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Thu Jan 14, 2016 2:06 pm

Surprise it's me.

So i thought with more traffic around our forums and because i like to talk about it I created a whole topic about it. Talk about your favourite bands,your concert experiences or new released or upcoming music. Metal is diverse and has alot of subgenres so it's normal to not like everything so keep it clean people.

Since I have to make a start I will mention the probably biggest "news" that is current which is the death of Lemmy Kilmister(dec 28th '15). Founder and singer of Motörhead and achieved legend status in the community, died with the age of 70 and made music with the band for 40 years. Even they themselves considered them Rock&Roll and not metal the played on the biggest Festivals,never seemed to make a pause from touring and are generally liked and respected of metalheads.


I myself dived deep into Melodic deathmetal the last few years, last year at the Wacken open air I got exposed to the finnish band Kalmah through some good friends. Tomorrow (jan 15th '16) I will see them live for the first time and I'm pretty excited, they are a pretty good mixture between melodicness and agressivness, here my favourite song of them.
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There were quite a few good releases in 2015 but I will talk about them later.
 
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Fri Jan 15, 2016 4:20 pm

Sounds chill Lars! Hope you survive that wall of death should it spring up! I enjoy metal/rock/punk as well, used to attend many a show when I was younger but its been like a year since my last one (Iron Maiden, Megadeath, Anthrax) people began setting fire to piles of garbage while we moshed it was fantastic. High school highlight like 7 years ago was In Flames, Five Finger Death Punch, All That Remains, and Gojira - Heaviest Matter of the Universe was brutal...loved every second of it.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6DPhFpZW5a8

In Flames re-issued their "A Sense of Purpose" in 2014 (one of my favorite albums) and have been listening to them a lot lately. Glad to see a fellow enthusiast!

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Fri Jan 15, 2016 7:08 pm

I survived and it was one hell of a show, the guitare work was outstanding

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you use the brackets [youtoube][/youtube] and then insert the part of the url after he " = " in the of the second video EmCA7EwE3rY
you can find the brackets when clicking on the "Custom BBcodes" button.
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I didn't know In Flames reissued that album but I still got the old one here was also my first In Flames Album:D. The concert from 7 years ago sounds like one I would be down to from the spot haha. Have seen In Flames 2 times last year, with horrible sound and with excellent sound quality ,Colony would be my favourite if I had to. From all the bands I started to listen Gojira and FFDP are 2 bands I enjoyed the most the last 2 years.

Good to have you here so I have somebody to talk to haha. HWM What Name is also a big metalhead from norway but he is absence since a few years due to school, he know alot bands. Grass also listens to metal tho :).
 
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Fri Jan 15, 2016 9:03 pm

I have not previously heard of these songs or bands, but damn they're good!

I'm a fan of most music genres but I don't hear much Metal or Heavy Metal music outside of my own playlists these days; even then, I have to tone it down for friends and family I have around listening at the time haha. Lovin' this thread Lars! Great idea!
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Tue Jan 19, 2016 9:47 am

Thanks Houdini.

Insomnium shared a great Interview on their Facebook page
Habib: This is your first show ever in the Middle East! So how does Dubai feel like for you guys? Was it anything like you expected? What are your expectations for the show tonight?

Niilo: It’s about what I thought Dubai would be. It’s awesome to see places you’ve read about with your own eyes. So far, it’s what I thought it would be. No big surprises, but everyone is really friendly and nice. They’ve driven us around the city and showed us around, and we like it. We had a long flight and arrived here in the morning, so we didn’t get any sleep and we’re very tired now. But that doesn’t matter because we’re excited to get on stage, so it doesn’t matter if you’re tired when the adrenalin hits you to do your best for the show. After that, you feel like a winner, so I’m sure it will be a great show and a wonderful evening!

So besides the gig tonight, do you have any other plans in Dubai? Also, the weather here is very different for you, obviously.

Yes! We have this desert safari trip planned for tomorrow, and it’ll take around 7 to 8 hours. We’re excited for that too! And, yes, the weather here is great, especially because in Finland now it’s -25 degrees Celsius or so. The weather here feels like the summer in Finland and it's perfect!

Have you ever heard of or listened to any bands from our region? Do you think it’s surprising that the Middle East has an active metal scene?

I don’t think I’ve heard any bands from this region, but I’ve definitely read some names of them somewhere before. I’m not really surprised by the fact that there’s a metal scene here, because I’ve learned that in every country there is at least some small metal scene somewhere, and we have fans in literally every part of the world. It’s great, because metal unites people across cultures and countries.

I've been listening to Insomnium since 2010, and I've listened to your entire discography hundreds of times over. And it still amazes me. How do you guys keep putting out a unique and fresh record each time?

That’s what we want to do and try to do. We have really high standards in everything that we do, and we don’t want to repeat ourselves. We always want to invent something kind of new. That is, not totally changing everything, but always brining something fresh and making a different kind of album. For a band like AC/DC, for example, repeating themselves works out for them and nobody expects them to change at all. However, for most other bands, it’s better to put out something different and unique each time, to keep things interesting and fresh.

There has been a noticeable shift away from the folk elements present in your first two albums in your past few releases. Will you ever return to them? Or should we expect new elements?

Honestly, it depends on what kind of material we come up with and there might be folk influences, but it’s hard to say. I’m sure, however, that our next work will include a mixture of elements of melodic death metal, black metal, doom metal, folk metal, and thrash metal, in addition to things that we come up with. Then we make our own package of it, until it sounds like Insomnium.

Do you want classify yourselves into a specific genre, or Insomnium is just what it is?

If we have to categorize ourselves, then we are melodic death metal. But, you always want to add “but”, because we always have influences and elements from other subgenres, like doom and black metal, and I think it’s a great thing. That’s what makes Insomnium a unique band.

I've once shown your lyrics to a couple of English literature professors at my university, and they loved it and asked me which 18th-19th century poet wrote this! Speaking of poetry, your lyrics have been an inspiration and influence for me to write my own English poems.
What makes you write such powerful pieces that echo the style of the European romantics and gothic literature as well as Finnish poets like Eino Leino?

Both Ville and I read a lot, and we both write the lyrics. We read all kinds of literature, of course. Novels, and poetry and short stories. I love to write poetry and prose. I have two passions in life: music and writing. Those are the things that I extremely love. So, we have very high standards when it comes to lyrics, right from the start. We want the lyrics to work as poetry, even without the music. If you could just read the lyrics, it works as a poem, and there’s some kind of story that develops there, with an ending. And what you said about European romantics and gothic literature and poetry, as well as Finnish poets from 100 years ago, those are all big influences for us. For me personally, the German Romanticism era is a big influence as well, in addition to Eino Leino and Finnish poets from that time. When I read those poems, I feel like they convey similar feelings to the ones that we try to give in our music. It’s a huge source for inspiration.

Do you sit and deliberately force yourself to write lyrics when you have to, or do they just pop into your mind in a rush of creativity and emotion?

It’s hard work, the same as creating any form of art or writing music, but inspiration is a must. There’s creativity there but there’s also a lot of hard work. So you need to sit down and see what you’ve been doing, but also after a while look at it analytically and edit it. Your first draft is always your first draft. In this sense, the biggest difference between the amateur and the professional is how they handle the text after the first draft. It’s not ready when it’s the first draft. Only the idea that you formulated for yourself is what it’s in the first draft, and then you start changing it and making it work. It’s sometimes difficult and you feel like “I have no idea what to write or fix”, and you get writer’s block. It can also be tricky when trying to make the poem change to fit the rhythm for the music, and it takes time to do that. In the end, when you make it work, you feel super good!

Your 2009 album Across the Dark included heavy use of electronic keyboards (which I personally loved). Do you ever plan on using those again? Why or why not?

Again, it depends. I think it mostly has to do with the mixing of the album. There’s usually some keyboards in the background in most of the parts, but they’re not so audible. Maybe that’s one thing, but we shall see when it comes to our future albums. However, I think keyboards are an important part of Insomnium’s music, and you can add a lot of stuff with them that you can’t do with just guitars. We’re definitely going to have keyboards in the future as well.

I feel One for Sorrow was a beautifully well-done masterpiece of melancholy. However, I sensed that Shadows of the Dying Sun seemed to shift towards a bit more positivity. What was the reason behind that, do you think?

It’s hard to analyze that. Songs just come out of somewhere, and this time, they sound like this and the other times they sound different. It’s not intentional, that we decided to make an album sound overly like that. We just start making songs, and something comes out of it. And at some point, when we have like, let’s say 10 songs ready, we would ask ourselves “What is this album missing?” We then see if we need one fast song or one long, epic song to add to the album and whatever else we feel is missing. Up to that point, it’s really free-flowing and natural before being a directed and deliberate album from the start.

You guys have come a long way since your formation in the late 1990's and you've become one of the more recognized and renowned bands in the worldwide metal scene. Is there any advice you think you can give to up-and-coming metal artists in the region?

Believe in yourself and try to find your own voice and style. Of course, everybody starts by imitating their idols, but at some point you should find your own voice, sooner or later. So, try to do that. If you want to stand out amongst all the bands in the world, you have to have something unique about your music, that’s the thing. Making good and unique songs, something that people want to listen to again and again, that’s what’s important to help you establish yourself as a musician.

I've always wondered if you guys listened to anything other than metal. Do you? So is everything not so brutal and KVLT for you?

We listen to all kinds of music, and I think that it’s a bit childish to intentionally and forcefully limit your music choices. Listen to everything you like. If you like only metal, it’s cool; go for it! However, I try to find good stuff from all kinds of music. For example, if we’re touring, and playing metal all the time, with 3 or 4 other heavy bands, in the evening when we’re on the tour bus, we’re not going to listen to metal, so we put on some classic ‘80s pop music or Queen or Michael Jackson, so it’s totally different. I think that’s one important thing when you want to create something very unique because you need to study more than your own genre. This also applies to literature and writing. If you want to be a science fiction writer, for example, you don’t want to just read from your genre, but you need to read the world classics in literature and a large variety of books and literary works. The same thing goes for music.

If you could choose only 5 artists/bands to listen to for the rest of your life (excluding your own band of course), who would they be?

This is a difficult question indeed!
I would say Queen, Emperor, Type O-Negative, Amorphis, and Sentenced. It could be other artists, but those are just what I got off the top of my head right now.

Any words for the readers of Metality as well as for your fans in the Middle East?

We’re really excited to finally get and play here, in this part of the world. And, we hope to get back here soon! Also, for those people who haven’t heard our music, check us out, and open your mind to more bands and genres of music!

Habib: I want to thank you guys on behalf of Metality, its readers, and the region's metal scene for making it all the way here to play, and for this interview as well.
As a loyal fan, I'm looking forward to seeing you guys live again, and to see what you have in store for us. Thank you for being inspiring musicians and fantastic lyricists! Until next time!

Niilo: Thank you so much!

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Wed Feb 03, 2016 2:42 pm

Glad to see you posting Insomnium, Lars, definitely one of my favourites. I'm not gonna bother posting more of them, though Shadows of the Dying Sun and Across the Dark are albums that are amazing and you're missing out if you don't give them a listen! Also nice to see In Flames mentioned! I've been a huge In Flames fan (and still am) for many years, but their last album kind of disappointed. But hey, such is life.

2015 was a good year for me, two of my favourite bands released really Pineappling good albums; Ghost with Meliora, and Soilwork with The Ride Majestic. Click the links and be amazed.

Soilwork - The Ride Majestic
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Ghost - Cirice
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I'm just gonna dump a bunch of other songs that are worth checking out. Give them a listen and hope something tickles your fancy!

Dimmu Borgir - Gateways (This is taken from a concert they held with the Norwegian Symphonic Orchestra or whatever they're called, and the Oslo Chamber Choir. The chick who does the vocals in the band Djerv also makes a guest appearance and it sounds AMAAAAAAZING. Play it loud, goosebumps kick in at around 4:08.)
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Katatonia - The Parting (This shit is just chill and epic and powerful all at the same time. It's a roller coaster of goosebumps!)
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Amorphis - Sky Is Mine (Amorphis is a Finnish band, taking lots of inspiration from the Finnish epic poem thingie Kalevala. It's pretty cool, and their guitars are taaaaaaasty!)
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Before The Dawn - Sanctuary (I honestly don't know much about Before The Dawn, but they have some pretty sweet albums! If this song tickles you in the right places, the whole album is worth checking out!)
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Sat Feb 27, 2016 5:13 am

I feeeling good today and thought I will finally do a little writeup again.
Starting with album releases of 2015.The one I cared most for was Ensiferum-One man army. They grew to be one of my alltime fav. bands and this album was by far better than the last one of 2012.
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I was far more busy by digging through already existing stuff than caring alot for new releases but I still listened to a good bunch on Spotify
Iron Maiden-Book of Souls : It's solid album and sounding more like the ones from 20 years ago (at least to me but I like it that way)
Disturbed-Immortalized : They came out with it very surprising, I like the album but I haven't bought it yet. Will probably do it since I got all the other ones too :P. Their cover of "Sound of Silence" made big waves and got alot of good critique.For me, I can't hear anything else than "Sound of Needler" when the melody comes on.
Five Finger Death Punch-Got your six: It is OKAY, I talked with yomeone about it and she said that they went more "commerce" and one or two songs sound like Nickelback but it could make a good live album but on CD it's lacking the aggresiveness of former albums, I can just agree to that.
Children of Bodom-I worship Chaos: Disapointed me on the whole hearthrough. I can just laugh of lines reading "connects to former succes of Hatecrew deathroll and Follow the reaper". not for me.
Soilwork-The ride majestic: Good Soilwork album
Disarmonia Mundi-Cold inferno: pretty similiar to Soilwork, means good shit.


As a small reply to What name's post.
I borrowed myself a good bunch of CDs from another Metalhead , for example also a Katatonia album. I like them alot, they really have the melancholic-melody thing down but also can sound somewhat heavy.It's the kind of music you listen to when you want to relax or when you're sad or both.
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Amorphis,not much to say about them, I like them , but they didn't really flashed me , just an overall solid band, I also enjoyed them live.

Before the Dawn they climbed up the ladder to one of my top tier bands so fast it's incredible. I love the stuff they put out, sadly it was just a side project and the guy in charge seems very creative since he had other projects with alot of content output. Black Sun Aeon,which is quite heavier and Wolfheart which is his main project now, it quite similiar music wise but I haven't listened to too much into it so far but i will in the future.
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in the bunch of CDs I borrowed were lso Machinehead, Cataract and Pantera. not bad but not that great for my taste either. Overkill,Virgin Steele and Ever Eve were pretty cool.

Next time I will just throw in some stuff I like for you to check out, probably I wil just copy my PM I sent to What Name.Also new releases for this year

BTW Amon Amarth yo
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Mon Feb 29, 2016 8:25 am

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Insomnium is a finnish Melodeath band with a hang for the melancolic,will post an older and a newer song below,with lyrics :) .


I was fully prepared to hate, and am pleasantly surprised. Metal is still not my cup of tea ...
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Mon Mar 14, 2016 3:10 am

The lyrics to this song was the kind of life I was living and I was going through a lot during that time.
"Imprisoned inside this mind
Hiding behind the empty smiles
So simple (the anguish)
As it mocks me
Crawling back into the dark
Running, always running, into the distance
Stop me before I bleed, again
The echoes of my voice
Follow me down
The shadows I cast
Follow me down
Deeper I'm falling
Into the arms of sorrow
Blindly descending
Into the arms of sorrow
There must be serenity"

Killswitch Engage - The Arms of Sorrow

Good Charlotte - The River ft. M. Shadows, Synyster Gates


One of my favorite rock songs.
Rammstein - Du Hast


The drums on this track are sick!!


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Thu May 26, 2016 5:47 pm

Man...I love this thread. Always discovering chronic bands I would never encounter through my everyday routines, thanks for all the good content!

Nintendocore - yassss, its a beautiful abomination created in the dark chambers owned by Horse The Band. I've been listening to these guys for about 7 years now and they are definitely an acquired taste for the owners of a standard metal/subgenera palate. They grow on you, they make you feel things you didn't know possible. I am a big fan of the evolution of a track, wide tempo changes, dissonant tones, and nonsensical/whimsical lyrics and they possess all three of these things. I thought I would share a couple tracks to open your mind and possibly (most likely) offend your petty ears.

Horse The Band is described/best known for their 8-bit Nintendo-influenced sound combined with metalcore, and provided we are a gaming community inspired by metal, I figured you could go no longer without knowledge of their existence. The keyboardist Erik Engstrom absolutely shreds and is fantastically complimented by/in-tune with the guitarist David Isen, they play off each other amazingly IMO. Anytime you can weave together some Nintendo like 8-bit tones with shredding guitar licks, you deserve to be mentioned. Anyway - here are a couple songs to make you question life as you know it, and be left with the questions of, "what the hell did I just hear?" and "I can't explain why I quite subtly want to hear more of what just abused my trochlear apparatus." If you don't make it through the first couple, just head to Science Police for redemption.



Do you catch my drift? Do you want to run in a circle and thrash violently at the nearest living thing? I sure do. Whats that? You want to hear a song about one of Mega Man's arch nemesis Cutsman? Don't worry I can provide what you desire.



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"THAT LITTLE BASTARD, with his tricks and vile forms of
play, hacking shaving slicing mutillating, all that will
yield before him or that gets in his way."

Still with me? Have you made it this far? I sure hope so - I am thoroughly enjoying typing this up and listening to these beauties. Anyone know Birdo, you know, Yoshi the friendly green dinosaur creatures main squeeze/gender confused homie, with a fascination pertaining to eggs? Oh yea...we have one for you as well.





Are you questioning your most important life choices? I know I am. Don't worry - you're almost through it, you've made it this far, why turn back now right? The next one doesn't have a main character for us to focus on so it's up to you to determine what the main motivation was! Ooh we all love a little trivial pursuit (not the board game) don't we?



- "AND IN THIS MOMENT
seconds stop and I BURST with clarity
a wealth of love and hate-- gone blank
for I finally remember MY Pineappling NAME!"

Oooo I hope you feel like you have the power of a million exploding suns now, It doesn't feel right! But it doesn't feel wrong either, does it? Yes yes yes, one last one to get a little funky to and leave you repairing the deep wound that you have created by the constant scratching of your scalp in hopes of aiding your brain in comprehending just what in the hell is going on. I leave you with an incredible ride-along with the Science Police - a fictional law enforcement agency in the DC Comics Universe, active in the 21st, 30th and 31st centuries.





Oh man, I hope you haven't been monitored and apprehended - who knows what they are going to doing to you now! Formulate your theory and get outta there!

Anyway - thanks for the read/listens my friends, I hope you have made it this far and can begin to fathom the elegant allure that Horse The Band can provide. The more you listen, the more you can't quite understand why your desire to listen is steadily swelling within you. Check out their album Desperate Living, The Mechanical Hand, and R. Borlax for more incredibly necessary nourishment. Ill see you deeper in the realm of Metal very soon my brethren, keep moshing that pit, and shredding those licks - YellowTail.......OUT!

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Tue Jun 07, 2016 2:09 pm

Since I really like to talk( or write about metal I thought I will break my posts into Genres or rather styles so I don't get confused about what I'm talking haha.

First of all, Yellowtail those songs are kinda funny but not really my cup of tea. Also the Municipal waste stuff wasn't too bad either but I guess it has to grow on me,since there is so much bands to choose from I can be very picky :)

THRASH METAL:

I will make it easy. I bought the new DOOM and it's quite the Metalhead game. Metal riffs,gore explosions,the Hell theme,Pentagrams,the overall atmosphere. So I went on and made a Playlist on Spotify with just Thrash metal and a few songs which are really close to it so I can blast through demons in style without silence all the time.
Instead of clusering this thread with 20 embedd lvideos this link will suffice ,it contains all the Thrash bands I listen to .
ENJOY!

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Here lately ive been getting sucked into Sabaton. As ive just discovered them I don't know much about them yet but hopefully that changes in due time. Ive been particularly interested in their songs Smoking Snakes, Primo Victoria, and In the Army Now. It drew my attention by randomly popping up on my Van Canto Pandora station. Anyone have some Fantasy Metal bands they could recommend that are similar to Blind Guardian, Van Canto, and Nightwish?
 
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Here lately ive been getting sucked into Sabaton. As ive just discovered them I don't know much about them yet but hopefully that changes in due time. Ive been particularly interested in their songs Smoking Snakes, Primo Victoria, and In the Army Now. It drew my attention by randomly popping up on my Van Canto Pandora station. Anyone have some Fantasy Metal bands they could recommend that are similar to Blind Guardian, Van Canto, and Nightwish?

Around 5 years ago I was in the same state with Sabaton and now they're the band I watched live the most so far.
When music High 5s were still a thing I included them in there and as you can see alot people here didn't knew who they were haha.
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I can recommend the album "The Art of War" of them.

I don't listen to alot Power metal anymore but if you like Sabaton you should also like Powerwolf, these two bands are the rising stars of the metal scene in the last few years and it's still funny to me when somebody doesn't know them ;).
Also Hammerfall and Messenger should fall into your category.
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Wed Jun 08, 2016 4:42 pm

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Here lately ive been getting sucked into Sabaton. As ive just discovered them I don't know much about them yet but hopefully that changes in due time. Ive been particularly interested in their songs Smoking Snakes, Primo Victoria, and In the Army Now. It drew my attention by randomly popping up on my Van Canto Pandora station. Anyone have some Fantasy Metal bands they could recommend that are similar to Blind Guardian, Van Canto, and Nightwish?


I was big into this kind of music a few years ago. Here are some bands you may like:

Sonata Arctica - Don't Say a Word
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Wintersun - Death and the Healing (Wintersun is Pineappling great!)
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Ensiferum - Treacherous Gods
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Hammerfall - Last Man Standing
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Dunderbeist - Shields Aligned
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