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    Accelerated Evolution

    • Year Released: 2003
    Accelerated Evolution is the sixth studio album by Canadian musician Devin Townsend. The album, written and produced by Townsend, was a mix of musical styles from alternative and hard rock to progressive metal. Townsend, the lead vocalist and guitarist, assembled a group of Vancouver musicians to perform with him on the album: guitarist Brian Waddell, drummer Ryan Van Poederooyen, bassist Mike Young, and keyboardist Dave Young. This lineup, the Devin Townsend Band, was Townsend's first dedicated lineup for his solo material, and was created as a counterpart to Townsend's extreme metal project Strapping Young Lad. Accelerated Evolution was written and recorded at the same time as Strapping Young Lad's self-titled album, with Townsend dividing his energy between the two. Accelerated Evolution was recorded in Vancouver, British Columbia from September to November 2002, and was released on Townsend's independent label, HevyDevy Records, in March 2003. The album was well received by critics for its blend of genres and influences, its musical accessibility, and its large-scale rock production style. During the creation of his early solo albums Infinity (1998) and Physicist (2000), Devin
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    Addicted

    • Year Released: 2009
    Addicted is the twelfth studio album by Canadian musician Devin Townsend, and the second of four albums in The Devin Townsend Project series. The album was released on November 17, 2009 on Townsend's independent record label HevyDevy Records. The album was written and produced by Townsend, and features Ryan Van Poederooyen, Brian Waddell, Mark Cimino, and Anneke van Giersbergen. Addicted is the second of four albums in the Devin Townsend Project series, each featuring a different lineup and theme. Addicted was written and produced by Townsend. The album features vocals by Townsend along with Anneke van Giersbergen, a former member of Dutch band The Gathering. Brian Waddell and Ryan Van Poederooyen of the former Devin Townsend Band play bass and drums, respectively, while Mark Cimino plays guitar alongside Townsend. Recording for the album began May 6, 2009. The next album in the series is Deconstruction, which was released on June 20, 2011. According to Townsend, Addicted is an album of "melodic" and "danceable" music but is "much heavier" than his previous albums. Townsend has compared the album's songwriting to his more accessible songs, such as "Life" from Ocean Machine: Biomech
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    Alien

    • Year Released: 2005
    Alien is the fourth album by Canadian extreme metal band Strapping Young Lad. It was released on March 22, 2005. The album was written by Devin Townsend and Gene Hoglan over a 6 month time period. The album reached number 32 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart and number 35 on the Top Independent Albums chart. "Love?" became the album's single and had a music video which aired on Headbanger's Ball. The video (a tribute to the movie Evil Dead) depicts the band performing in a haunted cabin in the woods. Townsend and Hoglan were the primary writers of the album, since Simon and Stroud were busy with other commitments. To prepare for the recording of Alien, Townsend had stopped taking the medication prescribed to treat his bipolar disorder; he explained that the final track, "Info Dump" is a reflection on the panicked state of mind that ensued when he stopped taking his medication. The making of Alien was documented and made viewable online on Century Media's official site in February 2005. It was also available as a bonus DVD of the limited first edition of the album. The band recorded a cover of Tom Jones' "What's New Pussycat?" that was scheduled to appear on Alien, but it was not
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    Ass-Sordid Demos

    • Year Released: 1999
    Ass-Sordid Demos (1990-1996) is an album of demos by the Canadian metal musician Devin Townsend, released in 2000 on his own Hevy Devy label (see 2000 in music). As with the Ass-Sordid Demos II compilation, it was never released commercially. The compilation contains unreleased material as well as songs from the first Ocean Machine: Biomech recording sessions. The title is a pun on 'assorted', reflecting Devin Townsend's sense of humour somewhat.
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    Christeen plus 4 Demos

    Christeen plus 4 Demos

    • Year Released: 1998
    Christeen plus 4 Demos is an EP disk by Canadian heavy metal artist Devin Townsend. Released in 1998 it is also called the Infinity EP and was released by Devin's own label, Hevy Devy Records. It consists of five tracks, the first "Christeen" being taken off his previous record Infinity. Tracks two to five are demo versions of songs that could not be completed in time to be included on Infinity. What is music? What is its purpose? Why am I blessed and damned with the ability to hear colour and see sound? I do so because that is how I was born. It's that simple, and I make no claims to greatness, the only thing I claim to love is my own work. I have been given a gift...the gift of a glimpse of creation, and the ability to show it to my audience. A chance to say...HERE IT IS!!! ISN'T IT BEAUTIFUL? And it's so simple. Art begins and ends with the artist and his audience, and the stage of my life that included the INFINITY recordings ends with this EP. These demos were the scattered remains of the record, and I meant for them to be much more complete than how they ended up on this disc, but I am exhausted and have no money to finish them the way they should be heard. I hope you enjoy
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    City

    • Year Released: 1996
    City is the second album by Canadian extreme metal band Strapping Young Lad. It was released on February 11, 1997. The album was re-released in 2007 with several bonus tracks and altered cover art. Frontman Devin Townsend assembled a permanent lineup of Strapping Young Lad to record City, including prolific drummer Gene Hoglan, and Townsend's former bandmates Jed Simon on guitar and Byron Stroud on bass. The album was critically acclaimed with Revolver naming it one of "the greatest metal albums of all time", and it is widely considered Strapping Young Lad's best work. After releasing the first Strapping Young Lad album, Heavy as a Really Heavy Thing, as a solo album, Townsend recruited a permanent line-up for the second album: Jed Simon on guitar, Byron Stroud on bass and Gene Hoglan on drums. City was remastered and re-released in 2007, and included several unreleased tracks, as well as a Japanese bonus track and the video for "Detox". City received highly positive reviews. Kerrang! praised the album for its heaviness, claiming it sounded like "sticking your head into the jet nozzle of a Stealth Bomber", while Metal Hammer ranked it #13 on its "Top 20 Albums of 1997" list. The
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    Contain Us

    • Year Released: 2011
    Contain Us is an 8-disc box set released by Canadian musician Devin Townsend on December 9, 2011. It sums all the significant material Townsend has done during 2007–2011 under the Devin Townsend Project moniker. The idea of the box set was introduced by Townsend in 2009 when the first Devin Townsend Project album Ki was revealed. The box set includes all four Devin Townsend Project albums (Deconstruction and Ghost are remastered for this release). Bonus disc section includes two CDs and two DVDs consisting of both released and unreleased material. All the discs are housed inside the covers of a 64-page hardcover book. The book itself contains liner notes, promotional material and photography taken during Devin Townsend Project studio and live situations. The book is housed in a charcoal linen hardcover slipcase. The box set is limited to 5,000 copies worldwide, and 500 copies are shipped with a printed drawing signed by Townsend and a limited 10" black or white (250 copies each) vinyl including two unreleased songs. All songs written by Townsend except where noted. All songs written by Townsend. All songs written by Townsend. All songs written by Townsend except where noted. All
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    Cooked on Phonics

    • Year Released: 1996
    Punky Brüster – Cooked on Phonics (a pun of the literacy program Hooked on Phonics) is the debut studio album by Canadian musician Devin Townsend. It is a metal/punk rock parody concept album written by Townsend. Cooked on Phonics tells the story of a fictitious death metal band from south-central Poland called Cryptic Coroner that sells out their metal look and sound to become a commercial punk rock band called Punky Brüster (the band's name is a pun on the 80's U.S. television series Punky Brewster). It was released on Townsend's label, HevyDevy Records, on March 19, 1996. All songs written and composed by Devin Townsend.  Each member of the project is credited under two aliases, the first as a Punky Brüster member, and the second as a Cryptic Coroner member.
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    Deconstruction

    • Year Released: 2011
    Deconstruction is the thirteenth studio album by Canadian musician Devin Townsend, and the third album in the Devin Townsend Project series. The album features two drummers, Dirk Verbeuren and Ryan Van Poederooyen, as well as a number of guest vocalists. According to an interview with Townsend, the album is a concept album focused around a man who is obsessed with finding the true nature of reality. In the process of this journey, he goes to Hell and meets the devil. The devil shows him the secrets of the universe, presenting a cheeseburger to him. However, being a vegetarian, the man cannot eat the cheeseburger, rendering his attempts at working out the true nature of reality pointless. The album is chaotic in nature and has elements which are prominently humorous, which is a radical departure from Townsend's more recent work. Townsend also stated in this interview that Deconstruction is a musical representation of facing your fears and overcoming them. Townsend explained that he wanted the album to have a positive message, despite its highly chaotic nature. The album's choral and orchestral parts were written and arranged by Townsend using Pro Tools software. The parts were later
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    Devlab

    • Year Released: 2004
    Devlab is the seventh solo album by Canadian musician Devin Townsend, and his first ambient album. It was released on Townsend's label, HevyDevy Records, on December 4, 2004. All music composed by Devin Townsend.
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    Epicloud

    • Year Released: 2012
    Epicloud is the fifteenth studio album by Canadian musician Devin Townsend, and the fifth album in the Devin Townsend Project series. The album is scheduled to be released on September 18, 2012 on his independent record label HevyDevy Records and InsideOut Music. In an interview with Soundwave TV, Devin stated about how Epicloud was conceived, "In this sort of process of writing that I've discovered that I guess I'm capable of now, with a sober frame of mind, part of that is just not second-guessing it, so if I write something like that, I just do it, and just finish it." He continued, "Over the past couple of years, I thought, 'OK, I've gotta write this next 'Ziltoid' thing; I'm inspired to make this epic space opera and, like, really overdo it, and [make it] really dark. And so I sat down to write, but every time I went to write, I'd write some poppy hard rock thing. And I was like, 'OK, we'll get that one out of the way and then I'll write 'Ziltoid'.' And I got it out of the way and I'd go write 'Ziltoid'. And I'd write another one. So I'm thinking, 'OK, it's pretty obvious to me that I've got this that wants to come out before that.'" Regarding the musical direction of
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    Ghost

    • Year Released: 2011
    Ghost is the fourteenth studio album by Canadian musician Devin Townsend, and the final of four planned albums in The Devin Townsend Project series. It was released on June 20, 2011. Townsend has stated that the album "is the mellowest (by far) and prettiest record I've done so far." Ghost was performed in its entirety once, on November 13, 2011 at the Union Chapel in London, England. The performance was filmed and recorded for a future DVD. The song "Drench," a leftover slated to appear on a second volume of Ghost, was shared by Townsend on his official SoundCloud account. Later, Mackie Gear posted the leftover track "Fall" through the same channel. All songs written by Devin Townsend except where noted. The album was well-received by Metal Hammer, who gave the album 9/10, and said that "Ghost could be the most convincing album of his career".
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    Heavy as a Really Heavy Thing

    • Year Released: 1995
    Heavy as a Really Heavy Thing is the debut album by Canadian extreme metal band Strapping Young Lad. It was released on April 4, 1995. Century Media Europe released a remastered version of Heavy as a Really Heavy Thing on June 12, 2006, which includes the video for "S.Y.L.", several bonus tracks, and a 12-page booklet containing extended liner notes. Strapping Young Lad began in 1995 as a solo project of Canadian musician Devin Townsend. Following his work as vocalist on Steve Vai's 1993 album Sex & Religion and its 1994 tour, Townsend believed he had been a "musical whore", spending "the first five years of [his] career working at the behest of other people". During a brief stint as touring guitarist for The Wildhearts, Townsend received a phone call from an A representative for Roadrunner Records, expressing an interest in his demos and an intention to sign him. The offer was ultimately rescinded by the head of Roadrunner, who regarded Townsend's recordings as "just noise". He faced further rejection by Relativity Records, the label behind Vai's Sex & Religion, who saw no commercial appeal in his music. Century Media Records subsequently contacted the musician, offering him a
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    Infinity

    Infinity

    • Year Released: 1998
    Infinity is the third solo album by Canadian musician Devin Townsend. The album was released in October 1998 on Townsend's label, HevyDevy Records. After the completion of Strapping Young Lad's extreme metal album City and his solo progressive rock release Ocean Machine: Biomech, Townsend began to approach a mental breakdown. "I started to see human beings as little lonesome, water based, pink meat," he explained, "life forms pushing air through themselves and making noises that the other little pieces of meat seemed to understand." In 1997, he checked himself into a mental-health hospital, where he was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. The diagnosis helped him understand where the two sides of his music were coming from; he felt his disorder "gave birth to the two extremes that are Strapping's City record and Ocean Machine's Biomech." After being discharged from the hospital, Townsend found that "everything just clicked" and he was able to write his third solo album, Infinity, which he described as "the parent project" of City and Biomech. Townsend returned to the studio, accompanied by drummer Gene Hoglan, to work on the album, on which Townsend played most of the instruments. The
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    Ki

    • Year Released: 2009
    Ki ( /ˈkiː/ KEE) is the eleventh studio album by Canadian musician Devin Townsend, and the first of four albums in The Devin Townsend Project series. The album was released in May 2009 on his independent record label HevyDevy Records. Townsend, the founder, songwriter, and frontman of extreme metal band Strapping Young Lad and progressive metal group The Devin Townsend Band, dissolved both bands in 2006 to spend time with his family and avoid the burnout of touring and interviewing. After a period of self-discovery and a year-long break from songwriting, Townsend began work on a four-album series to clarify his identity as a musician. Ki includes themes of self-control and sobriety, and is musically subtler than much of the artist's previous work, consisting of ambient rock music interlaced with tentative bursts of heavy metal. The album was written, produced, mixed, and co-engineered by Townsend, who also performed guitar and vocals. Townsend assembled a supporting group of Vancouver musicians including blues drummer Duris Maxwell, rock bassist Jean Savoie, keyboardist Dave Young, and guest vocalist Ché Aimee Dorval to play on the album. While some critics found the album uneven,
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    Ocean Machine: Biomech

    Ocean Machine: Biomech

    • Year Released: 1997
    Ocean Machine: Biomech is the second studio album by Canadian musician Devin Townsend. The album was released in July 1997 on Townsend's label, HevyDevy Records. Material for Ocean Machine: Biomech had been around since the time Devin Townsend was touring with Steve Vai in support of Sex & Religion, with some tracks, such as The Death of Music, stretching back to Townsend's days with Noisescapes. The album was recorded in studio around December 1995, but was delayed for release until late 1996. Prior to its release, Townsend was unsatisfied with the recordings and re-recorded the album from scratch. The re-recordings were done at Townsend's home studio with instrumentation help from Marty Chapman, JR Harder, Chris Valagao of Zimmers Hole, and John Morgan. Ocean Machine: Biomech featured a mix of hard rock, ambient, and progressive metal. The album was the follow-up to the critically acclaimed City by Townsend's extreme metal band Strapping Young Lad. Townsend considered Strapping Young Lad a "little project" that he considered a "parody" and not the intended focus of his music, but lamented that Ocean Machine, which he described as "the music that was really close to me," was
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    Official Bootleg

    • Year Released: 1999
    Official Bootleg is a live album by Canadian metal musician Devin Townsend, released in 1999 on his own Hevy Devy label (see 1999 in music). Despite the fact that Townsend is not impressed with the recordings, the bootleg continues to be made available through the HevyDevy Records eBay Store by popular demand. The recordings are raw with no overdubs.
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    Physicist

    • Year Released: 2000
    Physicist is the fourth solo album by Canadian musician Devin Townsend. The album was released in June 2000 on Townsend's label, HevyDevy Records. Physicist is distinguished from the rest of Townsend's solo portfolio for the crossing of the style of his work in Strapping Young Lad with elements that had been explored in Ocean Machine: Biomech and Infinity. Notably, the line-up of musicians featured on this album is identical to that of Strapping Young Lad. Physicist took several years to come to fruition. Townsend had previously played with Metallica's then-bassist Jason Newsted, in a short-lived thrash metal project called IR8. After the creation of an IR8 demo tape, Townsend and Newsted began work on a new project called Fizzicist, which they claimed would be "heavier than Strapping Young Lad". When the IR8 tape was leaked, Newsted's Metallica bandmates James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich learned of the project. Hetfield was "fucking pissed" that Newsted was playing outside the band, and Newsted was prevented by his bandmates from working on any more side projects. Unable to continue working with Newsted, Townsend instead wrote the album himself, calling it Physicist. Townsend
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    Strapping Young Lad

    • Year Released: 2003
    Strapping Young Lad (occasionally referred to as SYL) is the eponymous third album by Canadian heavy metal band Strapping Young Lad. It was released on February 11, 2003. In December 2001 Townsend announced that, contrary to his earlier public statements, a new Strapping Young Lad album would be released in 2002. He emphasized that he was not "forcing" his product upon fans to generate record sales, arguing that his band—and its contract with Century—was never a lucrative endeavor. Instead, Townsend's motivation was the "creative anger" sparked by the September 11, 2001 attacks and further cultivated during their 2001 tour. For the first time, the album would be a product of collaborative writing; the band wrote "about half" of the material on the 2001 Foot In Mouth Tour, and the rest at home, starting January 2002. After playing a small number of festivals in 2002, Strapping Young Lad entered the studio in September of that year, to record their third album. The album's sound was somewhat of a departure from Strapping Young Lad's previous albums, Heavy as a Really Heavy Thing and City. Devin Townsend's vocals contain much more singing than before, and rather than the blinding
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    Synchestra

    • Year Released: 2006
    Synchestra ( /sɪŋˈkɛstrə/ sing-kes-trə) is the eighth solo album by Canadian musician Devin Townsend, and the second album he recorded with The Devin Townsend Band. The album was released in January 2006 on Townsend's label, HevyDevy Records. After releasing four solo albums under the name Devin Townsend, each with a different recording lineup, Townsend decided in 2002 to assemble a permanent band for his solo material. He formed the Devin Townsend Band, consisting of Brian Waddell on guitar, Mike Young on bass, Ryan Van Poederooyen on drums, and Dave Young on keyboards. The newly formed group released their first album, Accelerated Evolution, in March 2003. The group recorded and toured for the album while Townsend's extreme metal project, Strapping Young Lad, were doing the same for their third release, Strapping Young Lad. At the end of a whirlwind year, Townsend began working on Strapping Young Lad's fourth album, Alien, in March 2004. Feeling that Strapping Young Lad did not live up to expectations, Townsend decided to take the next album to a new extreme. To prepare for Alien, Townsend stopped taking the medication prescribed to treat his bipolar disorder. "I think that as an
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    Terria

    • Year Released: 2001
    Terria is the fifth solo album by Canadian musician Devin Townsend. The album was released in November 2001 on Townsend's label, HevyDevy Records. Feeling he had "ostracized a bunch of fans" with his previous album Physicist (2000), Townsend felt he had the chance to make a more personal and honest record. Townsend was inspired one morning while driving across Canada with his band, and looked to write an "introspective" album dedicated to his homeland. He produced and recorded Terria, a "highly illustrated stream-of-consciousness" album, with Gene Hoglan on drums, Craig McFarland on bass and Jamie Meyer on keyboards. Terria has been described as "melodic and atmospheric", with elements of pop and ambience alongside Townsend's trademark heaviness. Terria features musical themes explored in Townsend's previous albums, such as Ocean Machine: Biomech. However, it is more restrained, "using silence as part of the music". Townsend cited Ween's White Pepper as an inspiration for the album. All songs written and composed by Devin Townsend.  Terria was released in November 2001 on Townsend's independent label, HevyDevy Records. It is distributed in Canada by HevyDevy, in Japan by Sony, and
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    The Hummer

    • Year Released: 2006
    The Hummer is the ninth solo album by Canadian musician Devin Townsend, and his second ambient album. It was released on Townsend's label, HevyDevy Records, on November 15, 2006. The album chiefly consists of interwoven low frequency sounds, flute, morse code and ocean sounds, as well as audio samples from sources such as a reading by Leonard Cohen of part of the Tibetan Book of the Dead, Ravi Shankar, and the 1997 science fiction film Contact. This is a quiet, reflective work in the vein of meditative music, and provides a stark antithesis to the aggressive heavy metal stance adopted by one of Townsend's other projects - Strapping Young Lad. Townsend describes it as "much more user friendly than the Devlab...still; some people are going to think it's just buzzing and humming noises, so again...it's not for everybody." All songs written and composed by Devin Townsend.
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    The New Black

    • Year Released: 2006
    The New Black is the fifth and final album by Canadian heavy metal band Strapping Young Lad. It was released on July 11, 2006, debuting at #200 on the Billboard charts. A music video was shot for the album's sole single, "Wrong Side", and another video, done in CGI, was made for "Almost Again", which was not a single. Century Media imposed a strict deadline on the release date of the album; it was to be ready before the 2006 Ozzfest festival. Despite this, Townsend stated the recording was not rushed, and The New Black became a critical, as well as a commercial, success. It was more melodic than any of the band's previous albums and brought back the debut album's tongue-in-cheek humour. The New Black was released on July 11, 2006. Having sold more than 4,000 copies during its first week, The New Black reached #200 on the Billboard 200 chart, #15 on the Top Independent Albums, and #8 on the Top Heatseekers charts. Stylus Magazine's Cosmo Lee described it as "heavy, catchy, and with no filler", and About.com's Chad Bowar was also positive, stating that "this is a CD that's dense and heavy, but also has some memorable hooks". A music video was shot in late May to accompany the sole
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    Ziltoid the Omniscient

    • Year Released: 2007
    Ziltoid the Omniscient is the tenth studio album by the Canadian metal musician Devin Townsend, released on his own label HevyDevy Records in May 2007 and distributed in America and Europe by InsideOut Music. The album is a concept album about a fictional extraterrestrial being named Ziltoid from the planet Ziltoidia 9. Ziltoid travels to Earth in search of "the ultimate cup of coffee". A cup of coffee is delivered to him and he is promptly appalled by its taste, declaring it "fetid", and summons the Ziltoidian warlords to attack the earth, facing the full might of the earth's army. Townsend describes the album as a mix between Strapping Young Lad and The Devin Townsend Band, with a storyline like that of Punky Brüster's Cooked on Phonics. The album is a solo album, with all music written, mixed, produced and performed by Townsend. All drum tracks were recorded with EZdrummer, a software drum machine, using the Drumkit from Hell expansion. Townsend had stated that he was planning to release a sequel album called Z², but plans for the album were later supposedly scrapped when he stated, "I’m very rapidly realizing that humor and metal… it doesn’t really work." However, he later
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    Z is the upcoming fourteenth studio album by Canadian musician Devin Townsend. It is the sequel to his 2007 album Ziltoid the Omniscient. Townsend is also planning on releasing a graphic novel based on the Ziltoid character.
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