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Leo Stivala



Leo Stivala, a true head banger, highly influenced by old school traditional heavy metal and pure traditional epic heavy doom. In the mid-late eighties he decided to start learning guitar and formed a band called North Winds which lasted only for a year. A few months later Leo attempted bass guitar duties in another band, very Mercyful Fate/King Diamond influenced, tentatively called Nightfall but ended too soon. 
In 1989 he was approached by Kevin Azzopardi to try to sing in his new band called Blind Alley. Leo took a try and things seemed to work out. History goes that Blind Alley went through some member changes in the early days and after the inclusion of Albert Bell on bass guitar the band’s moniker changed to Forsaken. Leo kept the vocal duties in Forsaken but also contributed musically and lyrically every now and then. As years passed Forsaken grew stronger as an outfit and so did Leo vocally and as a front man, gaining experience in studio and in gigs locally and abroad with Forsaken. 
In 2006 Leo was approached by the Greek Epic Metal band Reflection to be the vocalist for the band. Leo’s first gig with Reflection was as support to the mighty Solitude Aeturnus which was an instant success. Leo’s adventures in Greece continued with other gigs and also recording vocals for Reflection’s third full length album called “When Shadows Fall” released in 2008 by Cruz del Sur redords. Unfortunately in 2012 Leo had to amicably leave from Reflection but still continued with his vocals responsibilities in Forsaken. 
Leo has also contributed and guested vocals in various releases from bands namely  Lucid Dreaming  (Germany), Martyrium  (Malta), Arkham Witch (UK) and   Vestal Claret (USA), Monasterium (Poland), Void Moon (Sweden), Draugul (Sweden), The Cross (Brasil)
Leo now also sings with a new Epic Doom band called Anchorite, a band formed by himself and Void Moon bassist Peter Svensson. Anchorite released their debut album “Further From Eternity” on GMR Records  in November 2020 and are penning new songs for a follow up album



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