|Born on: 28.04.1972
Leo Stivala was born on the 28th April 1972. He spent his childhood playing soccer and going fishing with friends until Heavy Metal came into his life at the age of twelve. He started immediately listening to Black Sabbath, Ozzy Osbourne, Dio, Saxon, Iron Maiden and a host of NWOBHM bands.
He started taking guitar lessons at the age of 15 and formed a band called North Winds which only lasted for two years and later he had a few months experience as a bassist with a King Diamond influenced band tentatively called Nightfall. Leo is a staunch Doom Metal fan and his first true experience with doom metal was listening the Candlemass "At the Gallow's End" for the first time. From there on Leo was doomed for eternity. In mid 1990 he joined Blind Alley as a vocalist. This band later had some member changes and changed the name to FORSAKEN. Leo is still Forsaken's vocalist of this Maltese Epic Doom band for 15 years releasing 3 full length albums and playing the best metal festivals in Germany namely Doom Shall Rise, Keep It True and Headbangers Open Air.
Apart from Forsaken Leo also participated in some projects like the doom band Born Too Late with Albert Bell (Forsaken bassist) for a one off concert and also started some vocals with thrash band Amethyst which only lasted for a few months.
In late 2005 Leo was contacted by Stathis Pavlantis from the Greek Epic Metal band REFLECTION as regards to the possibility of being part of this mythical band. After some discussions Leo accepted and his first experience with Reflection was fronting Reflection as support to Solitude Aeturnus at the An Club in Athens on the 3rd of April 2006. Leo's collaboration with Reflection is getting stronger and hopefully the time will come to record the new Reflection album.