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Formed: 1996
From: Halmstad, Sweden
Last Known Status: Active


This melodic death metal band, formed by former Carcass’ guitarist, Michael Amott, started out with Johan Liiva on vocals, but then replaced him with Angela Gossow. Though a female replaced him, the band still has the same death metal vocal style. Gossow, who has only been with the band on the past two albums, has been able to create a strong presence in the band.

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Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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Century Media Release Metal For The Masses Vol 4

Continuing the highly successful Metal For The Masses series, the Century Family unseals Metal For The Masses Volume Four, once again exclusive to Hot Topic locations nationwide. The 2-disc compilation contains 40 tracks totaling over 2 hours of music. The artwork for Volume Four incorporates the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse to stunning effect and also depicts the album art for each featured artist within as well as additional artist and album information. Volume Four comes housed in a deluxe double Digipak and is available now at all Hot Topic locations nationwide.

Started in 2003, Metal For The Masses has become The Century Family's largest-selling compilation series, replacing the budget priced Identity series. The Metal For The Masses series is also one of Hot Topic's longest-running exclusive compilations. Selling well over 60,000 copies each, Metal For The Masses continues to disseminate the word of metal.

Disc One Includes Century Media Artists:

God Forbid, Manntis, Diecast, Brand New Sin, Agents Of Man, Shadows Fall, Arch Enemy, The Haunted, Behemoth, Old Man's Child, Naglfar, Strapping Young Lad, Nevermore, Eyes Of Fire, Into Eternity, Cryptopsy, Watch Them Die, Napalm Death, Despised Icon and Immolation

Disc Two Includes:

Nuclear Blast Artists: Dimmu Borgir, Soilwork, In Flames, Meshuggah, Bleed The Sky, Darkane, Mnemic, Hypocrisy, Exodus and Cathedral

Liquor And Poker Music Artists: Fireball Ministry, Nebula, The Hellacopters, The Illuminati, The Black Halos, Crash Kelly, The Thieves, Scott Reeder, American Heartbreak and Backyard Babies

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Arch Enemy Guitarist Recap Japanese Tour

Arch Enemy guitarist Michael Amott has posted this message on the band's website:

"We arrived yesterday in sunny Brisbane, Australia…been catching up on sleep and going for walks around the area. Breath taking scenery…

"I guess it’s time for a recap on the Japanese tour we’ve just completed?

"We played 6 shows on our Japan tour and it really was a case of yet another Japanese Arch Enemy extravaganza! We had a blast!

"This was my 16th visit to Japan since 1997 (that’s counting promotional trips and 3 Spiritual Beggars tours) – I am a lucky bastard…I love Japan and I love my life! Ha!

"We enjoyed all the shows – although the extra show that was added at the end of the tour in Tokyo was probably the most intense, the crowd was close to us and the energy in the room was strong! We added “Hybrids Of Steel” to the setlist towards the end of the Japan tour and I am expecting it to stay in for the rest of the year, as it is so much fun to play!

"So many people to thank for the very smooth and highly enjoyable tour…
Firstly, I would like to thank all our wonderful Japanese fans for coming out to the shows in such large numbers (more fans this time in Tokyo and Osaka than last year!) and supporting us so LOUDLY and with such BIG hearts! Very cool… You guys make it worth the long trip and jet lag fatigue - every time! Domo Arigato!!!

"It was great to see that our new guitarist Fredrik Akesson was so warmly received by the Japanese Arch Enemy fans… More...

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Firewind Working With New Vocalist

FIREWIND, the Greek power metal act led by guitarist Gus G. (DREAM EVIL, ARCH ENEMY), have posted the following message on their official web site:

"As many of you know by now from other online sources, Chity Somapala [vocals] has decided to leave FIREWIND due to 'personal reasons.' But this doesn't mean that FIREWIND stops right here! We're already working with an incredible new vocalist and have eight brand new songs that kick ass!!

"Due to Chity's sudden departure, our plans for an extensive European tour this fall had to be cancelled. But we will be back on the road as soon as the new album is completed.

Although nothing's confirmed by now, we're looking at entering the studio in late January/early February 2006.

"More details and new singer info to follow soon."

FIREWIND's third album, "Forged by Fire", received its long-overdue U.S. release in July via Magick Records (a division of Cleopatra Records).

Somapala originally joined FIREWIND in early 2004 as the replacement for Stephen Fredrick. Chity appeared on "Forged by Fire", which was produced by band leader/guitarist Gus G. and mixed by Fredrik Nordström at Studio Fredman in Gothenburg, Sweden. Guest musicians on the album included former MEGADETH guitarist Marty Friedman and ex-TESTAMENT/DEATH axeman James Murphy.

Gus G. recently toured with ARCH ENEMY on Ozzfest 2005 as the group's touring guitarist after Christoper Amott bowed out of that band in order to "fully concentrate on his studies at home in Sweden," according to ARCH ENEMY axeman Michael Amott.

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Arch Enemy Confirm More European Tour Dates

Arch Enemy has confirmed the addition of 4 more European dates for Itay and Spain. Dates are:

Dec. 5 Estragon, Italy - Bologna
Dec. 6 New Age, Italy - Treviso
Dec. 8 Mephisto, Spain - Barcelona
Dec. 9 Sala Jam, Spain - Bergara

Other upcoming European dates:

Dec. 12 Cardiff, UK - Coal Exchange
Dec. 13 Manchester, UK - Academy 2
Dec. 14 Glasgow, UK - QMU
Dec. 15 London, UK - Astoria
Dec. 16 Wolverhampton, UK - Wulfrun Hall

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SYL Support Arch Enemy in the U.K.

STRAPPING YOUNG LAD have been confirmed as the main support act on ARCH ENEMY's upcoming U.K. tour. The dates are as follows:

Dec. 12 - Cardiff, UK @ Coal Exchange
Dec. 13- Manchester, UK @ Academy 2
Dec. 14 - Glasgow, UK @ QMU
Dec. 15 - London, UK @ Astoria
Dec. 16 - Wolverhampton, UK @ Wulfrun Hall

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Arch Enemy Embark On US Headling Tour

After emerging as this year's Ozzfest breakthrough artist, ARCH ENEMY now prepares to conquer the U.S. once again this November on a stellar headlining tour with ALL THAT REMAINS, MNEMIC and A PERFECT MURDER in the support slots. The trek, which kicks off on November 11 and runs through December 1, will be the group's first headlining run in support of their critically acclaimed new album, "Doomsday Machine", which debuted at #87 on The Billboard 200 chart. The anticipation surrounding the group's return to the U.S. has been nothing short of phenomenal, as their new disc rapidly approaches the 50,000 SoundScan plateau.

As previously reported, ARCH ENEMY have recruited Fredrik Åkesson as a replacement for Chris Amott (guitar) for the continued "Doomsday Machine" touring campaign. Åkesson has lent his awesome guitar talent to such varied artists such as TALISMAN, JOHN NORUM, KRUX, TIAMAT and his own (now defunct) group, SOUTHPAW.

ARCH ENEMY start their European tour in Paris at the Bataclan on October 2. The band's "Doomsday Machine" album entered the official German Top 100 chart at position No. 34. The CD was co-produced by the band and Rickard Bengtsson at Slaughterhouse Studio in Sweden and was mixed by Andy Sneap at Backstage Studios in Derbyshire, U.K.


Nov. 11 - Marquee Theatre – Tempe, AZ
Nov. 13 - House Of Blues – Hollywood, CA
Nov. 14 - Slim’s – San Francisco, CA
Nov. 16 - Fox Theatre – Boulder, CO
Nov. 18 - White Rabbit – San Antonio, TX

More dates will be added soon.

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Vote For Your Favorite HBB Video Of The Year

MTV2's "Headbanger's Ball" and Revolver magazine are teaming up to bring you the top metal videos of 2005. They have compiled 50 of the hottest metal and hardcore videos that premiered on the "Ball" this year — including LIFE OF AGONY's "Love to Let You Down", ARCH ENEMY's "Nemesis", BLACK LABEL SOCIETY's "In This River", CORROSION OF CONFORMITY's "Stone Breaker", DARK TRANQUILLITY's "The New Build", DISTURBED's "Stricken" and THE HAUNTED's "No Compromise". To vote for your favorite video, go to www.mtv2.com. The results will be seen on "Headbanger's Ball" and in an upcoming issue of Revolver.

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Arch Enemy To Hold Signing Session In Sweden

Arch Enemy will hold in-store signing sessions in Stockholm and Gothenburg.
Bring your Arch Enemy swag and meet the band.

Oct. 14 Stockholm - 2pm @ CD Exchange - Gamla Brogatan
Oct. 15 Gothenburg - 5pm @ CD Specialisten - Kungsgatan

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Arch Enemy Announce 3 Aussie Dates

Australia's Pyro Music have confirmed three dates of the upcoming Aussie ARCH ENEMY tour, set to take place this November.

November 2 - Brisbane, Australia @ The Arena, Brisbane
November 4 - Melbourne, Australia @ The Palace
November 5 - Sydney, Australia @ UNSW Roundhouse

Support for the trek is TBA. As previously reported, ARCH ENEMY recently welcomed into their ranks Fredrik Akesson as a replacement for guitarist Chris Amott for the continued "Doomsday Machine" touring campaign.

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Arch Enemy Announce New Guitarist

Arch Enemy have announced the addition of guitarist Fredrik Akesson, who replaces the departed Chris Amott. Akesson, a native of Sweden, has previously played with such bands as Talisman, Krux, and Tiamat. Comments Arch Enemy's Michael Amott:

"This guy, he just simply kills on the axe! Rhythms and Leads – he's really got a shredding and musical style. He was down here rehearsing with us last week and we had a great time playing music and hanging out. We are eagerly looking forward to hitting the road again, this time with Fredrik on board the good ship Arch Enemy."

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Arch Enemy Reschedule UK Tour

According to antiMUSIC.com, Arch Enemy have reluctantly taken the decision to RESCHEDULE their September UK shows until December due to the loss of the advertised and proposed support bands. Dark Tranquillity recently pulled out of the tour, and despite all the efforts of band, label and management, it has not been possible to find two adequate International acts to replace them at such short notice.

In today's market it is essential to give fans a great package that offers value for money, much as the Swedish Apocalypse show did last Christmas. It is the bands intention to use the intervening time to put together a great line-up that will give the fans more metal for their money.

All September tickets are 100% valid for the rescheduled December dates. In London, The Forum show has now moved to The Astoria where all tickets will still be valid.

The new dates are as follows:

Dec. 12 Cardiff, Coal Exchange
Dec. 13 Wolverhampton, Wulfrun
Dec. 14 Glasgow, QMU
Dec. 15 Manchester, Academy 2
Dec. 16 London, Astoria

The band apologises for any inconvenience caused, but nevertheless feels that rescheduling these dates is the lesser of two evils.

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Arch Enemy Back Home From Ozzfest

Guitarist Michael Amott has posted this message on the official Arch Enemy website:

"Wow, that was 2 months that went by quickly – we had a blast this summer in the US! The Ozzfest dates were very successful for us and we enjoyed seeing our music connect with so many fans, new and old. Also our new album “Doomsday Machine” coming out while we were actually in the U.S.A (a first for us) was a highlight!

"We’d like to thank all the great fans for coming out and seeing us play (more often than not at a not-so-metal time of day) and supporting us at our signing sessions at the FYE and Jägermeister tents – you are the true spirit of the metal scene.

"Thank you to all the cool bands on Ozzfest – it was a pleasure sharing the 2nd stage with you - good luck to you all in the future! A metal salute to Jake at FYE (Ozzfest) for going out of his way to get my Black Sabbath box set signed – hopefully see you in November!

"Right now we are back home in Sweden, we’ll be starting rehearsals next week… With a new guitar player - a Swede this time! That’s going to be really cool…I am excited about this new guy – he’s a sick ripper! More on this very soon…

"Of course, we want to thank our Greek friend Gus for coming in and doing this summer with Arch Enemy in the US! The boy did good!!! (I am personally going to miss my Greek language lessons…I was making great progress...really, honestly!).

"Ahead of us lies a bunch of European dates (it’s been awhile!) and Japan (always amazing) – we are super excited about this of course!
(Rumors have it that we’ll also be making a trip to a continent Arch Enemy has not yet visited – this should be very close to being confirmed now…).

"Ok. That’s it. The next chapter of the Doomsday tale is soon upon us… We won’t be breathing Swedish air for much longer…"

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Motley Crue, SOAD, Slipknot, Mudvayne Show Numbers

The following are a few select recent heavy metal/hard rock concert attendance figures, as reported by Billboard magazine:

Venue: Nissan Pavilion at Stone Ridge
City/State: Bristow, Va.
Date: Aug. 13, 2005
Attendance: 10,336
Capacity: 22,667

Venue: PNC Bank Arts Center
City/State: Holmdel, N.J.
Date: Aug. 14, 2005
Attendance: 16,203
Capacity: 16,944

Venue: Tommy Hilfiger at Jones Beach Theater
City/State: Wantagh, N.Y.
Date: Aug. 16, 2005
Attendance: 13,281
Capacity: 13,855

Venue: New England Dodge Music Center
City/State: Hartford, Conn.
Date: Aug. 20, 2005
Attendance: 9,918
Capacity: 24,212

Venue: Verizon Wireless Arena
City/State: Manchester, N.H.
Date: Aug. 21, 2005
Attendance: 7,565
Capacity: 8,469

Venue: DTE Energy Music Center
City/State: Clarkston, Mich.
Date: Aug. 24, 2005
Attendance: 15,663
Capacity: 15,663

Venue: Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
City/State: The Woodlands, Texas
Date: Aug. 13, 2005
Attendance: 11,600
Capacity: 15,809

Venue: Continental Airlines Arena
City/State: East Rutherford, N.J.
Date: Aug. 23, 2005
Attendance: 16,209
Capacity: 17,417

Venue: Hampton Coliseum
City/State: Hampton, Va.
Date: Aug. 21, 2005
Attendance: 5,928
Capacity: 11,699

Venue: 1st Mariner Arena
City/State: Baltimore, Md.
Date: Aug. 22, 2005
Attendance: 6,644
Capacity: 12,758

Venue: House of Blues
City/State: Las Vegas, Nev.
Date: Aug. 28, 2005
Attendance: 314
Capacity: 1,800

Venue: House of Blues
City/State: Las Vegas, Nev.
Date: Aug. 17, 2005
Attendance: 1,800
Capacity: 1,800

Venue: House of Blues
City/State: Las Vegas, Nev.
Date: Aug. 19, 2005
Attendance: 1,800
Capacity: 1,800

Venue: House of Blues
City/State: Las Vegas, Nev.
Date: Aug. 21-22, 2005
Attendance: 3,600
Capacity: 3,600

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Arch Enemy Guitarist: US Bands Sound More Swedish

Kyle Jongerden of the Vermont Cynic recently conducted an interview with ARCH ENEMY guitarist Michael Amott. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow:

Vermont Cynic: Why do you think heavy metal is becoming so popular in America?

Michael: "I mean, everything seems to go around in circles. Now people seem to be more open. A few years ago it was bands like GODSMACK. That stuff was still pretty heavy, I guess, but it had a certain atmosphere, a 'nu-metal' tag or whatever. I don't really know, I'm not from here so I don't really know what goes on too much. I just know there's an increased interest in what we do, that's always exciting. There are some bands that are doing really well, like KILLSWITCH ENGAGE and SHADOWS FALL. They're doing really well and it's cool. I don't really follow it too closely so I don't know what that is. We've just been doing what we've always been doing.

"When we started out, no one was interested over here. For the first three albums nobody even really bothered to schedule an interview for us over here. There was no interest and we definitely didn't tour. And then suddenly, yeah, things come around and it's like, 'Yeah this band's really cool,' and it's like, 'Oh, yeah, they've got guitar solos,' but it was before anyone was really into us.

"We really haven't changed for this tour [Ozzfest]. We're evolving as a band but we're doing what we're going to do. We don't pay attention to what goes on. We don't know what things are happening. Something that we thought about was that we definitely want to retain our European sound, our European feel. I know that some European bands are trying to sound American, it seems that way when you listen to stuff. Then a lot of Americans are trying to sound like Swedish bands. I definitely want to keep our European metal atmosphere."

Vermont Cynic: If you could create a genre to describe ARCH ENEMY, what would it be?

Michael: "Pure metal (laughs). It's just metal to me. Extreme metal I guess. There are labels and labels you know. I understand heavy metal, I understand thrash metal, I even understand death metal. But now it seems like these boxes are getting smaller and smaller and it's not that fun sitting in a box that small and like, 'This is what we are.' Then you do a song that's different and everybody will say, 'Well that's not what they should be doing, it's a bit weird.' Music is an art form, it's supposed to be creative, you're supposed to have fun with it. Be creative and be an artist."

Read the entire interview at VermontCynic.com.

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Arch Enemy And Trivium To Tour Japan

ARCH ENEMY will be embarking on a Japanese headlining tour in late October. Support at all dates will come from TRIVIUM. The details are as follows:

Oct. 22 – Tokyo, JPN - Shinkiba Studio Coast
Oct. 23 - Osaka, JPN - Zepp Osaka
Oct. 25 - Nagoya, JPN - Zepp Nagoya
Oct. 26 - Hiroshima, JPN - Hiroshima Club Quattro
Oct. 27 - Fukuoka, JPN - Zepp Fukuoka

Commented ARCH ENEMY guitarist Michael Amott: "Finally we can confirm the Japan 2005 tour! We have had a great time on the Ozzfest tour in America, but we are very much looking forward to playing our own shows with a lot of songs. We know we will have a great time our fantastic fans in Japan once again! See you soon!"

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Dark Tranquillity Drop Off Arch Enemy Tour

Sweden's DARK TRANQUILLITY have posted the following message on their official website:

"We're sorry to announce that due to several reasons beyond our control, we're not able to do the previously announced ARCH ENEMY/TRIVIUM tour in Sep/Oct. We were looking forward to the trip and examined all possible solutions, but at the end of the day we have no option but to cancel our participation. Apologies to the people that got their hopes up as well as to the ARCH ENEMY camp."

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Arch Enemy's Angela Checks In w/ Ozzfest Update

Angela Gossow, frontwoman for Arch Enemy, has checked in with the following Ozzfest update:

"Dear friends,

"It’s about time for an update, quite a few things have happened over the last few days.

"Let’s start with the show in Phoenix, AZ 18th of August. With 110 Degrees out there this was easily the hottest day on the tour so far. By noon, people were dropping like flies. Nevertheless, we had a great show with a very energetic audience. Unfortunately, I got a slight case of food poisoning that day and had quite a rough ride thru the mountains to San Diego, where we played an off-show with Killswitch Engage the next day, Friday August the 19th.

"The show went surprisingly well though, I didn’t have any ‘accidents’ during our set - the wonderful crowd really carried me through. I am sorry I didn’t hang out after the show, but I was back to being full-on nauseas. We had some hardcore fans out there that evening; I even got to sign a very rare Asmodina CD!

"So we travelled on to L.A, to play the Ozzfest show that went down in history for the very wrong reasons… Anyway, we had a blast during our show in front of the largest crowd on the whole tour so far, extremely energetic and enthusiastic, stirring up a dust cloud from hell in the moshpit. It felt like eating large spoons full of sand whilst being on stage.

"L.A is famous for having all kinds of ‘important’ people hanging around backstage, whom we decided to escape around 5pm that afternoon – so we left the site. We didn’t witness any of the absurd events that went down during the Iron Maiden set later on that night.

"We played another off-show the next day, supporting Slipknot in Las Vegas. The Slipknot fans (or ‘maggots’) gave us a warm reception – THANK YOU! Last time we were in ‘sin city’ was two years ago with Slayer. We all enjoyed ourselves in one way or the other – I chose the other way and spent a relaxing day in the Spa. The gambling doesn’t do it for me. Neither do the hookers. I am sure the guys made up for my boring behaviour though, he-he…

"On August the 23rd, we played a small but raging Ozzfest show in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Today, we played the Dallas Ozzfest – another very intense and SHORT performance!

"Listening to the new Obituary album, love the old-school vibe and John Tardy’s vocals, sick as always.

"So long,


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Nevermore Win Last Week's Dig It Or Dis It

Last weeks' theme on Yahoo! Music's Dig It or Dis It was Metal Madness. You got the chance to vote for some metal videos. The winner with 40% of the votes was Nevermore's "Final Product."

Here are the results for the other videos:

Arch Enemy, "Nemesis" - 10%
Trivium, "Pull Harder On The Strings Of Your Martyr" - 36%
Soilwork, "Light the Torch" - 4%
Unearth, "Zombie Autopilot" - 12%

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New Arch Enemy Album SoundScans 19,000 Copies

Arch Enemy's critically acclaimed new album, "Doomsday Machine," landed on the Billboard Top 200 chart two weeks in a row (#87 and #162) SoundScanning 19,000 copies. The group’s highly-anticipated new video for “Nemesis” will also make its Headbangers Ball debut this Saturday at 10PM EST/7PM PST.

Mike Amott (guitars) checks in with the following report from the road:

Well, here we are half way through the Ozzfest and everything is going extremely well. We are more than satisfied with the crowd response and the overall vibe of the tour and are having a blast. Second week's sales in the U.S. for Doomsday Machine are very strong, and it’s amazing to us that so many people seem to have discovered Arch Enemy lately.

Our new video, "Nemesis," will premiere on Headbangers Ball this weekend - be sure to check it out if you haven’t yet seen it. We did this video with Jorge Bravo, the same director as the "We Will Rise" clip a couple of years ago, and he’s a very creative and cool guy. He was throwing snakes, fire and black feathers at us during the shoot. Enjoy the video. I’d also like to mention that meeting all of the nice fans at Ozzfest during the FYE and Jägermeister signings is very cool. Thanks to everyone for buying the album - without you this doesn’t happen! We know that and appreciate your support of Arch Enemy 100%! We are looking forward to the rest of the Ozzfest and our summer here in the U.S. See you out there somewhere.

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Vote For Metal Videos On Yahoo Music

This week's theme on Yahoo music's Dig It or Dis It:

METAL MADNESS: Rock 'n' roll history is filled with hallowed headbangers, from Zeppelin to Sabbath, Maiden to Priest, Motley to Metallica, UFO to GNR. Which new-school metal band will take its rightful place alongside these hard-rockin' greats? Pick the next loud legend-in-the-making now.

You can vote for the following videos:
- Arch Enemy, "Nemesis"
- Trivium, "Pull Harder On The Strings Of Your Martyr"
- Nevermore, "Final Product"
- Soilwork, "Light the Torch"
- Unearth, "Zombie Autopilot"

Visit Yahoo music to vote.

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