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Formed: 1981
From: El Paso, TX, United States
Last Known Status: Regrouped

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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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Grammy Nominations In Hard Rock and Heavy Metal

This year's Grammy nominations have been announced and here are the relevant ones in Hard Rock and Heavy Metal:

Best Metal Performance
(For solo, duo, group or collaborative performances, with vocals. Singles or Tracks only.)

  • Lamb Of God - Redneck (Track from: Sacrament)

  • Mastodon - Colony Of Birchmen (Track from: Blood Mountain)

  • Ministry - Lies, Lies, Lies (Track from: Rio Grande Blood)

  • Slayer - Eyes Of The Insane (Track from: Christ Illusion)

  • Stone Sour - 30/30-150

Best Hard Rock Performance
(For solo, duo, group or collaborative performances, with vocals. Singles or Tracks only.)

  • Buckcherry - Crazy Bitch

  • Nine Inch Nails - Every Day Is Exactly The Same (Track from: With Teeth)

  • System Of A Down - Lonely Day (Track from: Hypnotize)

  • Tool - Vicarious (Track from: 10,000 Days)

  • Wolfmother - Woman (Track from: Wolfmother)

In addition, Joe Satriani was nominated for Super Colossal in the category of Best Rock Instrumental Performance (for solo, duo, group or collaborative performances, without vocals. Includes Rock, Hard Rock and Metal. Singles or Tracks only). Underoath was nominated for Best Short Form Music Video (For an individual track or single promotional clip. Award to the Artist and to the Video Director/Producer.) for their video of "Writing On The Walls." Howard Benson (Every Man For Himself (Hoobastank); Flyleaf (Flyleaf); In With The Out Crowd (Less Than Jake); One-X (Three Days Grace); The Paramour Sessions (Papa Roach); Popaganda (Head Automatica); Saosin (Saosin) (A)) was nominated for Producer Of The Year, Non-Classical (A Producer's Award. (Artists names appear in parenthesis.).

You can view the massive list of 2006 Grammy nominations for all 108 categories here.

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Tony Hawk's Project 8 Soundtrack Revealed

Details on the soundtrack for the next game in the Tony Hawk skateboarding video game series have been released. Tony Hawk's Project 8 will feature 56 songs from bands including notables Nine Inch Nails, Ministry, Slayer, Immortal, Thine Eyes Bleed, The Sword, Bad Religion, the Ramones, and the Cure among others.

The complete list follows: More...

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Final Saw III Soundtrack Tracklisting Revealed

The current reigning champ of all of the horror film franchises – Saw – will have the third and most psychologically intense installment of the series – Saw III hit theaters on October 27th. Fans of the series will be excited to hear that the Saw III Soundtrack (Artists' Addiction Records) will feature twenty tracks from of some of the hardest, bone crushing rock bands on the planet including: Blue October, Slayer, Disturbed, Avenged Sevenfold, Ministry, and many others. Brand new exclusive tracks from Static X "No Submission," and Drowning Pool "No More," are stand out songs on the Saw III Soundtrack.

Saw III (Twisted Pictures & Lionsgate) stars Shawnee Smith and Tobin Bell. Jigsaw has disappeared. With his new apprentice Amanda (Shawnee Smith), the puppet-master behind the cruel, intricate games that have terrified a community and baffled police has once again eluded capture and vanished. While city detectives scramble to locate him, Doctor Lynn Denlon (Bahar Soomekh) and Jeff (Angus Macfayden) are unaware that they are about to become the latest pawns on his vicious chessboard.

Saw star Shawnee Smith makes a cameo singing backup vocals on Hydrovibe's track "Killer Inside" on the Saw III Soundtrack.

"I've am a huge fan of this band Hydrovibe!," commented Shawnee. "Heather St. Marie has a breathtakingly beautiful voice as powerful as my character in the Saw films: Amanda. I'm thrilled our female fan base has a movie and a soundtrack to sink our patent leather stilettos into."

Here is the final track listing for the Saw III soundtrack (as well as a couple of audio streams): More...

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RevCo's Owen Reveals New Project Snow Black

The Revolting Cocks’ Phildo Owen announced today that he will be unveiling his new project Snow Black in Texas this month on a string of dates alongside industrial rock pioneers KMFDM.

Joining him for the 5-date tour are bassist Paul Raven (Ministry/Killing Joke), guitarist SIN (Revolting Cocks) and drummer Mark Dufour (Skrew).

“It’s truly exciting to finally unleash the beast that is Snow Black on the masses,” says Owen of the upcoming shows.

“Snow Black is a chance for us to forget the bullshit & just get down and greasy while pounding out ass-shaking grooves!” comments Paul Raven, a veteran of the industrial scene best known for his time with industrial post-punk act Killing Joke as well as thrash/alt. metal act Prong and, most recently, Ministry.

“I can’t wait to get out there and terrorize Texas with my very good friends and partners in crime Phildo, Raven and Mark!” adds Revolting Cocks guitarist SIN.

Snow Black is Owen’s latest project since his return from this summer’s 60-date North American MasterBaTour 2006 (featuring Ministry & The Revolting Cocks). He has since been in the studio putting the finishing touches on Snow Black’s debut album entitled The Suggestion of Power.

Set for early 2007 release, The Suggestion of Power is a collection of 9 blistering industrial tracks layered with killer samples and Owen’s trademark raw, gritty vocals; an electronic assault on the senses, the message is simple, yet urgent- it is Owen at his finest, weaving a dark and brooding lyrical web of tongue-in-cheek idioms to reflect the socio-political complexities permeating American culture.

The album, produced by Owen, also features a contribution from industrial mastermind Buck Satan (Al Jourgensen) on the first single ‘Stick It In’; the two first collaborated in 1990 when Owen lent his vocals to the title track of RevCo’s raucous Beers, Steers & Queers album.

Four tracks from Snow Black's upcoming debut full-length are now available for fans exclusively via the band’s myspace site at: www.myspace.com/snowblack

Snow Black tour dates w/ KMFDM:
Oct. 18 Houston, TX - The Meridian
Oct. 19 Austin, TX - Emo’s
Oct. 20 Ft. Worth, TX - Ridglea Theater
Oct. 21 San Antonio, TX - White Rabbit

For more information, visit:
www.snowblack.org
www.myspace.com/snowblack

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Wacken Open Air Photos Posted Online

A number of high-quality photos of reunited ATHEIST and CARNIVORE, along with ABORTED, ARCH ENEMY, CELTIC FROST, CHILDREN OF BODOM, DANKO JONES, FEAR FACTORY, LEGION OF THE DAMNED, MICHAEL SCHENKER GROUP, MINISTRY, MORBID ANGEL, MOTÖRHEAD, NEVERMORE, SIX FEET UNDER, SOILWORK, SOULFLY, WHITESNAKE and WINTERSUN, taken at this year's Wacken Open Air festival — which took place on August 3-5 in Wacken, Germany — have been posted online at www.metal-experience.com.

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Ministry's Austailian Tour Dates

Ministry have booked some Australian dates for October. Here are the tour dates:

October 08th Brisbane, AUS - The Arena Ent. Complex
October 09th Sydney, AUS - The Big Top at Luna Park
October 10th Melbourne, AUS - The Palace Complex
October 12th Perth, AUS - Metropolis Fremantle

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"A Life Less Lived - The Gothic Box" Details

Billboard.com reports that Rhino have rounded up the top names in goth rock (while only semi-relevant to metal, there are a few relevant bands involved) for the four-disc boxed set "A Life Less Lived -- The Gothic Box," due Sept. 19. Despite loathing the titular term that came to describe their music, bands like Joy Division, the Cure, Bauhaus and the Jesus & Mary Chain transcended labeling to revolutionize rock in the late '70s and early '80s.

Key tracks from those bands are featured on "A Life Less Lived," including opener "Dead Souls" by Joy Division and Bauhaus' "She's in Parties." Other acts represented throughout include the Sisters of Mercy, Siouxsie & the Banshees, Love And Rockets, the Mission (U.K.), the Chameleons, the Damned, Skinny Puppy and AFI.

The fourth disc in the box is a DVD with such evergreen videos as Bauhaus' "Bela Lugosi's Dead," the Cure's "Lullaby," Echo & the Bunnymen's "The Killing Moon," a live version of the Cult's "Spiritwalker" and Love And Rockets' "Ball of Confusion."

Here is the track list for "A Life Less Lived": More...

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Jourgensen Planning The Last Ministry Album

Billboard.com reports: Ministry's days are numbered, according to group leader Al Jourgensen.

Jourgensen, who has led the group and its numerous side projects since 1981, says that after Ministry finishes its current MasterBaTour, he plans to go right back into the studio for what he says will be "the last Ministry album." And, he promises, this is no cheap ploy to get attention for the band.

"I've got other things to do," Jourgensen explains. "I just started a label (13th Planet Records), and I want to sign some bands and really build it up like I did with WaxTrax in the '80s, not just a vanity label. I think it's time -- and I'll be leaving on the top of my game instead of hanging on too long and doing crappy Aerosmith and Rolling Stones albums 30 years later."

Jourgensen, who lives near Waco, Texas, says that like its two predecessors -- 2004's "Houses of the Mole" and this year's "Rio Grande Blood" -- the final Ministry album will be politically minded blast at the administration of President George W. Bush.

"It's a trilogy," Jourgensen says. "The next one's going to be called 'The Last Sucker,' and it's also about this corrupt administration. That seems to be my muse; everyone seems to think I write real shitty music when a Democrat's in office. So we'll do that one, and then me and George Bush go riding off hand-in-hand, into the sunset."

Jourgensen has plenty to do on the road these days as well. Besides fronting Ministry, he's opening the shows -- which are booked into late July -- with one of his other bands, the Revolting Cocks, whose latest album, "Cocked and Loaded," came out March 7 and features guests such as ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons, Cheap Trick's Rick Nielsen and Robin Zander, the Butthole Surfers' Gibby Haynes and former Dead Kennedys frontman Jello Biafra. Jourgensen says that playing in both bands is rewarding -- but tiring.

"It sounded good on paper when I drew it up but, yeah, I'm feeling about 90 right now," he says with a laugh. "But it's cool. I can cut loose with the Cocks and then use the brain on the kind of focused agenda of Ministry, which is pretty much the same as anyone's dichotomous life."

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Hear Full CDs of Ministry, Rebel Meets Rebel

AOL Music is rockin' this week with full CD streams of several heavy bands including Ministry, Rebel Meets Rebel, and Wolfmother plus and accoustic set from Korn.

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Mayhem Confirmed For Gates of Metal Festival

Norwegian legends MAYHEM have been confirmed for the Gates of Metal festival, set to take place August 4-5 at at Folkets Park in Hultsfred, Sweden. The festival billing is shaping up as follows (in alphabetical order):

AMORPHIS
DISMEMBER
HAMMERFALL
HELLOWEEN
LUMSK
MACHINE MEN
MAYHEM
MINISTRY
NAGLFAR
NARNIA
ONE MAN ARMY AND THE UNDEAD QUARTET
RED HARVEST
SAVAGE CIRCUS
THRYFING

Around 16 bands will perform over the course of the two days, with a total of 5,000 tickets available, priced at 666 SEK.

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Ministry, Helloween To Headline Gates Of Metal

Ministry and Helloween have been confirmed as the headliners of the Gates of Metal festival, set to take place August 4-5 at at Folkets Park in Hultsfred, Sweden. The festival billing is shaping up as follows:

Ministry
Helloween
Amorphis
Savage Circus
Lumsk
Thryfing

Around 16 bands will perform over the course of the two days, with 5,000 tickets scheduled to be released on February 16, priced at 666 SEK!

For more information (in Swedish), visit www.gatesofmetal.se.

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Ministry Reveal 'Rio Grande Blood' Artwork

The cover artwork for MINISTRY's upcoming album, "Rio Grande Blood", has been posted online here. Produced by MINISTRY founder Al Jourgensen, the follow-up to 2004's "Houses Of The Molé" was recorded at Sonic Ranch studios in Tornillo, Texas and features Tommy Victor (PRONG, ex-DANZIG) and Paul Raven (KILLING JOKE). A May 9 release via Jourgensen's newly launched 13th Planet label is expected. Two recent photos of MINISTRY taken during the recording sessions for their new album have been posted online: Photo #1 (left to right: Tommy Victor, Al Jourgensen, Paul Raven), Photo #2 (left to right: Raven, drummer Mark Baker, Jourgensen, Victor).

In other news, Jourgensen confirmed in a recent online posting that SLIPKNOT drummer Joey Jordison will be sitting behind the kit for MINISTRY on their upcoming North American tour, which is scheduled to kick off in early May. Joey is expected to join a touring lineup that will include Jourgensen, Victor and Raven.

MINISTRY's MasterBaTour 2006 will consist of 60 dates scheduled throughout the U.S. and Canada beginning on May 6. Support on the trek will come from Al's other band, REVOLTING COCKS and the San Antonio, Texas-based PITBULL DAYCARE. European dates are currently being booked for August and September 2006.

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Al Jourgensen On Revolting Cocks and Ministry

REVOLTING COCKS, the side project of MINISTRY mainman Al Jourgensen, have pushed back the release date of their new album, "Cocked and Loaded", to March 7, 2006 from the previously announced February 14. Produced by Al Jourgensen, the CD features the contributions of guest artists Jello Biafra (DEAD KENNEDYS), Gibby Haynes (BUTTHOLE SURFERS), Rick Nielsen (CHEAP TRICK), Billy Gibbons (ZZ TOP), Stevie Banch (SPYDER BABY) and Phildo Owen (SKATENIGS) and Robin Zander (CHEAP TRICK). The first REVOLTING COCKS record in more than a decade, "Cocked and Loadded" is being released through Jourgensen's new imprint 13th Planet/Megaforce Records. "It's pretty prurient and juvenile and everything else that REVOLTING COCKS are known for," Jourgensen told RollingStone.com. "It's basically middle-aged men regaining their lost, juvenile delinquency years and being absolutely sophomoric. It's great."

REVOLTING COCKS will hit the road May 5, opening for Jourgensen's other band MINISTRY, who release a new studio album, "Rio Grand Blood", in April. The album, titled after ZZ TOP's 1972 album "Rio Grande Mud", takes aim at Bush America.

"We kind of have this administration that's just a little bit arrogant and very transparent, as far as their agenda," Jourgensen told RollingStone.com. "This little war going on overseas, the little Iraq thing, that's kind of got my goat, too. The arrogance of the right has just got me. All these wimpy liberals — good for Howard Dean, screaming into a mike, showing them the left isn't all about granola and alfalfa sprouts!"

On the subject of his collaboration with Tommy Victor (ex-PRONG) and Paul Raven (ex-PRONG and KILLING JOKE) on the new MINISTRY album, Jourgensen said, "The most fruitful collaboration I've ever done in my life has been this record. The three of us used to be competition, between PRONG, MINISTRY and KILLING JOKE, and now that we've kind of joined forces — shit! We should have done this twenty years ago."

As for what MINISTRY will sound like live? "This is the fastest, hardest, most maniacal record I've ever done."

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SOAD, Mudvayne, Slipknot Among Grammy Nominees

SYSTEM OF A DOWN, AUDIOSLAVE, NINE INCH NAILS, MUDVAYNE, SHADOWS FALL and SLIPKNOT are among the nominees for the 48th annual Grammy Awards, set to be broadcast live on CBS from Los Angeles' Staples Center on February 8, 2006. The nominees in the "Hard Rock" and "Metal" categories are as follows:

Hard Rock Performance:

AUDIOSLAVE - "Doesn't Remind Me"
NINE INCH NAILS - "The Hand That Feeds"
ROBERT PLANT - "Tin Pan Valley"
QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE - "Little Sister"
SYSTEM OF A DOWN - "B.Y.O.B."

Metal Performance:

MINISTRY - "The Great Satan"
MUDVAYNE - "Determined"
RAMMSTEIN - "Mein Teil"
SHADOWS FALL - "What Drives the Weak"
SLIPKNOT - "Before I Forget"

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Rigor Mortis Announce First Shows In 15 Years

RIGOR MORTIS have announced their first shows together in 15 years. The band will head out as part of the "Re-Animate Tour" which will include a number of dates throughout Texas and performances in Arkansas, and New York. More shows are expected to be announced for St. Louis, Indianapolis, Cincinnati, Worcester, Richmond, Spartanburg, and Atlanta. The band's lineup is as follows:

Bruce Corbitt
Mike Scaccia (MINISTRY, REVOLTING COCKS)
Casey Orr (GWAR, X-COPS, THE HELLIONS, THE BURDEN BROTHERS)
Harden Harrison (PERVIS, SPEEDEALER, MITRA)

There are also tentative plans for the band continue touring after the first of the year, which would then be followed by a new album.

Dates are as follows for the "Re-Animate Tour":

October 21 - Austin, TX @ The Backroom
October 22 - Dallas, TX @ The Galaxy
October 23 - San Antonio, TX @ Jacks
October 24 - San Marcos, TX @ Lucy's
October 28 - Houston, TX @ Fitzgerald's
October 29 - Ft. Worth, TX @ The Axis
October 31 - Fayetteville, AK @ The Dart Room
November 4 - Brooklyn, NY @ Northsix
February 4-5 - Grapevine, TX @ Grapevine Convention Center

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Ministry's Masterbatour 2006 Dates Announced

Dates for Ministry's upcoming MasterBaTour 2006 scheduled for the United States and Canada from May through to July 2006, featuring Revolting Cocks, has been announced. Tour dates are as follows:

May 06 San Antonio, TX Sunset Station
May 07 Fort Worth, TX Ridglea Theatre
May 08 New Orleans, LA House Of Blues
May 10 Tulsa, OK Cain's Ballroom
May 12 Denver, CO Ogden Theatre
May 13 Fort Collins, CO Aggie Theatre
May 14 Salt Lake City, UT The Velvet Room
May 16 Las Vegas, NV House Of Blues
May 19 West Hollywood, CA House Of Blues
May 20 West Hollywood, CA House Of Blues
May 21 San Diego, CA House Of Blues
May 23 Anaheim, CA House Of Blues
May 24 Sacramento, CA Crest Theatre
May 26 San Francisco, CA The Fillmore
May 27 Portland, OR Roseland Theater
May 28 Seattle, WA Showbox
May 30 Vancouver, BC Commodore Ballroom
May 31 Vancouver, BC Commodore Ballroom
Jun 02 Edmonton, AB Red's
Jun 03 Calgary, AB MacEwan Hall
Jun 05 Winnipeg, MB Burton Cummings Th. For Perf. Arts
Jun 07 Kitchener, ON Elements
Jun 08 Toronto, ON Kool Haus
Jun 09 Ottawa, ON Capital Music Hall
Jun 11 Quebec City, QC Le Capitole
Jun 13 Poughkeepsie, NY The Chance
Jun 14 New York, NY B.B. King's Blues Club
Jun 17 Atlantic City, NJ House Of Blues
Jun 18 Philadelphia, PA The Trocadero & Balcony Bar
Jun 20 Baltimore, MD Sonar
Jun 21 Washington, DC 9:30 Club
Jun 23 Belle Vernon, PA The Ice Garden
Jun 25 Cleveland, OH House Of Blues

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Ministry To Embark On MasterBaTour In 2006

Ministry announces MasterBaTour 2006 scheduled for the United States and Canada from May through to July 2006, featuring Revolting Cocks and opening act Spyder Baby. So far, a Seattle, WA date at the showbox on May 28, 2006 has been announced. More tour dates will be announced soon.

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Ministry Anthology To Include Remixes, New Song

MINISTRY mainman Al Jourgensen is currently working on remixes for an upcoming MINISTRY anthology, tentatively dubbed "Rantology", due before the end of the year. In addition, the collection will feature a brand-new MINISTRY track called "The Great Satan", Jourgensen revealed during an online chat on Monday (May 30). Songs scheduled to be remixed for the upcoming set include "NWO", "Bad Blood", "No W", "Stigmata", "Jesus Built My Hotrod", "Unsung" and "Bloodlines". A full transcript of yesterday's chat can be found at MinistryMusic.org.

As previously reported, MINISTRY and its offshoot project the REVOLTING COCKS will be teaming up for a summer 2006 U.S. tour. More information will be made available during the coming months.

REVOLTING COCKS' current lineup includes Jourgensen alongside Phil "Phildo" Owen (SKATENIGS), John Monte (M.O.D., MIND FUNK, DRAGPIPE), Mike Scaccia (RIGOR MORTIS, MINISTRY) and Mark Baker (ex-FEAR, HELLIONS, SHADOW REICHENSTEIN).

MINISTRY recently completed a U.S. tour in support of their latest CD, "Houses of the Molé", available now on Sanctuary Records. The follow-up to 2003's "Animositisomina" was recorded at El Paso's Sonic Ranch studios and marks the group's first release since the departure of longtime bassist Paul Barker.

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Ministry and Revolting Cocks Tour Summer 2006

MINISTRY and its offshoot project the REVOLTING COCKS will be teaming up for a summer 2006 U.S. tour. More information will be made available during the coming months.

REVOLTING COCKS' current lineup includes MINISTRY mainman Al Jourgensen alongside Phil "Phildo" Owen (SKATENIGS), John Monte (M.O.D., MIND FUNK, DRAGPIPE), Mike Scaccia (RIGOR MORTIS, MINISTRY) and Mark Baker (ex-FEAR, HELLIONS, SHADOW REICHENSTEIN).

MINISTRY recently completed a U.S. tour in support of their latest CD, "Houses of the Molé", available now on Sanctuary Records. The follow-up to 2003's "Animositisomina" was recorded at El Paso's Sonic Ranch studios and marks the group's first release since the departure of longtime bassist Paul Barker.

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No Ministry Tour Until 2006

According to a recent online posting by Angie Jourgensen, the wife of MINISTRY mainman Al Jourgensen, Al has remixed a track called "Enchanted Fist Thought" for THE MELVINS/JELLO BIAFRA project. "Then he was working on some interesting theme songs for two TV shows. Al calls it 'cop rock.'

"Next up, Al is producing a young musician, songwriter, producer from Detroit SPYDER BABY (see www.spyderbaby.net), and just finished a remix of a track entitled 'Bitter'.

"Then, Mr. Gibby Haynes came to Hell Paso for a spell, and he and Al and Mike Scaccia and Ginger Baker (ooops, I mean Mark Baker) worked together in the studio for 10 days. It was awesome! I'll keep you posted on where all of that will lead as things unfurl themselves.

"Unfortunately, our agent in Europe could not make a tour happen for MINISTRY this summer, which totally SUCKS and bummed me out for quite a while, but everything happens for a reason, and it looks like Al will spend the summer in the studio working on some new stuff for a couple of projects, so it is all good.

"We cannot WAIT to get back on the road again, but it won't probably be until next year, the Year of the Dog (which is Al's chinese astrological sign)."

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