quarta-feira, agosto 16, 2017

Metalmania Festival 2018 – more bands confirmed!

Metalmania, the biggest indoor metal festival in Eastern Europe, returns to Spodek Hall (Katowice, Poland) on 7th April 2018. The 24th edition of this iconic festival will be headlined by Emperor! Two more bands have just been confirmed for this event – British thrash metal Xentrix will perform at the main stage, while Terrordome, a cross over thrash metal band from Poland has been added to the small stage line-up.
 
Xentrix is one of the most recognized thrash metals band from UK. Formed in 1985 in Preston, Lancahire, they were one of the leading lights of the British Thrash movement. The band released four full-length studio albums, with "Scourage" from 1996 being the last one. The band was active until 1997, since then they have re-united a couple of times. Although Xentrix never gained global notoriety, they had many underground performances with audiences of over 2,000 to 5,000 people in attendance. By 2006, Xentrix had sold over 500,000 records worldwide. The band's performance at Metalmania Festival will be their first ever show in Poland!
Current line-up:
Kristian Havard - guitars
Chris Shires – bas
Jay Walsh - vocal/guitars
Dennis Gasser – drums
 
Terrordome is a Polish quartet playing fast and brutal Crossover Thrash Metal with roots in the '80s. The band is heavily inspired by the acts like Razor, Nuclear Assault, Slayer or Cryptic Slaughter. Their music is marked with the break necking, fast, chaotic solos combined with aggressive screams. Being active since 2005 they have shared the stage with Suicidal Tendencies, Anthrax, Destruction, D.R.I., Whiplash, Hobbs' Angel of Death, Frank Blackfire, Suicidal Angels, Ratos de Porão, Fastkill, Accu§er, Abigail, Wormrot, Vader and many more.
Current line-up:
Uappa Terror – vocals & guitars
Paua Siffredi – guitars
De Kapitzator – bass & vocals
Murgrabia Mekong – drums
 
 
Metalmania Festival, one of the most important musical events of 20178, a real treat for metal maniacs! One day, two stages, several bands from all around the world and thousands of fans! That's what Metalmania Festival is all about! The last edition of Metalmania Festival took place at Spodek Hall in Katowice on April, 22nd 2017, with Samael, Coroner, Moonspell and Sodom on the bill! Tickets are on sale now!
 
7.04.2018 Metalmania 2018
Katowice – Spodek
 
EMPEROR
Xentrix
Terrordome
+ tba
 
TICKETS – PRE-SALE:
✔️ FAN - 666 PLN
✔️ VIP - 355 PLN
✔️ Red seats H, J– 260 PLN
✔️ Red seats & blue seats (rows I-X)– 220 PLN
✔️ Blue seats (rows XI and up) – 180 PLN
✔️ Standing floor – 190 PLN
 
Tickets available at these sites:
shop.metalmind.com.pl (collectors edition)
 
More info:
 
Metal Mind Productions

Shadowside to release new album Shades of Humanity in July

Brazilian/Swedish metallers SHADOWSIDE revealed more details about their upcoming album today. After several international tours and achieving international notoriety with the highly praised "Inner Monster Out", in 2012, the band announces their brand new work "Shades of Humanity", marking the official debut of their new bassist Magnus Rosén (ex-Hammerfall).

"Shades of Humanity" explores deep subjects such as depression, abortion, the Mariana dam disaster in Brazil and mankind's moral values, branching out in musical ways nobody expected while still keeping their heavy guitar riffs and catchy melodies. The album was produced and mixed by Fredrik Nordström (Arch Enemy, Hammerfall, Evergrey, In Flames, Dream Evil) and Henrik Udd(Architects, Dimmu Borgir, Dream Evil, Arch Enemy, Bring me the Horizon) in Gothenburg, Sweden.

"Shades of Humanity" features tracks such as "Unreality", written by Magnus Rosén in partnership with guitarist Andy La Rocque (King Diamond), as well as go-for-the-throat scorchers like "Insidious Me", modern-edged crushers "Make My Fate" and "The Fall" and "Alive", track that is also going to be the album's first music video. A sample of "What If", one of the album's tracks, can be heard at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I3LbMsUAqcY .

The cover artwork was developed by designer Douglas Jen of Furia Music, and demonstrates the heavy atmosphere of the lyrics, representing the several aspects of human personality, marked by defects and unfinished drawings that symbolize the imperfection of all people.

Check out the cover artwork and tracklist below:

1. The Fall
2. Beast Inside
3. What If
4. Make My Fate
5. Insidious Me
6. The Crossing
7. Stream of Shame
8. Parade the Sacrifice
9. Drifter
10. Unreality
11. Alive
12. Haunted (Bonus track for Japan)

The album will be released in Japan on July 26 via Spiritual Beast, in North America/Europe on July 28 via EMP Label Group, owned by Megadeth's bassist Dave Ellefson, and in Brazil on September 4 via Furia Music Records.
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Peter Nordberg covers Phil Collins epic "In the Air Tonight"

Peter Nordberg covers "In The Air Tonight"

Nordberg teams up with Swedish mixer/producer Fredrik Andersson for his first release in English. A number of circumstances lead the duo to make a cover of Phil Collins´ epic debut single from 1981.

What started out as a one time recording session has now turned into an ongoing project. This first single highlights Nordberg ́s unique Nordic expression. Every instrument and sample was meticulously recorded at the A Side Productions studio in Stockholm. This quest for originality resulted in a truly organic soundscape.

Peter Nordberg - In The Air Tonight (teaser)


In 2016 Nordberg released the album "Om man inte är här" as a result of a successful crowdfunding campaign. His first choice of mixer was Fredrik Andersson and since then they have been working close together. Andersson got his start as house engineer at EMI studios in Stockholm in the 1990's. Since 2002 he enjoyed a 15 year working relationship with Cheiron producers Per Magnusson/David Kreuger leading to mixing numerous UK and US no. 1 singles and albums with Il Divo, Westlife and various Swedish and international artists.

Peter Nordberg was barely 19 years old when he got the chance to sign his first recording deal in Italy. His music was hailed with an outstanding reception in Norway, where he even managed to surpass many local performers in popularity.

In 1999, Peter released "Tiden Visar Vägen", followed by 2 solo albums and 3 more releases in collaboration with Norwegian artist Vidar Johnsen. The prolific collaboration sparked several gold and platinum albums in Norway, with frequent radio play and local Grammy nominations.

In 2012, Peter set out to get back to his homeland, Sweden, where he released "Här i Nord", an album that was received as well in both Sweden and Norway, placing Peter Nordberg as one of the strong acts within the Scandinavian music scene. There is also an even deeper connection to Sweden's long and rich folk tradition than had been evident on the Johnsen / Nordberg albums and Peter's previous solo efforts.

This trend continued on the 2014 EP "Hellre I Det Blå" (Rather In The Blue) with more prominent use of traditional Swedish instruments such as nyckelharpa.

On his latest releases Nordberg has given his acoustic guitar a temporary rest, to explore a more electronic soundscape. However, the voice and the storytelling are still the center of attention.

Steve Hill announces album 'Solo Recordings - Volume 3' UK release

STEVE HILL ANNOUNCES ALBUM "SOLO RECORDINGS: VOLUME 3"
RELEASED IN THE UK ON FRIDAY 6 OCTOBER
FEATURING THE EXPLOSIVE NEW SINGLE "DANGEROUS"

2015 JUNO AWARD WINNER FOR "BLUES ALBUM OF THE YEAR"
2016 MAPLE BLUES AWARD WINNER FOR "ELECTRIC ACT OF THE YEAR",
"GUITARIST OF THE YEAR" & "ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR"

Steve Hill, the one-man band blues rock machine, will release his
album "Solo Recordings: Volume 3" on No Label Records in the UK on
Friday 6th October 2017. To support the release, Steve will support
Wishbone Ash on their 27-date October and November UK tour.

When it comes to one-man bands, guitarist and singer extraordinaire
Steve Hill has no limits. Anything goes. He is the true exponent of a
one-man band. Steve performs standing up while singing and playing
guitar, his feet playing bass drum, snare drum, hi-hats and with a
drum stick fused to the head of his trusty guitar, any other
percussion within reach.

Steve's an overnight sensation that's 20 years in the making. He's an
ambitious and raucous force to be reckoned with on the Canadian and
international blues-rock scene. Now, he's ready to break out
internationally.

Solo Recordings Volume 3 features originals that are outright rockers
(Damned, Dangerous, Rhythm All Over, Smoking Hot Machine, Can't Take
It With You, Walkin' Grave) to more acoustic-based melodic tracks
(Slowly Slipping Away, Troubled Times, Emily) and three re-imagined
and rearranged covers (Still A Fool & A Rollin Stone, Rollin & Tumblin
/ Stop Breaking Down, Going Down That Road Feeling Bad). The album
shows an artist at the top of his game. It's no surprise why the
Montreal Gazette has referred to Steve Hill as "the meanest guitar
player in Canada."

Further info about Steve Hill's new album "Solo Recordings: Volume 3"
and his tour with Wishbone Ash –
www.noblepr.co.uk/Press_Releases/stevehill/solo-recordings-vol3.htm

TRACK LISTING – STEVE HILL "SOLO RECORDINGS: VOLUME 3"

1. Damned (3:18)
2. Dangerous (3:47)
3. Still A Fool & A Rollin Stone (5:32)
4. Slowly Slipping Away (3:26)
5. Rhythm All Over (3:38)
6. Smoking Hot Machine (4:01)
7. Troubled Times (4:21)
8. Emily (2:25)
9. Can't Take It With You (3:02)
10. Rollin & Tumblin/Stop Breaking Down (5:12)
11. Going Down The Road Feeling Bad (4:58)
12. Walking Grave (5:39)
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STÖMB : new Ep "Duality", out on September, 8



Born from the association of 4 musicians coming from multiple horizons, STÖMB is a progressive and instrumental metal band, proposing a powerful, modern and dreamlike music. Formed in 2012 in France, the band released a first EP, Fragment in 2014, and an album, The Grey in 2016. Performing live with video projection designed by Hicham Haddaji (Klone, Trepalium, Hacride, Septic Flesh...) STÖMB participated in several shows, like the festival Metalsphere (France), the Euroblast (Germany) or as the first part of The Algorithm.


DUALITY

Here he comes
He rises again within the depths of my entrails… jaws of iron
I can feel him, he knows it
He is what I am
My soul, my body, my heart, everything belongs to him

They dance before us… rag dolls
He knows it, they can feel him
I am what he is
And our gestures draw the outlines of their lives, everything belongs to him

My mind expends and implodes… bubbles of cotton
I know it, he can feel it
I want to be what he is
And our voices tune up to silence theirs, everything belongs to him

This vision is so wonderful… waterfall of salt
You know it, you can feel it
You are what we are
And our flesh unites with theirs, everything belongs to us

The journey is almost over… carousel of dust
You know it, everything can be felt
They are what we are
Their lives and feelings are nothing but an illusion, everything belongs to us

The night is brighter and brighter… temple of granite
We knew it, everything has grown silent
I am alone and you are gone
Your soul, your body, your heart… from now on, everything belongs to me

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See Bent Knee perform live on 'Show From Schubas' on Audiotree.tv

InsideOut Music Header

Boston based, art-rock band Bent Knee released their stunning album Land Animal this summer via InsideOutMusic/Sony.  Having recently concluded a North American tour featuring their enigmatic live set, the band now present a live performance on the 'Shows From Schubas' channel on the artist discovery platform Audiotree.tv.  

You can see 4 live tracks here:

"Way Too Long"
"Time Deer"
"Terror Bird"
"Leak Water"

Recently, Bent Knee unveiled their gripping music video for "Time Deer", a stunning depiction and commentary on our ever-changing and strained relationship with technology and our environment, just one of the many themes discussed on band's critically-acclaimed album Land Animal.

See the video for "Time Deer" here:

The 10-tracks [on Land Animal] show how fearless the six-piece is in grabbing hold of different sounds and making them their own." - Consequence of Sound 
 
"Throughout [Land Animal], it's just so amazing how diverse each track is. For a band to create so many different sounds is just incredible, and the diversity never sacrifices quality." - Impose
 
"Land Animal is one thrilling, inspiring, often terrifying ride." - PopMatters
 
"It's very rare that an artist or band comes along that changes your perspective on music and art...Bent Knee have done just that." - Substream
 
"On Land Animal, Bent Knee seems as interested in writing pleasing melodies as on upending expectations - as easily as the music makes you marvel, it provides delirious release." - WBUR 


The album is available here:

BENT KNEE Online:
  
INSIDEOUTMUSIC online: 
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PÄR LINDH at ProgDay 2017!

PÄR LINDH's musical career stretches back to 1977 when he formed Antenna Baroque.  In 1979 he founded the symphonic trio Vincebus Ereptum.   But with the changing musical times he spent his following years as organist, classical pianist, harpsichordist and drummer.  While successful, he missed the calling of progressive rock.

Beginning with his return to Sweden in 1989, he resurrected his early symphonic spirit with a band called Manticore, built the Crimsonian Label studio, and chaired The Swedish Art Rock Society.  In 1994 he released the first Pär Lindh Project album, Gothic Impressions, featuring members of Anglagard and The Flower Kings.  The rest, as they say, is history.

PÄR LINDH has a long established reputation as a composer, master keyboardist, and musical interpreter.  For his ProgDay appearance, PÄR will be performing solo and paying tribute to the late Keith Emerson, performing music from The Nice and ELP, as well as his own music from the Pär Lindh Project, and more.

Join PÄR LINDH (Sweden), DAVE KERZNER BAND (US), SONUS UMBRA (US), HEDERSLEBEN (Multinational), EPHEMERAL SUN (US), BUBBLEMATH (US), SHYLOCK (France), SONAR (Switzerland) with special guest DAVID TORN, and iNFiNiEN (US) for the twenty-third edition of ProgDay.  ProgDay 2017 will take place on Saturday and Sunday, September 2nd and 3rd, at Storybook Farm in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.  For more information, please visit us at www.progday.net.

To hear music from this year's bands, please visit the ProgDay Music page (http://www.progday.net/ProgDay-Music.html).
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segunda-feira, agosto 14, 2017

Classic Rock Legends Wishbone Ash Get “Tough & Tender” on North American Fall Tour!

Acoustic versions of beloved classics featured alongside
hard-hitting numbers

Wishbone Ash, one of the most influential guitar bands in the history of rock, will offer their North American fans a dynamic concert experience on the 2017 "Tough & Tender" Tour. In addition to the high-powered, all-out rockers the band is known for delivering, the guys will turn down the volume (but not the intensity) and treat audiences to acoustic versions of some of their classic hits.

"A great song is a great song, however it's delivered," says bandleader Andy Powell (guitar, lead vocals). "Playing acoustically allows people to hear the 'bones' of a song and how it might have been conceived in the first place."

Formed in 1969, Wishbone Ash finds itself in rare company these days. Not many bands are still going strong after nearly 50 years. It takes a serious lifetime of commitment to the craft of making music; but, more importantly, real skill is required to navigate the shifting seas of the music industry, and few know that better than Powell.

"We laid down strong musical roots in the '70s, and these roots continue to prove productive," he says. "Also, we nurtured our fan base as much as possible through fan club conventions, newsletters and the like; but this was all given a great boost once the digital age came into being, with websites and social media."

Through the years the band has delved into various musical genres, from folk, blues and jazz to pedal-to-the-metal rock and electronica. Whatever the style, Wishbone Ash's hallmark is the distinctive twin-melodic lead guitar interplay that has influenced such bands as Thin Lizzy, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Iron Maiden and, more recently, Opeth.

True road warriors, each year the band logs around 30,000 miles, roughly equivalent to circumnavigating the earth. "The hours, days and weeks we spend touring and recording results in a close-knit group, for sure," says Powell. "It allows us to bring a level of intensity to the table that people seem to pick up on and appreciate."

The fruitful results of near-constant touring are evident on the latest DVD release, "Live in Paris," recorded in May 2015 during a three-day residency at Le Triton Theatre in Les Lilas, Paris. Powell says, "We recorded three nights of material, including current versions of some classic songs, plus some deep tracks that people won't necessarily expect."

The band recently released a four-disc "Road Works" box set, a compilation of four separate shows recorded in Germany and the UK. In October 2015, Powell completed his autobiography, "Eyes Wide Open: True Tales of a Wishbone Ash Warrior," co-written with Irish music journalist Colin Harper. The book, published by Jawbone Press, has met with public and critical acclaim.

"Our concept was to root my musical story and that of the band's to the times in which I came of age," says Powell. "That is to say, relating it to those times, decade by decade, so that the reader could get a picture of how I was impacted by the social and musical trends and how I weathered those changes. We also wanted to keep it breezy and poke a little fun at this music game at the same time."

In addition to the "Tough & Tender" Tour, Fall 2017 will also see the release of a 32-CD deluxe box set, "Wishbone Ash – The Vintage Years," on Snapper Music.

From left: Joe Crabtree, Mark Abrahams, Andy Powell, Bob Skeat. Photo by Stefan Johansson

Wishbone Ash US Tour Dates:
Sept. 12 Milwaukee, WI Turner Hall
Sept. 13 Minneapolis, MN Famous Dave's
Sept. 14 Davenport, IA River Music Experience
Sept. 15 St. Charles, IL Arcada Theatre
Sept. 16 Edwardsville, IL Wildey Theatre
Sept. 17 Edwardsville IL Wildey Theatre
Sept. 19 Auburn Hills, MI Callahan's Music Hall
Sept. 22 Sherwood Park, AB Canada Festival Place
Sept. 25 Annapolis, MD Rams Head on Stage
Sept. 26 Richmond, VA Tin Pan
Sept. 27 Sellersville, PA Sellersville Theater
Sept. 28 Norfolk, CT Infinity Music Hall
Sept. 29 Derry, NH Tupelo Music Hall
Sept. 30 Bay Shore, NY Boulton Center
Oct. 1 Pawling, NY Daryl's House Club
Oct. 2 New York, NY BB King Blues Club & Grill
Oct. 5 Buffalo, NY Sportsmen's Tavern
Oct. 6 Akron, OH Tangier
Oct. 7 Pittsburgh, PA Rex Theater
Oct. 8 Jim Thorpe, PA Mauch Chunk Opera House

There is no other rock band in history that has done more with the twin guitar concept than The Ash. Be sure to catch them on tour this September. Tour dates and more information can be found at www.wishboneash.com. Follow the band on Facebook @wishbone.ash.official, Twitter @wishboneash_com and Instagram.
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domingo, agosto 13, 2017

Half Past Four August shows in Toronto

We have a couple of shows coming up this month in Toronto that we'd like to let you know about:

Sunday, Aug 13 at the Piston opening for Victoria, BC band Spaceport Union
937 Bloor St W.
Doors: 8pm

Thursday, Aug 24 at the Smiling Buddha for Concert for a Cure with our friends the band Six at Best
961 College St
Doors: 8:30pm
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New Documentary on French Music Legends Magma “To Life, Death and Beyond: the Music of Magma”

A passionate and moving tribute to Magma,
one of the greatest bands that ever existed!


"To Life, Death and Beyond: the Music of Magma" is a feature film that explores one of the most visionary and innovative music of the last 50 years, Magma. It takes the audience on a journey through several countries where the band has been filmed, fascinating interviews with fans and musicians, including Robert Trujillo (Metallica), Jello Biafra (Dead Kennedys), Trey Gunn (King Crimson). The film also includes an in-depth interview of the leader of the band, Christian Vander, and various musicians who were part of this extraordinary adventure over a period of more than 45 years.

Watch the trailer: https://youtu.be/V80oFyeJh1g

The film is packed with archival footage and an amazingly beautiful soundtrack is always flowing underneath. It is articulated around 6 chapters, taking the viewers on a journey through Christian Vander's childhood, his discovery of John Coltrane who became his mentor, the birth of Magma and the different periods of the band. It also covers Christian's unique approach and philosophy on music and life along with a tribute to the band's be album, "Mekanik Destruktiw Kommandoh." It ends on an inspiring and moving section where fans from various countries share the impact that the music has had on their life.

Written & Directed by Laurent Goldstein, the film was created to be seen and enjoyed by both fans of Magma and people who do not know this music. Christian Vander's story packs an emotional wallop and is a tremendous source of inspiration for anybody who has a passion in life and wants to realize their dream.

"To Life, Death and Beyond: the Music of Magma" will premiere in Toronto at the Royal cinema on August 20th at 2:00 PM. Magma will be perfoming live at the Mod Club Theatre in Toronto that evening. The film will premiere in Montreal at the Casa Del Popolo on Aug. 22nd at 6:30 PM. Magma will perform two shows in Montreal on August 21 & 22 at the La Sala Rossa. Both film screening events will cost $10. Please note that to attend the concerts seperate tickets will need to be purchased.

Laurent Goldstein produced his first feature-length documentary, "Your Second Fifty" a motivational piece that demonstrates that in spite of prejudices and popular beliefs, there is a life after 50, and it can be amazing! The film was shot over an 18-month period, in 6 countries on 3 continents, and showcases 40 fascinating characters. It has been shown in motivational seminars throughout North America since 2015.

In 2016, he produced – partly thanks to a successful Kickstarter campaign - his second feature-length documentary: "To Life, Death and Beyond: the Music of Magma," a tribute to the cult French progressive rock band.

For more information:
Facebook.com/themusicofmagma


Magma's official website:

Chilean Prog Ensemble Aisles To Tour US For The First Time In Support of Critically Acclaimed Album “Hawaii”



Chile - Aisles, the acclaimed South American prog rock sextet, will tour the United States for the first time in their career to play five dates, including the festivals Progstock in Rahway, New Jersey, and Progtoberfest, in Chicago, Illinois. 

Aisles will be performing part of their latest record, "Hawaii," a two-disc concept album about human colonies established in space after the destruction of the Earth. Its twelve tracks explore the dilemmas and challenges that the individual and the human spirit would face in this futuristic scenario. Regarding the theme and sound of the album, guitarist and producer Germán Vergara states: "Without a doubt it's our most profound work so far. With 'Hawaii' we dug deep in search of a concept that could really move us. Our objective was to write music that would emotionally and mentally take us to the place where the events in the album occur: Space."

"All the music on the album was written with our hearts and minds set on the idea of these human colonies, a small group of people who are able to preserve some of the heritage of mankind after the Earth is destroyed. Musically speaking we had never taken so many risks, tried so many different approaches and allowed ourselves this level of freedom to improvise and experiment. I am really proud of what we've achieved this time," Vergara adds. "Hawaii" has been acclaimed by specialized media like Prog magazine, Neoprog and All About the Rock.

" 'Hawaii' is a work of genius. A mind expanding experience" - All About the Rock 

"A joyous expression of individuality. One of the year's highlights" - Prog
"A masterpiece" - Neoprog

"Symphonious, mellifluous and happily nostalgic. One of the most far-reaching and rewarding progressive albums of the year" - Raw Ramp

Aisles will tour in the United States after playing five shows in Mexico. These are the dates:

MEXICO
Sat. Aug 12, Fest Prog Jazz, Foro Fausto Vega, Mexico City
Wed Aug 16, Underground Bar, Saltillo
Thu Aug 17, Salón Morelos, Monterrey
Fri Aug 18, Metal Brothers, Mexico City
Sat Aug 19, Centro de las Artes de Querétaro, Querétaro

UNITED STATES
Sat Oct 14, Progstock festival, The Union County Performing Arts Center, Rahway, New Jersey, Tickets
Mon Oct 16, Ferguson Theater, University of Pittsburgh (w/Valdez), Greensburg, Pennsylvania Tickets
Wed Oct 18, Buffalo Iron Works (w/Turning Virtue), Buffalo, New York Tickets
Thu Oct 19, Elkhart, Indiana (venue to be announced)
Fri Oct 20, Progtoberfest, Reggie's, Chicago, Illinois Tickets

With four studio albums and a career spanning twelve years, Aisles have become South America's most acclaimed prog act of the last decade. Their daring combination of rock, fusion, jazz and world music illustrates the band's uniquely liberal and eclectic approach. The group has played in South America and Europe, and their albums have been published in Europe, the Americas, and Japan.

In 2009, their second album, "In Sudden Walks", was nominated for Best Foreign Record in the Italian Prog Awards and the group was invited to open the 11th Progressive Rock Festival Crescendo in France. Their third album, "4:45 AM" (2013) was widely acclaimed worldwide and was chosen among the best albums of that year in a number of specialized publications. "Hawaii" (July, 2016), their fourth studio album was called a "masterpiece" and named one of the albums of the year by media outlets such as Prog (England), Neoprog (France), Raw Ramp (England) and Chile's premiere rock magazine, Rockaxis.

Aisles are:
Germán Vergara: guitar, vocals
Felipe Candia: drums, percussion
Sebastián Vergara: lead vocals
Rodrigo Sepúlveda: guitar, vocals
Daniel Baird-Kerr: bass
Juan Pablo Gaete: keyboards

For more information:
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quinta-feira, agosto 10, 2017

COLLAPSE UNDER THE EMPIRE Announce New Album "The Fallen Ones" / First Single "Dark Water" Online"

We're excited to announce that after almost 3 years Collapse Under The Empire are back
with their 6th studio-record The Fallen Ones, which is due out October 20th, 2017!

With this album the band is starting a new chapter for Collapse Under The Empire and the duo hopes to take all fans and listeners on their new journey which is The Fallen Ones!

For the last 6 months Collapse Under The Empire worked intensely on these 9 brand-new track and we all hope you'll like it as much as we do!
 
The first single titled Dark Water will be released on August 25, 2017.

Please share it wide!

Pre-orders for The Fallen Ones (Digital / CD / Vinyl) start immediately here: http://www.collapseundertheempire.com/shop/pre-order

The Fallen Ones

Collapse Under The Empire are back with an impressive new album! Chris Burda and Martin Grimm once again show their talent for diversity and release a record full of passion and haunting melodies. In the last three years the two musicians mostly concentrated on releasing other artists on their own record label Finaltune. They also prepared for their first live show ever that took place at the renowned DUNK!Festival in May 2016. In the last decade the band from Hamburg established themselves in the international Post-Rock-Scene with the release of five albums and a couple of EPs. Over the years Collapse Under The Empire developed their very own signature of electronic post-rock sound.

Collapse Under The Empire combine Synthwave- and Post-Rock in a very unique way and bring together fans of electronic sounds as well as fans of heavier music. The 9 tracks on The Fallen Ones conjure a dystopian journey that inspires to explore the landscapes of a pessimistic future. Highly interpretive and emotionally charged, The Fallen Ones evokes images of fear, insecurity and yearning. The album offers the listener the opportunity to delve into these emotions. The theme of the record fits quite well into today's world, but besides anxieties and negativity about the future, the album also paints pictures of hope. It provides moments of being reminded to own inner strength and power.

Recommended if you like: Mogwai, God Is An Astronaut, Maybeshewill, The Album Leaf, Clint Mansell, M83

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terça-feira, agosto 08, 2017

DAVE KERZNER BAND and SONUS UMBRA at ProgDay 2017!


DAVE KERZNER BAND (US)

DAVE KERZNER first made a name for himself through his work with wide-ranging artists such as Keith Emerson, Steve Hackett, Steven Wilson, Alan Parsons, Nick Mason, John Paul Jones, Neil Peart, Francis Dunnery, Jon Anderson, Ringo Starr, Heather Findlay, Jerry Marotta, and many others.  However, he is probably best known as co-founder of Sound Of Contact and co-writer/producer of Sound Of Contact's award-winning concept album Dimensionaut.  He is also well known as the founder of the sound production company Sonic Reality.

After many years working in sound design and production with SR and as a keyboardist with other artists, KERZNER decided it was time to take center stage as lead vocalist and put out his first progressive rock album as a solo artist.  In 2014 he released his critically acclaimed debut recording, New World.  Lush, melodious, atmospheric and restrained, it has been referred to as "a massive, opulent and timeless piece of psychedelic prog that will stand the test of time."

KERZNER is currently finishing his second album, Static, which is due to be released in September/October.

SONUS UMBRA (US)

Formed by Luis Nasser, Ricardo Gómez and Andrés Aullet as Radio Silence in Mexico in 1989,  the band was active for 5 years until its breakup in 1994.  While working with Kurgan's Bane in Baltimore after relocating to the United States, founding member Luis Nasser discovered the developing progressive rock underground that had begun to flourish with the rise of the internet.  Eventually Radio Silence was resurrected, and an album of early recordings was released to rave reviews.

Changing its name to SONUS UMBRA  for legal reasons, the band continued to develop, record and perform.  Mixing elements of progressive folk, symphonic rock, hard rock and heavy prog, the result has been a series of highly praised albums, two ROSfest performances, as well as appearances at Progtoberfest, Orion, the NJ Proghouse, the Boston ProgEARS showcase, and Terra Incognita.

Join DAVE KERZNER BAND (US), SONUS UMBRA (US), HEDERSLEBEN (Multinational), EPHEMERAL SUN (US), BUBBLEMATH (US), SHYLOCK (France), SONAR (Switzerland) with special guest DAVID TORN, and iNFiNiEN (US) for the twenty-third edition of ProgDay.  ProgDay 2017 will take place on Saturday and Sunday, September 2nd and 3rd, at Storybook Farm in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.  For more information, please visit us at www.progday.net.  Find us on facebook!

To hear music from all this year's bands, please visit the ProgDay Music page (http://www.progday.net/ProgDay-Music.html).
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segunda-feira, agosto 07, 2017

Caligula's Horse - launch first track from 'In Contact'

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Caligula's Horse, a band at the forefront of Australia's progressive rock scene, recently announced the release of their forthcoming fourth studio album, 'In Contact', for release on the September 15th, 2017 via Inside Out Music.
 
Now they are pleased to reveal the first track to be taken from the album, a riff-heavy, progressive metal tour-de-force titled 'Will's Song (Let The Colours Run)', which you can listen to here: 
 
Guitarist Sam Vallen comments: "Will's Song is something special for us. It's dark and heavy, especially by C Horse standards, but it never feels like a compromise between those traits and the melody and colour we strive for.
 
This track embodies the possibilities of our new line-up. Josh and Adrian have toured with us for a while now, but Will's Song finally shows what they're capable of, and how much we've all grown as a group through the changes. It's a massive step forward for Caligula's Horse."
 
Digital pre-orders of 'In Contact' through iTunes & Amazon receive 'Will's Song (Let The Colours Run) immediately, and the track is available on streaming services now. The album is also available to pre-order on CD & 2LP + CD (including exclusive colored versions) here: http://smarturl.it/CaligulasHorseIC 
  
Watch a teaser for the album here: https://youtu.be/mXxDhYhn80Y
   
As with the band's acclaimed album 'Bloom' before it, 'In Contact' sees vocalist Jim Grey and lead guitarist Sam Vallen collaborating closely on the music and lyrics. Vallen comments: "In our creative process every idea is scrutinized, deconstructed, and rebuilt in a way that one of us, alone, could never achieve. We're one another's harshest critic, but fortunately we've done this for long enough now that our inspiration draws us in a similar direction - we can finish each other's musical sentences, so to speak. And we're lucky that's the case, since In Contact proved to be a much more ambitious undertaking than anything we'd conceived of in the past."
 
Vocalist Jim Grey adds: "In Contact has been an enormous proposition - the stories told in this album feel deeply personal, and we've never been more excited to share a new work with the world. The sounds on this album are dark and adventurous - but without losing the bittersweet and joyful sounds we developed in writing Bloom."
 
As with the band's second album 'The Tide, the Thief & River's End', the band decided to hang a concept around the entire record, taking it in a direction that would end up being the opposite of its predecessor. "We decided to create a concept album, but one that came from a more personal place: one that would facilitate our creative needs wherever the journey took us" Vallen continues. "The broader concept is based around the nature of art - of what it is that sparks creativity and inspiration, a celebration of what connects us as human beings, the shared space across our many differences."
 
Taking in four separate chapters, each one is dedicated to an individual and their own personal journey and how they express themselves through art. "Each of these artists are reaching for something more in their lives, and while disconnected entirely from one another, they are united by that reach: for a better life, but also for something intangible."
 
Written between late 2016 and May 2017, the album went through a rapid production/mixing/mastering process encompassing five weeks between May and June. The music felt fresh and the ideas were captured at the peak of their vitality. The music on 'In Contact' stretched all of the bands abilities, from the frantic speed and complexity of 'Will's Song (Let the Colours Run)' to the immense scope and variety of the 16-minute album closer, 'Graves'. This is Caligula's Horse at their most ambitious and progressive. 

Watch a teaser for the album here:

 
As with the band's acclaimed album 'Bloom' before it, 'In Contact' sees vocalist Jim Grey and lead guitarist Sam Vallen collaborating closely on the music and lyrics. Vallen comments: "In our creative process every idea is scrutinized, deconstructed, and rebuilt in a way that one of us, alone, could never achieve. We're one another's harshest critic, but fortunately we've done this for long enough now that our inspiration draws us in a similar direction - we can finish each other's musical sentences, so to speak. And we're lucky that's the case, since In Contact proved to be a much more ambitious undertaking than anything we'd conceived of in the past."
 
Vocalist Jim Grey adds: "In Contact has been an enormous proposition - the stories told in this album feel deeply personal, and we've never been more excited to share a new work with the world. The sounds on this album are dark and adventurous - but without losing the bittersweet and joyful sounds we developed in writing Bloom."
 
As with the band's second album 'The Tide, the Thief & River's End', the band decided to hang a concept around the entire record, taking it in a direction that would end up being the opposite of its predecessor. "We decided to create a concept album, but one that came from a more personal place: one that would facilitate our creative needs wherever the journey took us" Vallen continues. "The broader concept is based around the nature of art - of what it is that sparks creativity and inspiration, a celebration of what connects us as human beings, the shared space across our many differences."
 
Taking in four separate chapters, each one is dedicated to an individual and their own personal journey and how they express themselves through art. "Each of these artists are reaching for something more in their lives, and while disconnected entirely from one another, they are united by that reach: for a better life, but also for something intangible."
 
Written between late 2016 and May 2017, the album went through a rapid production/mixing/mastering process encompassing five weeks between May and June. The music felt fresh and the ideas were captured at the peak of their vitality. The music on 'In Contact' stretched all of the bands abilities, from the frantic speed and complexity of 'Will's Song (Let the Colours Run)' to the immense scope and variety of the 16-minute album closer, 'Graves'. This is Caligula's Horse at their most ambitious and progressive.
 
 

The full track-listing is as follows:
1.Dream the Dead
2. Will's Song (Let the Colours Run)
3. The Hands are the Hardest
4. Love Conquers All
5. Songs for No One
6. Capulet
7. Fill My Heart
8. Inertia and the Weapon of the Wall
9. The Cannon's Mouth
10. Graves
 
Prior to the new album's release, the band are set to return to Europe in June 2017 for a string of live dates including support slots with Opeth, Anathema & Pain of Salvation, UK headline shows and festival appearances at Midsummer Prog Festival (Valkenburg, Netherlands) & Be Prog! My Friend Festival (Barcelona, Spain). To coincide with that, InsideOutMusic will reissue the band's first two albums 'Moments From Ephemeral City' & 'The Tide, the Thief & River's End' on the 16th June 2017 as CD & digital download.
 
Listen to streams of two tracks from the reissues below:

'The City Has No Empathy' taken from 'Moments From Ephemeral City': https://youtu.be/pTsodd6Sqvk

'All Is Quiet By The Wall' taken from 'The Tide, the Thief & River's End': 

 
The band's latest album 'Bloom' was released last year and enjoyed much praise for its multi-faceted dynamic and masterful production. It mines influences from heavy rock to jazz and beyond, making it a uniquely enticing sonic entity, and a powerful addition to the high quality canon of progressive alternative rock. It is a unique thrill to watch a band's momentum build so steadily and confidently. 
  
Caligula's Horse are:
Jim Grey - lead vocals
Sam Vallen - lead guitar
Adrian Goleby - guitar
Dave Couper - bass & vocals
Josh Griffin - drums 

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H.E.A.T ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM “INTO THE GREAT UNKNOWN”

RELEASED ON FRIDAY 22 SEPTEMBER

Friday 22nd September 2017 sees the UK release of the long awaited new studio album "Into The Great Unknown" from the celebrated Swedish rock band H.E.A.T via earMUSIC.
 
After one and a half years of intense song-writing, with guitarist Dave Dalone (aka Sky Davis) back in the mix, the band went on a questionable trip to record an album in Thailand, once again with Swedish Grammy award-winning producer Tobias Lindell. With 10 top songs in their cannon, H.E.A.T entered the heavenly Karma Sound studios in the outskirts of Bangkok to record what would become the fifth studio album. Once again the band continue the musical landscape with an innovative, highly explosive and refreshing melodic rock sound and an unforgettable collection of fantastic new songs.
 
"Into The Great Unknown" is the follow-up to 2014's critically acclaimed "Tearing Down The Walls".  2012's successful "Address The Nation" album was praised worldwide as one of the best albums of the year, and consolidated the H.E.A.T's growing reputation as the new leading band in hard edged melodic rock.  "Into The Great Unknown" is a rock and roll journey into the great unknown. The album delivers everything H.E.A.T is loved for - frontman Erik Grönwall's incredible vocal talent and the band's traditional approach to melodic rock.
 
In 2009, H.E.A.T had a huge hit in Scandinavia with the song "1000 Miles". That same year the band's second album "Freedom Rock" was nominated as one of the Top 50 albums in 2010 by Classic Rock magazine UK. Since then, they've toured all over the world, blowing audiences away with their outstanding live concerts.
 
Further info about H.E.A.T's new album "Into The Great Unknown" – www.noblepr.co.uk/Press_Releases/earmusic/heat-into-the-great-unknown.htm
 
TRACK LISTING – H.E.A.T "INTO THE GREAT UNKNOWN"
 
1.       Bastard Of Society
2.       Redefined
3.       Shit City
4.       Time On Our Side
5.       Best Of The Broken
6.       Eye Of The Storm
7.       Blind Leads The Blind
8.       We Rule
9.       Do You Want It?
10.     Into The Great Unknown 
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sexta-feira, agosto 04, 2017

Anneke van Giersbergen's new band VUUR unveil details of their debut album

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Anneke van Giersbergen's new band VUUR have unveiled the cover artwork and tracklist for their forthcoming debut album, 'In This Moment We Are Free - Cities'. The 11-track LP is due for release on October 20th via InsideOut Music and includes 'Days Go By - London', which the band released early June and can be heard here: 


An album preview, including snippets of all songs is available here:


The album will be available on special edition CD digipak, gatefold 2LP + CD (including etching on side D) & digital download.

Pre-order for the album starts today via www.vuur.band/shop

Pre-order the album digitally via iTunes & Amazon and get 'Days Go By - London' immediately:


Regarding the cover artwork, band founder Anneke says:
"The cover is designed by Black & Finch with whom I've previously worked on the 'Verloren Verleden' release.

The lyrical themes of this album revolve around cities and freedom. Exposure to big cities can be overwhelming and you can feel engulfed by everything around you. At the same time it's easy to be a stranger in a big city and for me that brings out a feeling of freedom as well. This past year I've thought a lot about the virtues of rural versus urban life, since me and my family are moving back to the city. It's very exciting, but at the same time I know that sense of urban solitude from past experiences. The cover artwork represents this duality."

VUUR's full length debut was produced by Joost van den Broek, who was also involved in the writing process. Others co-writing partners are Mark Holcomb (Periphery), Esa Holopainen (Amorphis), Daniel Cardoso (Anathema), and both of VUUR's guitar players wrote a song as well.

'In This Moment We Are Free - Cities' tracklist:
01. My Champion - Berlin
02. Time - Rotterdam
03. The Martyr And The Saint - Beirut
04. The Fire - San Francisco
05. Freedom - Rio
06. Days Go By - London
07. Sail Away - Santiago
08. Valley Of Diamonds - Mexico City
09. Your Glorious Light Will Shine - Helsinki
10. Save Me - Istanbul
11. Reunite! - Paris

The band also recently announced they will team up with Scar Symmetry for a short co-headline tour in December. Opening act for these exclusive shows will be My Propane.

Dec 07, 2017 Le Trabendo Paris (FRA)
Dec 08, 2017 Biebob Vosselaar (BE)
Dec 09, 2017 The Dome London (UK)
Dec 10, 2017 Tivoli Vredenburg Utrecht (NL)

As well as this, in May 2018 Residentie Orkest The Hague will host an encounter with Anneke van Giersbergen. Both nights will feature a career-spanning concert with orchestral arrangements. The song selection will even include material from her yet to be released VUUR album.

Anneke comments: "It's such an honor to be backed by these grand classical musicians with strings and brass interpreting my music. The material will be an interesting cross-section of my career. Some reworks will be a contrast from the original and some, for instance like the song 'Travel', will be given a treatment that is a logical extension of the The Gathering's original album arrangement."

May 18, 2018 013 Tilburg (NL)
May 19, 2018 Paard The Hague (NL)


VUUR begin playing live this Summer, and have also been confirmed as main support to EPICA in later 2017. You can find the full list of confirmed live dates below:

VUUR as main support to EPICA
th November - Klub Studio, Krakow - Poland
10th November - Masters of Rock Café, Zlín - Czech Republic
12th November - Kesselhaus, Berlin - Germany
13th November - Markthalle, Hamburg - Germany
14th November - Essigfabrik, Cologne - Germany
15th November - La BAM, Metz - France
17th November - Stereolux, Nantes - France
18th November - Krakatoa, Bordeaux - France
20th November - La Riviera, Madrid - Spain
24th November - Razzmatazz, Barcelona - Spain
25th November - Le Moulin, Marseille - France
26th November - Le Transbordeur, Lyon - France
29th November - Bakcstage Werk, Munich - Germany
3rd December - L'Aéronef, Lille - France
 
Line-up VUUR:
Anneke van Giersbergen (ex-The Gathering) - vocals
Ed Warby (Hail of Bullets, Ayreon, ex-Gorefest) - drums
Jord Otto - guitars (My Propane, ex-ReVamp)
Ferry Duijsens - guitars
Johan van Stratum (Stream of Passion) - bass

Look out for more information in the coming weeks!
 
VUUR online:
www.vuur.band

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Joe Deninzon & Stratospheerius Release HYSTERIA Music Video & Single

(Electric Violinist / Singer Joe Deninzon Amplifies Muse's Passionate Song)
 
Joe Deninzon & Stratospheerius release a new music video and single, HYSTERIA goes live via YouTube, Spotify, and all quality digital stores on August 4.
 
Video Link > https://youtu.be/RKp89PxikpQ
 
HYSTERIA is a Wagnerian/Queen-esque cover of Muse's 2003 hit. The song is on the upcoming Stratospheerius album, GUILTY OF INNOCENCE, due out September 29th on Melodic Revolution Records, the leading North American progressive rock record label.
 
The Video was directed by musician Dave Milone (of Radio 4), the video for HYSTERIA features a dramatic performance of the band punctuated with explosions. "Deninzon says the explosions represent Someone who has had enough! Feeling hopeless frustration with the current state of the world, breaking out of a bad relationship, or someone held back from their dreams and ambitions, a prisoner in their mind or in a literal sense…or both!"

Joe is a huge Muse and Queen fan, and pays tribute to both bands in their version of this song, "The original was so perfect that we wanted to reimagine the song entirely!" The single features singer Melanie Mitrano, the first time Stratospheerius has ever had an operatic soprano guesting on any of their recordings.

Fusing influences by artists as diverse as Tool, Tom Morello, Jean-Luc Ponty, and Jack Bruce, Joe Deninzon & Stratospheerius are contenders for being the biggest deal in prog that you've never heard! Writes clevend.com's Peter Chakerian, "He may not be a 'household name' (yet) but he's kind of a big deal." Adds Progressive Rock Central's Angel Romero, the group "combines solid songwriting and tradition with extraordinary electric violin work and the sounds of the future."

Special guests on GUILTY OF INNOCENCE include guitarist Alex Skolnick (Testament, TSO), keyboardist Rave Tesar (Renaissance), and vocalist/guitarist Randy McStine (The Fringe, Stu Hamm).
Electric Violinist & Singer Joe Deninzon Amplifies Muse's Passionate Song

Band Members
JoeDeninzon : Electric Violin, Lead Vocals & Mandolin
AurelienBudynek : Guitar & Backup Vocals
JamieBishop : Bass & Backup Vocals
LuciannaPadmore : Drums
 
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British Rock Legends UFO To Release First Ever Covers Album “The Salentino Cuts”



Los Angeles - British rock legends UFO offer up their first ever covers album paying homage to a dozen of their personal favorites! "The Salentino Cuts" includes several unexpected choices such as Mad Seasons's "River Of Deceit," John Mellencamp's "Paper In Fire," and Bill Withers' "Ain't No Sunshine" alongside more traditional but nonetheless thrilling versions such as The Yardbirds' "Heartful Of Soul," ZZ Top's "Just Got Paid" and lots more!

UFO's current line-up features original members Phil Mogg on vocals and Andy Parker on drums. Keyboardist/guitarist Paul Raymond joined the band in 1976. Lead guitarist Vinnie Moore has been a permanent member of the group since 2003, and American bassist Rob De Luca joined the fold in 2012. 

Vinnie says, "Making this covers record was a blast for me. I thoroughly enjoyed putting a little of my own spin on these tunes that I grew up with. I played ZZ Top and Robin Trower songs about a gazzilion times onstage over the years. it was great to actually get to record some of my old faves."

UFO's "The Salentino Cuts" will be released on September 29th and will be available on both CD & 2 limited vinyl pressings, one splatter vinyl and one white vinyl!

Track List:
1. Heartful Of Soul
2. Break On Through (To The Other Side)
3. River Of Deceit
4. The Pusher
5. Paper In Fire
6. Rock Candy
7. Mississippi Queen
8. Ain't No Sunshine
9. Honey-Bee
10. Too Rolling Stoned
11. Just Got Paid
12. It's My Life

In September & October, the band will be embarking on a monster tour of North America with fellow classic rockers Saxon!

UFO European tour dates:

August 11 - Leyendas del Rock Festival XII - Villena - Spain
August 13 - Alcatraz Open Air- Kortrijk - Belgium
September 7 - Germany - Dortmund - Musiktheater Piano
September 8 - Holland - Eindhoven - Cityrock Festival 
September 9 - Holland - Leeuwarden - Cityrock Festival
September 10 - France - Raismes - Raismes Fest
September 12 - England - Southampton - The Brook
September 14 - England - Dorking - Dorking Halls 
September 15 - England - Holmfirth - Picturedrome
September 16 - England - Northampton - Roadmender

UFO & SAXON US Tour Dates - Round 2:

September 22 - Newton, NJ - Newton Theater
September 23 - Huntington, NY - Paramount Theater
September 24 - Baltimore, MD - Baltimore Soundstage
September 26 - Philadelphia, PA - Theater Of The Living Arts
September 28 - Plymouth, NH - Flying Monkey
September 29 - Worcester, MA - Palladium
September 30 - Hartford, CT - Webster Theater
October 1 - Portland, ME - Aura
October 3 - Toronto, ON - Queen Elizabeth Theatre
October 4 - Montreal, QU - Corona Theatre
October 6 - Flint, MI - Machine Shop
October 7 - Traverse City, MI - Ground Zero
October 8 - Chicago, IL - Concord Music Hall
October 9 - Akron, OH - Tangier Cabaret Room
October 11 - Pittsburgh, PA - Jergels
October 12 - Cincinnati, OH - Bogarts
October 13 - Merrillville, IN - Star Plaza
October 14 - Indianapolis, IN - The Egyptian

UFO was formed in London in 1969. They became a transitional group between early hard rock and heavy metal and the new wave of British heavy metal. Over a career spanning 48 years, UFO has released 22 studio albums, 14 live recordings and 16 compilation albums. They achieved success with several albums and singles  in the UK and US Top 40 charts, and have sold over 10 million records worldwide. UFO is considered one of the classic hard rock acts, and have influenced many notable rock bands. The band was ranked number 84 on VH1's "100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock."

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