2019 Metal ’n’ Heavy Rock Poll: VOTING & CAMPAIGNING thread (open until the 7th of February)

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Let the ceremony begin again.

You know the rules: up to 50 votes, weighted/ranked or unweighted/unranked. Here is the voting form:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfj_cLkJTyGfm3DqDvxo6RTep8oMptIkJgKF3LiIK4q6yEwWg/viewform

And the full list of nominations:

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1bVjW_gga7VJMjN4K8qHwIyA5LppEIY8_aEH4_nT6WRU/edit?usp=sharing

For the love of all that is unholy, please copy and paste titles directly from the spreadsheet to the voting form. To wit:

10 000 Russos - Kompromat
1349 - The Infernal Pathway
9mm Parabellum Bullet - DEEP BLUE
A Secret Revealed - Sacrifices
Abbath - Outstrider

Please post here upon voting that we may double-check whether your ballot made it through.

You have until midnight (PST) on Friday, the 7th of February (i.e. Saturday morning in the UK).

Until then, campaign away!

(I’m leaving Spotify duties up to the others, as I still don’t have an account.)

pomenitul, Sunday, 5 January 2020 00:54 (three weeks ago) link

Thanks.

pomenitul, Sunday, 5 January 2020 01:35 (three weeks ago) link

Lingua Ignota - Caligula
https://youtu.be/M1ZweG__q-w
I keep comparing this record to later Scott Walker material, maybe just because of the production. Everything sounds uncomfortably close, like she's two inches in front of your face, hissing and spraying blood between her teeth.

Elder - The Gold and Silver Sessions
https://youtu.be/Ra-zDXe8bNc
Elder went motorik. Also the band has moved to Germany full stop now, and they just hired a new drummer.

Moon Tooth - Crux
https://youtu.be/f5n78mg22VM
A little more pop-based structurally than Chromaparagon, but they still shred. No 12 minute closer on this one.

Amygdala - Our Voices Will Soar Forever
https://youtu.be/KI-aBqhzgKc
Queer anti-fascist hardcore is the future of hardcore.

Clouds Taste Satanic - Second Sight
https://youtu.be/awAzbomDsIM
This was the second of two single LPs CTS put out this year, and this one is a giant leap forward melodically, rather than just stoner riffs everywhere. It's exciting to hear them evolve.

Funereal Presence - Achatius
https://youtu.be/XKL3U9AXX8c
This'll teach me to not take Bandcamp's recommendations seriously. Video chosen for the ambiance (skulls!).

Sorry I didn't remember how to embed, I thought about experimenting with it but went with consistently doing it wrong rather than maybe getting it right once and breaking the other four links.

Hilary Duff McKagan (Tom Violence), Sunday, 5 January 2020 13:04 (three weeks ago) link

I may not vote for Caligula in this poll because only the trvest of the trve must be honoured but it sure as hell will make the top 10 of my other ballot.

pomenitul, Sunday, 5 January 2020 15:37 (three weeks ago) link

no, tom, you did it absolutely the right way. No embedding on this thread.

Dog Is Daed (Oor Neechy), Sunday, 5 January 2020 16:43 (three weeks ago) link

Who wants to vote first?

Dog Is Daed (Oor Neechy), Monday, 6 January 2020 09:55 (three weeks ago) link

My ballot is more or less ready but I want to sample other people's favourites first.

pomenitul, Monday, 6 January 2020 14:36 (three weeks ago) link

Speaking of which, that Elder EP is sounding great, even better than their last LP.

pomenitul, Monday, 6 January 2020 15:06 (three weeks ago) link

Epic doom fans, take heed, Troll's Legend Master is well worth your time:

https://trollpdx.bandcamp.com/album/legend-master

For a sample, start with track 3.

pomenitul, Monday, 6 January 2020 15:51 (three weeks ago) link

New Multishiva EP is basically Motorhead on bad acid, howling ramalama, total fucking dunkelheit!

https://multishiva.bandcamp.com/album/savup-iv

PLEB AF (Drugs A. Money), Monday, 6 January 2020 17:35 (three weeks ago) link

Maybe odd for someone who championed All Bitches Die so heavily but I'm not feeling Caligula at all, even if on the surface it's just more of the same.

Siegbran, Monday, 6 January 2020 19:03 (three weeks ago) link

Submitted. Saw there was a Shin Guard repeat. FYI I went with the one spelled with 2 words if that sways which if any you remove.

gman59, Monday, 6 January 2020 19:59 (three weeks ago) link

Thanks for the heads up. I'll delete the other one then.

pomenitul, Monday, 6 January 2020 20:28 (three weeks ago) link

Maybe odd for someone who championed All Bitches Die so heavily but I'm not feeling Caligula at all, even if on the surface it's just more of the same.

I felt that way at first, partly because of Caligula's length and its more sparing recourse to white noise, but I've come around.

pomenitul, Monday, 6 January 2020 20:34 (three weeks ago) link

Caligula is the album that has most sharply divided opinion in my household for a while. (I love it; tt...certainly doesn't)

imago, Monday, 6 January 2020 21:27 (three weeks ago) link

That Multishiva ep that DAM posted above is badass. Big dirty whirlwind of sound, reminds me of Hugh Rise a bit

Saxophone Of Futility (Michael B), Monday, 6 January 2020 21:53 (three weeks ago) link

whatever happened to shug rise

Dog Is Daed (Oor Neechy), Monday, 6 January 2020 22:15 (three weeks ago) link

Bah

High Rise obv

Saxophone Of Futility (Michael B), Monday, 6 January 2020 22:16 (three weeks ago) link

Are you going to vote, Mr B?

Dog Is Daed (Oor Neechy), Tuesday, 7 January 2020 16:44 (three weeks ago) link

bump

Dog Is Daed (Oor Neechy), Thursday, 9 January 2020 14:24 (two weeks ago) link

vote for Fly Pan Am

PLEB AF (Drugs A. Money), Friday, 10 January 2020 20:07 (two weeks ago) link

I haven't heard it yet but I'll check it out.

pomenitul, Friday, 10 January 2020 20:13 (two weeks ago) link

Three more from based Iceland.

I already mentioned Andvaka: funeral doom with a forceful hymnic bent that recalls Sigur Rós ca. ( ), led by a voice far graver than Jónsi's (start with track 2).

https://andvaka.bandcamp.com/album/andvana

Similarly named (say my mainlander's ears), depressive black metal purveyors Andavald, a musical rendering of Beckett's 'I can't go on, I'll go on'.

https://andavald.bandcamp.com/album/undir-skygg-arhaldi

And of course, Misþyrming, which stands firmly atop last year's pile of meloblack with their infinity riffs and unyielding songwriting.

https://misthyrming.bandcamp.com/album/algleymi

pomenitul, Friday, 10 January 2020 20:40 (two weeks ago) link

Xp Haha pomenitul I'll be honest, I suspect FPA not trvth enough to make your ballot but it's a pretty wild listen nonetheless

I still haven't checked out the last Misþyrming record tbh, but I'm pretty I'd need to be made of sterner stuff in order to pass up the tantalizing proposition of ☆infinity riffs☆

PLEB AF (Drugs A. Money), Friday, 10 January 2020 20:58 (two weeks ago) link

FPA are fellow Montrealers that have been around for a long time and that I've somehow managed never to hear for no particular reason, so I'd say now's as good a time as any to make up for that.

pomenitul, Friday, 10 January 2020 21:09 (two weeks ago) link

Always loved them but the new album is defo blackgaze but also very good as they put their own spin on it. I do recommend it to those reading who aren't tr00 kvlt bores

Dog Is Daed (Oor Neechy), Friday, 10 January 2020 21:40 (two weeks ago) link

Good to see FPA 'allowed' here, will def vote for them in this.

Thanks for the recs Pom, it's a dreadfully dark and pissy rainy day to dig into them later!

Le Bateau Ivre, Sunday, 12 January 2020 11:17 (two weeks ago) link

Just listening to that Misþyrming album and wow they really, really really like Mgla.

Siegbran, Monday, 13 January 2020 16:05 (two weeks ago) link

Listened to it a second time, man that’s shameless. Whoever was representing the Marvin Gaye estate can probably expect a phone call from Poland.

Siegbran, Monday, 13 January 2020 17:06 (two weeks ago) link

Algleymi features more 'progressive' touches than the classic & to my ears more minimalistic Mgła sound.

pomenitul, Monday, 13 January 2020 17:34 (two weeks ago) link

I can see they try to embellish things a bit with different melodies and some fancy synth interludes but their main groove is *so* similar, the vocals both in sound and cadence, the drums, the song structures...I mean these guys are good at what they do, it's undoubtedly a good record and right up my alley in principle but I'm not sure I can get fully on board here.

Siegbran, Monday, 13 January 2020 19:33 (two weeks ago) link

Algleymi features more 'progressive' touches than the classic & to my ears more minimalistic Mgła sound.

Certainly, no one could accuse Mgla of being progressive.

bold caucasian eroticism (Simon H.), Monday, 13 January 2020 19:38 (two weeks ago) link

this one should be on the list too:
https://nuclearwarnowproductions.bandcamp.com/album/cul

Bstep, Monday, 13 January 2020 19:51 (two weeks ago) link

I can hear where you're coming from, Siegbran, but I do think there's enough variation in terms of structure and atmosphere to impel a distinct effect. Incidentally, as much as I enjoy Age of Excuse, Algleymi tops it in my book, in no small part due to its epic aspirations and more open-ended songwriting.

pomenitul, Monday, 13 January 2020 19:54 (two weeks ago) link

Having finally heard the FPA album: C'est ça >>> Love Exchange Failure.

pomenitul, Tuesday, 14 January 2020 13:00 (two weeks ago) link

well, LEF was basically this year's Deafheaven album so

imago, Tuesday, 14 January 2020 13:02 (two weeks ago) link

At times C'est ça comes across as a friendly send-up of blackgaze as a whole, which mirrors my own feelings towards it.

pomenitul, Tuesday, 14 January 2020 13:09 (two weeks ago) link

Kinda bummed this Calacorn demo didn't get nominated, it's pretty rad. At least Herxheim made it!

a thousand keening bullshit-detectors (Drugs A. Money), Tuesday, 14 January 2020 13:56 (two weeks ago) link

My mistake, I guess it's *Calacorm* & holy moley it rules!

a thousand keening bullshit-detectors (Drugs A. Money), Tuesday, 14 January 2020 14:05 (two weeks ago) link

I just wanted to remind everybody about the great Vastum album, "Orificial Purge", which I listened to way more than the Tomb Mold album (not that it has to be either/or). The intro to the title track is just beastly. I cannot listen to it without at least slightly head banging.

An album discovered fairly recently - maybe through this thread - is Immortal Bird's Thrive on Neglect. Stand out track for me is Avolition. Another nice discovery is that Jute Gyte finally released something that clicked with me this year, though I don't know if it will make my ballot. That nominations list is intimidating. I feel like with a few exceptions my ballot is going to be almost identical to my nominations.

beard papa, Tuesday, 14 January 2020 17:43 (two weeks ago) link

I meant to extend the "slightly head banging" thought, which as written reads like some extremely faint praise, to make it clear that it causes me to do so in inappropriate public places, such as my place of work, the gym, public transportation, etc.

beard papa, Tuesday, 14 January 2020 17:50 (two weeks ago) link

There could be a good 'which tracks make you spontaneously head bang' thread! For me, the two that spring straight to mind are Sinners Bleed and Raining Blood.

Life is a meaningless nightmare of suffering...save string (Chinaski), Tuesday, 14 January 2020 19:51 (two weeks ago) link

Cosign on the Vastum, one of my favorite death metal albums of 2019, along with Imprecation and Coffin Rot.

o. nate, Tuesday, 14 January 2020 20:01 (two weeks ago) link

From the province that turned the word 'tabernacle' into a slur, I give you… Ossuaire, who put out an impressive diptych of albums last year. The first, Premiers chants is very much worth your time, but the second, aptly-named Derniers chants is where it's at:

https://ossuaire.bandcamp.com/album/derniers-chants

This is anti-Catholic melodic atmoblack haunted by the troubadours of yore and which does very little to expand the (primarily francophone) subgenre. Not that it matters: Ossuaire achieves exactly what it sets out to do, thanks in no small part to its superlative songwriting.

pomenitul, Thursday, 16 January 2020 11:16 (one week ago) link

Speaking of medieval-esque BM gestures, Obsequiae's The Palms of Sorrowed Kings is absolutely glorious, although I doubt it'll need my help to place.

pomenitul, Thursday, 16 January 2020 11:18 (one week ago) link

A few more that don't need my laurels to place but that will undoubtedly be on my ballot:

Big Brave – A Gaze Among Them
Cult of Luna – A Dawn to Fear
Mgła – Age of Excuse
Sunn O))) – Life Metal
Tomb Mold – Planetary Clairvoyance

pomenitul, Saturday, 18 January 2020 11:46 (one week ago) link

I like this Elizabeth Colour Wheel song a lot, like I mean a lot a lot (& it's not entirely dissimilar to Big Brave, now that I think about it)

https://youtu.be/VL6fyoQZh2g

a thousand keening bullshit-detectors (Drugs A. Money), Saturday, 18 January 2020 13:05 (one week ago) link

I quite enjoyed that album, but Big Brave's dronier tempos and Robin Wattie's voice give them a clear edge imho.

pomenitul, Saturday, 18 January 2020 18:02 (one week ago) link

Anybody voted yet? I must admit I haven't even started to compile a longlist yet but I will start on Sunday afternoon.

Dog Is Daed (Oor Neechy), Sunday, 19 January 2020 00:33 (one week ago) link

That Tomb Mold is so great. Sci-fi death needs more participants.

The riffs might feel non-descript at first but on closer listens it's dragging you into a interplanetary dystopia.

I met one of the guitarists after his set at PSV. He blushed when i complimented his performance and i watched Carcass with him later. Super non-pretentious kids that just love metal. The frontman had a Star Trek shirt on.

papa stank (Neanderthal), Sunday, 19 January 2020 00:41 (one week ago) link

Ashes - Ashes (if you like Burzum, but not made by Burzum)
Bölzer - Lese Majesty (after the super disappointing Hero this is really good again)
Kampfar - Ofidians Manifest (excellent melodic BM with great varied vocals)
Kwade Droes - Onder De Toren (somewhere between Lugubrum and Urfaust)
Mayhem - Daemon (so much better than a 2019 Mayhem album should be)
Pensées Nocturnes - Grand Guignol Orchestra (jazz/dark cabaret/circus music/metal, I'm still undecided if this is actually good or if I'm just trying too hard, but it's definitely something)
Xentrix - Bury The Pain (so these guys were Metallica copycats back in the day, they reform, and basically engage in some fan fiction "what if Metallica was still in the Puppets era and Hetfield didn't develop that -ah vocal tick")
Goatpenis/Defectrator - Bloodpact In Cataclysmic Warfare (you know you want it)

Siegbran, Monday, 20 January 2020 18:35 (one week ago) link

*tic not tick.

Siegbran, Monday, 20 January 2020 18:36 (one week ago) link

I'm still undecided if this is actually good or if I'm just trying too hard, but it's definitely something

Heh, my feelings exactly. Regardless, it's one of the more memorable albums I heard last year.

pomenitul, Monday, 20 January 2020 18:39 (one week ago) link

anybody voted yet?

Dog Is Daed (Oor Neechy), Wednesday, 22 January 2020 16:27 (one week ago) link

My ballot's ready but I'm still hoping some brave CAMPAIGNER will STAN for an obscure favourite IN THIS VERY THREAD.

pomenitul, Wednesday, 22 January 2020 16:28 (one week ago) link

anybody who votes for Dead Neanderthals has to answer to me

Rhoda from Steubenville (Neanderthal), Wednesday, 22 January 2020 16:30 (one week ago) link

but in all seriousness, I need some downtime tonight to compile my votes.

Rhoda from Steubenville (Neanderthal), Wednesday, 22 January 2020 16:30 (one week ago) link

I'll vote this week.

BlackIronPrison, Wednesday, 22 January 2020 16:31 (one week ago) link

Bump.

I've got some more stuff I'd like to stan for but I'll save it for later.

pomenitul, Friday, 24 January 2020 21:15 (five days ago) link

Once I’m done with the main poll, I’ll vet my choices and vote in this. Wilderun climbs the ranks each time I listen to it.

beard papa, Friday, 24 January 2020 21:47 (five days ago) link

we only have one ballot so far afaik

Oor Neechy, Friday, 24 January 2020 22:14 (five days ago) link

did I hear someone say Wilderun

opden gnash (imago), Friday, 24 January 2020 22:15 (five days ago) link

Voted - It's truly a year where, for me anyways, a lot of good metal records missed the top 50 cut - the ones bubbling under that number, for me, are awesome, too.

So what the heck - campaigning for my missed cuts:

Vircolac - Masque
The Great Old Ones - Cosmicism
Nightfell - A Sanity Deranged
Liturgy - H.A.Q.Q.
Imprecation - Damnatio Ad Bestias
Weeping Sores - False Confession
Helium Horse Fly - Hollowed
Pulchra Morte - Divina Autem et Aniles
Lunar Shadow - The Smokeless Fires
Ataraxie - Résignés
Maestus - Deliquesce
Ares Kingdom - By the Light of Their Destruction
Unfathomable Ruination - Enraged & Unbound

BlackIronPrison, Friday, 24 January 2020 22:18 (five days ago) link

My record that climbed highest for me each time I listened to it, this year, and what I played while voting was 'Ceremony of Silence - Oútis' - really great riffs and atmosphere - if ya haven't heard it - try it!

BlackIronPrison, Friday, 24 January 2020 22:21 (five days ago) link

I got the previous Amygdala album in the mail yesterday, and it also shreds. They still have copies of the second pressing available, and they threw in a free split 7" with Saligia for my troubles. Highly recommended.

I also finally got to listening to All Bitches Die, and honestly Caligula blows it away. Nuance, feeling, musicality, I'm not sure what it is, but Caligula makes ABD sound like a b&w photocopy.

Hilary Duff McKagan (Tom Violence), Friday, 24 January 2020 22:30 (five days ago) link

I also finally got to listening to All Bitches Die, and honestly Caligula blows it away.


disagree with this, but agree with the b&w photocopy part.

beard papa, Saturday, 25 January 2020 01:41 (four days ago) link

Ceremony of Silence - Oútis

I really enjoyed this one as well, even though it didn't quite make my preliminary ballot. Incidentally, your own list of missed cuts is remarkably similar to my own (I couldn't not vote for Maestus and Weeping Sores, though).

pomenitul, Saturday, 25 January 2020 10:47 (four days ago) link

I'm listening to the Fly Pan Am album now, I'm not sure if it's supposed to be funny but I've found myself laughing a couple times. It's an intentional send up, right?

Hilary Duff McKagan (Tom Violence), Saturday, 25 January 2020 13:32 (four days ago) link

I just added about 80 albums to listen to and add to my ballot of 45 albums :/

The Kostnatění was great! Disorienting and jagged. Exciting like a bad trip.*

*author has never tripped. -ed

Hilary Duff McKagan (Tom Violence), Saturday, 25 January 2020 16:13 (four days ago) link

The Liturgy album is good too. Black metal, glitch, blues harmonica, ondes martenot, it's all here, man.

Schammasch Cannonball (Tom Violence), Saturday, 25 January 2020 18:37 (four days ago) link

Okay, apparently no ondes martenot or harmonica (unless they call it 'harp' consistently in the album credits), but there's a lot of sound here and it's hard to keep it all straight.

Schammasch Cannonball (Tom Violence), Saturday, 25 January 2020 18:43 (four days ago) link

Caligula is so good, it got me to submit my first ballot here. Goddamn.

octobeard, Saturday, 25 January 2020 20:14 (four days ago) link

I'm up to the Big|Brave album now, and I can't believe I skipped seeing them coming through Boston at least four times since 2015. Also the black/black cover of Ardor looks familiar, I could swear I saw someone selling it at a merch booth in Manchester NH but they've never played here, so it must just be a design similarity.

Schammasch Cannonball (Tom Violence), Saturday, 25 January 2020 20:32 (four days ago) link

Digging this Ossuaire album

Dinsdale, Saturday, 25 January 2020 20:46 (four days ago) link

Does the Astronoid singer sound like Jim Adkins from Jimmy Eat World to anybody else? Wouldn't this be a fun direction for that band to go in.

Schammasch Cannonball (Tom Violence), Saturday, 25 January 2020 21:48 (four days ago) link

I think I actively dislike Astronoid.

Big Brave fucking rules and I'll impale anyone who says otherwise

Kostnatění are my pick for 2019 BM dissonance, over and above the latest Deathspell Omega.

As for Caligula, it's one of my AOTY, but I couldn't in good conscience vote for it in this poll, for am I the anti-paladin of Tr0o m3t4L.

Liturgy was too much of a good thing imo. I liked it, but it didn't quite make it onto my ballot.

pomenitul, Sunday, 26 January 2020 13:43 (three days ago) link

there's a lot of sound here is such a good description of HAQQ. I made a longlist, and turns out it's exactly 25 albums - yeah, not the biggest metal listener... - so I guess I'll order it and vote! But Deathspell Omega wasn't even nominated here?

Frederik B, Sunday, 26 January 2020 15:14 (three days ago) link

Hah, you're right. I ctrl + f'd the noms thread just in case – not a peep.

pomenitul, Sunday, 26 January 2020 15:44 (three days ago) link

My original noms list was 43 albums, I picked out like 80 albums that looked at least interesting, and of those I've now listened to 30 and added 8 to my ballot.

I mean, I didn't listen to 30 full albums in 36 hours, I'm not that hardcore.

Schammasch Cannonball (Tom Violence), Sunday, 26 January 2020 15:55 (three days ago) link

The Weird Lord Slough Feg album is listed under just plain Slough Feg as well, btw

Schammasch Cannonball (Tom Violence), Sunday, 26 January 2020 19:06 (three days ago) link

They go by both monikers, but since the album is listed twice, I'll delete 'Slough Feg'.

pomenitul, Sunday, 26 January 2020 19:12 (three days ago) link

pomenitul, in your opinion as an indefatigable metal purist, is Motorpsycho metal? I just listened to and loved The Crucible but it seemed a little too pure prog-rock to count. I may end up voting for it anyway because it was really enjoyable and deserves attention.

Schammasch Cannonball (Tom Violence), Sunday, 26 January 2020 20:32 (three days ago) link

I wouldn't call myself a purist, I just distinguish between successful and unsuccessful or merely intriguing experiments. I get most of my avant kicks from contemporary classical music so that may have something to do with it. Besides, quite a few of my all-time favourite metal albums (Negură Bunget's OM, Gorguts's Obscura, Agalloch's Ashes Against the Grain) can easily be construed as untrve. I'm also not big on thrash, so I definitely lack the credentials to be a gatekeeper!

Anyway, Motorpsycho is heavy enough to qualify imo, especially when they're riffing on Sabbath.

pomenitul, Sunday, 26 January 2020 20:46 (three days ago) link

As for Caligula, it's one of my AOTY, but I couldn't in good conscience vote for it in this poll, for am I the anti-paladin of Tr0o m3t4L.

Ha I can see that. Shame it wasn't nom'd in the main poll! I had (and a few other albums) to give it some love. Hope it places high.

octobeard, Monday, 27 January 2020 06:14 (two days ago) link

Oh wait ... it was. Goddamnit.

octobeard, Monday, 27 January 2020 06:18 (two days ago) link

I prob won't listen to caligula before the poll bcz I'm saving myself for Scott Walker

Kostnatění otoh...

a thousand keening bullshit-detectors (Drugs A. Money), Monday, 27 January 2020 10:50 (two days ago) link

I guess I can see how Caligula isn't "metal" or "heavy rock", but it seems a shame that it isn't included here. Maybe in the future we can just call it a "heavy music" poll or something. I weighed it pretty high on the main poll so maybe I'll skip it here, too, though i doubt it will place there.

I'm sad to see two albums that I just recently discovered weren't nominated: TORPOR's "Rhetoric of the Image", and Vanum's Ageless Fire.

beard papa, Tuesday, 28 January 2020 18:15 (yesterday) link

Oh, it's been nominated and you can totally vote for it. I personally won't, but that's my cross to bear.

pomenitul, Tuesday, 28 January 2020 18:17 (yesterday) link

It is a heavy music poll though, always has been always will be and its nominated and I'll be voting for it

Oor Neechy, Tuesday, 28 January 2020 20:03 (yesterday) link

Caligula's my #1, eff the haters

Schammasch Cannonball (Tom Violence), Tuesday, 28 January 2020 22:34 (yesterday) link

I voted it for it in the main poll, so you won't hear me grousing.

pomenitul, Tuesday, 28 January 2020 22:37 (yesterday) link


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