Orchid- Miasma

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Mathcore/Prog Metal outfit Orchid is releasing their album “Miasma” tomorrow January 10th and it is quite the wild joyride through crackheadtown.  Truthfully I really dig this band.  They have the talent and energy of mathcore legends Dillinger Escape Plan, and the talent to pull off other jazzy and prog subgenres to make their sound even more inconsistent.  To an artist like me, it’s very enjoyable for more unusual and odd bands because I WANT to hear something newer and fresher than more rehashed music if you get what I mean.  With “Miasma”, the Indian 4 piece set out to blow minds and be themselves.  They have fully done that, and then some.

ORCHID: 

Kaushal – Vocals
Vinay – Guitars
Rahil – Bass
Mayur – Drums
For now, you can grab the album digitally or physically on band camp but North American buyers be stealthy the shipping is probably $10 or $12 (maybe more for all we know), being out of country.  I love the band’s frantic and chaotic sound that they have blended well.  They definitely will fly under the radar, but don’t let them sneak out and fly under yours as well.  You can also get a taste of the wild talent of the band with their recent playthrough video of their song “Zero Sum Game” right here. I am pleasantly surprised with how solid they ended up being.  All 4 band members are proficient musicians and bring a lot to the table.  They definitely have made a huge fan out of me.

Short Attention Span Theatre

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The weird Progressive/Funk/Metal/Experimental band Short Attention Span Theatre bring a much needed and fresh sound to our local Western New York music scene.  Music is watered down these days, and it’s cool to see weirder and more artistic bands slowly come out of the woodworks.  These cats draw heavy influence from classic and modern progressive bands.  They’re very quirky like Protest The Hero and Dillinger Escape Plan….are they THAT good? That’s up for the listeners to decide, but I think they’re pretty good no matter what.

If you don’t know the band’s rhythm section (Gus on bass and Kenny of Avulsion on drums) make up a great instrumental band I absolutely love from our beloved Buffalo area Ish Kabibble.  I’m a sucker for these bands, if you know me well enough….SAST is not a one trick pony and bring lots of versatility and talent to the drawing board.

SHORT ATTENTION SPAN THEATRE

Ryan Mis- Vocals
Gordon Carlson- Guitar
Augustin Brand- Bass
Kenny Brand- Drums

 

Ryan’s voice is so pure, and can also fake you out with such a low guttural you wouldn’t think someone could get down that low for a guy that has a higher range.  Its wildly impressive, to be honest.  Gordon’s guitar work is all over the place, but is pretty sweet for the Primus fan in me. I think he has a lot of those weird ‘Ler guitar movements on his leads if you know what I mean.  I don’t need to say anymore on the greatness of the Brand father and son combo, they’re aliens from another multiverse. It’s well documented in their band, and now in here with Short Attention Span Theatre.  If you remember Avulsion from back in the day, Daddy Brand used to do some serious blasting for the Buffalo Death Metal heroes. You can check out the band’s wild musical adventures on their band camp and see when they will play out next by stalking their Facebook page.

A Noveslit reveal new song “Apparitions”

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Progressive Death Metal Duo A Novelist just released another song from their second album “Folie” with another great song titled “Apparitions”.  The band’s album can be pre-ordered right here.  It will be out February 8th.  Check out the song right below here and you will see why I’m in love with the album, and band as well.  They grow on you more and more every time you listen to them.  And yes, “Folie” is a great album with many unexpected turns and sweet twists during its mighty journey.  I urge you all to pre-order. Enjoy the song folks!

Habitual Depravity- Realms Of Abysmal Servitude

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Habitual Depravity released this banger of an album a few weeks ago on December 30th.  It’s a brutal technical death metal project between guitarist/bassist/vocalist Jonathon Urwin and legendary drummer Marco Pitruzzella.  If I knew of this project a while ago, I would have added it to my wild 2018 list.  It’s a well produced album, with over the moon musicianship.  It’s impressive enough that Jon did a solid amount of the work, with wild guitar licks just set ablaze all over “Realms Of Abysmal Servitude”.  For a band of this magnitude, they do actually groove sometimes believe it or not.  His growl is very consistent and pleasant to the ears as well.  I’m more into the consistency, than growlers that constantly change pitch.  But, i’m a fan of both but his style fits his band PERFECTLY. If they could get this out in the real world, they sure as well would look beautiful with Decrepit Birth or Decapitated….no lie, they’re that good and can hang with the tech-ier bands if they could hire a few guys and play some shows here and there.

Now for the machine gun blaster Marco, holy crap. If you’re familiar with Bleak Flesh the Chilean neoclassical tech-deathers have him recording drums for their upcoming album. His blast beats are so clear, and effortlessly plays fills like he’s a legitimate robot.  This project is so great that doesn’t get enough credit.  However the album is brand new so give it more time to get more press and credentials.  For 2019, this is definitely going to end up in my gigantic “Best Of” article for sure.  The precision this duo masterfully displays is absolutely earth shattering.  Words can’t express how much I dig thi classic and modern mix of death metal with hints of prog and tech.  It is legitimately a half hour pure technicality, brutality and musical mastery.  If you want something killer and fresh, this project is for you.   Let the music do the talking, not me!

The Ritual Aura wants to play a game.

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The Ritual Aura has some weird stuff planned out where…..they want to play a……game? No it’s not jigsaw, where your limbs will get hacked and thrown into a vat of acid but it’s a more normal game.  As posted above, the band is planning to release “Velothi” sooner than later.  But first, break out your magnifying glass and trench coat Sherlock Holmes! Stay updated with every clue along the way to solve the puzzle, Macgyver.  Here’s the first bit of information we have received from the overlords.

TRA official site

https://theritualaura.bandcamp.com/

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What the heck does this mean? Well, that’s the point of the journey.  We hope the first clue helps into solving their planned riddle.  

Lest We Forget- “Zero Won” Song Premiere

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Lest We Forget is releasing their new single “Zero Won” today and we are streaming it for them!  LWF is a melodic progressive metal band with soaring melodies and enough odd rhythms and cool licks to keep the music nerds like myself entertained.  The 4 piece brings this new track to the prog table a wide and polished sound that can attract newcomers to rapidly expanding progressive realms.  The song is a melodic and moody composition thrown in with some great synthesizer work to enhance the great vocal melodies.  You can check out the band’s hot new song and the rest of their music at the links below.

 

https://www.lestweforgetband.co.uk

https://twitter.com/LWForgetUK

https://www.instagram.com/lwforgetuk

https://open.spotify.com/artist/6o94iVsVvpGU8DTqZcYuKj?si=mLdmoj4pQy62XQ-uvXcHxg&fbclid=IwAR38NVBdLW4FeQayUayIwYGth8g89h72aqwFtoTO3L78qjAP0itv75Q6Q7I

https://lestweforgetuk.bandcamp.com

https://www.youtube.com/user/LWFmetal

Pathos And Logos Unleash “Mergers And Acquisitions”

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Instrumental Progressive Metal Duo Pathos And Logos unleashed a killer track upon us unworthy earthlings.  “Mergers And Acquisitions” brings a great well rounded sound to the table with not just lots of heavy sections, but lots of mood and phenomenal guitar melodies provided by Kyle.  Paul’s drumming perfectly compliments his riffs and melodies, totally zoning in on their sound.  I really dig how inconsistent the band is, with surprises and mood changes around every corner.

From progressive music to rock to metal to  some jazzy sections and some classic rock mixed in on some of the guitar leads as well, Pathos And Logos brings a diverse sound to the dinner table waiting to be feasted.  I’m an obvious cheerleader of instrumental bands It would be sweet to see more Animals As Leaders/Polyphia/Plini/Intervals on the forefront, fucking shit up in bigger festivals and tours changing the face of music.  This sort of music is for the artsy and open minded, dive into this great track and keep track of the dudes in their musical adventure.

 

January 2019’s Featured Band is….Fractal Universe!

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The first featured band for 2019 is the ever so awesome Fractal Universe!  The French group caught my ears when I heard “Sons of Ignorance” off their full length “Engram Of Decline” and I’ve been hooked ever since.  This hard working independent prog/tech death band was also just recently signed to the Metal Blade Records roster as well! I think this band is a force to be reckoned for a multitude of reasons. I say so because they blend the right amount of tasteful work and complex songwriting along with great groove and soulful guitar leads (not wild 400 BPM arpeggios, sweeps and tapping on repeat!).  They’re the total opposite of Spawn Of Possession, Necrophagist and Archspire but they’re just way too good to not be heard of. What can be summed up from my fanboying is they are extremely tasteful songwriters, and are a welcome addition to a genre that can be overdone. The band has been working hard as can be in their own country with their debut offering an EP called “Boundaries Of Reality”.  They’ve relentlessly toured throughout their country and other places, as an independent band.  I’ve known of them for almost 2 years now and it has been great to see the guys progress as a band and artists.

I’m trying not to post any music, so you can check out their songs all month long.  For a new and young band, their music is well crafted and down to a legitimate science.  Fractal Universe should be heard and known about by more people and bands, and deserve a great opportunity at this point.  Getting signed to a great label should be the start of an even brighter future for the band, and couldn’t be any more excited as an avid fan of Fractal Universe.  I wish the guys the best of luck on their new endeavors with the label.  Also, that photo shows there is a new album due out in a few months!   They have been in full promotion mode for “Engram Of Decline” since it’s release two years ago and have recently been recording between shows.  If they gave us a solid offering a few years ago, I highly doubt they’ll disappoint anyone.  To anyone that doesn’t know Fractal Universe…..I hope you do now and will give their music a legitimate shot.  That is the point of these monthly showcases (with possible interviews, whenever I get around to them).

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https://www.fractaluniverseband.com

https://fractaluniverseband.bandcamp.com

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCIjLP_-0zgReR0Tl05RZ7YQ

 

Dave’s Best of 2018 Awards!

Hello folks! I am back with my second “Best Of” Awards article…..but with more sections to spice things up. Newcomer Vick wrote hers and I’m here with my valued or unvalued opinion with some possible bias. The numbers aren’t important in my article I DO NOT RANK I just list my favorite albums. I’m going to apologize right meow as I have a lot of categories if it’s too long…..but then again its for a full year and there were lots of GREAT releases and new bands starting up that should be put to the forefront.  I hope you enjoy the new categories too.  Let’s get it on!

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Up and Coming Bands

Inanimate Existence– Artisan Era (my favorite label) tech/prog death metal powerhouses released a great album “Underneath A Melting Sky” in 2017 and Guitarist Cameron Porras’ songwriting and playing only gets better every release.  The guys work great as a cohesive three piece band.  If they get put on the Summer Sumerian/Slaughter/Summer’s Disappointment tour or a big festival like Download/Hellfest/Graspop they would kick the shit out of the same pop metal bands that have graced some of those stages.  I have a lot of faith in this band and are vastly underrated.  Keep an eye on the IE dudes.

Dischordia– Oklahoma dissonant/tech/progressive death metallers released a great EP that is the most experimental and original thing I have heard in a bit in the genre.  It’s becoming blatantly obvious how much I love the different experiments some death metal bands are doing.  If a genre stays stagnant…..are you really making any progression? Does one ALWAYS have to abide by the rules and stereotype of a genre? NO! As artists, we hate feeling creatively suffocated (so to say) to a label and want to write what we want and how we want! Dischordia just keeps pushing that envelope and their crazy 2 song 24 minute EP “Binge/Purge” really surprised me.  Earlier this year I heard the guys and it blew my mind.  Ukulele, Flute, Mandolin and other various instruments are included in their latest release.  Also, there is a plethora of  heavy influence of dissonance and cool rhythms the trio has come up with.  Every release Dischordia’s sound and songwriting has progressed “Binge/Purge” has really helped push their experimentation to the forefront.  Keep an eye on them as well.  Below is my article of the EP stream through Decibel Magazine to get your Dischordia on!

Dischordia- Binge/Purge EP stream via Decibel Magazine

Burial In The Sky– Another great up and coming band that’s helping break that stereotypical extreme metal sound.  Why do I dig this band a lot? Their latest album “Creatio Et Hominus” includes a lot of saxophone! The band also has hits of psychadelic rock sprinkled throughout the album.  BITS has been pushing progressive death metal’s boundaries as well.  Their first few offerings were more straightforward but got real experimental with the album. They’re a young and promising band who you need to look out for. Originality and talent can make for a promising career….and I hope Burial In the Sky achieves everything they want to because they deserve it.

Burial In The Sky April 2018 Interview

BEST EP’S AND SINGLES OF 2018

  1. Mordant Rapture- The Abnegation
  2. Carnal Decay- When Push Comes To Shove
  3. Dischordia- Binge/Purge
  4. Widow’s Peak- Graceless
  5. Infinitee- The Possibilities Are Endless
  6. I Am Destruction- Violence Devours
  7. Between The Buried And Me- Automata 1
  8. Divine Realm- Nordicity
  9. Leprous- Golden Prayers (Single)
  10. Cynic- Humanoid (Single)
  11. Between The Buried And Me- Automata 2
  12. The Odious Construct- Shrine Of The Obscene
  13. Godless- Swarm
  14. Oppressor God- Mechanical Manslaughter
  15. Promethean- The Nameless Colour
  16. Weaponex- In The Nick Of Time
  17. Infinite Nomad- Luminous Throat
  18. Catalysis- Catalysis
  19. Astrolabe- The Hermit, The Fool, The Hanged Man
  20. Crevassian- Crevassian
  21. Fawn Limbs- Thrum
  22. Ash prison- Prophetic Automation

BEST ALBUMS OF 2018

  1. Oubliette- The Passage
  2. Aethereus- Absentia
  3. Obscura- Diluvium
  4. Jollymon- Voidwalker
  5. Lago- Sea Of Duress
  6. Xenosis- Devour And Birth
  7. The Beast Of Nod- Vampire: Disciples Of Chaos
  8. AHTME- Sewerborn
  9. Burial In The Sky- Creatio Et Hominus
  10. Unflesh- Savior
  11. Alkaloid- Liquid Anatomy
  12. The Slyde- Awakening
  13. At The Gates- To Drink From The Night Itself
  14. Skinless- Savagery
  15. Galactic Empire- Episode Two
  16. ISA- Chimera
  17. Ingested- The Level Above Human
  18. Inferi- Revenant
  19. Aepoch- Awakening Inception
  20. Slugdge- Esoteric Malacology
  21. Augury- Illusive Golden Age
  22. Rivers Of Nihil- Where Owls Know My Name
  23. Montheist- Scourge
  24. Alterbeast- Feast
  25. Decrescent- Blackened Bequest
  26. Forever In Transit- States Of Disconnection
  27. Pestilence- Hadeon
  28. Into The Great Divide- Into The Great Divide
  29. Aviations- The Light Years
  30. Soreption- Monument Of The End
  31. Exocrine- Molten Giant
  32. Trigger- The Harbor
  33. Serocs- Phobos/Deimos Suite
  34. Cognitive- Matricide
  35. Haken- Vector
  36. Gorod- Aethra
  37. Internal Bleeding- Corrupting Influence
  38. The Ocean- Phanerozoic 1: Palaeozoic
  39. Neptunus- Alien Conspiracy
  40. Torturous Inception- Arcane Dominion
  41. Dysmorphic- An Illusive Progress
  42. Inertia- Teratoma
  43. Kraanium- Slamchosis
  44. Sarah Longfield- Disparity
  45. Psycroptic- As The Kingdom Drowns
  46. Arsis- Visitant
  47. Halothane- A False Reality
  48. Zac Leaser- Redeemer
  49. Gourmand- Blossoming From The Grave
  50. Tesseract- Sonder

Best Independent Bands

  1. Aepoch
  2. Unflesh
  3. Dischordia
  4. Xenosis
  5. Promethean
  6. Bleak flesh
  7. Gourmand

What releases I’m looking forward to in 2019

  1. Bleak Flesh
  2. Promethean
  3. Inanimate Existence
  4. Black Crown Initiate
  5. The Haarp Machine
  6. Opeth (maybe a single? Just…maybe?)
  7. Animals As Leaders
  8. Mastodon
  9. Scar Symmetry
  10. Aepoch (maybe?)
  11. Abbath (maybe?)
  12. Anabasis already won the best local release of 2019 already unless something changes my mind. If you supported the Syracuse band’s campaign, you would have received a digital download of their upcoming album “Of Conviction” due out officially in January.  If you want to grab a cd or some merchandise to help out the lads on their debut full length, go ahead and do so right here.
  13. Turning Virtue
  14. The Tao Of Davey K
  15. Fire Garden
  16. Continuum
  17. Desecravity
  18. Allegaeon
  19. Divinex
  20. Disentomb
  21. Fields Of Elysium (I hope!)
  22. Godeater
  23. Blasteroid
  24. A Novelist
  25. Contrarian
  26. The Zenith Passage
  27. Fractal Universe
  28. Organectomy
  29. Arkaik
  30. The Ocean
  31. Oblivion
  32. Devin Townsend
  33. Equipoise
  34. The Ritual Aura

Personal Favorite Music Industry Trends of 2018

  1. Increasing number of bands doing as much as they can independently. Record labels are becoming bigger blood suckers. Props to the increasing number of musicians going this route, also really great for more income coming back their way.
  2. More instrumental bands! I love seeing instrumental bands! Not every band needs a vocalist, or music needs a singer….the music can sing on its own.  Remember classical music? It was instrumental, then opera singers came along.  It’s just good to change it up….ya know, like Divinex or The Surrealist.
  3. The Artisan Era signing so many killer bands that are only strengthening their roster that has been a label since 2014.  A grassroots label run by guys in bands ON THAT LABEL there’s no suits involved….a label made by musicians, run by musicians, for musicians.  How can you not love the rise of The Artisan Era? OKAY, maybe if you don’t like or appreciate technical death metal and instrumental bands I guess I could see it.  How many did they add in 2018? Like 10 bands? But….10 GREAT BANDS.

Best TMR Moments of 2018

  1.  That wild voting race for the website’s May artist of the month….who remembers? And, who voted? That was fun!
  2. Getting a handful or more of EP, song and video premieres throughout the website’s first 10-ish months of being online.  Hard work pays off, promote yourself and your work….make connections.  I’m grateful for the friendships and opportunities I have been given in the short time Technical Music Review has been online.  I’m equally as humbled for all the music I have received through many sources. Being a musician and music freak I have learned of so many solid bands through this short journey.  And to boot, I also premiered a few playthroughs as well….the musician in me absolutely enjoyed them!
  3. Becoming the Prime Minster of Indonesia.  Not really, but seriously though their music scene is very killer and uncovered.  I discovered a few bands towards the end of the year from there and developing a growing interest in that country’s metal scene.  I’m buddy-buddy with a small record label from there and a band from said label.  It’s a tech driven country with plenty of death metal bands too.  Check out a few of their bands right here.

2018’S BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENTS

Yeah there are always letdowns it’s a big part of life.  Let me dive into some from 2018.

  1. Machine Head’s shitty album Catharsis.  This album was so bad, it forced two of it’s long time members to quit.  Now you’re talking about someone who has been a big fan of Machine Head since I got into them during the Ashes Of Empires era.  Besides The Burning Red and Supercharger I loved this band.  I’m more Conservative than anything, and even with their Liberal lyrics I still appreciate their emotion opinions and stellar musicianship.  I get it, most musicians are Democrats or Liberal to an extent.  Rob Flynn has had a solid career as a musician but the last few years have gotten bad and leading up to Catharsis (to me at least) was a totally different band.  It’s like his songwriting was uninspired and teenager like (random lyrics about sex, drug use, and not to mention bringing back nu metal to the band sound) for a band that has put out much deeper sets of lyrics.  I try to get in bed with the album, and every time I have to leave.  “Is There Anybody Out There?” was an absolutely awful song and a rant most likely about Phil Anselmo.  I had a bad feeling if their upcoming album was going to be like this song, it was going to be rough….and in my eyes I think it was.  I thought when Robb posted the acoustic set of “Bastards” I envisioned it as another rant and spur of the moment song venting frustration….I DID NOT EXPECT IT TO BE A MACHINE HEAD SONG! Voilatile is a good song musically, but when I heard he admitted he wrote the lyrics after the Charlotteville attacks was even more sketchy.  As soon as a big event happens, you decide to write song lyrics about it…..and bitch about politics again. How, original.  Let’s see if the band is done forever, or he can pull more rabbits out of his ass like he did for Ashes Of Empires and arguably the band’s greatest effort The Blackening. Oh, and the whole band costume thing is kinda gay…..like KISS gay.
  2. Threatin.  Yeah that shit was rough too.  Great for the guy he self booked and funded a European tour for his music, but feel bad for the poor bastards that temporarily took part in this shitshow.  Nobody bought the guy’s merchandise or even went to the shows.  I feel just as bad for the bands that opened up for the few shows Threatin played.  Just an absolute embarrassment all around.  To play devil’s advocate, it is pretty impressive logistically how the guy pulled this thing off financially and got artists to play his music (well for a few shows at least).  Disappointing to say the least but was there any stigma at all when he booked? Was it his fucked up masterplan that was to create a huge online presence (after he bought many Facebook likes) and promote himself? We won’t really know…or will we?
  3. Unique Leader Records and their fuckery.  COME AT ME BRO! It’s true, and their ever-growing laundry list of bands that have left the label is just insane.  They keep signing so many bands to the point they’re overloading their roster and also possibly ignoring bands.  Death metal made that label, modern metal bands are filling up their roster and the number of bands on the record label is sky rocketing unlike The Challenger.  With the unfortunate passing of label founder Erik Lindmark (Deeds of Flesh), other label coworkers took over the work in Erik’s absence.  It took them over a month to put some of their releases on Bandcamp, and kept making excuses (when it doesn’t take long) why they haven’t yet.  They recently signed another band, and I mentioned it again on their facebook announcement of another generic death core band.  They ignored and asked me if I listened to that band yet and said they should promote the bands on their label already instead of adding more.  They immediately took down their comment on their facebook page, trying to divert my attention from my comment and they failed….like they’re failing Erik who’s currently rolling over in his grave.  AND GET THIS…..they’re currently running a contest to buy one of their albums on their band camp website, and you’re then entered to WIN A CHANCE TO OWN THEIR ENTIRE LIBRARY OF MUSIC! Doesn’t that reek of even more desperation?  This shit is fishy as fuck metalheads. While they may house some great bands, shame on Unique Leader for their unprofessional fuckery and ignorance.  Shit like this is why more bands go independent.

Marc Durkee- Remain In Stasis

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Marc Durkee is releasing his album “Remain In Stasis” January 18th of 2019 and it’s a great progressive rock treat! You can also check out a guitar play through of the song “The Dark Dimension” above this sentence.  He is a wealth of talent writing not just all of the music, but also recording it!  He is a jack of all trades, like Steven Wilson…..maybe I shouldn’t go that far, or SHOULD I? His voice is very diverse, he cansing a beautifully sung part and then add some gravel to his voice to give his music and lyrics more emotion.  His approach on guitar reflects his wide spectrum of his voice, which makes a killer combination.

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Marc is giving you that “ARE YOU KIDDING ME?” look.  He is annoyed because you need to preorder his album to help him keep making great music.

Durkee’s approach is multi faceted and has many sounds blended into his music.  He would be a great support for an Opeth, Steven Wilson or Katatonia tour….simply put he has broad horizons as an artist, and his music clearly reflects it.  Let’s all do the guy a favor and not only grab his upcoming album, but also get his great music out there.  2019 has many solid releases lined up and “Remain In Stasis” should be there the whole time.

 

 

https://www.facebook.com/marcdurkeeofficial/

https://durk.bandcamp.com/

https://www.instagram.com/darcmurkee/

https://open.spotify.com/track/2tkbr1TjxjSLKKkBiN51Vm?si=5tgmlug4SgOG97EENvKIfw

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