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10
Apr

MelodicRock Records Error: Arti Tisi

An unfortunate screw up with one of last year’s MRR titles was brought to my attention this week.
 
The Arti Tisi release “The Reeperbahn” contains a track that isn’t Arti at all. “When You Love Someone” is actually the original Drive She Said track, as released on the “Driving Wheel” album. And it seems we also used the original master of “Think Of Love”, with Arti's voice overdub, without permission as well.
 
It’s no excuse, but a lot of the source material lacked labelling, so this clearly demonstrates an area that needs to be handled more carefully with future planned archive releases.
 
Obviously this was an unintentional and innocent mistake, but also a pretty dumb one at that. MelodicRock Records and Arti Tisi sincerely apologise to Mark and Al’s family.
 
Mon
09
Apr

Finland's Hard Rockers RUST N RAGE Sign To MRR

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Wednesday, May 30, 2018
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MelodicRock Records is excited to announce the signing of one of Finland’s youngest and most hard hitting bands, RUST N RAGE.
 
RUST N RAGE have been kicking ass in their native country, performing since 2010. Their debut album ’Showdown’ was released in 2013, but now it’s time for their mega-cool follow-up, ’Tales From The Wasteland’, which will be released by MRR worldwide outside of Finalnd.
 
Track Listing:
01. Midnight Train 04:10
02. Dancing On The Edge 04:34
03. Riding On The Storm 04:31
04. Hungry For The World 06:09
05. Lethal Injections Of Love 03:46
06. Maze Of Pleasures 04:01
07. Blood On The Cross 06:39
08. Take It Off 04:36
09. Dreamcatcher 05:43
10. Revolution 02:32
 

 
 
Rust n’ Rage - Biography
 
Rust n’ Rage is a rock band formed in 2010, hailing from Pori, the west-coast of Finland. Founding members of the band are guitarist Johnny and drummer Jezzie. The original line-up had a different singer, bassist and also another guitarist, Martti. In the early years of the band, Rust n’ Rage mainly played covers, all the while creating their own material. The bands true spirit and line-up started forming when Vince took the mantle of the singer and Eddy grabbed the bass. Not long after, there was a demo-session of three songs, and two of the songs ended up in the debut album later on. Rust n’ Rage was going on strong as a five-man band, until Martti decided to focus on his own projects and passions. The band decided to keep on going as a four-man group, with only the power of one guitar.
 
At this point, they already had a lot of own material, and it was time to record a debut album. The debut, ”Showdown”, was released in the start of 2013 via local record company, Ektro Records. Three music videos were released from the album, and the record got mainly good reviews from all around the globe. After intense touring around Finland, it was time to start going abroad. Rust n’ Rage went for a six-gig tour, that consisted of gigs in Sweden, Latvia and ended in Estonia, in the summer of 2014.
 
From here, the band had loads of new ass-kickin’ material, and after choosing which songs to record for a second album, all that was left was to start recording it.
In the summer of 2015, Rust n’ Rage started ”Nothing to Lose-tour”, which was done with another Pori based band, Serpico. This tour had gigs in Latvia and Finland, and ended up with eight gigs, all around England.
 

 
From the upcoming album, two singles have been released already: ”Riding on the Storm”, as a lyric video and ”Take it Off”, as a music video. Third video “Dreamcatcher” will be released on spring 2018. The planned release date for the second album, “Tales from the Wasteland”, is coming in May.
 
 
Mon
09
Apr

MILLENNIAL REIGN Bring 'The Great Divide' May 25

Friday, May 25, 2018
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Millennial Reign "The Great Divide" is a really strong US power metal album that should be perfect for fans of bands like Queensryche, Crimson Glory, Stryper and Theocracy! Artwork by Jan Yrlund [Battle Beast, Pyramaze, Korpiklaani]. Released May 25.
 
Tracklisting:
01. The Genesis
02. Break The Tide
03. More Than Scars
04. Imagine
05. Till The End
06. In Your Silence
07. The Day The Sun Stood Still
08. Behind The Time
09. Wounds In Hand
10. The Great Divide
 
The Great Divide album info
The US power metal band Millennial Reign are back with their new album "The Great Divide"! The album features new members Travis Wills [vocals], Steve Nichols [drums] and Neil Bertrand [bass] together with founding member Dave Harvey [guitars]."The Great Divide" is the follow-up to "Carry The Fire", the label debut for the Swedish label Ulterium Records. Since the release of "Carry The Fire" the band toured with Stryper on their "To Hell With The Devil 30th anniversary tour" as well as supported bands like Sonata Arctica, Leaves' Eyes, Theocracy, Omnium Gatherum, Hammerfall and Joe Lynn Turner.
 
"The Great Divide" feels like a more focused and powerful album than its precursor and the new vocalist Travis Wills [Infidel Rising] really shines through the album with his raw and emotional vocals. Fast, catchy songs like "Break The Tide" and "Imagine" are mixed with epic songs like "Till The End" and "Wounds In Hand" and together they form a great collection of songs that should appeal to fans of US power metal and melodic metal.
 
Millennial Reign are scheduled to support Stryper and Hammerfall in June and will also play in Mexico for the first time this year.
 
"The Great Divide" is a really strong US power metal album that should be perfect for fans of bands like Queensryche, Crimson Glory, Stryper and Theocracy!
 
Millennial Reign line-up:
Travis Wills  - Vocals
Dave Harvey - Guitars
Steve Nichols - Drums
Neil Bertrand - Bass
 
Millennial Reign discography:
2018: The Great Divide [Ulterium Records]
2015: Carry The Fire [Ulterium Records]
2012: Millennial Reign
 
Recorded, mixed and mastered by Ty Sims
Artwork by Jan Yrlund [Battle Beast, Pyramaze, Korpiklaani]
 
Ulterium Records contact
Web: www.ulterium-records.com
 
Mon
09
Apr

THE NIGHT FLIGHT ORCHESTRA Storm Back June 29

Friday, June 29, 2018
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After taking the world of rock music by storm with last year's surprise hit 'Amber Galactic', which also got nominated for a Swedish Grammy in the process, and leaving people speechless after a breath-taking first European tour in November/December, Swedish classic/progressive rock supergroup THE NIGHT FLIGHT ORCHESTRA have completed the works on their impatiently awaited next album.
 
Today the band reveals details of their upcoming album, entitled 'Sometimes The World Ain't Enough'.
Just like 2017's 'Amber Galactic' the album will feature two different cover artworks (see above) for the regular and limited editions.
The album is set for release on June 29, 2018 via Nuclear Blast and will contain 12 brand new songs. The limited first edition digipack CD as well as the vinyl will also feature an exclusive bonus track. The Japanese version will also feature an additional bonus track.
 
Sometimes The World Ain't Enough
01. This Time
02. Turn To Miami
03. Paralyzed
04. Sometimes The World Ain't Enough
05. Moments Of Thunder
06. Speedwagon
07. Lovers In The Rain
08. Can't Be That Bad
09. Pretty Thing Closing In
10. Barcelona
11. Winged And Serpentine
12. The Last Of The Independent Romantics

Limited edition digipack CD & Vinyl bonus track
13. Marjorie
Japanese Bonus Track
14. Pacific Priestess
 
'Sometimes The World Ain't Enough' was again produced by the band themselves and was recorded at Handsome Hard Music / Larsson Music Studio as well as Nordic Sound Lab in Skara, Sweden. Mixing duties were taken on by the band's guitarist/percussionist Sebastian Forslund and mastering was done by Thomas ”Plec” Johansson at The Panic Room.
Pre-orders will start soon.
 
Soon, THE NIGHT FLIGHT ORCHESTRA will descend from their extraterrestrial orbit and take over your hometown. The place you thought you knew will for one very special night become a palace of sin, where the champagne hits you harder, the stakes are higher and all the women are undercover space commanders. And on top of all that, THE NIGHT FLIGHT ORCHESTRA will put on the rock show of the year, guaranteed to blow your mind.
Can you handle it?
 
 
Sat
07
Apr

STONELAKE 'Thunder And Rain' Pre-order Now

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Wednesday, April 25, 2018
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PRE-ORDER NOW - EARLY DIGITAL AUDIO DELIVERY AHEAD OF CD SHIPPING APRIL 25
 
STONELAKE - Thunder And Rain ($15 + $5 worldwide shipping)
 
 
 
MRR APRIL RELEASE DEAL -
CAPTAIN BLACK BEARD + STONELAKE ($30 + $5 worldwide shipping) 
 
 
 
It is with great pleasure that MelodicRock Records announces the signing of Swedish hard rockers StoneLake for the release of their new studio release ‘Thunder And Rain’.
 

 
It is the third release in a partnership with StoneLake’s founder Jan Akesson, following previous albums from S.A.Y and Jan Akesson’s Shadow Rain.
 
This will be StoneLake’s seventh album and their first in 5 years. The band might have a new updated logo, but ‘Thunder And Rain’ is an album of classic StoneLake you know and love – high octane guitar riffs, pounding rhythm section and layers of vocals and keyboards brining the melody.
 
Bound to appeal to fans of Swedish hard rock, TNT and Yngwie Malmsteen and the like…
 

 
Jan Akesson comments: “We are happy to announce the release of our 7th album "Thunder and Rain" through Melodic Rock Records! After a break of nearly 5 years it's great to have finished the work of an album that we are very proud of!”
 
Vocalist Peter Gundstrom: “With this work we are back to the roots where we once started off with melodic songs, harmonies and riffs like the old school! Everything comes from heart and soul and I am very humble still to be able and deliver what I love!”
 
Jan concludes: “To release this album is great because this means that we are back for the future again! We feel that the songwriting and production gets better all the time and this have no ending as long as we love what we are doing! We would also like to thank Andrew for believing in us and that our cooperation goes on and on!”
 
STONELAKE IS:
Peter Grundstrom – Vocals, Backing Vocals
Jan Akesson - Guitars – Keyboards, Backing Vocals
Lasse Johansson - Bass
Jens Westberg - Drums
 
Produced By: Jan Akesson
Recorded, Mixed And Mastered By: Jan Akesson AT UMP Unlimited Music Production
 
 
StoneLake Bio:
In August 1984 guitarist Jan Akesson and singer Peter Grundstrom got to know each other after performing at the same show in different bands; Jan was lead guitar in Ravage and Peter was fronting Whitelight. Their meeting led to the conclusion of Jan’s work with Ravage and he became a new member in Whitelight in the fall of the same year.
 
Whitelight’s focus was melodic hard rock, initially influenced by Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin and Bad Company and then by a 'new wave' of English, American and Canadian bands such as Whitesnake, Van Halen, Journey, Toto, Riot, Wrabit and Dokken. Whitelight played many gigs and produced many demos in search of that elusive record deal.
 
After 3 years with Whitelight, in 1987, Jan decided to leave the band and went his own way to spread his wings with tougher, more guitar-oriented hard rock. Peter stayed in Whitelight, who changed their name to Kee Avenue.
Jan went on to form new bands Why Not, Perfect Stranger and Dr Blue, playing many very successful gigs and making several acclaimed recordings.
 
Kee Avenue split up in 1991 after the bass player and the keyboard player left the band. After this final breakup Peter went on to play and sing with several different, mostly cover bands, though he kept on writing songs, always looking for the right project to showcase his talent.
 
In 1994 Jan decided to step back from live performance to concentrate on writing and producing songs in his new studio on the emerging digital recording platforms that would soon come to dominate the music industry.
 
Finally, 15 years after the two first played together, Jan decided to give Peter a call, thinking that it was time for a ‘reunion’. A good meal and a few beers was the spark that lit a new beginning.
 
The result was StoneLake.
 
'Thunder And Rain' will be released April 25 on MelodicRock Records.
 
 
Fri
06
Apr

CAPTAIN BLACK BEARD 'Struck By Lightning' Pre-order Now

Wednesday, April 25, 2018
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PRE-ORDER NOW - EARLY DIGITAL AUDIO DELIVERY AHEAD OF CD SHIPPING APRIL 25
 
CAPTAIN BLACK BEARD - Struck By Lightning ($15 + $5 worldwide shipping)
 
 
MRR APRIL RELEASE DEAL -
CAPTAIN BLACK BEARD + STONELAKE ($30 + $5 worldwide shipping) 
 
 
Swedish rockers Captain Black Beard have signed with Melodic Rock Records for the release of their new studio album ‘Struck By Lightning’, coming worldwide April 25.
 
The first single and video from the album “All The Pain”, is out now, with the new video 'Dead End Street' making it's debut now:

The new album sees a switch in musical direction for the band, unleashing a wave of powerful new anthemic, pure melodic rock songs.
 
“It’s an honor to work with such enthusiastic champions of our genre.” says bassist Robert Majd.
 

 
In the summer of 2017 Captain Black Beard entered the studio to write a new chapter in the bands history. Robert Majd and Christian Ek along with new lead singer Liv Hansson as well as producer Jona Tee (keyboardist in H.E.A.T) pretty much reinvented the band’s sound.
 
The album that was recorded is called ‘Struck By Lightning’ and features a fresh dose of high energy melodic rock. From the instant catchiness of the opening track “All The Pain” to the heavy closing of “Straight Out Of Hell”, the band combines their AOR influences with their hard rock roots.
 
“This is a tremendous album and I’m really excited for the guys,” states MRR owner Andrew McNeice. “They’ve created a great new sound that brings together everything I love about music – killer songs, big production and hooks and harmonies everywhere. This album is going to put the guys on the map.”
 
Captain Black Beard was formed in 2009. Their self-titled debut album was named one of the "Albums Of The Year" by legendary journalist Geoff Barton of Classic Rock. The follow-up "Before Plastic" featured guest appearances by Bruce Kulick (KISS, Grand Funk Railroad) and Mats Karlsson (220 Volt). In 2016 the band released "It's a Mouthful" and toured with Joe Lynn Turner (Rainbow, Yngwie Malmsteen, Deep Purple), Robin Beck, House Of Lords and performed at the festival Hard Rock Hell AOR for the second time in their career.
 
A release party will be held in Stockholm, Sweden on the 9th of May. Check out the bands website or facebook-page for all the latest news: www.facebook.com/CaptainBlackBeardBand / www.CaptainBlackBeard.net
 
“Struck By Lightning” will be released via Melodic Rock Records on April 25.
 

 
 
Fri
06
Apr

BULLET - "Fuel The Fire" (Official Video)

 
Swedish Metal band Bullet will release a new digital single and video today. The new song "Fuel The Fire" is taken from the forthcoming studio album "Dust To Gold". The song is also available as a limited 7" vinyl version with a cover version of ANGEL WITCH's "Dr. Phibes" on Side B.
 
The new album "Dust To Gold" will be released through Steamhammer/SPV on April 20th 2018 as CD digi (incl. poster) / 2LP gatefold (golden vinyl) / download / stream
 
 
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Fri
06
Apr

BIG CITY Bring 'Big City Life' To Fans June 22

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Friday, June 22, 2018
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Norwegian melodic heavy rock/metal band, BIG CITY, have released a new lyric video for 'From This Day', the song is taken from their second album ‘Big City Life‘, which will be released as a double CD digipack including their 2013 never released debut album ‘Wintersleep‘, on June 22nd, 2018 via ROAR! Rock Of Angels RecordsBIG CITY features members of ScariotBlood Red ThroneWithemMaraton and Memoria Avenue. The video can be viewed here: https://youtu.be/XUaJ5XShGwE
The video was made by Mitsos Tsou at Brutus Studios. Mixing, mastering and keys on both albums by Martin Berger (Screams Of Scarlet, Blood Red Throne, Zerozonic) at Skar Production. The album artwork was made by by Tim Eckhorst (Scorpions, Ektomorf, UDO, Wacken Open Air).
Big City Life‘ Tracklist:
1. Big City Life
2. Cryin’ In The Night
3. Daemon In The Dark
4. Rocket Man
5. Stars Surrounding
6. From This Day
7. Running For Your Life
8. Forgive Me Now
9. Tower Of Babylon
10. Home Again
Wintersleep‘ Tracklist:
1. Midnight Train
2. Innocence Of A Kill
3. Wintersleep
4. Fire And Stone
5. Too Late
6. The Last Sleep
7. Iseline
8. Love Break The Heart
9. Harbor Of Tears
10. Will You Be Gone
Big City is:
Jan Le Brandt - Vocals (Memoriaa AvenueNorthquake)
Daniel Olaisen - Guitars (Scariot
Blood Red Throne, ex-Satyricon)
Frank Ørland - Guitars (ex-Scariot)
Miguel Pereira - Bass (Withem)
Frank Nordeng Røe - Drums (Withem
Maraton)

BIG CITY is a melodic heavy rock/metal band from Norway with tons of experience in the music industry. The members have been playing or still play in extreme bands as Satyricon and Blood Red Throne, but also the up and coming prog metal band Withem and many other bands.
The reason for Big City is songwriter Daniel Olaisen and his ideas throughout the last 10 years. He wanted to put his 80’s heavy riffs in a band and find suitable people to join him. Bandmate, Frank Ørland, also played with Daniel in Scariot (1999-2005, prog/thrash/heavy band featuring Communic members) and was an obvious choice to bring to Big CityFrank Nordeng Røe (WithemMarathon, session drummer for Circus Maximus) on drums, was found when searching on internet. The band was completed with Jan Le Brandt on vocals and Geir Inge Olsen on session bass guitar. The debut album, Wintersleep, was recorded and released in 2013 digitally through Mayhem Music.
Big City continued to write material for another album. Miguel Pereira (Withem) was recruited as their new permanent bass player. Big City is now planning to perform live in 2018 for the first time!
 
Thu
05
Apr

STAR CHASE - Afterlife (Showcase)

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Wednesday, February 28, 2018
Afterlife
Release Date: 
February 28
Released: 
Worldwide
Genre: 
AOR
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MelodicRock Records is very pleased to continue their relationship with the very fine melodic rock stars of Melbourne, Australia – STAR CHASE! The band's new album 'Afterlife' will be released via MRR on February 28.
 

 

 

 
PRE-ORDER NOW:
 
STAR CHASE - Afterlife ($15 = $5 airmail shipping)
 
 
 
FEBRUARY DEAL:

STAR CHASE - Afterlife + BURN Ice Age ($30 + $5 airmail shipping)

 
 

 
For those that may not know, Star Chase is the 5 piece melodic rock band featuring a very familiar name on lead vocals/guitars – Jason Old from The Radio Sun (and previously Safire, Square One, Someone Elses Life).
 
Joining Jason in Star Chase are:
Steve Martret - lead guitars/vocals and producer (Safire)
Gilbert Annese - drums (Square One,Someone Elses Life)
Aaron Suter - keyboards/vocals (Safire)
Anthony Wong - bass/vocals (Someone Elses Life)
 
After the 15th anniversary of the original Safire EP, Steve and Jase began writing together initially for fun, with no other plan other than to write as many songs as they could.
This eventually led to having over 20 songs written in a few months.
 
After putting the band together it was clear there was a chemistry so the next step was to record an album with no real expectation. The resulting, The New Day debut was a collection of 11 rocking tunes for fans of “two guitar & keyboard“ rock with huge harmonies.
 
This band has their own unique sound. It continues on into this, their second studio album ‘Afterlife‘.
 
’Afterlife‘ is an album that will continue to please fans of the debut and The Radio Sun, and fans of classic feel good melodic rock, Australian style AOR and songs with big hooks and even bigger harmonies.
 
Star Chase Afterlife will be released via MRR on February 28.
 
 
Thu
05
Apr

THE CARS Forty Year Road Trip To Rock Hall

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Wednesday, November 26, 2014
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Dallas, TX - April 5, 2018.  North American syndicated Rock radio show and website IN THE STUDIO with Redbeard: The Stories Behind History's Greatest Rock Bands celebrates The CARS 40th anniversary on the eve of their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. 

The Cars‘ zero-to-platinum popularity came amidst the final fizzle of the mid-Seventies Punk Rock sparkler, and the sound and attitude that survived by Spring 1978 was labeled by at least one rock writer as the nebulous one-size-fits-none term New Wave.

The drivetrain of the five man Boston band was always powered by the songs of Ric Ocasek. Growing up in the Otcasek household (Ric(k) later would also drop the “t” from his surname), early 1960s Sputnik paranoia and Telstar technology mixed with Cold War James Bond spy intrigue for Ric, courtesy of his father.

The Cars’ test track where they had tuned up their sound was the mid-Seventies Boston club scene, and the first recording to roll off the assembly line,”Just What I Needed“, contains every musical hallmark of their identifiable style: the catchy simplicity of Ocasek’s songwriting; the half-spoken halting unconventional lead singing by both Ric and bass player Benjamin Orr, allowing The Cars to be a versatile hybrid crossover with all-terrain vocals; the insistent industrial beat by former Modern Lovers drummer David Robinson; the quirky, campy, reedy organ and synthesizer of Berklee School of Music grad Greg Hawkes; and the melodic yet economical lead guitar of Elliot Easton.

"We made that first record in twelve days,” remarks The Cars’ driving force Ric Ocasek in this IN THE STUDIO classic rock interview. What is even more remarkable is that The Cars would accelerate from regional Boston appeal in May 1978 to parked on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine by the following January with the headline “Best New Group”, eventually to sell seven million copies of that incredible debut album.

The Cars  surprise hit debut (#16 on Rolling Stone magazine’s Top 100 Debut Albums of All Time), the torque of the Cars’ “Good Times Roll”, “My Best Friend’s Girl”, “Just What I Needed”, “You’re All I Got Tonight”, “Bye Bye Love”, the mesmerizing “Moving in Stereo”, and the plaintive lead vocal by the late Benjamin Orr “All Mixed Up” all propelled the cross-legged Woodstock generation off of their butts and back onto the dance floor. The sleek polished chrome and glass produced sound by Journey/ Queen veteran Roy Thomas Baker combined distinctive instrumental arrangements from rock and roll’s past in a way that, paradoxically, sounded cutting edge modern.

Forty years later we still rev up this high-horsepower rock roadster which runs as well today as the day in May 1978 when The Cars rolled off the production line. Neck and neck with Heartbeat City as their best seller, The Cars  is highly responsible for shuttling the band from the parking lot to get the green light for entrance into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. 


 
The Cars 40th & Rock Hall Edition /IN THE STUDIO with Redbeard interview is available now to STREAM at: www.inthestudio.net/online-on-demand/cars-40th-ric-ocasek-greg-hawkes
 

 

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Thu
05
Apr

TNT Issue Statement In Response To Fan Reaction

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To counter the overwhelming negative reaction to the new TNT track 'Are You Ready For Some Hard Rock', TNT guitarist Ronnie LeTekro has issued the following statement:
 
"The musical direction on the new album contains classic TNT songs and is generally very melodic. In that respect, ‘Get Ready For Some Hard Rock’ is kind of untypical for the album that mainly consists of melodic hard rock in the vein of '80s TNT, but we and Frontiers thought it would be a cool track as a teaser and a ‘message’ to rockers all over the world.
This album is as diverse as 'Tell No Tales' and we are very happy about it. Look out for the first proper 'single' "Tears In My Eyes" coming in May. It can’t sound more TNT than that one! :)
Haters and skeptics will be turned into LOVERS again. - Love & Respect, Ronni Tekro"
 
If you haven't already, check the song out for yourself:
 
 

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