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BRAINSTORM tour dates

Veröffentlicht am 23. März 2014 von Markus W. in Brainstorm, Bloodhound, Gun Barrel, Heavy Metal, Power Metal, News, Tour

German power metal quintet Brainstorm will play four release shows in April for the new album "Firesoul". There will be also special Merch available during those gigs - as long as the stock lasts.

Brainstorm will be supported by Bloodhound and Gun Barrel.

BRAINSTORM tour dates

CD review GUS G. "I am the fire"

Veröffentlicht am 23. März 2014 von Markus W. in CD Review, Gus G., Firewind, Heavy Metal, Power Metal, News, Mystic Prophecy

(8/10) Everybody who didn't live under a rock for the last 10 years knows Gus G., Greece guitar wizard No.1.

Gus was so far engaged in a lot of different bands in several genres. The first release was with Mystic Prophecy in 2001. Later he released two records with Swedish death metal legends Nightrage, quite some Firewind discs, not to forget Dream Evil  and since 2010 he is also responsible for the guitarsound of Ozzy Osbourne. This year Gus released his first real solo album, called "I am the fire". 

Kostas Karamitroudis, Gus' real name, found a lot of interesting muscians, who worked together with him on this record. Next to various great singers Gus got support from David Ellefson from Megadeth on the cool instrumental "Vengeance" and bass legend Billy Sheehan on the second non-vocals track - the fast and furious "Terrified". Guitar and bass are in perfect harmony on this track.

CD review GUS G. "I am the fire"

Since I like the voice of Candlemass singer Mats Levén very much I appreciate having him singing four of the 12 tracks. Mats is not only singing on the album but was also part of the songwriting. This started already when he was on tour with Firewind. The rocking' opener "My will be done" is one of the songs I like. It's the screaming guitar of Gus and the superb vocal line from Mats which stands for the quality of this track. The little creepy "Eyes wide open" is another fave of mine. It's a slow rocker, almost doom metal. The riff is heavy and the bass is thumping. That's heavy metal. "Summer days" is sung by Jeff Scott Soto and is a surprisingly catchy tune. "Redemption" is another remarkable song. It actually shows, that Michael Starr (Steel Panther) is an excellent singer who is in my point of view normally a bit caught in the image stereotypes of Steel Panther.

What I like with all the songs is, that Gus' guitar is always present. The guitar sound is the red thread through the entire album. Next to that he also gives a lot of space to the other musicians and puts the focus on the song. The mentioned tracks show already the diversity of the album.

On top of that "Long way down" adds another aspect to the album. The tune, sung by Alexia Rodriguez, as well as "Just can't let you go", with vocals from Jacob Bunton, come with a more modern metal touch, while the other songs are more classical metal / hardrock compositions. 'Just can't let you go" could become a hit in the US.

Gus G.'s solo album fits perfectly into the discography. Releases with Gus' participation have always been very good ones This goes as well for "I am the fire". I'm curious to see him live.


CD review GUS G. "I am the fire"


  1. My will be done (feat. Mats Levén)
  2. Blame it on me (feat. Mats Levén)
  3. I am the fire (feat. Devour The Day)
  4. Vengeance (feat. David Ellefson)
  5. Long way down (feat. Alexia Rodriguez)
  6. Just can't let it go (feat. Jacob Bunton)
  7. Terrified (feat. Billy Sheehan)
  8. Eyes wide open (feat. Mats Levén)
  9. Redemption (feat. Michael Starr)
  10. Summer days (feat. Jeff Scott Soto)
  11. Dreamkeeper (feat. Tom S. Englund)
  12. End of the line (feat. Mats Levén)


Label: Century Media

Genre: Heavy Metal


Remastered version of DEATH classic "Leprosy"

Veröffentlicht am 22. März 2014 von Markus W. in Death Metal, Death, News

Remastered version of DEATH classic "Leprosy"

Reclapse Records will release a remastered version of "Leprosy" - the masterpiece of Death. It doesn;t sound that much different than the original version, but it makes again very clear how good the band was and how much ahead of time they have been.

RIP Chuck.


Interview with Marc Lynn from GOTTHARD

Veröffentlicht am 21. März 2014 von Markus W. in Gotthard, Interview, Hardrock, Rock, News

Interview with Marc Lynn from GOTTHARD

A couple of days ago I had the chance to talk to Marc Lynn from Swiss hardrockers Gotthard. The band will release their new album on April 4th. Marc talked about the new album and the coming shows for this year. Enjoy reading and enjoy the new album (review soon on MHMB).


Markus’ Heavy Music Blog: Hello Marc, good to have you on the phone. Hope you’re doing fine.

Marc Lynn: Hi Markus. Yes, thanks. I’m fine.


MHMB: You have a new album out pretty soon. I can imagine that this feeling gives a good time. What have been the first reactions you got till now?

Marc: So far we just got good reaction. The new album sounds fresh and rocks. We often heard that “Nic has arrived”. “Bang!” combines the older Gotthard with the sound of the latest releases. Actually the sound and the production of the new album was mentioned often as being really good. Those are the first reaction we got so far.


MHMB: I fully agree. It really feels like Nic found his place in the band and that Gotthard is rocking as one unit.

Marc: Yes, right. Time is an important factor in here. We had two years time to get to know each other. Not only from a human perspective, but also from a musical point of view. On “Firebirth” we used a lot of ideas and experiences based on 20 years of songwriting. But now, after knowing each other’s strengths and weaknesses better, we got new possibilities which lead to a more open and flexible songwriting. It’s a pretty good mix at the moment.


MHMB: When I heard the album for the first time I was reminded to the Gotthard debut, since “Bang!” became also a hard rocking record. Was it a conscious decision to focus more on rock or did it just happen?

Marc: This was definitely what we wanted. I think, that “Firebirth” was harder when it comes to the sound, while “Bang!” is more rocking when it comes to the songs. With Gotthard it always goes a bit in all directions. Our aim is to not get boring. We want to surprise always with unexpected and new things. This is even more important for us, since we have a broad and diverse fan base. Gotthard is always positioned somewhere between pop, rock and heavy, without belonging to only one of those areas. So we decided to do what makes fun to us. In addition to that we had with Charlie Bauerfeind also a co-producer who is more in heavy metal. This added of course new elements to our sound. He challenged us esp. with the drums and bass. Thinking e.g. about myself I can say that I moved from the melodic way of bass playing more towards a grooving bass.


MHMB: I think one example for doing what makes fun to you guys is “C’est la vie”. A song with a French title and accordion sounds. Those are really new ways and it sounds cool.

Marc: I agree. If you’re trying something new you have to stand behind it and you have to do it with full power. And since we have with Leo, Nic and Freddy three guys who are good in French it was a natural thing. Furthermore the expression is a well known one. Everybody knows what it means. The decision for the accordion was based on the lyrics. Since the song got a French title we also wanted to transport a bit of the French feeling and the accordion supports that perfectly. “C’est la vie” also shows that our approach was ‘who dares wins’. We wanted to write special songs and those have been the ones which have been ready first. Next to “C’est la vie” it was also “Thank you” and “Bang!” which are different. The last mentioned one for the reason, that we haven’t had a shuffle in this speed so far. It is almost a bit of a ZZ Top style. With “Get down” we had already the boogie style, but never that fast as we have it now with “Bang!”. “Thank you” is special since it is a ten minutes epos and we said to ourselves “we never did that so far, but why not”. Another special tune is “Spread your wings” in which we combine blues, with rock and metal. And we have with “Maybe” a duet on the album with an unknown singer. For this album we didn’t think too much, we just used the freedom to do what we think is good.


MHMB: How have you guys done the songwriting this time?

Marc: Most of the tracks have been written by Leo, Freddy and Nic. They have been in the lead for writing the new songs. One song was also written by myself. It’s the bonus track “I want it all” and will be on the digi packs. In general I can say that everybody contributes to the songwriting, but Leo and Nic always had great ideas which we than continued to work further on. Nic was also quite busy this time since he did all the lyrics himself. All went really professional. And not only the songwriting, but also the cooperation with Charlie. We had lots of fun which we of course combined with serious work. It was great to work together with someone who knows what he does.


MHMB: How did you get into contact with Charlie?

Marc: Actually we had already a loose contact with him, since he mixed “Homegrown – Live in Lugano”. So we knew each other and after briefly talking about a further cooperation and checking a few options we had the feeling that it will work out very well.


MHMB: As we talked already earlier about there is with “Maybe” a duet on the album with Nic and Melody Tibbets. Since I never heard about her before the question is how that cooperation was established?

Marc: She is really unkown. Not even myself heard her name before. In the end it was a coincident. We were looking for new voices for the background vocals and Melody was recommended to us. And when she did the backing vocals for “Maybe” she started once too early or too late with her part. Funny enough this sounded really good. All of a sudden we had the thought to try a duet. Since Nic’s and her voices fits perfect together we decided to go for the duet and give a new talent a chance.


MHMB: With Zoetermeer, Antwerp and Zuerich there are three shows coming in April. Are those warm-up shows?

Marc: We have the release show for the new album in Zuerich in April. This gig is for sure extremely important for us. That’s why we have decided to play the two warm-up shows. Next to that we promised to play a show in Antwerp since we had to cancel the last one due to illness of Nic. And due to the fact that we are then already in the Benelux we decided to add Zoetermeer. We have been there a few years ago. It’s a cool venue and a great atmosphere. That’s why we have decided to play there again.


Photo: Martin Hausler

Photo: Martin Hausler

MHMB: Do you know already more about the setlist? I guess it will be a mix between old and new.

Marc: Absolutely. We have rehearsed seven new songs for the first shows and of course some from “Firebirth”. The rest will be old songs which are a must for each show. It will be a good mix between new old and very old Gotthard tunes.

MHMB: Talking about live shows. Gotthard doesn’t play the big festivals this year. It’s more the smaller ones which you’re playing in 2014. Is that correct?

Marc: That’s right. Two years ago we did all the big festivals. This year we play a few smaller festivals and shows during spring and summer. We also go to countries where Gotthard hasn’t been that often, like Bulgaria. After those shows the focus will be on the tour in autumn through Europe. Next year will be than much more touring. We consciously took that decision to play less shows in 2014 to break a bit the album–tour–album rhythm. The plan is to play some bigger international open airs and gigs outside of Europe like South America. Hopefully there is a chance to play at least some of those shows as headliner shows.

MHMB: Talking about small nice festivals. It was two years ago when Gotthard played the Moon & Stars festival in Locarno. This was almost a home match for the band. How was this experience?

Marc: That was actually a very big thing for us, since it was the very first show with Nic as singer. Playing this show as a home match made us really nervous and we didn’t know how the reaction would be, esp. since Steve was/is of course very well known in the Tessin. It was a big show in front of 10.000 people. Things just needed to work out well and everybody was focusing on Nic. After the first 2-3 songs we realized the really positive reactions we got and from that moment on it became a fantastic show.

MHMB: Marc, thanks for spending time for the interview and the open answers. I’m looking forward to see you guys in Zoetermeer.

Marc: Great. Thanks for having me and see you on the road.

Photo: Martin Hausler

Photo: Martin Hausler


CD review KROKUS "Long stick goes boom (Live from the house of rust)"

Veröffentlicht am 21. März 2014 von Markus W. in Krokus, Hardrock, CD Review, News, Heavy Metal

(8/10) You almost could say – spring time, Krokus time. The Swiss hardrockers are back with a new live album. One year ago the band released their latest album “Dirty dynamite” and went on tour for promoting. The show which was recorded for the album took place in Kofmehl, Solothurn on August 30 last year. Home match. In the total discography of the band the current live record is the third one the band releases.

A view on the tracklist shows, that the show was focusing on newer material like the awesome “Hoodoo woman” and tracks from the latest release (e.g. “Hallelujah rock’n’roll”). Next to those Krokus played the old classics like “Screaming in the night” from “Headhunter” – the best album the band ever released. But also tunes like “American woman” and “Bedside radio” found their way on the setlist. “Long stick goes boom”, one of the bands biggest successes gave the live record even the name. This time Krokus avoided all the songs from the late 80's and the 90's. Sad or not - it's a fact.

The sound of the album is very good. It is a warm and rocking sound, which the album got.  Marc's smoky vocals are still great and the guitars are screaming. All this gives a pure rock’n’roll feeling.  It seems that overdubs have been used very limited. Additionally the  CD seems to reflect the great atmosphere of the show in a good way. It makes fun to listen to the journey through the Krokus discography.

Since the live album is only number 3 in the long history of the band it’s worth to go for it. Secondly it’s good to hear the new songs live. They gained compared to the studio releases (which have been good already).

All in all a live release which fits perfect into the spring time. Not only due to the name. The  remaining question is: how about a live DVD?





  1. Long stick goes boom
  2. Hallelujah rock’n’roll
  3. Go baby go
  4. American woman
  5. Tokyo nights
  6. Fire
  7. Medley: Rock city, Better than sex, Dög song
  8. Screaming in the night
  9. Hellraiser
  10. Bedside radio
  11. Easy rocker
  12. Heatstrokes
  13. Live for the action
  14. Hoodoo woman


Label: Sony Music

Genre: Hardrock

CD review KROKUS "Long stick goes boom (Live from the house of rust)"

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Veröffentlicht am 21. März 2014 von Markus W. in News


CD review MÄRVEL "Hadal zone express"

Veröffentlicht am 21. März 2014 von Markus W. in Märvel, Classic Rock, Hardrock, CD Review, News

(7/10) The Beagle Boys started a band? No, not really. Yhe men behind the masks aren't from Duckburg. They are actually from Linköping, Sweden. John Steen, Ulrik Bostedt and Tony Samuelsson founded Märvel in 2002 during a exchange program.

When it comes to the image of the band a lot of things are slightly different - or unique. The masks became almost a kind of trademark for the band. For me bit childish, but however. The names like The King, The Vicar and The Burgher are also unusual and some story are also a bit crazy. The King describes the title "Hadal Zone Express" as their version of "Highway to hell", which is "a fast paced rollercoaster down into the darkest realms of Hades". Hmmmm, OK. 

Regardless if you like all those gimmicks or not, the music is good. Mainly influenced by the 70's glam rock the songs have a high entertainment factor. Already the short 1:22 long opener with its piano parts makes just fun to listen to. Actually the song tranpsorts so much energy that you just want to move. You could almost believe that the album has also a song which picks up a big topic in Germany at the moment - "Black money". The high pace track is a cool rock'n'roller which for sure will become a highlight of each show. Another track which fits to this pattern is the blazing fast "Danish rush". The riffy tune just shakes your body. There are also slower songs on the album. One example is the grooving "Until the sun comes to wake. The tune has a galloping beat and a gorgeous melody. When it comes to "Dead rock'n'roller" I'm happy that nomen isn't omen. The song is very much alive and could come from the Rocky Horror Picture Show.

All in all "Hadal zone express" is a great album for all fans of 70's (glam) rock. T-Rex and the early Kiss are recognisable and find a revival in the songs from Märvel. Spring time music.





  1. Baptism
  2. Dead rock'n'roller
  3. Hadal zone express
  4. Black money
  5. Long overdue
  6. Until the sun comes to wake
  7. Danish rush
  8. Remember
  9. Yesterday (is just another day)
  10. My reward
  11. Forgettable


Label: Killer Cobra Records

Genre: Hardrock


CD review MÄRVEL "Hadal zone express"
Photo: Band Promo

Photo: Band Promo


Cover from the coming TRIPTYKON album

Veröffentlicht am 20. März 2014 von Markus W. in Triptykon, News, Death Metal, Thrash Metal

Triptykon from Switzerland reveled the cover of the coming album "Melana chasmata". Here it is.


In addition we have the tracklist:

1. Tree Of Suffocating Souls (7:54)

2. Boleskine House (7:11)

3. Altar Of Deceit (7:31)

4. Breathing (5:47)

5. Aurorae (6:13)

6. Demon Pact (6:06)

7. In The Sleep Of Death (8:09)

8. Black Snow (12:24)

9. Waiting (5:54) 





Cover from the coming TRIPTYKON album

New TANKARD album

Veröffentlicht am 20. März 2014 von Markus W. in Tankard, Thrash Metal, News

Are you interested in the cover of the new Tankard album? Here comes a first part :o) Release date is June 20st via Nuclear Blast.

New TANKARD album

VADER reveals new album cover

Veröffentlicht am 20. März 2014 von Markus W. in Vader, Death Metal, News

Polish thrash/death metal band Vader revealed the cover of the coming album "Tibi et Ingi". Three years after "Welcome to the morbid Reich" the band returns with a new disc. Release date will be May 30st. Stay tuned.



01. Go To Hell
02. Where Angels Weep
03. Armada On Fire
04. Triumph Of Death
05. Hexenkessel
06. Abandon All Hope
07. Worms Of Eden
08. The Eye Of The Abyss
09. Light Reaper
10. The End

Digipak Bonus:
11. Necropolis
12. Des Satans Neue Kleider

Bonus 7“ Vinyl Version:
Side A: 01. Necropolis
Side B: 01. Przeklęty Na Wieki (Cursed Eternally)

VADER reveals new album cover

CD review GUNPOWDER GRAY "Gunpowder gray"

Veröffentlicht am 20. März 2014 von Markus W. in Gunpowder Gray, Guns'n'Roses, Hardrock, Sleaze Rock, CD Review, News

(7/10) Early in the morning after a short night. Can you imagine this situation? You have a big need for some coffee in order to get some energy into your body. I have another option for you. Gunpowder Gray. They pump adrenaline into your body.

Honestly I never heard about them earlier. When I got the CD I wasn't expecting a lot. This changed immediately after I have heard the first notes. Gunpowder Gray is mainly Nate Godbee (v) and Adam Besserer (g). Both normally play in the Atlanta based death metal band Disfigurement. But obviously they have also a passion for bluesy sleaze rock, since Gunpowder Gray plays exactly this kind of music. The two guys paired with three local musicians and worked on the debut album (with 7 songs proabably more an EP than a full-length record).

The songs are amazing. The band mentions in the info sheet Black Sabbath and Pentagram as their inspiration, but the result sounds more like straight forward energetic sleaze rock / hardrock. The vocal remind very much to Axl Rose in the early days. But it is not only a copy of Guns'n'Roses, since the album comes also with the simplicity and power of punk rock. A bit like the last releases of Skid Row. This combination makes the songs sound really cool. Almost half an hour of hardrock without compromisses and with a lot of street credibility is what to expect from "Gunpowder Gray".  To highlight certain tracks would not be fair since they are all good. But if I have to chose one or two highlights I would say: listen to the opener "Gunpowder gray"  and the fast and furious "Cut me out" - or grooving "Saints".

If you always waited for a good successor of Guns'n'Roses "Appetite for destruction" - here it is. Enjoy the party.



1. Gunpowder Gray
2. Cummin' My Way
3. Outta Sight
4. Under the Gun
5. Dancing With Death
6. Cut Me Out
7. Saints


Label: Boris Records

Genre: Hardrock

Photo: Promotion
Photo: Promotion

Photo: Promotion


Tour dates AMARANTHE

Veröffentlicht am 19. März 2014 von Markus W. in Amaranthe, Heavy Metal, News, Tour

Here are the Amaranthe tour dates for spring and summer this year:

03.19.2014 - Underground - Cologne, Germany
03.21.2014 - Rockstar - Bilbao, Spain
03.22.2014 - Arena - Madrid, Spain
03.23.2014 - Salamandra - Barcelona, Spain
03.25.2014 - Z7/Gallery - Pratteln, Switzerland
03.26.2014 - Live Club - Milano, Italy
03.27.2014 - Garage Club - Bellinzona, Switzerland
03.28.2014 - Kaminwerk - Memmingen, Germany
03.29.2014 - Backstage - Munich, Germany
03.30.2014 - Szene - Vienna, Austria
04.01.2014 - Club 202 - Budapest, Hungary
04.02.2014 - Nova Chemlnice - Prague, Czech Republic
04.03.2014 - Parkschänke - Limbach, Germany
04.04.2014 - Lido - Berlin, Germany
04.05.2014 - 02 Academy Islington - London, United Kingdom
04.06.2014 - RoFa - Ludwigsburg, Germany
04.09.2014 - Slade Rooms - Wolverhamption, United Kingdom
04.11.2014 - Rescue Rooms - Nottingham, United Kingdom
04.12.2014 - Le Forum - Paris, France
05.24.2014 - Metallsvenskan - Örebro, Sweden
06.08.2014 - Underwall Festival - Zadar, Croatia
08.09.2014 - Rockpod Kamenom - Snina, Slovakia
08.14.2014 - Rockstad: Falun - Falun, Sweden
08.17.2014 - Made of Metal - Hodonin, Czech Republic
09.05.2014 - John Dee - Oslo, Norway
09.06.2014 - Brynerocken - Bryne, Norge 
09.27.2014 - Bingo Entertainment - Kiev, Ukraine
Photo: Ville Juurikkala

Photo: Ville Juurikkala


CD review THE GRAVIATORS " Motherload"

Veröffentlicht am 19. März 2014 von Markus W. in The Graviators, Stoner Rock, Doom Metal, News, CD Review

(7/10) This is one of the albums where the cover might mislead you in your expectations, esp. if you haven't heard about the band before. I had this with the new record of The Graviators. They are new for me, eventhough they started the band already in 2009. "Motherload" is their third album.

The cover actually reminds me to a Walt Disney movie, while the guys from Sweden play doom metal, with a hugh Black Sabbath influence. But the songs also have a stoner touch. This is a real discrepence and I don't know who advised them to use this cover. But maybe it's only me looking on this that way. Could be.

Beside the cover I must say that the music convinced me. The first thing which I noticed was the warm and organic sound of the record. It has a lot of the Seventies vibe and fits really good. The two highlights for me are the epical "Lost lord" and "Druid's ritual". The last mentioned one is not really new. It is a re-recording from the 2011 split EP and it's worth to be on the album. Starting with a relaxed guitar sound the first riff takes over pretty soon. What makes the song intersting is, that the band manages to keep the tension in the track. They do this mainly with breaks and solo parts which are almost like jam sessions. "Lost lord" follows a bit of the same pattern, but reminds me in some part even to the Doors. "Drowned in leafs" is another songs which I like. Eventhough the tune is build on a heavy riff the songs has also its accoustical and almost fragile moments. The end of the song reminds me from the musical point of view a bit to Monster Magnet.

In total the nine tracks which gives you 75 minutes of cool doom rock which are worth to give it a try.





  1. Leif's last breath - dance of the Vlakyrie
  2. Narrow minded bastards
  3. Bed of bitches
  4. Tigress of Sibiria
  5. Lost lord
  6. Corpauthority
  7. Drowned in leaves
  8. Eagles rising
  9. Druid's ritual


Label: Napalm Records

Genre: Doom- / Stoner Rock


CD review THE GRAVIATORS " Motherload"

CD review AMBERJACKS "Amberjacks"

Veröffentlicht am 19. März 2014 von Markus W. in Amberjacks, Psychadelic Rock, Stoner Rock, Alternative Rock, CD Review, News

(7/10) Amberjacks. Never heard about them? Me too.

Amberjacks is a band from the south of The Netherlands. Their homebase is in Maastricht and that’s where they founded the band in 2012. In autumn 2013 the band started to record their debut album which is called “Amberjacks”. The four guys play psychedelic rock. That’s how they describe their music.

The album, which was released already in February this year, was recorded in the Moon Music Studio and contains ten song – actually it’s nine songs and an intro. After I listened to the first song “The manic” I thought, that this album will not really convince me. For me it the song sounds complex in the sense that fragments have been put together which doesn’t really support the flow of the song. That’s my opinion.

BUT, that is the only negative thing I can say. All the other songs really surprised me. They are a mix out of psychotic rock, garage rock and some grunge elements. Already the pounding “Sweet summer rain” makes a difference. Powerful with some classic rock influences the song is quite different from “The manic”. When “Black water” started I was immediately thinking about Metallica in their “Load” period. “Return of the Obeah man” is an atmospheric tune which is slow and relaxed in the verse before it gets heavy in the chorus. The closer “High speed love” has almost a singer-songwriter touch, esp. in the acoustic verse. Slow and easy the song rolls into your ear channel. So, real cool songs, except the opener.

The production is warm and solid. There is probably still a bit more potential when it comes to the sound. For me it could be a bit clearer. But however, it fits to this kind of music.

“Amberjacks” became an amazingly cool album which convinces with the variety and the passion for the songs. Worth to listen to.





  1. Prologue
  2. The manic
  3. Sweet summer ain
  4. Black water
  5. Catch ‘em alive
  6. The river’s own
  7. Return of the obeah man
  8. Castle on the sky
  9. Nation on fire
  10. High speed love


Label: Unsigned

Genre: Psychedelic Rock

CD review AMBERJACKS "Amberjacks"
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