Queensryche: Calgary, June 4th, 2015

June 18th, 2015
by J P

QUEENSRYCHE

Grey Eagle Casino
Calgary, Alberta, June 4th ,2015

by JP
Photos by Jeff Bartelli 

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They say when one door closes another opens and in the case of metal-friendly venues this is the case.  Recently the Republik Nightclub announced that after twenty years it would be closing it’s doors.  Meanwhile on the other side of town the Grey Eagle Casino hosted it’s first ever Heavy Metal concert and plans to bring more to town!

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Destructhor leaves Morbid Angel (as well)

June 18th, 2015
by Arto Lehtinen

MorbidAngel2.jpgAccording to the official facebook of Thor Anders Myhren aka Destructhor has left Morbid Angel as well. Here is the full statement :

“I would like to announce that I, Destructhor, as well am out of Morbid Angel. Due to issues of them wanting to work with someone more local. Actually pretty good news to me since I personally decided to leave Morbid Angel after the last tour we did in Europe nov/dec 2014. It is definitely time for me to move on with the Norwegian extreme act MYRKSKOG. This is where I truly belong and exciting things are happening! A new record is being released next year with coming tours, festivals and so on. So it’s time to step it up and prepare for war with my Norwegian/Swedish brothers in MYRKSKOG.

As for Morbid Angel I wish them all the best with everything! It’s been a lot of great experiences! No hard feelings at all and may the future bring us all to another dimension!

Regards

DESTRUCTHOR

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Saint Vitus – Helsinki Finland

June 17th, 2015
by Arto Lehtinen

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The legendary Saint Vitus is hailed as one of the most influential doom metal outfits amongst several doom/death worshipers out there. The band has been soldiering on since the early 80’s and have gone thru several up and down hills. Since the latest album titled LILLIE-F65 saw the light of day a few years ago, the four piece has been constantly on the road supporting the album until problems hit the face again.

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Interview with author John Tucker

June 16th, 2015
by J P

Interview with author John Tucker

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NIGHTWISH’S FILM IMAGINAERUM OUT NOW IN NORTH AMERICA

June 16th, 2015
by EvilG
Nightwish - Imaginaerum

Nightwish – Imaginaerum

The long-awaited NIGHTWISH movie Imaginaerum is now available in North America  on Nuclear Blast Records!

 

Imaginaerum tells the story of an elderly composer, Tom, who suffers from severe dementia. As he has had the disease for years and has regressed into childhood, he remembers practically nothing from his adult life. His music, friends, all his past including the memory of his daughter are a blur in his fragile mind. All he has left is the imagination of a ten year old boy. As he drifts away into coma, it seems impossible to get back what he has lost. Or is it?

 

Imaginaerum creates a musical fantasy world in the vein of David Lynch, Neil Gaiman, and Tim Burton. The movie is an innovative mixture of story-telling and music, an extraordinary tale of the power of imagination and  life itself – a true emotional rollercoaster ride!

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SOILWORK Welcomes New Bassist Markus Wibom

June 16th, 2015
by EvilG

SOILWORK Welcomes New Bassist Markus Wibom, Formerly of HEARTS ALIVE New Album “The Ride Majestic” Out August 28, 2015 via Nuclear Blast Records

Touring in the US and EU this Year – Performing at Bangalore Open Air 2016 

SOILWORK (2015) Photo © Hannah Verbeuren – www.hannahvphotography.com

SOILWORK (2015) Photo © Hannah Verbeuren – www.hannahvphotography.com

Sweden-based melodic death metal experts SOILWORK will release their forthcoming 10th studio album, The Ride Majestic, worldwide on August 28, 2015 via Nuclear Blast Records. The Ride Majestic will be available in various formats (CD, Vinyl, TS/CD Bundle) – pre-order your copy here: http://nblast.de/SOILWORKMajesticNB

 

Soilwork - The Ride Majestic

Soilwork – The Ride Majestic

As of this new album cycle, SOILWORK is joined by new bassist Markus Wibom, formerly of Helsingborg hardcore groupHearts Alive. Wibom replaces longtime band member Ola Flink, who has amicably left the group to focus on other endeavors. Wibom has been a personal friend of the band for many years and has previously toured with SOILWORK as a guitar tech and lighting designer. Wibom made his live debut with SOILWORK in Stockholm on April 30th.

 

SOILWORK vocalist Bjorn “Speed” Strid states, “We all sooner or later come to a crossroad in our lives, when our focus of being fueled by the past, is just as strong as our visions of the future and we have to make that incredibly hard decision. Where do I go now? Flink will forever be a symbol for SOILWORK and of all we were and still are about. That being said, we all could sense that he eventually would come to the above mentioned crossroad. He understandably and respectfully chose to step down.

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SLAYER – REVEAL REPENTLESS ALBUM ARTWORK; TITLE TRACK TO GET DIGITAL GLOBAL RELEASE FRIDAY, JUNE 19TH!

June 16th, 2015
by EvilG
SLAYER - Repentless

SLAYER – Repentless

Today, SLAYER unveil the album artwork for their 11th studio album, Repentless, due out September 11, 2015 via Nuclear Blast. The artwork was created by Brazilian artist Marcelo Vasco in collaboration with the band’s Tom Araya and Kerry King.

“We had a number of submitted ideas for the cover artwork,“ said Araya. “And we felt Marcelo’s was the best. We made some suggestions and the result is an awesome album cover.“

The band also announces that the album’s title and first official track will be available digitally virtually everywhere (Amazon, iTunes, Google) around the globe this Friday, June 19.

“’Repentless’ is my Jeff tribute,“ said SLAYER’s Kerry King. “I call it the ‘HannemAnthem.’ It’s my perspective of Jeff’s perspective, it’s what I think…if Jeff wrote a song for himself “Repentless“ would be it.“

Repentless

Arrogance, violence, world in disarray

Dealing with insanity every fuckin’ day

I hate the life, hate the fame, hate the fuckin’ scene

Pissing match of egos, fuck their vanity

Ain’t got the time, I don’t want anything from you

Feeding on my tolerance is all you fuckin’ do

No looking back, no regrets, no apologies

What you get is what you see

Live fast, on high

Repentless, let it ride

My songs relive the atrocities

Can’t take society any fuckin’ more

Intensity, anarchy, hatred amplified

Playing this shit is all that keeps me alive

I leave it all on the road living on the stage

This is my life where I kill it everyday

So take you shot, bottom’s up, this is no lie

I’ll be beating this guitar ’til the day I die

Live fast, on high

Repentless, let it ride

I hate the life, hate the fame, hate fuckin’ scene

Pissing match of egos, fuck their vanity

Ain’t got the time, I don’t want anything from you

Feeding on my tolerance is all you fuckin’ do

No looking back, no regrets, no apologies

What you get is what you see

We’re all killing ourselves a little more everyday

Live fast, on high

Repentless, let it ride

 

 

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Portal/Impetuous Ritual/Grave Miasma/Qrixkuor @ Nambucca

June 16th, 2015
by Metal-Rules.com UK Team

PORTAL with IMPETUOUS RITUAL, GRAVE MIASMA and QRIXKUOR

Nambucca, London

May 31 2015

Review by Ann Sulaiman
Photography Kris T. Therrian

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Having been an interesting name in the Australian metal scene for over ten years, “avant-garde” death metal act Portal picked 2015 as the year where they’d play a few US and UK shows. After hitting Temples Festival in Bristol the other day, they next came to London to play at recently refurbished – though still quite small – venue, Nambucca. As they were to be joined by Grave Miasma, the rest of Impetuous Ritual and Qrixkuor, Sunday night was set to be a grand night for the London scene.

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EXORCISM Release Lyric Video For “Virtual Freedom”

June 16th, 2015
by Celtic Bob

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Heavy/doom metallers Exorcism have posted a brand new lyric video for the song ‘Virtual Freedom‘, taken from the EP ‘World In Sin‘ released on June 1./15., 2015 via Dream Records. The limited edition physical EP of 666 copies is exclusively available through the band’s website: www.exorcism13.com and digital on all platforms. The video made by ‘Dominus’ can be viewed below.

The EP was produced, mixed and mastered by Zvekan with the help of Dominus at Total Master Sound in Spain. The EP artwork was made by ‘Gragoth‘.

The band recently released a ‘Ronnie James Dio‘ tribute video for the song ‘Heaven And Hell‘: https://youtu.be/LdVMp6ifWsU

Exorcism‘ next full lenght studio album is coming this dooms day year 2015. This will be right before the comet strikes the earth, it all happens just before CERN opens the abyss and unleashes the beast for the apocalypse. Don’t listen to fools and false prophets … instead listen to EXORCISM.

Some quotes:

Those into Dio/Tony Martin period Black Sabbath will delight in “Black Day in Paradise” and the dramatic 6:51 “Black Star”. Reverence to the masters, Csaba has rich pipes and this is ideal for those who love more thematic arrangements and solid metal chops that focus on the riffs and hooks while throwing in neo-classical textures during the lead breaks. (Dead Rhetoric)

What World in Sin boils down to can be summed up as a mixture of Ronnie James Dio worship with traces of Savatage and Jon Oliva’s Pain thrown in for gritty or epic sensations… (Matt Coe)

Following up last year’s highly enjoyable album I Am God, Exorcism unleash new EP World In Sin, an encounter in similar vein to its predecessor and sure to excite fans of artists like Black Sabbath and Dio as well as those with the appetite for a more modern take on their heavy metal… (Ringmaster)

Exorcism delivers a very Doomy performance on this EP, much in line with the realms of Black Sabbath and Candlemass. Zvekan‘ vocals and his approach is a bit angrier than the aforementioned two Doom Metal heavyweights. Doom Metal fans should enjoy. (Metal Express Radio)

www.exorcism13.com
www.facebook.com/exorcismband

Source: http://www.rockngrowl.com/exorcism-post-virtual-freedom-lyric-video

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METAL ALLEGIANCE Announce Debut Album

June 16th, 2015
by Celtic Bob

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After the recent announcement that Metal Allegiance will be releasing an album of original material, a date has been set for the debut album of the musical collective. The self-titled album is scheduled to be available worldwide on September 18th via Nuclear Blast Entertainment. The album features a collection of hard rock and heavy metal’s most notable perfromers. Brought together by principal partner Mark Menghi, Metal Allegiance contains appearances by Philip H. Anselmo, Charlie Benante, Chuck Billy, D. Randall Blythe, Rex Brown, Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal, Phil Demmel, David Ellefson, Alissa White-Gluz, Matthew K. Heafy, Gary Holt, jamey Jasta, Chris Jericho, Andreas Kisser, Misha Mansoor, Mark Osegueda, Tim “Ripper” Owens, dUg Pinnick, Mike Portnoy, Troy Sanders, Cristina Scabbia, Alex Skolnick, Steve “Zetro” Souza and Ben Weinman.

“It’s always my pleasure to jam with such esteemed musicians and brothers, and my contribution to this project is further proof of that fact. Hail to all Heavy Metalers the world over!” states Philip H. Aneslmo.
Mike Portnoy adds, “I could not be any more excited or proud of the Metal Allegiance album… it’s everything I’ve always dreamed of and hoped for & 100x more!”

From the blistering opening of album starter “Gift Of Pain” to the final notes of closer “Pledge Of Allegiance,” it is clear this collective have created something special.  The diversity of the individual tracks is apparent through each musical collaboration. The standard edition CD of Metal Allegiance will feature the 9 original songs. A digipak edition will be available that features an all-star tribute to Ronnie James Dio with a cover of his classic song “We Rock” as well as a 45 minute behind-the-scenes documentary on the making of the album. A double vinyl version will also be available that will feature all 10 songs as well.

D. Randall Blythe adds, “When Lamb Of God asked Alex Skolnick to rip a guest solo on ‘Ashes of the Wake’, it was a big deal to us to have one of the legends of our scene play on our record. Much to my amazement, years later he returned the request, and it’s an even bigger deal to me to be asked on a peer level to contribute to a project with so many stellar players. I was honored to be chosen – ‘Gift Of Pain’ rips! Play it LOUD!”

The tracklisting for Metal Allegiance is:

1.   Gift Of Pain
(Vocals: D. Randall Blythe Lead & Rhythm Guitars: Alex Skolnick Bass: David Ellefson
Drums: Mike Portnoy Additional Lead Guitar: Gary Holt)
2.   Let Darkness Fall
(Vocals: Troy Sanders Lead, Rhythm & Acoustic Guitars: Alex Skolnick Bass: David Ellefson Drums & Percussion: Mike Portnoy Additional Bass: Mark Menghi & Rex Brown Additional Screams: D. Randall Blythe)
3.   Can’t Kill The Devil
(Vocals: Chuck Billy Lead & Rhythm Guitars: Alex Skolnick Bass: David Ellefson
Drums: Mike Portnoy Additional Lead Guitar: Phil Demmel & Andreas Kisser)
4.   Dying Song
(Vocals: Philip H. Anselmo Lead & Rhythm Guitars: Alex Skolnick Bass: Mark Menghi
Drums: Mike Portnoy)
5.   Scars
(Vocals: Mark Osegueda & Cristina Scabbia Lead & Rhythm Guitars: Alex Skolnick
Bass: David Ellefson Drums: Mike Portnoy)
6.   Destination: Nowhere
(Vocals: Matthew K. Heafy Lead & Rhythm Guitars: Alex Skolnick Bass: David Ellefson
Drums: Mike Portnoy Additional Lead Guitar: Matthew K. Heafy)

7.   Wait Until Tomorrow
(Vocals: dUg Pinnick & Jamey Jasta Lead & Rhythm Guitars: Alex Skolnick Bass: David Ellefson Drums, Percussion & Additional Vocals: Mike Portnoy)
8.   Triangulum
I.  Creation
II. Evolution
III. Destruction
(Lead & Rhythm Guitars: Alex Skolnick Bass: David Ellefson Drums: Mike Portnoy Additional Lead Guitar: Misha Mansoor, Ben Weinman, Charlie Benante, Phil Demmel, Matthew K. Heafy
& Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal)
9.  Pledge Of Allegiance
(Vocals: Mark Osegueda Lead & Rhythm Guitars: Alex Skolnick Bass: David Ellefson
Drums: Mike Portnoy Additional Lead Guitar: Charlie Benante, Gary Holt & Andreas Kisser)
10.  We Rock (Deluxe Edition Only)
(Vocals: Mark Osegueda, Chris Jericho, Tim “Ripper” Owens, Alissa White-Gluz, Chuck Billy &
Steve “Zetro” Souza Lead & Rhythm Guitars: Alex Skolnick Bass: David Ellefson
Drums: Mike Portnoy Additional Lead Guitar: Andreas Kisser, Phil Demmel & Gary Holt)

Stemming from an initial idea in 2011, Metal Allegiance was born as a way to unite a collection of hard rock and heavy metal’s most notable musicians in a setting born under one ideal, a love of music and performing. In 2015, that ideal still holds true and has become the foundation for everything Metal Allegiance; furthered with the release of the upcoming debut album. While the lineup may change, the passion, the energy and the emotion all remain the same. Metal Allegiance is more than just a record or a concert, it’s an experience and a lifestyle.

Previous participants in Metal Allegiance live events have included: Philip Anselmo/Rex Brown (Pantera), Joey Belladonna/Frank Bello/Charlie Benante/Scott Ian (Anthrax), David Ellefson (Megadeth), Gary Holt/Kerry King/Dave Lombardo (Slayer), Chuck Billy/Alex Skolnick (Testament), Troy Sanders (Mastodon), Mike Portnoy (The Winery Dogs) and Andreas Kisser (Sepultura) to name a few. These unforgettable events have also spawned surprise appearances by the likes of Geezer Butler (Black Sabbath), Phil Campbell/Mikkey Dee (Motöhead), Steve Vai and Billy Sheehan (The Winery Dogs).

Website: www.metalallegiance.com
Facebook: facebook.com/metalallegiancetour
Instagram: instagram.com/metalallegiance
Twitter: twitter.com/metalallegiance

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LORD Announce New E.P.

June 16th, 2015
by Celtic Bob

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Australian melodic metallers LORD unveil their new EP “What Tomorrow Brings” featuring a title track which clocks in at over 25 minutes in length.

Promo trailer:

Stated LORD mainman L.T.: “This is something we’re really proud of, and something really different for LORD, although you can most definitely hear elements from all of the styles we like to dabble in all throughout the song. The difference is more so the presentation of those styles; in this case it’s a twenty five minute plus long concept piece that retraces the life of a man who has lost everything that had meaning to him, and now has a terrible choice to make that could mean the difference between life or death. What led him to this point and what does he ultimately choose? It was really cool to be able to do something so expansive with actors and orchestration that went through a great number or styles to tell the story. It’s most definitely a niche release that we couldn’t ordinarily do on a regular album, but we hope people find it as special as we do.”

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Infernal Majesty and Chris Bailey Reunited

June 15th, 2015
by EvilG
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Infernal Majesty – None Shall Defy

Chris Bailey has returned to Infernal Majesty and for the last 3 years they have been quietly working on their 4th full length album. Recording almost complete, their long awaited next offering is due for release later this year attached to a new video called House Of War. A preview can be scene at the Infernal Majesty official Facebook page and on YouTube.

INFERNAL MAJESTY is a Canadian Heavy Metal band, formed in Toronto in 1986. They are best known for their debut album None Shall Defy, released in 1987. Spanning 3 decades they have shared stages with Cannibal Corpse, Dark Funeral, Nile and many more.

 

https://www.facebook.com/infernalmajestyofficial

 

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INTO ETERNITY Signs Worldwide Record Deal With Kolony Records – Sixth album ‘Sirens’ due out this fall

June 15th, 2015
by EvilG
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INTO ETERNITY (2015)

Regina, Saskatchewan – Canadian progressive/melodic death metal outfit, INTO ETERNITY, has announced a worldwide record deal with Kolony Records. The band will release its sixth studio album, Sirens’, this fall.

INTO ETERNITY commented: “At long last, we have some good news for you all! Our new album, Sirens’, is completely finished and we couldn’t be happier with the results. We’re pleased to announce INTO ETERNITY has inked a new record contract with Kolony Records! Thanks to Mr. Lorenzo Marchello for signing our band. Thank you to Joann, Amanda and the staff at Extreme Management Group for hammering out this new record deal for us. Thank you to our booking agent Rock the Nation U.S.A. for your support. With these new compositions, fans can expect to go on an epic journey of music and vocal melodies intertwined with aggression. Some of our very best moments and melodies are going to be represented on this new record. We are excited for our friends and fans to hear it!”

“Here at Kolony Records, we’re extremely excited about the signing of INTO ETERNITY. I’ve been a fan of the band for many years now,” added label owner, Lorenzo Marchello. “Kolony Records is a young label, but we have already launched several top-quality newcomer bands like Be’lakor, Persefone and Secrets of the SkyINTO ETERNITY is the biggest band we have on our roster, and we’re sure we can give them that day-to-day kind of collaboration they are looking for. We can’t wait to start working on the band’s new album release!”

One of the most critically acclaimed bands in metal and undoubtedly one of its hardest-working, INTO ETERNITY borrows from all aspects of heavy music to form the perfect blend of technicality, memorable songwriting, traditional heavy metal and the sheer savagery of metal’s extreme genres.
Founded in Regina, Saskatchewan by guitarist Tim Roth in the late ’90s, INTO ETERNITY seamlessly melds the seemingly disparate worlds of extreme metal, hooky hard rock and challenging progressive music. Metal fans around the globe have hailed the technical prowess displayed on such albums as ‘Dead or Dreaming’, ‘Buried in Oblivion’ and ‘The Scattering of Ashes’, as well as the virtuosity displayed during tours with the likes of Megadeth, Dream Theater, Lamb of God, Opeth, Symphony X and Iced Earth.
INTO ETERNITY continues to be in demand at high profile festivals around the world, and will be actively touring worldwide in support of its upcoming 2015 release.

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LUCA TURILLI’S RHAPSODY – REVEAL NEW TRAILER MATERIAL

June 15th, 2015
by EvilG
Luca Turilli’s RHAPSODY - PROMETHEUS, SYMPHONIA IGNIS DIVINUS

Luca Turilli’s RHAPSODY – PROMETHEUS, SYMPHONIA IGNIS DIVINUS

The masters of Cinematic Metal, Luca Turilli’s RHAPSODY, will release their new outstanding record Prometheus – Symphonia Ignis Divinus on June 19th (EU), June 22nd (UK) and June 29th (US) via Nuclear Blast.

 

In support of their new record, the band reveals two new studio trailers, named “Please Cry More” and “Higher And Higher”.

 

Watch the clips for “Please Cry More” and “Higher And Higher” on the Nuclear Blast Youtube channel:https://goo.gl/LNSoEJ

 

Below is the track listing for Prometheus – Symphonia Ignis Divinus:

 

  1. Nova Genesis (Ad Splendorem Angeli Triumphantis)
  2. Il Cigno Nero
  3. Rosenkreuz (The Rose And The Cross)
  4. Anahata
  5. Il Tempo Degli Dei
  6. One Ring To Rule Them All
  7. Notturno
  8. Prometheus
  9. King Solomon And The 72 Names Of God
  10. Yggdrasil
  11. Of Michael The Archangel And Lucifer’s Fall Part II: Codex Nemesis
  12. Codex Nemesis Alpha Omega
  13. Symphonia Ignis Divinus (The Quantum Gate Revealed)

III.  The Astral Convergence

  1. The Divine Fire Of The Archangel
  2. Of Psyche And Archetypes (System Overloaded)

 

North American Bonus Track:

  1. Thundersteel (cinematic cover version of RIOT featuring Ralf Scheepers of Primal Fear)

 

Pre-order your copy of Prometheus – Symphonia Ignis Divinus on the Nuclear Blast Webstore:  http://smarturl.it/RhapsodyPrometheus

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AMORPHIS to release “Under The Red Cloud” this September

June 15th, 2015
by EvilG
AMORPHIS to release “Under The Red Cloud” this September 2015

AMORPHIS to release “Under The Red Cloud” this September 2015

The Finnish masters of melancholic metal, AMORPHIS, are pleased to announce the release of their new upcoming album Under The Red Cloud. The worldwide release is scheduled for September, 04th via Nuclear Blast.

 

“The album is titled Under The Red Cloud and the artwork was done by Valnoir Mortasonge,“ guitarist Esa Holopainen states. “Valnoiris well known from his works for LAIBACH, PARADISE LOST, WATAIN, BEHEMOTH and many more. It was a great pleasure to work with him as he captured the lyrical topics really well. Colors and details describe the music perfectly.“

 

Esa continues: “Under The Red Cloud is produced by Jens Bogren who did amazing job with the album. There’s a lot’s of elements in the songs but every note and element is in perfect harmony so that the result is fucking heavy and melodic. All I can say is that Under The Red Cloud will be in my personal Top 3 AMORPHIS albums that we’ve ever done.“

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