Cradle of Filth and “The Creatures of the Black Abyss” tour

March 22nd, 2011
by EvilG

Cradle of Filth and “The Creatures of the Black Abyss” tour

Boots of Filth

 Best Buy Theater – New York, NY
March 3rd, 2011

Review and pictures by Kyle Moore, the Metal Magnus  

My history with Cradle of Filth is a lengthy one. They’ve treated me both wonderfully and terribly, depending on the album or concert in question. I’m a huge fan of their earlier work, up til around DAMNATION AND A DAY. Then NYMPHETAMINE happened, and I completely checked out of the abyss that had become Dani Filth’s lackluster creative mind. Call me boring, but I am one of those fans who wants to hear nothing but tracks from the first half of Cradle’s career in a concert setting, leaving new material completely behind. My pickiness aside, Cradle can put on a great live show when they want – something that doesn’t always happen. The second time I ever saw them live, some six years ago, they were outright terrible. In addition to being completely upstaged by openers Arch-Enemy, they looked bored, flaccid, and flat-out lame. Thankfully they had improved tremendously when I saw them in early ’09.

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The Finnish Metal Tour 2 with Finntroll & Ensiferum

March 22nd, 2011
by EvilG

The Finnish Metal Tour 2 with Finntroll & Ensiferum


The Gramercy Theater – New York, NY

February 26th, 2011

Review and pictures by Kyle Moore, the Metal Magnus

Last April, I was fortunate enough to catch the original Finnish metal tour featuring Finntroll and their sister band Moonsorrow, which thoroughly blew me away. The tour must have been quite a success, since Finntroll enlisted Viking metal warlords Ensiferum for a second round of stateside Pagan folk lunacy. Also on board were two Finnish bands I hadn’t heard of, Barren Earth and Rotten Sound.


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Glen Drover To Release a NEW Instrumental Guitar CD Metalusion on MAGNA CARTA RECORDS out APRIL 5TH 2011

March 21st, 2011
by EvilG
Glen Drover - Metalusion

Glen Drover - Metalusion

Glen Drover unleashes his NEW instrumental masterpiece on Magna Carta Records, April 5th to the world. Drover’s extraordinary talent of arranging/composing lends to the new music’s fresh melodies for songs that shows his true diversity and only in Glen Drover’s musical notes will you understand:



Members: Glen Drover – Guitars, Jim Gilmour – Keyboards, Paul Yee – Bass,Chris Sutherland – Drums

With the release of his solo debut, Metalusion, guitarist Glen Dover, best known for his precision and power playing with headbanger stalwarts Megadeth and Eidolon, blends the technically demanding musicianship that typified the classic jazz-rock genre with the venom and attack of modern metal.

The instrumental, 10-track Metalusion, featuring five original compositions and metallic- edged interpretations of material composed by rock and jazz-rock giants Frank Zappa, Al DiMeola and Jean-Luc Ponty, melds the robust properties of distinct sonic strains that reveals a new and mysterious element on the periodic table of musical genres.

Metalusion presents a side of Drover’s musical identity that the metal community has rarely witnessed, while boasting diverse yet highly cohesive tracks. “Each song should sound as though it was meant to be included on the record,” says Drover. “Nothing should seem as though it’s out of place.”

Assisting Drover with forging a perfect musical balance is Canadian multi-instrumentalist and bassist Paul Yee (who co-engineered the record), drummer Chris Sutherland (Kim Mitchell), Saga’s Jim Gilmour on keyboards and a number of special guests, including Nevermore’s power metal/prog metal guitarist Jeff Loomis, Opeth’s and Talisman’s ass-kicking axe man Fredrik Åkesson, veteran Steve Smyth of the Bay Area’s rejuvenated Forbidden, Ohm’s guitar maven and erstwhile Megadeth genius Chris Poland and classical metal master Vinnie Moore of UFO.

Glen Drover is regarded internationally as one of the greatest players in the industry. Starting his recording career playing with such bands as Testament, King Diamond and of course let’s not forget the multi-platinum award-winning metal band Megadeth. Drover remains one of the most active guitarists in the shred guitar scene today. His rise to Platinum success and cult status with founding member Dave Mustaine of the legendary and highly successful progressive metal band Megadeth proves Glen Drover’s has got what it takes to explore the outer limits of extreme instrumental music.


For more information click on www.magnacarta.NET

Check out ‘Metalusion’ by Glen Drover Audio CD

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New Rock’N’Roll Cook Book by Bruce Moore: “For Those About To Cook”

March 21st, 2011
by Celtic Bob

Safkhet Publishing, a new independent publisher in Cambridge, has signed Bruce Moore from Mechanicsville, Virginia, for the cook book For Those About To Cook. Bruce is a regular weekly contributor to PureGrainAudio, and has been published in various national and international music magazines including HM Magazine, Thrash Magazine, Crave, Sick Drummer, and The Gauntlet.

For Those About To Cook is a collection of recipes, anecdotes and pictures from musicians and music industry personnel. With contributions from numerous musical genres and countries, this is truly a multi-genre and multi-ethnic collector’s cookbook. Readers will be presented with recipes ranging from appetizers to full course meals and desserts. For Those About To Cook is more than a cookbook: it is also a fan collectible as it includes short informative biographies, high quality pictures of the artists (mostly in a kitchen setting), pictures of the food and, in some cases, a quote about why the recipe or food is important to the contributor.

Readers and fans will gain an insider’s view into the lifestyle and habits of the artists and bands; a sort of backstage pass or behind-the-scenes look into the lives of their favorite artists far from the stage and the studio.

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PRO-PAIN – FOUL TASTE OF FREEDOM TOUR 2011; Celebrating 20 Years Of Pro-Pain (1991 – 2011)

March 21st, 2011
by EvilG

PRO-PAIN will play their classic debut album “Foul Taste Of Freedom” live and in it’s entirety along with many other favorites!!


DO NOT MISS THIS SHOW, and get your tickets early!!


For the main support slot we have confirmed TENSIDE from Germany (new album out 01.04.2011) and other supports to be confirmed shortly.


Stay tuned for more news …….



PRO-PAIN (USA) | Rawhead Inc./Soulfood Music


Celebrating 20 Years Of Pro-Pain (1991 – 2011)






support: TENSIDE

06.05.2011 MIDDELBURG (NL) De Spot

07.05.2011 TORHOUT (BE) Club de B

08.05.2011 LEIDEN (NL) LVC

10.05.2011 HAMBURG (D) Logo

11.05.2011 BERLIN (D) K17

12.05.2011 OSNABRUECK (D) Headbangers Ballroom

13.05.2011 ESSEN (D) Turock

15.05.2011 KATOWICE (PL) Mega Club

16.05.2011 GYDNIA (PL) Ucho Club

17.05.2011 LOVOSICE (CZ) Gambrinus Club

18.05.2011 LIBEREC (CZ) Casta Club

19.05.2011 PRAGUE (CZ) Exit Chmelnice

20.05.2011 JENA (D) Fhaus

21.05.2011 SONTHOFEN (D) Barfly

22.05.2011 DEN BOSCH (NL) W2

23.05.2011 FRANKFURT (D) Nachtleben

24.05.2011 KASSEL (D) Musiktheater

25.05.2011 AALEN (D) Rock It

26.05.2011 NIEDERGOERSDORF (D) OFTundGut Festival

27.05.2011 LANDSHUT (D) Rock An Der Isar Festival

28.05.2011 BISCHOFSWERDA (D) East Club Open Air

24.06.2011 TRINEC (CZ) Noc Plna Hvezd Open Air

25.06.2011 BURKHARDTSDORF (D) Rock im Zwönitztal Open Air

06.07.2011 PÉCS (HU) Rockmarathon Festival

08.07.2011 WEGORZEWO (PL) Seven Festival

… more dates coming soon!



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Japan’s veteran Thrashers to release a long-awaited new album!

March 21st, 2011
by EvilG

UNITED, one of the forerunners of the Japanese Thrash Metal scene, is finally releasing their 9th album “TEAR OF ILLUSIONS” on SPIRITUAL BEAST. This is the first album in almost 6 years and also to feature the Kuwait-born trilingual singer KEN-SHIN on lead vocals. The album is co-produced with their long-time producer, Tetsuji “tetsu666” Yamada.


The band states “it’s definitely the best album we’ve made so far. I can’t wait for the fans to listen to the album!”


Formed in 1981, the band has shared the stage with such genre leading acts as SLAYER, MACHINE HEAD, EXODUS, TESTAMENT and many, many others through their long career, besides playing such festivals as “Beast Feast”, “Foundation Forum” or “Loud Park”, and gained respects as one of the best Thrash Metal bands ever come out of Japan. In 2010, the band (minus KEN-SHIN) supported the former IRON MAIDEN singer Paul Di’Anno as his backing band, and impressed him with their highly-acclaimed performance.


They are celebrating the 30th anniversary this year, and a lot of interesting releases and series of gigs are currently being worked on.


The current lineup of the band is:


KEN-SHIN vocals




AKIRA drums


For more information, please visit:


Upcoming Tour Dates: May 3, 2011:


Daikanyama UNIT, Tokyo, Japan (album release party)




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ALMAH is back with new album in 2011/to enter the studio in May

March 21st, 2011
by EvilG


Brazilian metallers ALMAH led by the singer, composer and producer Edu Falaschi (also, Angra) enter the Norcal Studios in São Paulo on 2th of May to record the material for their long awaited 3rd album, the follow-up of successful Fragile Equality (2008). The line-up remains the same: Edu Falaschi – vocals, Felipe Andreoli – bass, Marcelo Barbosa – guitars, Paulo Schroeber – guitars, Marcelo Moreira – drums. The release of the album, as-yet-untitled, is planed for September 2011 worldwide.


“I’m very happy with Almah’s comeback in 2011, first of all, because this third CD should consolidade Almah as a band once and for all!!! This album will show you a mature band and it will define the individuality and language of our sound, which is the most important thing! I’m very exctited to launch it soon!”

Edu Falaschi


Almah was established by Angra’s singer Edu Falaschi in 2006. The previous CD, Fragile Equality saw the light of day in September/October 2008 through JVC (Asia)/Laser Company (Brazil)/AFM Records (Europe, North America) and became one of the most significant and best selling power metal albums at that time. In Brazil it was recognized as the best album of the year and Almah became the best band according to the rock and metal media. The Fragile Equality tour started in São Paulo in November 2008 and finished in June 2010 in Brasília. Then the musicians began to prepare the ideas for the next CD. More details about the new album will be revealed soon.


Official website:


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SISTER SIN Release Music Video for “24/7”

March 21st, 2011
by EvilG

Sweden’s SISTER SIN shows once again that they know not only how to rock, but how to put on one hell of a party. Their video for “24/7” from the album True Sound of the Underground features bazookas, girl fights, head banging, and lots of shredding; what more could you want from a Sister Sin video?

24/7 Music Video

Sister Sin is currently on Revolver’s Hottest Chicks in Hard Rock Tour with In This Moment, Straight Line Stitch, and System Divide. For those tour dates visit:


For more information on Sister Sin, visit:


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PAGAN’S MIND – Worldwide Deal With SPV/Steamhammer; New Album/Tour

March 21st, 2011
by EvilG
Pagan's Mind - Heavenly Ecstasy

Pagan's Mind - Heavenly Ecstasy

Norwegian metallers PAGAN’S MIND have announced a worldwide collaboration with SPV/Steamhammer for the future, commencing with the band’s upcoming album, to be released on May 20th in Germany, May 23rd for the rest of Europe and in June for the US/Canada.

The fifth studio album from the hard-hitting melodic metal outfit will be named Heavenly Ecstasy, and to promote the album the band will embark on a tour of the UK and Benelux.

Guitarist and producer Jørn Viggo Lofstad says: “After considering offers from various labels, we decided to be a part of the new SPV family. Signing with such a respected label gave us the spark to come up with what we think is the most cohesive album we have done, and probably our best offering so far. We can’t wait to get back in action and present these songs to you all.”

SPV / Steamhammer A&R Olly Hahn replies: “I’m very happy that Pagan’s Mind decided to join the SPV family. The band always delivered some of the best and most exciting metal music and with the new album they even put up a dash re!”


To promote Heavenly Ecstasy, the band has lined up the following shows so far:



20 – London, England – Camden Underworld

21 – Manchester, England – Satan’s Hollow

22 – Wakefield, England – The Snooty Fox

23 – Grimsby, England – Yarbirds

24 – Nottingham, England – Bensons

25 – Birmingham, England – The Roadhouse

26 – Zaandam, Netherlands – De Kade

27 – Uden, Netherlands – De Pul

28 – Dokkum, Netherlands – Dokk’em Open Air

29 – As, Belgium – GC Drieschaar



7-10 – Kvinesdal, Norway – Norway Rock Festival

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March 21st, 2011
by EvilG


Formed in late 2010 by former IMAGIKA lead guitarist Steven Rice and drummer Wayne De Vecchi KILL RITUAL is completed by former ELDRITCH guitarist Roberto Proietti, former DARK ANGEL bassist Danyael Williams and Bay Area vocalist Josh Gibson. Steven elaborates on how the band came together.


“After the demise of IMAGIKA Wayne and I decided to form a new band that would bring life to the music we had been working on after IMAGIKA called it a day. We had a goal in mind of writing music that reflected our influences from Thrash, Classic, Progressive, Power, whatever kicks ass Metal and this required bringing in experienced players that have been there and done that. We were lucky enough to come in contact with Roberto and Danyael who had the kind of pedigree and experience we were definitely looking for. Having both been in bands that have released numerous albums worldwide and toured extensively they are a perfect fit for this new band. The missing element was of course vocalist Josh who came into the band with the work ethic, experience and attitude that is essential as a vocalist to help the songs take on a life of their own.  His unique and identifiable vocal style is the change we needed from our past projects as we definitely had the idea of Kill Ritual taking a new direction from our collective past bands and I think we have achieved that. I mean what’s the point of rehashing what you’ve already done? I feel the 4 rough demo tracks we’re releasing show this and are only a hint of what’s to come. Enjoy! ”


The band will enter Fang Studios to record their debut “Serpentine Rituals” this summer and expect a late 2011 release on a yet to be determined label. 4 new demo tracks are available on the following sites.!/killritual



Josh Gibson-Vocals

Steven Rice-Lead Guitar

Roberto Proietti-Guitar

Wayne De Vecchi-Drums

Danyael Williams-Bass


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ESSENCE – International tour, Summer Campaign 2011, Vader + special guest: Krisiun + support: Resistance & Essence

March 21st, 2011
by EvilG

The Danish thrash metal band ESSENCE, which currently is on THE NEW ERA TOUR in Denmark, can now publish their first international tour. It happens as support for the powerful Polish death machine, VADER, on their SUMMER CAMPAIGN 2011 tour in June. The full line-up for the tour will also include Brazilian KRISIUN and Belgian RESISTANCE.

About their participation on the tour ESSENCE says:

“It will be a great honour for us to tour with Vader. The four of us have listened to Vader for many years and therefore we are very pleased that our first international tour will be as support for them. We are very grateful to Vader for having us on this tour and it will undoubtedly be a great pleasure opening for them every single night!”

ESSENCE will also play at VAGOS OPEN AIR in Portugal, together with among others OPETH, MORBID ANGEL and NEVERMORE. In addition, ESSENCE is expected to be participating on more European tours during summer and autumn. For more information on VADER’s SUMMER CAMPAIGN 2011 and tour dates, log on to MASSIVE MUSIC’s official website –


Useful links: – Blood Culture (Essence) music video. – Vader – Essence – Krisiun – Resistance – Tour poster


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SATURNUS – New Lineup/Band Photo; Seeking a new Record Label

March 21st, 2011
by EvilG

Saturnus - New Band Photo 2011

Saturnus - New Band Photo 2011

SATURNUS(Denmark) – One of the most inspiring and widely recognised names in the melancholic doom metal genre started way back in 1991. Since then they have released 3 albums and an ep. A slow output some might think but with each one standing beside itself as a monumental release of emotional and crashing doom metal,one cannot judge or cast a weary eye. The band have just finished a short tour behind the iron curtain which brought them to Moldova, Ukraine, Russia and Belarus. which they put it themselves as ” exceeding well and above  all our expectations with full houses everywhere “.

Some words from Thomas, Vocals:

“Saturnus has been through a major transition due to a necessary line-up change arising from different views on how things needed to be run. This put the brakes on the bands progression for so long that eventually something had to break or otherwise we would inevitably have split up.

We love playing live whenever we can and right now we want to do it more than ever to follow on and raise our profile once again to echo the success of our last album ‘Veronica Decides to Die’ and previous efforts.

The new line-up is just perfect. All the things I (Thomas) have been looking for in musicians has been delivered perfectly; the creativity, the lust for playing live, the understanding of the universe of  Saturnus and the way to compose is just perfect.

I could not wish for better.”

Leaving Firebox Records was necessary for Saturnus and even with 1 contractual album left to be fulfilled, both parties amicably decided to annul the contract we had and go our separate ways.

So now the future lies open for Saturnus. We need a record label to fully get the ship back out to sea again, and believe me we are hungry like never before.”


Demo Recording Info

Produced by Jon/Starstruck Studios & Saturnus.

Recorded at Starstruck Studios & Rehearsal Room between Oct 2010 – Feb 2011.

Mixing/Mastering by Flemming Rasmussen (Metallica, Morbid Angel, Blind Guardian,etc.) at Sweet Silence  NV.
All Music & Lyrics by Saturnus.


1:The Litany Of Rain 2:A Father’s Providence   3:Wind Torn  4:Between (working title).
You can check out a live version of Wind Torn here, recorded at the 2009 Madrid is The Dark Festival.

Paradise Belongs to You (1996) Euphonious Records
For the Loveless Lonely Nights MCD (1998) Euphonious Records
Martyre (2000) Euphonious Records
Veronika Decides to Die (2006) Firebox Records



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ZAKK WYLDE – Black Label Society, ex-Ozzy Osbourne

March 21st, 2011
by Marko Syrjala




Guitar virtuoso Zakk Wylde is best known about his long stint in support of former Black Sabbath singer Ozzy Osbourne and leading his own band Black Label Society which recently released its 8th studio album ORDER OF THE BLACK. Wylde has gone through many changes during the last two years. His long term run as Osbourne’s guitarist came to an end and he also faced serious health problems in 2009 when he was suddenly hospitalized due to blood cuts. Fortunately, everything seems to be fine in Wylde’s camp now.  His health problems are long gone and ORDER OF BLACK is becoming their most successful release to date. Black Label Society’s new tour reached Finland in early March and in Helsinki we had a pleasure to speak with the man himself and hear all the latest news from Wylde’s world. Read on!


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NIGHTWISH mainman Tuomas Holopainen has issued the following studio update

March 19th, 2011
by EvilG

“Petrax Studio, March 2011


A week or so ago I felt the Curse of the Mummy was cast upon us. The vocal recordings were set to begin on Monday, March 7th but Anette (Olzon; vocals) fell at her home just a few days before that and broke her rib. Thinking positive, luckily just that, from the sound of it it could’ve been much worse. So now she just needs to rest and heal well before we continue, the new vocal recording date set to the beginning of April. We’ll take our time and do nothing half-way at this point.


So we called Marco to enter the studio for a couple of days before he left for winter holidays with his family. We figured we need to make the best of the booked studio time anyway. The first thing he told me on Tuesday was that he’d slipped on his front porch and hurt his rib, not sure if he’ll be able to sing. At the same time Mikko (Karmila, the recording engineer) was lying in bed, sick to the core.


On Wednesday Marco was still hurting, Anette hadn’t improved at all, Mikko was still sick in bed and Tero (Kinnunen, the other recording engineer) was run over by a horse and a cart (!)


There was three more weeks of studio time left and I was alone sipping some Shiraz by the studio’s mixing console trying to come up with a counter – spell to put the poor mummy’s soul to rest.


Now, a week later things are looking much brighter. Marco was actually able to sing a couple of tracks thanks to Mr. Burana, Tero hurt his pride worse than his body, Mikko is back from the dead, and I just heard Anette was able to go outside for the first time in two weeks. Wonderful news! I also got all my keyboard, piano & hammond – parts recorded, we got majority of the soundscapes a’la Mr. Jussi Tegelman put in place and Mikko already started the editing process. So no studio time wasted after all.


Now it’s all about waiting for Anette to get well, getting Marco to record the rest of his vocals, and flying Troy over to record his pipes and show us some of his legendary magic.


In the meanwhile, a beautiful springtime to everyone. I’ll write more soon.”



Nightwish announced that the very first show for their Imaginarium World Tour will take place at the Gibson Amphitheatre in Universal City, CA, on Saturday, January 21st, 2012. This will be the biggest Nightwish show production ever on North American soil and strictly a one-off – there will be no US tour until later in 2012.


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ANVIL’s Lips Message To Japanese Fans ” I wish you all the very best and hope for your safety”

March 19th, 2011
by EvilG
Anvil - Juggernaut Of Justice

Anvil - Juggernaut Of Justice

Lips, the frontman Toronto-based metal legends ANVIL, has issued the following message to the band’s Japanese fans via Facebook:

“Just like to say I’m sending my regards to my dear friends and fans in Japan. I wish you all the very best and hope for your safety. Japan is a place of pure determination and is the most highly motivated society in the world. You shall prevail…”

Check out Anvil’s official Facebook page here.


Anvil will release their new album, Juggernaut Of Justice, on May 10th via The End Records. The album was recorded at Dave Grohl’s (NIRVANA, FOO FIGHTERS) Studio 606 in Northridge, California with famed producer Bob Marlette (BLACK SABBATH, AIRBOURNE, ALICE COOPER).


Juggernaut Of Justice features the following tracklisting:


‘Juggernaut Of Justice’

‘When Hell Breaks Loose’

‘New Orleans Voodoo’

‘On Fire’


‘Turn It Up’

‘This Ride’

‘Not Afraid’




‘Swing Thing’


The album’s title track, ‘Juggernaut Of Justice’, is currently available for download as part of The End Records Spring 2011 sampler, at this location.


Frontman Steve “Lips” Kudlow recently commented: “I must say that this is by far the best Anvil ever. There will be a few new surprises including Glenn 5’s first lead vocals in Anvil’s history. The production that Bob Marlette has done far surpasses anything we’ve done in the past. The excitement within the band is over the top and we can’t wait to unleash this amazing CD to the fans.”

Drummer Robb Reiner concurs: “The new album is pure Anvil with a new fresh kick, very exciting. Looking to rocking with The End, putting the music where it belongs – in everybody’s ears and face!”

Prior to the release of Juggernaut Of Justice, The End will be releasing the definitive Anvil anthology. The collection will be comprised of classics old and new, with some surprises, and will showcase the band’s entire career spanning back to 1978.

Anvil have confirmed dates for a full Canadian headline tour following the initial announcement of three support dates with ALICE COOPER (**). Their schedule is now as follows; venues will be confirmed soon.

6 – St. John’s, Newfoundland
9 – Halifax, Nova Scotia
10 – Moncton, New Brunswick
11 – Fredricton, New Brunswick
13 – Chicoutimi, Quebec
14 – Quebec City, Quebec **
15 – Montreal, Quebec
16 – Ottawa, Ontario **
17 – Hamilton, Ontario **
18 – Sudbury, Ontario **
20 – Kingston, Ontario
21 – London, Ontario
23 – Thunder Bay, Ontario
24 – Winnipeg, Manitoba
25 – Regina, Saskatchewan
27 – Edmonton, Alberta
28 – Calgary, Alberta
30 – Victoria, British Columbia
31 – Vancouver, British Columbia

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