that with Stigmata’s impressive 22-year heritage and penchant for stunning originality and stellar musicianship and it’s a musical marriage just waiting to happen.
His experience includes performances overseas as well as in countries such as Australia, Bahrain and India. His musical prowess extends to his ability to play a wide range of styles and genres.
“I’ll state the obvious,” commented leader Suresh De Silva. “We are beyond thrilled to welcome Gallage to the Stigmata family. We are truly thrilled to share the stage and studio with such a legend. We have known and admired him since his Thriloka days, and we look forward to what he will bring to Stigmata with his level of musical ability.”
“I think it’s a union that had to happen,” Gallage added. “I have no doubt that our musical chemistry is on point as we have also started creating new music. I love Stigmata’s drive to write original music and I’m very excited to do part of the group.”
Stigmata are currently gearing up for their second show for 2022 which will take place at the Gloriance Ballroom, Bellanwila on June 25e. Call/text 0777300607 to reserve your tickets.