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As part of Affliction‘s “Rock Star Stories” series, Jose Mangin, SiriusXM director of programming and on-air host (Liquid Metal, Ozzy’s Boneyard, Octane), recently asked TESTAMENT frontman Chuck Billy to share a tale from the road. Check out the clip below.

TESTAMENT‘s recent tour of Australia was the band’s first with returning bassist Steve DiGiorgio (SADUS, DEATH, ICED EARTH).

TESTAMENT in January announced the departure of bassist Greg Christian. DiGiorgio rejoined TESTAMENT as Christian‘s replacement.

Steve was previously a member of TESTAMENT on “The Gathering” (1999) and “First Strike Still Deadly” (2001) albums.

Christian was forced to leave the band’s North American tour with LAMB OF GOD and KILLSWITCH ENGAGE in November 2013 for “personal reasons.” Filling in for him was EXODUS bassist Jack Gibson.

“Dark Roots Of Thrash”, a DVD/2CD release documenting TESTAMENT‘s sold-out headlining performance at the Paramount in Huntington, New York this past February, was made available on October 18, 2013 (Europe) and October 29, 2013 (North America) via Nuclear Blast Records. “Dark Roots Of Thrash” was produced by Get Hammered Productions, directed by Tommy Jones (DEATH ANGEL, KATAKLYSM, SOILWORK) and mixed by Juan Urteaga (VILE, EXODUS, SADUS, MACHINE HEAD). It captures a total of 19 live tracks with countless cams onstage and high above the audience, plus a special moshpit cam that makes you feel like you’re a part of the show.

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Spirit Of Metal recently conducted an interview with guitarist Ted Aguilar of San Francisco Bay Area metallers DEATH ANGEL. You can now watch the chat below.

DEATH ANGEL‘s seventh album, “The Dream Calls For Blood”, sold 5,400 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 72 on The Billboard 200 chart.

DEATH ANGEL‘s previous CD, “Relentless Retribution”, opened with 2,700 units in September 2010. The band’s 2008 effort, “Killing Season”, registered a first-week tally of around 2,300. This number was in line with the performance of its predecessor, “The Art of Dying”, which premiered with around 2,100 copies back in May 2004.

Released on October 11, 2013 in Europe (except for the U.K. where it arrived three days later) and October 15, 2013 in North America via Nuclear Blast Records, “The Dream Calls For Blood” was recorded at Audiohammer Studios in Sanford, Florida with producer Jason Suecof (TRIVIUM, AUGUST BURNS RED, THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, ALL THAT REMAINS, WHITECHAPEL, DEVILDRIVER), and once again features cover art by Brent Elliot White (JOB FOR A COWBOY, CARNIFEX, WHITECHAPEL).

Asked how DEATH ANGEL was able to construct such fast, aggressive, brutal material for “The Dream Calls For Blood” while many of the band’s contemporaries have, to varying degrees, abandoned thrash and speed metal, DEATH ANGEL singer Mark Osegueda told Metal Blast: “I think with us we kind of went the opposite direction. We got all of the experimentation out while we were young back in the ’80s; we tried to push the envelope then and maybe pushed it a little too much. When we reformed in 2001, we were writing new material, sort of fishing a bit, not knowing which direction things would go in. Over time, we started getting on the same page a lot more. Then we lost a couple of the original members, which in turn brought us two younger players who were very hungry to play, very eager to tour, and were also much more thrash-based players. Will [Carroll] is a much more thrash-styled drummer than Andy [Galeon, former drummer], who was a much more groove-based, almost ’70s rock kind of drummer. Dennis [Pepa, former bass player] was a much more punk-derived player than Damien [Sisson] is. When Rob [Cavestany] was coming up with the riffs for the new record, he was definitely playing off those strengths. So all of that lead to us going back to our thrash roots and coming up with some of the strongest material we’ve written to date.”

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“Youniverse”, the third album from Italian modern thrashers SAWTHIS, will be released on September 30 via Bakerteam Records. The follow-up to 2010’s “Egod” sounds “more thrash-oriented and is a concept album based on the theme of multiple personality disorder,” according to a press release. The CD, which features a very special guest appearance by Rob Cavestany of DEATH ANGEL, was once again recorded at Potemkin Studios with producer Paolo Ojetti (INFERNAL POETRY).

“Youniverse” track listing:

01. The Logical Color
02. The Waking Up
03. The Voice Falls On Me
04. The Disturbed (feat. Rob Cavestany from DEATH ANGEL)
05. The Crowded Room
06. The Indeleble
07. The Impure Soul
08. The Spotlight
09. The Mad
10. The Switch
11. The Walking

The song “The Waking Up” can be streamed in the YouTube clip below.

SAWTHIS earlier in the year parted ways with guitarist Andrea Giordano due to musical differences. He has since been replaced by Janos Murri (ex-RESURRECTURIS, DARKSIDE, DEMOLITION), who has already performed with the band on two European tours.

“Egod” was released in May 2010 via Scarlet Records.



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“Fallen”, a brand new song from San Francisco Bay Area metallers DEATH ANGEL, can be streamed at DeathAngel.us. The track comes off the band’s seventh album, “The Dream Calls For Blood”, which will be released on October 11 in Europe (except for the U.K. where it will arrive three days later) and October 15 in North America via Nuclear Blast Records. The follow-up to 2010’s “Relentless Retribution” was recorded at Audiohammer Studios in Sanford, Florida with producer Jason Suecof (TRIVIUM, AUGUST BURNS RED, THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, ALL THAT REMAINS, WHITECHAPEL, DEVILDRIVER), and once again features cover art by Brent Elliot White (JOB FOR A COWBOY, CARNIFEX, WHITECHAPEL). Fans will be able to purchase a standard jewelcase version of the album or digipak edition that includes a bonus track and bonus DVD.

“The Dream Calls For Blood” track listing:

01. Left For Dead
02. Son Of The Morning
03. Fallen
04. The Dream Calls For Blood
05. Succubus
06. Execution – Don’t Save Me
07. Caster Of Shame
08. Detonate
09. Empty
10. Territorial Instinct / Bloodlust
11. Heaven And Hell (digipak bonus track)

Digipak bonus DVD

* The Making Of “The Dream Calls For Blood”

In a recent interview with Metal Covenant, DEATH ANGEL guitarist Rob Cavestany stated about the “The Dream Calls For Blood” album title: “The title is basically our motto. It’s what we’re talking about, you know. In our point of view the dream being our band and keeping the band going and making music for your life. The blood is all the sacrifice and all hard work that goes into it and that’s the metaphor for that. It’s not only meant for music. It’s also meant for other people to relate in their own life and goals that they’re trying to achieve and the sacrifices that it takes to achieve these goals. And along with that, there’s also a tinge of aggression in there about other people that cut corners and don’t quite go through all the steps it takes to achieve the goal the right way. So there’s a little bit of a middle finger to those people that go about it that way and don’t fully respect what it takes.”

DEATH ANGEL‘s North American headlining tour in support of “The Dream Calls For Blood” will kick off on October 18 in San Francisco. Support on the trek will come from 3 INCHES OF BLOOD, BATTLECROSS, REVOCATION and DIAMOND PLATE.

“We are so excited to announce this upcoming tour,” commented DEATH ANGEL vocalist Mark Osegueda.

“We worked so hard writing, and recording this record! Especially writing this while on the road for the last three years of touring. And it reflects the triumphs, and mainly hardships, of all we went through while touring. The anger, perseverance, and energy was captured on the recording of ‘The Dream Calls For Blood’.

“This tour is the PERFECT springboard to launch off of and back on the road; hungrier and more focused then ever! With a lineup of bands handpicked by us, you’re basically sonically ravaged from the moment the lights dim at the beginning of the night until the lights turn back on at the end! I’m confident every band on this bill plan on sending you home feeling like you’ve survived a massacre that you can’t help but brag about.

“Look forward to feeding off each other’s energy!

“Stay hungry! Stay thrash! See you on the road, in the pit, and at the bar!!!”

The San Francisco, Hollywood and Ramona gigs are considered CD-release shows and everyone that purchases a ticket will also receive a copy of the new DEATH ANGEL album at the show.



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Behind-the-scenes footage from the making of “Zenith”, the new video from the Los Angeles-based, occult-themed traditional heavy metal band HUNTRESS, can be seen below. The song comes off the group’s sophomore album, “Starbound Beast”, which was released on June 28 in Europe and on July 2 in North America via Napalm Records. The CD was recorded at Hobby Shop Studios in Los Angeles with producer Chris “Zeuss” Harris (SHADOWS FALL, HATEBREED, MUNICIPAL WASTE). The cover artwork for the effort was once again created by Vance Kelly (THE SWORD, GRAVEYARD, HIGH ON FIRE, PENTAGRAM, ALICE IN CHAINS, AVENGED SEVENFOLD, DEATH ANGEL), who previously worked on the group’s debut album, last year’s “Spell Eater”.

Director Phil Mucci, who helmed the “Zenith” clip, spoke about working with HUNTRESS singer Jill Janus: “Jill doesn’t compromise; she wanted something her fans would cherish for years to come. In a disposable world, she’s very conscious of her legacy, as am I. It’s more than a music video to us. It’s a gateway drug.”

Jill cannot wait for the fans to see “Zenith”. “You better pack your bongs now, ‘cuz this is going to trip you the fuck out!” she says.

HUNTRESS is ecstatic about our new music video for ‘Zenith’.

“Director Phil Mucci is a visionary who brought our galactic hallucinations to life.

HUNTRESS dedicates ‘Zenith’ to our fans who’ve inspired us on this path, and who continue to travel with us on our cosmic musical journey. Together we will smoke the galaxies and blaze a new future for true heavy metal!”

“Starbound Beast” includes the track “I Want to Fuck You to Death”, which was co-written for Jill Janus by legendary MOTÖRHEAD frontman Lemmy Kilmister.

In a recent interview with Examiner.com, Janus stated about HUNTRESS‘ musical evolution from “Spell Eater” to “Starbound Beast”: “When we recorded ‘Spell Eater’ in 2012, we were still such a new band, we were still developing our sound and we were still trying things out. And we put it out with a fury and we love that record. This time around with ‘Starbound Beast’, we were a little more thoughtful with it, my lyrical content is a little bit more advanced, as well as an overall new confidence in the band. The musicianship is better, the songwriting is better, and it’s the evolution of HUNTRESS. That’s what’s going on here, it’s naturally evolving and that’s really cool to see.”

Making of “Zenith” video:

“Zenith” video:



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The Rock Pit recently conducted an interview with guitarist Rob Cavestany of San Francisco Bay Area metallers DEATH ANGEL. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.

The Rock Pit: I wanted to ask you also about the [new DEATH ANGEL] album title, “The Dream Calls For Blood”. I get the impression that it signifies some kind of battle cry or something. What’s the meaning behind the name?

Rob: Yes, that is truly what it is; it’s a battle cry, but it’s also a mantra for us. Mark [Osegueda, vocalist] came up with that phrase when he wrote the lyrics for that song. I loved it when I read that. I was, like, “That’s awesome, brother. I can totally feel where you’re coming from,” and he’s representing our entire feeling about that which is for us, the dream is what we do. It’s our band, it’s keeping our band alive and staying in this musical world that we live to do and we have always done since we were little kids. That’s the dream, and the blood represents everything that you put into it, and I mean everything. The countless hours, the blood, sweat, the tears, the heart and soul, all the sacrifices that goes along with it. Without trying to sound like it’s all negative and dark, which it’s obviously not, but a lot of it is. There’s a lot that goes on behind the scenes. People don’t realize, nor do they really care to know about it, because it’s not really the important part, doesn’t have much to do with the music that they are listening to and stuff but if you want to know the fuel behind what drives something like this, and what pushes you to bring out these things, it’s just exactly that. And for us, it’s all the personal reality that we are experiencing going through being in this band. The curse and the blessing that music is to us and the dream is your goal. The thing that you are reaching, your goal. Everyone has one, or at least hopefully they do. Many people do and they do everything in their power to make it happen, and that’s what we do and we are just kinda pointing out. It’s like us just releasing and venting out what it is to us and also a message to others that it’s possible for other people to achieve their goals and their dreams but they have to put into it to get out of it.

The Rock Pit: In recent years, thrash metal seems to have gained quite a bit of interest with a lot of newer bands popping up and more fans getting into it. What’s your take on this resurgence of thrash metal?

Rob: I think it’s fucking amazing, man! It’s great and about time. It doesn’t surprise me, just because to me it’s a solid genre, or sub-genre of metal, it’s a solid brand of music. It’s timeless in its own way. Of course, there are aspects of it that are dated, just like anything else, but the style of music in and of itself, it has such elements that just makes the blood pump and it’s exciting and it’s got killer musicianship, but it’s got fucking loads of attitude and it’s street level. It can really relate, and especially to the youth, and that’s why we got turned on to it when we were so young. It’s exciting, and it has all those elements, and I’m just really glad to see that a lot of younger bands and a lot of people in general are, if they didn’t catch it the first time round, if they were too young or just weren’t paying attention, maybe now is the chance for them to latch on and taste the flavor of this music that’s called thrash. It’s fun, it’s a fucking killer time and there’s a lot to be gained from delving into it and letting it take over your mind and your soul.

Read the entire interview at The Rock Pit.

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Death Angel has posted a lyric video online for the title track off the band’s coming new album “The Dream Calls For Blood.” Check it out below. “The Dream Calls For Blood” is due out October 11th (Europe), October 14th (UK) and October 15th (North America) via Nuclear Blast. The track listing is as follows: 1

The post Death Angel Posts “The Dream Calls For Blood” Lyric Video appeared first on Daily Heavy Metal News.

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Metal Covenant recently conducted an interview with guitarist Rob Cavestany of San Francisco Bay Area metallers DEATH ANGEL. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.

Metal Covenant: For me the [new DEATH ANGEL] album [“The Dream Calls For Blood”] is a typical DEATH ANGEL album. So what did you do to minimize repeats from your last album, “Relentless Retribution”?

Rob: I think we just had to only live the life that we lived since “Relentless Retribution” and that was enough to generate a different emotion and inspiration. We were on tour for three years straight. That alone, if anyone can imagine what that will do to you psychologically, being on tour for that long. You immediately think of what a blast, what a big party it’s been and, “You guys must be having a great time.” Which is true — it’s not like we’re fucking not having a great time. We love music and we love being on tour and playing in front of crowds and being surrounded by our other friends who are great musicians and great bands. But also there’s the other 22 hours of the day that you have to exist when you’re not on the stage. Just traveling and missing your family and friends. One day you’re fine and so happy and one day you just wake up and it’s just a long hard day to get through, that day. It’s always great to release it on stage, but you know, after a while it builds up and all this shit. You know, the dark side of all that, was the inspiration of the darker sides of the album and the good side of it is that we got really, really tight with our lineup, because we had a new bass player and a new drummer on the last album. After three years of living together and jamming with each other on almost every single day, we grew so much tighter together as friends and as musicians and as a unit. So that also is, I think, apparent in the difference of the fire of the last album and the playing of this album, so that’s happening in there.

Metal Covenant: So what about the album title [“The Dream Calls For Blood”]? What made you decide to go for it?

Rob: The title is basically our motto. It’s what we’re talking about, you know. In our point of view the dream being our band and keeping the band going and making music for your life. The blood is all the sacrifice and all hard work that goes into it and that’s the metaphor for that. It’s not only meant for music. It’s also meant for other people to relate in their own life and goals that they’re trying to achieve and the sacrifices that it takes to achieve these goals. And along with that, there’s also a tinge of aggression in there about other people that cut corners and don’t quite go through all the steps it takes to achieve the goal the right way. So there’s a little bit of a middle finger to those people that go about it that way and don’t fully respect what it takes.

Metal Covenant: So this maybe explains some of your intensity in the music and also your whole writing mode?

Rob: Most definitely. I’ll throw in one other, if that wasn’t enough: fuel for the fire. Toward the end of our tour, we realized that we had reached the 25th-year anniversary of our debut album, “The Ultra-Violence”. This album had been unavailable and out of print for a while, and stuff like that, and a lot of people were looking for the album, so we re-released the album and then switched up our set. We were doing kind of a set to give a tribute to our album, so we were playing the whole “The Ultra-Violence” from beginning to end on tour. That was, like, you know, a double-edged sword too, in a way that it was doing two things at once. We knew it was gonna be killer thing to do. The crowd was gonna fucking like that, the old-school fans and then it was gonna be fun to us to do that all of a sudden after… [pause] We probably never even done that since we wrote the album. I don’t know if we did that before. Then I also knew, another secret key was that if we were doing that every night, it was gonna affect the music we were currently writing. In a good way, that people would be glad about too, because that album’s widely accepted and I can see why. In those days, when we were writing that album, we had far less parameters of musical influence and we were much more narrow-minded into metal, you know. You can never recreate that and I don’t even wanna try to recreate that, ’cause you’re, like, a whole other person when you’re young. By playing that album from beginning to end for so many times live in front of a crowd, I think that’s about the most you can do to yourself to actually bring yourself back closer to that feeling again. With that in mind, that also, you know, it snuck its way into the music as well.

Read the entire interview at Metal Covenant.



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The official lyric video for “The Dream Calls For Blood”, the title track of the seventh album from San Francisco Bay Area metallers DEATH ANGEL, can be seen below. Due on October 11 in Europe (except for the U.K. where it will arrive three days later) and October 15 in North America via Nuclear Blast Records, the follow-up to 2010’s “Relentless Retribution” was recorded at Audiohammer Studios in Sanford, Florida with producer Jason Suecof (TRIVIUM, AUGUST BURNS RED, THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, ALL THAT REMAINS, WHITECHAPEL, DEVILDRIVER), and once again features cover art by Brent Elliot White (JOB FOR A COWBOY, CARNIFEX, WHITECHAPEL). Fans will be able to purchase a standard jewelcase version of the album or digipak edition that includes a bonus track and bonus DVD.

“The Dream Calls For Blood” track listing:

01. Left For Dead
02. Son Of The Morning
03. Fallen
04. The Dream Calls For Blood
05. Succubus
06. Execution – Don’t Save Me
07. Caster Of Shame
08. Detonate
09. Empty
10. Territorial Instinct / Bloodlust
11. Heaven And Hell (digipak bonus track)

Digipak bonus DVD

* The Making Of “The Dream Calls For Blood”

DEATH ANGEL‘s North American headlining tour in support of “The Dream Calls For Blood” will kick off on October 18 in San Francisco. Support on the trek will come from 3 INCHES OF BLOOD, BATTLECROSS, REVOCATION and DIAMOND PLATE.

“We are so excited to announce this upcoming tour,” commented DEATH ANGEL vocalist Mark Osegueda.

“We worked so hard writing, and recording this record! Especially writing this while on the road for the last three years of touring. And it reflects the triumphs, and mainly hardships, of all we went through while touring. The anger, perseverance, and energy was captured on the recording of ‘The Dream Calls For Blood’.

“This tour is the PERFECT springboard to launch off of and back on the road; hungrier and more focused then ever! With a lineup of bands handpicked by us, you’re basically sonically ravaged from the moment the lights dim at the beginning of the night until the lights turn back on at the end! I’m confident every band on this bill plan on sending you home feeling like you’ve survived a massacre that you can’t help but brag about.

“Look forward to feeding off each other’s energy!

“Stay hungry! Stay thrash! See you on the road, in the pit, and at the bar!!!”

The San Francisco, Hollywood and Ramona gigs are considered CD-release shows and everyone that purchases a ticket will also receive a copy of the new DEATH ANGEL album at the show.



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Zisis Petkanas of Greece’s Rock Overdose recently conducted an interview with vocalist Chuck Billy of San Franciscos Bay Area thrash metal veterans TESTAMENT. You can now listen to the chat using the audio player below.

“Dark Roots Of Thrash”, a DVD/2CD release documenting Bay Area veterans TESTAMENT‘s sold-out headlining performance at the Paramount in Huntington, New York this past February, will be made available on October 11 (Europe) and October 15 (North America) via Nuclear Blast Records. “Dark Roots Of Thrash” was produced by Get Hammered Productions, directed by Tommy Jones (DEATH ANGEL, KATAKLYSM, SOILWORK) and mixed by Juan Urteaga (VILE, EXODUS, SADUS, MACHINE HEAD). It captures a total of 19 live tracks with countless cams onstage and high above the audience, plus a special moshpit cam that makes you feel like you’re a part of the show.

A performance clip of the song “Rise Up”, taken from “Dark Roots Of Thrash”, can be seen below.

Commented TESTAMENT guitarist Eric Peterson: “Metalheads! In case you’ve missed us on our ‘Dark Roots’ campaign tour, here’s a day in the life and good representation of our show! Check it out, and put on your list of metal to get!”

Vocalist Chuck Billy added: “For all you diehard metal heads out there, ‘Dark Roots Of Thrash’ is a must-have for your collection. This live DVD and CD is something you can put in you player and crank up for the feeling of a live TESTAMENT performance! You will get 18 songs from the early days of thrash metal to where we are today. Heavy metal forever!”

“Darks Roots Of Thrash” will be made available in a variety of different formats, including the standard DVD+2CD and 2CD versions. A limited Blu-ray+2CD (Europe only), LP (Europe only), as well as Nuclear Blast mail-order-only items (LP colored in gatefold, DVD+2CD digi + tour pass and limited Blue-ray+2CD digi + tourpass) will also be for sale via shop.nuclearblast.com.

“Dark Roots Of Earth” DVD/2CD track listing:

DVD:

01. Intro
02. Rise Up
03. More Than Meets The Eye
04. Burnt Offerings
05. Native Blood
06. True American Hate
07. Dark Roots Of Earth
08. Into The Pit
09. Practice What You Preach
10. Riding The Snake
11. Eyes Of Wrath
12. Trial By Fire
13. The Haunting
14. The New Order
15. Do Not Resuscitate
16. Three Days In Darkness
17. The Formation Of Damnation
18. Over The Wall
19. Disciples Of The Watch
20. Credits

Bonus content:

21. Backstage Footage
22. Native Blood (video clip)

CD1:

01. Intro
02. Rise Up
03. More Than Meets The Eye
04. Burnt Offerings
05. Native Blood
06. True American Hate
07. Dark Roots Of Earth
08. Into The Pit
09. Practice What You Preach

CD2:

01. Riding The Snake
02. Eyes Of Wrath
03. Trial By Fire
04. The Haunting
05. The New Order
06. Do Not Resuscitate
07. Three Days In Darkness
08. The Formation Of Damnation
09. Over The Wall
10. Disciples Of The Watch

“Dark Roots Of Earth” 2CD track listing:

CD1:

01. Intro
02. Rise Up
03. More Than Meets The Eye
04. Burnt Offerings
05. Native Blood
06. True American Hate
07. Dark Roots Of Earth
08. Into The Pit
09. Practice What You Preach

CD2:

01. Riding The Snake
02. Eyes Of Wrath
03. Trial By Fire
04. The Haunting
05. The New Order
06. Do Not Resuscitate
07. Three Days In Darkness
08. The Formation Of Damnation
09. Over The Wall
10. Disciples Of The Watch

Pre-order your copy here.

TESTAMENT will hit the road alongside LAMB OF GOD, KILLSWITCH ENGANGE and HUNTRESS starting on October 22. A limited number of TESTAMENT V.I.P. packages are currently available now for each show and include:

* A souvenir TESTAMENT V.I.P. Laminate
* A TESTAMENT poster
* An 8″ x 10″ photo of the band
* A coupon for discounted online merchandise
* Individual photo opportunities with band members
* A group photo with the entire V.I.P. group and TESTAMENT members

In addition, each V.I.P. purchaser will be entered into a raffle to win Chuck Billy‘s stage vest worn throughout this tour. The winner of the vest will be personally contacted by Chuck and will also receive two tickets to the next local TESTAMENT show with passes to come backstage and more.

Interview (audio):


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