Sacred Reich begins recording new album; announces USA and European tours

– February 11th, 2019 –

Legendary American Thrash Metallers Sacred Reich are currently in the studio recording their highly anticipated new studio album – a first in 23 years – entitled Awakening, and have just announced a full European tour beginning November of 2019! The “Awakening European Tour” will cover all of Europe.

Phil Rind comments: “Recording is in full swing with producer Arthur Rizk at The Platinum Underground in Arizona. We are so excited to be back in the studio after 23 years. Dave is currently killing it on the drums. Sounds sick! Our new record ‘Awakening‘ is due this summer. Stay tuned! Tour dates across the planet coming your way!”

Additionally, Sacred Reich has also announced their first string of dates in North America alongside Iron Reagan, Leeway and Enforced for May, plus European visits for festivals in July and August. See below for an overview of all upcoming Sacred Reich dates announced so far.

Iron Reagan & Sacred Reich tour dates
w/ Leeway, Enforced

May 9 – Asbury Park, NJ – House of Independents
May 10 – Pittsburgh, PA Cattivo
May 11 – Baltimore, MD – Metro
May 12 – Boston, MA – Once Ballroom
May 14 – Cleveland, OH – Grog Shop
May 15 – Chicago, IL – Reggie’s
May 16 – Detroit, MI – Sanctuary
May 17 – Toronto, ON – Lee’s Palace

Sacred Reich live:
July 6 – Barcelona, Spain – Barcelona Rock Fest
July 7 – Verona, Italy – Rock The Castle Festival
Aug. 8 – Josefov, Czech Republic – Brutal Assault Festival
Aug. 10 – Leeuwarden, Netherlands – Into The Grave Festival
Aug. 11 – Kortrijk, Belgium – Alcatraz Metal Festival
Aug. 12 – Saarbrucken, Germany – Garage (w/Testament)
Aug. 14 – Regensburg, Germany – Airport Obertraubling (w/Testament)
Aug. 18 – Saint-Nolff, France – Motocultor Festival
Oct. 13 – Los Angeles, USA – MegaCruise

“Awakening European Tour 2019″
w/ Sacred Reich + special guests

Nov. 8 – Copenhagen, Denamrk – Pumpehuset
Nov. 10 – Berlin, Germany – SO36
Nov. 12 – Warsaw, Poland – Proxima
Nov. 13 – Krakow, Poland – Kwadrat
Nov. 14 – Praha, Czech Republic – Futurum
Nov. 15 – Budapest, Hungary – Durer Kert
Nov. 16 – Ljubljana, Slovenia – Orto Bar
Nov. 17 – Graz, Austria – Explosiv
Nov. 20 – Lyon, France – Ninkasi Kao
Nov. 21 – Barcelona, Spain – Sala Razzmatazz 2
Nov. 22 – Madrid, Spain – Sala Mon Live
Nov. 23 – Bilbao, Spain – Santana 27
Nov. 24 – Limoges, France – CC John Lennon
Nov. 26 – Savigny-le-Temple, France – L’Empreinte
Nov. 27 – London, UK – Underworld
Nov. 29 – Newcastle, UK – University
Nov. 30 – Glasgow, UK – Classic Grand
Dec. 1 – Belfast, UK – Limelight 2
Dec. 3 – Dublin, Ireland – Voodoo Lounge
Dec. 4 – Wolverhampton, UK – Steelmill
Dec. 6 – Leiden, Netherlands – Gebr. De Nobel
Dec. 7 – Helmond, Netherlands – Cacaofabriek
Dec. 8 – Essen, Germany – Turock
Dec. 10 – Aschaffenburg, Germany – Colos Saal
Dec. 11 – Nurnberg, Germany – Hirsch
Dec. 12 – Jena, Germany – F-Haus
Dec. 13 – Karlsruhe, Germany – Substage
Dec. 14 – Munchen, Germany – Backstage Halle
Presented by: Metal Hammer, Legacy, Metaltix, metal.de

Sacred Reich online:
https://www.facebook.com/sacredreichofficial
https://twitter.com/sacredreich
https://www.instagram.com/sacredreichofficial

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The Faceless Assure Fans: “We Will Not Cancel Tours Anymore”

The Faceless announce that their planned UK/Ireland tour will actually take place in early February. A string of cancelled tours in the past few years have definitely eroded fan support of the band, which have now assured fans that they will no longer be in the habit of cancelling tours via Twitter (see below). The Faceless will be touring in support of their new album, “In Becoming A Ghost“, out now through Sumerian Records.

We are at the airport, waiting to board our flight to the UK. We will not cancel tours anymore. We love our fans and hope to see all of you at a show.

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— The Faceless (@THEFACELESSband) January 31, 2018

Dates are as follows:

02/01 Guildford, UK – Boileroom
02/02 London, UK – Underworld
02/03 Manchester, UK – Rebellion
02/04 Birmingham, UK – Mama Roux’s
02/06 Dublin, IRE – Voodoo Lounge
02/07 Glasgow, UK – G2
02/08 Bristol, UK – Fleece
02/09 Nottingham, UK – Rescue Rooms

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Ozzy Osbourne Announces Initial “Farewell” Tour Dates

Following the announcement yesterday that British heavy metal icon Ozzy Osbourne will embark on a final world tour, dubbed his “Farewell” tour, the singer has announced the first batch of dates for the trek, which will see him perform in a variety of countries from Mexico to Russia. Although several venues and in some cases cities has yet to be confirmed, Ozzy will kick off the tour, which is expected to last into 2020 with the following shows:

May 5 – Mexico – TBA
May 8 – Santiago, Chile – TBA
May 11 – Buenos Aires, Argentina – TBA
May 13 – São Paulo, Brazil – TBA
May 16 – Curitiba, Brazil – TBA
May 18 – Belo Horizonte, Brazil – TBA
May 20 – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – TBA
June 1 – Moscow, Russia – Olympiisky
June 3 – St. Petersburg, Russia – Ice Palace (Ledovi Dvorets)
June 6 – Finland – TBA
June 8 – Solvesborg, Sweden – Sweden Rock Festival
June 10 – Donington, UK – Download Festival
June 13 – Prague, Czech Republic – Airport Letnany
June 15 – Paris, France – Download Festival
June 17 – Italy – TBA
June 20 – Halden, Norway – Tons of Rock Festival
June 22 – Copenhagen, Denmark – Copenhell Festival
June 24 – Dessel, Belgium – Graspop Metal Meeting
June 26 – Krakow, Poland – Impact Festival
June 28 – Oberhausen, Germany – König-Pilsnet Arena
June 30 – Madrid, Spain – Download Festival
July 2 – Lisbon, Portugal – Meo Arena

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Ozzy Osbourne Announces Initial “Farewell” Tour Dates

Following the announcement yesterday that British heavy metal icon Ozzy Osbourne will embark on a final world tour, dubbed his “Farewell” tour, the singer has announced the first batch of dates for the trek, which will see him perform in a variety of countries from Mexico to Russia. Although several venues and in some cases cities has yet to be confirmed, Ozzy will kick off the tour, which is expected to last into 2020 with the following shows:

May 5 – Mexico – TBA
May 8 – Santiago, Chile – TBA
May 11 – Buenos Aires, Argentina – TBA
May 13 – São Paulo, Brazil – TBA
May 16 – Curitiba, Brazil – TBA
May 18 – Belo Horizonte, Brazil – TBA
May 20 – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – TBA
June 1 – Moscow, Russia – Olympiisky
June 3 – St. Petersburg, Russia – Ice Palace (Ledovi Dvorets)
June 6 – Finland – TBA
June 8 – Solvesborg, Sweden – Sweden Rock Festival
June 10 – Donington, UK – Download Festival
June 13 – Prague, Czech Republic – Airport Letnany
June 15 – Paris, France – Download Festival
June 17 – Italy – TBA
June 20 – Halden, Norway – Tons of Rock Festival
June 22 – Copenhagen, Denmark – Copenhell Festival
June 24 – Dessel, Belgium – Graspop Metal Meeting
June 26 – Krakow, Poland – Impact Festival
June 28 – Oberhausen, Germany – König-Pilsnet Arena
June 30 – Madrid, Spain – Download Festival
July 2 – Lisbon, Portugal – Meo Arena

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The Faceless Drops Off Tour, Mass Internet Drama Ensues

After dropping off a major tour without warning last year, The Faceless has once again cancelled a live trek at the 11th hour, this time dropping off an Australian / New Zealand bill with The Black Dahlia Murder.

The promoter of the tour – Soundworks Touring – clearly wasn’t happy with the situation, issuing this statement via Facebook:

“Due to complete incompetency by the band and their management, and with a total lack of respect for Soundworks Touring, and more importantly their fans, The Faceless have this morning officially cancelled their entire Australian and New Zealand tour. Over the past week we have been continuously lied to, misled and left in the dark as to the whereabouts of the band since their first scheduled appearance on May 9th.

“We at Soundworks Touring have done everything in our power to bring the band here for these shows, but The Faceless have been completely unprofessional in their behaviour and this cancellation is 100% solely their doing.

“To any disgruntled fans who wish to voice their opinion on this matter, we at Soundworks Touring are more than willing to put you in direct contact with the band and their management so they can address your questions. In the meantime feel free to express yourself on the bands official facebook page.

“We apologize to fans for the cancellation and wholeheartedly share your disappointment, but as mentioned previously, this has been 100% out of our control. The rest of the tour package will continue as is and we hope you still enjoy the amazing show The Black Dahlia Murder, Putrid Pile, Whoretopsy, and Unravel are displaying.”

Needless to say, The Faceless doesn’t agree with the above statement, and has since issued a rebuttal (which the fans don’t seem to be buying – see a screencap from Facebook below). Michael Keene of The Faceless posted this message:

Since Soundworks has decided to throw not only The Faceless, but our manager under the bus, let’s talk a bit about what really happened and why we’re not in Australia right now. Just days before we were to leave to our first date in Jakarta, Indonesia, I found out that all of our equipment had been stolen. This alone was a blow devastating enough to have to cancel, but we spent all the money we had on buying new equipment and putting our live rig back together so we could play these shows.

Everyone got into town with 2 days to rehearse because that’s when all the gear we needed had arrived and I could start assembling it. As soon as we set up, we realized that there were MASSIVE issues with the system and unfortunately because of the nature of our music, we can’t exactly just “wing it” on any old gear and make it work. We have saxophone solos and orchestral arrangements for Christ’s sake. Not to mention over 15 different guitar tones used in the set and we are currently touring without a bass player while he finishes his last semester of music school. We’re not a band that can hop on some Marshalls and make it work. It’s a lot more dynamic and involved than that.

At this point, we knew we were going to miss Jakarta, but I went to 3 specialists to get our system repaired and our rig running. Everything seemed to be fixed, so we boarded a flight to Perth and we were on our way to the first date in Australia after an unfortunate hiccup, but on our way nonetheless. After boarding the plane, we sat on the tarmac for over 5 hours before being told our flight was canceled due to a mechanical error and we’d be put on a flight the following night. At this point, Soundworks is now furious over something that we had literally absolutely no control over.

The next day, we get to the airport and try to explain to them that we no longer needed to be in Perth and rather needed to be in Adelaide since we’d now missed the Perth show, so they tried to work with us, but the only connecting flight they had for us, put us into Adelaide so late that we would have missed the Adelaide show as well. So again, we are screwed and out of options. At this point, our manager E.J. Shannon, who was FAR from “incompetent” or “unprofessional” in any of this called Brad Wesson of Soundworks to explain the situation. We were all ready to purchase new tickets, spend even more money and get to the following show, which at that point was putting us in a situation where we were losing money, but absolutely willing to do it to save face with our fans and not disappoint them.

This is where the REAL unprofessionalism begins. Brad Wesson of soundworks starts taking personal low blows at our manager, our band and me personally. Someone I’ve toured for 5 times and I thought was a friend. For instance, when our manager, EJ, explained to him that he would be buying us new tickets, EJ mentioned that this had tapped out the band financially and that the band, yes a bunch of full grown men, would have to ask to borrow the money from our parents, to which Brad mockingly replied something to the effect of “oh the big boys have to get a loan from mommy?” And that is not even CLOSE to the worst things he said or the lowest attacks he took. Again, someone I thought was my friend. At one point he also called our manager and yelled at him and then called him a cunt and hung up the phone.

Brad from Soundworks also accused us of lying to him and claimed that we were missing flights out of irresponsibility rather than the sequence of events I’ve outlined here, like flight cancellations (which I’d be more than happy to obtain proof from Qantas airlines that the events occurred the way I am saying they did), lost gear and technical problems in our system. At this point, after hearing the things he said, the personal attacks and accusations he was making and the way he was treating us and EJ, I was having a hard time even getting the rest of the band members to agree to do shows for a person who would utterly disrespect us and our manager to such a degree.

However, we were ready and willing to buy new tickets and make it to the next show, but Soundworks closed the door on that opportunity and essentially kicked us off the tour. Let me just reiterate that we would be in Australia right now playing shows for you if it weren’t for Brad Wesson’s unprofessionalism and ultimately not only removing us from the remaining shows for things completely beyond our control, but also sabotaging our New Zealand dates which he had some hand in setting up, but is not the promoter of.

I am still trying to contact the New Zealand promoter directly because we’d like to fulfill our agreement to perform on our New Zealand dates. Last night I had also gone as far as to try to find a bar that would have us for a free afterparty show in Melbourne after the TBDM show just to prove to our fans that we were not only ready and willing to fulfill the remaining dates, but that we will go as far as to buy 4 more tickets to Australia and play for free for you if Soundworks wants to be this childish and disrespect us like this.

Furthermore, we’d like to apologize to our fans in the cities in which either the technical difficulties and theft or airline issues made us miss shows that we frantically did everything in our power to try to make happen for you. We’d also like to apologize to our long time friends in The Black Dahlia Murder. Believe me when I say that we wish we could be there for you. I would feel inclined to apologize to Soundworks for the extenuating circumstances which prohibited us from making the first few shows, but after the way they’ve treated us, I can’t say I feel inclined. As for the remaining shows, you can thank Soundworks for us not being there at this point and as I’ve already stated I’m still trying to work around them and get The Faceless in whatever remaining cities are possible. We’ll see what can be worked out.

And to our fans in Spain, we will see you very soon and look forward to playing, just as we looked forward to playing Australia.

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Evil Invaders Arrested, Deported After Passing Through U.S. Customs

The list of musicians denied entry to the U.S. or booted out after arriving continues to grow… Following Loudness, and Infernal Tenebra, and Wormrot, and a host of SXSW bands, now Evil Invaders has run afoul of U.S. customs.

This time around, half the band made it through customs and was on the way to a festival, while the other half was arrested. Eventually the whole band got to spend a day in jail before being sent back to Europe. Evil Invaders comments:

As some of you might know we were scheduled for our very first USA festival ever in Milwaukee on April 22nd. The deal was simple: the festival purchases our flights and covers all our costs to make the show happen, but no money for our own pockets. We were definitely up for that and we were stoked to head for the US of A to tear down the house for our 1st ever US live performance. Did we manage to enter the country? Yes, Sir! Did we kick ass and leave the country to ashes after our devastating show? Well, not exactly… Here’s how it goes 🙂

On April 20th we took our flight from Brussels to Chicago. The flight was OK as we already flew multiple times to Japan or South America. We were all good! When we arrived at Chicago airport everything went smooth and we were ready to kick ass. We took our bags, stood in line at customs and went out of the airport as always. Standard procedure, no big deal. Except for… Joeri and Max.

While chatting with the festival driver who would pick us up, we got a text message from Joeri saying that cops were looking for us and that we needed to get back to customs ASAP. Also Joeri passed customs, but he was waiting for Max to get through as well. But that never happened… Obviously all of us got back and when we arrived back at customs cops immediately took our fingerprints while explaining that we would be sent back to Europe as we didn’t have a valid work permit and thus could not enter the USA. Yes, exactly. Two of us had already passed through customs and were having a cool chat with our driver outside of the airport. I guess they changed their minds for some reason and decided that we could not stay in the US after all. But in the end it’s their country and they can do whatever they want, so that’s cool…

At customs everyone was really nice and they told us that it was not our fault that we couldn’t stay in the country. We’re being kicked out of the country… but it was not our fault. What a relief! Eventually cops googled Max and found out through Metal Archives that Max was playing in Evil Invaders and that the band was playing at a US festival where people were paying entrance tickets. So even though we weren’t being paid to perform (which made it kinda silly to apply and spend quite some money on work permits), the fact that festival tickets were being sold was enough to hold us from staying in the US and performing.

Anyway… All our personal belongings were taken from us before being escorted -again, cops were actually very friendly! – to prison. God forbid we would hang ourselves with our own belts or strangle each other with our shoelaces! Ironically, while waiting at the entrance hall there was a television on with US president señor Trump giving some speech. Maybe he was telling that he had caught some evil invaders at the airport, we couldn’t exactly hear what he was saying… After that, cops brought us to our cell where we got nice American water and free food: all you can eat. Joe kinda liked it, so good for him.

Our cell was quite nice as it had a toilet in there and some blood and other human leftovers against the walls. We weren’t too excited about the cameras, though. Especially the one pointed to the toilet. Don’t know if this is common there, but we Europeans tend to keep that area a bit private. Another cool thing was that every once a while cops added another dude to our cell, so eventually we were 7 dudes chillin’ in one prison cell. Eventually we stayed there for 22hrs, lights on constantly probably to keep an eye on us when going to the toilet. They gave us some sort of towels to sleep on, so we didn’t really get why they kept the lights on 24/7. Another cool feature of the cell was that, through our door window, we could see a screen in the control room with the video footage from our cell and keep an eye on that dirty captured scum they had captured.

But unfortunately there comes an end to every beautiful story, so after our 22 hr marathon of 100% pure metal mayhem BOREDOM, cops escorted us back to the airport where people started taking pictures of us like mad as we could just see their excitement! It was there at the airport on that very moment at customs when we realized: we fucking nailed it! We are Metallica! The cops played the game along and told the people that we were VIPs. True story!
Eventually we got back on the plane back to Europe. Surprisingly we had the same stewardesses as on the previous day. They recognized us and were again surprised that we were flying back so soon. We told them what happened and they wished us luck on our future travels to the USA: “Well, better luck next time.”

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Hideous Divinity Premieres New Music Video For “Cobra Verde”

Hideous Divinity premieres a new music video for “Cobra Verde”.

States the band:

“The surrealistic, soaring visions populating Herzog’s “Cobra Verde” haunted our songwriting like a nightmare, and inspired the concept of our second album. When it was time to think about a videoclip, we found ourselves in front of a fascinating challenge: how to visually render the atmosphere of an entire epic movie in the space of a song. After watching the work of the young and talented Guilherme Henriques Silva , we knew he was the right person for the job. Filmed between Roma (in the evocative location of Tor Caldara, where the mighty Ben Hur was shot) and Porto, the videoclip captures the magic and the occult of our African curse made flesh.
The title track, with its dramatic mid tempos and pauses, made the rest. Join us, one more time, in the land where there the dead are more alive than the living. Fear no end, fear no spirit!”

Check out now “Cobra Verde” below.

Hideous Divinity are currently touring Europe with Cannibal Corpse and Krisiun, catch them at the following remaining dates below:

4/5 – Leipzig, DE – Hellraiser
5/5 – Rostock, DE – Mau
6/5 – Regensburg, DE – Airport Obertraubling
7/5 – Lingen, DE – Alter Schlachthof
8/5 – Wiesbaden, DE – Schlachthof
10/5 – Aaru, CH – Kiff
11/5 – Tilburg, NL – 013
12/5 – Hannover, DE – Musikzentrum
13/5 – Karlsruhe, DE – Substage

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Eye Of Nix Re-Releasing “Moros” With New Bonus Tracks

Eye Of Nix was forged in the autumn of 2012, the result of five veteran Seattle musicians from diverse backgrounds in underground metal, experimental/classical, harsh noise and dark country coming together to create abrasive yet shape-shifting sounds.

The following year the band — vocalist Joy Von Spain, drummer Justin Straw (Same-Sex Dictator), guitarist Nicholas Martinez, bassist Gerald Hansen, and noise artist Masaaki Masao — recorded and self-released a four-song cassette demo and toured the West Coast with noise veterans Blue Sabbath Black Cheer.

With an eclectic, difficult-to-pinpoint sound that’s at once graceful and threatening, Eye Of Nix would move on to share the stage with the equally-eclectic likes of Jarboe, Sea Of Bones, Lesbian, Worm Ouroboros, Helen Money, and Eight Bells, among other notable acts.

Earlier this year, Eye Of Nix released debut LP “Moros” via Eugene, Oregon-based imprint Belief Mower. The record was captured by the hands of engineer Brandon Fitzsimons (Bell Witch, Anhedonist, Haunted Horses) at Airport Grocery in Seattle, mastered by Justin Weis at Trakworx in San Francisco and features the shadowy cover renderings of Ogo Eion.

Next month, Eye Of Nix will issue “Moros” digitally with two never-before-heard bonus tracks: “Blood In The Fire,” and “Rome Burned.” Elaborates the band of the re-release, “‘Blood In The Fire’ and ‘Rome Burned’ were both recorded in the ‘Moros; sessions. Although thematically different from the six album tracks, these two reach into their own separate realms of style and lyrical content.”

1. Elysium Elusive
2. We Perish
3. Veil
4. Turned To Ash
5. Shroud
6. Optime Vero
7. Blood In The Fire * bonus track
8. Rome Burned * bonus track

Moros by EYE OF NIX

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Dynazty Cancels ProgPower USA 2015 Performance

ProgPower 2015 has kicked off and we’ve got boots on the ground rocking out and ready to write up their experiences when they get back, but it’s been a less than smooth year getting the festival together.

After Hibria, Anubis Gate, and Persefone all had to drop off this year’s bill for various reasons, now Dynazty is the latest casualty to visa problems preventing a scheduled performance. The festival’s organizer comments:

“Dynazty will not be performing tomorrow. Three of the members of the band are here. Two remained behind and hoped to rescheduled for today. Despite assurances by the Swedish consul earlier this week, one of the band member’s visas was not delivered. The band waited at the airport yesterday in hopes it would arrive prior to the flight. We attempted to get an emergency issue today and failed.

“Needless to say, the band is devastated. Please support the band members here and help salvage their trip by showing the type of family we are. They will continue with their signing session on Saturday evening at 9:45pm.

“The show must go on. Unleash the Archers will now perform 5p-6p. Dragonland will now perform all of the material that was cut last night due to time constraints plus other stuff from 3:30-4:30.

“I have never experienced a year like this. We will make arrangements to deal with all the new USCIS bullshit being thrown at us this year. Nobody is more pissed and hurt than I am. I don’t know what else to say….”

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Napalm Records Signs Civil War

Swedish metal act Civil War, featuring former Sabaton members (Daniel Myhr – keyboard, Oskar Montelius – guitar, Rikard Sundén – guitar, Daniel Mullback – drums), has inked a deal with Napalm Records. The band also features bassist Stefan “Pizza” Eriksson (Volturyon) and singer Nils Patrik Johansson (Astral Doors/Lion’s Share/Wuthering Heights).

The debut full length album “The Killer Angels” received excellent feedback worldwide (see review here) and was certified gold in Sweden. The band is expecting big things for this year.

The band commented: “We are more than happy to sign with Napalm Records, one of the best labels in the world. Our intention is to deliver Heavy Metal under the Napalm flag for many years. The civil war has only just begun.”

The band also confirmed the following live dates:

2014-02-11 / Warszaw / Proxima
2014-02-12 / Katowice / Mega Club
2014-02-13 / Prague / Nova Chmelnice
2014-02-14 / Mannheim / Alte Seilerei
2014-02-15 / Vosselaar / Biebob
2014-02-16 / Bochum / Matrix
2014-02-18 / Nürnberg / Rockfabrik
2014-02-19 / Pratteln / Z7
2014-02-20 / Ludwigsburg / Rockfabrik
2014-02-21 / Regensburg / Airport
2014-02-22 / Memmingen / Kaminwerk

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