‘Khaos Legions’ out next month on Century Media Records

SWEDEN – Sweden’s Arch Enemy has posted the third Khaos Legions album trailer online:


Khaos Legions, Arch Enemy’s ninth studio album, is slated to hit stores on June 7th on Century Media Records.


Arch Enemy Khaos Legions

Arch Enemy “Khaos Legions”


The new album will be availabe as:

- Ltd. Edition Kingsize Mediabook 2CD (including Kovered In Khaos bonus songs) + 36 page booklet with extended artwork

- 2LP Gatefold incl. Dropcard for a free download of the album

- CD

- Digital Download

Make sure to pre-order your favorite format of Khaos Legions right here:


All North American pre-orders will receive an autographed Arch Enemy photo, a code for a free bonus download of the live song “Dark Insanity” (recorded at the Metal Female Voices Fest 2010) via email when the album drops, and be entered to win weekly prizes from Altec Lansing’s ( line of award-winning audio products.


Two brand new songs “Bloodstained Cross” and “Yesterday Is Dead And Gone” are currently streaming on the band’s MySpace page at:

Stay tuned for more information on Arch Enemy and Khaos Legions.



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Decapitated - Carnival Is Forever

Decapitated – Carnival Is Forever

The track listing for Carnival Is Forever, the fifth studio album by Poland’s technical death metallers DECAPITATED, is as follows:

01 – The Knife

02 – United

03 – Carnival Is Forever

04 – Homo Sum

05 – 404

06 – A View From A Hole

07 – Pest

08 – Silence


The album will be released in North America on July 12th by Nuclear Blast Records.  The band will self-release it in their native Poland.


Here, guitarist founding member Wacław “Vogg” Kiełtyka discusses the album title and cover art by Lukasz Jaszak:


“Carnival: war, rape, lies, pathology, evil displayed through certain events and situations of the latest years in the world.  Is Forever – I guess it doesn’t need explaining.  Both the text and the title are bitterly ironic. [The art is v]ery intriguing and quite strange for a metal album but surely staying in memory.  A vital thing is that it’s a photo. We did not want any computer graphics this time or anything artificial or plastic.  The same regards the production of the album. We had actually been thinking about getting a painting for the cover but unfortunately we couldn’t do it.  Maybe next time.”


Carnival Is Forever is the follow-up to 2006’s Organic Hallucinosis and was produced by Wacek Kiełtyka and sound engineered by Malta Arkadiusz Malczewski.  Drums mixing duties were handled by Daniel Bergstrand (BEHEMOTH, MESHUGGAH, DIMMU BORGIR, KEEP OF KALESSIN, DEFLESHED).  The author of the album’s lyrics is music journalist Jarek Szubrycht, author of No Mercy – the world’s first biography of thrash metal legends SLAYER.
DECAPITATED’s line-up includes: Wacław “Vogg” Kiełtyka on guitar, Kerim “Krimh” Lechner (Thorns Of Ivy, Tone Intimacy) on drums, Rafał Piotrowski (Ketha, Forgotten Souls) on lead vocals, and Filip “Heinrich” Hałucha (Vesania, Rootwater, Unsun, Masachist) on bass.

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GEEZER BUTLER – “I’m Working On A New GZR Album And A Book Of Memoirs”

Legendary bassist GEEZER BUTLER (BLACK SABBATH, HEAVEN HELL), accompanied by Wendy Dio – wife and manager of metal legend and Heaven Hellbandmate RONNIE JAMES DIO – spoke with Horns Up Rocks! at the third annual Revolver Golden Gods on April 20 in downtown Los Angeles, California. Butler discusses his future plans in the short clip below.

Back in February,  Butler has just laid to rest any possibility that the original Black Sabbath – also featuring singer OZZY OSBOURNE, guitarist TONY IOMMI and drummer BILL WARD – will reunite for an album and tour.

Geezer Butler

His brief statement reads as follows:

“I would like to make it clear, because of mounting speculation and rumours, that there will be definitely NO reunion of all four original members of Black Sabbath, whether to record an album or to tour.”

In late January, Ozzy had told ABC News Radio that he, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler and Bill Ward “are in the talking process” regarding a BLACK SABBATH reunion, and even a new album.

Osbourne stressed, however, that nothing is definite yet, in part because of the pressure the four of them will face if they make a new record. He said, “the problem that we have is that if we do an album and it’s anything less than where we left off, it’s gonna be a big anti-climax.”

SKINLAB: ‘Face Of Aggression’ Video Released

“Face Of Aggression”, the new video from San Francisco Bay Area metallers SKINLAB, can be viewed below. The clip was shot by Clark Deal and Jennings Dunn and was edited by Lance Rivas. The track comes off the band’s latest last album, “The Scars Between Us”, which was released on September 15, 2009 via Stand And Deliver Records.

SKINLAB entered Different Fur Studios last month to begin recording an EP, “Fleshwounds… Under The Influence”, containing one new song and covers versions of five underground metal classics. The group’s bassist/vocalist Steev Esquivel stated, “We’re paying tribute to five of our biggest influences and bands that weve always looked up to.”

“Fleshwounds… Under The Influence” will include the following covers:

* NAILBOMB – Wasting Away
* ACID BATH – Paegan Love Song
* CROWBAR – Planets Collide
* LEVEL – Push
* MACHINE HEAD – Ten Ton Hammer

Added Esquivel: “[We are] really stoked about this project. It’s a great way to introduce [new SKINLAB guitarist] Provo [Provenzano, ex-RIKETS] and have something new out before [the end of] 2012, which we’re hoping to have a new album out then.”



KAMELOT: Gothenburg Concert Footage Available

Fan-filmed video footage of KAMELOT‘s May 12, 2011 performance at Trädgår’n in Gothenburg, Sweden during the band’s “Pandemonium Over Europe 2011″ headlining tour with support from EVERGREY, AMARANTHE and SONS OF SEASONS can be viewed below.

KAMELOT recently completed a South American tour with guest singer Fabio Lione of RHAPSODY OF FIRE. Lione is also handling the vocals on KAMELOT‘s European tour. Other guest singers at the Gothenburg show included Tommy Karevik (SEVENTH WONDER) and Elize Ryd (AMARANTHE).

The remaining members of KAMELOT have begun searching for a new singer the following the departure of the band’s longtime frontman, Roy Khan. “I have a few guys in mind,” said KAMELOT founder Thomas Youngblood. “And as you can imagine, it is a very important decision. There are some amazing singers that have already contacted us on this but we will take our time to find the right person.”

In an April 2011 interview with, Youngblood stated about KAMELOT‘s decision to recruit Lione to fill in for Khan, “I’ve heard some songs with Fabio singing — some KAMELOT songs like ‘Ghost Opera’ — and he sings quite different than he does with RHAPSODY for KAMELOT, which also, of course, makes sense, because it’s a different approach to vocals.

“The idea [to hire Fabio for the tour] came from Sascha Paeth, our producer, who also produces RHAPSODY. He suggested it because he has worked with Fabio and knows his abilities. But, obviously, the high range that he can do with songs like ‘Center Of The Universe’ or ‘Nights Of Arabia’, these are songs that we… I think over the years, Roy, his range has dropped, so a song like ‘Nights Of Arabia’ is no problem for Fabio to sing. So we’re gonna add some songs [to the upcoming tour's setlist] that we haven’t been able to play over the past few years that I think fans have been wanting to hear.”

When asked about the rumor that Roy Khan‘s “religious conversion” played a major part in his decision to sit out KAMELOT‘s current world tour, Youngblood said, “This is what we do, this is what we love doing — the band loves performing, we love touring. And I don’t know if Roy has lost that… in his heart, in terms of what he likes doing. I know that there are some other issues. I know that there is a religious aspect to it now that I can’t really 100 percent explain. Obviously, we were disappointed, and I’m not gonna lie, I was a little bit pissed off about it, but at the same time, we — the whole band, together — decided, ‘Listen, we’re not gonna slow down! We’ve got this new album and we wanna come to South America.’ And that’s what we’re doing.”

“Whenever we had a day or two off in Europe [on previous KAMELOT tours], [Roy] needed to fly home, which I thought was kind of extreme, to fly home, but that kind of was a sign was that I should have noticed that maybe the touring part was not for him. But the religious aspect of it is something that I want him to kind of talk about, but I know that he had been going to religious classes, for whatever reason. Obviously, over the years of working together and being, at times, best friends and things like that, we have discussed all kinds of topics about religion, so it’s actually very surprising to me that this is where we are at now with him. But I don’t really wanna talk too much more about it, because that’s really something, I think, that he should come out about, in terms of what he believes or doesn’t believe or whatever. All I can say is right now the band is unified and we’re just not gonna slow down.”








QUEENSRŸCHE Singer To Be Interviewed For VH1 CLASSIC’s ‘Metal Evolution: The Series’

QUEENSRŸCHE singer Geoff Tate will be interviewed on Tuesday, May 17 at Pondera winery in Woodinville, Washington by Banger Films for the forthcoming TV series “Metal Evolution: The Series”. The 11-episode series will begin broadcasting on November 11, 2011 in the U.S. on VH1 Classic and in Canada on MuchMoreMusic. Other musicians that are known to have been interviewed for the series include Mike Portnoy (ex-DREAM THEATER, AVENGED SEVENFOLD), Al Atkins (HOLY RAGE, ex-JUDAS PRIEST) and Timo Tolkki (SYMFONIA, ex-STRATOVARIUS).

“Metal Evolution” is a new series on the history of heavy metal directed and produced by Scot McFadyen and Sam Dunn, the filmmakers behind the award-winning documentaries “Metal: A Headbanger’s Journey”, “Global Metal” and “Iron Maiden: Flight 666″. The series features the much-debated metal history “family tree” originally shown in “Headbanger’s Journey”. From shock rock to thrash, from black metal to grunge, this 24-sub-genre genealogical chart — the first of its kind — reveals the vast complex progeny of heavy metal, and serves as the narrative backbone of the series. Using the chart as his road map, our host, metalhead-turned-anthropologist Sam Dunn, will criss-cross the globe, to the northern tip of Norway, the jungles of Brazil, the grim beauty of Birmingham and the pock-marked streets of Detroit, visiting the bars, back alleys, and ballrooms, and even the basement shrines of superfans, to get to the very essence of metal.

“Our goal is to make it the biggest series ever done on the history of this music,” Dunn said.


Guitarist John Petrucci of progressive metal giants DREAM THEATER spoke to the Artisan News Service (see video below) about fan speculation that the band’s new drummer, Mike Mangini, is merely a temporary replacement for founding member Mike Portnoy, who left the group last fall.

“[Mangini is] a [permanent] bandmember,” Petrucci said. “That’s what we were looking for. I think it depends on the band and what they [are] looking for. We’re not looking for a session guy to come in temporarily. We don’t wanna be known as the temporary DREAM THEATER; we want a member. You know, like when we got Jordan [Rudess, keyboards] in the band. We wanted a new member.”

When asked if DREAM THEATER is planning on finishing out its career with the current lineup, Petrucci said, “I would hope so. That’s the way I like to live life and think about things; I don’t think of things as being temporary. I like to think of this as moving forward in a positive way and direction with all intentions of staying this way forever. Unless some unforeseen event should happen, which happens. [Laughs] You could have asked me the same question before Mike [Portnoy] left and I would have had the same answer. ‘Of course this is the way… This is who we are. This is the way we’ll always be.’ You never know what’s gonna happen. But, yeah, [we have] full intentions of moving forward this way.”

DREAM THEATER is currently recording its much-anticipated new album for a fall release via Roadrunner Records.



BLACK SABBATH: ‘Born Again’ Deluxe Expanded Edition Reissue Audio Samples

Audio samples of all the tracks that appear on the deluxe-expanded-edition reissue of BLACK SABBATH‘s “Born Again” album, which is due in the U.K. on May 30 via Sanctuary, can be found at

Following the departure of lead singer Ronnie James Dio and drummer Vinny Appice after the studio mixing of the “Live Evil” album, BLACK SABBATH were once again on the lookout for yet another lead vocalist to fill the significant void left at stage front. The band turned to ex-DEEP PURPLE lead singer Ian Gillan.

The resultant album and live touring certainly made for one of the more curious associations in the world of heavy metal. Much of this era of BLACK SABBATH has passed into rock folklore and was actually the source for much of the material used in the rockumentary movie “This Is Spinal Tap”. From the replica stage production of Stonehenge, which was too large for some of the venues on the world tour, to the employment of a dwarf to dress up and play the part of the “devil-baby” from the LP front cover, the world of BLACK SABBATH took on a distinct air of the surreal.

Whilst the well-received “Born Again” album and live dates succeeded in stoking the embers and kept the SABBATH flames burning, this would ultimately be a marriage built more on friendship and respect as opposed to any long-standing and compatible musical association. After one tour, Ian Gillan would eventually bid farewell and re-join his old sparring partners for the Mk. II reunion of DEEP PURPLE and leave BLACK SABBATH once more gazing into the crystal ball hoping the face of yet another lead vocalist would reveal itself.

For Iommi, Butler, Ward, Gillan, and keyboardist Geoff Nicholls, work would swiftly commence in May of ’83 at the Manor Studios in the village of Shiptonon-Cherwell, Oxfordshire. Produced by BLACK SABBATH and co-producer Robin Black, who had also worked on 1975′s “Sabotage”, 1976′s “Technical Ecstasy”, and 1978′s “Never Say Die”, SABBATH‘s eleventh studio release would represent a radical departure from the gloomy atmospherics and blackened lyricism that had forged their identity and spawned innumerable descendants.

Gillan‘s approach to song-writing bespoke a lighter-hearted approach to what had, until then, been the primary concern of Butler. Album opener “Trashed”, for instance, was inspired by Gillan‘s boozed-up race around the Manor‘s grounds in Bill Ward‘s car that ended in near-catastrophe and a wrecked vehicle. “Disturbing The Priest” was the result of a door in the studio having been left open during playback, and a local vicar appearing in the doorway asking for the volume to be turned down as it was disturbing choir practice in the adjacent village.

For all of its off-kilter appearance however, “Born Again” was still SABBATH through and through. Musically twisted and possessed with more than a whiff of brimstone, the album is a thrilling glimpse into an alternative world.

For this re-mastered Deluxe Expanded Edition, a second disc containing two bonus tracks is included, with “The Fallen” being a previously unreleased studio outtake recorded during the original album session. Also included are nine tracks from the BBC “Friday Rock Show” broadcast of BLACK SABBATH‘s appearance at the Reading rock festival in August 1983, which also includes a performance of DEEP PURPLE‘s classic “Smoke On The Water”.

BLACK SABBATH “Born Again” Deluxe Expanded Edition track listing:

Disc 1: (“Original Album”)

01. Trashed
02. Stonehenge
03. Disturbing the Priest
04. The Dark
05. Zero The Hero
06. Digital Bitch
07. Born Again
08. Hot Line
09. Keep It Warm

Disc 2:

01. The Fallen (previously unreleased album session outtake)
02. Stonehenge (extended version)

Recorded live at the Reading Festival on Saturday, August 27, 1983 (BBC “Friday Rock Show” broadcast):

03. Hot Line
04. War Pigs
05. Black Sabbath
06. The Dark
07. Zero The Hero
08. Digital Bitch
09. Iron Man
10. Smoke On The Water
11. Paranoid




Freeze Festival 2010: Rated!

United Kingdom United Kingdom | by
Phil Brady |
02 November 2010

Overall – 6/10
Freeze Festival is a mish mash of both a sports and a live music event set at Battersea Power Station. The once iconic, sun-blushed image of Pink Floyd’s ‘Animals’ album is now, 33 years on, the backdrop for a showcase of some of the best snow sports athletes, bands and DJs on the scene today. As a result, there is a mixture of fans here: some just for the sports, many here for the music and plenty onsite for both. But there are no surreal sculptures, if you don’t count the power station itself, no men on stilts and ladies in profound costume. There are no hippies, rastas or chemical disasters. Instead the creative elements we usually associate with festival life have been replaced with a corporate consumer machine, as this evidently heavily sponsored event demonstrates.

With the main attraction being a 32m high, 100m long real snow jump, the world’s best snowboarders and skiers take centre stage as the music is on the back burner until later in the day. At no other UK festival could an audience watch the LG Snowboard FIS World Cup Finalists spin through the air with the greatest of ease while dancing to DJ Yoda‘s Halloween Mix. Bringing these elements together is either a stroke of genius or a gimmick aimed at making as much money as possible from both markets.

Getting There And Back – 10/10

It couldn’t be easier travelling to this event, as it is slap bang in the middle of London. Trains run to either Battersea Park or Clapham Junction and it’s a five-minute walk to the Power Station. For those who live in London, it’s a tube to Vauxhall and an all night bus every 15 minutes to and from Battersea.

The Site – 6/10

The festival is set in the derelict land between Battersea Power Station and the Thames. It is not inside the station as you may be led to believe. There is only one set of toilets but these seem to serve everyone. There are not many queues, but the state of the toilets are awful, almost like an open sewer.

There are a few decent bars playing wicked tunes but they include the kind of rip off prices you would expect from a festival such as this in London. There is a cinema showing a snowboarding film called Deeper, again with a bar and popcorn stall. There is a bus sponsored by a leading mobile network provider demonstrating all the latest phones and gaming consoles, some food stalls and a huge shopping mall selling all the latest ski and boarding gear.

There is a dirt bike and BMX stage show with the world’s best riders performing stunts. They have a VIP bar and viewing platform for those who want to pay twice as much for their tickets and a 32m high, 100m long real snow jump for the athletes along with a hospitality tent with free food and drink for the musicians, athletes and London elite.


Roni Size – 7/10
The headliner Roni Size blows the crowd away on his 41st birthday with an hour long set of hip hop, dubstep and his signature drum and bass sounds as MC Jake accompanies him with his superb mic style. Roni doesn’t fail to please this crowd with his DJ mix of “some ragamuffin shit and some commercial shit.”

Mark Ronson And The Business Intl. – 8/10

An outstanding show from a Halloween-faced Mark and band playing ‘Bang Bang Bang’, sang by MNDR, ‘Bike Song’ and ‘Valerie’ with help from sung by Kyle Faulkner, the lead singer in The View. Even rapper Q-Tip is here to join in on ‘Somebody To Love Me’. It is another crowd-pleasing performance from this all-star line-up and the man who everybody wants to work with.

Gentlemen’s Dub Club – 8/10

Gentlemen’s Dub club Pack out the Relentless Tent on Saturday evening and demonstrate how a band can entertain, play some originally acute music and enjoy themselves as well. With dub and ska styles, live brass and dubstep-style sub bass, they play ‘High Grade’ as the security say: “no more in”. They also hit up new single ‘Emergency’ along with ‘Fire’ which they stop and rewind as they shout: “When I say more, you say fire”.

DJ Yoda – 8/10

After some technical hiccups DJ Yoda plays a Halloween mix which includes Stevie Wonder, Ice Cube, Fatboy Slim, House Of Pain, INXS, Bill Hayley, The Specials, Deep Purple, Nirvana, and Van Morrison. Another lock out as crowds surge forward trying to get past the now perplexed security line who are doing their best to avoid a Hillsborough situation. Yoda plays the perfect audio mix for this Halloween party.


All the commercial nonsense and the blatant sponsorship plugs from the compares and the sponsorship marketing that is plastered all over the site.

The toilets.

The lack of an audience early in the daytime.

No alcohol allowed to be brought on site and the rip off prices charged at the bars.

Vancouver BC’s Unleash The Archers Embarking On Canadian ‘Tour Through The AstroWaste’

This May, in conjunction with the the release of their highly anticipated second album, ‘Demons Of The AstroWaste’, Vancouver BC’s power/melodic death metal champions UNLEASH THE ARCHERS are embarking on a massive tour of Canada, aptly titled ‘Tour Through The AstroWaste’.

The trek will carry the band from coast to coast, delivering a fresh dose of their compelling live show to Canada’s diverse metal masses, and proving, as they have while sharing the stage with the likes of 3 Inches Of Blood, Blackguard and Augury, that Unleash The Archers are among the country’s new elite metal acts.

“We can’t wait to play our new material all across Canada!”, exclaims guitarist/vocalist Brayden Dyczkowski. “This is the biggest tour UTA has ever done and we’ve got a ton of amazing shows lined up.”

As a taste of what’s coming, fans can listen to 4 pre-production song previews from ‘Demons Of The Astrowaste’, here:

Check up to the minute listings and news via the tour Facebook page here:

May 14, 2011 – Abbotsford, BC – Eagle’s Hall *

May 19, 2011 – Nanaimo, BC – Headliners ** w/Order of Chaos, Ravensun, Pentacaust

May 20, 2011 – Victoria, BC – Lucky Bar ** w/Order of Chaos, Abriosis

May 21, 2011 – Victoria, BC – Victoria Legion *** w/Order of Chaos

May 22, 2011 – Vancouver, BC – The Astoria ** w/Order of Chaos, Abriosis, Hallows Die

May 25, 2011- Hinton, AB – TBA w/Order of Chaos

May 26, 2011 – Jasper, AB – The Horseshoe Club w/Order of Chaos

May 27, 2011 – Calgary, AB – The Distillery w/Order of Chaos

May 28, 2011 – Edmonton, AB – The Starlite Room w/Order of Chaos, Shadowblade

May 30, 2011 – Lethbridge, AB – The Stone

June 1, 2011 – Winnipeg, MB – The Royal Albert Arms w/Laika, Alphakill and Pathogenic

June 3, 2011 – Sioux Lookout, ON – Sioux Lookout Youth Center *

June 4, 2011 -  Sault Ste. Marie, ON – TBA

June 9, 2011 – Kitchener, ON – The Chainsaw *

June 10, 2011 – Windsor, ON – The Coach and Horses

June 13, 2011 – Guelph, ON – Club Vinyl

June 14, 2011 – Oshawa, ON – TBA w/Bolero

June 15, 2011 – Ottawa, ON – TBA w/Endemise, Derelict

June 16, 2011 – Toronto, ON – Annex Wreckroom w/KATAKLYSM

June 17, 2011 – Montreal, QC – Katacombes w/Derelict

June 18, 2011 – Sherbrooke, QC – Bar Le Saloon w/Derelict

June 20 to 25, 2011 – Maritimes Dates TBA

June 28, 2011 – Quebec City, QC – Bar L’Octobre

June 30, 2011 – Sudbury, ON – Jubilee Hall * w/ Beyond Within, TheKillingField, Like Animals, and Elicist

July 1, 2011 – North Bay, ON – Les Compagnons * w/Hallows Die, TheKillingField

July 2, 2011 – Cochrane, ON – Hades Farm *

July 3, 2011 – Thunder Bay, ON – Jack’s

July 5, 2011 – Brandon, MB – The North Hill Inn

July 6, 2011 – Saskatoon, SK – Amigos w/Lavagoat, Desecrate Scripture

July 7, 2011 – Lloydminster, AB – Phunkin Gruuve

July 9, 2011 – Fort St. John, BC – The Lido

July 10, 2011 – Mackenzie, BC – TBA *

July 11, 2011 – Prince George, BC – Third *

July 12, 2011 – Burns Lake, BC – TBA *

July 13, 2011 – Williams Lake, BC – The Longhouse *

July 15, 2011 – Grand Forks, BC – GF Hotel

July 16, 2011 – Kelowna, BC – TBA

July 17, 2011 – Port Coquitlam, BC – TBA *


**CD Release Show

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Power Theory Announces Line-Up Change

Pure Steel Records Artist, Power Theory, announces that Bassist Jason Tete has departed the band. Jason has been replaced by Jay Pekala (Colossus, Last Rites).

“Jason has expressed his desire to establish himself fully with his custom guitar and bass building business, J-Bone Customs, he has been very honorable with the whole situation and played out all the shows that were booked until after our opening slot for Holy Grail and Cauldron at the Trocadero Theater on May 3rd. ” Quotes Bob “BB” Ballinger

“We have been rehearsing and writing new material with Jay Pekala since Jason expressed his desire to leave.” “Jay and I are former band mates, and we were the principle songwriters for the first line-up of Colossus, so the compatibility factor already existed.”

“We will always be grateful to Jason and consider him a brother and member of the Power Theory Family” added Dave Santini, “ In fact he’s is building a custom axe for BB right now, and Jay P. plans on a custom bass as well, we will remain endorsed user’s by his company.”

The band has written 4 additional new songs with Jay Pekala for the forthcoming follow up full length cd, “An Axe to Grind”, as recording sessions are under way at 1021 Studios in Tullytown, PA. “We had already decided to take a small break from mid May to mid June to work on recording prior to our June 25th show at Dingbatz in Clifton, NJ. So everything has worked out well for us” said Santini.