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Killswitch Engage – Jesse Leach (vocals), Adam Dutkiewicz (guitars), Joel Stroetzel (guitars), Mike D’Antonio (bass), and Justin Foley (drums) – have remained the most important band in metalcore over the years for many reasons, most of which are top tier songs. The band today release the official video for “Us Against the World” from their latest album, Atonement, out now. Other reasons besides musical that they remain at the top of the pack is their sense of purpose and camaraderie paired with affirmations of moving through adversity.

The footage is taken from the band’s August 2021 livestream event that took place at The Palladium in Worcester, Massachusetts.

“This is one of my favorite songs off the album so I’m glad it is getting some attention and a visual component. It’s a song about facing down the odds and finding confidence to overcome and conquer a situation. I originally wrote it as a battle cry song with my warrior Highland Scottish, Norwegian, and Swedish ancestors in mind. However, it can be about friendship, love, or even the camaraderie of being in a band traveling the world. The title says it all — ‘Us Against The World!'” – Jesse Leach

The video was directed by David Brodsky and Allison Woest for MyGoodEye.

Killswitch Engage are currently on the road, touring with SlipknotFever 333, and Code Orange as part of the pretty epic Knotfest Roadshow. The band will also appear at several key fall festivals. All KsE tour dates are below.

Killswitch Engage on tour:
09/24 – Louisville, KY – Louder Than Life Fest
09/25 – Orlando, FL – Rebel Rock Fest
09/26 – Birmingham, AL – Furnace Fest

with Slipknot, Fever 333, Code Orange:
09/28 – Tinley Park, IL – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
09/29 – Milwaukee, WI – American Family Insurance Amphitheater
10/01 – Noblesville, IN – Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center
10/02 – Clarkston, MI – DTE Energy Music Theatre
10/03 – Darien Center, NY – Darien Lake Amphitheater
10/05 – Syracuse, NY – Lakeview Amphitheater – Syracuse
10/08 – Mansfield, MA – Xfinity Center
10/09 – Hartford, CT – XFINITY Theatre
10/10 – Holmdel, NJ – PNC Bank Arts Center
10/12 – Camden, NJ – BB&T Pavilion
10/13 – Bristow, VA – Jiffy Lube Live
10/15 – Burgettstown, PA – The Pavilion at Star Lake
10/17 – Charlotte, NC – PNC Music Pavilion
10/19 – Tampa, FL – MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre
10/20 – West Palm Beach, FL – iTHINK Financial Amphitheatre
10/22 – Raleigh, NC – Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek
10/23 – Alpharetta, GA – Ameris Bank Amphitheatre
10/24 – Pelham, AL – Oak Mountain Amphitheatre
10/26 – Rogers, AR – Walmart AMP
10/28 – Del Valle, TX – Germania Insurance Amphitheater
10/29 – The Woodlands, TX – Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion (no Code Orange)
10/30 – Dallas, TX – Dos Equis Pavilion
11/01 – Albuquerque, NM – Isleta Amphitheater
11/02 – Phoenix, AZ – Ak-Chin Pavilion
11/05 – Los Angeles, CA – Banc of California Stadium (Knotfest)

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photo by Jack Grisham

October 19th will see the release of an amazing self-titled solo release from KIRA. Kira Roessler has always been a bold and inventive player in bands like Black Flag, dos, The Visitors and many other lesser known yet also influential underground acts.

 

Basically like many punkers I always thought Roessler was one of the coolest people to ever walk the face of this rotten world, so it was awesome to get to chat about the solo record that Kitten Robot Records is releasing after a thirteen year gestation of the material. Roessler has also branched out and been part of sound teams in recent years for Mad Max: Fury Road, Joker, A Star is Born(2018), and Game of Thrones Season 2, in recent years.

 

Kira was produced by Kira and Paul Roessler (TSOL, Josie Cotton, Richie Ramone) and is incredibly refreshing and layered, an uncompromising artist’s pure vision that hurdles genres to capture personal horizons.

 

Stream a taste of the solo album via “The Ghosts” here.

 

And READ MORE BELOW for the full and in-depth interview!

 

In November, New York City true metallers TOWER will release their sophomore studio album, Shock To The System, via Cruz Del Sur Music. The album was recorded this May and June at ArtifactAudio in Ridgewood, New York, with Sasha Stroud serving as co-producer and engineer. The album’s cover was created by Morgan Jesse Lappin.

 

According to vocalist Sarabeth Linden, half of the music and lyrics for Shock To The System were written during the recent lockdown attributed to the global pandemic. The result is TOWER’s most complete outing to date — a veritable metal call-to-arms that combines the band’s energetic brand of NWOBHM and classic rock into ten anthemic cuts.

 

“We stayed centered around our established style but took it to new levels in some places,” says Linden. “The heavy parts are heavier than before, the fast parts are faster, the slow parts are slower, and one song is around seven minutes, which we’ve never come close to previously. Musically, there are a lot of firsts on this record.”

 

TOWER (who are completed by the guitar tandem of James Danzo and Zak Penley and drummer James Jones) only has one previous full-length studio album to their credit, 2016’s self-titled outing. While their 2019 Tomorrow & Yesterday EP featured four songs of rocked-up metal, Shock To The System takes TOWER’s sound to the next level.

 

“The first album is already five years old!” exclaims Linden. “It seems so long ago now. The songs that are still in the live set, like ‘Flames’, ‘Raceway Rock’ and ‘Elegy’ are still very much in the vein of the new material. The EP was a bit more simple and aggressive, and those elements are on the album, too, but manifest in a different way. In general, we have grown a lot as a band and as individuals. We’ve matured, and it’s reflected in the music.”
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POSSESSED singer Jeff Becerra walks again after 30 years

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Monday, September 20, 2021 at 7:05 AM (PST)

Jeff Becerra, of formative death and thrash metal band Possessed, has walked again thanks to robotic legs for the first time in thirty years since an armed robbery in 1989 left him paralyzed from the chest down. In the decades since, Jeff has performed in a wheelchair and lived life that way.

The Seven Churches, Beyond The Gates and Revelations Of Oblivion main man shared a clip of himself in a medical facility during the personal moment.

Sending horns to Jeff today!

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VOLBEAT will tour USA with GHOST, TWIN TEMPLE in 2022

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Monday, September 20, 2021 at 6:17 AM (PST)

Hard rock hound dogs VOLBEAT today have announced a substantial tour with ghastly (in a good way) company!

We are pleased to announce a Volbeat & Ghost co-headline tour with special guest Twin Temple in the United States early 2022!

Rebels & Angels Fan Club presale begins tomorrow, Tuesday, September 21st at 10am local. Log in to your R&A account for the password: https://Volbeat.dk

General on sale starts Friday, September 24th at 10am local.

Limited VIP packages available starting Tuesday for the fan presale and at general on sale. Full details on VIP packages at https://Volbeat.dk

Jan 25 | Reno, NV
Jan 27 | Seattle, WA
Jan 28 | Nampa, ID
Jan 29 | Portland, OR
Jan 31 | West Valley City, UT
Feb 2 | Denver, CO
Feb 4 | Lincoln, NE
Feb 5 | Minneapolis, MN
Feb 7 | Columbus, OH
Feb 8 | Hershey, PA
Feb 10 | Newark, NJ
Feb 11 | Worcester, MA
Feb 12 | Camden, NJ
Feb 14 | Pittsburgh, PA
Feb 15 | Toledo, OH
Feb 16 | Grand Rapids, MI
Feb 18 | Chicago, IL
Feb 19 | Cincinnati, OH
Feb 20 | Milwaukee, WI
Feb 21 | St. Louis, MO
Feb 23 | Independence, MO
Feb 25 | Houston, TX
Feb 26 | Dallas, TX
Feb 28 | El Paso, TX
Mar 1 | Phoenix, AZ
Mar 3 | Anaheim, CA

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CARCASS reveal “The Scythe’s Remorseless Swing” video

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Saturday, September 18, 2021 at 4:47 AM (PST)

Death metal institution Carcass always have devotees or critics fighting over which era is best but the fact is they have never released a bad album. They also have not been content to just do what people say either.

“The Scythe’s Remorseless Swing” from Torn Arteries has a very cool almost alt-rock intro that is interesting and sets the stage for the explosive and cynical mirth that follows. Dudes really brought their A game to this track, a dizzying array of memorable riffs and drum patterns paired with a snarled and cheeky analysis of inevitable mortality. The head bang to riff ratio is very high!

What’s not to love? And we all have “daddy issues with father time” here and there, right?

Carcass remain kings of what they do, a lack of pretension to their work allowing them to have decidedly more fun while still creating very blissfully bloody metallic atmospheres and self-aware snark.

 

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Finnish melodic death metal pioneers INSOMNIUM release their brand-new song and music video for “The Wanderer” off the band’s new EP Argent Moon. Watch the music video, HERE.

 

“’The Wanderer’ is the fourth and final song on our ‘Argent Moon’ EP. Composition by Markus Vanhala and lyrics by yours truly. Our goal on this EP was to try a bit different kind of songs and in this sense I believe ‘The Wanderer’ excels. I don’t think it really resembles any other song we have done before, yet it still sounds like Insomnium. The video was shot on Suomenlinna fortress island in Helsinki,” states INSOMNIUM frontman Niilo Sevänen.

 

“The Wanderer” follows INSOMNIUM’s previously released singles “The Conjurer“, “The Reticent“ and “The Antagonist“, off of their EP Argent Moon, which was released today via Century Media Records and is available worldwide on all digital platforms and in various physical formats. Argent Moon is available as a Ltd. CD Digipak, LP+CD and as digital album. Purchase the album, HERE.

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William from Alice In Chains has collabed on a hypnotic and dirgy, very layered and enveloping song called “We Who Walk in Light” with Greg Anderson of Sunn O))) and Goatsnake fame. The unique pairing of a song appears on The Lord’s Bandcamp project page HERE and you can hear it below as well.

“We Who Walk In Light” just came to me. I simply reacted to the music Greg sent, tracked and arranged all my parts at home alone. I wrote it as I was singing it, all at once, no second guessing. Thankfully, my wife was out of town at the time as she might have been a bit unsettled by some of the sounds emanating from the basement. It’s basically a heavy metal Buddhist monk choir with Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan flying in for a cameo. I’m sure it’s channeling some of the tension of current times. I was happy to be asked by The Lord to collaborate and I’m glad to donate the proceeds to my friend Brother Wayne Kramer’s organization, Jail Guitar Doors.”

-William Duvall

As stated above, proceeds from sales of this track will be donated to
Jail Guitar Doors
jailguitardoors.org/about-us

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Zeal and Ardor supporting Mastodon and Opeth on tour

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Tuesday, September 14, 2021 at 2:44 PM (PST)

As we get pumped for the self titled album ZEAL & ARDOR that will be out the 11th of February 2022 (preorder it now HERE) , today we can also add that the controversial and revolutionary band will be part of a tour that will surely be spoken of in the legends of metal history someday.

The band announced it thusly on Facebook:

Servants! After way too long a time we are thrilled to announce we are touring the US. Not just that we will be supporting the mighty Mastodon and the incomparable Opeth. It goes without saying that we are beyond thrilled about this. See you out there. Tickets go on sale Sept 17th 10am local time.

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Mr. Bungle 2021/ photo by King Buzzo

Faith No More and Mr. Bungle have canceled their upcoming performances.

A statement from Mike Patton:

“Sorry to report that due to mental health reasons, I cannot continue with the currently scheduled Faith No More and Mr. Bungle dates.

I have issues that were exacerbated by the pandemic that are challenging me right now. I don’t feel I can give what I should at this point and I am not going to give anything less than 100 percent. I am sorry to our fans and hope to make it up to you soon.

The bands’ support me in this decision and we look forward to working through this in a healthy way.”

– xMP

We want to send love to Mike, the fuckin’ GOAT, at this time. It takes a lot to be that honest about feeling subpar and to put health first. This is one way to stop stigma, to normalize that it is ok to have to sit things out if it might tip you into a spiral. One love and much respect to both bands.

The other members of Faith No More have ALSO issued a statement regarding the band’s tour cancelation:

“To say that we feel shattered by these cancellations would be a complete understatement. It has been a real challenge to return to this music after a 5 year absence, but we have been working hard for a few months now, and these last few rehearsals left no doubt that we were back to top form, which makes this statement very difficult to write.

Coming on almost two years of pandemic and lack of work, it has been heartbreaking to give our crew the news. We consider our crew like family. And then, equally importantly, we are aware of what this means to our fans, who have been patiently supporting us– hoping, as we have, for a break in this frustrating situation. Many folks have taken isolation quite hard, and patiently waited as shows have been postponed time and time again. This will be tough for them.

And yet in spite of all this, we have a family member who needs help. We believe that forging ahead with these dates would have had a profoundly destructive effect on Mike, whose value to us as a brother means more to us than his job as singer. He can count on our 100% support to do what he needs to do to get things right. Just as we also ask for your support right now.

Thank you for continuing to believe in us.”

– Bill, Jon, Mike B. & Roddy”

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MONOLORD announce 2022 US Tour

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Tuesday, September 14, 2021 at 8:37 AM (PST)

Doomsters Monolord have announced an extensive US tour for 2022! The band have a new album on the horizon you can pre order now, Your Time To Shine. Def looking forward to more big, melodic glory doom on this one. Check out “The Weary”, which is astounding and not wearisome, below.

“It’s finally happening! We’re coming back to the US and this time we are bringing our good friends in FIREBREATHER. Can’t wait to meet you all again.”

Dates and tickets: https://linktr.ee/monolord

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Florida Death Metal legends OBITUARY announce the 11th Hour 12-Pack Studio Live Stream happening Saturday, September 25 at 5pm EST. Tickets & merch bundles are available at www.ObituaryLive.com. The broadcast will be available for viewing up to 2 weeks after the initial stream and on demand for an additional 2 weeks after. Buy it now and watch it later!!

OBITUARY Comments:

“Down to the wire…as the band is in the studio, putting the final touches on the new album, we are also gearing up and preparing for the U.S. Tour with BlackLabelSociety which is just a few weeks away. With that said, we know that fans around the world are also waiting and wondering when they will be able to see us perform live so this is what we are going to do: We are setting the cameras back up in the studio and will stream one of our final rehearsals for everyone to be a part of!

We are picking 12 songs for the tour setlist and are turning to our fans for help!

We want to hear from you guys which songs we should play so let’s hear it!  You tell us which songs you want to hear and we will monitor all our socials and the Obituary website for all of your song suggestions and YOU GUYS will help us pick the setlist for the tour AND we will play them in front of the cameras for you guys! We’ll taking suggestions all week and unveiling the setlist next Monday, September 20th!

We are also going to bring you inside the studio to witness the boys writing, discussing and working on new material plus give you a little taste of the New Album and play you guys a NEW SONG, if that sounds cool with you!”

We are officially calling this the “11th hour 12-pack” Studio-Live-Stream!

You guys Ready?

Let’s do this!!!”

OBITUARY Tour Dates:

— All Dates Oct 01 – Nov 28 w/ Black Label Society & Prong —

Oct 01 Sacramento, CA Ace of Spades
Oct 02 Ventura, CA Ventura Theater
Oct 04 Boise, ID Knitting Factory
Oct 05 Spokane, WA Knitting Factory
Oct 07 Seattle, WA Showbox SoDo
Oct 08 Portland, OR Roseland Theater
Oct 12 West Des Moines, IA Val Air Ballroom
Oct 13 Lincoln, NE Bourbon Theatre
Oct 15 Bowler, WI Mohican N. Star Gaming &
Resort
Oct 16 Milwaukee, WI Eagles Club Stage
Oct 17 Chicago, IL House of Blues
Oct 18 Minneapolis, MN The Fillmore
Oct 19 Kansas City, MO Uptown Theater
Oct 21 Biloxi, MS Hard Rock Live Hotel &
Casino
Oct 22 Athens, GA Georgia Theater
Oct 23 Dothan, AL The Plant
Oct 24 Lake Buena Vista, FL House of Blues
Oct 26 Ft. Lauderdale, FL Revolution Live
Oct 28 Huntsville, AL Mars Music Hall
Oct 29 Asheville, NC Orange Peel
Oct 30 Cincinnati, OH Bogart’s
Oct 31 Nashville, TN Marathon Music Works
Nov 02 Philadelphia, PA Franklin Music Hall
Nov 04 Worcester, MA The Palladium
Nov 05 Albany, NY Empire Live
Nov 06 Stroudsburg, PA Sherman Theater
Nov 07 New York, NY Irving Plaza
Nov 09 Hartford, CT Webster Theater
Nov 10 Montclair, NJ The Wellmont Theater
Nov 11 Rochester, NY Main Street Armory
Nov 13 Sault Ste. Marie, MI Kewadin Casino
Nov 14 Detroit, MI The Fillmore Detroit
Nov 15 Cleveland, OH House of Blues
Nov 16 Fort Wayne, IN Piere’s Entertainment Center
Nov 18 Oklahoma City, OK Diamond Ballroom
Nov 19 San Antonio, TX The Aztec Theatre
Nov 20 Grand Prairie, TX Texas Trust CU Theatre
Nov 21 Houston, TX Warehouse Live
Nov 23 Tucson, AZ Rialto Theater
Nov 24 Las Vegas, NV House of Blues
Nov 26 Salt Lake City, UT The Complex
Nov 27 Denver, CO Summit Theater
Nov 28 Albuquerque, NM Sunshine Theater

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LUDICRA to reunite for NORTHWEST TERROR FEST 2022

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Friday, September 10, 2021 at 6:01 AM (PST)

Some big news today which will make everyone hold tomorrow slightly less in scorn, as we learn mighty LUDICRA will reunite for NORTHWEST TERROR FEST 2022! The selection of bands thus far was already thrilling, but this puts it way over the fucking top!

EARLY-BIRD TICKETS GO ON SALE FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 10TH AT 10 AM PST. TICKETS CAN BE PURCHASED HERE.

NORTHWEST TERROR FEST, the Pacific Northwest’s only destination extreme music festival, announce an exclusive reunion performance from San Francisco black metal band, LUDICRA. The band, who disbanded in 2011, made this statement about their performance:

“We are pleased to announce that Ludicra will be returning to the stage at NWTF 2022. All five of us are looking forward to sharing the stage again and we hope to see you there!”

NORTHWEST TERROR FEST organizers shared the following comment about LUDICRA’s anticipated performance:

“This was a long time coming. We at NWTF have been working toward booking Ludicra since our very first edition back in 2017. A big part of the mission of our festival is to both honor and preserve the tradition of black metal from the United States in general and from the Pacific Northwest specifically – bands like Wolves in the Throne Room and Panopticon. Ludicra absolutely belongs on the Mount Rushmore of USBM. Ten years ago their live shows were the stuff of legend, the kinds of concerts that sent metal’s truest lovers streaming onto comment threads and message boards (remember those?) to say ‘I just saw my new favorite band.’ As it happens, many of the people who fell the most under their spell never had the opportunity to experience their power face to face. Giving these five tremendously talented musicians a reason to return to the stage is an honor and a privilege.”

Earlier this week, NORTHWEST TERROR FEST announced the first round of amazing bands joining in 2022:

REPULSION, SUFFOCATION, WINDHAND, OBSEQUIAE, MIZMOR, RINGWORM, CLOAK, GRAYCEON, HAUNTER, XIBALBA, VILE CREATURE, EXULANSIS, RACETRAITOR, SQUALUS, CARTILAGE, ORYX, SUCCUMB, FUNERAL CHIC, WORMWITCH, DISEASE.

The festival will take place over three days – June 30th to July 2nd 2022 – at two of Seattle’s premier venues, Neumos and Barboza, located in Seattle’s historic Capitol Hill neighborhood. For three days, the festival will showcase metal, hardcore punk, and experimental music from almost 40 acts from the underground and beyond.

After two years of forced hibernation due to the global health crisis, NORTHWEST TERROR FEST promises a triumphant return, with double-headlining sets each night. This edition of the festival showcases the diversity of the international extreme music scene with a renewed focus on the best of the Pacific Northwest’s bustling underground metal community.

Mayhem’s famed vocalist Attila Csihar has been on some of my favorite records but I shouldn’t be surprised he is sharing transphobic imagery given he is in a band with noted unapologetic shit troll Hellhammer (who has never walked back “adequately” numerous super fucked up racist or homophobic comments over the years). Sorry you think dressing like an evil tree is somehow more valid than actual gender identity.

The meme he shared is of some chud with a shirt that says- “Transvaccinated- I am not actually vaccinated but I identify as someone who is vaccinated”. Csihar shared it in the context of being detained in Norway because of some quarantine rules and saying it is the New World Order.

First of all, it is a total false equivalency and secondly trans people don’t deserve to be stigmatized by people who don’t understand sex and gender are both a spectrum and that viruses evolve around vaccines if given room to grow.

I believe in giving people a chance to improve in society but it is super discouraging as a trans person to see people just not give a flying fuck about the harm they are causing us. I even ended up defending myself from friends of his in the metal scene like Kim Dylla saying I was bringing my politics into a post and ignoring what her friend Atilla wrote about his situation. WELL…the issue is also that regardless of one’s stance on his “situation” he paired HIS POLITICS with a transphobic as fuck meme, so gaslighting me about it doesn’t change that photo which I can see with my own two eyes.

Even Shane from fucking Napalm Death liked dude’s post. WTAF. I feel like throwing up. I am so fucking bummed out.

And for the transphobic trolls who want to make an “own two eyes” joke here…read this and this and this.

Glad at least Cattle Decapitation and Vile Creature members and a few others besides just me told him the post was shite.

As Emma Watson notes , “Trans people are who they say they are.”

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Photo credit: Kane Hibberd

Alt metal goofballs Twelve Foot Ninja have released a stompy new nu metal song called “Over and Out” with Jinjer‘s skilled vocalist Tatiana Shmayluk. The result is something everyone from Faith No More to Coal Chamber fans could rock with, a melodic and sturdy hard charger about life being worth living. The track is the third preview of their forthcoming album (Vengeance, out Oct. 15 via Volkanik Music).

“The song is an ode to the complicated relationship we have with our own mortality and how death can seem like the arms of a lover beckoning us to an early demise,” explains singer Kin Etik. “The French first coined the phrase ‘l’appel du vide,’ which is the feeling of wondering what it would be like to jump in front of a truck or to jump off a cliff. It translates into English as the ‘call of the void.’ The phenomenon is actually a positive affirmation that by not answering the call you unequivocally choose life.”

On inviting Jinjer’s Tatiana Shmayluk to work with the band on “Over and Out”: “We wanted someone who could represent the lyric ‘the devil in my blood’ – both the darkness and the light. Tatiana embodies what we needed for this track perfectly so asking her to feature on it was a no brainer. Her band Jinjer and Twelve Foot Ninja have played together a number of times and we instantly connected the first time we met in the Ukraine capital Kyiv. We’ve since tom to respect Tatiana as a musician and as a human so we’re stoked she’s agreed to jump on this track.”

photo credit: Alex Lopez

“When the TFN guys asked me to feature on one of their new tracks, I immediately said yes without even hearing it!” says Tatiana. “The song and video were a lot of fun and very different from anything I’ve done with Jinjer… it’s a great pleasure to be an honorary member of the Twelve Foot Ninja clan now!”

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