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Summer Slaughter 2014 Lineup Announced

The 8th annual Summer Slaughter Tour, presented by IndieMerchStore.com, runs from July 17th through August 10th.

This year's edition features Morbid Angel, Dying Fetus, The Faceless, Thy Art Is Murder, Goatwhore, Origin, Decrepit Birth, Within The Ruins, and Fallujah.

The tour will stop at The House of Blues in Los Angeles on July 19th and Irving Plaza in New York on August 8th with VIP ticketing currently available now for both shows. Look for the complete list of tourdates to be announced in the coming weeks.

David Vincent (vocals/bass) of Morbid Angel states: "Summer Slaughter will be the ultimate, extreme music festival this year and we look forward to headlining this special touring event. It will be great to see our long-time fans and also to expose a new generation to Morbid Angel."

Ash Avildsen (founder of the Summer Slaughter tour) adds: "Eight years strong. Extreme metal lives! Thank you for keeping the tour alive. See you this Summer." More...

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AC/DC Splits With Malcolm Young, Band To Continue

During the last few days rumors have been swirling the web that AC/DC would finally be hanging up its hat and calling it quits. Now the band has issued the following brief announcement about parting ways with Malcolm Young and continuing on with new music:

"After forty years of life dedicated to AC/DC, guitarist and founding member Malcolm Young is taking a break from the band due to ill health. Malcolm would like to thank the group’s diehard legions of fans worldwide for their never-ending love and support.

"In light of this news, AC/DC asks that Malcolm and his family’s privacy be respected during this time. The band will continue to make music."

Stay turned for further statements from the band. AC/DC was also previously covered in the "Monsters of Rock" edition of our Sunday Old School column here.

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Former Korn Guitarist Passes Away

Shane Gibson - who left his touring position with Korn in 2010 to pursue his solo project stOrk - has passed away. The stOrk Facebook page was updated with this message:

"It is with deepest sadness and regret that we must confirm that stOrk founding member and lead guitarist Shane Paul Gibson passed away at 5:45 AM on April 15th, 2014 in the UAB Hospital in Birmingham, Alabama as a result of complications from a blood clotting disorder.

"He was 35 years old. He was one of the best guitar players the world has ever known and his virtuosity was matched only by his wit and generosity of spirit. He will be missed beyond measure.

"Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and all those who loved him as much as we did." More...

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Exciter Reunites With Original Line-Up

After a series of cryptic announcements via Facebook, the Canadian old school metal pioneers in Exciter have made the announcement that the original trio of John Ricci, Dan Beehler and Allan Johnson will be reuniting and playing their first confirmed gig at the Keep It True Festival on April 24th of 2015. The classic line-up plans to record new material as the first order of business this year.

This announcement comes after a string of conflicting posts made on the Exciter page in the past six weeks. Originally, a status update was posted on Feb. 24th stating that John Ricci was retiring from the band. Ricci vehemently countered that he only wanted to step away to regroup from some unpleasant personnel dealings in the band.

Then on April 4th, a status update appeared saying that bassist Rob 'Clammy' Cohen had been dispatched from the group. Vocalist Kenny 'Motor Mouth' Winter then posted on April 7th about a hiatus he was going to take to work on another project, followed by a post from John Ricci about 'big news' being on the horizon shortly.

Here is the official announcement from John Ricci himself, posted on Exciter's Long Live the Loud page. More...

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As I Lay Dying Issues Band Update

Update: despite appearing to come from the other band members, this statement was apparently written by Tim Lambesis with no input from the other members of As I Lay Dying. Check out Nick Hipa's response over here.

With Tim Lambesis likely to be incarcerated for serious time in a murder-for-hire plot to kill his ex-wife, the future of As I Lay Dying seemed bleak.

As I Lay Dying has now checked in with the following update about the band's status and the members working on new projects:

"There have been a lot of questions from fans over the past year and we'll hopefully be able to provide more answers over time. However, this update is only to address things related to AILD's future.

"Originally, we said we'd update fans as soon as we knew more. We apologize for not sticking to that. It seemed best to wait until definitive news came in with a specific timeline. However, in light of speculation on other sites, an official update from As I Lay Dying seems to be the best way to clarify some things.

"A good starting point is to clarify some things that have often been falsely reported. Tim was not a Christian at the time of his arrest, nor was As I Lay Dying a Christian band in 2013. It hadn't been for some time and, to the best of my knowledge, only one of the people playing in the band even claimed to be a Christian at that time. The changed view had been written about it in a handful of As I Lay Dying songs and Tim's later atheistic view had even been documented in court records. However, it doesn't make as sensational of a headline to refer to the arrest of the 'Ex-Christian Metal Sub-Genre Independent Artist' as it does the 'Grammy Nominated Top 10 Selling Christian Rockstar' of the past.

"With all that said, we don't know how each musician from the previous era of As I Lay Dying will think about these topics in the future. For example, Tim has spent much of the last year reevaluating what originally convinced him to abandon belief in God. I have gathered that after much brokenness and repentance he sees things differently, considers himself a follower of Jesus, someone submitted to the will of God, or whatever you want to call it. That's for him to talk about when he's comfortable and only time will tell if he is sincere. What is certain though is that it's impossible to face the events of last year without being changed in some way. Let's let the guys focus on future music and hopefully the headline driven press will leave this issue alone for a while given some clarification. More...

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The Gates Of Slumber Bassist Passes Away

The Gates of Slumber called it quits last September when bassist Jason McCash suddenly departed the band.

Now vocalist/guitarist Karl Simon has posted the following brief message online via Facebook about McCash passing away:

"My best friend died last night. There will be no reunion - no more of TGoS. It's dead beyond dead, and I've lost a brother. Please be respectful or silent. It's a small world and I'm still alive. Remember that shit."

The band's "Stormcrow" EP came out last year and was also marked by a video for the track "Death March," which can be seen below. More...

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Mayhem Festival 2014 Lineup Revealed

The Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival has now revealed the lineup for the 2014 tour, which kicks of July 5th and will feature four stages.

The lineup will feature: Avenged Sevenfold, Korn, Asking Alexandria, Trivium, Cannibal Corpse, Suicide Silence, Body Count Featuring ICE T, Miss May I, Emmure, Mushroomhead, Texas Hippie Coalition, Veil Of Maya, Upon A Burning Body, Darkest Hour, Ill Nino, Wretched, Islander, King 810 and Erimha.

Dates are as follows:

July 05 San Bernardino, CA San Manuel Amphitheater
July 06 Mountain View, CA Shoreline Amphitheatre
July 08 Auburn, WA White River Amphitheatre
July 09 Nampa, ID Idaho Center Amphitheatre
July 11 Phoenix, AZ Ak-Chin Pavilion
July 12 Albuquerque, NM Isleta Amphitheatre
July 14 Morrison, CO Red Rocks Amphitheatre
July 15 Maryland Heights, MO Verizion Wireless Amphitheater
July 17 Clarkston, MI DTE Energy Music Theatre
July 18 Milwaukee, WI Eagle's Ballroom ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK TASTE OF MAYHEM
July 19 Noblesville, IN Klipsch Music Center
July 20 Tinley Park, IL First Midwest Bank Ampitheatre
July 23 Saratoga Springs, NY Saratoga Performing Arts Center
July 24 Mansfield, MA Xfinity Theatre
July 25 Toronto, ON Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
July 26 Burgettstown, PA First Niagara Pavilion
July 27 Hartford, CT Xfinity Theatre
July 29 Darien Center, NY Darien Lake PAC
July 30 Wantagh, NY Nikon Theater at Jones Beach
August 01 Camden, NJ Susquehanna Bank Center
August 02 Scranton, PA Toyota Pavilion
August 03 Bristow, VA Jiffy Lube Live
August 05 Atlanta, GA Lakewood Amphitheatre
August 07 Oklahoma City, OK OKC Downtown Airpark
August 09 Dallas, TX Gexa Energy Pavilion
August 10 The Woodlands, TX Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion More...

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Ex-Almah Guitarist Paulo Schroeber Dies

Former Almah guitarist Paul Schroeber, died at age 40 yesterday in Our Lady Mediatrix Hospital in Caxias do Sul, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil after he was hospitalized for several days for a ICU treatment.

Schroeber received a reconfiguration procedure cardiac device - similar to a pacemaker, which had no effect and a transplant was needed. Schroeber suffered from an enlarged heart, which caused accumulation of water in the lungs which caused difficulty in breathing.

The band released the following statement (translated using Bing): "We are deeply sad and Almah's shaken with the news that our brother Paulo Schroeber music died. Paul, as well as an extremely gifted musician was a single person, a kindness and a good mood genuinely special. The strength and the naturalness with which he dealt with his painting was one of many admirable characteristics. The man was prematurely, and as if adivinhássemos, we dedicate the show yesterday, in Florianopolis, to him. Get the lesson and the work, which proudly we recorded together on two albums. So little for what could still be done, but more than enough to ever be forgotten by us, ex-bandmates or by fans. Paul, thanks for the friendship and the music we share. Keep fingers in shape, one day we will have a sound again. ;)" More...

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GWAR Frontman Reportedly Dead At 50

Update: the band's management has now issued an official statement, which can be read here.

According to various reports, GWAR frontman Dave Brockie, also known as Oderus Urungus, has been found dead in his home. He was fifty years old. Chris Bopst, a former Gwar bassist and current writer for Style Weekly stated: "I wish it was a joke. Everyone is in shock."

"Dave was one of the funniest, smartest, most creative and energetic persons I've known," another former Gwar bassist Mike Bishop added. "He was brash sometimes, always crass, irreverent, he was hilarious in every way. But he was also deeply intelligent and interested in life, history, politics and art."

"His penchant for scatological humors belied a lucid wit. He was a criminally underrated lyricist and hard rock vocalist, one of the best, ever! A great front man, a great painter, writer, he was also a hell of a bass guitarist. I loved him. He was capable of great empathy and had a real sense of justice."

Lamb of God frontman Randy Blythe also weighed in on Brockie's passing, saying: "Got a very sad call tonight from my buddy Chris Bopst, who was one of the original members of GWAR- my friend Dave Brockie, AKA Oderus Urungus, the singer of GWAR, has left the building & taken off back to his home planet. He was 50 years old. I do not know details of why he died yet, just that he passed away at home & his roommates found him."

Gwar's management is expected to comment on the situation at 1pm EST today.

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Angela Gossow Steps Down From Arch Enemy

In early June 2014, Arch Enemy will unleash 9th studio album, "War Eternal," worldwide via Century Media Records and Trooper Entertainment in Japan. In what seems like but apparently is not an early April Fools joke, Century Media records has issued the following statement about the band now replacing front woman Angela Gossow:

"With this upcoming release, the band will introduce a new member to their ranks: Alissa White-Gluz, former vocalist of Canadian extreme metallers The Agonist. Angela Gossow, who joined Arch Enemy in 2000 and made her debut on the now classic Wages Of Sin (2001), will be stepping down as front-woman and focusing on management, while Alissa takes her place."

Angela Gossow comments: "Dear ARCH ENEMY fans, this is not easy to tell you...I have decided to step down from being ARCH ENEMY's voice of anger. After 13 years of pure fucking metal, 6 studio albums and countless tours through five continents, I feel the need to enter a different phase in my life, be with my family and pursue other interests. I will however remain business manager for ARCH ENEMY, and I will continue to develop my artist management roster.

"I am staying true to my heavy metal roots, just leaving the spotlight so to speak. I am passing the torch to the super talented Alissa White-Gluz, whom I've known as a dear friend and a superb vocalist for many years. I always thought she deserved a chance to shine - and now she's getting it. Just like I got that chance back in 2001.

"I want to thank all ARCH ENEMY fans, our labels Century Media (worldwide) and Trooper Entertainment (Japan), our dedicated road crew, and in particular Michael, Daniel and Sharlee for their love and support throughout all these years. It's been one hell of a ride! We conquered every situation, made it through thick & thin together in the most exciting and rewarding time of my life. Thank you all for being there with me on stage, in front of the stage, and backstage. You have touched my heart, and I hope I was able to give something back to you. I am grateful for the wonderful memories - I will cherish them forever!

"I am looking forward to the next decade of ARCH ENEMY madness! Right now I am listening through rough mixes of the new studio album and I am blown away! 2014 will see a renewed ARCH ENEMY at the top of their game. I am proud to be part of this ARCH ENEMY chapter, albeit in a different way - revving up the engines behind the scenes. I hope to see you in front of the stage; I will join you there this time. Let the killing begin, once again!" More...

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Two Dead At SXSW

The annual SXSW festival in Texas features a variety of metal showcases and is currently underway, but the festivities were put on hold this morning when two people died and 23 were injured outside The Mohawk. BBC News reports:

Two people have been killed after a drunk driver crashed through barricades set up for the South by Southwest (SXSW) festival in the US, police say. A man and a woman died and many others were injured on the crowded street in Austin, Texas.

The driver is thought to have been trying to escape from the police when the collision happened. Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo said he had now been taken into custody after officers shocked him with a stun gun.

The driver will face two counts of capital murder over the crash, which took place about 12.30am local time (05:30 GMT) on Thursday.

Read the full article at BBC News.

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Tim Lambesis To Serve Time For Murder Plot

After being arrested in May of 2013 for attempting to hire an undercover police agent to murder his estranged wife, Tim Lambesis (Austrian Death Machine, As I Lay Dying) is now going to be serving up to nine years in jail, according to an update from NBC San Diego.

An excerpt from the news site reads:

The singer of the Grammy-nominated Christian metal band "As I Lay Dying" pleaded guilty to his role in a murder-for-hire plot.

Carlsbad resident Tim Lambesis entered the change of plea in court Tuesday, admitting that he hired a hit man to kill his estranged wife. As a result of his change of plea, Lambesis will serve nine years according to a court clerk.

It's not clear yet if the "9 years" referenced in the article was a maximum or the official amount of time for a plea deal, as Lambesis has not had an official sentencing hearing yet. Further info will be forthcoming.

Despite Lambesis' arrest, Austrian Death Machine continued on with the crowd funded third album "Triple Brutal," which is set for release on April 1st. It's unclear at this point what the band will be doing for fans who were to receive a visit from Lambesis as part of the perks for donating to the campaign. More...

Read the full article at NBC San Diego.

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Mayhem To Release New Album

The Norwegian black metal legends in Mayhem have returned. Metal's most infamous band will release an as-yet-untitled new album, and follow up to 2007's "Ordo Ad Chao," later this year.

In anticipation of the new album, Mayhem is streaming a new track, titled "Psywar," which can be heard below courtesy of Decibel Magazine. The following press release was also issued about the band:

"2014 sees Mayhem welcome the 30th anniversary of the single most notorious and important band in the history of black metal. With the band's four revolutionary full-lengths, a legacy of boundless extremity, and an ethic rooted firmly in the principle of no compromise, Mayhem are the archetype that three generations of black metal bands follow as law. As they enter their 30th year, Mayhem reign as kings of the underground; ensuring that their shadow will be cast not just over the first 30 years of an entire genre to date, but for the next 30 years to come as well. Mayhem is the Alpha and the Omega of black metal.

"With an active new lineup at helm, Mayhem's new full length showcases a band who follow their own path in extreme music, one that is equally violent and turbulent.

"Mayhem will also release 'Psywar' as a limited edition, stand-alone 7" EP. The 'Psywar' 7" is backed 'From Beyond Event Horizon,' an unreleased track taken from the band's 2012 Budapest sessions, and will come in different editions featuring art from Zbigniew Bielak and Costin Chioreanu. 'Psywar' will be pressed across several different colored vinyl editions and is available for pre-order here." More...

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Ex Deo Going On Indefinite Hiatus

After previously stating there would be a third album, Maurizio Iacono (Kataklysm, Ex Deo) has now issued the following announcement about Ex Deo going on indefinite hiatus:

"Today I decided that Ex Deo and its legions will rest their arms. We will take an indefinite leave of absence, theres a good possibility that Romulus & Caligvla be the only sonic assaults that will ever see the light under the flag of Ancient Rome's lone but real epic voice: EX DEO

"If another album will ever see the light... it will be by the will of the Gods and voice of those who believe in the spirit of the once most powerful Empire... ROME, time will tell... or not.

"I feel we've done two great albums, full of passion and epic passages, no regrets, just proud moments...

"It was an education on where we all come from, Roma touched your blood one way or another, either through your ancestry or through your way of life, not believing it is not believing who you really are, because the entire world took a new spin towards a progressive future under Roman rule, hence the world we have today, still imperfect with many defects but forging ahead through progress... we will still post stuff on Facebook from time to time, hope you enjoyed the ride.

"We thank you for the great comments and thrills you have brought us ROMA CAPUT MUNDI ...Forever

"I leave you with this great passage from my hero 'I love the name of honor, more than I fear death' - Julius Caesar" More...

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Wattie Buchan Suffers Heart Attack On Stage

The British punk legends in The Exploited, who signed to Nuclear Blast earlier this year, are forced to cancel upcoming tour dates with label mates Hatebreed and stop all activities till May 2014.

Singer Wattie Buchan suffered a heart attack on stage during the band's concert last night (Thursday, February 13th) in Lisbon, Portugal during the "Tour Of Chaos" with Hatebreed and Napalm Death. The Exploited issued the following statement:

"We are sorry to say that due to a severe illness that Wattie can't continue with the tour. He will be in hospital for at least a week. Thanks for all the get-well messages. Much appreciated. Regards."

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Motley Crue Announces Retirement Tour

American glam metal legends Motley Crue have announced that they will be embarking on a 72 date tour across North America this year, where they will be joined by shock rock icon, Alice Cooper, before retiring the band at the end of 2014.

The group held a press conference today confirming the retirement rumours and announced that tickets for the tour would go on sale tomorrow for fan club members, before being made available to the public from Friday and Saturday is different areas.

You can check out a promotional video for the tour below. The initial tour dates are as follows: More...

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Black Sabbath Wins Grammy Award

Back in December the Grammy nominees for "best metal performance" were announced, and if you've forgotten the lineup was as follows:

"T.N.T." - Anthrax
"God Is Dead?" - Black Sabbath
"The Enemy Inside" - Dream Theater
"In Due Time" - Killswitch Engage
"Room 24" - Volbeat Featuring King Diamond

While many put their money down on Volbeat, it turns out Black Sabbath actually took home the win for "God Is Dead?"

The track was also nominated for "best rock song" and the new album "13" (reviewed here) was up for "best rock album," although Sabbath didn't actually snag a win in either of those categories. Here were the nominations for best rock song and best rock album: More...

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Surrender Of Divinity Bassist/Vocalist Killed

As reported by the Bangkok Post and Death Metal Underground, a self-styled Satanist posted on his Facebook page that he was the one who murdered Samong 'Avejee' Traisattha, bassist/vocalist of Thailand black metal band Surrender Of Divinity.

Jaruvan Surapol, 34, the musician's wife, told police that the killer was Prakarn Harnphanbusakorn, a fan of her husband's band. Prakarn had gone to the singer's house on Wednesday night to screen print some shirts and have a few beers. After the wife had put her child to bed, she went to check on her husband and encountered him stabbed over thirty times. Prakarn then posted the following litany on Facebook:

"I have intended to end my life since I was 25. Because I'll die eventually, I want to drag down those who tarnish Satanism with me. But I refrained from killing women and children," he wrote.

"In my view, I have more respect for devoted Buddhists, Christians and Muslims than those who call themselves Satanists without knowing anything about it," he wrote. "If I did not kill him, I'm sure he would be murdered by someone else later."

'Maleficent Meditation' (Prakarn's FB name) concluded that people who do not have faith in Satan should not call themselves Satanists. He also said he hoped he would be with Satan after he died. He also uploaded photos of the grisly crime scene to his timeline.

Surrender Of Divinity issued the following statement on its band page:

"Avajee, our Black Vomitor/Bass Thunder and most importantly our blood-brother has passed away yesterday by a cruel murderer. No words can express about this lost in our horde. Have a rest down there brother! May our blackest flames blazing bright forever!"

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Dan Lilker Retiring From Music This Year

Dan Lilker of Brutal Truth has checked in with the following announcement about retiring from music:

"I regret to inform Brutal Truth fans that as of October 18th, 2014, I will be retiring from being a full time recording and touring musician.

"That date is my 50th birthday, so I chose it symbolically as a significant milestone to make such a weighty decision. As a lot of you know, I've been an active member of the metal scene since the early 80s with the thrash metal bands I've been in before the formation of Brutal Truth in 1990, and I'm simply just tired of the rigors of touring mostly.

"Unlike some of my peers from the 80's who went on to sell millions of records I have always been drawn to extreme underground metal. I don't care about staying in 5 star hotels and having a big cushy tour bus but I am getting tired of squeezing into a van for 8 hours after all these years on the road. I have always played what I believe in and that is been priority #1, but the time has come to have a little bit more stability in my life.

"Brutal Truth will still be active on the touring front until mid-October and will aim to do as much as we can in the next 9 months or so. After that, I will still have creative output with my 2 local bands in Rochester NY, Nokturnal Hellstorm and Blurring and do the occasional project tour, but yes, as of mid-October, Brutal Truth will no longer exist.

"I do realize that will be an extreme disappointment to all the grind freaks out there that have supported this band so rabidly all these years, and your enthusiasm will always have a special place in my heart, but I've made my decision, and I hope everyone can respect that." More...

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Metalunderground.com's Best Of 2013 Awards

We come now to the end of a year overflowing with metallic fury from bands new and old, regrouped and long-running, and covering just about every imaginable sub-genre.

More than anything 2013 was characterized by returns of bands long dormant, with highlights for fans easily coming from the reemergence of Carcass, Gorguts, Summoning, Extol, and Black Sabbath.

While there were some notable critical flops (“Super Collider” and the self-titled “Satyricon” come to mind), this year featured an overall satisfying lineup of good, great, and even fantastic albums from across the metal spectrum. That’s a boon for metal heads, but it also makes it harder for us to easily nail down clear winners in our categories as votes come in from our diverse staff of contributors positioned around the globe.

Long running staples of the European scene made their marks as usual in 2013, with new albums from Amon Amarth, Amorphis, Stratovarius, and Dark Tranquillity. Interestingly, the U.S. wasn’t left behind as much this year, with tunes out from Skeletonwitch, Subrosa, Toxic Holocaust, Vattnet Viskar, ASG, Castevet, Inter Arma, and more.

Just because Testament wasn’t around didn’t mean thrash slouched off either, with Sodom, Onslaught, Evile, and Death Angel bringing out the big guns. The experimental and avant-garde side saw weirdly awesome releases from Oranssi Pazazu, Code, and Tribulation, while unexpectedly different offerings arrived courtesy of Watain and Darkthrone. Death metal meanwhile bore witness to newly unleashed material from the likes of Suffocation, Deicide, Autopsy, Hail of Bullets, Hypocrisy, and Six Feet Under. More...

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