Losing Touch

If you follow the Finnish hardcore scene you know, that i’m bit of lagging behind on releases that have come out in few late years, when it comes to posting about ‘em. You probably already know about the newest Bolt LP, True Colors and newest Cutdown 7″, Harsh Reality and i will get briefly back on them too, but for what i want to serve you now is another bit younger band, than those two older war juggernauts. In fact juggernaut, is a title fit for Upright as well, these guys (on this recording 3 guys and a gal) originate from Jyväskylä. Known as a home for On A Solid Rock, Rebound, Defend, Presley Bastards, Delta Force II, Security Threat (2/4 of the band) and more, Jyväskylä has definitely made it’s place in Finnish hardcore map. After starting their path in there, recently Helsinkicized band put out in 2012 one of the hardest 7″ records of late few years.

Losing Touch 7″  was released already in 2012, together by Helsinki based Collision Records, Swedish Green Menace and Germany’s Street Survival Records. This joint release was Upright’s first own 7″ and followed also very successful Split 7″, that they did with crossover maniacs, Foreseen (who they share a drummer with). This 4-song 7″ featured all new tracks and the groove, it’s damn right present here strong! Courtesy of that grooving and intense riffing goes to Upright’s guitarist Markus, who i in some point gave a nickname; “Mike Dijan of Petäjävesi” (it’s the town he’s originally from) cause this dude fucking shreds! So as a logical continuation to that, you could hear bands like; Breakdown, Crown Of Thornz, Everybody Gets Hurt, Outburst and Killing Time, when thinking of Upright’s style. I think that generally the whole point of the band from the start was to make hard NYHC with their own flavours, but for what i’m hearing about their new material (since this one  was released already 2 years ago, again sorry i’m lazy and slow), it’s really damn hard stuff and i can’t wait to hear what they got coming up. Back to Losing Touch, as i said, four songs, no fillers, all straight forward hardcore with nice twists and crushing breakdowns. I’ve really grown to like Niko‘s style of screaming, he’s a dude who gives it all out, raw and hard. Lyrically Losing Touch touches more personal issues, than standard hardcore topics. All songs are great, but With Time is probably my favourite out of them, nice COT-esque riffing and that breakdown in the end, just pffft and you’re losing your mind in the pit. So if you still have somehow missed Upright (they’ve toured couple good runs in Europe too), check them out right now!

Listen Losing Touch here in it’s entitety, as well all their previous efforts (Foreseen -split 7″ and Demo);

 

Upright -live at Anterok 4.

 

Upright -Facebook

Recordstore X (Order Losing Touch 7″)

Brain Rot – Primal Rage CS

Brain Rot is a new hardcore band from Turku, that i’m very involved with. My mates Samuli (guitar) and Janne (drums) asked me to come try out vocals for their new straight edge band, which i did. Later we added Niko to bass and that was it, Brain Rot was complete. Musically we sound pretty old school and punk, if i may say so, but there’s influences from all over the board from Lockin’ Out -shit to Boston hardcore in general to Confront and Clevo styled stuff. It’s so hard to say how we sound but these comments might clarify something;

“Sounds like Lärm playing Youth Crew hardcore”

“Sounds like Today’s Waste”

We put out couple weeks ago our first demo tape called; PRIMAL RAGE, released as a joint by Poolside Records & KTL Records. It’s already sold it out, but we’ll have more copies later. You can also listen to the whole demo right here;

We’re down for playing shows and got a shirts for sale as well. Check us out on Facebook, as well if you like us.

http://killingthelegacy.bigcartel.com/ // “Hangman’s Hill” t-shirts available

https://www.facebook.com/brainrothc

Band contact: brainrothc@gmail.com

 

Killing The Legacy 30’s Birthday Bash

Yo, this has been up on our Facebook fro a while, but i’m gonna fill it also here so if anyone interested can attend too;

IF YOU WANT TO ATTEND THE SHOW, PLEASE EMAIL: killingthelegacy@gmail.com, YOUR NAME and then we’ll let you know more about everything. 

 

Killing The Legacy 30’s Birthday Bash is a combined birthday for me and Hanna, since we both turn 30 this year, inside a timeline of couple months, so we decided to put a show this year instead of 2-day event. 

Venue and address for it will be informed later, the date is 20.9. Saturday and place to be Turku city. 

 

Bands; 

Brain Rot – Turku Straight Edge Hardcore, first show ever

 

Väistä! – Turku Hardcore, fast and hard rocking’ stuff

http://vaista.bandcamp.com

 

Ronskibiitti – Rap/Hip-hop group that is more punk than most punk bands

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=er50thjX7Wo

 

Cross To Bear – Pori Metallic Hardcore mayhem, from ashes of Breamgod comes a new metallic juggernaut

http://crosstobear.stereokiller.com

 

Kill The Curse – Tampere/Helsinki/Jyväskylä all-stars, metallic hardcore that’s vicious and groovy as fuck 

http://killthecurse.bandcamp.com

 

We’ll inform door times etc. to everyone attending next week, support for the bands is 6€. 

More info (in Finnish) at our FB page. Remember to email us if you want to come! 

 

 

 

Nihilistic Dimension

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Alright suckas! We aint’t dead yet and it’s finally time to bring this shit back for real. Without too much yidda-yadda, let’s dive in headfirst back into depths of Finnish quality hardcore / metal.

Bloodlands is relatively new band, that already showed signs of itself few years back, when this mysterious (they had masks in the photos, duh) group first emerged to the scene. Members from various Lappeenranta, Turku and Helsinki based bands had got together to give their love of death metal and metallic hardcore a new outlet. It is actually totally irrelevant which band’s members they share, what i can say that they are all guys who have been around for years and their music will speak for itself.

This four piece recorded their first full-length roughly year back and after using some time searching for a label, they decided that it’s better to put it out by themselves. Nihilistic Dimension cd brings together love of technical death metal, grindcore, hardest parts of metallic hardcore and beatdown. With so many different influences, you could  imagine that it could sound like “modern metalcore”, that’s mostly known as; a fucking bunch of crap. Fear not, with Bloodlands, there is no shadow of doubt about that, they are concentrating only to deliver straight forward brutality, beatdown parts that will knock over even most of the ultimate german megamosh-riff machines. I hear also there and there similarity to my old band .45 Stainless (a band that sounds like german beatdown, but it’s actually good, heh) and Bloodlands has definitely taken a good competition to make their beatdown parts to be the heaviest they can, is this a challenge for .45 guys then? Mostly songs on the album are still very short and it gives this even more hardcore feel and i like to talk about their music as hardcore; you can clearly hear bands like All Out War, Arkangel, Kickback and strong influence (at least in sound) from H8000 -scene. I also sense influences being drawn from old Lappeenranta metal / deathcore bands such as  (the almighty) Shed and Martyr, but i don’t know if it’s just a style they maybe want to express with Bloodlands, that there used to be more bands like this. In the 90’s there were even more different sounding bands coming all over the country, as Carpe Diem is perfect example of that. Still, Bloodlands is very unique at the moment as this style of hardcore doesn’t really exist currently in Finland and Bloodlines are surely in the frontline on bringing this kinda style back up. In near future we hopefully see more of hardcore and real metalcore hybrids and as some already know there is a new threat rising in the shores of Björneborg (also known as Pori, you know?), called Cross To Bear. Not the get too much out of topic, i’m going to add that Nihilistic Dimension provides all that you want for a nice shot of heaviness, thirteen songs full of violence and brutality, just in 23 minutes. That, if nothing else proves that Bloodlands has dropped a hardcore full-length, ’cause they don’t clock over 25 minutes.

Again we just see that Finnish hardcore scene is rich in diversity of it’s bands and that my friends, if fucking amazing thing. You can check in some tunes from Nihilistic Dimension right here;

http://bloodlands.stereokiller.com/mp3player/player.swf?id=60589&autoplay=false

And here’s a full live show from Anterok 5;

Bloodlands on Facebook

Bloodlands “Nihilistic Dimension” CD in Recordstore X (Worldwide shipping)

To add in the end, there’s lots of good things to come and lot planned for Killing The Legacy in 2015, it will be a new start for us.

KTL Classics: Cold As Life

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When you first get into hardcore, there are always bands, that strike you harder than others and will most likely stay important to you remainder of your life. That if, if you are still into hardcore after your first two or three years. I can remember clearly, that it was year 2002, when i first hear this band called, Cold As Life from Detroit, MI. My Own Worst Enemy, was the track and it was sent to me by Pekka of Worth The Pain, a friend from Lappeenranta, as to showcase some hardcore bands, that i might be into. After getting interested and listening couple more songs, i straight away started to look for both Cold As Life’s full-lengths that were out, Born To Land Hard and The Declination Of Independence. Back then, internet wasn’t yet so easy place to buy all your records and shirts from, it actually took some time to finally find both albums. I had my luck in Spinefarm Records store (long defunct record store of a Finnish metal label, that still exists today) , that had a shelf for hardcore records on finding Declination cd and some time later in my hometown Turku, a second hand record store called Blue Cow, provided me a copy of Born To Land Hard.

Impact that Cold As Life made to my perspective of hardcore as music and lifestyle was indelible, their sound, looks and lyrics left a huge impression. Those guys were not just living a fantasy of  hard men, they were the real hard men and you could see it straight away when looking at their band photos. When it came to the music, rough looking guys would of course deliver music that compares to their outlooks, intentionally or not, first i really didn’t even understand what i was hearing. Their music, it was pretty much heavier than anything i’d heard, it was rough, in a way that metal bands (of any sub-genre) can not ever be. Pure aggression, anger and the cold, cold streets of Detroit shine through their music and the tragedy of death of their original singer Rodney “Rawn Beauty” Barger‘s death and the outlet of this all in hardcore music had created such a sound, that none could ever match. Truth is that there never was no band like Cold As Life before and there never will be anyone who can match them in sheer ferocity and real impression. I am forever haunted by the fact that Cold As Life played in Finland back in 2000 and i was just few years too young, not yet to have gotten into this music called hardcore.

So why i was so impressed about Cold As Life, probably because they were among of the few first really heavy hardcore bands, that i ever heard and after finding more information about them, i just loved the realness of the music and the fact of how hard as it truly was. Cold As Life was the sounds of the streets, voice of these fucked up and fed up guys, who wanted to say whatever the fuck the had to say and they did not say it nice and polite, that makes an impression, that tends to stay with you.

IMG_3713.PNGAs i mentioned, in the start, Cold As Life had different singer than Jeff Gunnells, who’s vocals are familiar with everyone whose heard the two full-lenghts. Original singer, Rawn Beauty, fronted slightly different sounding band though. Cold As Life called their music “destructopunk” and there were much more hardcore punk and oi! elements in their music back then. Rawn’s vocals were only featured on the first Cold As Life demo and that material is found on 1988-1993 cd compilation, that Gunnells put out on their label, CTYC Productions. It was different than what you’re probably used to, when hearing Cold As Life, but it sound really familiar still, since there are many songs , that would later make it to the full-length cds. It’s really cool to hear how same songs sounded very different with Rawn and Jeff on vocals.

 

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(Artwork of Cold As Life “First Demo”, scanned & sent by my mate Henrik Nielsen of Bring Honour Or Walk Away)

IMG_3711.PNGAfter Rawn was killed, Jeff took over vocals and they did two more demos before they went on to record Born To Land Hard. All records this band put out, excluding Cold As Life / Ringworm – Split 7″  and BTLH/TDI double-cd re-issue, were self released by the band on CTYC Productions. Colder Than You Crew was infamous and appears on many occasions connected to Cold As Life, those dudes looked like you ain’t gonna fuck with any of them. One of the records that i always have to mention as my all time favourite hardcore record, Born To Land Hard is one of them. It’s one of the few most vicious, venomous and heaviest sounding records i know. You could say that they played heavy hardcore in a time when the style of hardcore, called beatdown wasn’t really even invented in a sense, there were a lot bands at the time doing heavy and beatdown styled stuff, but it wasn’t a thing back then, it was all just labeled under hardcore. If you listen to Little From The World off Born To Land Hard, fuck man, that verse riff is pretty much all mayhem, chugging heaviness that’s more menacing in heaviness than any of today’s “heavy crapbucket beatdown band’s heaviest riffs”. Thats not even all, Cold As Life liked to do shit heavy and that was the way it was. Born To Land Hard kicks of with legendary screaming guitars of the title track and then hits the riffs in, if that ain’t something, that makes you swing like you want to make people swallow their teeth, nothing ain’t gonna do it, or you just like fucking bad hardcore. If you ask me, pretty much all songs are so hard, so if you haven’t heard this shit, you should start to listen right now.

 

 

IMG_3712.PNGAfter BTLH, Detroit’s hardest band continued on with another record, The Declination Of Independence, their second full-length. Musically, it was very much alike to Born To Land Hard, but production was a bit cleaner, nothing like today’s standards of clean as fuck sounding hardcore records, Cold As Life always sounded pretty rough and it suited them perfectly. Declination had also older song that appeared first on the demo with Rawn and on 1988-1993 cd, called I Can’t Breath. This album is really, just like Born To Land Hard was, like more of a brutal beating than just a hardcore record. They continued their style as hard as ever and introduced a new vision of violence with songs like; Days Born Amongst Enemies, Tried & True and Who Holds The Truth, just to mention few. I have really hard time to say which one of their records is actually better, cause both are pretty much perfect as a real hardcore record can be.

 

 

I can’t really fucking address it enough, kids today seem to have no connection or caring about the history of hardcore music. Maybe they dont just care, maybe its not cool, whatever it is, that is a fact that there were hundreds of amazing bands. Some of them were million times better than any of your “hype jock favourite band”, that pretty much just wants to look and sound like Trapped Under Ice (who actually are a good band and have come up with quite original sound, that other bands started to jock, of course). Take a look, take a listen, take a fucking trip to your music’s roots, you might just find tons of amazing bands by just looking a little bit back. If you haven’t noticed, we live in the age of internerd, it ain’t that hard find little bit information.

Cold As Life had lost many members along the way and the band got separated from Gunnells on some shit already years ago, in 2007 they played some shows and an euro tour with Enzo of Dogz Of War on vocals. In future for CAL, it’s a question what will happen, if anything, since for what i believe Gunnells and rest of the band aren’t in contact at all. Jeff is also currently in prison for armed robbery, waiting to be released earliest in 2023. Gunnells played on one point in White Thrash Rob’s project Ramallah, years back. Some other guys in this band have their hands in hardcore scene still today, Mike Couls has played in many bands like; Agents Of Man, Vehement Serenade and Sworn Enemy, to mention a few. Of all them other guys, i really don’t have any clues if they have played in other bands or what they have been up to after Cold As Life went in hiatus again after that 2007 activity.

IMG_3714.PNGMost classic and known Cold As Life line-up, L to R: Johnny Hate (gtr), Mike “The Gook” Couls (bass), Roy Bates (drums), Jeff Gunnels (vocals) & The Big Dawg (gtr).

There is/was a documentary in making of Cold As Life, i don’t know what is the status of it since it was to be funded via Kickstarter i think, if it ever comes out it’s really interesting as the trailer here shows;

 

I’m going to end this post with something pretty cool, here is the whole set from 2000, when Cold As Life played in Finland, they played three shows here, in Turku, Lappeenranta and Helsinki. Here’s the Helsinki show in it’s entirety;

 

Reserving Dirtnaps

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Straight outta Memphis, USA comes Reserving Dirtnaps, who approached me a while ago with their 5-track mcd. It’s awesome that in these days of the inter nerd, some people still bother to promote their bands personally and not just spam links on facebook etc, even just with email, but still. So with the fact that, Reserving Dirtnaps sounded pretty damn good, heavy as fuck hardcore that isn’t exactly all beatdown, but maintains chugging heaviness on pretty crazy level, i decided to do a review for them.

As said the band comes from Memphis, Tennessee and features also members from older Memphis band, Clenched Fist. Their sound though, isn’t exactly same with CF, but if you like them, you probably like Reserving Dirtnaps too. For what i hear in their music could be bands such as; Cold As Life, Bulldoze, Stout and Next Step Up. They are delivering punishing heaviness, but still sound like proper heavy hardcore, not like those bands, that sound like their every song is just one endless bad moshpart. You could compare them also in a way with some newer bands that are right now delivering their shit far more heavier than most like: Lifeless, Bottomfeeder and Xibalba.

No Consent is the first track on Reserving Dirtnaps S/T Cd and the rough, mostly slow tempo filled chugging is bound to blow shit up. Commune continues straight off with similar heavy straightforward brutality and by far here you should also have noticed vocalist Brandon’s voice, he sounds seriously pissed and menacing. Don’t be afraid that they are just pummeling riffs down slow and low, cause they are throwing in time to time some faster parts like you can hear in Commune and in couple songs there is a bit of death metal influences to be heard too, maybe it’s the vocals, which are really brutal, but what do i know, all i do is that this stuff is working pretty damn well. Dim Passage is another no punches pulling juggernaut and i really like that RD has got a sound as heavy and hard as their songs are, it’s a tidal wave of crushing sound coming straight at you, i actually got stuck listening into this song and snapped awake just only when it ended, you could say that’s heavy. Fourth track Scars Of The Eye, throws in some almost melodic riffs, that don’t last very long, but give in variety of what this band are able to put in their songs. Fate’s Messenger blows out with full on pedal attack, then slows down into mosh frenzy, again hitting that fucking freight train mode, pillaging everything. This five track mcd is pretty hard starter for this young band and i for one am really excited to hear more of these guys, if you are into heavy hardcore at all, please give these guys a minute of your time, you can listen the whole cd right here, right now.

They just got the cd’s in some time ago for the S/T, so hit ‘em up and order one if you like this stuff.

 

Reserving Dirtnaps -Facebook

 

You Can’t Keep Me Down – Cold Dark Mind LP

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I can’t really tell you, how happy i am to see this record finally out! You Can’t Keep Me Down and i go way back, since these lovely lads from Lohja (a place better than it’s reputation) used to play pretty much every show together with us, when we started playing shows with Ill Omen. That was late 2008 or something like that and ever since we’ve been involved with them guys. Other than being awesome dudes, they always delivered musically as well. Starting back with their Brenkkuu & Kostoo (Beer & Revenge) -demo, they played a musical combination of Bulldoze and Skarhead, heavy hardcore, coupled with real deal lyrical blasts. Years later, they took their music into different level, with similar sound and style, but they took everything a bit further on each release they did. They did a Split 7″ with Helsinki’s Third Man Down and after it put out a mixtape style cd-r, This Is My Life, that kinda compiled some of the old and newer stuff. But all this was just a first step, while a real monster, was already brewing under the dark corners and forests of Ojamo.

Cold Dark Mind is the first full length from You Can’t Keep Me Down, on which they took all their previous influences and bought them together as a very detailed and definite package. Combining raw as fuck hardcore into metal’s different realms, answers best how YCKMD sounds on Cold Dark Mind. I’d say that they combine shit like Kickback‘s newer material (Les Passions 150 Meutrieres and forward) that is mixed with some metal, from black to doom and a good bunch of elements from heavy hardcore bands like; Neglect, Blood For Blood and Cold As Life. What’s most important is that YCKMD does sound like none other in Finland and have stepped to the plate with their new album. Doing Just Fine, starts up, chugging guitars, venomous rant straight in the face, featuring quick guest vocals by Matti of Cutdown and is over in a minute. Blame Yourself , lets us hear how YCKMD has always used in a great way backup vocals, as the band’s guitarist Oskari and bass player Allu, both are featured on the record dropping everything from high pitch screaming to lower growls, to back up Jere’s already damn vicious spitting (many people have compared his voice to Kickback’s Stephen and that means business). Party Over, goes on with slightly slower tempo and even heavier riffing, as the mosh part before the song speeds up, will demonstrate. YCKMD has always used a lot of samples on their recordings and don’t break the habit on Cold Dark Mind either, most of them actually do relate somehow about the song, some are just for intro / outro and here we got few outro’s as well, but i’ll leave them for you to discover. Four Seasons Of Loneliness sounds like black metal song title, but fear not, after fast start there’s very Cold As Life -esque slow, heavy riffing in the verse and here again they display nice vocal / backup co-op, then suddenly it all ends into Outro, to calm down things for a while. Abandon All Hope, hits again a menacing level of heavy guitar walls and there is a guest vocal contribution from Piia of M.O.R.A. (who of i wrote about few posts ago) at the end of the song (and a breakdown that should make anyone go how’d you say it, “go fucking crazy”!). Second last song It’s So Hard To Say Goodbye To Yesterday, continues ferociously portraying desperation on lines like; “When i look at myself i don’t see, the man that i wanted to be, somewhere along the life, i lost track” , and it sounds like the song’s instrumental part could be influenced by Kickback song, No Surrender. Finally ending Cold Dark Mind is End Of The Road, that kicks in a very Bulldoze related beatdown riff and it has also few cool references, (intentional or not) on some great songs, like Livin’ To Die (by Neglect). There’s another outro too, but i’m not gonna spoil it for you.

This record’s title, Cold Dark Mind sums up perfectly YCKMD’s first album, lyrically and musically. It all really comes together, heaviness, darkness and anger oozes out of these songs and makes you want to listen to it again and again. For me this is definitely one of the best albums put out this year in Finland. Cold Dark Mind is released by the band’s own Strange Horizon Records and Turku’s own Poolside Records, both parties still having it available. This black vinyl record comes also with a download, if you want it to, cause all records don’t come up with the flyer with YCKMD bandcamp link on it, but you can find it our pretty easily and download the whole record for free. Below you can listen to it right here too, but as i really fucking like this record, i really recommend to support the band and pick it up, they got some brand new shirts related to some of the album’s artwork, available too.

You Can’t Keep Me Down -Facebook

You Can’t Keep Me Down -Bandcamp

Poolside Records

 

Other than the band and label, you can pick Cold Dark Mind from these joints (both offer internationl shipping too);

Record Store X 

Combat Rock Shop

Väistä!

20140327-130243.jpg Trying heavily to catch up on all great music that has been coming steadily after i put KTL to hiatus. One of those new, upcoming and promising as fuck -bands is Väistä!. They come from my homefront, Turku and feature also a old band mate of mine, from Ill Omen days. Väistä! (Dodge!) did start kind of as a solo project of frontman, Teemu and came into being as he recruited fellow bandmate from his other band, Alley Gods, Lauri to record guitars and bass for the session, that would become Väistä! S/T 7″. After they had recorded the 7″ and it was ready to be released, Teemu got together with some other familiar faces from local scene and assembled a lineup to start playing shows. Combining rocking hardcore, very much alike famous Boston Bust -style and real hardcore punk, Väistä! created a fresh sound of their own. You can hear similarities in bands like The Wrong Side, Righteous Jams, Mental, but as well more punk like another great Finnish band, Ydinperhe, sounds like. As you might guess, they sing in Finnish too, hence the band name. I really like it how Teemu sounds as a vocalist, he’s got a great voice and presence on the stage. Its always a pleasure to watch a band tear it up live, do it with passion and energy. It’s clear that Väistä! took their time to perfect the 7″, as it’s pretty damn tight package, no dead seconds or boring songs, just full on hardcore assault. They got great groove and hard riffing going on throughout the songs and there’s some melodic parts that sink in just great up in there. Väistä! kicks this jam on with straight forward banger, that displays well all elements this band is made of. Ulkonaliikkumiskielto (Curfew) continues, it reminds me lot of older defunct Turku band, Reckless Crew, as they also had big Boston style influence. Another common factor is Lari, who played drums for Reckless, he’s now banging ‘em for Väistä!. Lyrically these songs are great too, since i know Teemu well and he’s gotten into lot of topics that i know really irritate him; “Ehkä kaikki pitäis kieltää, että täällä pystyis elää – Maybe everything would be forbidden, so we could at least live here”, as the song is mainly about fearing everything and overreacting on every threat. Nuorisotakuu draws another another topic of the youth of today, who are lazy, drink energy drinks, play Xbox and their parents just give them money and expects nothing of them. Väistä! have definitely turned heads with this 5-song 7″ it’s a perfect start for them. Why make a shitty demo if you can make awesome 7″ as your first release. I’m glad to see that they are getting a lot of shows and hearing them getting only good response from people. Hardcore is a wonderful thing and these guys know how to shred it. Väistä! S/T 7″ is unfortunately already sold out. It was released by the band, but had Räkälevyt and Poolside Records participating also. Pressing was small out of “around” 130 copies. But fear not, as the record is in it’s entity available for listen here.

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