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HIGHER POWER Release New Single ‘Stillpoint’ Feat. Never Ending Game

Alternative rock quintet HIGHER POWER have revealed a new single titled ‘Stillpoint‘, that sees them tap into their hardcore roots with a bruising feature from NEVER ENDING GAME. The new single lands just in time for the bands appearance at Outbreak Festival this month.

Vocalist Jimmy Wizard comments: “Old school HP rocker for the mosh pit freaks, Mikey from Never Ending Game making the middle 8 harder than I could ever make it sound, keep on rocking in the free world 💕”

Stream ‘Stillpoint’ on all platforms now at:

https://higherpower.bfan.link/stillpoint

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SIMONE SIMONS Releases Video For Second Solo Single ‘In Love We Rust’

SIMONE SIMONS of EPICA fame has revealed the video for the second single to be taken from her debut solo album, Vermillion, that is set for release on the 23rd August via Nuclear Blast Records. Written alongside ARJEN LUCASSEN (AYREON), the new single is titled ‘In Love We Rust’.

SIMONE SIMONS & ARJEN LUCASSEN comment:

The video was filmed in just one take to keep it as pure and raw as possible. We opted to keep it in black and white so as not to distract from the song or the performance.
In Love We Rust is quite different from our first single Aeterna, which shows how diverse this album is. This is one of our favourite songs. We hope you love this as much as we do.

Watch the video for ‘In Love We Rust’ now at: https://youtu.be/45SP4O2PcJs

Pre-order and pre-save Vermillion now at:

https://simonesimons.bfan.link/vermillion

About SIMONE SIMONS:

For more than 20 years, ever since she was a teenager, SIMONE SIMONS has been carving her own path as a woman within the world of metal. As a lead singer, icon, and role model for a whole generation of female metalheads, the Epica lead singer remains one of the most prominent key figures in all things metal. After eight albums and countless global tours with her band, SIMONE SIMONS finally found the time to release her first solo album – a moment 15 years in the making! Her breathtaking debut Vermillion is a stunning feat chronicling her storied past as well as her rise to fame, and showcasing her many different influences ranging from prog rock to film scores to metal to electronic elements.

Of the timing for her eagerly awaited foray into the realms of a solo career, the Dutch singer says with a disarming grin: Epica has my priority and I always have the liberty to do other musical projects besides my career in Epica. Yet, I never had the time to dive into a project to this extent.

Some endeavors require patience and time, and rightly so. Simone chose not to rush her solo project, opting instead to thoughtfully consider how she wanted to present herself. Enter stage right Arjen Lucassen (AYREON). Her musical partner and longtime collaborator is no stranger to her soaring operatic voice. Together they have crafted a sonic universe that befits the influential figure she is. And while many would use their solo effort as a radical, even provocative departure from everything they stood for, SIMONE remains true to her love for epic melodies, huge choruses and monumental, intelligent music.

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SIMONE SIMONS Announces Debut Solo Album VERMILLION + Releases First Single ‘Aeterna’

SIMONE SIMONS has been a pioneering force within the world of metal for over two decades as part of EPICA. Now, alongside her musical partner and longtime collaborator, ARJEN LUCASSEN (AYREON), she embarks on the journey of her debut solo record, Vermillion.

ARJEN is no stranger to SIMONE‘s soaring operatic voice, one that can stir even a gargoyle’s stone heart to tears. Together they have crafted a sonic universe that befits the influential figure she is. Vermillion emerges as a gargantuan goose-bump generator, a universally touching, stellar tour de force. Vermillion will be released on the 23rd August via Nuclear Blast Records.

Alongside the announcement of her debut solo record, SIMONE has released a video for the album’s first single, ‘Aeterna’. You can watch the video for ‘Aeterna’ now at: https://youtu.be/QYwb3FTH_z0

SIMONE and ARJEN state:
“Aeterna is the big, epic opener of the album and it comes with this amazing video too, directed by Patric Ullaeus. It definitely sounds the closest to Epica and Ayreon, blending powerful Latin lyrics with a touch of an oriental feel. We’ve tried to strike a balance between the mighty, bombastic sounds and the more atmospheric parts.Since it’s the first track people will hear from this album, it’s super important to us and we’re really excited for people to hear it!

Aeterna takes the point of view of a star about to go supernova to explore how everything in the universe is interconnected, like a cosmic web made from stardust. It deals our deep emotions, consciousness and other mysteries of life that science still can’t fully explain. Essentially it’s a reflection on our place in the vast universe and the connections that bind us together, as we’re all, to quote Carl Sagan, “made of starstuff.”

Pre-order and pre-save Vermillion now at:

https://simonesimons.bfan.link/vermillion

About SIMONE SIMONS:

For more than 20 years, ever since she was a teenager, SIMONE SIMONS has been carving her own path as a woman within the world of metal. As a lead singer, icon, and role model for a whole generation of female metalheads, the Epica lead singer remains one of the most prominent key figures in all things metal. After eight albums and countless global tours with her band, SIMONE SIMONS finally found the time to release her first solo album – a moment 15 years in the making! Her breathtaking debut Vermillion is a stunning feat chronicling her storied past as well as her rise to fame, and showcasing her many different influences ranging from prog rock to film scores to metal to electronic elements.

Of the timing for her eagerly awaited foray into the realms of a solo career, the Dutch singer says with a disarming grin: Epica has my priority and I always have the liberty to do other musical projects besides my career in Epica. Yet, I never had the time to dive into a project to this extent.

Some endeavors require patience and time, and rightly so. Simone chose not to rush her solo project, opting instead to thoughtfully consider how she wanted to present herself. Enter stage right Arjen Lucassen (AYREON). Her musical partner and longtime collaborator is no stranger to her soaring operatic voice. Together they have crafted a sonic universe that befits the influential figure she is. And while many would use their solo effort as a radical, even provocative departure from everything they stood for, SIMONE remains true to her love for epic melodies, huge choruses and monumental, intelligent music.

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LUCIFER Release Single ‘I Would Follow You Babe’ Feat. GRAVEYARD’S Joakim Nilsson

LUCIFER Release Single ‘I Would Follow You Babe’ Feat. GRAVEYARD’S Joakim Nilsson

The Song Will Be The Official Anthem
Of Mystic Festival 2024

Heavy rock megalith LUCIFER has teamed up with GRAVEYARD‘s Joakim Nilsson to record an English cover version of Polish rock evergreen ‘Poszlabym za toba‘ by the band Breakout, which was originally released in 1969. The song ‘I Would Follow You Babe‘ will serve as the official festival anthem of MYSTIC FESTIVAL 2024, Poland’s biggest metal festival, which is located at the scenic shipyard of Gdansk.

LUCIFER played an unforgettable show at Mystic Festival in 2023. The group’s music is an elegant tribute to the golden era of hard rock and heavy metal and the big crowd in attendance couldn’t get enough of it last year. Their friend Joakim Nilsson, frontman of the Swedish band GRAVEYARD, provides guest vocals on the track. GRAVEYARD are grand masters of psychedelic, gloomy hard rock – which they will prove once again at this year’s edition of Mystic Festival on June 7th. Both bands have recently released internationally acclaimed new albums , Lucifer V and Graveyard 6.

Picking a song from Breakout‘s repertoire has a symbolic meaning for Polish metal fans. The band was led by Tadeusz Nalepa who is considered one of the pioneers of hard rock in Poland and can therefore be called the forefather of heavy metal in that country.

LUCIFER‘s Johanna Sadonis commented:

It’s been an honour and great fun to take on this Polish classic together with Jocke for Mystic Festival. Nicke totally nailed it, making the song a very groovy Lucifer number. Jocke’s voice fits Lucifer extremely well and totally went into some sort of galactic overdrive. He killed it! I just sort of eased back into a lower register, lacing myself around the boys’ work, purposely taking a backseat here. I think this single turned out fantastic and makes me look extremely forward to this year’s festival season! Can’t wait to be back at Mystic festival again soon, too!

I Would Follow You Babe‘ by LUCIFER feat. Joakim Nilsson (GRAVEYARD) will be released as a 7-inch single (gatefold) in a limited edition of 666 copies – to be purchased only at Mystic Festival 2024.

You can listen to ‘I Would Follow You Babefeat. Joakim Nilsson here:
https://lucifer.bfan.link/iwfoyb

Watch The Video For ‘I Would Follow You Babefeat. Joakim Nilsson here:
https://youtu.be/XTDFCQxM-Os

Visit LUCIFER at:
www.lucifer.church

Visit GRAVEYARD at:
facebook.com/graveyardofficial
instagram.com/graveyardmusic

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BATTLE BEAST Release New Live Single ‘Master Of Illusion (Live In Helsinki 2023)’

BATTLE BEAST Release New Live Single

‘Master Of Illusion (Live In Helsinki 2023)’

Exciting news from Finnish metal masters BATTLE BEAST!
The band is happy to release their new live single ‘Master of Illusion (Live in Helsinki 2023)‘ including the live video. After releasing their latest studio album Circus of Doom in 2022, BATTLE BEAST have proved what a force they are live and thus underpinned the success of the album even further. This version of ‘Master of Illusion‘ was recorded on January 27th, 2023 at their sold-out headline show in front of over 3000 people at the Helsinki Ice Hall, and clearly shows why the band is captivating more and more people.

Vocalist Noora Louhimo quotes excited:

We are beyond excited to share with you this live single, celebrating Circus of Doom and our fans around the world. Our tour this year is the last chance to witness this spectacle live before we close this chapter and move on to the next. Hope to see you all on the road!

Watch the new live video for ‘Master of Illusion (Live In Helsinki 2023)‘ here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qzz_a4VfDfo

Stream ‘Master of Illusion (Live In Helsinki 2023)‘ on all platforms now at: https://battlebeast.bfan.link/moils

BATTLE BEAST – ‘Master of Illusion (Live In Helsinki 2023)’`

Since their 2011 debut album Steel, Battle Beast have achieved over 250 million digital streams. Alongside the huge #1 successes of their last four albums in the album charts of their home country, Finland, their last album Circus Of Doom (2022) reached a remarkable #9 in German album charts.

Get Circus of Doomin the format of your choice, here:

https://bfan.link/circusofdoom

BATTLE BEAST is:
Noora Louhimo | vocals
Eero Sipilä | bass
Joona Björkroth | guitars
Juuso Soinio | guitars
Janne Björkroth | keyboards
Pyry Vikki | drums

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IN FLAMES Announce Anniversary Vinyl Re-Issues Of LUNAR STRAIN, COLONY, SOUNDTRACK TO YOUR ESCAPE & SIREN CHARMS

IN FLAMES Announce Anniversary Vinyl Re-Issues Of LUNAR STRAIN, COLONY, SOUNDTRACK TO YOUR ESCAPE & SIREN CHARMSFor July 19th

IN FLAMES and NUCLEAR BLAST RECORDS are happy to announce exclusive anniversary vinyl re-issues of the band's beloved classic albums Lunar Strain (30th anniversary), Colony (25th anniversary), Soundtrack To Your Escape (20th anniversary) and Siren Charms (10th anniversary), all of which have been out of print and in high demand. The new editions are scheduled to be released on July 19th, 2024.

2023 marked the beginning of a new era for IN FLAMES with the release of the band's fourteenth studio album Foregone– a new masterpiece from a band whose creative output changed the course and direction of modern metal. The year also marked the re-issue of four seminal titles from the band’s extensive catalogue, namely A Sense of Purpose (2008) (15th Anniversary Edition), Reroute to Remain (2002), Come Clarity (2006), and Sounds of a Playground Fading (2011).

To continue the upwards tide, 2024 marks the re-issue of four more influential titles. The 2024 reissues feature all original art with a few, careful touch-ups. All releases have been re-mastered specific for vinyl by Justin Shturtz at the legendary Sterling Sound Studio in Nashville, Tennessee. Featuring different colourways, all records will be pressed on heavyweight 180g vinyl and will feature the instantly recognisable etching of the Jesterhead logo on side D (ex. Lunar Strain & Colony).

PRE-ORDER YOUR COPIES NOW: https://inflames.bfan.link/vinyl

Local Pre-order to follow.

ABOUT IN FLAMES

IN FLAMES are one of the biggest metal bands in the world – never shying away from pushing their artistic boundaries, crafting music that's as catchy as it is crushing. Formed in 1990, the band is considered one of the forefathers of melodic death metal and the purveyors of the ‘Gothenburg sound'. With now fourteen studio albums under their belt, countless successful tours around the globe playing with the likes of Black Sabbath, Metallica, Iron Maiden, Megadeth, Judas Priest and Slayer – with millions of records sold and a massive fanbase worldwide, IN FLAMES have proven to be an unstoppable force. From their 1994 debut Lunar Strain onwards, the band's intricate twin guitar attack, melodic vocals and superb arrangements have given them a signature sound that has evolved throughout the years.

IN FLAMES are
Anders Fridén | Vocals
Björn Gelotte | Guitar / Vocals
Chris Broderick | Guitar
Tanner Wayne | Drums
Liam Wilson | Bass

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PALLBEARER Release Second Single ‘Endless Place’ From Eagerly Awaited New Album, MIND BURNS ALIVE

PALLBEARER Release Second Single Endless Place From Eagerly Awaited New Album, MIND BURNS ALIVE

PALLBEARER have released a second song from their highly-anticipated new album, Mind Burns Alive (May 17, Nuclear Blast Records), with today’s arrival of the deeply moving ‘Endless Place,’ complemented by a visually striking black-and-white companion video.

Endless Place,’ which features the band’s first ever musical collaboration (a saxophone solo from Norman Williamson of Amasa Hines), encapsulates the thematic essence of the album, as described by Brett Campbell: “These are vignettes which tell the stories of people who deal with myriad sicknesses of the spirit. These are illnesses communicated by the world we live in, and the subjects are the symptoms of its disease.” The dreamlike scenario that enfolds in ‘Endless Place,’ both lyrically and musically, is one focused on a sense of being lost, disjointed, trapped by unease and confusion.

LISTEN TO ‘ENDLESS PLACE’:
https://pallbearer.bfan.link/endless-place.ema

PRE-ORDER/PRE-SAVE MIND BURNS ALIVE:
https://pallbearer.bfan.link/mind-burns-alive

WATCH THE OFFICIAL VIDEO FOR ‘ENDLESS PLACE’:
https://youtu.be/2bA3ygVT0q4

Five years in the making, with recording initially slated for 2020, and thwarted yet again in 2022, it was 2023 that saw the band members living locally to one another in Little Rock for the first time in nine years. As a group, they self-produced the album in their own, newly constructed studio (Idlewild Audio) and at Fellowship Hall Sound. Reflecting on this, bassist/vocalist Joseph D. Rowland remarked, “It’s ironic given that the album is largely centered around isolation, but it felt like it summoned us into being back together again in one town, after so long apart.

Album pre-orders, which include limited-edition vinyl, CD and digital, are available now: https://pallbearer.bfan.link/mind-burns-alive

PALLBEARER – Mind Burns Alive
Release Date: 17 May 2024
LP | CD | Digital Album

1. Where The Light Fades
2. Mind Burns Alive
3. Signals
4. Endless Place
5. Daybreak
6. With Disease

PALLBEARER is Brett Campbell (vocals/electric guitar/synthesizer), Devin Holt (electric and acoustic guitar/vocals), Mark Lierly (drums/percussion) and Joseph D. Rowland (vocals/bass guitar/synthesizer).

The Little Rock, Arkansas based band formed in 2008 and have since released four albums: Forgotten Days (2020), Heartless(2017), Foundations of Burden (2014), and Sorrow and Extinction (2012). In their review of Forgotten Days, Pitchfork described the foursome’s music as “soaring majesty on an album that find a new way forward by refining their past,” Stereogum dubbed the collection as “warm and melodic and comforting,” while Revolver said the songs are “sweeping and melancholic” living “between the majesty of vintage Black Sabbath and the morbid romanticism of Type O Negative.” Decibel, who have featured the band on their cover multiple times, declaring the band’s unique musical vision as “intense, emotional thunder.

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BLEED FROM WITHIN Release Video For ‘Killing Time’

BLEED FROM WITHIN Release Video For ‘Killing Time’

Bleed From Within have had an extraordinary couple of years. In April they’ll be hitting the road for a month-long USA and Canada tour with The Ghost Inside, Paleface and Great American Ghost, and are also looking ahead to a string of summer festival appearances including their Hellfest debut, Download Festival and Graspop, plus a couple of German shows with Shadow Of Intent, The Acacia Strain and Fuming Mouth. Not to mention that they’ll be capping off this year in the finest way by playing as special guests to Slipknot across the UK and Europe, for Slipknot‘s ‘Here Comes The Pain‘ tour celebrating the Iowan’s 25th anniversary.

Today, Bleed From Within have released an immense, high-energy video for their track ‘Killing Time‘ made up of some touring highlights from the past few months. ‘Killing Time‘ has become a set-list favourite throughout their recent runs, the track coming from their latest studio album Shrine.

Watch the video for ‘Killing Time‘ here: https://youtu.be/390LnQOz3MY

Stream/order the Shrine Deluxe Edition:

https://bleedfromwithin.bfan.link/shrine-deluxe.ema

Get the local physical versions of ‘Shine’ here:https://shorturl.at/pwPY2

Ali Richardson stated:
“As we approach the end of the Shrine cycle, we’ve been looking back at everything that we’ve achieved with this release. It has been a truly amazing couple of years, taking us thousands of miles around the world. The perfect set up to the next chapter of our band. The lyrics for Killing Time are personal, but I hope that the clear message about making the most of the time we have left will resonate with those reading them. The song always stood out to us and our fans, so it has been great to give it a place in our live set and celebrate it with this video. Shot and edited by our close friend and long-time videographer/photographer Tom Armstrong, we hope you enjoy this montage as much as we do. A true celebration of the bands journey over the last couple of years!”

Bleed From Within racked up some impressive tour dates last year, including the Lamb Of God Headbangers Boat cruise, following on from a colossal summer run which took in both headline shows, performances with Heaven Shall Burn and festival appearances at the likes of Brutal Assault (Czech Republic), Summer Breeze (Germany) and Alcatraz (Belgium), finishing up with a 13-date tour supporting Trivium across the UK. This was allon top of a hugely successful debut American tour earlier in the year with August Burns Red and The Devil Wears Prada.

In November of last year Bleed From Within released the Shrine Deluxe Edition. Their stunning latest studio album Shrinewasreleased in summer 2022, marking the band’s most groundbreaking work to-date and staking out Bleed From Within‘s bold intent. The Scottish 5-piece claimed their position as the most exciting prospect in modern metal.

Stream/order the Shrine Deluxe Edition:

https://bleedfromwithin.bfan.link/shrine-deluxe.ema

Get the physical versions of ‘Shine’ here:https://shorturl.at/pwPY2

Watch the ‘Overthrone‘ lyric video: https://youtu.be/BfauvGS5FaU

Watch the visualizer for ‘The Will to Resist‘:https://youtu.be/YqKPB4bvyL8

Steven Jones from the bandstated,
”Upon releasing ‘Shrine’ in June 2022, it’s safe to say that none of us expected what the following months would bring. It’s been a hell of a year, with our most rigorous touring schedule yet putting us in places we’ve dreamed of since we started the band. This era of Bleed From Within is something we have worked so hard toward, and in this moment we are extremely grateful to all those who have made it possible. To all of our fans who fill the rooms and sing the words, to the team behind the scenes who keep the cogs moving on tour, in the studio and everywhere between, and to the creative minds that help us bring our music to life – thank you. 17 months since its original release, we are so proud to now present this limited and deluxe edition of ‘Shrine’, featuring all of the songs that were recorded during the sessions. Here’s to the months and years ahead!”

More from Shrine:
Temple Of Lunacy‘ visualizer: https://youtu.be/dB4arT5XN_Y
Flesh And Stone’ official music video: https://youtu.be/NF6tw5XQFSM
‘Stand Down’ official music video: https://youtu.be/kJDMOvGYVqE
‘Levitate’ official music video: https://youtu.be/BGKS3mW2XPM
‘I Am Damnation‘ official music video: https://youtu.be/swF5fiPdONo
Killing Time‘ official music video: https://youtu.be/390LnQOz3MY

Bleed From Within have been to hell and back, but they are no strangers to enduring hardship. When a global pandemic threatened to shut down their plans, the Glaswegians collectively raised five middle fingers and pressed on. It’s no surprise that this unstoppable riff machine continues to crush forward at such a frantic pace – there’s no putting the breaks on the heaviest band to ever emerge from Scotland.

The band’s reputation as one of the most formidable forces in modern metal has earned them tour slots with Megadeth, Lamb Of God, Testament and Heaven Shall Burn, to name just a few. The last few years has seen them dominate the UK live scene and take Europe and America by storm.

Shrine has taken the most graft to put together of any record in their catalogue, challenging their self-perception on both personal and technical levels – the culmination of two years hard work that embodies their artistic might. Armed with the learnings of evolving their sound over the last decade without ever losing sight of their DIY roots, this is Bleed From Within at their very best. There’s no denying the band’s inevitable next steps are world domination, with Shrinea turning point moment.

Bleed From Within are:
Scott Kennedy – Vocals
Craig Gowans – Lead Guitar
Steven Jones – Rhythm Guitar & Vocals
David Provan – Bass
Ali Richardson – Drums

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CROWNSHIFT Release New Single And Video ‘My Prison’

CROWNSHIFT Release New Single And Video
‘My Prison’

A few weeks ago, high-profile modern metal band CROWNSHIFT has announced the release date and details of its eagerly awaited self-titled debut album, which is due out on May 10th, 2024 via Nuclear Blast Records.

Today, the band that’s currently one of Finland’s hottest new music exports is proud to unleash a new single called ‘My Prison‘, which showcases a more atmospheric side of CROWNSHIFT richly adorned with divine guitar leads and – yet again – an absolute ear worm of a chorus!

A studio session music video has been recorded and is being released alongside the single. Check it out below.

PRE-ORDER/PRE-SAVE CROWNSHIFT’S DEBUT ALBUM:
https://crownshift.bfan.link/cslp

LISTEN TO ‘MY PRISON’:
https://crownshift.bfan.link/mpsg

WATCH THE OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO FOR ‘MY PRISON’:
https://youtu.be/AB5ECKcIb9c



CROWNSHIFT – Crownshift
Release Date: 10 May 2024
LP | CD | Digital Album

01. Stellar Halo
02. Rule The Show
03. A World Beyond Reach
04. If You Dare
05. My Prison
06. The Devil’s Drug
07. Mirage
08. To The Other Side

Born as the long-time idea of four friends, CROWNSHIFT are a new high standing crossover metal act from Finland. The members, who come from the ranks of Finland’s finest metal exports, are thrilled to start a new journey together and spread their authentic sonic print across the globe.

Seamlessly covering a diversity of styles, the quartet has a unique signature to their modern sound. Hypnotizing melodies paired with ripping riffs, from moody mid-tempo songs to fierce prog-death-metal opuses, CROWNSHIFT were born to be master of all trades.

Their forthcoming self-titled debut album consists of eight contemporary melodic death metal anthems with a progressive edge and captivating choruses for the ages. CROWNSHIFT‘s members are or have been involved in some of Finlands most renowned and universally beloved metal bands, including NIGHTWISH, CHILDREN OF BODOM, WINTERSUN and MYGRAIN, and it shows. On their first album CROWNSHIFT have managed to combine their collective experiences and have crafted a modern metal masterpiece that sounds distinctively Finnish and offers stellar songwriting and excellent production.

Keep your eyes peeled for teasers and further announcements and make sure to follow CROWNSHIFT on their socials to stay up-to-date.

Photo: Pekka Keränen

CROWNSHIFT IS:
Tommy Tuovinen: Vocals
Daniel Freyberg: Guitar, Backing Vocals
Jukka Koskinen: Bass
Heikki Saari: Drums

CROWNSHIFT online:
https://linktr.ee/crownshiftofficial
https://www.facebook.com/crownshiftofficial
https://www.instagram.com/crownshiftofficial
https://www.tiktok.com/@crownshiftofficial
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