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Metal News for April 2, 2005

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25 news articles posted on this day.

Deftones Plan Rarities CD/DVD

Deftones are expected to release a CD/DVD later in the year. This will include B-sides and rarities. The band are currently recording a new, as yet untitled album with producer Bob Ezrin.

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Misfits Comment On Marky Ramone's Departure

MISFITS have issued the following update regarding the departure of former RAMONES drummer Marky Ramone:

"As most of you know, Marky Ramone (of the world-famous RAMONES) has been sitting in on drums as a 'special guest' with the MISFITS on tour for the past few years. Marky's final shows behind the kit with the MISFITS will take place from April 1st in Sayerville, NJ at the Starland Ballroom up to and including the show on April 30th in Baltimore, MD. Marky's departure from touring with the MISFITS is an amicable one and we wish him the best of luck.

"What's next for the MISFITS...? Plans have already been in the works for some changes to come. We can't say much more until things are officially confirmed but look for announcements coming soon regarding the upcoming summer tour in Europe and more...stay tuned Fiends!"

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Megadeth Sales Figures For Entire Catalog

The following are the latest sales figures for MEGADETH's back catalog, as reported by Nielsen SoundScan:

"Killing Is My Business...And Business Is Good!" (1985) (out of print): 197,386
"Killing Is My Business...And Business Is Good!" (2002 re-release): 46,874
"Peace Sells...But Who's Buying?": 600,095
"So Far...So Good...So What!": 382,246
"Rust In Peace": 767,451
"Countdown to Extinction": 2,250,865
"Youthanasia": 928,637
"Hidden Treasures" (out of print): 286,031
"Cryptic Writings": 781,412
"Risk": 318,853
"Capitol Punishment: The Megadeth Years" (out of print): 199,802
"The World Needs A Hero": 216,771
"Behind the Music" (DVD): 11,800
"Rude Awakening": 71,704
"Rude Awakening" (DVD): 52,405
"Still, Alive...And Well?": 24,873
"The System Has Failed": 149,807
MD.45 (Dave Mustaine side-project) - "The Craving": 35,594

***Note: The above figures do not include sales prior to the start of the SoundScan era (May 25, 1991)

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Anthrax Confirms No Ozzfest 2005 Appearance

Almost a foregone conclusion with Mudvayne in the #3 headliner spot, ANTHRAX have shot down rumors that they will be appearing at this year's Ozzfest, stating that they will be holding off their U.S. touring plans until the fall. According to guitarist Scott Ian, the band will kick off their trek with two "warm-up" shows in Chicago, to be followed by two more warm-up dates in Dublin and Glasgow and a number of festival appearances in Europe. A short Australian tour will take place in May.

In addition to the touring activities, the band are in the process of filming a documentary DVD covering the band's "reunion" tour, from the moment the bandmembers met again in one room for the first time in over 13 years to the upcoming festival appearances. A live CD is also planned. A late 2005/early 2006 release is expected.

When asked about the status of vocalist John Bush and guitarist Rob Caggiano — who were part of the band's most recent lineup — Ian said, "Rob and John are still part of the ANTHRAX family. We'll see what the future holds, I don't know..."

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"Metal" Mike Chlasiak Joins Sebastian Bach

"Metal" Mike Chlasiak, formerly with Testament and Halford, has apparently joined up with Sebastian Bach as the new guitarist.

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Primal Fear Bassist Issues Album Update

Primal Fear bassist Mat Sinner has posted the following message on his web site:

We wrote bunch of 23 tracks overall and decided this weekend, which songs will be recorded on the new — yet untitled album. I worte some outstanding tunes, together with my Swedish friend Ronny Milianowicz (Dionysus, ex-Sinergy). We have decided to re-record one of my all-time Sinner classic songs, which we could only played on our tour with Deep Purple in 1998. I always thought, that Ralf Scheeper's voice would fit this song perfectly. In two weeks, we will enter the House Of Music and rock the place. I have a new deal with Sandberg guitars and my new California rocks!

Regaring the recordings, we were able to finalize a very good plan for the new album. Again, I will produce the album together with the band, plus co-producer and engineer Charlie Bauerfeind. I had a lot of other productions going with Charlie durning the last years like, Hammerfall, Cans or Helloween and we came along very well. I'm absloutely convinced, that Charlie will bring some new fresh positive power to our new album. As you know, that Randy is a native from Vancouver in Canada, his dream was to mix the album at this place. We could sort out a fantastic Plan B. too. Well, it's more expensive to mix the album over there with a legendary world class mixer, but we will try it. Mike Fraser worked with AC/DC, Metallica, Coverdale/Page, Slipknot, Aerosmith, the Cult etc etc and probably at Bryan Adams' Warehouse studio. You all can imagine, that we're really looking forward to record & mix this album!

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Dew Scented Set Album Title And Release Date

German thrashers Dew Scented have set "Issue VI" as the title of their new album, due in Europe on June 20. North American and Japanese release dates have not yet been announced.

The follow-up to 2003's "Impact" was recorded at Stage One studios in Borgentreich, Germany with producer Andy Classen (Callenish Circle, Tankard, Occult). Classen, who produced the previous Dew Scented albums "Inwards" (2002) and "Impact," "did an outstanding job and definitely managed to deliver his best production (for us, at least...) ever!", the band write on their website. "We look forward to sharing these new songs with everybody!"

"Issue VI" track listing:

01. Processing Life
02. Rituals of Time
03. Turn to Ash
04. Ruins of Hope
05. Out of The Self
06. The Prison of Reason
07. Bled Dry
08. In Defeat
09. Never to Return
10. Vortex
11. Conceptual End
12. Evil Dead (Zeke cover)

Commented the band:

Additionally we have also done two more own songs ("Full-Blown Revenge" and "The Torrent") which will be used as bonus tracks for some special editions of the release. We are also working on compiling some live material for a special limited-edition bonus DVD and we will also be shooting a video clip for the new album. We also had a media listening session set up by Nuclear Blast Records some weeks ago, where metal journalists from all over Europe had a chance to hear the new "Issue VI" material already and it was good to receive so much positive feedback!

In the coming weeks, we will be posting the new album's cover artwork, some new band photos as well as more details on the release here for you. We are also already debuting a good amount of new songs on the coming shows (we did 4 new tracks in Hamburg last week, actually). A full European tour in in the works for late summer/early autumn, so just hold your breath ;-)

And, oh yeah, we have a very special CD-release show scheduled for Friday, June 24th in Braunschweig, Germany (Location: Fireabend): We will play 'back home' for the first time in looong years that night and bring along our friends Heaven Shall Burn, A Traitor Like Judas and Killfuck for an intense show. Be there!!!

Right now, we will be leaving to play shows this weekend in Antwerpen, Paris and Tilburg as part of the 'No Mercy' tour. See some of you there!

In other news, Dew Scented have been confirmed for this year's Minneapolis Mayhem 2 festival, set to take place on May 6-7 at Star Central in Columbia Heights, Minnesota. Also scheduled to perform at the festival are Sodom, Sadus, Avenger of Blood, Novembers Doom and the Chasm, among others.

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Disbelief Posts Videos Online

German death metallers Disbelief have uploaded videos for the songs "Rewind It All" and "Sick" at their official web site. Check them out at this location.

Both tracks come off the group's latest album, "66 Sick," available now. The band's sixth album was recorded at Antfarm Studio in Aarhus, Denmark with producer Tue Madsen (The Haunted, Hatesphere, Mnemic).

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Secret Sphere Set Album Release Date

Italian power metallers Secret Sphere have set a May 30 release date for their new album, "Heart & Anger." The CD will surface in Japan on April 21.

Commented the band in a statement:

The album is one of the most powerful and melodic of Secret Sphere, with symphonic parts performed by Secret Symphony Orchestra, born for this special occasion, 50 classical musicians, some of them from Alla Scala theatre, Milan. Choirs are performed by the opera singers of Micrologus ensemble and by Vera Quarleri, Marco Mesemi (Morgana singer) and Roberto Tiranti (Labyrinth singer), who also sings as special guest on the song "First Snake" with Ramon.

We worked on the album for more than one year and we finally got one of the best results concerning composition, quality and above all, emotions! Drums have been recorded in Sweden by our great friend and drummer Daniel Flores, already playing with Mind's Eye.

Recordings took place at One Voice Studio (Chivasso, Italy) by Daniele Giordana (f.o.h. with Biohazard, Agnostic Front) and at Sheepvalley studios (Stockholm, Sweden). All mixed by Achim 'Akeem' Köhler (productions like Brainstorm, Silent Force) at House of Audio (Winterbach, Germany).

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Kataklysm Drop Off X-Mass Festivals

Canadian death metallers Kataklysm have cancelled their participation in the X-Mass Festivals 2005 European tour this December. In an official press release, the band blame the cancellation on "the simple reason that the new album will not be ready in time to coincide with" the trek and "it made no sense" to do the tour. Instead, Kataklysm have confirmed that they will take part in the No Mercy Festivals 2006, to be followed by a series of dates across Europe.

With regards to the new album, Kataklysm bassist Stephane Barbe writes:

The writing process is going very well and according to plan. All the focus, the ideas, the passion and the drive are there, and that's what makes good albums, in my opinion. Expect nothing but hard work and dedication with the new one. Our fans deserve the best from us.

Kataklysm will be in pre-production mode for most of the summer and plan to begin recording in late July/August/September at an as-yet-undetermined location with producer/guitarist J-F Dagenais. The band's new album, entitled "In the Arms of Devastation," has a tentative release date of February 2006.

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DevilDriver Completes New Album

DevilDriver's upcoming release "The Fury Of Our Maker's Hand" (coming this summer) is complete. You can check out the cover here.

What else to report from the world of DevilDriver? Dez relays:

We've been rehearsing for our upcoming Machine Head/The Haunted/It Dies Today shows. The rehearsals have been going amazing, the band is a machine right now. We'll be main support, and that gives us an opportunity to play 10/11 songs as opposed to the usual 7/8. We have a few surprises for the hardcore DevilDriver fans out there - we'll be playing a few songs off of the debut that we have never played live before (not gonna tell ya which ones). As well, a cover will be thrown into the mix...again, not gonna tell ya which one, just come out to see. We'll also be playing 2 new songs off the upcoming The Fury Of Our Maker's Hand, so get ready for that.

After the MH run, we'll see you out this summer on The Sounds Of The Underground tour, featuring Clutch, Chimaira, Opeth, and a host of other great bands. We'll be going on between noon and 3:00 each day, so get there early if you wanna play with the devil.

We received the final master of the album yesterday, and my living room became a pit last night filled with family, friends, and the band all listening. Gotta say, Colin Richardson, thank you. This sound created will set us apart and elevate us to where we wanna be.

Looking forward to healthy dose of touring.

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Diecast Re-release, Tracklisting And Tour Update

“Tearing Down Your Blue Skies", Diecast's latest album, has taken the European metal and hardcore scene by storm. According to UK’s Metal Hammer the album is "the sound of metalcore exactly as it should be played and begs for superlative terms to describe". But just a few European fans to date had the chance to listen to the band's previous release "Day Of Reckoning", originally released in 2001 on Now Or Never Records (the label that discovered Dillinger Escape Plan, Brand New Sin and more), as it never received an official release or distribution in Europe.

Even though Paul Stoddard has since replaced original vocalist Colin Schleifer, tracks like "Singled Out", "Disrepair" or "Solace" are still part of today's set list and raise a wild mosh-pit every evening.

Produced by Paul Trust at Dungeon Recording Studio (New Found Glory, Dashboard Confessional) in Miami, the album brilliantly gives voice to Diecast's genre-bending, crossover cacophony of powerhouse riffs, breakdowns and vocal hooks. To step it up even more, the intensity of Schliefer’s vocals are given ballast by the fact that he wrote all the lyrics on songs that range from the personal to the political. “I can’t sing about what I don’t know about. I need to feel it, otherwise it’s contrived, and gratuitous.” He added that, along with primary writing partner Jonathan Kita – who weighs in on the riffs -- “We try to make each song sound completely different.”

Diecast just finished their first European tour supporting Agnostic Front and got an amazing feedback. They will come back in June / July 2005 with Napalm Death and Most Precious Blood. Tour dates can be found here.

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Divine Empire New Album Details

Florida's death metal outfit Divine Empire is ready to unleash their brand new, hate fueled bullets upon all of us with their new album “Method Of Execution.” Opening with the crushing atmospheric track “Vowed Revenge,” it becomes immediately clear that the new album “Method of Execution” is a giant leap forward for the band. “Prelude to the Storm,” for example, provides some beautiful classical guitar melodies accompanied by violin and cello lines before blasting into “Storm of Hatred".

Produced once again by Jeremy Staska (Malevolent Creation, Hateplow, Remembering Never, Nonpoint, Poison The Well), Divine Empire have achieved their most stellar production to date. The guitars are clear yet dirty; the drums sound big yet sharp; and the bass cuts through beautifully, making Blachowicz’s impressive techniques on the four-string apparent. He also gives the vocal performance of his career, displaying a range that could very well give Glen Benton a run for his money.

Divine Empire have always released strong death metal records, but with “Method of Execution”, the band has reached a creative zenith. They’ve grown from their straight ahead death metal origins to include a variety of influences, helping distance them from their Malevolent Creation brethren. Stronger melodies, catchier song structures and hints of classical, doom, black, and even classic rock all rear their ugly heads. Without a doubt the Empire has solidified its reign and shall continue to rule for years to come.

"Method Of Execution" tracklisting (58:08): More...

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Cristina Scabbia Checks In With Lacuna Coil Update

Lacuna Coil are currently in the pre-production phase for the highly anticipated follow-up to “Comalies” with longtime producer Waldemar Sorychta (Sentenced, Moonspell).

Singer Cristina Scabbia checks in with the following report on the band's songwriting progress:

We are working on the new stuff and I can tell you it is definitely killer! We are really proud of the new songs and we are still composing new material. We plan on presenting some of the new tracks this summer at festivals around Europe; check out the dates at http://www.lacunacoil.it and http://www.emptyspiral.net.Thanks for the great support you've given us since we started. We love you and we are ready to come back to kick some serious ass!

Lacuna Coil will soon break from the studio to participate in a few major European festivals. The dates are listed below, more to follow: More...

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Orphaned Land To Support Paradise Lost

Orphaned Land will be direct support to Paradise Lost on their forthcoming European tour.

Frontman Kobi Farhi comments:

Hello to all the Orphans out there, we just got back from two killer shows we did with Kreator and Tristania in Mexico! We are very happy to support the legendary Paradise Lost, it will be our debut European tour - be sure that we will flood your countries with our raging storm!!! See you all soon! Forever Orphaned.

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Nu-Metal Music Near Extinction

The following excerpts were taken from an article from the Arkansas Traveler website about the fall of nu metal:

In the mid-90s Nu-Metal was an exciting, emerging twist in modern rock music that promised to exchange the best ideas in rock and rap for a single - hybrid music that could expose each style's audience to the other. However, as the 90s gave way and the millennium changed, the second wave of Nu-Metal (NM2) got further away from its hip-hop roots and closer to the dark side of heavy metal. The genre is virtually dismissible, but can it come back from the edge of death?

The first wave of Nu-Metal (NM1) was a hybrid of rap and rock music pioneered by soon-to-be staples of the genera Korn, the Deftones and Rage Against the Machine. It was pioneering and new because, unlike the oft-noted collaborations between Run DMC and Aerosmith or between Public Enemy and Anthrax, the NM1 scene wasn't based on a rock musician pounding out the beats and the emcees simply rapping over the established record.

Rather, NM1 musicians familiar with the repertoire of hip-hop's percussion section transcribed and played those beats (especially the snare and high-hat parts) as rhythm on a detuned, overdriven electric guitar. Ergo, the importance of the riff, which itself had been so dominant in eighties rock, was largely missing.

As a result, Nu-Metal made the listener want to jump up and down rather than pump twin, clenched fists in the air. It was ultra-aggressive hip-hop, or it was modest, unassuming rock. Either way, it was crossing genres and exposing new listeners to the ideas inherent in the parent style's musical genotype.

There ended the exciting part. In the late 90s Nu-Metal got heavier and louder. Korn gave way to Limp Bizkit, to Taproot, then to Mudvayne. By the time Slipknot had entered the scene, the double-kick drum was back, the screaming was incessant, and virtually no rapping was taking place.

Whereas, visually, earlier bands projected an image of body piercing, seriously baggy clothes and short haircuts, the post-Slipknot NM2 had opted instead for tattoos, long hair and regular-fit, all black clothing. By 1999, things were again starting to look orthodox

Read the full article at The Arkansas Traveler.

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Eyes Of Fire Post New Songs Online

Eyes of Fire has posted songs off the new album, "Killing Evil," online at http://www.eyesoffire.net/demo/eof4.htm.

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Slayer Drummer Teams Up With DJ Spooky

Slayer drummer Dave Lombardo and electronic artist DJ Spooky have teamed up for "Drums of Death," a disc of rumbling, experimental songs that comes out April 26.

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Gwar To Release Live Album In May

Goop-spewing gimmick rockers Gwar will release a live album on May 31 called Live From Mt. Fuji. The enhanced CD will contain 12 live cuts, including "Bring Back the Bomb," "Horror of Yg," "Krosstika," "Sick of You," "Womb With a View" and "Immortal Corruptor."

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Cattle Decapitation, Caninus Work On Split Single

Gore-metallers Cattle Decapitation have plans to release a split 7-inch single with Caninus. They'll start working on the material for that effort next month.

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Norma Jean Discusses Album Sales, SOTU Tour

When Solid State Records released the third album from Atlantan metalcore act Norma Jean on March 1, no one — not the band's management, its label, and certainly not the band members themselves — expected the disc would sell more than 19,000 copies in a week. But "O God, The Aftermath" did sell just that in its first week in stores, roaring into the Billboard albums chart at #64.

"We would never have thought that would happen," said drummer Daniel Davidson. "It just totally blew us away. The music is so brutal and heavy and chaotic."

Don't think Norma Jean's going to let sales figures get to their heads, though: There's too much work coming up for them even to pat each other on the back. Norma Jean's one of the main attractions for this summer's Sounds of the Underground Tour; they'll be spending April and May in Japan, the U.K. and Australia with Atreyu and Unearth; and they'll be shooting a video for "Liarsenic" at some point in between those road trips.

But singer Cory Putnam did say the bandmembers are glad the Ozzfest folks snubbed 'em. "If you play Ozzfest, that's just like instant credit for your band, but it just costs too much money to be on it," he explained. "You end up playing at 10 in the morning. I think [the Sounds of the Underground] is a tour that really cares about the bands that are on it, and cares about the music. And that's what we care about."

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Dark Tranquillity To Tour South America

Sweden's Dark Tranquillity has posted the following message on the band's official website:

Finally! We've been working for a South American tour for a long time and now we can officially confirm that we'll play in the following places. Exact dates are to be announced soon, but the tour will start on the 9th of June.

Mexico City, Mexico
Guatemala City, Guatemala
Bogota, Colombia
Santiago, Chile
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Sao Paulo, Brazil

Booking by matrix/empire entertainment.

No further info (support bands etc) is availabe at this point.

We're now confirmed for Sweden's Gates of metal festival, taking place on the 6th of August. This means that the current summer schedule looks something like this:

June 25 - Fury fest, France
June 26 - Graspop, Belgium
July 09 - Tivolirocken, Kristianstad, Sweden
July 28 - Storsjöyran, Östersund, Sweden
July 16/17 - Ilosaarirock, Finland
August 6 - Gates of metal, Sweden
August 18 - Summer breeze, Germany

Dark Tranquillity is set to embark on a North American tour with Soilwork, Hypocrisy, Mnemic. Tour dates are as follows: More...

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As I Lay Dying Report From Vancouver, BC

I caught the As I Lay Dying show with Throwdown and All That Remains when the tour came through Vancouver, BC on March 29 at Richard's on Richards. I actually had the chance to see all three bands live at the Commodore Ballroom on separate occasions in 2004: As I Lay Dying on the In Flames tour in May, Throwdown with Fear Factory and Lamb of God in October, and All That Remains with Gwar in November. Unlike the Commodore, which houses no more than 1000 people, Richard's on Richards was even smaller, which I personally prefer over huge stadiums. As I Lay Dying was having trouble getting across the border and was stuck there for four hours. As a result, the band didn't arrive at the venue until almost 7 and so they had to push back the entire show. More...

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Manntis Sign Wth Century Media Records

Southern California quintet MANNTIS have officially signed a worldwide deal with Century Media Records. The group’s debut album, "Sleep In Your Grave", is set for a June 28th release. The disc was produced by Cameron Webb (DANZIG, MOTÖRHEAD, SOCIAL DISTORTION) and features 11 blistering tracks of unrelenting metal intensity. The group have been influenced by a diverse number of bands ranging from MESHUGGAH and PANTERA to KILLSWITCH ENGAGE and ZAO, to name just a few, and their pummeling sound reflects the combination of these influences.

MANNTIS originally formed in 2000 and immediately began playing anywhere and everywhere possible. Their stunning stage presence was undeniable and overwhelmed anyone that stepped in front of them. The buzz spread quickly throughout the underground, but their biggest break would come in 2004 when they gained worldwide recognition from their participation on the hit MTV show "Battle For Ozzfest". The group are now out to prove that they can easily go head to head with the genre's elite.

Jake Sirokman (vocals) further conveys his excitement over the recent signing: "We're extremely happy to be with Century Media Records. We love the other bands on the roster and are proud to be alongside them for years to come. One thing is for sure: some people may have heard about us because of the 'Battle for Ozzfest' show, but we're a dedicated band with over five years in the scene, not just some reality show poseurs looking to extend our 15 minutes of fame. No doubt that 'Battle for Ozzfest' was a great opportunity, but we're grateful that CM saw through smoke and mirrors of TV and saw us for the band we are. Bottom line, we're here to bring the fucking metal. See ya on the road."

You can download the track "Axe of Redemption" here.

MANNTIS recently embarked on the nationwide "Battle For Ozzfest Tour" with A DOZEN FURIES and CYN, the show's other two finalists.

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Gotcha, April Fools!

We hope you enjoyed our April Fools gags yesterday, as we devoted the entire day to them. We sure did. They weren't as extreme as last year's stories, but we think we tricked some people just the same! If you happened to fall for any of them, then we apologize. If you weren't tricked, then hopefully you were still entertained. If you missed the stories, you can still read them all here. (Note the date on each story, however, to determine which ones are April Fools stories.)

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