Cadaver Garden

"Blasphemer, Heretic, Defiler of the Sacred Ones. Thou art Deprived of Your Limbs. Thy Nose Shall be Split. Thou art Cast Down and Overthrown."-Cast Down The Heretic by Nile

Oceans of Flesh: Eternal Desecration

August 31, 2015

a1287453717_10 Hopping aboard the death metal train we stop in Denton,Maryland with Maryland’s finest Oceans of Flesh. These death metal merchants have just released this here titled Eternal Desecration. There are three total songs on this release two being studio songs and one being live, but all three being good. Oceans of Flesh is a cross between a few things. They are a hybrid of death metal, thrash and perhaps some black metal. With all of those combine it makes up the sonic assault that is Oceans of Flesh.

Through the three songs you truly get the feeling of complete and utter disdain for human life, or just pure disdain for everything in general. The fiery metallic assault of Oceans of Flesh begins with the discordant guitars followed by the heavy hitting drums and all of that is backed by the spite filled vocals of the vocalist.

Eternal Desecration isn’t an album that sugar coats anything. Just through the three songs you can feel the darkness and the anger that they exude.

Oceans of Flesh bends some thrash into their style of music making for an interesting balance between hyper tremolo picking and the slower chugging death metal riffs. Each play a part in making the songs more diverse which enables the listener to have something else to think about while listening to the music.

While there aren’t a lot of tracks here to cover, the ones that are here are a good listen. The riffs are sharp and heavy, the drums are intense and pounding and the vocals sound like someone got the vocalist pissed off right before a recording session and he’s taking all of his anger out on the mic. In fact the entire band sounds like they’re taking something out on their instruments, which is never a bad thing. The lyrics for the most part are audible and easy to follow and if you want to yell along to the songs like a maniac then you can do so.

The music is furious and can be fast, but at times Oceans of Flesh can slow it down and having a more devastating crunching sound. Overall the three tracks that are provided here are good and easy to get into and thrash about to. I hope there never is an ocean of flesh for that would be terrifying, but for now we have Oceans of Flesh to jam out to.

Let Them Hang: Human Macabre Icon

August 31, 2015

a4107477720_10 Let Them Hang was formed in 2013 in Gothenburg and this is their newest effort titled “Human Macabre Icon”. This release is three tracks long of distorted guitars, writhing vocals and headbanging death metal. These guys draw a lot of inspiration from a lot of different areas within metal. They take some hardcore and punk and infuse it with their brand of old school death metal.

Let Them Hang display more than anything their death metal chops. The guitars are ultra down tuned and have a crunchiness to them that is layered with some filthy fuzz. While there are only three songs here for your sickening death metal pleasures, the feeling you get from Let Them Hang isn’t to be just as brutal as possible, but to make music that is just fun to headbang to.

And music that is just good to headbang to is just what someone needs. Sometimes you don’t want the ultra technical, strange time signature music that makes you contort and twist your neck in all different directions. Sometimes the straight up old school death metal sound is needed to twist and contort your neck in a completely different way.

“Human Macabre Icon” is a sonic wall of death metal. Your first encounter with the wall is the ultra fuzzy guitar riffs and once you get through the gauntlet of crunching guitars you face the wrath of the drums which pummel their way through your ears. On top of all of the death metal goodness, a layer of grimy vocals oozes from your speakers.

The vocalist spews the vocals all over the songs like bile. They are normally zombie-esque vocals but can transform into higher pitched screeches when the song calls for it. And at certain points throughout the three track disc, the songs slow down into a heavier more devastating riff pummeling drum combo. No worries it’s not a break down so relax.

Through the three songs on “Human Macabre Icon” the music is just fun to listen to and it is some good death metal as well. It’s entertaining, headbang worthy and overall just a good listen for all of you sordid death metal fiends.

Idolatry/Unrest Split: Infection Born of Ending

August 30, 2015

Cover Front This brand new split to come out is between Ohio’s Unrest and Edmonton’s Idolatry. The split contains two songs with Side A featuring Unrest and their song “of Filth” and Side B features Idolatry and their song “Clefs au Chambre de Tristêsse “. The two bands play pure black metal. It’s depraved, dark and completely hateful. Each of these bands compliment one another making “Infection Born of Ending” feel natural.

Each band plays in similar styles but each have different approaches to this style. Each style is straight from hell and completely blackened. But what Idolatry does is add a touch of melody to their song and add some haunting vocals at the end breaking up the pure blackened onslaught; whereas Unrest doesn’t add too much melodic moments. Instead Unrest is a straight forward metallic assault.

Now just focusing on one side and then the other, we’ll focus on Ohio’s Unrest to begin with. I think that it is important to add the fact that Unrest is a one man band. So everything that you hear is him. “of Filth” begins with some dissonant drum beats that morphs pretty quickly into the savagery that is Unrest. The song is nonstop furious riffs and a savage display of drum battery. The riffs are lined with a thick layer of fuzz which is just what you’d want to hear from an old school style of black metal. The music is  pretty much “hate first everything else later” as you get the feeling that this is what the song is portraying. On top of the musical onslaught, the vocals are plenty gravely and are more of grunts than anything else. They’re not the shrieks you’d come to expect now from so many black metal bands. Instead they are filthy mid range vocals that get barked at you from beginning to end.

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Idolatry Logo Band Photo As I mentioned above, the two bands seem to compliment each other well but do things just a little bit differently. That being said, that brings me to the other side of the split, the Idolatry side with their song titled “Clefs au Chambre de Tristêsse “. According to the band the song title is a conjuration in French that tells a tale of someone who has prepared a room for themselves in which to end their lives. Already pretty gruesome right? Right. Well with a song title such as that you can only hope that the band would be able to back it up and that is exactly what Idolatry do. The beginning of the song starts with a nice slower more melodic type of riff and paired with it are some vocals that sound like a serpent recorded them. The more melodic moment doesn’t last very long as Idolatry switch gears and delve deeper into the realm of chaos and complete and utter darkness. The drums pummel and the riffs weave and slice their way through the entirety of the song. As far as the more melodic moments I mentioned above go, there are more of them within the song. And by that I simply mean it isn’t just a hellish assault of riffs after hellish assault of riffs and tumultuous drumming. They do slow the song down a few times and mix up the riffs giving a little more variety. Throughout the song the most noticeable thing are the vocals. They are very serpent like but transition into a wailing scream of torment as well as a more gravely shriek.

The two songs on this split from these bands are put together nicely. Each of the songs respectively are well executed and have that utterly depraved and hateful feeling about them. While each style of play may be a little different between the two bands, you can gather one thing from this split and that is that these bands set out to create something purely evil and I believe that was achieved. For fans of the occult, and pure blackened metal, this is something that belongs in your collection.

Album Round Up: Goatbreather, Graveyard Dirt, Death Engine, DVNE

August 29, 2015

Since metal-more than probably any other genre of music-unites people from all over the world today we will be looking at bands  from several different places around the world. Within this list you will find all different styles of heavy metal hopefully allowing you to find some new music to listen to. Enjoy the Album Round Up!


a2282904198_10 Our first stop is in California with a band that calls themselves Goatbreather. This effort is self titled and displays six incredibly short tracks. Goatbreather play some grind and it sounds like if they really wanted to they could play slam as well.The tracks are short in typical grind fashion with the longest being almost two minutes. Within the songs you don’t necessarily get a lot out of it, but I really don’t think that you’re suppose to. What you do get however is a lot of buzzing guitars, spastic drumming and vocals that sounds like a toad got loose in the recording studio and just let it rip. At certain points the vocals almost take over as the focal point in the album. They’re a deep croaking that occasionally get accompanied by a war cry like yelling. Overall Goatbreather is interesting and if you’re looking for interesting and just something new to listen to really quick then Goatbreather is probably the right fit.


a1155623919_16 Heading over to Donegal,Ireland is Graveyard Dirt. This is their brand new just released on the seventeenth of this month E.P. titled My Scourge, My Plague. Just by looking at the album cover you would have to guess that they play either black metal or doom. Well they play the latter and do it very well. The three songs that appear on this E.P. are melancholic and have a certain haunting quality about them. The riffs alone are haunting. They stick with you after you’ve listened. The vocals are a throaty yell that get paired up with almost a spoken word type of approach which gives the impression that instead of just being a song they are actually stories being woven. Even though the songs for the most part are of the more melancholy variety, Graveyard Dirt isn’t without heaviness as well. The riffs loom large and at times turn into crunchier faster riffs as the drums follow suit picking up the pace, only to slow it back down again diving into the sea of emotion that is portrayed on this fine E.P. My Scourge, My Plague is a great E.P. with everything you would with there to be on a doom record.


a3546775229_16 Hailing from Lorient,France is a band by the name of Death Engine and Mud is their debut full length that was put out through Throatruiner Records. Death Engine plays a noisy hardcore-ish style that is one hundred percent suppose to rip your fucking face off. The abrasive style in which they do play is sharp and cuts like a knife. The music essentially sounds like the inner workings of a mad man’s mind which is just perfect. Each song is a writhing twisting mass of fiery metal that rains down on you like a hail of bullets. Most of the assault is hard to prepare for. The music is dark and stunningly violent catching you off balance for the entirety of Mud. Death Engine is completely relentless in their assault mixing violent riffs, with dirges of industrial noise as well as just straight up raw metallic noise.  Death Engine and their album Mud is a great album. You might want to brace yourself for impact for this one however.


a0196451043_10 This last piece was released November of last year but it was intriguing to me and felt like it needed to be written about. DVNE is a band that hails from the UK and plays an interesting brand of sludge. It is interesting and intriguing because it is not just sludge at all but mixed with it you can hear some doom and hardcore elements. Aurora Majesty is just a two track album that seems to focus on the darker side of things. Aurora Majesty displays some sludge riff goodness throughout the album throwing memorable riff after memorable riff at you. The sludge doesn’t last forever as the music shifts and transforms into doom at certain times. At other times DVNE switches it up into a faster paced more hardcore approach. The vocals are smokey and powerful giving the listener more food for thought. With a menagerie of different influences at play within just two tracks, DVNE never confuse who they really. The music ebbs and flows perfectly while mixing all of these different genres together. In just two songs there is a lot to take in here but it is all smooth making for an enjoyable listen.


Sathariel: Mercy Divine

August 27, 2015

a0552623271_10 Over the last ten years or even more black metal has been evolving and shifting in different directions to create new sounds and new interesting music. Bending black metal in certain ways can hurt or it can help. You can always recreate the old sounding black metal but then you run the risk of sounding exactly the same as a million other black metal bands. To do something new within a pretty bleak and black and white genre-up until recently-is a bold move. A lot of people still want to hear that cold bleakness that old school black metal gives you, but at the same time where will that transform and progress into something newer and more innovative? I for one welcome the fresh breath of air that is the new age of black metal. You end up getting more diversity and more to listen to because there are other elements thrown in with black metal. For the Denton,Texas band Sathariel they are a new black metal band that incorporate much more into their music than just cold darkness and Satanic imagery. With their album Mercy Divine they take a step into the progressive realm creating a sound all of their own.

As I mentioned above black metal as a whole can get pretty stagnant and not too much has changed until only recently. Sathariel certainly know how to mix in different elements with the core of the music which is black metal. There are certain symphonic qualities to Sathariel as well as certain death metal elements which are matched with the traditional vocal stylings of heavy metal which would be soaring high clean vocals.

A mixture of all of these can convolute the music if it is not properly proportioned throughout. Sathariel properly spread the wealth of each of the different genres that are mixed in making the music feel natural and not forced.

With the very core of the music being black metal, everything revolves around that. The black metal is there in the symphonic elements, the evil whispering in certain songs as well as the vocals that are a higher pitched roar instead of a ear piercing shriek.

The death metal shows up a little more in the musicianship than anything else. The riffs aren’t as bleak and cold, instead they’re focused and sharp and within a lot of the songs you get some pretty fiery guitar solos as well. Accompanying the guitars are the drums which blast and pummel their way into your blackened brain. Each element does cross over from death metal and black metal, but one element that each genre does have in common that is a running theme here in Mercy Divine is the thick bass. Every song has it and it is very audible and provides more than just finger shredding solos and blasts.

Sathariel provide a dual threat on vocals throughout. There are the gravely screams but paired with those are the high pitched cleans. The cleans are theatrical and powerful; they are the type of vocals that were incredibly popular in the 70’s and 80’s with bands like Iron Maiden coming out and Judas Priest. Now I’m not saying they’re as good as those heavy metal gods, I’m simply saying that the cleans are strong and sound great next to the roars. Other than just the musicianship the vocals-especially the cleans-give Sathariel more to work with and give the listener more to think about.

Through the shredding solos, pounding guitars, and the soaring cleans Mercy Divine is a great album. It provides diversity within black metal by mixing in a few newer elements and it just overall is a great listen.

Festering: From the Grave

August 27, 2015

a3327162198_10 Festering started in 1992 but had to be put off until 2011 with a new sound (or old?). With songs that sound like they came from the grave is Festering with their album From the Grave. This album was just put out recently through Caverna Abismal Records. From the Grave shows off ten grimy songs played in the old school death metal fashion. As I have said before and as I’m sure many people have been catching on the old school sound has been coming back and coming back in full force. Arising from the grave is something that old school death metal has done very successfully over the last couple of years. For every old death metal band that has called it quits there is a new band that plays old school style death metal to step up and take their place. In this case, Festering arose from the ashes of death metal to create and revamp their sound to put out this record here titled From the Grave. Festering certainly  play that straight forward style of old school death metal paying homage to the old while keeping the sound fresh and helping revitalize the old school death metal sound.

Festering display the proper use of the buzz saw guitar riffs that are very well known throughout the metal community. To hear music that is old school nothing at all needs to be clean. The sound needs to sound like it was strained through the pulpy flesh of your victims, it needs to sound dirty and as filthy as possible as if it were just resurrected for the soul purpose of creating death metal.

While Festering hit on all of the old school cylinders and apply what they learned from the zombies in the grave they manage to create their own sound. The infectious fuzz filled riffs are there coupled with the blistering drums and the thick bass lines. But what Festering stay away from is recycling music, or recycling riffs or lyrics. They keep all of the old school death metal charm with a name like Festering and song titles like, Infected, Exhumed, and Consuming From Within.

With all of that the death first apologies later approach is there. From the lyrics to the style of play they channel their predecessors to create the symphony of death that they call From the Grave. Having said that, Festering have a certain melodic side about them that keeps them fresh and keeps you off of your toes. Instead of thrashing about like a lunatic on instruments-which they still do expertly-they know when to slow things down and add certain melodious parts to their music when needed.

For the majority of the album it is hack and slash play, but when it is mixed with more melodious moments it gives the band more diversity. And while the pace is generally set at blistering the songs are crafted well so that they are not entirely pummeling all of the time but instead they are written so that the blistering pace is met with groove and flow.

With all of these new bands reviving the old school style of death metal it is refreshing to see that the genre is alive and well. The fiery metallic assault that Festering display is great for a neck twisting time of headbanging and debauchery. Rising from the grave Festering return from their slumber in full force with a strong record in From the Grave.

Gorgosaur: Gashes and Demise

August 26, 2015

a3586294590_10 If you have an interesting name you are bound to catch someone’s attention, and that is exactly what these gents from Sweden did. The name of the band is Gorgosaur and this three track demo titled Gashes and Demise was released earlier this year. On their Bandcamp page they state that their music is “total death worship” and from listening to the demo that of course is one hundred percent accurate. There is nothing else within the three tracks that would lead anyone to believe they are anything other than death metal. The tracks have an old school kind of feeling to them reeking of death.

Since it is of course not a full length effort there is only so much that one can go off of. But with the tracks provided it is pretty apparent that they style they were going for was of the utmost raw sounding death metal they could create without sounding like a copy cat band. It helps that the music sounds as if it were recorded in a cemetery.

From the opener which is also the title track to the ending track titled “The Antropophagus” Gorgosaur rip and tear at your flesh with their death metal assault. While the death metal attack is of the standard old school variety Gorgosaur create a metallic onslaught all of their own.

Their goal of total death and destruction begins with the low tuned buzz filled guitar riffs that fill your ears with torment. They slash and hack their way into your brain infecting you with a memorable throw back to the death metal bands of old. The drums are spastic and tumultuous as the drummer uses the entire kit to his advantage. The songs are well crafted and don’t just sound like some guys found some instruments in a garage one day and decided to play death metal. The fuzzed out guitars are supplemented by the chaotic drums and all of that is topped off by a great vocal performance as the vocalist roars and yells his way through the tracks.

Gorgosaur certainly did read the book of the forefathers and take avid notes. As more and more bands are starting to regress into the older death metal style it may become harder to stand out among the crowd. But with Gorgosaur’s style of play as well as the little things they do here and there within the songs to give them more diversity they may be able to stand out among the crowded death metal genre. Either way, Gashes and Demise is a good demo and debut to just headbang your little necks to.

Livid: Sint

August 26, 2015

a1838351040_10 Livid is a brand new band out of Minnesota that was only brought to my attention recently. They are a three piece that play some crushingly heavy doom. Crushing is a word that is and can be frequently used within the metal community and while I try my best not to use it, there is a time and a place for such a word and the time and place is here and now. Even though Livid has not been around for very long with this release only coming out in July they play as though they are seasoned veterans of the occult. Sint is a complete song split in two that amasses to  an impressive run time of about twenty-four minutes. Within those minutes you get lost within their world, only to have your mind warped further by their looming doom darkness.

The song is split in two probably for easier listening. The experience you feel while listening to Sint is what you would want or what you would expect from a doom act. The performance is just about flawless and takes you on a brain bending trip. The way the songs are constructed is well thought out, from the way that the songs are split, to the way that the songs progress. A fourteen minute epic and a shorter eight minute epic is a lot of music to take on, but the way that Livid present these songs makes them easier to face so you don’t bite off more doom sandwich than you can chew.

From the two songs (one song split in two) you can take quite a lot from it. What you can’t pin point exactly is who or what the influences for such music to be played is. A lot of doom can sound the same, the doom waters are murky from all of the doom bands that take Sleep riffs and Sabbath melodies and warp them into a clone of sorts. While these bands may be influences for these doom merchants, Livid certainly take doom in a different interesting direction making a sound that is all their own.

All of the ingredients that are required to make such a strong and rich doom concoction are there and even more additives are thrown in to make something that much more fulfilling. There are the buzzing fuzz lined guitar riffs that make doom so recognizable, there are those obese bass lines that jar your skull straight out of your skin and the ever hypnotic vocals. Mix all of those together with great song writing ability and you get Livid. I mean you get Livid as in the band not livid as in pissed off. There isn’t a way you could be while listening to this.

Livid certainly plant their roots firmly in the doom world with this debut. From the opening of Sint (Part1) that hooks you with a deep thunderous bass to Sint (Part2) that pulls you in the boat with even more infectious riffs and flay you like the helpless fish that you are, Livid truly make a statement with this debut. That statement is that they are here and they are not leaving for some time to come. With only two tracks on this album it is almost mind boggling to think what a full length would sound like, and while your mind is being thoroughly boggled you can boggle it even further with Sint.

Obsidian Tide: Debris E.P.

August 25, 2015

a3905928731_10 Obsidian Tide was formed in Israel in 2012. After two years of hard work and dedication Debris was born. Debris is the first installation from progressive death metal outfit Obsidian Tide. The E.P. was released earlier this year in January and it shows off five well crafted tunes for you to enjoy. Obsidian Tide make some obvious nods towards bands such as Opeth, Agalloch and the like. Without sounding entirely like the aforementioned bands Obsidian Tide make the music their own and twist the progressive sound coming up with a mixture and fine balance of soft melodies and the harsher death metal sounds.

The very beginning of the E.P. starts off with a more of an Opeth like intro on the song Mothman. For the majority of the song it is softer and displays more of an acoustic sound than anything else. The mellow clean singing is hypnotic and draws you into the music before they let it rip and transform into a death metal monster. A little more than half way through the song, Obsidian Tide shifts directions from the soft sounds to the more abrasive death metal sounds. The riffs become faster and tighter and the combination of the dual vocalists comes into play. As the softer melodic vocals fade out a gravely roar emits from the second vocalist.

For the entire album this balance between the soft moments and the heavier death metal parts occurs. Obsidian Tide strikes a balance between the two very well and move in and out of one to the other smoothly.

Everything on the E.P. seems rather natural. Nothing here is forced into becoming something that it isn’t and Obsidian Tide focus on being a progressive unit never letting the more progressive side or the death metal side of things take over. Pairing the melodious moments well with the harsher moments makes for more diversity within the music giving the listener more to think about. If anything Obsidian Tide tap into the more emotional side of death metal.

Through the five song E.P. there are two acoustic instrumental songs that break up the rest of the disc. It gives Obsidian Tide the chance to showcase more of their talent. The interludes even tie in well with the rest of the music. Each instrumental leads into the next song one way or another that gives the feeling that the E.P. is one whole unit and not just separate songs compiled together.

The musicianship not just on the instrumental tracks but the entire album is great. The guitars float between softer more melodious tunes to harsher more down tuned riff fests that are married with the obese bass lines that are ever prominent throughout the songs. The drums are of the typical progressive style, bouncing from one drumming style to the next. As mentioned above there are two vocalists, one for the cleans and one for the harsher vocals. They play off of each other nicely complimenting one another. The melodious vocals are the ones you hear first before you get blasted by the roars. For the majority of the album you get to hear the cleans, which is not a bad thing as they are pure and at times a little more powerful than the screams.

With this release being the marking point for more albums and E.P.s to come, Obsidian Tide can only take this and progress with it more. They can grow into the style more and experiment with their sound however they choose. Obsidian Tide put forth a strong debut in Debris, and the five songs that are on the E.P. are well worth the listen.

Black .44: No Blanks

August 25, 2015

11800081_896907850368260_3652792969147542548_n There aren’t too many radio friendly metal acts out there, and if there are you haven’t heard of them because they are trying way to hard. Black .44 plays a mixture of just straight up heavy metal with a combination of sludge that mixes to be something that is more of the radio friendly nature. While the subject matter may not be the style of play certainly is. And that really is never a bad thing, it just means that there is more appeal to a wider audience than that of a band that plays brutal death or just straight up death metal.

Black .44 focuses a lot on riffs, a prominent bass and catchy lyrics. Most of these songs will probably have you singing along with them which will lead you into having it ingrained in your head for days. While nothing is over complicated here, nothing has to be. What they seem to have set out to do is make a rocking album that is catchy and that will get you to nod your head to the riffs and drum beats and Black .44 accomplish that very well.

Through the nine songs on this album you get a mixture of clean guitar riffs as well as the less heard murky sludge riffs. The songs are just heavy enough to make you bang your head but not too heavy to deter anyone from not listening. The music on No Blanks is accessible, it is easy to listen to and it just becomes to be a fun record to listen to.

As I mentioned above, Black .44 focus very heavily on riffs and they are not shy to pile them high. Black .44 is a riff factory, producing heavy riffs that are easy to get into. They’re fuzz filled and down tuned enough to not  be a rock album yet they almost cross into that territory on occasion. No song does sound alike and you can tell from the intros as well as the riffs. They are all different, having a unique sound through each song. Certain songs will have that more sludge/stoner vibe, as others will have that rock feeling and other songs will have that straight heavy metal sound and peppered throughout you encounter some smooth guitar solos. Whichever sound you are getting, they are spread evenly throughout the album.

The factor that makes Black .44 dabble a bit into the realm of the sludge is the fact that the bass is so thick and prominent. It provides the back bone for every song on this album giving it that extra edge that this album needs to hit harder. In each of the nine songs you can hear it very well as they don’t try to hide it and I’m glad that they don’t hide it because it does sound great with the crunchy riffs. The bass itself is catchy and at times you will catch yourself listening to the bass and paying attention to it more than you will the guitar riffs. In case you’re wondering it is the obese buzzing noise that is at the forefront of the songs. At certain times the bass just lets rip into a couple of almost bass solos within the album which are welcomed.

With all of the crunchy guitars and the striking bass you need that sultry almost soulful voice to go along with this brand of music. The vocalist does have that almost smoky sounding voice that wafts over the tracks. He transitions from whisky smooth cleans to a more gravely yelling tone at certain points. Where the vocals get a little dodgy are at the beginning on the very opening track titled “Overcome” when he tries to sing (or rap?) really fast which makes the song feel incomplete. He only does it for a brief couple of minutes, but within those minutes it derails the track. There are a couple of other places within No Blanks in which he tries a higher pitched screaming which doesn’t work out for the song as it seems just too out of place for the style of music that they are playing.

With the more radio friendly heavy metal, rock, sludge sound that Black .44 emit they feel more accessible than some. No Blanks doesn’t offer gutturals, high pitched shrieking or complete and utter mind warping technicality, but what it does offer is just some good tunes to jam out to.

No Blanks will be out in a few days on the 28th of this month through Inverse Records.

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