Apocalyptica @ Arena Riga, Latvia

April 1st, 2014
by Metal-Rules.com UK Team

Apocalyptica

@ Arena Riga, Latvia
22nd March, 2014

Review by Anna Dumpe
Photography by Oskars Kupse

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Apocalyptica

Smaller European countries like Latvia, Lithuania or Estonia don’t always seem to get as many exciting bands passing through to perform, but when they do, it’s sure not a thing to miss out on.

Back in 2013 Latvian rock fans were pleased to find out that Finnish rockers Apocalyptica will be packing up their cellos and stopping by to play a show in Riga. To make such news even more exciting Apocalyptica announced that they will be bringing along Avanti! Chamber Orchestra.

On an evening of March 22nd, 2014 we had the opportunity and privilege to be nowhere else but Riga and experience the magic of heavy metal meeting classical music for ourselves. Read the rest of this entry »

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Interview with Nick Calpakdjian, creator of Metal Down Under

March 30th, 2014
by J P

Interview with Nick Calpakdjian
Creator of Metal Down Under

A documentary film about the Australian Metal scene

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Crystal Ball – original member/guitarist Scott Leach

March 30th, 2014
by Anders Sandvall

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Original member/guitarist Scott Leach – Crystal Ball

 Interviewed by: Anders Sandvall

Thanks to Tom Hack for setting up the interview.
Thanks to Massacre Records for providing the promo pics.

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The melodic metal act Crystal Ball comes from Switzerland and released their come back album DAWNBREAKER at the end of last year. The band was put to rest in 2007 but they are back for the attack with an amazing album. The band has a new singer, bass player and guitarist and I was curious to hear what they are up to now. I hooked up with original member/guitarist Scott Leach to hear about their plans for the future as well as what happened in the band camp the past years. We also dissected DAWNBREAKER which is produced and mixed/mastered by the well known Stefan Kaufmann (ex-Accept). Crystal Ball are now out on tour with Swedish melodic hard rock act The Poodles, and later this year are they going to hook up with the Swiss legends Krokus and head out on tour. Enjoy…. Read the rest of this entry »

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Sammath Interview

March 29th, 2014
by Metal-Rules.com UK Team

Sammath Interview by Jarod Lawley

Members:

Jan Kruitwagen, all guitars, vocals
Ruud Nillesen, bas Koos Bos, drums

http://www.sammath.nl

www.facebook.com/sammath666

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Epica – Interview with Simone Simons and Mark Jansen

March 29th, 2014
by Metal-Rules.com UK Team

Epica Interview

Interview by Victoria Fenbane

www.epica.nl

Simone Simons: vocals
Mark Jansen: guitars & vocals
Coen Janssen: synths & piano
Isaac Delahaye: Guitars
Arien van Weesenbeek: Drums
Rob von der Loo: Bass

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Victoria Fenbane caught up with Epica front woman Simone Simons and guitarist and mastermind Mark Jansen, in London to find out more about their upcoming sixth full length studio album ‘The Quantum Enigma’ (released on 2nd May 2014). They reveal how the new album came to get its modern yet still distinctly ‘Epica’ sound, Simone explained the effect being a new mother has on touring and recording and they also hint at which summer festivals they are most looking forward. Read the rest of this entry »

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THE WINERY DOGS, VINNIE PAUL And YNGWIE MALMSTEEN On This Week’s THAT METAL SHOW

March 29th, 2014
by Celtic Bob

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VH1 Classic’s centerpiece in original programming “That Metal Show” returns this week with Richie Kotzen, Billy Sheehan, and Mike Portnoy of The Winery Dogs. The band drops by to update hosts Eddie Trunk, Don Jamieson, and Jim Florentine on how things have been going since the release of their debut album, released last July. The band also unveils a new deluxe edition of their debut that will be released in the near future. Unfortunately, the band leaves mid-show because they were performing that night in New York City. TMS Alum, Vinnie Paul, returns for a third time to the show and finishes the show alone. Vinnie fills the hosts in on the latest Hell Yeah record, recounts tales from the road, and once again definitively states that the rumors of the possible Pantera reunion with Zakk Wylde on guitar are completely false. Vinnie eloquently states: “They call it a ‘reunion’ for a reason, it means that all original members will be returning.  Well, with Dime no longer being here, that’s not possible.  We had fourteen amazing years together, and in my humble opinion there’s no way to do that. I don’t want to tarnish the legacy of Pantera, and my brother.  This just needs to be left alone, as it is, and it’s time for us to move on, man.” Vinnie Paul also enlightens the hosts in the “Put It On The Table” segment as he answers the lightning fast Q&A portion of the show. Episode eleven of “That Metal Show” airs this Saturday, March 29th at 11:00PM ET/PT.

Guitar legend Yngwie Malmsteen returns to TMS but this time as the guest musician. Yngwie wowed the hosts, guests, and crowd with his amazing fretwork and improvisational abilities. He even takes a full guitar solo in the final segment of the show that is not-to-be-missed.

Episode eleven also features a “Metal Modem” segment with Michael Poulson, of Volbeat, checking in from his home in Denmark. Michael fills in the hosts about what is going on with Volbeat’s upcoming tour, what it was like to tour with Metallica, and how great it was to be on the road with Hell Yeah and Vinnie Paul, hoping they can do it again soon. The “TMS Top 5” tackles the Top 5 Greatest Hard Rock Trios with all three hosts only agreeing on one band, Rush. This week’s “Stump The Trunk” finds Eddie regaining his dominance over the audience’s questions. When he gets one wrong it allows a lucky fan to win one of Billy Sheehan’s basses; autographed by the Winery Dogs, which of course brings out everyone’s favorite Miss Box Of Junk, Jennifer.

Since the January 18th premiere of Season 13, “That Metal Show” continues to bring their audience the biggest names in hard rock and heavy metal. The season 13 finale airs on April 5th at 11:00PM ET/PT with guitar virtuoso Joe Satriani, comedians Artie Lange and Jim Breuer, and Yngwie Malmsteen as guest guitarist, earning the distinction as being the only repeat performer in season 13.

This season marks some monumental changes for the show as it returns to New York City for Season 13. Previously the show was taped over several days, in a course of a week, at Sony Studios in Los Angeles. The new season is now shot at Metropolis Studios on Tuesday nights, for broadcast that Saturday. Season 13 also consists of 12 new episodes making it the longest season in the series history. Fans can also catch the complete season 12 and brand new exclusive bonus clips at ThatMetalShow.VH1.com and on the new VH1 app. New episodes of season 13 launch on the web and in the app every Sunday morning following the show’s on-air premiere.

“That Metal Show” premiered on VH1 Classic in November 2008 and since has become the only place for all things hard rock and heavy metal on cable television.  The show has been visited by some of the biggest names in the genres including members of Black Sabbath, Aerosmith, Pantera, Anthrax, Kiss, Iron Maiden, Metallica, Pearl Jam, Queensrÿche, and Heart.

“That Metal Show” is a production of VH1 Classic. Lee Rolontz, Jeff Baumgardner, and Keshia Williams serve as executive producers for VH1.

VH1 Classic brings you the best metal, rock, soul and pop from the ’70s, ’80s and ’90s. The channel features the gods of rock – from Black Sabbath, Metallica, and Iron Maiden to Stone Temple Pilots, Pearl Jam, and Dire Straits – in marquee concerts and music specials, and of course, tons of classic music videos. Recent big events include “National Metal Day” (11.11) and “Metal Evolution”, an 11-part documentary series on the history of metal.  When it comes down to it – all music should go to 11.

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U.D.O.: “Steelhammer – Live From Moscow” to be released on May 23rd

March 28th, 2014
by EvilG

Russia has a special meaning for Udo Dirkschneider and his band U.D.O.. They were one of the very first international artists to tour the huge country of Russia – and their fans are still very thankful until this day. So recording a LIVE DVD to highlight the “Steelhammer” tour was an opportunity the band didn’t want to miss. It is the first LIVE release of U.D.O.’s new line-up (with Russian band member) which easily convinced fans and critics alike on recent festivals and headlining gigs.

The band comes up with an exceptional setlist, incl. many classics that haven’t been played for a long time, fan favorites and tracks from the recent success album “Steelhammer”. U.D.O. once again prove why they are hailed as one of the best European live bands. “Steelhammer – Live From Moscow” will be available as DVD/2-CD, Bluray/2-CD and triple-Vinyl in Russian national colors (tricolor).


Disc 1:
1 Intro
2 Steelhammer
3 King of Mean
4 Future Land
5 Cry of a Nation
6 Trip to Nowhere
7 They Want War
8 Never Cross My Way
9 Stranger
10 Stay True
11 In the Darkness
12 Azrael

Disc 2:
1 No Limits
2 Mean Machine
3 Burning Heat
4 Metal Machine
5 Devil’s Bite
6 Go Back to Hell
7 Timebomb
8 Holy
9 Metal Heart

DVD / BLU-RAY

1 Intro
2 Steelhammer
3 King of Mean
4 Future Land
5 Cry of a Nation
6 Trip to Nowhere
7 They Want War
8 Never Cross My Way
9 Stranger
10 Stay True
11 In the Darkness
12 Azrael
13 No Limits
14 Mean Machine
15 Burning Heat
16 Metal Machine
17 Devil’s Bite
18 Go Back to Hell
19 Timebomb
20 Holy
21 Metal Heart

Bonus Content:
Behind The Scenes
Russia Travel Documentation
Trainride in Russia

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EPICA ANNOUNCE ACOUSTIC SET & SIGNING AT VINTAGE VINYL

March 28th, 2014
by EvilG

Epica_14Vintage Vinyl Records in Fords, New Jersey will be hosting vocalist Simone Simons & guitarist Isaac Delahaye of Dutch symphonic metallers EPICA for an in-store acoustic performance & signing session on Monday, April 7th at 7 p.m.

The acoustic set will include selections from The Quantum Enigma, EPICA’s upcoming sixth studio album due out in North America on May 6th.  Fans who pre-order it from Vintage Vinyl in-person or online at VVinyl.com will receive a wristband for the event.  Read event details are here.

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SONATA ARCTICA EXCLUSIVE: NEW ALBUM AVAILABLE FOR STREAMING

March 28th, 2014
by EvilG
SONATA ARCTICA "Pariah's Child"

SONATA ARCTICA “Pariah’s Child”

Pariah’s Child, the new studio album by Finnish melodic metal quintet SONATA ARCTICA, can be streamed in its entirety at this location: http://smarturl.it/PariahsChildStream  

 

Due out in North America on April 1st, Pariah’s Child is SONATA ARCTICA’s eighth studio release and is available for pre-order in CD and imported blue vinyl formats from the Nuclear Blast USA Webshop.

 

 

Pariah’s Child was recorded and produced by SONATA ARCTICA at Studio 57 in Alaveteli, Finland.  The mix was done by the band’s new bass player, Pasi Kauppinen.

 

Official SONATA ARCTICA videos include:

 

 

Watch the band’s track-by-track commentaries on the Nuclear Blast YouTube channel:

 

 

The track listing for Pariah’s Child is:

 

01. The Wolves Die Young

02. Running Lights

03. Take One Breath

04. Cloud Factory

05. Blood

06. What Did You Do In The War, Dad?

07. Half A Marathon Man

08. X Marks The Spot

09. Love

10. Larger Than Life

Visit SONATA ARCTICA online at www.SONATAARCTICA.info.

Like: www.facebook.com/SONATAARCTICA
Follow: Twitter.com/SONATAARCTICA
Watch: YouTube.com/SONATAARCTICA

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ASHES OF ARES ANNOUNCE THREE U.S. SHOWS IN THE NORTHEAST

March 28th, 2014
by EvilG
ASHES OF ARES

ASHES OF ARES

U.S. metallers ASHES OF ARES – featuring vocalist Matt Barlow (ex-ICED EARTH), drummer Van Williams (ex-NEVERMORE), and guitarist/bassist Freddie Vidales (ex-ICED EARTH) – will be playing three shows in the northeastern U.S. this May with local support as openers.

 

“We are excited to announce our first series of shows of 2014!” shares ASHES OF ARES vocalist Matt Barlow. “If you get a pre-sale ticket, you will get to hang out for a Meet and Greet along with the show.  We will see you for the Metal May-hem!!!”

 

Meet & Greet details will be online soon.

 

ASHES OF ARES tour dates are:

 

05/16/14   JB McGinnes – New Castle, DE
05/17/14   Empire – Springfield, VA
05/18/14   Studio @ Webster Hall – New York, NY

 

Click on venue name for pre-sale ticket link.

 

 

Produced at Morrisound Recording by Jim Morris (DEATH, ICED EARTH, CONTROL DENIED), Ashes Of Ares debuted at #35 on the American Billboard Heatseekers chart and and at #81 on the Billboard Hard Music chart in September 2013.

 

The album can be ordered in CD or vinyl formats from the Nuclear Blast USA Webshop: http://smarturl.it/ashesofares

 

Watch the following ASHES OF ARES videos on YouTube:

 

 

 

Visit ASHES OF ARES online at: www.ASHESOFARES.com.

 

Like: www.facebook.com/ASHESOFARES

Follow: Twitter.com/ASHESOFARES

Watch: www.youtube.com/ASHESOFARESOFFICIAL

 

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ARCH ENEMY reveals artwork, track-listing for ‘War Eternal’

March 28th, 2014
by EvilG
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Arch Enemy – WAR ETERNAL

Extreme metal icons ARCH ENEMY will unleash their 9th studio album, War Eternal, worldwide via Century Media Records (Trooper Entertainment in Japan) on June 9th in Europe and June 10th in North America. The artwork for the album was created by Costin Chioreanu (http://twilight13media.com/), who previously worked with Michael Amott on SPIRITUAL BEGGARS’ re-issue of their self-titled debut.

Chief song-writer, guitarist and band leader Michael Amott comments: “I was looking for a hand-drawn feel with a unique atmosphere, something that would complement the music that we’ve been working so hard on these last couple of years. In the end my choice fell upon Romanian artist Chioreanu Costin, who’s work I’ve admired for some time. Costin really grasped my vision for the artwork and layout, he’s delivered some of the coolest artwork elements we’ve ever had with ARCH ENEMY!”

ARCH ENEMY’s upcoming album, War Eternal, was recorded in various studios during winter 2013/2014 and produced by the band themselves with Jens Bogren (OPETH, PARADISE LOST, KREATOR) mixing and mastering the album at Fascination Street Studio. For a preview of War Eternal, be sure to check out the official video for the album’s title track, created by Patric Ullaeus: http://youtu.be/InRMwptcgAo
German fans can watch the video here: http://www.muzu.tv/centurymedia/war-eternal-official-video-video/2184580/

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U.D.O.: “Steelhammer – Live From Moscow” to be released on May 23rd!

March 28th, 2014
by Celtic Bob

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Russia has a special meaning for Udo Dirkschneider and his band U.D.O.. They were one of the very first international artists to tour the huge country of Russia – and their fans are still very thankful until this day. So recording a LIVE DVD to highlight the “Steelhammer” tour was an opportunity the band didn’t want to miss. It is the first LIVE release of U.D.O.’s new line-up (with Russian band member) which easily convinced fans and critics alike on recent festivals and headlining gigs.

The band comes up with an exceptional setlist, incl. many classics that haven’t been played for a long time, fan favorites and tracks from the recent success album “Steelhammer”. U.D.O. once again prove why they are hailed as one of the best European live bands. “Steelhammer – Live From Moscow” will be available as DVD/2-CD, Bluray/2-CD and triple-Vinyl in Russian national colors (tricolor).

Disc 1:
1 Intro
2 Steelhammer
3 King of Mean
4 Future Land
5 Cry of a Nation
6 Trip to Nowhere
7 They Want War
8 Never Cross My Way
9 Stranger
10 Stay True
11 In the Darkness
12 Azrael

Disc 2:
1 No Limits
2 Mean Machine
3 Burning Heat
4 Metal Machine
5 Devil’s Bite
6 Go Back to Hell
7 Timebomb
8 Holy
9 Metal Heart

DVD / BLU-RAY

1 Intro
2 Steelhammer
3 King of Mean
4 Future Land
5 Cry of a Nation
6 Trip to Nowhere
7 They Want War
8 Never Cross My Way
9 Stranger
10 Stay True
11 In the Darkness
12 Azrael
13 No Limits
14 Mean Machine
15 Burning Heat
16 Metal Machine
17 Devil’s Bite
18 Go Back to Hell
19 Timebomb
20 Holy
21 Metal Heart

Bonus Content:
Behind The Scenes
Russia Travel Documentation
Trainride in Russia

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ACE FREHLEY Announces Album title And Street Date

March 27th, 2014
by Celtic Bob

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2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee  ACE FREHLEY will release SPACE INVADER, his first new solo album in five years, via Entertainment One Music (eOne Music) on June 24th, 2014. The album will include at least nine brand new original songs as well as a cover of Steve Miller’s “The Joker.”  This album is the first release under Frehley’s new universal deal on eOne Music.

Frehley has released an official statement surrounding the exciting news:

“Life on Earth has been very good to me, and the body of work I’ve created over the years has withstood the test of time.  Today I see no obstacles before me and my creativity has never been more fine tuned. Growing up in an Alien world has enhanced my senses and allowed me to succeed where others would have failed. The best is yet to come!”

Widely known as the original “Space Ace” and founding guitarist for 16 cumulative years (over 2 tenures) of the multi platinum selling rock band KISS, Frehley is demonstrably the most popular original member.  In addition to having the best selling solo album career (vintage or current) among the original foursome, Frehley’s self titled Ace Frehley, released in 1978, went on to sell over one million copies, producing the only Top 40 single, “New York Groove,” from any of the legendary KISS solo albums; (peaking at #13).   The massive hit was most recently featured in an episode of cult show “Entourage” and was also KISS’ second bestselling download in 2012, besting such KISS Army anthems as “I Was Made For Lovin’ You,” “Beth” and “Calling Dr. Love” even after 36 years.

Since departing from KISS, Frehley went on to release four more solo albums and one live EP including his most recent effort, Anomaly in 2009, which debuted at #27 on the Billboard Top 200 chart and received a welcoming response among critics. “’Anomaly’ shows why many rock and metal guitarists list ‘Space Ace’ as a prime six-string influence,” said Rolling Stone.

ACE FREHLEY will participate in the 2014 REVOLVER GOLDEN GODS AWARDS show by presenting the Dimebag Darrell “Best Guitarist” Award alongside label-mate Zakk Wylde. The awards show will take place on April 23, 2014 at the CLUB NOKIA Theater in Los Angeles. Tickets are on sale now!

Frehley adds comment.

“It’s exciting to finally be part of the Golden Gods, awards and an honor to be part of any Dimebag memorial award.  He was a friend, and I know everyone misses him, as do I.”

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STEEL PANTHER Launch STEELPANTHER.TV An Interactive Site To Stream New Album On April 1st

March 27th, 2014
by Celtic Bob

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Steel Panther is premiering their upcoming full-length album All You Can Eat in a unique interactive experience that has just launched. The premiere is taking place on SteelPanther.TV and features a television set that will broadcast all things Steel Panther including the complete album stream of All You Can Eat. With each change of the channel on the television set, fans will experience different content from the Steel Panther world. The set will broadcast the latest Steel Panther music videos, current episodes of SP TV and a few surprises as well. The experience will take fans deeper in to the lifestyle of Steel Panther and is a must see for all Fanthers around the globe. The new album is in-stores on April 1st and is being released on Open E Records via Kobalt Label Services. The album is available for pre-order at SteelPanther.tv and was produced by longtime Steel Panther producer Jay Ruston.

Steel Panther has also launched a worldwide “hotline” that fans can call for up to the minute updates on the band. Fans who call 941-75-Steel (941-757-8335) and verify that they are over 18 are sent an immediate link to see the band’s latest unreleased video for the song “Glory Hole.” The video was shot in an unnamed glory hole location and features a performance by Steel Panther in the stalls as only they can do it. A few surprise visitors showed up that day during filming and can be seen in the video as well. The phone number has been getting major attention with fans around the globe calling in to experience what Steel Panther delivers on the “hotline.”

Steel Panther is heading out on the road across North America this Spring in their unending quest to bring heavy metal back to the masses with the All You Can Eat tour. The tour, which marks the first shows for the band in the US in 2014, will kick off on May 3rd in Seattle, WA and run through June 1st where it wraps up in Dallas, TX. The 21-city trek will make stops in Denver, Houston, Orlando and New York and will even jump across the northern border for a stop in Montreal, Quebec and Toronto, Ontario. The band has teamed up with On The List to provide a variety of fan ticket packages for the tour, including meet and greets, photo ops, parties and more. Fans who are interested in these packages can go to http://steelpantherrocks.com/aycetour/  for more information. Steel Panther will be playing three shows in Los Angeles to celebrate the release of All You Can Eat. The Threesome dates are taking place at the former Monday night home of Steel Panther, the House of Blues on Sunset Blvd., on April 7th, 14th, and 21st. Steel Panther recently won the Best Live Act for the second year in a row in the Loudwire Music Awards beating out the likes of Metallica, Rob Zombie, Halestorm and Iron Maiden to name a few this year. Tickets for all of the shows are available at www.ticketmaster.com.

Steel Panther was, for a long time, rock’s best-kept secret: a cult legend on the LA scene. But in recent years due to the success of their albums (both debuted at #1 on the Billboard Comedy Album Charts), and live shows, the band has enjoyed huge acclaim from fans and peers alike. Steel Panther has been joined on stage by rock and roll icons such as Steven Tyler of Aerosmith, Paul Stanley of KISS, Corey Taylor of Slipknot, Tom Morello of Rage Against The Machine/Audioslave, Chester Bennington of Linkin Park and Green Day to name a few.  Steel Panther has also been seen on Dancing With The Stars, Bad Girl’s Club and most recently in a national web campaign for Warner Brothers Pictures hit film, Rock Of Ages.

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@Steel_Panther
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facebook.com/steelpantherkicksass

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Overkill @ O2 Islington Academy, London

March 27th, 2014
by Metal-Rules.com UK Team

Overkill

@ O2 Islington Academy, London, UK

13th March 2014

Review by Kirsty Birkett-Stubbs

Photos by Graham Hilling

Overkill

Overkill

Next time London decide they want to bulldoze one of our beloved music venues perhaps they could invite the wrecking crew, aka Overkill, along. At least then we’d be guaranteed one more good time before ‘progress’ steps in. Cause after more than 30 years Overkill know about good times, and crucially with them progress isn’t a frightening word. Because in Overkill’s case it doesn’t mean destroying the existing but keeping building on those foundations. Maybe it’s because they’re not British. Take note London.

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