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Sepultura Celebrates 20 Years With Derrick Green

The nineties were truly a dark time for metal music, with many bands breaking up, changing their sound or being swept aside after the explosion of grunge music. There were however a few bands who were able to break into public consciousness, such as Pantera, Machine Head, Type O Negative and, from Belo Horizonte, Brazil, Sepultura. Over their thirty plus year career, the group has demonstrated a variety of different metal styles and helped pioneer some of their own, thanks to the experimentation with tribal music on the "Chaos A.D."and "Roots" albums. Co-founder Max Cavalera left the band at the end of 1996 and was replaced by American singer, Derrick Green, who made his recording debut with Sepultura on the 1998 album, "Against."

On the first date of their UK tour in Bristol, England, I was able to meet up with guitarist Andreas Kisser and singer Derrick Green to discuss the long, storied history of the group, as well as progress on the Sepultura documentary, their latest album, "Machine Messiah," why writing concept albums is like MacGuyver and whether Kisser has any plans to record another solo release soon.

On writing concept albums since 2006's, "Dante XXI":

"In a respect, all albums are like this. From The Beatles having love as a concept and "Sgt. Pepper's", which was possibly the first album to have a collection of songs become one thing, to Pink Floyd's, "The Wall" and stuff, to collect songs as a whole rather than just tracks, we like that very much. Even with 'Machine Messiah' some people are calling it prog!"

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The Exploited On Health, Legacy And Brexit

Some bands wear their hearts on their sleeves. Others don't just represent their beliefs, they embody them. Manowar, it could be said, were the embodiment of heavy metal, George Clinton was funk personified and if ever there was a band that were punk incarnate, it's Edinburgh's own, The Exploited. With no less than eight stellar albums over thirty nine years, the group has given the world such anthems as, "Punk's Not Dead," "UK82" and "Fuck The U.S.A." and despite lineup changes, feuds with other bands and musicians and health problems, the Scottish legends are still going strong today. At a recent show in Bristol, I had the pleasure of sitting down with iconic frontman Wattie Buchan, as well as his brother, Wully, who plays drums in the band, to discuss a variety of subjects such as punk, Brexit, why they were banned from Top Of The Pops and what was redeeming about Margaret Thatcher "being a cunt."

On his recent health problems, Wattie said:

"I've had like five heart attacks, quadruple bypass, a gastric bypass, two hernia operations and a blood clot. I should be dead, that's what six doctors have told me but now I'm easily in the best shape I've been for ten years."

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Suffocation: "We're Planning A Farewell For Frank"

There are some bands which will forever be loved by fans of the respective sub-genre. Most black metal fans love Emperor, most thrash fans love Exodus and most death metal fans love New York's own, Suffocation. The quintet are currently on the road in Europe promoting their eighth studio album, "... Of The Dark Light" and I was lucky enough to be in Bristol for the first show of the trek with Venom Inc., Nervosa and Aeternam, in addition to receiving the privilege of interviewing Suffocation guitarist and co founder, Terrance Hobbs (as well as members of Venom Inc. and Nervosa.)

Speaking about the position of vocalist Frank Mullen, who hasn't toured with the band for a while, Hobbs said;

"Frank wants to do a farewell tour but for him it's so hard, as well as for us, because there's so much of the world that he can't just take three months off work and come to Asia, South America etc. So what we're doing is working out the best areas that he'll be able to do in a short amount of time.

"Frank is screaming his lungs out and getting these bad headaches, which in turn makes it even harder for him to do the kind of touring a band like us needs to do. So yeah, we're working on a farewell tour for Frank and it'll be sad if he decides he needs to go. I'm almost never going to let him go! Hopefully we can get him back out here (the United Kingdom.)"

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Nervosa Discusses New Drummer, Music And Brazil

While the "thrash revival" of the of the mid to late 2000s may have come and gone, there are some young bands still proudly treating headbangers to the style and proving that like punk, hardcore and the smell of weed in the Bristol air, thrash metal is here to stay. There is perhaps no greater champion of modern thrash right now than Nervosa, an all female trio from Sao Paulo, Brazil, who since their debut album, "Victim Of Yourself" in 2015, have gone from strength to strength, touring with such bands as Destruction, Flotsam and Jetsam and Sepultura and currently, with black metal pioneers, Venom Inc. and death metal favourites, Suffocation. Just prior to the first show of this monumental tour, I had the pleasure of sitting down with Nervosa vocalist/bassist Fernanda Lira to discuss everything from the latest album, "Agony," the new album expected later this year, new drummer Luanna Dametto and how life has changed in Brazil since the coup which ousted leader Dilma Rousseff in 2016. You can watch the interview below.

Speaking about new drummer, Luanna Dametto, Fernanda stated:

"She's fitting in just perfectly. It's hard to find girls not only that want to play metal but who are willing to commit to being on tour and everything. She's brought a lot of aggression to our sound and she's super nice and super chilled, she's like our baby!"

On the upcoming third album:

"We can't say much but it's going to be out soon. It's all done and finished. We're happy with the result, the label loves it. It's going to be more aggressive than, "Agony," because of Luanna's drumming. It's also faster and has more death metal sound but we're still a thrash band and it'll still be a thrash album."

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Band Photo: Destruction

Destruction Discusses Thrash And Angela Merkel

During this year's 70000 Tons Of Metal cruise, I had the pleasure of meeting many bands I grew up listening to, and indeed still listen to regularly. I was able to sit down with one of German thrash metal's most beloved names, Schmier, frontman of one of the Teutonic scene's biggest names, Destruction. During the interview, we spoke about the cruise, the jam session which included Mille Petrozza of fellow German thrash legends, Kreator, the collection of re-recorded material, "Thrash Anthems II" and the current political climate in Europe.

Speaking about the title of the latest album of new material, Schmier stated:

"We're under attack by everything these days. There are no quiet moments because everyone is on their cellphones and checking emails all day. We're under the influence of so many things nowadays. Then of course there's the global situation, there's so many wars. It's the right title for me but also a little controversial."

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Band Photo: Visions Of Atlantis

Visions Of Atlantis Reveals "The Deep & The Dark"

In this modern age of metal, there's a massive appreciation for traditional story telling as well as the progressive sight of more women in bands. Austria's, Visions Of Atlantis has been steadily making a name for themselves over the years and now with new French vocalist Clementine Delauney and a new studio album, "The Deep And The Dark," Visions Of Atlantis are sure to gain the attention and respect of metal fans the world over. We recently had the pleasure of asking Clementine about the band's new album, how they've changed over the years and how women are seen in metal music today.

Diamond Oz: Thank you for taking the time to talk to us. Visions Of Atlantis are about to release their first full length album in five years, "The Deep and The Dark," which will be your first album of new material with the band. How do you feel it compares to previous VOA records and what were you able to bring to the table?

Clementine: You’re welcome! Honestly, we all do believe this is the best album the band has ever released! We went back to a more melodic and symphonic metal style with an old-school touch and a production that suits the genre. We wrote diversified songs with rich arrangements using many different influences.

"I was finally able to take part in the creative process! I wrote many of the vocal lines, most of the lyrics together with Siegfried, and I wrote the last song of the album “Prayer To the Lost”. So, for the first time I’m able to release really personal material and to sing about things that deeply matter to me. I’ve been waiting for this since I joined my first band in 2010!

Oz: Why was "The Deep and The Dark" chosen as the album's title?

Clementine : "This title sums up the topics that we talk about in our lyrics, exploring dark and deep spots whether it’s out there in the world around us or deep within ourselves. There are a lot of double meanings in our songs. This title uses simple yet evocative words to gather all what this album is about.

Oz: Of course, the myth of Atlantis was the starting point for the band. How much further into the mythology does "The Deep and The Dark" go and what would you say are, if any, the overall themes for the record?

Clementine: "The only song that mentions a world of myth openly is “Return To Lemuria”. But I’ve been using the place “Lemuria” as a metaphor to describe the place where lovers meet. It is a love song in the end!

"When it comes to the other themes, I’ve been writing about topics that affect me and define me: our connection to nature, dealing with inner struggles and mourning, imagining a world that would be fairer, with people thinking by themselves, escaping our modern industrial money-driven world! We are pirates creating our own rules and values, questioning power, religion, seeking for truth in the Nature around us and in the love we hold within.

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Rage Welcomes The "Seasons Of The Black"

The great thing about conducting interviews for this site is the opportunity to meet some true metal legends from across the globe. Having previously met the likes of Udo Dirkschneider and Overkill frontman Bobby Blitz, it was a privilege to sit down with the whole lineup of German veterans, Rage, led by the mountainous Peter "Peavy" Wagner in Murcia, Spain, during their tour with Firewind.

Diamond Oz: So, you're touring in support of "Seasons Of The Black, " which has been out for about a year now, how's the response to the album been?

Peavy Wagner: Super cool.

Lucky Maniatopoulos: Actually it's the second album of this lineup, by the way we call this lineup "the last lineup."

Peavy: The last in lineup!

Lucky: It's the second album we've done, it continues the style of the album before but focused more on the original DNA of the band. The reception to "The Devil Strikes Again" was good but "Seasons Of The Black" even more, you can see it everywhere, people always say we're on the right track and really enjoy it live. So it seems we're doing something right, especially on this tour, which has been double the size of the last tour.

Peavy: I think that not only have the older fans realised that we're focused on the original style of the band, also the younger fans are getting into what the band should be.

Lucky: Marcos said it best that this is the old style of Rage with some modern salt and pepper. It's timeless, modern, historic, a mix of all that which hopefully attracts younger people.

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Band Photo: Firewind

A Coke And A Smile With Gus G

Metal and hardcore bands seem to be taking a little more notice of the South East of Spain lately. While Madrid and Barcelona still receives regular visits from all manner of heavy groups, the industrial city of Murcia is finally getting some recognition and receiving visits from big names. Of course, with awesome bands comes the opportunity to conduct some (I hope) great interviews and so I pursued the chance to sit down with Firewind founder and guitarist Gus G. (also known for his tenure as the guitarist for Ozzy Osbourne) to talk about the band's latest album, "Immortals," lineup changes and Greek metal and history, which we did at a small tapas bar after sharing some Eddie Murphy/Richard Pryor jokes (hence the article title.)

Diamond Oz: So, you're on tour at the moment promoting, "Immortals," which was released last January. How would you say the response to "Immortals" has been?"

Gus G.: It's really great! We didn't expect we would expand the tour that long. We had been away for like four years and everything moves so fast so we thought, "OK, we'll do one round of Europe, maybe some festivals" and then we started getting offers to go to Russia and South America, then Rage reached out and offered us the tour so it's been great, we're very happy. Fans love the album, it's one of the best received albums of our career.

Oz: It is a solid album, I bought it a few weeks ago. I heard earlier that the idea of Rage and Firewind touring together had been around for quite a while.

Gus: Yeah, that was an idea that came about months ago. We're on the same management roster, which is run by Lucky, the drummer from Rage and they had this idea that we should go out together, which is great because the music styles blend together so well and we have a similar fan base, though obviously Rage is a much older band than we are. So far the package has worked out great.

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Band Photo: Samael

Samael Frontman Reflects On "Hegemony"

In every sub-genre of metal music, there are bands which became "stars" for lack of a better word and bands which may not have become rich, but are recognised as highly important. Swiss extreme metal veterans Samael would fall into the latter category, with two massively influential albums, "Worship Him" and "Blood Ritual," they helped shape what would become known as the second wave of black metal. Last year, the band released "Hegemony," their first full length release in six years. I had the opportunity to ask frontman and founder Vorph about the album, the bands' longevity and more.

First of all, thank you very much for taking the time to speak to us. Your new album, "Hegemony" has been out for nine months and is already being hailed as another superb album that fits in with even your most revered works. What was the driving force behind the record and now that some time has passed, how do you feel it works as an artistic statement?

Vorph: It took us some time to complete the work on the new album but as every songs went to a growing process, from their first version to the next to the one that ended up on the album we knew that “Hegemony” would be something special, not just a new album but a collection of songs with a strong live potential. Since the album has been release we already have played 5 songs live and they all found their way to the heart of our audience and that's the best feeling in the world, to know that those songs will have a life on their own and will live on not only for the length of the album life but far beyond that.

"Hegmony" was your first album since 2011. Why was there such a long break in between albums?

Vorph: Xy worked on a side project for over a year and that delayed the whole process of finishing the album; the city of Sion where we both come from asked him to compose some original music for a spectacle they're doing every year. He had the chance to work with a full orchestra, something he wanted to do for a long time, and have his music play by classically trained musicians. That music ended up being play for two consecutive years and got released under the name “Sedunum”. After completing his work on that project he reworked every songs we already had, adding ochestration to most of them.

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Band Photo: Napalm Death

Napalm Death On New Music, Landlords And Corbyn

It's a rare treat when a noted band comes to the south east of Spain, one which any self-respecting metal fan needs to make the best of. I was recently privileged to witness Napalm Death put on a blistering performance at the Garaje Beat Club in Murcia (see review here) and before the show, I met with their vocalist Mark "Barney" Greenway at the band's hotel. During the interview, we discussed a wide range of topics, from the group's forthcoming new compilation, "Coded Smears and More Uncommon Slurs," how far they've come writing new material, the present British government, opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn, the stigma of playing in Israel and much more. You can watch the interview below.

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Orphaned Land Talks Music, Racism And Middle East

For many of us metal fans, getting the opportunity to meet and talk with our favourite musicians and bands is an incredibly exciting thing. Over my ten years with Metal Underground, I've been privileged not only to interview bands I love, but to meet some of metal's most interesting people, such as Ashmedi of Melechesh, who has been the subject of several television shows and a documentary and Overkill frontman Bobby Blitz, the man who's beaten death several times and still infects everyone with his sense of humour.

On the final day of my interview tour last year, I stopped in Camden, north London to witness an international display of metal from Voodoo Kungfu from China, Crisalida from Chile and Imperial Age from Russia (see interview here.) The gig was headlined by Israeli group Orphaned Land, who many cite as the fathers of "oriental metal," fronted by the charismatic singer Kobi Farhi. The band and most notably Farhi have been very vocal and outspoken about their belief in their cause to help unite all people in the Middle East, be they Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Atheist or whomever and it's this passion for unity which has seen them become one of the most talked about and important metal bands going today. They have been the recipient of several peace prizes and were even put forward by a petition to receive the Nobel Peace Prize. I was fortunate enough to meet with Farhi and discuss how much of a role music can play in the world today, the everyday battle with racism and religious intolerance and much more.

Orphaned Land will release their new album, "Unsung Prophets & Dead Messiahs" on January 26th through Century Media.

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Vader: "The Empire" Strikes Back

When undertaking my hectic schedule of interviews and shows last year, I was lucky enough to experience a great night of death metal at the Kentish Town Forum in London, which included Hate Eternal (see my interview with frontman Erik Rutan here) and Threat Signal among others. Headlining the evening was Polish legends Vader, in their only UK show of the tour (a planned show in Birmingham was cancelled.) I caught up with Vader frontman Piotr "Peter" Wiwczarek and drummer James Stewart (who I had also interviewed earlier in the year) to discuss their latest album, "The Empire," what life was like in Communist Poland and more.

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Band Photo: Lacuna Coil

Cristina Scabbia Reveals The Concept Of "Delirium"

In November last year, Italian gothic metal heavyweights returned to the United Kingdom in support of their superb latest album, "Delirium." The headline tour, which included support from Danish up and comers, Forever Still, was a delight for fans and a roaring success. During their stop in Bristol, I had the privilege of sitting down with the band's co-vocalist Cristina Scabbia, where we discussed the concept behind "Delirium," mental health, Star Wars and which of the two big Milan football teams were better.

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Band Photo: Hate Eternal

Catching Up With Erik Rutan

While on my tour of interviews and shows last year, I was treated to a death metal extravaganza at the Kentish Town Forum in London. The show was headlined by Vader (who I also caught up with, video coming soon) and also included performances from the likes of Hate Eternal and Threat Signal. After some talking with managers and staff, I was able to sit down with Hate Eternal's respected frontman Erik Rutan, who not only leads one of the most brutal bands in death metal, but has also made a name for himself as one of heavy music's most in demand producers. Almost immediately after the Hate Eternal set, we sat down to talk about death metal's past and present, his storied career and more.

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Onslaught Looks Back On "The Force"

2016 marked the thirtieth anniversary of arguably the best album in the history of British thrash metal, "The Force," by the group who many consider to be the greatest band in British thrash metal, Onslaught. To celebrate this milestone, the band embarked on a lengthy tour, performing the album in full. When they rolled back in to their home city of Bristol last year, I was fortunate enough not just to witness a phenomenal performance (see review here,) but also to speak with Onslaught co-founder and guitarist, Nige Rockett. In the video below, I talk with Nige about the band's live reputation, hearing rare songs and what we can expect from their forthcoming seventh studio album.

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Imperial Age Discuss "Warrior Race" And More

Last year, I embarked on a lengthy string of shows and interviews in England, where I was privileged to meet many metal musicians from around the globe. The last show I attended couldn't have been more multicultural, as it featured Orphaned Land from Israel, Voodoo Kungfu from China, Crisalida from Chile and Imperial Age from Russia. I was very impressed by the last of these bands (as I was with all on the groups) and arranged a spur of the moment interview with them while they were at the merch stand. After a series of technical difficulties and delays, I am finally able to present my conversation with these innovative and highly skilled musicians Alexander "Aor" Osipov and Jane "Corn" Odintsova.

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Sitting Down With Entombed A.D.

In the autumn of last year, I had the pleasure of attending a show which featured Canadian progressive thrash legends Voivod and Swedish death metal favourites, Entombed A.D. (see review here.) Not only was I fortunate enough to see such a combination but I was able to sit down with members of each band and discuss a number of topics. Unfortunately, numerous problems had caused these, and several other interviews from the time, to be delayed, but now after a long wait, these interviews are being uploaded.

At the show, I spoke with both Voivod drummer, Away (which you can check out here) and Entombed A.D. guitarist, Nico Elgstrand. You can check out the interview with the latter below, in which we discussed the reason for the band's name, their latest album, "Dead Dawn" and where to go in Stockholm.

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Voivod Interview From 2016 Unearthed

In the autumn of last year, I had the pleasure of attending a show which featured Canadian progressive thrash legends Voivod and Swedish death metal favourites, Entombed A.D. (see review here.) Not only was I fortunate enough to see such a combination but I was able to sit down with members of each band and discuss a number of topics. Unfortunately, numerous problems had caused these, and several other interviews from the time, to be delayed, but now after a long wait, these interviews are being uploaded.

In the video below, I spoke with Voivod drummer Michel "Away" Langevin about their "Post Society" EP, plans for a full length album (which as yet has not been finished) and his artwork.

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Interview with Brock Lindow of 36 Crazyfists

I had the pleasure of interviewing Brock Lindow, lead singer of the Alaskan metal band 36 Crazyfists. The interview took place at The Voltage Lounge in Philadelphia on October 2nd, 2017. I've been a huge fan since “A Snow Capped Romance” debuted back in 2004. Brock is a huge Philadelphia Flyers fan and since I was born and raised in Philadelphia, it made me enjoy having that little bit of a connection with a band from the other side of the continent. We touch on everything from the tragedy in Las Vegas, Brock's passion for tacos and Thai food and even getting drunk with a Broad Street Bully. Take a peek at the interview below.

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Band Photo: Diamond Head

Diamond Head's Karl Wilcox loves Psycho Las Vegas

Diamond Head recently created a buzz at this year's version of Psycho Las Vegas by injecting the festival crowd with a much needed dose of New Wave of British Heavy Metal. MetalUnderground.com sat down with drummer Karl Wilcox after their set on August 19th, to bring us up to speed with the band and what to expect from them in the future.

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Empyrean Throne Strides Forward Into Chaos

You might recall the name Empyrean Throne from a Pit Story earlier this year all about the respecting the stage and the band's personal space while performing.

Fast forward a few months and this chaos-worshiping symphonic black metal horde has now released a devastating new album via rising star label M-Theory Audio.

With "Chaosborne" out now (grab your copy at Bandcamp here), we got in touch with vocalist Andrew Knudsen from this California crew to chat about signing record deals, recording albums, and a sad lack of metal venues.

Check out the full interview below, along with a smattering of music from the album, including some musings on that long-lost Dimmu Borgir album and the likes of Game Of Thrones (massive, world-shattering spoilers are found below if you aren't caught up with season 7) and indie Lovecraftian horror flicks.

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Auditory Armory Talks New Album

Florida alternative metal group Auditory Armory just dropped eclectic sophomore album "Dark Matter" this month.

Last week we premiered the entire album online to coincide with the release date, and now we've had the pleasure of picking vocalist April Rose's brain to discuss everything from the term "female fronted metal" to covering Type O Negative and even the shock and awe of opening for genre giants.

Check out the full Auditory Armory interview below, along with a sampling of tracks from the freshly released "Dark Matter."

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Moretta Tackles Election Cycle News With New Album

Just yesterday we had the pleasure of premiering the full "What's Left Means Nothing" album from Moretta a handful of days before the official July 28th release date.

Today we're checking back in with the Moretta guys to find out all about the album's recording, the band's evolving sound, and shooting videos for singles off the release.

Below you'll get a crash course in 16th century leather masks, porn stars, election fatigue, angering click bait headlines for ratings, three year olds singing tracks from Moana, and even some irrelevant farting noises just for fun. Dive in and have fun!

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UE: "If You Aren't Bleeding You're Doing It Wrong"

Some evolution is coming your way - and I don't mean through Pokemon or natural selection either! This transformation is instead of a rather more uncommon variety, brought about by heavy stoner rock from the rocky mountains and vast plains of Montana.

Freshly signed to Argonauta Records, Uncommon Evolution is gearing up to drop the "Junkyard Jesus" EP at the end of the month (pre-orders are online now).

Ahead of that release, vocalist / guitarist Briar Gillund got in touch with us to discuss everything from beards that are unquestionably majestic-as-fuck to having your wildest musical dreams come true, and we even took a couple little detours into current events and gaming. Read on for the full interview!

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Misamore: "It's All About Seeing A Band Live"

Last month we had the pleasure of premiering the innocence-shattering and symbolism-laden "Bloody Mary" video from Misamore.

After that clip came online, we wanted to find out more about this Sacremento trio and the "Monolith" album that spawned the video clip.

Below you can read our full interview with guitarist / vocalist Josh Amolsch, bassist Mike Dragony, and drummer Cameron Ellis in which they discuss the evolution of the band over time, how the new video came together, and a desire to play live as much as possible.

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