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System Of A Down To Do Headlining Tour With The Mars Volta

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What will undoubtedly be a "must see" tour this summer, SYSTEM OF A DOWN is confirmed to headline its first major U.S. tour in three years, it is announced today. While specific dates are being confirmed and will be announced shortly, the band will kick off a two-month trek in early August that will see them playing arenas in major and secondary markets throughout North America. It is also announced that The Mars Volta will join System of a Down as Special Guests on all of the tour dates; a third act, yet to be announced, will open the shows.

"We're very excited about getting out on the road this summer," said System's vocalist Serj Tankian. "It's been a long time since we've done a major American tour, and with The Mars Volta on the bill, I think we're giving our fans a terrific show."

System of a Down is currently on a 10-date "guerrilla club tour" playing small venues and debuting a couple of brand new songs from their forthcoming release, "Mezmerize," Disc One of the 2-disc set "Mezmerize/Hypnotize," due out May 17. Disc Two, "Hypnotize," is expected to be released late this fall. "B.Y.O.B.," the first single from the new album, is already a Top 10 track at Rock/Alternative radio, and the band will perform the song when they appear as musical guests on "Saturday Night Live" May 7.

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1. RememberMetal? writes:

hmmm....odd.

Well I guess this works....Mars Volta is one of the most well known bands with almost legendary technical chops.....
Their singer is good but the pitch of his voice sometimes makes my cat run out of the room if one of their songs comes on....it's that high....i cant blame him....that guys voice bothers me too....and my cat can endure slayer and even seems to like Messhuggah, f***ed up little bastard...

whew....
between mars voltas singer and serj tankian and daron malakian.......i almost hope the opening band has some kind of tradional metal or hardcore band.....ill bet daron brings amen since thier on his vanity label. we'll see i guess.

# Apr 28, 2005 @ 8:02 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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2. MarlaSinger writes:

MarsVolta sux!!!
who cares if they can 'play', so can i.

that singer sounds like Robert Plant with both testicles removed and a cat climbing his d***.

p***ys...why don't they scream or roar or sing at a reasonable pitch instead of damaging the ears of cats.
f*** em, if they didnt sound so much like a prog-rock version of my chemical romance or a more technical version of Coheed and Cambria i mite like em.
grr prolly wouldnt even like em then and i actually like a few prog rock bands.
~later

# Apr 28, 2005 @ 10:45 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. SOAD SUX writes:

this is a slow demise similar to that demise of korn ..... touring with p***y bands and selling out for the radio

# Apr 28, 2005 @ 1:19 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. skrape writes:

p***y for a p***y!

# Apr 28, 2005 @ 2:40 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. JT writes:

The negative remarks posted above are very typical. There does not have to be screaming or roaring to make a band listenable. Open your minds and listen. The Mars Volta offer something unique, and if you truly don't enjoy their product then move on...but to label them for those who have not yet had the opportunity to experience them is not fair. These remarks remind me of some of the responses that Tool received after releasing "Lateralus." The "metal" folks seemed to be very turned off by the journey they were taking their fans on. I have been around the metal scene for years...and the one thing that always disturbs me is the fans reluctance to ever even give other genres a chance. To close your mind to new avenues is only detrimental to your own experience. I know that this post will recieve hateful remarks, but I just had to respond to some of the close-minded musings posted above. I respect everyone's opinion, but let people decide for themselves. I encourage you to break down your own mental barriers, and just once in a while take in something new.

# Apr 28, 2005 @ 3:23 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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6. Bold As Love writes:

Yeah, we did give The Mars Volta a chanse, but they sucked so we're making fun of them now.

# Apr 28, 2005 @ 11:14 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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7. MarlaSinger writes:

i have their first album because i like proggressive rock And Punk and metal and i was lead to understand that there were elements of all of those genres....turned out to be true, but the singer was given a chance....i learned ages ago to allow for weird vocalists...soads serj and daron deicides glen benton.....they grew on me.....despite many spins mars volta not only didnt take, i got more annoyed with their singer....they are great in the technical sense....i fess up, they can out play other great muscians skill wise....their singer is horribly grating is all....thus my opinion of them sucking is a bit...harsh but so am i.
~later

# Apr 28, 2005 @ 11:47 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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8. brokenwings13 writes:

I like the Mars Volta, my cat doesn't either, my cat likes Pantera and Dimmu Borgir. He's an even more f**ked up little guy than yours RememberMetal.

This should be an interesting tour indeed.

# Apr 29, 2005 @ 12:57 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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9. ME writes:

My cat listens to Satan himself singing. Hes the most f***ed up cat around. SOAD f***ing rocks.

# Apr 29, 2005 @ 2:03 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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10. RememberMetal? writes:

my cat is a 15 year old senile and somehow healthy shorthair...
i've had him since i was 10....and the f***er is still kicking. one bladder infection in the last 5 years other than that, nothing worng with him....i suspect he is a god among cats.....

and mars volta, red hot chilli peppers and 311 (bands my x-gf loves) freaked him out...to this day im not sure what it was about those bands that did it to him....the key they play in...the rhythms, the singers....no clue...
he's on my lap snoring like the old f*** that he is and i've had Opeth and Mastadon playing....he has not budged....i have no explanation.

to marla
do you like deicide marla?....they go back a ways for me.

# Apr 29, 2005 @ 6:07 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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11. MarlaSinger writes:

yuk....sorry remembermetal, posted on the wrong thread...am hungover and was in shcool computer lab...yes i like deicide, have for awhile...my response is on "the Used" thread thats so weirdly popular....my fault
~later

# Apr 29, 2005 @ 9:16 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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12. brokenwings13 writes:

My cat is 5 years old, I don't know, he sleeps alot. He's suicidal, he runs in front of my car when I pull into the driveway.

# Apr 30, 2005 @ 3:43 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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13. SOADToxicity2 writes:

SYSTEM OF A DOWN IS THE BEST f***ING BAND IN THIS f***ING WORLD AND IS THE BEST BAND WHO EVER DISAGREE WITH ME f*** OFF MOTHER f***ER

# Apr 30, 2005 @ 3:49 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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14. Negatyve_One writes:

Hm, nothing better to do after school I see.

# Apr 30, 2005 @ 4:19 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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15. Someone who has never been on this site before. writes:

Quote: (5/14) by JT on Apr 28, 2005 @ 3:23 PM ET

"The negative remarks posted above are very typical. There does not have to be screaming or roaring to make a band listenable. Open your minds and listen. The Mars Volta offer something unique, and if you truly don't enjoy their product then move on...but to label them for those who have not yet had the opportunity to experience them is not fair. These remarks remind me of some of the responses that Tool received after releasing "Lateralus." The "metal" folks seemed to be very turned off by the journey they were taking their fans on. I have been around the metal scene for years...and the one thing that always disturbs me is the fans reluctance to ever even give other genres a chance. To close your mind to new avenues is only detrimental to your own experience. I know that this post will recieve hateful remarks, but I just had to respond to some of the close-minded musings posted above. I respect everyone's opinion, but let people decide for themselves. I encourage you to break down your own mental barriers, and just once in a while take in something new. "

JT, you are my hero.

# May 3, 2005 @ 9:47 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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16. weiner writes:

mars vola f***en sucks there gay and sound like a mass orgy of def mutes and needle d***s. why dont they shut the f*** up. why dont mars vola be soad,s bag b****es

# May 5, 2005 @ 9:13 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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17. hgfhjey writes:

because thats what makes their music different

# May 6, 2005 @ 12:51 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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18. post 15 was lame writes:

..... i encourage you to grow some balls and take a listen to some hardcore sh** .....

# May 6, 2005 @ 1:00 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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19. killinginthename writes:

ha it really is typical of people to slag off things that they dont understand, to listen to and like the mars volta, you have to understand where they are coming from and think outside the lines of what you listen to everyday, thats what they are all about, offering a different choice, some people just dont understand a good thing when they see it.

# May 8, 2005 @ 3:31 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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20. KoRnFaN94 writes:

ahhh...this is gonna be so kool...new album..and tour..i hope they come to boston..they kick ass

# May 8, 2005 @ 3:34 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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21. 2 gay ass bands that are gonna buttfuck each other all tour long writes:

both bands suck and post 15 and the post that was quoted are fuc king pansy b****es that don't know sh**. i HAVE heard mars volta and i DO know where they are coming from and they STILL suck a$$ like little b****es. this tour blows

# May 8, 2005 @ 4:26 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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22. bradispissed writes:

ummmmmmmmmmmmmmmm no


the mars volta are ridiculously innovative and slay at their instruments. cedric baxler zavala can sing. f*** the pitch of his voice, the guy can just flat out sing. it doesnt hurt that lopez owns the f***ing guitar.
i just don't get why the f*** they would waste their time touring with system of a down.

# May 8, 2005 @ 4:33 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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23. BLACKDOG writes:

I learn someting new every day.I've never herd of Mars Volta.However the general consensus is GO OUT AND GET SOME OF THIER sh** !!!! whier do I start guy's.

# May 8, 2005 @ 4:44 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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24. JT writes:

Hmmmm...some childish negativity to my comments. Let's see, I've been called a pansy b**ch and I believe someone commented that I had no balls. Why so much anger over a post? I do not care whether some of the folks on here hate The Mars Volta, that is their opinion. I think that their music is worthwhile and unique. BLACKDOG, there are only two records out by The Mars Volta ("Deloused in the Comatorium" and "Frances the Mute"). I would suggest taking in "Deloused" first. "Frances" is closer to their live performance...but it is easier to take after having listened to the first record. If you like what you hear, you might also want to check out At the Drive-In (members of The Mars Volta came from this group). I grew up in El Paso, TX watching those guys progress and ultimately break up. The other band spawned from the At the Drive-In break up is Sparta...but I would stay clear of that. I guess that is all to tell. I hope you enjoy. And for those of you who always resort to anger in this forum...remember that hatred is a weakness.

# May 8, 2005 @ 7:02 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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25. BLACKDOG writes:

Thank's I will look into it.

# May 8, 2005 @ 7:15 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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26. iloveyouall writes:

this is off topic but... would any of you know where i can get a stream or a download of SOAD's performance on SNL. I missed it and i want to see it so bad. Im a terrible fan...

# May 9, 2005 @ 4:10 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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27. KoRnFaN94 writes:

uhhh..im not sure but try
http://www.systemofadown.com/

# May 9, 2005 @ 4:46 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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28. jeff is me writes:

the mars volta is a talented group. you are close-minded idiots to b**** about the singers range. this is something most of you are unfamiliar with, called talent. all of your stupid bands that are exactly the same with their long hair and stupid screams are what i consider a petty excuse for music. it makes me cringe to consider the fact that people actually enjoy such annoying, horrible bullsh**.
i for one am fed up with the ridiculous music of this time period. i believe that bands like the mars volta are needed to progress our music to more interesting levels. just because your silly ears cant accept real music for what it is and believe that all good music consists of yelling, overly-distorted guitars, and double-bass pedals does not mean that you have any right to lay shame upon a musical group that is actually doing something different and actually going deeper than murder, being p***ed about a girlfiend and never having a daddy.
and by the way, whats with all you heavy metalers talking about your goddamn cats?

# May 17, 2005 @ 10:07 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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29. becka writes:

becuz we luv our cats. neither me nor my cat has ever heard marz volta but after hearing about how bad they are i dont think i'll let her listen to them. but they can't be that bad if they're touring with system.
omg today i went to burbank to get the new system cd signed by them but my brother totally got lost and we were looking for the signing place for like an hour and when we got there all the wristbands to get in line were sold out. but i saw the people there and they were all really crazy looking guys with tattoos and peircings and braided goatees and black band shirts, and i was this little girl standing alone in line with a shirt with a monkey on it. so i'm so mad cuz i was soo close but i didn't get to see the band!

# May 18, 2005 @ 1:28 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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30. chick who doesnt own a freakin' cat and likes the mars volta writes:

cats are usually for 'people' who cant talk to real people (if your a guy and own and think your stupid cat loves you you should be castrated) and i dont get what a cat has to say about the quality of any kind of music. the first time i heard the mars volta the blew me away and continue to do so. i know that they out rank PLENTY of "music" nowadays (i do not care what you say about cedric, lets see you try to top him) and the especially outplay SOAD. i would know because i used to be a hardcore fan but i had to learn through my own pain that they were and still arent all i thought they were.and didnt the mars volta also have a small little EP album before Deloused in the Comatorium? yeah now i remember, it was Tremulant ( ha ha just like cedrics voice) it only had three songs "cut that city" "concertina" and
"eunuch provocateur". hey all you fudge packers with the cats, if one day you wake up and decide to try and do something to better your life than buy kitty litter try deciphering TMV's lyrics. but no youll stay a lazy , cat-loving freak till death knocks on your door. any who remember that rebellion cant be bought at hot topic or any other store, "ferrum exacuet ferrum"(iron sharpens iron), and your cat must have no say in what type of music you listen to. come on guys they lick their own butt holes. WAKE UP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

# May 19, 2005 @ 12:19 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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31. brokenwings13 writes:

I'm a cat person, so f***ing what? My cat doesn't decide which music I listen to. I decide what the cat hears!

Cats can lick their own holes because they're doublejointed at the hips. If you were doublejointed at your hips(some people are) you could lick your own ass.

# May 19, 2005 @ 12:27 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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32. chick who doesnt own a freakin' cat and likes the mars volta writes:

oh and JT who ever you are way to go man that was and adult way of dealing with all these childish narrow-minded individ.s as a guy ( cat lovers take note), that kind of intellectuality knocks out a lot of your competition and makes you incredibly hot. i have much to say but id rather go and THINK(thers a tip for a bunch of you on this Whatsitcalled? page thingy.) did you know that being on a computer lowers your IQ by 10 points whereas smoking a joint anly does so by 4 points. amazing aint it? youll probably never hear from me again so final words......... there is more to life than scooping your cats crap(seriously man there are so many worlds for you to discover), stop listening to stuff that degrades real music, flipping burgers is not beneath your dignity,
looking the same as a bunch of people who claim they're different doesnt make you different it makes you a conformist ( that Becka Chick with the monkey t-shirt will fess up to this she was talkin' 'bout that SOAD concert),
YOU ARE YOUR OWN FAULT,
no one cares 'bout your self esteem, especially not your cat,
do NOT fall into double-think ( if you dont know what that is read "1984" by George Orwell)
and read "the autobiography of Malcolm X" that book changed my life.
now excuse me but i have to play some pool now.
i shall die and no one will remember me.

# May 19, 2005 @ 12:48 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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33. chick who doesnt own a freakin' cat and likes the mars volta writes:

ive got nothin' 'gainst cats but if your that attatched to it join PETA


(peta members must be eliminated a chickens life does not equate to a human's)

# May 19, 2005 @ 12:50 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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34. chick who doesnt own a freakin' cat and likes the mars volta writes:

"the last thing i remember now
who brought me here?"

# May 19, 2005 @ 12:53 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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35. brokenwings13 writes:

I'm as against PETA as you can get.
HEAR ME OUT.........

I LOVE STEAK!

# May 19, 2005 @ 1:01 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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36. chick who doesnt own a freakin' cat and likes the mars volta writes:

kool so we agree on that and TMV have you ever tried to figure out their lyrics?

# May 19, 2005 @ 1:07 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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37. chick who doesnt own a freakin' cat writes:

what time is it where you live?
10:05 in Southern Cailfornia.

# May 19, 2005 @ 1:10 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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38. brokenwings13 writes:

It's 12:10 right now.

Yeah, I've tried to figure them out. But, I figure that each song has it's own meaning to a different person. And I don't really understand the songs that are in Spanish.

# May 19, 2005 @ 1:17 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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39. chick who doesnt own a freakin' cat writes:

oh i forgot that's 10 PM for those who dont live in So. Cal
i do not surf( i have attempted though )
i do not skate.
and not all the girls over here are as hot as movies make you believe. ( believe me ive looked)
and its not always sunny and 80 degrees
its hell here its gets104 degrees farenheit in the summer and 32 degrees in the winter it snows sometimes (i live in the valley)
but i wouldn't care to read that sooooo why should any one else sorry guys

# May 19, 2005 @ 1:17 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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40. chick who doesnt own a freakin' cat and likes the mars volta writes:

ive spent a while working on them i do know spanish and i think youre talking about it says "'aunque me dejaste ahogando en el mar/acuestate en la tierra... " longstoryshort 'even thought you left me drowning in the sea, lay down on/in the earth/dirt, the reality of your dreams, (not sure about this next one i cant rightly hear him) i remember your hands, go away and i hate you, im leaving now" i dont know if your talkin bout that old one or some thing from Frances the Mute but hope i somehow helped

# May 19, 2005 @ 1:34 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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41. brokenwings13 writes:

Sounds fun, I live in Texas, Western side, near Lubbock.
-I don't have an accent.
-I don't wrangle cattle or shoot skeet(that's my sister's job)

It's not hot where you are. I remember in the summer of 03, it got to be 110 outside for a week, we were baking!

# May 19, 2005 @ 1:40 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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42. brokenwings13 writes:

Yeah, alot of the material on the new album is in Spanish, which I'm learning right now. I have a translator though that I can depend on and some sites have translated version posted.

# May 19, 2005 @ 1:42 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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43. chick who doesnt own a freakin' cat and likes the mars volta writes:

sorry my computer knid of died for a bit

# May 19, 2005 @ 1:55 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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44. chick who doesnt own a freakin' cat and likes the mars volta writes:

im going to live in texas someday (seriously nojoke)
hey but if you ever neeed any info on the mars volta's lyrics i'd be the one to ask ive done more research than most lets just say that and i know enough latin and french to understand their stuff
but youve no way to contact me wait yeah you do do you have yaho IM? if so my screen name is : sinfinalfin is that all you need to contact me i dont know much 'bout this stuff

# May 19, 2005 @ 1:59 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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45. chick who doesnt own a freakin' cat and likes the mars volta writes:

by hte way i dont trust the translated versions im extremely in spanish and those arent right

# May 19, 2005 @ 2:01 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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46. brokenwings13 writes:

Neither do I, I've read two different versions of the same damn song.

I don't have any IM's, I'll be guessing that your email addy would be the same as your Yahoo SN?

# May 19, 2005 @ 2:51 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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47. distrbdprsn9234 writes:

i think this song is the best they have. im usually listening to disturbed but this was on and its awesome

# May 19, 2005 @ 8:25 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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48. distrbdprsn9234 writes:

so wat now
this song is the best and u know it

# May 19, 2005 @ 8:27 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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49. brokenwings13 writes:

What do you mean "What now?"

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