June 3, 2008

The vocal version of UK guitarist Mario Parga's popular song "Spirit of Night" featuring a guest appearance by ex-BLACK SABBATH singer Tony Martin will be released through MidnightCaf Music as a CD and download single on June 27. The CD will be released on special-edition black vinyl discs, with autographed copies available only as pre-orders until the release date. Please visit store.marioparga.com store.marioparga.com to pre-order. A video for the song is going to be filmed by Los Angeles-based director Karpis Maksudian. The clip will feature Mario and Tony and will be shot on location in the Hollywood Hills, Los Angeles and on Malibu Beach. The video shoot is scheduled for early August.

In other news, Mario's new band project SAVAGE PARADISE featuring Tony Martin on vocals, Kevin Valentine (CINDERELLA, KISS) on drums and Tim Luce (ALCATRAZZ) on bass will start work on its first album during the early fall. The official web site, www.savage-paradise.com, is currently being built and will be available soon. The band is looking for a keyboard player to complete the lineup. Auditions will be held in Los Angeles later in the year.

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Parga, born in Lytham, Lancashire, England on August 7, 1969, came into the spotlight during the late 1980s when he began appearing in numerous guitar and rock magazines such as Guitar Player, Metal Hammer, Kerrang!, Metal Forces and played a live guitar solo on MTV's "Metal Hammer" show.

During the early 1990s, Parga toured, played and recorded with numerous artists, most notably Cozy Powell and Graham Bonnet. In 1991, his debut guitar instrumental album "The Magician" was released by President Records. Following disillusionment with the music industry, Parga shied away from the scene until he re-emerged in Los Angeles in 1998, playing guitar on Graham Bonnet's "The Day I Went Mad".

Considered by many to be one of the greatest sweep arpeggio players of the guitar "shred" and neoclassical metal genres, Parga combines complex arpeggio patterns with rapid alternate picking, sweep-picking and string bending. He is also renowned for his emotive slower playing.

In 2000, Parga was approached by the guitar label Liquid Note Records and recorded his instrumental "Valse Diabolique" for their "The Alchemists" album. Two years later, he recorded his haunting ballad "Hourglass" for Lion Music's "Warmth in the Wilderness II", a tribute to fellow guitarist Jason Becker.

Early in 2007, Parga announced the creation of his own record label MidnightCaf Music (the name taken from his track "The Midnight Caf" from "The Magician") and plans on releasing his future instrumental rock guitar music through it. His long-awaited new album "Entranced" was released on the label on April 14, 2007.

Mario Parga lives in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA with his wife Shawna and daughter Skye.

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