Godsleep European Tour Starts Oct. 30

Posted in Whathaveyou on October 14th, 2019 by JJ Koczan

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Later this month, Athenian heavy rockers Godsleep will embark on a round of tour dates that will find them not only in their native Greece, but also Bulgaria, Romania, Hungary, Poland, Germany, Switzterland  and Croatia. Eight countries. The tour takes place over the course of most of November as it covers this swath of the continent, and it finds the four-piece out supporting their late-2018 sophomore outing, Coming of Age (review here), which came out last November through The Lab Records and Threechords Records as the follow-up to 2015’s Thousand Sons of Sleep (review here). The second LP marked the arrival of vocalist Amie Makris to the lineup, which gave the songs a refreshed feel and a due amount of soulfulness to go along with their fuzzy push in tracks like “Unlearn” and the dynamic shifts of “Karma is a Kid.”

Touring a year after the release, well, it’s probably not ideal, but you work with what you’ve got and no doubt Godsleep will make the run worth the trip one way or the other. Dates follow, as well as the Coming of Age stream, should you want to get reacquainted:

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GODSLEEP – EUROPEAN TOUR 2019

This fall we are on a mission.

Follow us on this trip along the roads of Europe and let’s find out how deep the rabbit hole goes.

Long live rock ‘n’ roll!

See you down the hall…

30.10 IOANNINA (GR), CASTILLO
31.10 SOFIA (BG), MIXTAPE
01.11 BUCHAREST (RO), EXPIRAT
02.11 CLUJ (RO), FLYING CIRCUS
03.11 TIMISOARA (RO), CAPCANA
05.11 BUDAPEST (HU), ROBOT
06.11 LODZ (PL), MAGNETOFON
07.11 KATOWICE (PL), FAUST
08.11 TORUN (PL), DWA SWIATY
09.11 BERLIN (DE), HEADZ UP FEST
10.11 HAMBURG (DE), MS STUBNITZ
12.11 TRIER (DE), LUCKY’S LUKE
13.11 FRANKFURT (DE), DREIKÖNIGSKELLER FFM
14.11 MANNHEIM (DE), JUGENDHAUS SCHÖNAU
15.11 POTSDAM (DE), ARCHIV
16.11 LEUVEN (BE), JH SOJO
19.11 WEIMAR (DE), C.KELLER
21.11 LUCERNE (CH), BRUCH BROTHER’S
22.11 RADEBEUL (DE), BARNYARD
23.11 SALZBURG (AT), DOME OF ROCK FESTIVAL
24.11 ZAGREB (HR), KSET
27.11 THESSALONIKI (GR), ROVER

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https://www.facebook.com/Godsleepband
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Godsleep, Coming of Age (2018)

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Acid Mammoth Sign to Heavy Psych Sounds for Under Acid Hoof Release; Preorders Start Today

Posted in Whathaveyou on October 10th, 2019 by JJ Koczan

Having zero prior experience with Greek doomers Acid Mammoth, I opted to jump into their 2017 self-titled debut at the most reasonable point — its 18-minute closing track, “Black Rites.” This is not a decision I regret. The Athens four-piece thereby dig into dark classic doom vibes and choice riffs and melodies that offer stomp enough to suit the nodders and a sense of space in the proceedings that gives them an air of their own even as they still might reasonably call themselves “traditional” in form. The second album is called Under Acid Hoof, which, you know, I guess is fair game when you’re Acid Mammoth, and it’ll be released early next year through Heavy Psych Sounds.

That in itself is something worth noting. Not just because Heavy Psych Sounds is constantly picking up new bands — they are — but because so few of them are outright doom. Acid Mammoth legitimately bring something to the label it didn’t really have before, and as so much of the imprint’s focus has been on desert rock and psychedelia over the last few years, it’ll be interesting to see how Acid Mammoth fit in. Like the sludgy Deadsmoke, they’re a standout on the roster. Some bands thrive in that position, and doom has never been about being too comfortable.

Here’s the album announcement from the PR wire:

acid mammoth

Heavy Psych Sounds Records & Booking is really proud to present a new band signing *** ACID MAMMOTH ***

Acid Mammoth is a doom metal band from Athens, Greece. The band was formed in 2015 by Chris Babalis Jr. (Vocals & Guitars) and Dimosthenis Varikos (Bass), good friends since high school, with a deep love for Sabbath and other heavy music. They were quickly joined by their very good friend Marios Louvaris (Drums) and Chris Babalis Sr. (Guitars), Jr.’s father. Acid Mammoth is more than just a band of friends. They are a family.

In late 2016, the band recorded its self-titled, debut full-length album, which they self-released digitally in autumn of 2017. The album was well received, and it wasn’t long before the band was in the studio again to record its second full-length album “Under Acid Hoof”. This time darker, heavier and fuzzier.

Heavy Psych Sounds Records welcomed the Greek Doomers in his roster after the first listening of the new album.

NEW ALBUM PRESALE STARTS: OCTOBER 10th

ACID MAMMOTH is:
Chris Babalis Jr. – Vocals, Guitars
Chris Babalis Sr. – Guitars
Dimosthenis Varikos – Bass
Marios Louvaris – Drums

https://www.facebook.com/Acid-Mammoth-200075070418110/
https://acidmammoth.bandcamp.com/
https://heavypsychsoundsrecords.bandcamp.com/
www.heavypsychsounds.com/

Acid Mammoth, Acid Mammoth (2017)

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Deaf Radio Announce Nov. 15 Release for Modern Panic

Posted in Whathaveyou on September 18th, 2019 by JJ Koczan

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Greece’s Deaf Radio teased the promise of their next album with the release of the single ‘Astypalea’ (posted here) back in June. It’s been some three months since that track went out, so getting news of said album is welcome. It’s called Modern Panic and the release is set for Nov. 15 through Ihaveadrum Records. The art, which you can see below, is on-theme with what accompanied the single as well, and the band offers some illumination about what the general thematic is this time around, specifically citing, “lonerism, homophobia, racism, drug use and social media addiction.”

That’s not a little ground to cover, but if you’ll recall, one of the things that their debut, 2017’s Alarm (review here), had working in its favor was efficiency, so I have little doubt the Athens four-piece will get where they’re going this time out.

The PR wire has it like this, preorder link and all:

deaf radio modern panic

Rising Psychedelic Rockers DEAF RADIO Return with New Album, Modern Panic

Released on 15th November on ihaveadrum

Pre-order Modern Panic here: https://deafradio.bandcamp.com/album/modern-panic

Following the release of their ‘Astypalea’ single in June, Athens’s leading psych rock quartet Deaf Radio are thrilled to announce the official release of their sophomore album on 15th November via ihaveadrum.

As chief proponents of hard rock and grievous genre assault, ever since the release of their debut album in 2017, the band has been hailed by many as one of the most exciting alt-rock bands to emerge from Greece in recent memory. With Alarm garnering thousands of streams online and gaining ecstatic praise from sell-out crowds when performed live across Europe, expectation are high for the release of Modern Panic; a sprawling, exhilarating and breathtaking record that promises to leave no ear unturned:

“Modern Panic isn’t just Alarm’s successor,” explains guitarist, Panos Gklinos. “It’s a record through which we redefine the band’s identity. Composing it felt like looking at a mirror, suddenly noticing something is changed and then embracing it. Musically there are moments where raw and powerful elements come to surface and others in which we our reveal darker shades. Written between London, New York, Athens and Crete, the changes in the mood of the record are ferocious, while lyrically it reflects on modern society’s issues such as lonerism, homophobia, racism, drug use and social media addiction.”

Having shared bills with the likes of The Killers, All Them Witches, 1000mods and The Kills while touring in 2017 and 2018, Deaf Radio honed the sound and feel of these new songs on the road, live and in-person with thousands of fans in over thirty different cities across Europe. An endeavour which opened the band up to the most perfect proving grounds for testing new material, when seeking to make that perfect next record.

“There’s no doubt that Alarm’s success set the bar high, but in reality, once you put a record out there it’s all out of your control. People can resonate to it and give it a whole new meaning. It’s a chess game, we made our move, now we can’t wait to see how people react and how they will experience Modern Panic.”

Deaf Radio are:
Panos Gklinos (Vocals & Guitar)
Dimitris Sakellariou (Guitar & Vocals)
Dimitris Georgopoulos (Bass & Backing Vocals)
George Diathesopoulos (Drums & Backings Vocals)

https://www.facebook.com/deafradioband
https://www.instagram.com/deaf.radio/
https://deafradio.bandcamp.com/

Deaf Radio, “Astypalea”

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Chickn Premiere “Infrared Panda Club” Lyric Video; Bel Esprit out Oct. 18

Posted in Bootleg Theater on July 18th, 2019 by JJ Koczan

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Please, three minutes of your time. I promise it’s for a good cause. Among the best causes, actually, as I can think of few hills as much worth dying on as that of the willfully weird, and Athens’ Chickn — no Google, I didn’t forget the ‘e’ — will issue their third album, Bel Esprit, through Inner Ear Records on Oct. 18. The new outing follows last year’s Wowsers! (discussed here) and their 2016 self-titled debut (discussed here), and it brings “Infrared Panda Club” as the first audio to be officially released to the public. And yes, it’s three minutes, and yes, it’s a strange and hypnotic delight, the kind of thing you can’t quite look away from and you’re not sure why. An earworm in the classic sense but with a sound likewise indebted to P-Funk and Talking Heads that I expect in no way represents the full scope of the album, as the band at this point have a history with a swath of genres at their disposal. They are a blast, and “Infrared Panda Club” is a blast, and for everyone who might be in one of those “everything-sounds-the-same” ruts, I guarantee that whatever you’re listening to, there’s at least a 93 percent chance it doesn’t sound like Chickn. Take three minutes an play those odds.

chickn infrared panda club (Song Artwork by Eftychia Vlachou)One doesn’t want to generalize, but I consider Chickn emblematic of the more adventurous side of Greek’s heavy rock underground in general, particularly in their willingness to incorporate beyond-genre influences into an experimentalist approach that still keeps its structure intact. They are downright gleeful on “Infrared Panda Club” — which is meant to make no more sense than it does — toying with different layers of rhymes amid funky keys and percussion and lyrics worthy of the lyric video you can see them in below. It’s hyper-stylized, and again, I wouldn’t think the whole album functions the same way, but it definitely works for this three minutes, and as a first teaser for Bel Esprit to come, it for sure makes me curious what the hell other shenanigans Chickn might be up to this time around. Guess we’ll find out in October.

Good times.

You can check out “Infrared Panda Club” on the video embed below — again, it’s only three minutes, and it’s so weird; just make it happen — and dig into more info from the PR wire beneath that.

Please enjoy:

Chickn, “Infrared Panda Club” lyric video premiere

Chickn are happy to announce a new album. “Bel Esprit” is due out on October 18 via Inner Ear Records. The follow-up to last year’s “Wowsers” sees the Greek psych-heads exploring a variety of different styles. From garage-blues to synth-prog and beyond, “Bel Esprit” will generously provide you with all the touchy – feeliness you’ll ever need. It will be hidden inside intimate voices telling distant stories, cosmic whistles or even in the form of cadenced grooves from outer space.

“Bel Esprit” was recorded between March and June of 2019 in Athens, Greece engineered by Nikos Triantafyllou and Iraklis Vlahakis, produced by Angelos Krallis & CHICKN.

“Infrared Panda Club” is the first offer of CHICKN’s third LP “Bel Esprit”, track-listed third on the album. A truly bizarre yet uplifting song that popped Angelos, the band’s guitarist and vocalist, out of a nightmare some months ago and furled into the smallest club into this world. It’s nothing more but an Infrared, meaning when not using a filter the club behaves like a normal club with no special characteristics. Alike Panda bears, it involves gallons of water. Feel free to join the Club!

Chickn are:
Angelos Krallis – Vocals, Guitar, Synthesizers
Pantelis Karasevdas – Drums/ Percussion
Chris Bkrs – String Machine, Guitar
Axios Zafeirakos – Bass
Don Stavrinos – Trumpet/ Percussion

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1000mods to Record New Album with Matt Bayles This Fall

Posted in Whathaveyou on July 4th, 2019 by JJ Koczan

If you’re in Europe and you’ve been waiting to see on which Fall festivals 1000mods‘ name inevitably popped up, they’re headed in a different direction. The foremost ambassadors of Greek heavy rock will travel to the US to record in Seattle with Matt Bayles (Mastodon, Isis, etc.) at the helm as producer. The band’s 2016 album, Repeated Exposure To… (review here), was one that allowed them to greatly expand their reach in terms of touring, coming to America for the first time in 2017 and touring Australia also for the first time just this past Spring, so clearly they’re looking to rise to the occasion of a follow-up and where it might take them. Antarctica, I guess? Do they have shows there? Probably.

Let’s assume an early-ish 2020 release depending on their label situation and tour schedule — February or March doesn’t seem unreasonable — and just start looking forward to it now in order to save time later. No substitute for efficiency.

Here’s what they had to say:

1000mods (Photo by Cristina Alossi)

It’s been almost 3 years since “Repeated Exposure to…” was released! We’ve spent those 3 years on the road playing gigs and performing at festivals around Europe, USA, Canada, Mexico and Australia, including our last show in Athens, Greece last week at Release Festival with Alice In Chains, Fu Manchu, Puta Volcano and Monovine. It has been a hell of a ride and now with a few shows left till the end of the summer, we are ready to try and make something way different than we are used to!

So, from October 21st until November 14th we will be at Seattle, Washington state, USA to record our 4th album with producer Matt Bayles (Mastodon, Pearl Jam, Isis, Minus the Bear, Soundgarden, etc). The recordings will take place at London Bridge Studio and Studio Litho, two of the most legendary and iconic studios of the world, where lots of bands and artists we look up to, have recorded over the years.

This is gonna be so much fun and we are all so grateful that we will live that experience!

Stay tuned!

Peace,
1000mods

1000mods is:
Dani G. / Bass & Vox
Giannis S. / Guitars
George T. / Guitars
Labros G. / Drums

https://www.facebook.com/1000mods/
https://1000mods.bandcamp.com/
https://soundcloud.com/1000mods
www.soundofliberation.com/id-1000mods

1000mods, Repeated Exposure To… (2016)

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Planet of Zeus Premiere “Revolution Cookbook” Video from Faith in Physics

Posted in Bootleg Theater on June 18th, 2019 by JJ Koczan

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Last week, it was announced that Planet of Zeus had signed to Heavy Psych Sounds and will release their new album, Faith in Physics, on Sept. 27, with preorders up now. The album would seem to take a more political direction that the opening title-track of their 2016 LP, Loyal to the Pack, hinted toward, and with the unveiling of the first single/video for “Revolution Cookbook,” that’s borne out across a sub-three-minute run of catchy, uptempo and hard-hitting heavy rock. My curiosity when the press release came through was how the Athens-based four-piece would square their burly, Clutch-style groove with the thematic, and I think “Revolution Cookbook” answers that question pretty succinctly in its intense forward drive and cyclical chorus, sticking the landing on the line “We got our first-world problems” and pitting that against the contrast of “They got the tv and the money and the power and the guns.” I don’t want to put too fine a point on it, but it sounds in that scenario like “we” are fucked.

I’m not sure who that “we” encompasses, but fair enough. If nothing else, “Revolution Cookbook” would seem to demonstrate that Planet of Zeus, if indeed they’re revising their focus lyrically, aren’t doing so at the expense of efficiency in craft. That is, they’re not so caught up in the message as to lose sight of the song. Faith in Physics would seem to be setting itself up for an exploration of these contrasts, whether it’s the melodic and shouted vocals here or the workman groove and more considered lyrics themselves. I haven’t heard the rest of the record yet — and since the release date is still more than three months out, I think that’s totally reasonable — but even the title Faith in Physics speaks to an idea of conflict or struggle, hinting toward the idea of science vs. dogma and commenting that even “believing” in science is a belief system, even if one based on empirical observation. This too would seem to make it a fitting follow-up to Loyal to the Pack, the first lines of which were, “No fake gods/No submission/No trust to anyone.”

The video itself is pretty straightforward in terms of capturing the band’s performance, but is well timed to the rhythm of the song nonetheless, though if you’re sensitive to flashing lights you might want to watch out in parts. It’s not too bad. I expect you’ll be fine.

Ultimately, it does nothing so much as make me curious to hear the rest of the album.

Enjoy:

Planet of Zeus, “Revolution Cookbook” official video premiere

ALBUM PRESALE: https://www.heavypsychsounds.com/shop.htm#HPS108

Faith in Physics was recorded in Autumn 2018 at “Villa Guiseppe Studio” (drums), Planet of Zeus’s studio (guitars and bass) and “Kiwi Studio” (vocals) in Athens, Greece. It was produced by Planet of Zeus and recorded, mixed and mastered by Nikos Lavdas. The album artwork was created by “Aristotle Roufanis Studio”.

PLANET OF ZEUS is:
Babis Papanikolaou – Vox & Guitars
Stelios Provis – Guitars
Giannis Vrazos – Bass
Serafeim Giannakopoulos – Drums

Planet of Zeus website

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Planet of Zeus on Bandcamp

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Planet of Zeus Sign to Heavy Psych Sounds; Faith in Physics Preorders Up

Posted in Whathaveyou on June 14th, 2019 by JJ Koczan

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There’s no audio from it yet, but the description of the intent behind the upcoming album from Planet of Zeus — titled Faith in Physics, out Sept. 27 through Heavy Psych Sounds — certainly has my interest piqued, and not just because I watched that Flat Earther documentary on Netfli. The Greek outfit would seem to be taking on a more grounded-in-now perspective in their themes, and I have to wonder how that will manifest in their songs. I tend to think of them as burly heavy rock, but maybe some different kinds of energies this time around? Titles like “The Great Liar” and “Let Them Burn” would seem to hint toward a yes in that regard, but definitely, I’m curious to hear how it will all meld. It’s the band’s first outing through Heavy Psych Sounds and preorders are up as of yesterday for vinyl and CD and whatnot.

The PR wire puts it thusly:

PLANET OF ZEUS FAITH IN PHYSICS

Heavy Psych Sounds Records & Booking is really proud to start the presale of the new album PLANET OF ZEUS – FAITH IN PHYSICS

ALBUM PRESALE:

https://www.heavypsychsounds.com/shop.htm#HPS108

USA PRESALE via All That Is Heavy (available soon):

https://allthatisheavy.com/search?type=product&q=faith+in+physics

RELEASE DATE: SEPTEMBER 27th

AVAILABLE IN :
40 ULTRA LTD TEST PRESS VINYL
250 TRANSPARENT SPLATTER BLUE / CLEAR BLUE / PINK FLUO / GREEN FLUO VINYL
550 LTD GOLD VINYL
BLACK VINYL
DIGIPAK
DIGITAL

In 2019, at a time in which irrationalism seems to be king, with far-right politics enjoying mainstream status worldwide, religious fundamentalists, flat-earthers, and anti-vaccinists testing the limits of freedom of speech, Planet of Zeus return with their highly anticipated fifth studio album, “Faith in Physics” (Heavy Psych Sounds records). Lyrically, this album seems to be Planet of Zeus’s most socio-politically conscious release, dealing with themes such as digitalization, religion, social network pseudo-revolution, addiction and lonerism. Musically, it sounds like the band’s chosen to take the dirtiest path possible in order to create the highly charged atmosphere needed to get its messages through. 46 minutes of heavy, intellectual riffology and fat grooves, reminiscent of RATM’s best days, MC5-esque attitude and energy, coupled with QOTSA’s pop sensibilities. An album that flows like water and closes with Planet of Zeus’s signature psychedelic last track, that sounds like “the Doors” landing in 2019 Athens via teleportation.

Faith in Physics was recorded in Autumn 2018 at “Villa Guiseppe Studio” (drums), Planet of Zeus’s studio (guitars and bass) and “Kiwi Studio” (vocals) in Athens, Greece. It was produced by Planet of Zeus and recorded, mixed and mastered by Nikos Lavdas. The album artwork was created by “Aristotle Roufanis Studio”.

TRACKLIST
Gasoline 4:31
Man Vs God 5:26
The Great Liar 5:03
Revolution Cookbook 2:55
All These Happy People 4:04
Your Song 4:46
Let Them Burn 5:58
On Parole 5:23
King of the Circus 8:15

PLANET OF ZEUS is:
Babis Papanikolaou – Vox & Guitars
Stelios Provis – Guitars
Giannis Vrazos – Bass
Serafeim Giannakopoulos – Drums

http://www.planetofzeus.gr
https://www.facebook.com/planetofzeus
http://planetofzeus.bandcamp.com/
https://www.facebook.com/HEAVYPSYCHSOUNDS/
http://www.heavypsychsounds.com/
https://heavypsychsoundsrecords.bandcamp.com/

Planet of Zeus, Loyal to the Pack (2016)

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Deaf Radio Stream “Astypalea”; New Album Coming Soon

Posted in Whathaveyou on June 7th, 2019 by JJ Koczan

deaf radio

After making their debut in 2017 with Alarm (review here), Greek heavy rockers Deaf Radio hit the road pretty hard last Fall in Europe, so my only question as regards their new record, yet untitled, is whether it was recorded before or after that extended stint took place. I’d assume after — the tour wrapped just before the holidays in 2018, but there’s been six months between then and now to put it to tape — and if that indeed is the case, I’ll look forward all the more to hearing how the group has come together in the time since their first outing, which was already well schooled in its approach to warm-toned heavy and catchy songwriting. They’re streaming the new single “Astypalea” — an island, not a new diet craze — and you can hear that below, as well as read about the record courtesy of the PR wire.

More to come, I hope:

deaf radio astypalea

DEAF RADIO: Rising Athens Rockers Return with New Single | Sophomore Album Released Late 2019

New single ‘Astypalea’ is released today and is taken from their new album, which arrives later this year

Chief proponents of hard rock and grievous genre assault, Deaf Radio, the Athens’ based quartet make a much-welcomed return this month with the release of the brand-new single, ‘Astypalea’.

The first song composed, recorded and lifted from their as-yet-untitled second album, which is due for release later this year, ‘Astypalea’ is a captivating glimpse of things to come

Written on the rooftops of old churches in Astypalea, a secluded Greek island in the Dodecanese, lyrically it focuses on the connections and experiences between each band member, with marauding and majestic guitars reminiscent of Queens of the Stone Age and Rise Against. A song that begs to be played loud, this is the first recording made by the desert rockers since the release of their successful debut album, Alarm in 2017. Hailed as one of the best alt-rock albums from Greece in recent memory, it has since gone on to garner hundreds of thousands of streams online, and praise from ecstatic sell-out crowds when performed live across Europe.

Having shared stages with the likes of The Killers, All Them Witches, 1000mods and The Kills, Deaf Radio toured Europe throughout 2017 and 2018 and played in over thirty cities, serving as the perfect test ground material soon to be released on their second full-length album, due for release in the autumn.

Deaf Radio’s brand-new single ‘Astypalea’ is released on 5th June 2019 via ihaveadrum. Listen and find out more about ‘Astypalea’ now.

Deaf Radio are:
Panos Gklinos (Vocals & Guitar)
Dimitris Sakellariou (Guitar & Vocals)
Dimitris Georgopoulos (Bass & Backing Vocals)
George Diathesopoulos (Drums & Backings Vocals)

https://www.facebook.com/deafradioband
https://www.instagram.com/deaf.radio/
https://deafradio.bandcamp.com/

Deaf Radio, “Astypalea”

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