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The Genesis EP
METH 090
24 Jan 11
Drum And Bass
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Data - "Compassion" - (6:23) 175 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Ulterior Motive & FD - "All That We Are" - (7:14) 172 BPM
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Kiat - "Feeder" - (6:08) 172 BPM
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Mikal - "Say Nothing" - (5:57)
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Review: A tidy three track EP from the Metalheadz camp, The Genesis EP kicks off with Horizon's regular Data going in on the deep, minimal vibes with ticking beats, impassioned breathy vocal and tense, metallic chimes. Bournemouth duo Ulterior Motive team up with old friend and Critical hot shot FD for "All That We Are", combining their considerable skills for this stripped back, minimal/tech roller, with crisp breaks and a foreboding undertone. Finishing up with "Feeder" - incidentally Kiat's debut on Metalheadz - it's over and out on an experimental tip, with a bleepy melody bubbling over curious SFX and deep, murmuring b-line below. One for the headz.
Critical Presents: Sequence One
CRIT 060EP
28 Nov 11
Drum And Bass
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Enei - "Obsession" (feat MC DRS) - (4:57) Biggest-selling track on this release
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Ulterior Motive - "Divergence" - (5:03) 172 BPM
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Phace - "Freedom Of Filth" - (5:50) 172 BPM
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Jubei & Kasra - "The Rift" - (5:15) 172 BPM
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Review: Hold tight Critical crew; Kasra's got a new series in the pipeline, as Critical Presents: Sequence One. Bringing together four gems from some of the hottest artists who have gravitated to the London label in 2011, this is a must buy for the discerning D&B fan. Russian-based emerging star Enei, with the hypnotic, ominous bass-laden "Obsession" (feat. DRS) features, as do Bournemouth duo Ulterior Motive with their suitably tech-ed up monster "Divergence". Also on there is Neosignal's Phace, live and direct from Germany with the punishing, neuro-tinged "Freedom Of Filth", and finally label owner Kasra makes an appearance with Jubei on "The Rift". Big, bad and heavy.
Aria EP
CRIT 051
31 Jan 11
Drum And Bass
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Aria - (6:33) 170 BPM
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Live For The Moment - (5:56) 175 BPM
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Rockwell & Untold - "Rekohu Sunrise" - (5:47) 170 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Noir (Ulterior Motive remix) - (5:45) 170 BPM
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Review: The ever-rising star of 2010/11 and master of experimental beats brings us the follow up EP to his superlative Noir EP which landed on Critical around this time last year. In the title track "Aria", Rockwell blends glitchy, cinematic rhythms with sonorous, blissed out vocals and cooling instrumentals. Next, "Live For The Moment" adds a dash of funk, whilst talented duo Ulterior Motive's remix of the aforementioned "Noir" is nothing short of superlative, as they toughen it up with a super dark b-line smashing breaks and that iconic Virus-meets-Subtitles tenacity. A collab with Hemlock owner Untold backs this up in "Rehekou Sunrise", adding a shimmy of samples and soulful bliss as we reach the end of the EP.




Marvel
CRITLP 04S
11 Feb 10
Drum And Bass
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Sabre - "Marvel" - (5:20)
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Sabre & Ulterior Motive - "Barefoot" - (5:16) 172 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Review: Critical Music continues to release some of the UK's freshest sounding drum & bass. Sabre's "Marvel" takes on a more minimal and experimental approach to the sound. This is drum & bass at its slowest, its clicking percussion doing most of the work. The collaboration with Ulterior Motive, "Barefoot" is more up-beat but still manages keeps its darker, grittier sound.
A Wondering Journal LP Sampler
CRITLP 04S
11 Feb 10
Drum And Bass
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Marvel - (5:20) 57 BPM
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Barefoot - (5:16) 172 BPM
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Right Here/The Elephant Tune
META 007
25 Mar 13
Drum And Bass
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Right Here - (6:01) 172 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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The Elephant Tune - (5:36) 188 BPM
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Review: The unstoppable Ulterior Motive boys bring the UK scene to the forefront again with two dangerously dark releases from the Mr Hyde side of their repertoire. "Right Here" twins sweet female vocals with erratic breaks on the verge of complete incomprehension, but never falling over that mark, instead rolling hard and fast with nasty bass providing the melody and the backbone. "Elephant Tune" on the other hand is large and loping, sawing through tinny hi-hats with chunky bass and a formidable dubstep swagger that belies their drum and bass preferences. Why the Elephant? We presume because it's big, heavy and you'll never forget it.
Tesla
SUBTITLESUK 008
16 May 11
Drum And Bass
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Tesla - (5:05) 172 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Seven Segments - (5:13) 172 BPM
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Review: Bournemouth based duo Ulterior Motive prove once again that it's all about quality over quantity. Having kept us on our toes for a while now, they're back with another killer release on the label known affectionately by label boss Teebee as "the home of the squelch". An eerie intro leads into an Ed Rush style venture in first track "Tesla", dominated by extremely stylish driving bass and tense, ticking breaks which roll through 'til the end in suitably poised fashion. "Seven Segments", up next, blends a rippling synthline, with terse drums, grouchy bass and shimmering SFX. Essential for future funk heads.
The Fourth Wall (Album Sampler)
METALP 004S
15 Sep 14
Drum And Bass
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Tape Pack - (5:49) 172 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Muted (feat James Sunderland) - (5:09) 170 BPM
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Review: Metalheadz South Coast correspondents Ulterior Motive are gearing up to unleash their debut LP The Fourth Wall, and it's about time too! Despite being only two tracks deep, this sampler does well to show the forthcoming album's broadest range and will whet appetites for The Fourth Wall. "Tape Pak" is an instant love letter to the early 90s rave foundations, but written by pen and paper from 2039. "Muted", meanwhile, is wholly contemporary with its deep spacious groove, techno-like attitude and dBridge-style vocals from James Sutherland.
MIR
META 018
14 Jul 14
Drum And Bass
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MIR - (5:13) 172 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Given Contact - (5:51) 172 BPM
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Review: And now for something completely different. Ulterior Motive offer up the goods for Metalheadz, picking apart the bones of the D&B releases that have gone before them this year to create the noisiest, most industrial minimal track in existence. Paring back the instrumentation leaves "MIR" with just killer drums, and rolling bass holding together nightmarishly stressy pads and a punchy sample repeating our only instruction: "Let it roll." For a fix of ungodly heaviness, "Given Contact" is the ultimate combination of on-point production with behemoth-shaped bass, destroying speakers in its wake.
The Fourth Wall
METACD 004D
06 Oct 14
Drum And Bass
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Stay (feat James Sunderland) - (7:15) 170 BPM
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Sideways - (4:57) 172 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Open Up - (5:04) 172 BPM
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Keep It Moving - (5:40) 172 BPM
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Searchers - (5:19) 172 BPM
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Short Circuit - (4:43) 172 BPM
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Tape Pack - (5:49) 172 BPM
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Inta-National - (5:17) 172 BPM
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Muted (feat James Sunderland) - (5:09) 170 BPM
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Edges - (6:01) 172 BPM
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The Rattler - (5:05) 172 BPM
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Longshot - (4:41) 172 BPM
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You Must See - (5:20) 170 BPM
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Chapters (feat Meyhem Lauren Brotherman) - (4:08) 57 BPM
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Stay (instrumental) - (7:16) 170 BPM
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Muted (instrumental) - (5:10) 170 BPM
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You Must See (instrumental) - (5:19) 170 BPM
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Chapters (instrumental) - (4:08) 57 BPM
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Review: Since signing Bournemouth duo Ulterior Motive to his Metalheadz imprint last year, Goldie has acted as a kind of mentor, supervising the recording of this debut album. In many ways, it makes a lot of sense; Ulterior Motive's brand of jungle-influenced drum and bass no doubt appeals to the producer-turned-celebrity's rave sensibilities. The Fourth Wall is a confident and engaging debut, with spangling, piano-laden rave moments - see the early '90s revivalism of "Tape Pack" - nestling side by side with dark, twisted rollers and deeper, more experimental fare. It's this latter strand - and most particularly the James Sutherland collaboration "Muted" - that makes The Fourth Wall such an impressive debut.
Featherweight
SUBTITLESUK 001
31 May 10
Drum And Bass
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Featherweight - (5:59) Biggest-selling track on this release
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Glued - (6:05) 172 BPM
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Review: No holding back from Ulterior Motive on "Subtitles" here. One for the heavy hitters, he combines punchy beats with a classic hip-hop hook before dropping the killer bassline to blast through everything else and destroy the dancefloor. On the flip, "Glued" rolls out with infectious percussion and a rasping low-end, keeping the dancefloor locked down and tight, allowing the pressure to build
2098
SUBTITLESUK 002
28 Jun 10
Drum And Bass
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2098 - (6:00) 172 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Yogurt Brainwave - (6:00) 173 BPM
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The Real EP
SHA 114
27 Jan 17
Drum And Bass
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The Real (feat Ben Verse) - (5:17) 172 BPM
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Jungle Jam - (6:22) 57 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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I Remember (feat James Sunderland) - (5:40) 172 BPM
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Tech2 - (5:57) 57 BPM
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Review: Real talk: Ulterior Motive are back with their biggest release since their Headz album The Fourth Wall. Last spotted on Shogun last spring for their 100th release series, they now deliver four cream cuts that smack of the rootsy, uncompromised ageless signature that's secured their premiership role in the first place. Ben Verse adds lyrical edge to the elastic funk of "The Real", "Jungle Jam" is an absolute hoot with layers of classical elements and wry humour in the bass textures, "I Remember" reminds us of their soulful side with the dulcet class of James Sunderland while "Tech2" rips up the closing curtains with an absolute Blue Note blunderbuss of a stepper on "Tech2". Feel the realness.
You're Next
META 029
10 Jul 15
Drum And Bass
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You're Next - (6:04) 176 BPM
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Music City - (5:02) 172 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Review: "You're Next" is one you can't afford to sleep on. Taking charge is a filthy, majorly minimal bassline that's hard and loose, while natural-sounding breaks roll with ease - and the crack of that snare! On the other side of the Ulterior Motive agenda is "Music City", a raunchy roller tacked into place by a big ol' funky bassline and a ton of cheeky attitude. If "You're Next" is a badman, "Music City" is the pair of streetwise '70s cops on its tail.
The Fourth Wall (Remixes)
META 044
18 Nov 16
Drum And Bass
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Keep It Moving (Break remix) - (6:02) 172 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Inta-National VIP - (5:20) 172 BPM
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Chapters (feat Meyhem Lauren & Brotherman - Icicle remix) - (4:32) 57 BPM
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Stay (feat James Sunderland - Lenzman remix) - (5:41) 172 BPM
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Longshot (Xtrah remix) - (5:18) 172 BPM
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Muted (feat James Sunderland - Mark System remix) - (6:39) 170 BPM
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Played by: IKON-B
Review: Ulterior Motive make tracks that are built to last so it makes sense that the parts lend themselves to equally solid remixes. Every single version is a blinder here; Break takes "keep it Moving" to leaner, funkier pastures, Icicle technofies "Chapter" with steppy, halftime hurtism while Lenzman highlights the already soulful "Stay" with his own cosmic touch. Elsewhere Xtrah turns "Longshot" inside out (while paying respect to its instantly distinctive riff) Mark System turns in a seriously unique, clipped-bass twist on "Muted" and the guys themselves demolish "Inta-National" and rebuild it with nothing but melted gully. Masterful.
Step Change/Get Close
META 050
19 May 17
Drum And Bass
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Step Change - (4:29) 57 BPM
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Get Close - (5:27) 172 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Played by: Sweet n Sikka
Review: It's been a few years since Ulterior Motive last delivered original material on Headz but these two ageless designs more than make up for lost time. "Step Change" is the assassin of the two: one click head shot business, this is a run for cover brock out with all the grit and aggression we need in these dark, paranoid times. "Get Close", meanwhile, proceeds to soften our edges. An unnerving, droning stepper that's restrained, but gradually built with measured menace, it's quintessential Ulterior Motive.
Its On
SUBTITLESUK 013
05 Mar 12
Drum And Bass
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It's On - (5:13) 172 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Point Of Difference - (5:37) 173 BPM
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Review: Burgeoning kings of underground D&B, Bournemouth based duo Ulterior Motive have never ceased to impress with their slew of super hot releases. Now they're back with another big release on Teebee's Subtitles. Getting dark, deep and murky with "It's On", the title track is a cacophony of brutal breaks, smashing snares, grinding bass and ominous vocals courtesy of Codebreaker. "Point Of Difference" is the perfect accompaniment, with its slightly more withheld tension, crisp, punchy breaks and plenty of punishing sub bass pressure. A must buy for the tech heads!
Shogun 100 Part 1
SHA 100EP1
18 Mar 16
Drum And Bass
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Ulterior Motive - "Radian" - (4:52) 172 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Icicle/Proxima - "Stimulation" - (4:56) 171 BPM
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Technimatic - "Transference" - (4:55) 174 BPM
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Friction/Fourward - "Battle Scars" (feat Jakes - Alix Perez remix) - (4:12) 172 BPM
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Review: 12 years deep, 100 releases strong, Friction's Shogun imprint continues to spread the strong words with what's shaping up to be a very exciting series of exclusives. For the first EP we hit paydirt from the off as Ulterior Motive play the consummate robot charmers on "Radian". Cousins in crime Icicle and Proxima follow with a dagger-sharp tete-a-tete two-stepper while Technimatic provide essential contrast with the rainbow soul "Transference". Finally Alix Perez returns to Shogun for a cheeky minimal twist of Friction and Fourward's "Battle Scars". Gold on gold on gold, Shogun aren't messing around with their 100 series.
Timekeeper
SUBTITLESUK 021
27 May 13
Drum And Bass
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Timekeeper - (6:03) 172 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Timekeeper (Calyx & TeeBee remix) - (5:17)
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Review: Fresh off the back of their Metalheadz signing comes this sheet-metal stepper co-lab with Judda on Subtitles. Stripped back and simplistic, it's all in the bass Q&A, haunted alien rushes and clam-tight two-step. In a word: timeless. For added groove gravitas jump on Calyx & TeeBee's remix. They've kept the distinctive bass lead while adding an array of their processed sounds and a little more in the hi-hat department. Exceedingly sick.
Ulterior Motive Versus EP
SUBTITLESUK 018D
01 Oct 12
Drum And Bass
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Ulterior Motive & Lenzman - "Catharsis" - (5:38) 172 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Ulterior Motive & Hybris - "Bring Out" - (5:52) 172 BPM
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Ulterior Motive & FD - "Drum Circle" - (4:52) 172 BPM
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Ulterior Motive & Krakota - "Minesweeper" - (5:02) 172 BPM
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Review: Ulterior Motive head up this three-track EP on Critical, teaming up with three hot new talents along the way. First up is their collab with Hybris - "Bring Out". This one builds from a contemplative intro full of ticking beats and watery SFX into a nice little roller with quirky atmospherics and gently jittery rhythms. Next they join forces with FD in "Drum Circle", where, you've guessed it, it's all about the drums but also watch out for the tough, rough bass and warping sounds which add further bark to the bite. Last but not least, the boys team up with label boss Kasra for the epic "Minesweeper" which goes in deep with gnarly b-line, grouchy SFX and plenty of punch. Big things!
Breach
SUBTITLESUK 003
13 Sep 10
Drum And Bass
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Zero T & Ulterior Motive - "Breach" - (5:12) 174 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Zero T - "Harms Way" - (5:34)
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