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Formed: 2000
From: Los Angeles, CA, United States
Last Known Status: Active

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Below is our complete Otep news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

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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Victory Records Offering Free Metal Sampler

Victory Records has issued the following statement about offering a free sampler for download over Memorial Day weekend:

"In honor of Memorial Day weekend, Victory Records and VictoryMetal.com are releasing the perfect soundtrack to your backyard BBQ; a free Memorial Day Metal digital Sampler! A fist full of metal from Victory’s heaviest artists will be available for download throughout the entire weekend.

"Leading the sampler’s illustrious mix, metal rockers, Sister Sin leak their rock anthem 'Outrage' from the new, never-before-heard album True Sound Of The Underground, hitting the streets June 22nd. Metal superstars, and freshly-signed Ill Nino debut an unreleased track from their upcoming Victory Records debut. This sampler will also include first-listen opportunities from the upcoming releases of All Out War, Corpus Christi, Grave Maker, Pathology, and Wretched, but not forgetting label-favorites Otep, Between the Buried and Me, Taproot, Emmure, Carnifex, Destropy, and more!

"The newly re-designed and completely updated VictoryMetal, Victory Records' premiere metal outlet, will host this Memorial Day sampler through the weekend only. Download the first half of the sampler now, and check in again tomorrow to access the rest of the tracks. Kick off your day by head-banging and air guitar-ing to the heaviest and grittiest metal you’ll ever find, for free."

Here's the complete tracklisting for part 1:

Sister Sin "Outrage"
Pathology "Code Injection"
Beneath The Sky "Terror Starts At Home"
Destrophy "Rise Of The Overman"
OTEP "Run For Cover"
Taproot "Game Over"
Emmure "I Thought You Met Telly And Turned Me Into Casper"
Carnifex "Hell Chose Me"
Corpus Christi "Blood In The Water"

Update: Part two is now online as well, available at the same location.

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Otep Gearing Up For U.S. Tour

Otep is currently gearing up to embark on the "Spectacular Massacre" tour. The first leg, beginning on June 4th, will have support from I Wrestled a Bear Once, Stary From the Path, and Bury Tomorrow, while the second leg will have a new set of supporting acts including The Birthday Massacre, Beneath the Sky, and The Agonist. The currently confirmed dates are as follows:

6/4/10 Santa Clara, CA @ The Avalon
6/5/10 Bakersfield, CA @ ROCKIN ROOTS FEST Stramler Park w/ Unwritten Law, Pierce The Veil
6/7/10 Grand Junction, CO @ Mesa Theater
6/8/10 Cheyenne, WY @ Atlas Theater
6/9/10 Omaha, NE @ Sokol Underground
6/10/10 Fargo, ND @ The Aquarian
6/11/10 Milwaukee, WI @ PRIDEFEST - Henry W. Maier Festival Park w/ Kathy Griffin
6/12/10 Appleton, WI @ Revolution
6/13/10 Maplewood, MN @ The Rock
6/14/10 Des Moines, IA @ House of Bricks
6/16/10 Fayetteville, AR @ Drifter's
6/17/10 Nashville, TN @ The Muse
6/18/10 Lima, OH @ Ohio Theater
6/19/10 Jackson, MI @ ROCKAPALOOZA - Jackson County Fairgrounds w/ Sevendust
6/20/10 Mt. Clemens, MI @ Emerald Theater
6/21/10 Cleveland, OH @ Peabody's
6/23/10 Baltimore, MD @ Sonar
6/24/10 Allentown, PA @ Crocodile Rock
6/25/10 Worcester, MA @ Palladium
6/26/10 Philadelphia, PA @ The Blockley
6/27/10 Herkimer, NY @ The Spotlight
6/28/10 Manchester, NH @ Rocko's
6/30/10 Rochester, NY @ Montage Music Hall More...

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Otep Remembers Paul Gray

Otep frontwoman, Otep Shamaya, has issued the following comments on the passing of 38 year old bassist Paul Gray of Slipknot:

“One of my earliest memories of Paul was our first tour of Ozzfest together - watching him mow down a 10 foot high fence in a 'borrowed' golf cart and that famous deviant, yet innocent grin of his as he scampered back to his bus. And then I witnessed his wonderful insanity on stage. It is painful to write about Paul in the past tense. But he was, as the inscription on Jim Morrison's headstone reads 'kata ton daimona eautou,' true to his own spirit. Part mystic, part madman, Paul was a savagely beautiful human being, an incredible writer, musician, & performer, and an amazing friend.

"For those of us he touched through friendship or by his incredible music, there is some anger and outrage at this loss, the senselessness of it, but most of all, it is the heavy drapes of sadness that devours us. Another candle fades into the night; another shadow ascends into the light. Rest in power, my friend. Shake the walls of paradise for us.”

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Otep Debuts Music Video For "Rise, Rebel, Resist"

Otep has posted a new music video for the song "Rise, Rebel, Resist" online. Watch the video below:

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TTEOTD Announces U.S. Tour and Album Pre-Order

South Carolina's THROUGH THE EYES OF THE DEAD has announced they will be supporting OTEP, alongside BURY YOUR DEAD and DESTROPHY from February 15th though April 2nd. The band will be supporting their third full length, "Skepsis," which will hit the streets on February 2nd on Prosthetic Records. Pre-order packages are available now through the label's webstore.

The title track, "Skepsis" will debut this Monday, January 11th at 4:30pm EST by Jose Mangin on Sirius/XM's Liquid Metal. It will be replayed at 8:40pm EST and 11:30pm EST, as well.

The tour dates are:

2/15/10 Tempe, AZ @ Clubhouse Music Venue
2/16/10 Farmington, NM @ Totah Theater
2/17/10 Denver, CO @ Marquis Theater
2/18/10 Colorado Springs, CO @ Black Sheep
2/19/10 Salina, KS @ The Blue Goat
2/21/10 Cincinnati, OH @ Inner Circle
2/23/10 St Louis, MO @ Fubar
2/25/10 Cleveland, OH @ Peabodys
2/26/10 Detroit, MI @ Harpo's
2/27/10 Columbus, OH @ Alrosa Villa
2/28/10 Buffalo, NY @ Town Ballroom
3/2/10 Orono, ME @ 103 Ultra Lounge
3/3/10 Worcester, MA @ Palladium
3/4/10 Hartford, CT @ Webster Theater
3/5/10 Reading, PA @ The Silo Nightclub
3/6/10 Farmingdale, NY @ Crazy Donkey
3/7/10 Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
3/9/10 Raleigh, NC @ Volume 11
3/10/10 Spartanburg, SC @ Gground Zero
3/11/10 Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
3/12/10 Orlando, FL @ Lyrica
3/16/10 Little Rock, AR @ The Village
3/17/10 Houston, TX @ Rocbar
3/18/10 Mission, TX @ Smokin Aces
3/19/10 San Antonio, TX @ White Rabbit
3/20/10 Ft Worth, TX @ Ridglea Theater
3/21/10 Gallup, NM @ El Morro Theater
3/24/10 Spokane, WA @ Knitting Factory Concert House
3/25/10 Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
3/26/10 Portland, OR @ Satyricon
3/27/10 Sparks, NV @ New Oasis
3/28/10 Santa Ana, CA @ Galaxy Theater
3/31/10 West Hollywood, CA @ The Whisky
4/1/10 Las Vegas, NV @ Cheyenne Saloon
4/2/10 Ramona, CA @ Ramona Mainstage

Guitarist Justin Longshore commented on "Skepsis:" "Our new record 'Skepsis' finally captures the sound we've always envisioned. I have no doubt in my mind that new and old fans of the band will be pleased when they hear it!"

Since signing with Prosthetic in 2005, TTEOTD has SoundScanned nearly 60,000 copies and toured with a who's who of heavy music, perhaps most notably as part of the now-legendary 2006 Sounds of the Underground tour that featured a stacked lineup of metal gods In Flames, Trivium, Behemoth, Cannibal Corpse, GWAR, The Black Dahlia Murder, Despised Icon, As I Lay Dying and more.

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Tonight's Headbangers Ball Line-Up Details

Tonight's Headbangers Ball on MTV2 at 2 AM ET/PT will feature Valient Thorr and the following lineup of videos:

Valient Thorr - "Tomorrow Police"
Isis - "20 Minutes/ 40 Years"
Miss May I - "Forgive and Forget"
Otep - "Smash The Control Machine"
Converge - "Axe To Fall"
Echoes the Fall - "Break Away"
Janus - "Eyesore"

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Otep Contributes Song To TNA Pay Per View

TNA (Total Nonstop Action) wrestling has partnered with Otep to use their song, "Smash The Control Machine" as the theme song to their next pay per view event, "Final Resolution." The show will take place in Orlando, Florida and will be held on the 20th of December. You can watch a preview for the event below. More...

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Tonight's Headbangers Ball Line-Up Details

Tonight's Headbangers Ball on MTV2 at 2 AM ET/PT will feature Drowning Pool and the following lineup of videos:

Drowning Pool - "Shame"
Miss May I - "Forgive and Forget"
Otep - "Smash The Control Machine"
Converge - "Axe To Fall"
Echoes the Fall - "Break Away"

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Otep Posts New Music Video Online

American rock outfit Otep has posted their new music video online for the song, "Smash The Control Machine." You can check it out below. The song is the title track from the bands forthcoming new studio album, which will be released on August 18th. More...

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Shadows Fall Announces "Shock and Raw Tour" Dates

Shadows Fall has announced a huge fall tour with fellow metallers Five Finger Death Punch. The “Shock and Raw Tour” kicks off on September 22 in San Francisco and runs through November. The tour also features Otep and 2 Cents. The latest tour dates can be found below.

The pre-sale for "Retribution," the new album from SHADOWS FALL, starts Tuesday, August 11. Fans will be able to order both the regular and deluxe package of the CD. The deluxe version of the album features a companion DVD and very, very exclusive box set with all kinds of great items. The pre-sale is available for fan club members ONLY starting Monday. All you have to do to become a fan club member is sign up for a member profile on their site, shadowsfall.com, for free.

SHADOWS FALL will be releasing "Retribution" on September 15 on Everblack Industries. The label was formed by the band in conjunction with Warner Music ILG, Ferret Music, and ChannelZERO Entertainment. For more information on Everblack Industries, visit everblackindustries.com. "Retribution" was produced by Zeuss (Hatebreed, Municipal Waste), with vocal production by Elvis Baskette (Incubus, Alter Bridge).

Here are the latest "Shock and Raw Tour" dates with Five Finger Death Punch, Otep, and 2 Cents: More...

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Otep Announces US Tour Dates and Signing Sessions

Otep has announced the following US tour dates with Destrophy and Seven Year Existence and signing sessions:

08/8 - CLICKS - Tyler, Texas
08/10 - POPS NITE CLUB - Sauget, Illinois
08/11 - THE BEAUMONT CLUB - Kansas City, Missouri
08/12 - THE ROCK - Maplewood, Minnesota
08/13 - INSTORE SIGNING/POETRY READING - ROLLING STONES - Norridge, Illinois
08/13 - THE PEARL ROOM - Mokena, Illinois
08/14 - INSTORE SIGNING/POETRY READING - FYE - Dublin, Ohio
08/14 - WOODSHOCK FESTIVAL - Bellefontaine, Ohio
08/15 - INSTORE SIGNING/POETRY READING - FYE - Auburn Mills, Michigan
08/15 - HARPO’S CONCERT THEATRE - Detroit, Michigan
08/16 - RIVERSTAR ENTERTAINMENT COMPLEX - Cincinnati, Ohio
08/17 - INSTORE SIGNING/POETRY READING - LOONEY TUNES - West Babylon, New York
08/18 - CD RELEASE! BLENDER THEATRE - New York, New York
08/19 - INSTORE SIGNING/POETRY READING - VINTAGE VINYL - Fords, New Jersey
08/19 - STARLAND BALLROOM - Sayreville, New Jersey
08/20 - LOST HORIZON - Syracuse, New York
08/21 - ROCK THE INK FESTIVAL - Providence, Rhode Island
08/22 - WEBSTER THEATRE - Hartford, Connecticut
08/23 - CROCODILE ROCK - Allentown, Pennsylvania
08/25 - BURBON STREET’S THE QUARTER - Baltimore, Maryland
08/26 - HOOLIGANS - Jacksonville, North Carolina
08/27 - JESTERS - Fayetteville, North Carolina
08/29 - CLUB FIRESTONE - Orlando, Florida
08/31 - THE CITY CLUB - Houma, Louisiana
09/ 5 - BUMBERSHOOT FESTIVAL - Seattle, Washington

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Otep Signs To Victory Records

VICTORY RECORDS has signed Los Angeles recording artist OTEP. OTEP has sold over half a million albums sold over the course of three studio albums. Singer, songwriter, renegade Otep Shamaya describes the band’s music as “a total and complete mutiny on the senses. We are a fusion band by nature, inspired by many styles and tones from a variety of musical genres- rock, punk, metal, hip-hop, spoken word, jazz and classic rock. We never allow the antiquated limits of a genre confine or restrict us. Our music is universal and does not belong nor can it be contained in a nice, neat, little box.”

The first release under the new alliance is OTEP’s highly anticipated fourth full-length studio album “Smash the Control Machine.” The new studio album will be released August 18, 2009. Ms. Shamaya says of the album, “The economic crisis is hitting every working family in this country. The album and its title track, 'Smash The Control Machine,' will lay bare the greed and corruption that fostered this calamity, but will also focus on the undying spirit of the working class that always fights the good fight. The title is a line from a William S. Burroughs poem. It is my intention to create an album that serves every head of the hydra that is OTEP. From poetry, to politics, to shock and awe, to sex and righteousness, to standing up and fighting back. Like the mystical symbol of the Ouroboros (the sacred serpent swallowing its tail) all things will be brought back to circle.” More...

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Walls Of Jericho Prepares To Return To Tour The US

Fresh off a summer trek on the Rockstar Mayhem Festival the members of Walls of Jericho will be returning to the states to continue their ongoing touring. The band is currently headlining Europe's "Hell on Earth" and gearing up for more domination in the states with this fall US trek to kick off October 27 and run through the end of November.

Here are the latest Walls of Jericho tour dates with Ill Nino and Otep:

October 27, 2008 New Port Richey, FL @ Bourbon Street Night Club
October 28, 2008 Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade (music Park)
October 30, 2008 Spartanburg, SC @ Ground Zero
October 31, 2008 Jacksonville, NC @ Hooligan's
November 1, 2008 Fayetteville, NC @ Jester's Pub
November 2, 2008 Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom
November 4, 2008 New York, NY @ Blender Theatre @ Gramercy
November 5, 2008 Allentown, PA @ Crocodile Rock
November 6, 2008 Hartford, CT @ Webster Theater
November 7, 2008 Baltimore, MD @ Sonar
November 8, 2008 Columbus, OH @ Al Rosa Villa
November 9, 2008 Mt. Clemens, MI @ The Hayloft
November 11, 2008 Cleveland, OH @ Peabody's
November 12, 2008 Mokena, IL @ The Pearl Room
November 14, 2008 Ft. Wayne, IN @ Piere's
November 15, 2008 Grand Rapids, MI @ The Intersection
November 16, 2008 Sauget, IL @ Pop's
November 17, 2008 Little Rock, AR @ The Village
November 18, 2008 Beaumont, TX @ Scout Bar
November 20, 2008 San Antonio, TX @ Scout Bar
November 21, 2008 Houston, TX @ Scout Bar
November 22, 2008 Fort Worth, TX @ Ridglea Theatre
November 23, 2008 Lubbock, TX @ Tequila Jungle
November 25, 2008 Farmington, NM @ Gator's Bar And Grill
November 26, 2008 Colorado Springs, CO @ Black Sheep
November 28, 2008 Las Vegas, NV @ Jillian's
November 30, 2008 West Hollywood, CA @ Key Club

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Sister Sin Announces U.S. Tour Dates

Gothenburg, Sweden’s SISTER SIN has announced that they will be touring the U.S. this October/November with Ill Nino, OTEP and Walls Of Jericho.

The band is about to release their critically-acclaimed debut album "Switchblade Serenades" on October 14th, and just posted a preview of the album on VictorStream. More...

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Ill Nino Announces More Tour Dates

Ill Nino has announced more tour dates to their trek with Otep and Walls Of Jericho.

The tour schedule is now as follows:


Oct 27 2008
Bourbon St.


New Port Richie, Florida

Oct 28 2008
Masquerade Atlanta, Georgia

Oct 30 2008
Ground Zero Spartanburg, South Carolina

Oct 31 2008
Hooligans Jacksonville, North Carolina

Nov 1 2008
Jesters Fayetteville, North Carolina

Nov 2 2008
Starland Ballroom Sayreville, New Jersey

Nov 4 2008
Blender @ Gramercy Theater New York, New York

Nov 5 2008
Crocodile Rock Allentown, Pennsylvania

Nov 6 2008
Webster Theater Hartford, Connecticut

Nov 7 2008
Sonar Baltimore, Maryland

Nov 8 2008
Al Rosa Villa Columbus, Ohio

Nov 9 2008
Hayloft Liquor Stand Mt.


Clemmens, Michigan

Nov 11 2008
Peabodys Cleveland, Ohio

Nov 12 2008
Pearl Room Mokena, Illinois

Nov 14 2008
Pierre’s Ft.


Wayne, Indiana

Nov 15 2008
Intersection Grand Rapids, Michigan

Nov 16 2008
Pop’s Sauget, Illinois

Nov,17 2008
Village, Little Rock, Arkansas

Nov 18 2008
Scout Bar Beaumont, Texas

Nov 20 2008
Scout Bar San Antonio, Texas

Nov 21 2008
Scout Bar Houston, Texas

Nov 22 2008
Ridglea Theater Dallas, Texas

Nov 23 2008
Tequila Jungle Lubbock, Texas

Nov 25 2008
Gators Farmington, New Mexico

Nov 26 2008
Black Sheep Colorado Springs, Colorado

Nov 28 2008
Jillians Las Vegas, Nevada

Nov 30 2008
Key Club Los Angeles, California

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Ill Nino And Otep To Tour Together

Ill Nino has lined up a co-headlining tour with Otep which begins next month. Also joining them on the bill will be Walls Of Jericho.

The tour dates are as follows:

October 27 - New Port Richie, FL @ Bourbon St.
October 28 - Atlanta, Georgia @ Masquerade
October 30 - Spartanburg, SC @ Ground Zero
October 31 - Jacksonville, NC @ Hooligans
November 1 - Fayetteville, NC @ Jesters
November 2 - Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom
November 4 - New York, NY @ Blender Theater
November 8 - Columbus, OH @ Alrosa Villa
November 9 - Mt. Clemmens, MI @ Hayloft Liquor Stand
November 11 - Cleveland, OH @ Peabodys
November 12 - Mokena, IL @ Pearl Room
November 14 - Ft. Wayne, IN @ Pierre’s
November 15 - Grand Rapids, MI @ Intersection
November 16 - Sauget, IL @ Pop’s
November 18 - Beaumont, TX @ Scout Bar
November 20 - San Antonio, TX @ Scout Bar
November 21 - Houston, TX @ Scout Bar
November 22 - Dallas, TX @ Ridglea Theater
November 23 - Lubbock, TX @ Tequila Jungle
November 25 - Farmington, NM @ Gators
November 30 - Los Angeles, CA @ Key Club

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Otep To Perform At Democratic Convention

Otep has been confirmed as one of three performers, alongside Fall Out Boy and N*E*R*D for the Rock the Vote Ballot Bash in support of the Democratic party.

Read the full article at here.

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Otep To Headline New West Coast Tour Dates

KOCH Records recording artist OTEP is set to bring its searing live show on the road once again. Headlining new west coast dates on the Circus of Democracy tour to promote "The Ascension," the band’s latest album. OTEP will release a new live DVD in early 2009, which will be filmed on select dates on this leg of the tour.

Otep Shamaya is making a name for herself outside of music, as not only a singer, but also activist, actress, and writer. She has filmed segments for several top-rated TV shows, including HBO’s DEF POETRY, Bravo’s DATE MY EX and most recently TLC’s hit show L.A. Ink.

Shamaya also finds time to be a vocal and committed activist for such causes as Equal Rights, Victims Rights, Darfur, Hurricane Katrina, Myanmar, Rock The Vote, PETA, RAINN, and All Shapes & Sizes.

The confirmed west coast tour dates for OTEP with special guests DROID (Emotional Syphon Recordings) and KOCH Recording artists ANEW REVOLUTION: More...

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Otep Posts "Crooked Spoons" Video Online

Otep have posted the new video to their latest single "Crooked Spoons" online. CHeck it out below.

Band leader Otep Shamaya has spoken about what the song means to her: “The video is an exposition of the American way in all of its beautiful contradictions: sex, violence, solidarity, betrayal, lust, power, religion. I was reading Nietzsche when I was writing the early lyrics for this song, and was captured by his ideas on the world being “the will to power” and how humanity has a natural appetite for destruction. I find this song to be seductive, erotic, dangerous, and provocative. It’s one of my favorites.” More...

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Eyes Set To Kill To Tour w/ The Human Abstract

Arizona's Eyes Set To Kill have announced the dates for their upcoming tour with The Human Abstract and In Fear and Faith. The tour starts June 19th with more dates to be announced shortly.

In the meantime Eyes Set To Kill has checked in with the following tour re-cap following the cancellation of the remaining dates with Otep after singer Otep Shamaya was diagnosed with a throat infection.

"The Otep tour was fantastic. The turn outs were great and the shows were good chance for us to make new fans. We like to thank everyone in the Otep tour for having us out and giving us the chance to connect with their fans," says Eyes Set To Kill drummer Caleb. "We are all very excited to hit the road with Human Abstract in the coming weeks, as they are a great band. This is going to be another great tour and we can't wait to get back out on the road."

Eyes Set To Kill's rise throughout the screamo scene has been nothing short of amazing. The band were crowned MySpace top unsigned act for over ten months before signing to California based BreakSilence for the release of the group's recently released debut full-length "Reach". The album, which debuted at #29 on Billboard's Heatseekers Charts and #77 on Billboard's Independent Music charts, is powered by the dual lead vocal attack of Alexia Rodriguez's melodic vocals and the screams of Brandon Anderson.

Eyes Set To Kill are currently preparing to shoot a video for the track "Darling" in the coming weeks. The group's debut video, "Reach," was directed by Motion Army.

Here are the latest Eyest Set To Kill tour date with The Human Abstract: More...

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