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Formed: 1998
From: Athens, Greece
Last Known Status: Active

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Firewind Enter Greek Singles Chart

FIREWIND check in with the following:

"The wait is over, Firewind’s new album The Premonition is finally available all across Europe throughout this weekend.

Supported by massive media acclaim and a stunning position at #6 in the official Greek Single charts for the album’s first single, 'Mercenary Man', Firewind are ready to reach a new level of success with The Premonition!!"

The band recently added some European summer festival dates:

June
26 - Bang Your Head (club pre-show) - Hechingen, Germany
27 - Grasspop Metal Meeting - Dessel, Belgium

July
19 - Rockweekend - Kilafors, Sweden
25 - Lagoa Burning Live - Algarve, Portugal

As previously reported, Firewind's new album The Premonition will see a March 25th release in North America. More...

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Firewind Update European Summer Festival Schedule

FIREWIND have updated their European summer festival schedule. It is now as follows:

June
26 - Bang Your Head (club pre-show) - Hechingen, Germany
27 - Grasspop Metal Meeting - Dessel, Belgium

July
19 - Rockweekend - Kilafors, Sweden
25 - Lagoa Burning Live - Algarve, Portugal

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Firewind Reveal New Album Special Edition Details

Century Media Records reports:

As the European release date of Greek melodic metal act FIREWIND’s new effort The Premonition is drawing closer, the content of the limited edition has been revealed.

The special version of the album comes with an O-Card packaging and a bonus DVD dubbed Live Premonition, which includes four brand-new songs from the album The Premonition, recorded live in Thessaloniki, Greece on January 12th, 2008 as well as interviews with all of the band members. Here is the exact tracklisting:

Live Premonition bonus DVD: 'Into The Fire', 'Head Up High', 'Mercenary Man', 'My Loneliness', + Individual interviews with all members of Firewind.

Firewind mastermind Gus G. comments on the bonus DVD as follows: “We worked very hard to be able to present you this bonus DVD, as we really wanted to put together a very special package for our fans this time around. The whole idea started back in late 2007 when we decided to play a show in our hometown Thessaloniki and present the whole new album live - from start to finish before it was even released. Looking back now, I realize that this was a big project to accomplish. But the night of January 12th made up for the whole work and stress. Over 1.200 crazy fans filled the Principal Theater and the vibe was just magical! We caught that on film and now we present you this bonus DVD with 4 songs from that show, fully edited and mixed PLUS in-depth interviews with each band member! Dig in and feel the burn of Firewind!”

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Dark Tranquility Comment On Upcoming Tour

Swedish melodic death metallers DARK TRANQUILLITY have issued the following update:

"We're very pleased to let our growing hordes of US fans know that we'll once again return to your shores to serve you in metal.

Starting in the beginning of May, we'll head out as main support for our long-time buddies in ARCH ENEMY. Also included on the bill are Gus G.'s FIREWIND and Dino Cazares' new band DIVINE HERESY, so it'll be a powerful and diverse package that will satisfy everyone.

We'll also do a couple of headline shows on the off-dates of the Arch enemy tours as well as continuing on the road for additional shows together with Divine Heresy and Firewind. Further information will follow in the near future, but the following dates are confirmed as of writing:

May
9 - Philadelphia PA - The Fillmore
10 - Towson, MD - Recher Theatre
11 - New York, NY - The Fillmore at Irving Plaza
13 - Montreal, QC - Le Medley
14 - Quebec City, QC - Imperial
16 - Toronto, ON - Opera House
17 - Detroit, MI - Majestic Theater
19 - Chicago, IL - House Of Blues
20 - St. Paul, MN - Station 4
23 - Calgary AB - MacEwan Ballroom
24 - Edmonton AB - Starlite
27 - Seattle, WA - Showbox at The Market
29 - San Francisco, CA - Slim's
30 - Hollywood, CA - House Of Blues

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Civilization One Announce German Tour Dates

German power metallers, CIVILIZATION ONE, the group featuring vocalist Chitral "Chity" Somapala (highly regarded for his work with AVALON, FIREWIND, FARO, MOONLIGHT AGONY and RED CIRCUIT), guitarist Christian Münzner (ex-NECROPHAGIST, MAJESTY) and bassist Pierre-Emmanuel Pélisson (MALADAPTIVE, ex-HEAVENLY) has scheduled the following dates:

Mar. 08 - Zum Quellenpark "Rock in der Scheune" - Bad Soden, Germany
Mar. 21 - Het Front - Overijssel, Vroomshoop, Netherlands
Mar. 22 - Titans of Power Festival - Nettetal-Kaldenkirchen / Germany
May 09 - Die Halle – Frankfurt, Germany
May 31 - Börsencrash Festival – Wuppertal, Germany
Jul. 18 - Dong Open Air - Neukirchen-Vluyn, Germany
Nov. 22 - Power of Metal Festival III - Multi Cult at Masperplatz – Paderborn, Germany More...

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Arch Enemy Announce More US Tour Dates

More dates have been released for the upcoming tour featuring ARCH ENEMY, DARK TRANQUILLITY, DIVINE HERESY, and FIREWIND:

May 11 - New York, NY @ The Fillmore at Irving Plaza
May 16 - Toronto, ON @ Opera House
May 17 - Detroit, MI @ Majestic Theatre
May 19 - Chicago, IL @ House of Blues
May 30 - Hollywood, CA @ House of Blues

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Arch Enemy Announce Hollywood Date

A Hollywood date has been announced for the forthcoming North American tour featuring ARCH ENEMY, DARK TRANQUILLITY, DIVINE HERESY and FIREWIND. So far, the following three shows have been released:

May 11 - New York, NY @ The Fillmore at Irving Plaza
May 16 - Toronto, ON @ Opera House
May 30 - Hollywood, CA @ House of Blues

Tickets for all three concerts are available through Ticketmaster.

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Firewind Announce New Album Tracklisting

The complete tracklist of FIREWIND's new album The Premonition has been revealed. It is as follows: 'Into The Fire', 'Head Up High', 'Mercenary Man', 'Angels Forgive Me', 'Remembered', 'My Loneliness', 'Circle Of Life', 'The Silent Code', 'Maniac', 'Life Foreclosed'.

As previously reported, 'Mercenary Man' is now available for streaming on Firewind's official MySpace page. The Premonition is set for a March 24th release in Europe (March 25th in the USA) through Century Media Records.

Firewind's tour schedule with KAMELOT and FOREVER SLAVE is as follows:

April
4 - London, UK - Carling Academy
5 - Wolverhampton, UK - Wulfrun
6 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Paradiso
9 - Antwerpen, Belgium - Hof Ter Lo
10 - Saarbrücken, Germany - Garage
11 - Paris, France - Elysee Montmartre
12 - Pratteln, Switzerland - Z7
13 - Milano, Italy - Alcatraz
16 - Athens, Greece - Fuzz Club
17 - Thessaloniki, Greece - Ydrogeios
18 - Sofia, Bulgaria - Hristov Botev
19 - Beograd, Serbia - SKC
20 - Budapest, Hungary - Wigwam
21 - Reichenbach/Vogtl, Germany - Neuberinhaus
22 - München, Germany - Backstage
23 - Ludwigsburg, Germany - Rockfabrik
24 - Essen, Germany - Weststadthalle
25 - Hamburg, Germany - Markthalle
28 - Helsinki, Finland - Tavastia
29 - Oulu, Finland - Teatria

May
1 - Stockholm, Sweden - Klubben
2 - Gothenburg, Sweden - Trädgarn
3 - Oslo, Norway - Sentrum Scene

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Firewind Post New Song Online

Greek melodic metal sensation FIREWIND will release "The Premonition", the follow-up to its 2006 acclaimed CD "Allegiance", on March 24 via Century Media Records. A track from the album, "Mercenary Man", can now be streamed on the band's MySpace page.

"The Premonition" track listing:

01. Into The Fire
02. Head Up High
03. Mercenary Man
04. Angels Forgive Me
05. Remembered
06. My Loneliness
07. Circle Of Life
08. The Silent Code
09. Maniac
10. Life Foreclosed More...

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Firewind Reveal New Album Title

Greek melodic metal sensation FIREWIND will release its successor to 2006’s Allegiance album on March 24th, 2008.

Guitarist Gus G. checks in with details on the programmatically entitled The Premonition:

“The Premonition is a strong title and our drummer Mark came up with the idea. A premonition means feeling something is about to happen. We’ve worked hard the past two years and we just have a premonition that 2008 is going to be a very fun and exciting year for us as we plan to visit again many places and countries and hope to play for our fans as well as make new ones!

Of course, you can interpret the album title in any way you want. Some people might read our lyrics and see that at times they’re about the course of mankind and the so-called “end of days”. So maybe this could be taken also as a warning or omen, because it’s definitely something that has been on our minds lately.

I feel that the new Firewind album is yet another step up in our career – musically speaking. Once again we aimed for a highly variable effort as I really don’t like those albums where you’ve listened to the first song and it’s like you heard them all! This doesn’t happen on a Firewind album and certainly not on the new one!

Regarding touring, we’ll start off in Europe right after the album’s release and we’ll spend about five weeks on the road with KAMELOT (we recently toured Japan with them and it was just fantastic!). We plan to return to the US right after that, but no dates are confirmed yet. Of course, a Japan and Pan-Asian tour is being planned currently as well as several appearances at summer festivals."

The artwork for The Premonition (pictured) was created by Brazilian artist Gustavo Sazes (www.abstrata.net).
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Arch Enemy Guitarist Scheduled For NAMM

Arch Enemy guitarist Michael Amott will be doing signings at this year's NAMM show, set to take place in Anaheim, CA on January 18-19.

Michael Amott comments: “I’ll be at NAMM doing signings for ESP guitars and RANDALL amplifiers... There is new awesome ‘Michael Amott signature’ gear coming in 2008 with both ESP and RANDALL, I am extremely excited about this! These amazing weapons of mass destruction will be on display at the NAMM show of course – if you’re at NAMM, come and check it out.

"The new Ninja V's will be available as both ESP and LTD versions. Fans have seen me playing the prototypes of these guitars live over the last few months with Arch Enemy. A lot of you have been asking me about them... Well, here they are - in all their glory!

"This is my third year in a row being invited to come out and hang in California and be a part of it all. I’d like thank ESP and RANDALL for supporting me and making it all happen”.

Signing schedule:

Jan. 18 3-4PM @ RANDALL Booth
With Gus G (Firewind), Christian Olde Wolbers (Fear Factory), Dan Donegan (Disturbed) and George Lynch

Jan. 19 12-1:30PM @ ESP Booth
With Rob Arnold and Matt DeVries (Chimaira), Jon Donais (Shadows Fall) and Will Adler (Lamb of God)

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Firewind Hard At Work On New Album

FIREWIND's mastermind/guitarist Gus G. has issued the following update:

"Well, most of the recordings for the new album are done by now! We've been locked at Sweden's Studio Fredman for about a month now and I'm super-excited with the way things are shaping up! Killer sounds on the drums, guitars and bass. We've recorded 12 original songs and a few covers which will be revealed in time.

"I also want to set something straight since some people seem to be confused: Apollo is still in the band! Yes, he is singing on the new album (currently finishing up his vocal tracks — which in my opinion are his best performances ever!) and yes, he is going back on the road with us in 2008.

"Now onto something different and very special: Since we have gotten such a great response on our world tour 2006-2007 and have received so much love from our fans, we would like to give back by doing something special for them: We will play a one and only exclusive show in our hometown (Thessaloniki, Greece) on Saturday January 12th, 2008 at Principal Club Theatre, where we will perform our full upcoming brand new album LIVE! So consider this as a very special event since we don't plan on doing this again. Of course we'll play an extra set of other older material in addition to the new songs. What makes this even cooler is that we'll record and film this event for future DVD use, so we hope to see all our metal brothers and sisters at this special event!

"For those of you that don't live in Greece and plan to travel to see this show, please email us at r_evolution13@yahoo.gr and let us know of your participation. We'll get back to you and provide info on how to get to the venue, hotels, etc."

Songtitles set to appear on the new FIREWIND CD include "Remembered", "Life Foreclosed", "The Silent Code", "Mercenary Man", "My Loneliness", "Head Up High"."

FIREWIND will team up with KAMELOT and VISIONS OF ATLANTIS for a European tour in April/May 2008.

FIREWIND's 2002 debut album, "Between Heaven & Hell", was re-released in Japan on October 10 via King Records. The reissue includes new artwork, liner notes from guitarist Gus G. and producer David T. Chastain as well as two bonus tracks. Originally released with different cover artwork in Japan, this time the album includes the European cover which was created by legendary artist Kristian Wahlin (KING DIAMOND, DISSECTION, AT THE GATES)

FIREWIND's latest single, "Breaking the Silence" (featuring Tara Teresa), entered the national single chart in Greece at position No. 19 and moved up to No. 16 in its second week. The video for the single's title cut was directed by Patric Ullaeus (IN FLAMES, DIMMU BORGIR, LACUNA COIL).

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Helloween Bassist To Do Hard Rock Album

Frontiers Records will release the debut album from Markus Grosskopf's (HELLOWEEN) BASSINVADERS, entitled "Hellbassbeaters", on January 25, 2008.

BASSINVADERS was a creation of Markus' while sitting in a bar and enjoying a few drinks. It was there that he got inspired to produce a heavy rock record without any guitars at all. He presented this concept in early 2007 to Frontiers Records, which was intrigued by the idea and gave it a go.

According to a press release, "Hellbassbeaters" contains all the basic elements of a heavy rock record "and so much more. You got the strong vocals, rhythmic bass, intoxicating drums and even bass and twin bass solo parts. What you hear is what you get: 100% genuine heavy rock record with absolutely no discordant guitar note on it at all." To guarantee a great variety of different influences, Markus invited some well-known singing bass players from the German metal scene to join the band, including DESTRUCTION's Schmier, SODOM's frontman Tom Angelripper and RAGE's Peavy. He also managed to get a few of his bass heroes to lay down solos on some of the tracks, including Billy Sheehan, Rudy Sarzo and DD Verni.

Guest musicians include:

Bass:

Billy Sheehan (STEVE VAI, MR. BIG, DAVID LEE ROTH)
Rudy Sarzo (DIO, OZZY OSBOURNE, WHITESNAKE, QUIET RIOT)
Lee Rocker (STRAY CATS)
Marco Mendoza (THIN LIZZY, WHITESNAKE, TED NUGENT)
DD Verni (OVERKILL)
Wyzard (MOTHER'S FINEST)
Dirk Schlächter (GAMMA RAY)
Joey Vera (ARMORED SAINT, FATES WARNING, ANTHRAX)
Stig Pedersen (D.A.D)
Nibbs (SAXON)
Tobias Exxel (EDGUY)
Jens Becker (GRAVE DIGGER, RUNNING WILD)
Dennis Ward (PINK CREAM 69)
Peter Baltes (ACCEPT)
Jan S. Eckert (MASTERPLAN)
Michael Müller (JADED HEART)

Vocals:

Apollo Papathanasio (FIREWIND, TIME REQUIEM, EVIL MASQUERADE, MAJESTIC)
Jesper Binzer (D-A-D)

Drums:

André Hilgers (RAGE, AXXIS, SILENT FORCE)
Stefan Arnold (GRAVE DIGGER)

01. Awakening the Bass Machine
02. We Live
03. Armageddon
04. Romance In Black
05. Godless Gods
06. Empty Memories (Breaking Free)
07. Boiling Blood
08. Far Too Late
09. The Asshole Song
10. Dead From the Eyes Down
11. Razorblade Romance
12. Voices
13. Eagles Fly Free (HELLOWEEN cover)
14. To Hell And Back (bonus track for Europe)

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Firewind Reveal New Songtitles

Gus G., mastermind of Greek melodic metal sensation FIREWIND, has issued the following update:

"Looking back on 2007 now I can say that I'm very happy with what we've accomplished with FIREWIND. We toured heavily for the 'Allegiance' album and our world tour passed through 22 countries and we did about 100 shows to promote it. We had great times touring with some of metal's premier bands such as DRAGONFORCE, ALL THAT REMAINS, ANGRA, KAMELOT, SONATA ARCTICA, etc. through Europe, UK, North America and Japan. We even got to play in Tunisia for the first time!"

"After a successful Japan tour this October we're finally wrapping up our 'World Allegiance' tour with two final festivals in Europe — one in Spain (Senderos Del Rock) and one in Denmark (ProgPower Scandinavia)." More...

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Former Firewind Singer Joins Rekuiem For Dates

Classic NWOBHM act REKUIEM (formerly known as REQUIEM) check in with the following update:

"Rekuiem will be joined by special guest vocalist Chitral "Chity" Somapala (ex-FIREWIND) for the live dates to end 2007.

"Chity" and Rekuiem are very excited to be working together and are looking forward very much to the two dates so far confirmed: Wednesday, November 14th - Sheldon Marquee - Birmingham, England and Friday, November 16th - JBs - Dudley, West Midlands, England (supporting GOTTHARD).

Other dates are still awaiting conformation and will be announced shortly. For videos of both Rekuiem and "Chity" go to our MySpace page.

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Firewind Guitarist Reflects On Japanese Shows

FIREWIND guitarist Gus G. has posted this message on the band's official website:

"Hello metalheads! The third part of our 'World Allegiance' tour came to an end with four very successful shows in Japan! It felt so good going back there exactly one year after our performance at Loud Park festival. This has been our longest Japan tour so far, visiting four major cities - Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya and Yokohama. All venues were good and packed with loud Japanese metalheads - exactly the way we like it!

We have some great memories of this tour both onstage and offstage. We were treated excellent by the people of Avex and Creative man (promoters), our Japanese crew was top notch and everything was on time and perfectly in place. That's the way the Japanese people work. Even though I've been there eight times so far, I'm still amazed by their professionalism.

On our off day we had the chance to do lots of promotion for various radios, TV interviews and of course the prestigious magazines Burrn! and Young Guitar whom I also shot two instructional DVDs for.

Domo Arigato to Avex company, Kaz & King Records, Nozue, Yuka, A2 and the whole crew, KAMELOT and their crew for being super cool to us - it was a pleasure sharing the stage with you guys!

Also, we'd like to thank the German Metal God, Henning Basse (METALIUM) for taking care of the vocal duties the past months and giving everything on stage with us each night. You're a friend for life and we already miss you!

Last but not least, thanks to all our fans in the Land of the Rising Sun for their never ending support and love! We'll be back soon!"

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Firewind Cancel North Carolina Date

Greek metallers FIREWIND have cancelled their October 5th appearance at Jesters Pub in Fayetteville, NC. The band's live dates in support of their new album, Allegiance, are as follows:

October
2 - Philadelphia, PA at The Trocadero (with SONATA ARCTICA)
3 - Springfield, VA at Jaxx (with Sonata Arctica)
4 - Covington, KY at The Mad Hatter
6 - Atlanta, GA at Prog Power USA (sold out)

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The Agonist Tour Schedule

The Agonist will be touring in September and October. Here are the tour dates:

dates w/ Epica, Visions of Atlantis
9/6 Hartford, CT @ Webster Theatre
9/8 Bedford, NH @ Mark's Place
9/9 New York, NY @ Highline Ballroom

dates w/ Sonata Arctica, Firewind
9/12 Dallas, TX @ Palladium
9/14 Albuquerque, NM @ The Launchpad
9/15 Tempe, AZ @ The Clubhouse
9/16 Hollywood, CA @ The Key Club
9/17 Santa Ana, CA @ The Galaxy Theatre
9/19 Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theatre
9/21 Chicago, IL @ Metro/Smart Bar
9/22 Detroit, MI @ Harpo's Concert Theatre
9/23 Cleveland, OH @ Peabody's Down Under
9/24 Toronto, ON @ The Opera House
9/26 Quebec City, QC @ Salle Albert Rousseau
9/27 Montreal, QC @ Medley
9/28 Poughkeepsie, NY @ Chance Theater
9/29 Worcester, MA @ The Palladium (no Firewind)
9/30 New York, NY @ B.B. Kings Blues Club
10/02 Philadelphia, PA @ The Trocadero
10/03 Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
10/06 Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Culture Room
10/07 Winter Park, FL @ The Haven
10/09 Houston, TX @ Meridian

dates w/ Overkill
10/11 Covington, KY @ The Mad Hatter
10/12 Columbus, OH @ Al Rosa Villa
10/13 Detroit, MI @ Harpo's
10/14 Mokena, IL @ The Pearl Room
10/15 Maplewood, MN @ The Rock
10/16 Cedar Falls, IA @ Reverb
10/17 Sauget, IL @ Pop's
10/18 Cleveland, OH @ Peabody's Down Under

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Firewind To Headline Spanish Festival

After playing four successful shows this past March supporting ANGRA, FIREWIND will return to Spain as headliners at Zaragoza's Senderos del Rock Festival on November 3rd.

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Firewind Cancel Cheltenham, UK Show

Greek melodic metallers FIREWIND have issued the following update:

"The promoter of the venue Night Owl in Cheltenham, UK has cancelled the Firewind show that was scheduled for August 17th. The reasons are not clear to us at this moment. We're sorry to the fans that were planning on catching that show, but it wasn"t our fault. We hope to see you all at JB"s Dudley the very next day (August 18) which is not very far from Cheltenham."

Upcoming Firewind live dates include:

July
22 - Thessaloniki, Greece at Metal Healing Festival

August
11 - Rades, Tunisia at Rock A Rades Festival (with Adagio, After Forever, etc.)
16 - Derby, England at Bloodstock Open Air
18 - Dudley, England at JB’s (with Man Of The Hour)

September (North American Tour)
19 - Minneapolis, MN at Station 4 (with Epica)
20 - Mokena, IL at The Pearl Room Mokena
21 - Cleveland, OH at Peabodys (with Edguy)
22 - Toronto, ON at The Funhaus
23 - Detroit, MI at I-Rock
24 - Reading, PA at The Silo
26 - Quebec City, QC at Salle Albert Rousseau (with Sonata Arctica)
27 - Montreal, QC at Medley (with Sonata Arctica)
28 - Poughkeepsie, NY at Chance Theater (with Sonata Arctica)
29 - Bedford, NH at Marks Showplace
30 - New York City, NY at B.B. Kings Blues Club (with Sonata Arctica)

October (North American Tour)
2 - Philadelphia, PA at The Trocadero (with Sonata Arctica)
3 - Springfield, VA at Jaxx (with Sonata Arctica)
4 - Covington, KY at The Mad Hatter
5 - Fayetteville, NC at Jesters Pub
6 - Atlanta, GA at Prog Power USA (SOLD OUT)

October (Japan Tour with KAMELOT)
10 - Tokyo, Japan at Shibuya O-East
11 - Osaka, Japan at Club Quattro
12 - Nagoya, Japan at Bottom Line
14 - Yokohama, Japan at Blitz

November
10 - Copenhagen, Denmark at Prog Power Scandinavia

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