Being Terrified Is Part Of The Game – Scott Lee of Mass Concerts

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Spring is in the air and that means music festivals all over the world. One such festival we always attend is the New England Metal And Hardcore Festival, held at the Worcester Palladium in Massachusetts. We caught up with festival co-founder and talent booker Scott Lee to get his take on the 17th edition of the festival, taking place this weekend.

 

We started off by asking Scott about this year’s line-up:

It’s great! We have a lot of diversity this year. Friday where you have Between the Buried and Me, The Red Chord Cavalera Conspiracy, Corrosion of Conformity (BLIND), and Within the Ruins, that day is stellar. Testament, Exodus, Nuclear Assault’s final new england appearance, so proud to have that. Nails is really exciting! Sunday has Motionless In White. People gave me a little crap for that, which is funny to me. They are just as much a metal band, with hardcore roots as anybody else. Just because they wear makeup and the type of label they are one, whatever. They are a metal band. They have done metal tours. They did Mayhem and other metal tours too. They are an awesome band. And they wear make up. So did Kiss. So do The Misfits. So does Dimmu Borgir. Who cares? The lineup is super stellar. Code Orange headlining upstairs on Saturday. Overcast… and there might be a surprise for Saturday for the hardcore world.” (Editor’s note: now revealed to be Turnstile).

Scott also discussed the significance of having two legendary Boston metal and hardcore stalwarts on the bill together in Overcast and the recently reactivated guys in The Red Cord:

Oh they came up together you know? They came up at the same time, in the same vein. Same kind of New England thing. You wouldn’t be surprised to see a split 7” from the two of them. Actually that would be really cool! There are all kinds of genres this year, it’s a really good mix. It really is an all-star lineup . I am not going to be like “it’s better than last year” or “its better than the year before”. I hope people see what we are doing here and getting excited about it. There are not too many times you will see Nails and Testament on the same bill, on the same day.

Scott Lee, photo by Jeremy Saffer

Scott Lee, photo by Jeremy Saffer

 

Returning to the fest for a second straight year, Nails put on one of the most intensely violent shows ever at last’s year’s fest. We vouched for being terrified at the level of aggression the band coaxed out of the rabid fans in the pit. Just complete bedlam. This year they are on the main stage, and Scott shared his thoughts on the band:

Being terrified is part of the game, my friend. I went and saw them at This Is Hardcore and it was amazing to me. That band is no joke! It’s great how they are true to their craft. They are really great people too. They write really great music. If you haven’t heard this band, you need to check them out. They are the real McCoy.”

 

On the complaints on a yearly basis about certain bands, and certain types of bands on the bill which he helps bring together:

It’s called the New England Metal and Hardcore Festival. It’s bringing metal and hardcore tied into together with the entire scene like this: everything everyone here has ever done. It is not called the New England Death Fest. It’s not called the New England Hardcore Fest. It’s not the New England Metal Fest. It has a long name so everyone abbreviates it to NEMHF. With these bands, it doesn’t matter. The majority of these bands are fans of the music of the other bands too. If you are close-minded, I can’t argue with every single person about this that or the other the thing. This is what the scene is meant to be, open-minded. That’s what it’s supposed to be, for me doing this. We are not putting Black Veil Brides on, we put on Motionless In White. Motionless In White is a metal band. The whole kit and kabboodle on the situation is this: if you have enough time to ridicule, then you should go get another hobby.”

 

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Allegaeon Starting North American Tour

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Colorado metallers Allegaeonwill be hitting the road with The Agonist and Product of Hate for the Get Rekt Tour 2015. Allegaeon is supporting Elements Of The Infinite, out last year via Metal Blade Records. The album was recorded, mixed and mastered by Dave Otero (Cattle Decapitation, Cephalic Carnage etc.) at Flatline Audio in Colorado.

ALLEGAEON:
Mar 18: Dirty Dog Bar – Austin, TX (South By South Death/SXSW Showcase)
w/ The Agonist, Product Of Hate:
Mar 21: The Rock – Tucson, AZ
Mar 22: Pub Rock – Scottsdale, AZ
Mar 23: Adrenaline Sports Lounge – Las Vegas, NV
Mar 24: The Complex – Glendale, CA
Mar 25: Jerry’s Pizza – Bakersfield, CA
Mar 26: The Boardwalk – Orangevale, CA
Mar 27: Jub Jub’s Thirst Parlor – Reno, NV
Mar 28: Hawthorne Theatre – Portland, OR
Mar 29: Studio Seven – Seattle, WA
Apr 04: Maverick’s – Ottawa, ON
Apr 06: The Agora Theatre – Cleveland, OH (w/ The Agonist)
Apr 07: Mojoe’s – Joliet, IL
Apr 08: Aftershock – Merriam, KS
Apr 10: Curtain Club- Dallas, TX
Apr 11: Warehouse Live – Houston, TX
Apr 12: Empire Control Room And Garage – Austin, TX (Texas Independence Festival)
Apr 14: Fubar – St. Louis, MO
Apr 15: Emerson Theater – Indianapolis, IN
Apr 16: The Token Lounge – Westland, MI
Apr 17: Trickshots – Clifton Park, NY
Apr 18: The Palladium – Worcester, MA (New England Metal And Hardcore Festival)
Apr 19: The Papers Box – Brooklyn, NY
Apr 20: Backstage At Championships – Trenton, NJ

Jasta Records Intro Song For UFC Fighter Matt “The Immortal” Brown, Free Download

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Hatebreed frontman Jamey Jasta’s side project Jasta is streaming/downloading the song “The Immortal,” written as the new entrance song for UFC fighter Matt “The Immortal” Brown, below. Brown will walkout to the song at the UFC 185 PPV event in Dallas, TX against Johny “Bigg Rigg” Hendricks on March 14, 2015.

“The Immortal” will be available for purchase on March 10th via iTunes and will also be available for streaming
via Spotify.

Jamey Jasta states,

“I’ve been thinking about releasing new JASTA tunes for a while now, so when Matt “The Immortal” Brown asked me if I’d be interested in putting something together for his entrance music, an idea instantly came to mind. I’m a big fan of his so this worked out perfectly. Matt is fighting March 14th at UFC 185, it’s gonna be a war!”

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Jasta will be performing at this year’s New England Metal and Hardcore Festival on April 17, 2015 at The Palladium in Worcester, MA.

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Cavalera Conspiracy, Death Angel, COC Blind and Lody Kong Book Spring Tour

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Cavalera Conspiracy, Death Angel, Corrosion Of Conformity Blind (featuring drummer Reed Mullin and vocalist Karl Agnell) and Lody Kong will be taking part on a spring tour together.

Apr 10: Tricky Falls – El Paso, TX
Apr 11: Gas Monkey Live – Dallas, TX
Apr 12: Empire Control Room & Garage – Austin, TX (‘Texas Independence Fest‘)
Apr 13: Scout Bar – Houston, TX
Apr 15: Lincoln Theatre – Raleigh, NC
Apr 16: Revolution – Amityville, NY
Apr 17: Palladium – Worcester, MA (‘New England Metal And Hardcore Festival‘)
Apr 19: Marlin Room @ Webster Hall – New York, NY
Apr 20: Baltimore Sound Stage – Baltimore, MD
Apr 21: Agora Ballroom – Cleveland, OH
Apr 22: The Crofoot – Pontiac, MI
Apr 23: Newport Music Hall – Columbus, OH
Apr 24: Mojoes – Joliet, IL (no Corrosion Of Confomity Blind) (feat. King Hitter)
Apr 25: The Rave – Milwaukee, WI (no Corrosion Of Confomity Blind) (feat. King Hitter)
Apr 27: First Avenue – Minneapolis, MN
Apr 28: Granada – Lawrence, KS
Apr 29: The Summit Music Hall – Denver, CO
May 01: Studio Seven – Seattle, WA
May 02: Hawthorne Theatre – Portland, OR
May 03: The Regency Ballroom – San Francisco, CA
May 04: House Of Blues – West Hollywood, CA
May 05: Marquee Theatre – Tempe, AZ

Motionless In White Streaming “Break The Cycle” Music Video

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Motionless In White is streaming the music video for “Break The Cycle,” off their latest album Reincarnate, out now via Fearless Records.

Filmed in Los Angeles, CA, directing duo The Widow Brothers intertwine dark ominous imagery with live performance footage to tell the story behind the track. Lead vocalist Chris Motionless explains,

“The music video really brings to life the concept of where my head was at when writing the lyrics. Really excited to premiere this one as it’s one of my personal favorites.” View the behind the scene photos here.

They are currently on their headline tour with For Today, Ice Nine Kills and New Years Day. They will also take part on the summer long US tour with Slipknot, Lamb of God and Bullet For My Valentine.

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Motionless In White Tour Dates
Beyond The Barricade Headline Tour w/ For Today, Ice Nine Kills, New Years Day
Feb 27: The Bottom Lounge – Chicago, IL
Feb 28: Ready Room – St Louis, MO
Mar 02: The Summit Music Hall – Denver, CO
Mar 03: In The Venue – Salt Lake City, UT
Mar 06: Hawthorne Theatre – Portland, OR
Mar 07: The Rio Theatre – Vancouver, BC
Mar 08: El Corazon – Seattle, WA
Mar 10: Ace Of Spades – Sacramento, CA
Mar 11: Roxy Theatre – Los Angeles, CA
Mar 13: SOMA – San Diego, CA
Mar 14: Chain Reaction – Anaheim, CA
Mar 15: Chain Reaction – Anaheim, CA
Mar 16: Nile Theatre – Mesa, AZ
Mar 18: Sunshine Theatre – Albuquerque, NM
Mar 20: Kapone’s – San Antonio, TX
Mar 21: QuikTrip Park – Grand Prairie, TX
Mar 24: The Opera House – Toronto, ON
Mar 25: La Tulipe – Montreal, QC
Mar 27: Baltimore Soundstage – Baltimore, MD
Mar 28: Irving Plaza – New York, NY
Mar 29: Theatre Of Living Arts – Philadelphia, PA
April 19: New England Metal and Hardcore Festival – Worcester, MA
April 25: Fort Rock Festival – Fort Myers, FL
April 26: Welcome To Rockville – Jacksonville, FL
May 02: Carolina Rebellion – Concord, NC
May 09: Northern InvasionCarolina Rebellion – Somerset, WI
May 16: Skate & Surf Festival – Asbury Park, NJ
May 17: Rock On The Range – Columbus, OH

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The Summer’s Last Stand Tour W/ Slipknot, Lamb Of God, & Bullet For My Valentine

Jul 24: Cruzan Amphitheater – West Palm Beach, FL
Jul 25: MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheater – Tampa, FL
Jul 26: Aaron’s Amphitheater at Lakewood – Atlanta, GA
Jul 28: DTE Energy Music Theatre – Detroit, MI
Jul 29: Darien Lake Performing Arts Center – Darien Center, NY
Jul 31: Saratoga Performing Arts Center – Saratoga Springs, NY
Aug 01: Nikon at Jones Beach Theater – Wantagh, NY
Aug 02: Xfinity Theatre – Hartford, CT
Aug 04: Xfinity Center – Boston, MA
Aug 05: PNC Bank Arts Center – Holmdel, NJ
Aug 06: First Niagara Pavilion – Pittsburgh, PA
Aug 08: Molson Amphitheater – Toronto, ON
Aug 11: Jiffy Lube Live – Washington, DC
Aug 12: Farm Bureau Live – Virginia Beach, VA
Aug 14: Klipsch Music Center – Indianapolis, IN
Aug 15: First Midwest Bank Amphitheater – Chicago, IL
Aug 16: Hollywood Casino Amphitheater – St Louis, MO
Aug 19: Red Rock Amphitheater – Denver, CO
Aug 21: USANA Amphitheater – Salt Lake City, UT
Aug 24: Rogers Arena – Vancouver, BC
Aug 26: Concord Pavilion – Concord, CA
Aug 28: MGM Resort Festival Lot – Las Vegas, NV
Aug 29: Ak-Chin Pavilion – Phoenix, AZ
Aug 30: Isleta Amphitheater – Albuquerque, NM
Sept 02: Austin 360 Amphitheater – Austin, TX
Sept 04: Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion – Houston, TX
Sept 05: Gexa Energy Pavilion – Dallas, TX

Gift Giver Streaming “Cursed”

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Gift Giver is streaming “Cursed,” off their Century Media debut album Shitlife, out April 21, 2015 in North America, here.

Formed in the fall of 2012, Gift Giver gained notoriety and repute through their self-released EP, Daddy Issues, and constant touring through the US with acts such as Sworn In, Kublai Khan, Barrier and many more. Appearances at the New England Metal and Hardcore Festival, Skate and Surf Fest and Michigan’s own Dirtfest raised their profile even higher, making them one of the most buzzed about bands in the scene.

They recently announced their next US run of shows with Barrier, Villains, Traitors and Adaliah. Now they have just confirmed plans for a tour in March and April with Sworn In and The Plot In You.

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Gift Giver on tour
w/ Barrier, Villains, Traitors and Adaliah

Feb 28: Epic Problem – Tampa, FL
Mar 01: Propaganda – Lake Worth, FL
Mar 02: BackBooth – Orlando, FL
Mar 03: 1904 – Jacksonville, FL
Mar 04: Cloud Springs Deli – Ringgold, GA
Mar 05: Inside Out Venue – Troutville, VA
Mar 06: Underwood Skatepark – Taylor, PA
Mar 07: The Wild Bull – Paterson, NJ
Mar 08: DV8 – Providence, RI
Mar 09: Heirloom Arts Theatre – Danbury, CT
Mar 10: TBA – New York, NY
Mar 11: Bogies – Albany, NY
Mar 12: Broadway Joes – Buffalo, NY
Mar 13: The Outpost – Kent, OH
Mar 14: The Magic Stick – Detroit, MI
Mar 15: Bada Brew – Crest Hill, IL
Mar 16: The Metal Grill – Cudahy, WI
Mar 17: Amsterdam Bar and Hall – St. Paul, MN
Mar 18: Sokol Underground – Omaha, NE
Mar 19: The Outland Ballroom – Springfield, MO
Mar 20: The Vanguard – Tulsa, OK

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Gift Giver on tour
w/Sworn In, The Plot In You

Mar 29: Eagle Aerie Hall – Henderson, NV (w/ Sworn In, the Plot In You)
Mar 30: 191 Toole – Tucson, AZ (w/ Sworn In, the Plot In You)
Apr 01: Dirty Dog – Austin, TX (w/ Sworn In, the Plot In You)
Apr 02: Walters – Houston, TX (w/ Sworn In, the Plot In You)
Apr 03: The Conservatory – Oklahoma City, OK (w/ Sworn In, the Plot In You)
Apr 04: Outland Ballroom – Springfield, MO (w/ Sworn In, the Plot In You)
Apr 07: Vaudeville Mews – Des Moines, IA (w/ Sworn In, the Plot In You)
Apr 08: The Metal Grill – Cudahy, WI (w/ Sworn In, the Plot In You)
Apr 10: Mohawk Place – Buffalo, NY (w/ Sworn In, the Plot In You)
Apr 11: Rum Runners – London, ON (w/ Sworn In, the Plot In You)
Apr 12: Hard Luck Bar – Toronto, ON (w/ Sworn In, the Plot In You)
Apr 14: Ritual – Ottawa, ON (w/ Sworn In, the Plot In You)
Apr 15: Foufounes – Montreal, QC (w/ Sworn In, the Plot In You)
Apr 16: Saint Claire Theater – Syracuse, NY (w/ Sworn In, the Plot In You)
Apr 17: Bogies – Albany, NY (w/ Sworn In, the Plot In You)
Apr 18: Heirloom Arts Theatre – Danbury, CT (w/ Sworn In, the Plot In You)
Apr 19: New England Metal and Hardcore Festival – Worcester, MA
Apr 22: Game Changer World – Howell, NJ (w/ Sworn In, the Plot In You)
Apr 23: Planet Trog – Whitehall, PA (w/ Sworn In, the Plot In You)
Apr 24: Double Happiness – Columbus, OH (w/ Sworn In, the Plot In You)

Gift Giver are:
Vocals – Justin Johnson
Guitar – Nick Miller
Guitar – Eric Snapper
Bass – Troy Wilson
Drums – Jake O’Shaughnessy

 

The Agonist Announce Upcoming Tour With Allegaeon and Product of Hate

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The Agonist will be taking part on the Get Rekt Tour across North America with Allegaeon and Product of Hate. Stream the music video for “A Gentle Disease,” off their forthcoming album Eye Of Providence, out February 24, 2015 via Century Media Records, here.

Here are the GET REKT TOUR dates:

Mar 18: Dirty Dog Bar – Austin, TX
Mar 21: The Rock – Tucson, AZ
Mar 22: Pub Rock – Scottsdale, AZ
Mar 23: Adrenaline Sports Lounge – Las Vegas, NV
Mar 24: White Oak Music Hall – Van Nuys, CA
Mar 25: Jerry’s Pizza – Bakersfield, CA
Mar 26: The Boardwalk – Orangevale, CA
Mar 27: Jub Jubs Thirst Parlor – Reno, NV
Mar 28: Hawthorne Theater – Portland, OR
Mar 29: Studio Seven – Seattle, WA
Apr 04: Mavericks – Ottawa, ON
Apr 06: The Agora Theatre and Ballroom – Cleveland, OH
Apr 07: Mojoe’s – Joliet, IL
Apr 08: Aftershock – Merrick, KS
Apr 10: Curtain Club – Dallas, TX
Apr 12: Empire Control Room and Garage – Austin, TX (‘Texas Independence Festival‘)
Apr 14: Fubar – St. Louis, MO
Apr 15: Emerson Theater – Indianapolis, IN
Apr 16: The Token Lounge – Westland, MI
Apr 17: Trickshots – Clifton Park, NY
Apr 18: The Palladium – Worcester, MA (‘New England Metal and Hardcore Festival‘)

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THE AGONIST
Eye of Providence
1. Gates of Horn and Ivory
2. My Witness, Your Victim
3. Danse Macabre
4. I Endeavor
5. Faceless Messenger
6. Perpetual Notion
7. A Necessary Evil
8. Architects Hallucinate
9. Disconnect Me
10. The Perfect Embodiment
11. A Gentle Disease
12. Follow the Crossed Line
13. As Above, So Below

THE AGONIST is:
Vicky Psarakis – Vocals
Danny Marino – Guitar
Chris Kells – Bass
Simon McKay- Drums
Pascal “Paco” Jobin – Guitar

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New England Metal and Hardcore Festival 2015 Announces Next Round of Acts

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New England Metal and Hardcore Festival 2015 has announced another wave of artists, held April 17, 18 and 19, 2015 at the Palladium in Worcester, MA. This new batch will be added to previously announced headliners Between the Buried and Me (Friday), Testament (Saturday) and Motionless In White (Sunday). The next batch of confirmed artists include:

Friday, April 17th:
The Red Chord
The Atlas Moth
Phinehas
Code Orange
Discourse

Saturday, April 18th:
Suburban Scum
Allegaeon
Rivers of Nihil
The Agonist
Disgrace
God’s Hate
Thy Will Be Done
No Zodiac
Extinction AD
Vice
Absolute Suffering

Sunday, April 19th:
Lorna Shore
The Last Ten Seconds of Life
Rotting Out
Death Before Dishonor
Cruel Hand
Rude Awakening
World of Pain
Shark Ethic
Ghost x Ship
Living Laser
Oath

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Gift Giver Signs With Century Media Records

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Detroit tech/nu metal outfit Gift Giver has signed with Century Media Records. . Formed in the fall of 2012, Gift Giver gained notoriety and repute through their self-released EP, Daddy Issues, and constant touring through the US with acts such as Sworn In, Kublai Khan, Barrier and many more. Appearances at the New England Metal and Hardcore festival, Skate and Surf Fest and Michigan’s own Dirtfest raised their profile even higher, making them one of the most buzzed about bands in the scene.

Vocalist Justin Johnson comments:

“We are very proud to announce that we have signed to Century Media Records! We’ve got a brand new full length ready and a couple new singles that will be coming out shortly. We busted our asses, dealt with member changes, and other endless amounts of bullshit to make this record happen- and it’s finally ready! It feels good to have a badass label believe in what we are doing and we hope to see all of your support as well! See you guys on the road.”

Gift Giver w/ Barrier, Villains, Traitors and Adaliah

Feb 28: Epic Problem – Tampa, FL
Mar 01: Propaganda – Lake Worth, FL
Mar 02: BackBooth – Orlando, FL
Mar 03: 1904 – Jacksonville, FL
Mar 04: Cloud Springs Deli – Ringgold, GA
Mar 05: Inside Out Venue – Troutville, VA
Mar 06: Underwood Skatepark – Taylor, PA
Mar 07: The Wild Bull – Paterson, NJ
Mar 08: DV8 – Providence, RI
Mar 09: Heirloom Arts Theatre – Danbury, CT
Mar 10: TBA – New York, NY
Mar 11: Bogies – Albany, NY
Mar 12: Broadway Joes – Buffalo, NY
Mar 13: The Outpost – Kent, OH
Mar 14: The Magic Stick – Detroit, MI
Mar 15: Bada Brew – Crest Hill, IL
Mar 16: The Metal Grill – Cudahy, WI
Mar 17: Amsterdam Bar and Hall – St. Paul, MN
Mar 18: Sokol Underground – Omaha, NE
Mar 19: The Outland Ballroom – Springfield, MO
Mar 20: The Vanguard – Tulsa, OK

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Gift Giver are:
Vocals – Justin Johnson
Guitar – Nick Miller
Guitar – Eric Snapper
Bass – Troy Wilson
Drums – Jake O’Shaughnessy

 

Motionless In White Added As Sunday Headliner For New England Metal and Hardcore Festival XVII

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New England Metal And Hardcore Festival has announced Motionless In White as the Sunday headliner to the seventeenth edition of the fest. The event is held at The Palladium in Worcester, MA on April 17, 18 and 19, 2015.

Vocalist Chris Cerulli states, “One of my favorite DVD’s in my collection has always been the 2003 New England Metal and Hardcore Fest DVD. Back then the metal and hardcore world was so stacked with a seemingly endless roster of legendary bands. Needless to say, it’s an incredibly huge honor to be headlining a day on this festival twelve years later after the first time I saw that DVD and after all these years how the fest has proven itself to be an unstoppable force. We hope to add in making this another successful year representing metal and hardcore in New England.”

UPDATED LINEUP FOR NEMHF 2015

Friday April 17th –
BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME
OVERCAST
THE BANNER
BLACK MASK
HOMEWRECKER
DOWNPOUR
NO ZODIAC

Saturday April 18th –
TESTAMENT headliner
EXODUS
NUCLEAR ASSAULT (Final New England Appearance)
NAILS
INDECISON
INCENDIARY
WISDOM IN CHAINS

Sunday April 19th –
MOTIONLESS IN WHITE
FOR TODAY
THE COLOR MORALE
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