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Metal News for May 25, 2005

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33 news articles posted on this day.

Iron Savior Writing New Material

German metallers IRON SAVIOR have commenced the songwriting process for their new album, tentatively due in early 2006. The follow-up to 2004's "Battering Ram" will be released via Dockyard 1, the new German company/record label formed by Dirk Putzke, Christine Stephan (both ex-Sanctuary/Noise Records) and IRON SAVIOR mainman Piet Sielck.

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Drowning Pool Plan To Write After Tour

Drowning Pool is heading into the final stretch of their tour with Dry Kill Logic and Opiate for the Masses. Afterward, the band will be going in to hiding to write for the new record. Here's a list of the remaining dates:

5/25/2005 - House of Blues - Chicago, IL
5/26/2005 - Rockwell - Springfield, MO
5/27/2005 - The Live Room - Abilene, TX
5/28/2005 - Wet and Wild Waterworld - El Paso, TX
5/29/2005Window Rock Sports Center - Window Rock, AZ
6/1/2005 - House of Blues - San Diego, CA
6/2/2005 - House of Blues - Anaheim, CA
6/3/2005 - The New Reflections - Victorville, CA
6/4/2005 - Boardwalk - Sacramento, CA
6/5/2005 - House of Blues - Las Vegas, NV
6/7/2005 - The Big Easy - Boise, ID
6/8/2005 - Lo-Fi Cafe - Salt Lake City, UT
6/9/2005 - Ogden Theatre - Denver, CO
6/10/2005 - Cotillion Ballroom - Wichita, KS
6/11/2005 - Liberty Memorial Park - Kansas City, MO
6/12/2005 - The Granada Theater - Dallas, TX

Dallas will be the final stop on the Desensitized tour and tickets go on sale this Friday, May 27, at 10am.

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Poison The Well, 12 Tribes, And Lords To Tour

Initial routing for the upcoming Poison The Well, Lords, Twelve Tribes, and Crime In Stereo tour has been disclosed. Here you go:

8/18 Frseno, CA/Lancaster, CA
8/19 Sacramento, CA
8/20 Bakersfield, CA
8/21 Pomona, CA
8/23 Tuscon, AZ
8/24 Albuqerque, NM
8/25 Oklahoma City, OK
8/26 Springfield, MO
8/27 Little Rock, AR
8/28 Birmingham, AL
8/29 Nashville, TN
8/30 Columbia, SC
8/31 Winston-Salem, NC
9/1 Baltimore, MD
9/2 Farmingdale, NY
9/3 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton/Allentown PA
9/4 Providence/New Haven
9/5 Albany, NY
9/6 Syracuse, NY
9/8 State College, PA
9/9 Akron, OH
9/10 Grand Rapids,MI
9/11 Indianapolis,IN
9/12 Columbia, MO
9/13 Omaha, NE
9/14 Ft. Collins, CO
9/15 Colorado Springs, CO
9/16 Salt Lake City, UT
9/18 Reno, NV
9/19 San Luis Obispo, CA

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Motley Crue Sues NBC For Violation of Free Speech

A copy of MÖTLEY CRÜE's actual legal lawsuit document filed on Tuesday (May 24) against NBC for banning the group after lead singer Vince Neil used an expletive during a live broadcast of "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno" has been made available for download as a .ZIP file at this location (700 KB).

According to the Associated Press, the federal lawsuit, filed in Los Angeles, accuses the network of violating the band's free-speech rights and hurting its record sales by barring it from NBC shows to placate the Federal Communications Commission. The suit seeks a court order lifting the ban as well as unspecified damages.

Neil used the f-word during the live New Year's Eve broadcast as he yelled a greeting to bandmate Tommy Lee shortly after midnight.

Though carried live on the East Coast, the remark was excised in other time zones. Neil was unaware his statement was aired live, according to the lawsuit. The FCC said it received complaints about the broadcast.

The lawsuit accuses NBC of singling out the group, saying network officials stopped short of banning other artists who swore on-air, including U2 frontman Bono, who used the same expletive at last year's Golden Globe Awards.

"This is about fair and equal treatment. We have a right to be treated in the same way as other artists who have made the same mistake," bassist Nikki Sixx said in a statement.

The network dismissed the lawsuit as meritless.

"To ensure compliance with its broadcast standards, NBC has the right to decide not to invite back guests who violate those standards and use an expletive during a live entertainment program," the company said in statement. "We will defend the case vigorously and we fully expect to prevail."

The group claims a planned appearance on NBC's "Last Call With Carson Daly" was canceled, while it was prohibited from other network programs. That allegedly cost it media exposure that weakened ticket, merchandise and album sales, the suit claims.

The lawsuit questions why NBC announced that Lee would appear individually in an upcoming television reality show despite the ban, contending the network censored the group as a whole to mollify federal officials so it would avoid sanctions against its business.

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The Minor Times Sign With Prosthetic Records

Philadelphia's The Minor Times have now officially signed a worldwide deal with Prosthetic Records. During the past three years, the group has released material with Hex Records and Level Plane Records. The band's most recent album, "Making Enemies," will be re-released on July 27th, while their next album will hit streets in spring of 2006. Meanwhile, look for The Minor Times on the road with Drowningman through June.

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The Rescue Breaking Up

Long Island outfit The Rescue have announced plans to disband. The group will play their final show on June 13th at the Downtown in Farmingdale, NY. The band previously released an album with United Edge Records before being dropped by the label due to line-up instability.

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Thrice To Drop Off First Week Of Warped Tour

Thrice have been forced to drop off of the first week of this years "Warped Tour" in order to complete work on their upcoming new album. The band will now join up with the trek beginning on June 29th. In other news, the band are expected to hit the road with Underoath for a run of dates together this fall.

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System of a Down Debuts At #1 On Billboard Charts

System of a Down's fourth album, "Mezmerize" (American Recordings/Columbia Records), enters the Billboard/SoundScan chart in the Number One position, as did their CD "Toxicity" when it was released in September, 2001. Since the release of "Mezmerize" last Tuesday, May 17, the CD has scanned an astounding 453,000 copies domestically. "Mezmerize" is the first disc in a 2-disc set with disc two, "Hypnotize," expected out late this fall. "Mezmerize/Hypnotize" was produced by Rick Rubin and System's Daron Malakian.

"Mezmerize" also came in at #1 on numerous music charts around the world including those in Germany, Canada, Austria, France, Sweden, Japan, Switzerland, Colombia, Greece, Brazil, and New Zealand, bringing the first week's worldwide sales in excess of 800,000 copies.

System of a Down kicks off a 23-date tour of Europe this Friday, May 27 that will include appearances at major rock festivals in Spain, Portugal, Germany, Austria, Sweden, Belgium, and Switzerland, as well as a three-night headline stand at London's Brixton Academy. System of a Down will headline a major North American arena tour (with The Mars Volta as special guest) beginning early August. Dates will be announced shortly.

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Eulogy Records To Release 'New' Unearth Album

Eulogy Recordings will be releasing a new effort from Unearth dubbed "Our Days Of Eulogy" on July 27th. While content for the disc has yet to be announced, it is likely to be a compilation of the bands previously recorded outings ("Endless", "The Stings Of Conscience") for the label.

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Six Feet Under Postpone US Tour

SIX FEET UNDER has posted the following message on their official website concerning their forthcoming tour:

"THE UPCOMING U.S. TOUR THAT SIX FEET UNDER WERE SLATED TO HEADINE "MASTERS OF BRUTALITY TOUR" HAS BEEN POSTPONED UNTIL LATER THIS YEAR, MOST LIKELY EARLY THIS FALL.REASON FOR THE RESCHEDULNG BEING,THE BAND WIL BE WORKING IN THE STUDIO ON VARIOUS PROJECTS AND SCHEDULING CONFLICTS AT THIS TIME PREVENT THEM FROM STARTING THE TOUR."

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Queens Of The Stone Age To Support NIN's Fall Tour

According to a posting at NIN.com, QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE will be supporting NINE INCH NAILS on their fall 2005 North American tour. Exact cities and dates will be announced during the coming weeks.

In other news, QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE will be embarking on an Australian tour in late July. Confirmed dates are as follows:

Jul. 21 - Sydney, AUS - Enmore Theatre
Jul. 22 - Sydney, AUS - Enmore Theatre
Jul. 23 - Byron Bay, AUS - Splendour in the Grass
Jul. 25 - Melbourne, AUS - Palace
Jul. 26 - Melbourne, AUS - Palace
Jul. 27 - Perth, AUS - Metropolis

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Funerot Near Completion of New Album

FUNEROT has issued and update with news on their upcoming debut CD for Razorback:

"We have all the songs for our debut full length almost completely done! It's going to be called "Invasion from the Death Dimension". The album will be 12 tracks with songs about everything from toxic mutants to pit fighters to evil robots conquering earth! Recording will start in a few weeks and hopefully be done by mid-summer!"

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Viva Las Beatdown Fest 2005 Details

Viva Las Beatdown Fest 2005 will take place on Thursday, June 16th at the Roadhouse Casino in Las Vegas, NV. The show starts at 4pm and admission is $15. Here are the bands scheduled to perform:

Invocation Of Nehek
Through The Eyes Of The Dead
Seventh Star
Suffocate Faster
Misericordiam
Cold War
Light This City
Lynch Thy Beauty
Molotov Solution
I, The Plague

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Hear The Agony Scene's New Track

The Agony Scene's new track "Scars Of Your Disease" has been posted online and can be heard here. The song is taken from the bands new album "The Darkest Red", which arrives in stores today, May 24th

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DevilDriver Working On New Video

DevilDriver have a video for their track "Hold Back The Day" in the works with plans for it to begin airing shortly. The bands new album "The Fury Of Our Maker's Hand" will see a June 28th release date through Roadrunner

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New Winter Solstice Video

Winter Solstice's video for their track "Following Caligula" has made its way online and can be seen here

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Darkest Hour Relaunch Website

Darkest Hour have relaunched their official website, you can check it out at www.darkesthour.cc. The band will release their new album "Undoing Ruin" through Victory on June 28th

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More Dates for Static X Tour

More dates have been announced for Static-X's run with American Head Charge and bloodsimple., here are the latest:

July 05th Houston, TX - Meridian
July 06th New Orleans, LA - TwiRoPa
July 07th Ft. Walton Beach, FL - The Swamp
July 08th Orlando, FL - House of Blues
July 09th Fort Lauderdale, FL - Culture Room
July 11th Tampa, FL - State Theater
July 12th Atlanta, GA - Masquerade
July 14th Jacksonville, NC - Planet Rock
July 15th Fayetteville, NC - Jesters
July 16th Johnson City, TN - Sophisticated Otter
July 18th Cleveland, OH - House of Blues
July 19th Milwaukee, WI - Rave
July 20th Flint, MI - The Machine Stop
July 21st Grand Rapids, MI - Orbit Room
July 22nd Travelers City, MI - Streeters
July 23rd Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue
July 25th Cincinnati, OH - Madison Theater
July 26th Chicago, IL - House of Blues
July 27th Indianapolis, IN - Music Mill
July 29th Allentown, PA - Crocodile Rock
July 30th Hartford, CT - Webster Theater

In addition to Asesino recently being announced to support on select dates of the trek, 10 Years have also been added as support on dates ranging from June 21st through to July 02nd

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The Gathering Release Info on Tour and DVD

The Gathering have posted the following reguarding their upcoming DVD:

"The DVD-recordings shows of May 23rd are almost sold-out. There is also a fan meeting that day, where 175 people from all over the world meet each other; from 30 different countries!!
Holland, Sweden, Switzerland, Australia, France, Belgium, Germany, Brazil, Chile, Finland, Israel, Italy, Venezuela, Spain, Mexico, Hungary, Peru, USA, Argentina, Greece, Portugal, Austria, Turkey, Bolivia, Russia, Denmark,
China, Canada, Ecuador and England). The DVD part I ("A Sound Relief") will be released in Autumn 2005. The band is writing new material for the next studio album, which is expected early next year. Spring 2006 will be the start of the new tour of The Gathering. They will record DVD part II at the European tour."

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Thine Eyes Bleed Release Debut Album

Thine Eyes Bleed will release their debut album, "In the Wake of Separation", through The End Records June 21st.

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Rammstein Confirm First Ever Seoul Appearance

Rammstein has just confirmed their first concert in Korea. Rammstein will appear at the Olympic Hall in Seoul, Korea on August 10 2005. Ticket sale starts June 15 2005.

Furthermore, due to the upcoming release of the album "Reise, Reise" in Japan, Rammstein will perform a Show-Case at Citta Club in Tokio for the press, fans and record company. There are no tickets left for this concert, the club was sold out within a short amount of time.

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Jag Panzer To Release Special BYH 7" Vinyl

Colorado’s Jag Panzer and Century Media Records will release a strictly limited 7” on black vinyl (500 copies only) around Jag Panzer's appearance on this year’s Bang Your Head festival.
For this collector’s item the band recorded a cover-version of “The Wreck Of The Edmund Fitzgerald”, originally by Gordon Lightfoot. The b-side will feature “The Mission (1943)” from their current album “Casting The Stones”.

Guitarist Mark Briody explains the unique choice for a cover-version:

I’ve always loved dramatic, epic music. Songs like “Heaven And Hell” or “Beyond The Realms Of Death” quickly became favorites of mine. But my introduction to this type of song wasn’t even a heavy metal song. The song that first caught my attention was a dark tragic tale of a shipwreck in the Great Lakes. The song was called “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald” and it retold the true story of the sinking of the freighter ship Edmund Fitzgerald. I remember taking my small transistor radio to bed and listening to the radio all night just to hear this song.

The 7” will be available at Bang Your Head, Heavy Magazine, the band and Century Media’s mail order.

Don’t miss the metal machine live at:
Jun. 24 -25 (D) Balingen - Bang Your Head Open Air

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Mercenary Confirmed For Earthshaker Festival

Mercenary are now ready to kick major ass on the upcoming shows in Iceland and the summer festivals. The band also just got confirmed for the Earthshaker festival taking place in Geiselwind, Germany. Here is an overview of the festivals:

May 26 (ICE) Reykjavik Hellirinn
May 28 (ICE) Reykjavik Grand Rokk
Jun. 03 (DK) Svendborg Harmonien
Jun. 03 - 04 (DK) Arhus Metal Fest
Jun. 18 (N) Kopervik Karmoygeddon Festival
Jun. 30 - Jul. 03 (DK) Roskilde Roskilde Festival
Jul. 22 (D) Geiselwind, Earthshaker Festival
Aug. 05 (D) Wacken Wacken Open Air

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Divine Empire To Tour With Vader

Ascending from the infamous blast furnaces of the death metal stronghold of Florida, Divine Empire are already planning their next sonic live assault. Having just returned from their successful tour with the legendary Bay Area thrashers of Testament, the new divine bomb raid over the old world already lies ahead. Don't miss the emperors of dark and disdainful death metal, joining forces with the Polish war machinery of Vader, the Greek diabolical force of Hades, Rotting Christ, as well as Anorexia Nervosa and Lost Soul.

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Brand New Sin Set Album Release Date

The Syracuse-based hard rock quintet Brand New Sin just completed a string of North-eastern dates with ‘80s legends Faster Pussycat, leading them into two shows alongside Grammy Award-winning rock icons Motorhead. The group recently wrapped up highly successful strings of dates alongside Motörhead, Corrosion of Conformity and Life of Agony in support of their highly anticipated new full-length album “Recipe For Disaster”, now set for a May 30th European and May 31st US release.

Singer Joe Altier:

Hello all across the pond!! Brand New Sin is excited as all hell to be finally releasing our new CD "Recipe For Disaster" in Europe. We are also very excited about our new label, Century Media Records!!!! I have got the feeling this will be a long and successful run. Their track record speaks for itself. With the success they have had with bands such as Shadows Fall, Lacuna Coil, Strapping Young Lad, God Forbid, Iced Earth and on and on and on......!!! And like I stated earlier we are looking forward to coming to Europe REAL soon. Stay tuned for details. Until then...BUY OUR CD MAY 30 and drink lots of beer while enjoying it. Take care.

Release parties in Germany:

May 27 Ingolstadt Ohrakel
May 27 Coburg GAG
May 27 Castrop Rauxel Spectrum
Jun. 02 Jena Rosenkeller
Jun. 03 Hohenwart Midlife
Jun. 11 Flensburg Understation
Jun. 11 Lübeck Sounds
Jun. 16 Karlsruhe Katakombe
Jun. 22 Kiel Pumpe

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Watch Them Die To Release New Album In Fall

Oakland-based purveyors of violence Watch Them Die have recently crafted a stunning new offering, "Bastard Son," which is a multi-layered exploration of anger, pain, loss and redemption. The highly anticipated new offering is currently being mixed by Tue Madsen (Heaven Shall Burn, Himsa, The Haunted) in Denmark; expect an early fall release. The group’s metal crusade begins this summer with a two-month trek supporting Soilent Green. The list of tourdates is below.

Whether you’re talking about legendary speed pioneers like Exodus or masters of heaviness like Sleep and Neurosis, the Bay Area has always been a breeding ground for various forms of extreme music and expression. Watch Them Die have fearlessly positioned themselves as heirs to this crushing tradition of excellence, confronting a metal heritage that has left many an inferior band swimming in their own blood and excrement.

With "Bastard Son," Watch Them Die have raised the bar, crafting a record that will be a formidable calling card on their planned two year obliteration of the U.S. and Europe in 2005-2006. The group also presents a multi-dimensional, unapologetic reflection of reality that is definitely not for the weak or timid. Bastard Son is simply raw metal violence unleashed.

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Screenplay inspires Porcupine Tree CD

An article posted on mlive.com reveals that Porcupine Tree's "Deadwing" is inspired by a screenplay Porcupine Tree leader Steven Wilson wrote with friend and filmmaker Mark Bennion. Several excerpts from the article:

"I've always been very interested in cinema, and that's why the music has that feeling to it," Wilson said in a telephone interview. "I didn't have anything specific, lyrically, that I wanted to write about this time, so it seemed like a good idea to use the script as inspiration."

The "Deadwing" film has yet to be made, but Wilson hopes interest in the script stirred by the CD will help him and Bennion procure financing for it. Wilson calls the screenplay a "surreal ghost story" that doesn't stray too far from the dark themes he often delves into while writing music.

"The album is not trying to tell the story of the script, it's more a case of being inspired by certain themes and flavors and characters in the script," he said. "But it's very much an equivalent to the music of Porcupine Tree. It's very melancholic, it's very dreamlike, it's quite European in flavor -- in the sense that it's not a Hollywood movie by any stretch -- with a dark ending. We're both influenced by two American directors, Stanley Kubrick and David Lynch. We're very much in that tradition."

Read the full article at mlive.com.

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Motley Crue Frontman Goes Into Wine-making

FortWayne.com reports that Motley Crue frontman Vince Neil is getting into a new kind of spirit – he has joined a wine-making venture called Vince Vineyards.

“I have enjoyed great wine for most of my life and wanted to create something other wine lovers could experience and appreciate,” Neil said in a statement.

Neil, 44, plans to start with 500 cases of 2003 Napa Cabernet Sauvignon and 250 cases of 2003 Sonoma Chardonnay.

The heavy metal singer will have little to do with the actual winemaking – Harry Parducci at Adler Fels Winery in Santa Rosa, Calif., will produce the wine. It will be sold for about $20 a bottle in Las Vegas, where Neil lives, as well as Los Angeles; Nashville, Tenn.; and New York.

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Deftones Seeking Band Photos From Fans

Deftones are asking fans to submit photos of the band throughout the years for a chance to have them included in the upcoming release of B-sides and rarities CD/DCD collection. For more information, visit the official Deftones website.

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NIN Confirmed To Headline Voodoo Music Experience

Nine Inch Nails are the first headliners to be confirmed for the seventh annual Voodoo Music Experience in New Orleans on October 29 and 30. The massive music festival will host upward of 80 bands spread across seven stages, according to the festival's executive producer. Look for the complete lineup to be announced on June 24.

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Black Sabbath To Play Download Warm-Up Show

Black Sabbath are to play a tiny warm-up show for this year’s Download Festival 2005.

The band will perform at the Aylesbury Civic Centre on June 6.

Tickets are on sale to festival ticket holders.

Download Festival 2005 is set to take place on June 10-12 at Donington Park and will also feature performances from Garbage, Megadeth, Velvet Revolver, Feeder, System Of A Down, Slipknot and Billy Idol.

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CKY's "A Very Special Special" On MTV2 This Friday

The premiere of CKY's "A Very Special Special" is on MTV2 this Friday (May 27) at 11:00 PM EST.

It's also running the following dates/times:
May 27 3:30 AM EST
May 28: 4:00 PM EST
May 29: 8:00 AM EST

CKY's new album, "An Answer Can be Found," in stores June 28.

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Seether Show Report From Vancouver, BC

To promote their new album, Karma and Effect (in stores now), Seether came back to Vancouver, BC on May 19th for a very small and private show at the Media Club. There were two main ways to get into the show: either win to get in through the local rock radio station (The Fox 99.3) or be one of the first 120 fans to show up on the day of the show with donations for the food bank. Since the release of their Wind-up debut album, Disclaimer, Seether has performed in Vancouver, BC twice before – once with Our Lady Peace and Finger Eleven in January 2003 and again with Evanescence last July, both of which were big stadium shows. I had caught the OLP show but it was quite a while ago and I can’t remember much. However, I do remember that the OLP fans didn’t quite seem to enjoy their set or F11’s, which isn’t very surprising given the musical differences between the bands. The crowd reaction inside this time was definitely a big improvement over that of the OLP audience. More...

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