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Gorguts reveal plan for single song album? Schwiiiiing!!

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, August 18, 2015 at 5:24 PM (PST)

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Luc Lemay of greatest band in the world Gorguts has spilled to Frank from Metal Injection plans for a one song style album! As a big fan of some good examples of this idea from USX’s The Valley Path (which I often gush about) to Inter Arma’s “The Cavern” or Meshuggah’s classic “I”, this is pretty fuckin’ golden news. Goguts are so skilled and Lemay always so ambitious that this is sure to be an intense opus. Formidable minds in death metal shall never be thwarted!

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More drama, mama.

The Paramedic have parted ways with singer Mike Luciano aka Angry Metalcore Guy (though their Facebook still has a main picture of him (above).

The follow up coverage and twitter debate over a controversial interview I did with Luciano has been interestingly thin/one sided, in my opinion. Mike has in my experience, been an awesome dude. It feels to me like his boys in the Paramedic kind of bailed on him.

They released a statement which you SHOULD read in full on their Facebook but here’s ONLY A SMALL PART OF IT:

As of late, there has been a lot of attention on Mike for some of his opinions and views that he has shared with the world. Although this wasn’t a problem for Mike, the rest of us in The Paramedic did have an issue with these things, as we do not share those views and opinions with him.

We called the Metal Riot article Burning Crosses, Sucking Ds and Throwing Shade with The Paramedic (a clearly sarcastic, inflammatory title) not because of no respect for tender issues but because it is kind of ridiculous that a mixed race band with a singer who is often mislabelled as black by some of the very publications discussing him, and a band who have distanced themselves from their ex drummer’s racist political affiliations would be considered true blue racists themselves.

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But Luciano called their ex drummer a “nigga”.

The debate about casual racism and word appropriations or recontextualizing has college courses built around it. Notorious B.I.G., Mindless Self Indulgence or even Black Sabbath’s “Digital Bitch” (which I was blasting this morning) have made use of words like nigga or bitch, in MSI’s case a song finds uppity cracker records founder Jimmy Urine singing ,” I could be the one tonight/All you niggas in the back come and jack me off.”

As far as I can tell none of these magazines have ever gone after MSI and Jimmy Urine has covered Wu Tang and is loved by many black people. And obviously Biggie and Tupac for example were black but both said crass things at times, though are widely and QUITE fairly considered creative geniuses and important social figures.

By the way I’m not advocating that because great and popular bands used these words that they don’t have the power to harm.

A friend of mine Lorelei said to me today:

people want to be treated with respect, and when you’re part of a minority population (brown, queer, women, etc), that rarely happens

There’s a key point I’d like to make and was trying/hoping to in the article.

Substream Magazine did a follow up piece on my interview with Luciano that extracted and cherry picked his quotes. I have no animosity or beef with that publication so wonder why they didn’t address the full scope of my talk with Luciano. Out of context of our chat and excluding parts where Mike agreed with me that girls have it rough out there or is against Cosby or that Mike and I talked in depth about the blurry, tender line of criticizing Caitlyn Jenner for seeming fake in Luciano’s eyes without coming off as anti-Trans by people who rightfully want the trans movement protected. Mike also said how he thinks Johnny from Slaves needs to get out and do press and man up and face allegations Warped Tour alleged abuse victims made against Craig. We used the “sucking Ds” phrase in the title of my article to joke about removing our ribs ala Marilyn Manson rumors and because I am bi and was joking about hooking up with metalcore beef as a joke! Crossfit!!! It’s a thing! Lol. And because Mike clearly had no problem talking with someone of a different sexual orientation (an important point as he has been misjudged as anti trans community for a comment about Caitlyn Jenner once – who Mike thinks is fake as a person – where Mike said Caitlyn isn’t a hero just for cutting off her dick, or a similar easy to misinterpret as hostile turn of phrase).

Example: What would you think of Mike if I ONLY posted these quotes from our interview:

Me: It’s hard for girls out there, man.

Mike- Absolutely. What have we done to society to over sexualize it? We have Teen
Mom. Twerking is number one. Sixteen and Pregnant. It’s the biggest sensation
since the jitterbug to twerk. The modern world is jamming it down our throats.

Mike- (on trans topic) If that’s who Caitlyn or someone wants to be, then go for it. No one is
stopping you. It’s between them and their higher power.

I am far far far from a rape apologist as well. In particular much outrage was over Mike and I discussing how manipulation can happen from guys AND girls, which is true. There are girls who blame and stir drama. I’ve met some of these types. It’s really sad. But there ALSO are many girls (or guys who have been raped or non cis gendered) who have been in genuine peril and have PTSD and super real issues affecting them that sometimes never go away and destroy lives. Mike and I talked about some of this off record as well and I hope in my writing things weren’t lost in translation, contributing to Mike losing his post in a band he clearly was passionate about and loved. I would hate that. If you only read Mike’s quote saying girls who false accuse should: “spin on a spiked cock” , you’d probably think Mike was a bit much to take, but that is not even a fraction of the guy’s whole persona.

We had even discussed how I was linking it to my Amanda Daniels support article I did with Amanda’s blessing for feminist site The Flounce, which many major sites have ignored despite it having other big talents in the metal and avant garde or indie rock scene speaking up for Amanda and AGAINST rape and violence.

I would never link off a Paramedic article to that if I felt Luciano was a woman hater or pro rape. Luciano was glad I was linking to Amanda’s piece! Why hasn’t any site mentioned that or how I am bi and Mike and I were talking about the word “bitch” as used in anger or by different genders or ethnic groups and the debate over “inherent context”? Yes, saying the N word or faggot can definitely hurt people.

The point is the only real way forward, like a high anxiety fight with an ex lover or something, is to try and reset from the hurt and have CONVERSATION. Don’t stall it out or recontextualize. It is awesome we have social media to swoop down on abusive sites like Return Of Kings or super racist, homophobic or abuse of power situations like the bad cops who give GOOD cops a bad name (there are plenty of good cops, don’t kid yourself…but saying #blacklivesmatter is not important is denying the horrible stain of blood on our Nations hands).

Hate and violence can have a righteous cause behind it sometimes also. Sometimes people who are so hurt by institutionalized classist oppression (which affects us all who aren’t the 1% but MORE SO affects minorities worldwide!), sometimes people throw bricks or shoot those two poor cops in NYC or do fucked up shit also. While you can’t let someone break nto your house and rape your mom, for a harsh hypothetical example, you also can’t stand still and accept being tear gassed for no reason, or choked out while you say “I can’t breathe” and your gentle giant heart breaks knowing you wont see your fucking kids again, god dammit! Why is this world so fucked up?!!! Ahhh!!!

I love Substream and AP as magazines (still got a Thursday AP cover saved somewhere from years ago) and I think it’s important to have social commentary pieces. IT’S MY LITERAL BREAD AND BUTTER AND MY PASSION. Metalriot.com has several female contributors and as far as I know are one of or maybe the only main all metal sites that has two major contributors either bi or trans. So trust me, we don’t fucking like hatred unless it is a good classic Venom song or “Catharsis” by Hate!

The thing is, in the age of social media’s butterfly effect, how do we do the harder tightrope walking of genuinely course correcting when feelings are soured or lines crossed? Is it to only be as PC as possible all the time? That creates eggshell world and no forgiveness. But we also need to be compassionate like Christ was supposed to be and try and have civil discourse so that growth is possible.

Best of luck to Mike in the future and the Paramedic as well as the publications involved. I hope this piece can continue a much needed conversation but add more depth to it. 140 character culture has GOT to evolve. We need to unite the tribes and have unity, like my pal just saw Bane and was super inspired they spoke out against the beating of Tom Alderson, for example. Can we start again?

And true haters…I’m gonna quote Mike here from a Paramedic song: “Fuck you and have a nice day.”

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THE WHISKY A GO-GO PRESENTS: A DAY FOR CHARLOTTE

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, August 13, 2015 at 6:59 PM (PST)

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THE WHISKY A GO-GO PRESENTS: A DAY FOR CHARLOTTE

A Night for Childhood Leukemia & Charlotte

 

MONDAY, AUGUST 17TH @ THE WHISKY A GO-GO

 

STEEL PANTHER

 

PHIL X & THE DRILLS W/ ALL STAR-GUESTS

 

RICHIE KOTZEN Of The Winery Dogs

 

THE BARB WIRE DOLLS

 

HOSTED BY: GREG GRUNBERG

 

HOLLYWOOD, CA (August 11, 2015) – Monday, August 17th will be an amazing night of rockstars hitting the stage at the World Famous Whisky A Go-Go to raise money for a sweet little girl named Charlotte.

 

This is a special night not only for Charlotte but also to Phil X (Bon Jovi) and his wonderful wife Lindy. “Both Christine and my wife Lindy were pregnant at the same time,” explains Phil X (Bon Jovi). “When Charlotte was diagnosed with leukemia we felt that helping this little girl we care about to get the proper care – Well, we just knew it was the right thing to do. People need to know about childhood leukemia. It is devastating for a family.” This wonderful girl, who is only 20 months, will require 2 years of chemo.

 

Phil X called upon his friends to help get this benefit together. Actor/Director Greg Grunberg (Heros/Star Wars: The Force Awakens) will host this night of All-stars – With STEEL PANTHER headlining, Phil X & The Drills (Phil X/Bon Jovi, Randy Cooke/Ringo Starr & Daniel Spree), Richie Kotzen Trio and The Barb Wire Dolls to openThe guests that are jumping in with The Drills are Billy Sheehan (Winery Dogs/Mr. Big), Matt Starr (Ace Frehely/Mr. Big), dUg Pinnick (King’s X) and Brian Tichy (Dead Daisies/ Moby Dicks/Foreigner),Marq Torien (Bulletboys) and Scotti Hill (Skid Row).

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12 great post-1990 live albums that aren’t “Alive In Athens”.

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, August 13, 2015 at 4:30 PM (PST)

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Quality live albums have somewhat, frankly, become a rare breed. Sure you have Iced Earth’s Alive In Athens which was made in 1999 (not THAT long ago) but these days it’s far more common to have a golden live moment caught on Youtube, be it a funny blooper, a raging Black Label Society set or Florence & The Machine filling in for Foo Fighters (no pressure) yet still easing into Glastonbury this year like she (Welch) was reclaiming a mystical throne whilst blowing away the uneven Kanye set. Dax Riggs bootlegs are always reliable for bluesy psych/glam rock from the ex-Acid Bath singer. Tearist released a live debut for a full length and it really shook up the noise/art rock scene and created amazing possibilities anew. There’s standbys like Nirvana or Alice In Chains Unplugged. The new Rotting Christ 2x live bad boy is streaming HERE.

Maybe I’m showing my age here but I’d argue though that I have yet to be knocked on my ass by a live release
from many newer bands (here’s a DVD exception). Most of the ones on this list of mine are still more
established than not. Maybe I’m wrong but it seems to be a hurting art form. Cuz bands fuckin’ fake shit in the studio, hahaha.

Here are twelve true bangers, IMO. Some of these even have accompanying footage! Cuz, y’know…we can do that stuff now!

See which twelve artists made the list BELOW.

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Slipknot bassist rushed to hospital at CT stop of tour

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Monday, August 3, 2015 at 8:29 AM (PST)

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Alessandro Venturella  of Slipknot and Krokodil was taken to the hospital a few songs into the masked maulers set in Hartford this past Saturday, August 2nd. No reason has yet been given. Footage HERE.

Update: Blabbermouth is reporting he has been discharged from the hospital after suffering severe dehydration. More HERE

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Ride or Die: Cycle Sluts From Hell Rocklive 1990 interview posted

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, July 29, 2015 at 12:18 PM (PST)

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Raff from NYC legends Cycle Sluts From Hell (a band with bigger balls than most “dude” bands that’ve ever existed), posted an awesome old school interview with the pioneering “girl” group of rowdy and mercurial metal pranksters. Peep the footage from Hammerjacks in Baltimore, 1990 on Youtube. It still blows my mind I got to be a dancing back up ghoul/evil monk for them for a reunion show at Mother Fucker party years back. Their hair looks amazing in this video.

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Seattle’s HE WHOSE OX IS GORED has been raising the brows of the underground masses with their eclectic, oft trance-inducing fusion of doom, prog rock, post hardcore and psychedelic shoegaze since their inception in 2009. Following the release of their critically-adored, Bleeding Light Records-issued Rumors 7″ last year which Echoes And Dust called, “a sonic journey of crazy, intense energy,” Cvlt Nation likened to a, “frothing, boiling cauldron of doom, spilling forth expansive riffs, pummeling beats and haunting vocals,” and Steel For Brains praised noting, “For all the hazy prog-doom pretenders clogging up those atmospherics, HE WHOSE OX IS GORED offers something uniquely theirs without sacrificing the muscle of the music to arbitrary and tired techniques,” the band will undrape their highly-anticipated full-length debut this Fall.

 

Titled The Camel, The Lion, The Child, the eight-track, near hour-long sound exhibition was tracked at Red Room and Ex Ex Audio in Seattle by Robert Cheek (Serial Hawk, Noise-A-Tron etc.) with additional recording taking place at Avast Studios with Randall Dunn (Sunn O))), Earth, etc). Matt Bayles (Isis, Mastodon etc.) handled mixing duties and frequent collaborator, Blake Bickel, mastered the album at Dynamic Sound Service.

 

Both sonically and conceptually engrossing, with The Camel, The Lion, The Child HE WHOSE OX IS GORED — Brian McClelland (guitar, vocals), Lisa Mungo (synths, keyboards, vocals), Mike Sparks (bass) and John O’Connell (drums) – transcend musical boundaries with their meticulous yet organically-executed amalgam of technical guitar compositions and atmospheric synth over a pummeling rhythm section manifesting a uniquely cinematic soundscape that paints a world ready to thrash and burn.

 

Elaborates McClelland of the band’s latest output: “The Camel, The Lion, The Child is a cup that runs over. From the writing process and through the studio, we made it a point to make the record that we wanted. The songs grow and breathe with their own lives and personalities, and unfold with layers that surprise us to this day. The excellent engineering and mixing of Robert Cheek and Matt Bayles raised the bar, and pushed us to make the best record we could. Now, we share it with you.”

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DJ Ashba exits Guns N’ Roses

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Monday, July 27, 2015 at 2:24 PM (PST)

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Guns n Roses newest ex member is DJ Ashba. I for one am a big fan of the guy and despite his hat that everyone hated I think it’s really unfair to call him a Slash clone if you look at the dude’s whole career. Ashba wrote a long, heartfelt letter announcing his departure from Guns which you can read HERE.

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Deep Cuts: Randy Blythe

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Sunday, July 26, 2015 at 8:06 PM (PST)

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As we celebrate the release of Lamb Of God‘s powerful and compelling new collection of tunes VII: Sturm Und Drang, it seems only fitting that we give a Deep Cuts to a man who has inarguably carried the metal (and punk rock) flag high through thick and thin. Randy is one of the best frontmen with one of the most aggro growls in metal history and some of the most insightful political tracks under his belt as well. The ability of Randy to mix humor, awesomeness, anger and cerebral topics into his lyrics puts him up there with Jello Biafra and the best works of Sepultura when it comes to discussing world struggles. And the way Randy has grown and confronted demons in the public eye has been an amazing thing we all have shared in. Here’s too one of the best ambassadors we have. Let’s rekindle that Presidential campaign, haha.

Vocalist Randy Blythe comments on the release of the new album:“Over twenty years ago this band started in the basement – we’re still standing, and I’m still stoked to be putting out new music. As always, play it LOUD.”

While a new song like “Delusion Pandemic”, a total ripper, could just as well be on this list, here are some older tunes or performances Randy has been a part of over the years that I personally think kicked ass.

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Justin from After The Burial found dead (RIP)

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, July 22, 2015 at 12:58 PM (PST)

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To be honest. After The Burial are not a band I’ve really checked out much. I know they have been around awhile and have a lot of fans. Just never really investigated them. That said, it’s sad to learn of the passing of their guitarist Justin Lowe, recently reported to be suffering from mental illness. As a manic depressive person myself I can relate to this. I was in a suicide ward once.

For all the jokes out there about husbands of the year Scott Stapp and Wes from Puddle of Mudd playing in traffic or getting Mel Gibson in Conspiracy Theory or riding Airport baggage carousels, this type of stuff is really sad on more human levels. Depression and mental health should be treated more seriously in this country.

Find out more HERE.

Seems like Justin was a real talent and touched a lot of hearts.

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A Chokehold stage rant becomes big news

Posted by longhairedpoet on Wednesday, July 22, 2015 at 6:25 AM (PST)

I was minding my own business on Tumblr, when I came across a cross-post from record label A389’s Instagram onto their Tumblr.

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I was only half-interested but I couldn’t help but to be interested when I read the words ‘transgender’, ‘transphobe’ and ‘black lives matter’ amongst others.

The first thing I did was to email the band. I found out first of all that despite Absolute Punk’s initial reporting, the band member in question was Jeff Beckman and not Chris Logan.

I followed up by asking Chris a few questions: “Did Jeff know that the audience member was a woman when he called her a ‘dude’ and ‘him’. And doesn’t it seem ironic, when talking about excessive violence and force to threaten to ‘fucking kill’ someone?”

Chris’s response was short and to the point: “No of course he didn’t know it was a woman.  I guess it could go two ways since the song is about killing cops.  I really have nothing more to add to this.  The damage is done.”

It’s important to back up though, as Absolutepunk provided not only a transcript, but a video.

The conversation-turned-confrontation starts at 3:45

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Get the rest of the story, including a transcript of the conversation here.

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Sometimes we get to write about fun stuff like how good the new Seremonia album is (fucking amazing) or what is our favorite Megadeth or Gojira era. Other times we have a platform to help share some very important perspectives or stories and it is important to do so. The feminist website #theflounce published a piece I wrote after talking to ex-Enabler bassist Amanda P. Daniels, who just days ago told the world she had been assaulted and abused while in the band and in a relationship with Jeff Lohrber.

Metal scribe Kim Kelly spoke at length to Amanda about her ordeal in full and that link is also embedded in my piece, but the main point of my article is that no one, regardless of gender or that some people make false accusations or “cry wolf”, should have to feel afraid to speak up when they feel or know they have been wronged.

Some words from Otep Shamaya, Liv Jagrell of Sister Sin, Yasmine Kittles of mighty Tearist (aka just about my favorite person in the world right now besides my Mom), indie legend Kelley Deal of The Breeders and R. Ring plus Elan from my duo #bitchwhip offer words of support to show there is precedent to speak up. We also include three songs from The Gits, Karyn Crisis’ old band Crisis and War on Women to remind that there are people who care and will listen.

Read the Flounce piece HERE.

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Demon Hunter drummer loses most of belongings in fire

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Monday, July 20, 2015 at 8:21 PM (PST)

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Yogi Watts of Demon Hunter has had some fiery demons fight back, unfortunately.

“Yogi and his expectant wife, Cara, returned home from a doctor’s visit and discovered their apartment building had burned down. They lost all of their belongings. Their baby is due any day. Please help our friend, brother, and bandmate however you can.”

Donations are now being collected for Watts and his family via Gofundme.com.

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Panzie announce new singer

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Sunday, July 19, 2015 at 2:47 PM (PST)

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Who can PANZIE‘s new frontman be?

It is with great pleasure that I get to formally announce our newest member, Jasin Cadic. Jasin is best known for his work as frontman in the NYC based band STARKILLER. PANZIE has been a long time fan and friend of Jasin’s, and it turns out that Jasin also was a fan of ours. Prior to Jasin’s entry we felt like we were exhausting all possibilities, we just couldn’t seem to find the right fit and settling wasn’t an option.
When the possibility of working with Jasin arose we all became very excited. We were very familiar with his work ethic and what he brought to the table and knew it could be explosive but, the true test was what would happen when we all got together, what would it sound like?, what would the vibe in the studio be?, Can we all get along and make kick ass music?

The answer was YES , YES, YES! Our first time in the studio was more of a jam session and not an audition. We all went in with a “let’s just see what happens” attitude and 30 minutes in we all looked at each other and decided right on the spot that this just had to happen, which is very much how PANZIE came to be in the first place. It just felt right, there was no need to over analyze it. Jasin Cadic fits right in and the timing for both of us was right. We have been playing together now for a few months and I can say that our initial gut feelings were spot on. It sounds and feels kick ass. We are really looking forward to our first show with Jasin at Arlene’s Grocery in NYC on August 6 and are looking forward to what the future holds. Don’t miss this event, there will not be another 1st, We are looking forward to this show and reconnecting with all our long time supporters.
“WE ARE PANZIE”
DC, Gonzalez

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Deep Cuts: Kittie

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Monday, July 6, 2015 at 12:58 PM (PST)

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Kittie have never really gotten enough respect, all because some people think they were too cute or “nu metal” when they came out (but now it’s “tough” or ironic to like Baby Metal?). As it turns out, through numerous incarnations the band has written a lot of really heavy stuff and has been around just as long as Arch Enemy, for example. And when Morgan Lander brings the vocal sugar it still sounds way more soulful than saccharine. She can fuckin’ sing. And is a legit bad ass.

The Canadian metal queens still impress live and can hold their own or surpass some of the biggest bands in metal live to this day. This current band might be their most seasoned line up. People might trash on them for their music but then praise shittier bands in the same breath, which is a thin veil for sexism. Like, if they were a gimmick don’t you think they’d have gone away by now? Idiots.

Frankly, if you listen to “Cut Throat” it spanks the shit out of some of the shitty clean vocal autotune 19th stepped on generation death/mall emo bands. I’d still rather see Kittie than almost any deathcore band, and it’s testament to the band’s staying power that people still have favorite or current past members.

A few good Kittie gems that made this Deep Cuts are BELOW.

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