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British guitarist Mario Parga has announced that he has formed a new Los Angeles based all-acoustic trio called BONNET, PARGA & HEAVENSTONE with his longtime friend Graham Bonnet (RAINBOW, MSG, ALCATRAZZ) on vocals and rhythm guitar, and Beth-Ami Heavenstone (HARDLY DANGEROUS, TOMI RAE BROWN) on acoustic bass and backing vocals. Mario will provide lead acoustic guitar and backing vocals to the trio, who are currently recording new material and rehearsing for live shows around the world.

Mario said: “I’ve always loved acoustic music and have played the acoustic guitar along with the electric since I began playing years ago.

“The acoustic trio will give us the opportunity to play a variety of songs, from old to new and a couple of instrumentals in an ‘unplugged’ environment with a clear, clean sound.

“The acoustic guitar has great dynamics, and it can be used to great effect for rhythms and solos.

Graham sounds particularly amazing in an acoustic setting; he’s able to use his entire vocal range and dynamics, from the softest melodies to, well, Graham!

Beth-Ami‘s acoustic bass powers and grooves the trio with the bottom end, and her backing vocals complement Graham‘s voice.

Beth‘s been around on the L.A. circuit for decades and can play just about anything.

“We have a few new songs that are being recorded at my place and will be featured on our website soon (

“Live shows are currently being set up and will be announced on the trio’s website

“We hope to see our old fans and new at the acoustic shows, and for them to hear us in a new setting.”

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Wretched has kicked off a headlining set throughout the Southeast and will be joining Soilwork, Jeff Loomis, Blackguard, and more on a seventy-one city journey throughout North America. Wretched will show off a brand new set list that will include songs and instrumentals from the band’s last three albums. Guitarist, John Vail comments, “Crowds can expect a high energy, in your face, fast-paced performance

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A remastered version of the title track from Death’s landmark album “Spiritual Healing” is currently being streamed via Gun Shy Assassin. Check out the song at this location.

Originally release in 1990, the album is now being reissued as a double CD housed in super deluxe packaging featuring brand new liner notes from Death players James Murphy and Terry Butler, Chuck’s sister Beth Schuldiner and Volbeat frontman Michael Poulsen. Disc 1 features a completely new remaster of the original album and Disc 2 contains 16 previously unreleased rehearsal, outtakes, and studio instrumentals. A remastered version of the track “Living Monstrosity” can also be heard in the player below.

In addition to the 2-Disc edition, limited edition (2000 machine numbered copies) triple CD digipak will be available exclusively from the Relapse webstore. The third CD features a never before released live set recorded in 1990 featuring the “Spiritual Healing” Death line up. An iTunes deluxe edition will also be released containing 5 additional previously unreleased pre-Human rehearsal tracks not available on either of the CD versions. The entire tracklisting is available below.

“Spiritual Healing” is set for a November 20th North American release date, November 16th in the Benelux / Germany / Finland, and November 19th in the UK and worldwide.

Disc 1
Spiritual Healing – Remastered
1. Living Monstrosity
2. Altering The Future
3. Defensive Personalities
4. Within The Mind
5. Spiritual Healing
6. Low Life
7. Genetic Reconstruction
8. Killing Spree

Disc 2
Spiritual Healing – Rehearsals
1. Altering The Future
2. Defensive Personalities
3. Within The Mind
4. Within The Mind – Take 2
5. Spiritual Healing
6. Killing Spree

Spiritual Healing – Studio Instrumentals
7. Defensive Personalities
8. Spiritual Healing
9. Within The Mind

Joke / Jam Tracks
10. Satanic Jam
11. Primus Jam
12. Jon a Qua – Take 2
13. Jon a Qua – Take 3
14. Jon a Qua – Take 4
15. Jon a Qua – Take 5
16. Jon a Qua – Take 6

Disc 3
Live at Streets, New Rochelle, NY March 17th, 1990
1. Living Monstrosity
2. Pull The Plug
3. Zombie Ritual
4. Spiritual Healing
5. Left To Die
6. Defensive Personalities
7. Genetic Reconstruction
8. Open Casket
9. Within The Mind
10. Leprosy

Unearthed Pre-Human Rehearsals
11. Suicide Machine
12. Together As One
13. See Through Dreams

Digital Deluxe ONLY Bonus Tracks
14. Suicide Machine – Unearthed Version 2
15. Suicide Machine – Unearthed Version 3
16. Suicide Machine – Unearthed Version 4
17. Together As One – Unearthed Version 1
18. See Through Dreams – Unearthed Version 2

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Here are 10 essential tracks that keep their mouths shut and truly let the music do the talking.

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German act War From A Harlots Mouth, which signed to Season of Mist earlier this year, recently entered the studio to record the band’s Season of Mist debut. The band has checked in with the following update:

“Paul is currently recording the drum tracks for the last song over at Dailyhero Recordings, while Simon is adding some final guitar and bass tracks at his studio. In other words, the instrumentals are as good as done and we are heading towards the mix in big steps, while Nico is still working on the vocals. Everything is sounding heavy as fuck already, so we can’t wait to move on.

“We’re excited to be back at the halls of Dailyhero Recordings and can’t wait to see the new songs shaping up. All the guitar and bass recordings have been finished at Simon’s Moulder Masters studios already, so we only have to finish up the drums, vocals and mix here.

“Simon is also taking over the mastering duties this time around, so a lot of this record is actually produced and engineered by him, which is a new experience for us as a band. We’re stoked with the results so far, so now it can only get even better!

“We are really getting a kick out of this new material and feel like it’s coming out very extreme, discordant and quite unique.”

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Tesseract has just made “Dream Brother” available as a stream via Metal Hammer UK’s website, so head over here to check out this very special cover of the song.

Amos Williams (bass) comments: “We decided to cover ‘Dream Brother’ (originally by Jeff Buckley) for an acoustic session in New York. Myself and Acle spent ages looking at different tracks. I think we entertained ‘Tear Drop’ by Massive Attack, ‘Thin Air’ by Anathema, and many more. But ‘Dream Brother’ just fits Tesseract very well. Plus it is one of our collective favourite tracks. It’s always a risk working with a track that you love, but we feel we did it justice. It’s a great showcase for the musicianship in Tesseract, and the deep emotive power that Elliot has added to the band since he joined.”

“Dream Brother” will be out on the “Perspective” EP that is set for a North American release of May 22nd and a European release of May 21st. The five song digital only EP features “Eden 2.0,” acoustic versions of three tracks [“Perfection (acoustic),” “April (acoustic),” “Origin (acoustic),” from the band’s debut album, “One,” plus the aforementioned cover of Jeff Buckley’s classic, “Dream Brother.” As a bonus, iTunes will offer instrumentals of all the songs on the EP.

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Tesseract has announced additional details to the band’s upcoming acoustic EP, “Perspective.” Set for a North American release of May 22nd and a European release of May 21st, “Perspective” will be available digitally, while a physical version will be available exclusively through in North America and the band’s webshops.

The five song EP features “Eden 2.0,” acoustic versions of three tracks from the band’s debut album, “One,” plus a cover of Jeff Buckley’s “Dream Brother.” As a special bonus, the iTunes version will contain instrumentals of all the tracks.

The “Perspective” EP track listing is as follows:

Dream Brother
Eden 2.0

iTunes bonus tracks:
Perfection (instrumental)
April (instrumental)
Origin (instrumental)
Dream Brother (instrumental)
Eden 2.0 (instrumental)

A trailer for “Perspective” was recently released, featuring audio clips from all the songs on the EP. The trailer can be seen viewed below.

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American progressive metal legends Dream Theater has posted their entire new album, “A Dramatic Turn Of Events” online for streaming. You can check it out by heading to The album will be released on September 13th through Roadrunner Records and will be the group’s first record to feature new drummer, Mike Mangini, who replaces founding member Mike Portnoy, who left the band last year. The album will be available as a jewel case, digital download and vinyl, as well as a special limited edition box set which includes:

– A Dramatic Turn Of Events album
– instrumentals of the entire album
– DVD of The Spirit Carries On – a 60 minute movie documenting Dream Theater’s drummer auditions
– double-LP set of A Dramatic Turn Of Events (180-gram vinyl in gatefold jacket)
– Dream Theater branded custom turntable slipmat
– litho print of album cover
– 50 lucky winners will find a Dream Theater “Ticket For Life” (randomly inserted)
– All content housed in a custom box
– Receive a digital download of the album the day BEFORE release

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Roadrunner Germany posted a new video of Dream Theater discussing the forthcoming LP “A Dramatic Turn of Events” track by track. You can check out the video below.

“A Dramatic Turn of Events” is scheduled for release on September 13, 2011. A deluxe collector’s edition exclusive pre-order box is available, which includes the following:

1. “A Dramatic Turn of Events” album
2. Instrumentals of the entire album
3. DVD of “The Spirit Carries On” (60-minute movie documenting drummer auditions)
4. Double-LP set of “A Dramatic Turn Of Events” (180-gram vinyl in gatefold jacket)
5. Dream Theater branded custom turntable slipmat
6. Litho Print of album cover
7. 50 lucky winners will find a Dream Theater “Ticket for Life” (randomly inserted)
8. Custom box
9. Digital download of the album the day before release

Pre-orders are available here

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Washington, D.C.’s Darkest Hour has released an entirely instrumental version of the band’s latest record “The Human Romance” via iTunes. Guitarist Mike Schleibaum commented on the release:

“Attention geeks, shredders, stem junkies and Karaoke fanatics. We’re very stoked to offer you the instrumental version of The Human Romance. Feel free to download away and enjoy. If you haven’t had a chance to pick up the record then by all means start with the version that has our very own John Henry singing on it. After all it ain’t the DH with out the JH. These instrumentals will take you on one hell of an epic sonic journey so pick em both up, learn these words and scream your ass off with us at the shows!”

You can preview the tracks by heading over to this location.

Darkest Hour will also be on the Summer Slaughter tour alongside The Black Dahlia Murder, Whitechapel, Six Feet Under, and Dying Fetus. Dates are as follows:

7/22 Los Angeles, CA – House Of Blues
7/23 Anaheim, CA – The Grove
7/25 Portland, OR – Roseland Theater
7/26 Seattle, WA – King Cat Theater
7/27 Boise, ID – In The Venue
7/28 Sacramento, CA – Ace Of Spades
7/29 San Francisco, CA – The Filmore
7/30 San Diego, CA – House of Blues
7/31 Scottsdale, AZ – The Venue Scottsdale
8/2 Denver, CO – Summit Music Hall
8/4 Louisville, KY – Expo Five
8/5 Detroit, MI – St Andrews
8/6 Milwaukee, WI – The Rave
8/7 Cleveland, OH – House of Blues
8/8 Chicago, IL – House of Blues
8/9 Toronto, ON – Sound Academy
8/10 Montreal, QC – Olympia
8/11 New York, NY – Irving Plaza
8/12 Worcester, MA – Palladium
8/13 Philadelphia, PA – Theater of Living Arts
8/14 Sayreville, NJ – Starland Ballroom
8/16 Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade
8/17 Ft Lauderdale, FL – Revolution
8/19 Houston, TX – House of Blues
8/20 San Antonio, TX – Backstage Live
8/21 Dallas, TX – House of Blues

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