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Because I am dying to talk about the new Watain...

Loud guitars shit all over "Bette Davis Eyes" (NYCNative), Tuesday, 2 January 2018 17:12 (eleven months ago) Permalink


xp I haven't heard the new Watain but I assume it will have the same effect on me as most of their albums, excitement that quickly diminishes as I notice they're kinda shit at writing riffs anymore.

The Fortnightly Intruder (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Tuesday, 2 January 2018 23:18 (eleven months ago) Permalink

The new Visigoth album (out 2/9) is as good as the debut.

I am currently downloading a promo of Therion's latest, which is a 3-hour, 3-CD metal opera with 28 different singing parts on it. Total madness.

grawlix (unperson), Thursday, 4 January 2018 01:14 (eleven months ago) Permalink

I'm gonna do it. I'm gonna dive into this 3-hour Therion album and see how long I last.

grawlix (unperson), Thursday, 4 January 2018 14:39 (eleven months ago) Permalink


The Fortnightly Intruder (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Thursday, 4 January 2018 21:59 (eleven months ago) Permalink

Rather him than me looool.

queens of the stonage (ultros ultros-ghali), Friday, 5 January 2018 00:04 (eleven months ago) Permalink

Lugubrum sneaked an album out in late December btw:

queens of the stonage (ultros ultros-ghali), Friday, 5 January 2018 00:06 (eleven months ago) Permalink

I made it about halfway through the Therion thing. I didn't abandon it because it sucked - it's actually really good and well produced - but because life got in the way. Like I say, it's good, but three hours is a lot.

grawlix (unperson), Friday, 5 January 2018 01:26 (eleven months ago) Permalink

I am so digging this new Necrodancer 'Void' record - like brainbombs/monoshock mixed with sludgy hardcore - fun record.

BlackIronPrison, Saturday, 6 January 2018 20:48 (eleven months ago) Permalink

The new Agrimonia (out 1/26, I think) is really good. It got me revisiting their back catalog.

grawlix (unperson), Saturday, 6 January 2018 20:56 (eleven months ago) Permalink

xp ok u got my attention going to have to check that out

The Fortnightly Intruder (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Saturday, 6 January 2018 22:04 (eleven months ago) Permalink

coming off more like the Arabrot of a few albums ago to me but feeling this, thx

thirst trap your hare (DJ Mencap), Saturday, 6 January 2018 22:29 (eleven months ago) Permalink

Feel like the new Watain is an obv reaction to the fans that hated the last one

fuck you, your hat is horrible (Neanderthal), Saturday, 6 January 2018 23:29 (eleven months ago) Permalink

I quite liked Sworn to the Dark but am unable to recall a single second of their subsequent releases. The new one can't possibly be worse than The Wild Hunt, though.

pomenitul, Saturday, 6 January 2018 23:39 (eleven months ago) Permalink

It's much more like their previous albums

fuck you, your hat is horrible (Neanderthal), Sunday, 7 January 2018 02:28 (eleven months ago) Permalink

Necrodancer is reminding me of Okkultokrati and I have no problem with that at all.

The Fortnightly Intruder (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Sunday, 7 January 2018 10:07 (eleven months ago) Permalink

OK I have a problem in that I don't think this got nominated for the poll? But otherwise it's all good.

The Fortnightly Intruder (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Sunday, 7 January 2018 10:07 (eleven months ago) Permalink

New Summoning album is out now, With Doom We Come. These two trailers do not sound promising at all though.

Siegbran, Monday, 8 January 2018 20:26 (eleven months ago) Permalink

Kim Kelly did a great interview with them:

Simon H., Monday, 8 January 2018 20:54 (eleven months ago) Permalink

I really hope Napalm Records somehow screwed up those clips because they sound like complete ass, and while I'm one of the biggest Summoning fans in the world, there's absolutely no excuse for production that bad, after twenty years on a big label.

That is a good interview indeed. I wonder if we'll ever see another Ice Ages or Kreuzweg Ost album, these were fantastic projects.

Siegbran, Monday, 8 January 2018 21:22 (eleven months ago) Permalink

the summoning album is fucking amazing.

she carries a torch. two torches, actually (Joan Crawford Loves Chachi), Wednesday, 10 January 2018 23:19 (eleven months ago) Permalink

and yeah the YouTube compression is severe - I listened to it on living room speakers having bought AACs through Bandcamp and it sounded very good. I do suspect that Summoning works at home mainly now, and bands working at home, in the metal world, has fucked up the fidelity in a general sense - studios exist/ed for a reason and should be utilized when the budget's there. but it's a great record, better than Old Morning's Dawn to my ears.

she carries a torch. two torches, actually (Joan Crawford Loves Chachi), Wednesday, 10 January 2018 23:41 (eleven months ago) Permalink

I do suspect that Summoning works at home mainly now, and bands working at home, in the metal world, has fucked up the fidelity in a general sense - studios exist/ed for a reason and should be utilized when the budget's there.

Just discussed this issue with Nortt for an upcoming Bandcamp Daily piece.

grawlix (unperson), Wednesday, 10 January 2018 23:45 (eleven months ago) Permalink

oh wow -- I like the Nortt record and am very eager to read this piece, to me his record sounds pretty great

she carries a torch. two torches, actually (Joan Crawford Loves Chachi), Thursday, 11 January 2018 01:30 (eleven months ago) Permalink

I understand the gripe about the Summoning production but liked the songwriting I heard in the snippets so bought a copy....haven't had a chance to play yet

fuck you, your hat is horrible (Neanderthal), Thursday, 11 January 2018 01:56 (eleven months ago) Permalink

New Chaos Echoes is growing on me after initial mistrust.

Doran, Thursday, 11 January 2018 09:27 (eleven months ago) Permalink

Yeah, I don't love it as much as Transient. But they've also got another album coming out this year - a collaboration with Mats Gustafsson - and that one's wild.

grawlix (unperson), Thursday, 11 January 2018 11:02 (eleven months ago) Permalink

Power Trip and Sheer Mag are touring together - I'm struggling to think of another co-headlining tour with less audience overlap

Simon H., Thursday, 11 January 2018 13:36 (eleven months ago) Permalink

The new Visigoth video is appropriately silly.

grawlix (unperson), Thursday, 11 January 2018 16:11 (eleven months ago) Permalink

Turns out my quest for icy synthy black metal has led me to Paysage d'Hiver

The Fortnightly Intruder (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Thursday, 11 January 2018 19:56 (eleven months ago) Permalink

new Drudkh in March on Season of Mist

StanM, Friday, 12 January 2018 11:57 (eleven months ago) Permalink

Anybody wanna own up to still being a Destroyer 666 fan?

My favorite part is when Lil bb Keith admits he doesn't eat pussy by using "cunt suckers" pejoratively

OG article:

— Lucretia Boredgia (@KelseyChapstick) January 12, 2018

grawlix (unperson), Friday, 12 January 2018 19:19 (eleven months ago) Permalink

people liked that shit? oh yeah they did. lol

#TeamHailing (imago), Friday, 12 January 2018 19:24 (eleven months ago) Permalink

surprised you didn't know them/him already Gott Punch -- if you also don't know, check out Darkspace asap

Dominique, Friday, 12 January 2018 19:45 (eleven months ago) Permalink

xxp Never heard them, never will, fuck that. On a related note I loooooove how much promotion (Swe) Shining's latest pile is getting straight up ignoring how much of a piece of shit that guy is.

you can make fun of birthday parties all you want (ultros ultros-ghali), Friday, 12 January 2018 19:46 (eleven months ago) Permalink

when metal musicians turn out to be fuckheads, 95+% of the time their music is turgid bollocks

#TeamHailing (imago), Friday, 12 January 2018 19:48 (eleven months ago) Permalink

nokturnal mortum guy and varg are a rare breed

#TeamHailing (imago), Friday, 12 January 2018 19:49 (eleven months ago) Permalink

Deathspell are the ones in my collection that I have to kind of uncomfortably ignore how much of a fuckhead the vocalist is.

I can remember the relief I felt when I finally listened to a couple of Burzum albums for the first and last time before deciding that they were tepid bollocks.

you can make fun of birthday parties all you want (ultros ultros-ghali), Friday, 12 January 2018 19:59 (eleven months ago) Permalink

This is unfortunate, I’m not a big fan of the older stuff but he last few Destroyer 666 albums are excellent.

Siegbran, Saturday, 13 January 2018 09:58 (eleven months ago) Permalink

The new Destroyer 666 EP is a load of cobblers though, it should be said. I was profoundly untroubled by deleting it from iTunes this morning.

Unperson: that collaboration sounds amazing - I'm failing to find anything online about it though - is it on UTECH, via that connection? Any info would be welcome.

Doran, Saturday, 13 January 2018 10:18 (eleven months ago) Permalink

I don't know if any of you out there still like Primordial, but the new album is splendid and powerful. I can't think of a better band that can reflect the societal chaos of 2018 than these guys.

A. Begrand, Monday, 15 January 2018 04:57 (eleven months ago) Permalink

The new Gnaw Their Tongues (Genocidal Majesty, Consouling Sounds, Feb 9) is intolerable after coffee and provigil. In a good way. Had to turn it off after four songs - giving me a full on nervo.

Doran, Monday, 15 January 2018 11:48 (eleven months ago) Permalink

I don't know if any of you out there still like Primordial, but the new alb...


Dinsdale, Monday, 15 January 2018 20:41 (eleven months ago) Permalink

hey ultros, i'm curious to know what you find odious about M1ko (i assume he's the DSO dude you're talking about). i'm not going to defend him in any way as i tend to assume most all bm dudes are problematic on some level though there's nothing in DSO lyrics that i take issue with. now if you're talking about Clandestine Blaze then i see that and more so if you're thinking of his noise/pe projects like Grunt and Nicole 12. he certainly puts out dodgy stuff on his 2 labels. haha, i guess i've answered my own question. to his credit, i find him smarter and more considered in his thinking than warrants a wholesale dismissal.

Yelploaf, Monday, 15 January 2018 22:25 (eleven months ago) Permalink

Primordial is one of those bands where every time I put on their record, I'm super glad I did

she carries a torch. two torches, actually (Joan Crawford Loves Chachi), Monday, 15 January 2018 22:41 (eleven months ago) Permalink

Japanese art-metal weirdos Dir En Grey have a new 3CD best-of out, with all songs chosen by fans and re-recordings of three tracks; I wrote about it for Burning Ambulance. I saw them open for Deftones in 2008 and have been a fan ever since. Deftones were sluggish and dull; DEG were amazing.

grawlix (unperson), Tuesday, 16 January 2018 14:12 (eleven months ago) Permalink

xxp he's a racist and possible peadophile is my problem. I don't have an issue with the stuff that he contributes to Ds, his lyrics and vocal performance for them are fine in themselves but I'm not as good as other people at looking the other way when the performer is a shithead. The way I rationalise it is that MA has very little to do with what I really like about DsO which is the riffs and the drumming. I wouldn't mind one bit if MA was replaced, but, I mean the other members might be even worse but they at least keep their gobs shut whoever they are :/

you can make fun of birthday parties all you want (ultros ultros-ghali), Tuesday, 16 January 2018 14:22 (eleven months ago) Permalink

new track from the next Portal -- album out in a couple of days

clean/non-cavernous production, tried & true Portal guitar sound/riffing -- rhythmically angular, but still manages to drive forward. at the moment, hitting me like Beefheart death metal

Dominique, Tuesday, 16 January 2018 16:29 (eleven months ago) Permalink

There's a new Rotting Christ song! And it's...OK. I've liked their last three albums a lot (AEALO is a masterpiece), but this song isn't their best work. Still, it makes me want to hear the album.

grawlix (unperson), Wednesday, 28 November 2018 17:56 (two weeks ago) Permalink

disappeared in foggy dan?

DEATH PUPPET (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Wednesday, 28 November 2018 23:17 (two weeks ago) Permalink

"Foggy day." They picked a really terrible font for the lyric video.

grawlix (unperson), Thursday, 29 November 2018 01:03 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Metallica's publicist sent me one of their $250 ...And Justice For All watches, for some reason. I haven't worn a watch in 20 years, and this thing weighs a fucking ton. I'll try it for a few days, and see if I can get used to this much extra metal hanging off my wrist.

grawlix (unperson), Thursday, 29 November 2018 01:26 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Rotting Christ is a band who once released a song called "Fgmenth, Thy Gift," and for this I will forever be grateful

she carries a torch. two torches, actually (Joan Crawford Loves Chachi), Thursday, 29 November 2018 01:29 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I'm pretty pleased that some of my work at Spotify is why we have this as an official thing:

glenn mcdonald, Thursday, 29 November 2018 02:40 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Get yr deathgrind right here:

pomenitul, Friday, 30 November 2018 08:34 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I remember checking out some of that Infernal Coil, making a note to return to it and buy it, then I forgot. Seemed promising, thanks for reminding me.

In terrible news, however, Erik Lindmark of Deeds of Flesh and Unique Leader Records, has died.

I really REALLY love Deeds of Flesh, not just because of the music itself, but because they were one of the most important gateway bands between the "normal" brutal death I was into in the late 90s/early 00s (Suffo, Cryptopsy, Nile, etc), and all the bonkers under the underground stuff like Disgorge, Brodequin, Cinerary, Devourment, and on and on. I listen to DoF like once a week, was just blasting Mark of the Legion the night before last. They always felt like "my" band, even though every fan of every not-as-big-as-the-big-bands band feels that way. One of those cases where it seems as though you hear a new language for the first time and somehow totally understand it. Their last two albums, Of What's to Come and Portals to Canaan, were stellar, too.

And even though Unique Leader has gone off into areas I'm not too keen on, their output in the 2000s was ridiculous.

Devilock, Friday, 30 November 2018 09:17 (two weeks ago) Permalink

If you don't object to Dissection worship (I most certainly do not), Wormlight do a better job than most:

pomenitul, Friday, 30 November 2018 13:57 (two weeks ago) Permalink

very much enjoying the Sylvaine album posted above

Dinsdale, Saturday, 1 December 2018 20:36 (two weeks ago) Permalink

One-woman atmospheric black doom project from a member of Eigenlicht, produced by the Weavers from Wolves in the Throne Room, it's good stuff

obnoxious pun (ultros ultros-ghali), Monday, 3 December 2018 16:54 (two weeks ago) Permalink

finally got time to dig in to that new Obliteration record. Holy shit. Some of the best death metal in years??? just unbelievably good, creative, dynamic...a triumph

she carries a torch. two torches, actually (Joan Crawford Loves Chachi), Tuesday, 4 December 2018 03:15 (one week ago) Permalink

Yeah, it's really good, from a band I admit I'd forgotten all about. Five years between albums will do that.

Anybody who needs more broooootal death in their life should check out Post Mortal Possession's Perpetual Descent, which came out about two weeks ago.

grawlix (unperson), Tuesday, 4 December 2018 03:32 (one week ago) Permalink

Napalm Death's Christmas show was great, hugely enhanced by a (mainly) brilliant undercard including Doom and Fukpig.

Seasonal novelties included Doom doing Symptom of the Universe, ND doing Victims of a Bomb Raid and Madball pretending to have invented hardcore.

Bimlo Horsewagon became Wheelbarrow Horseflesh (aldo), Tuesday, 4 December 2018 08:19 (one week ago) Permalink

Since this thread is sorely lacking in Icelandic acts, here's Carpe Noctem's Vitrun, for fans of atmoblack:

pomenitul, Tuesday, 4 December 2018 11:50 (one week ago) Permalink

the Obliteration is indeed fantastic. the riffs remind me of the stuff Morbid Angel was doing on albums A-C, with perhaps a little blackish tinge thrown in. Very cool atmosphere over all and devoid of jock tendencies.

I also dig the new Blasphemer (UK death metal). straightforward old school death metal, just done very well, and not seeking to recreate 80s Death-isms a la Gruesome. also cool leads instead of the Massacre-ish "somewhere a cat is being strangled variety" (which I admittedly like too)

fuck the NRA (Neanderthal), Wednesday, 5 December 2018 02:06 (one week ago) Permalink

Revolver Magazine (USA)
Fan Poll: 10 Best Albums of 2018

10. Daughters - You Won't Get What You Want
9. Alice in Chains - Rainier Fog
8. Ice Nine Kills - The Silver Scream
7. Parkway Drive - Reverence
6. Behemoth - I Loved You at Your Darkest
5. Clutch - Book of Bad Decisions
4. YOB - Our Raw Heart
3. A Perfect Circle - Eat the Elephant
2. Ghost - Prequelle
1. Judas Priest - Firepower

Loud guitars shit all over "Bette Davis Eyes" (NYCNative), Thursday, 6 December 2018 23:44 (one week ago) Permalink

all those silly fans have been obsessing over Yob's press releases I see

resident hack (Simon H.), Thursday, 6 December 2018 23:49 (one week ago) Permalink

Yob is a great story but Our Raw Heart pales in comparison to their past work. This is definitely the Hive Mind Album of the Year.

A. Begrand, Friday, 7 December 2018 00:03 (one week ago) Permalink


resident hack (Simon H.), Friday, 7 December 2018 00:23 (one week ago) Permalink

I mean I wouldn't put it on a top 10 list but the Alice in Chains record was surprisingly good!

The Poppy Bush AutoZone (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Friday, 7 December 2018 01:31 (one week ago) Permalink

Stereogum: The 10 Best Metal Albums Of 2018

1 Fluisteraars / Turia – De Oord (Eisenwald)
2 Agrimonia – Awaken (Southern Lord Recordings)
3 Immortal – Northern Chaos Gods (Nuclear Blast)
4 Mournful Congregation – The Incubus Of Karma (20 Buck Spin)
5 Fórn – Rites Of Despair (Gilead Media)
6 Délétère – De Horae Leprae (Sepulchral Productions)
7 Unfelled – Beneath Distant Skies (Cold Ways)
8 Tanith – Citadel (Self-released)
9 Sear Bliss – Letters From The Edge (Hammerheart Records)
10 Ritual Necromancy – Disinterred Horror (Dark Descent Records)

ArchCarrier, Friday, 7 December 2018 13:06 (one week ago) Permalink

Oops, was already posted in the 2018 album lists thread.

ArchCarrier, Friday, 7 December 2018 13:33 (one week ago) Permalink

I completely missed that Aeternus had an album out this year, listening to it now. Good stuff.

Siegbran, Friday, 7 December 2018 14:40 (one week ago) Permalink

Good thing the hive mind invented a time machine and forced me to like that Yob record back when I got the stream before I read any reviews.

That Agrimonia record really is terrific.

soaring skrrrtpeggios (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Friday, 7 December 2018 14:51 (one week ago) Permalink

oh boy that obliteration record does rule

jolene club remix (BradNelson), Friday, 7 December 2018 16:34 (one week ago) Permalink

I completely missed that Aeternus had an album out this year, listening to it now. Good stuff.

oh crap!! i liked their last one so much

j., Friday, 7 December 2018 20:26 (one week ago) Permalink

I put new music in my iPod all the time. If it sucks, or if I get bored of it, I delete it. These are the hard rock and metal albums from 2018 that made it all the way to December.

Ages of Atrophy – The Great Ascendancy Fraud
Ancestors – Suspended in Reflections
Beastmaker – EPs 1-8
Deracinated – Adoration of Decaying Carrion
Dimmu Borgir – Eonian
Dysmorfectomy – Disembodied Anomalies
Earthless – Black Heaven and From the West
Facelift Deformation – Dominating the Extermination
Hate Eternal – Upon Desolate Sands
High On Fire – Electric Messiah
Ineffable Demise – Beyond the Marrow Gates
Judas Priest – Firepower
Krisiun – Scourge of the Enthroned
Mental Cruelty – Purgatorium
Hedvig Mollestad Trio – Smells Funny
Monster Magnet – Mindfucker
Mythic Sunship – Upheaval and Another Shape of Psychedelic Music
Nine Inch Nails – Bad Witch
Obliteration – Cenotaph Obscure
Organectomy – Domain of the Wretched
Post Mortal Possession – Perpetual Descent
Tribulation – Down Below
Uriah Heep – Living the Dream
Visigoth – Conqueror’s Oath
Xenoblight – Procreation

grawlix (unperson), Friday, 7 December 2018 20:45 (one week ago) Permalink

Loved the Obliteration and Xenoblight.

pomenitul, Friday, 7 December 2018 20:56 (one week ago) Permalink

Going by the EOY lists I've seen so far, I'm saddened to see Burial Invocation so thoroughly slept on:

pomenitul, Friday, 7 December 2018 20:57 (one week ago) Permalink

i LOVE that xenoblight record

jolene club remix (BradNelson), Friday, 7 December 2018 21:00 (one week ago) Permalink

A lot of good stuff on unperson's list, but I have to say I'm really struggling to connect with that Monster Magnet - and I say that as someone that is typically a fan.

soaring skrrrtpeggios (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Friday, 7 December 2018 22:15 (one week ago) Permalink

Interesting. I don't think it's their best (Milking the Stars is way better imo) but I do dig it. Kind of a flashback to the early major label years.

blood, loud screaming and nudity (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Saturday, 8 December 2018 11:23 (one week ago) Permalink

man Aeternus is one of my mainstays, I revisited much of their back catalog this year...and I didn't know they had a new one either!

she carries a torch. two torches, actually (Joan Crawford Loves Chachi), Saturday, 8 December 2018 13:08 (one week ago) Permalink

Another vote for the Aeternus album here. I was planning to review it on Burning Ambulance at some point but never got around to it.

grawlix (unperson), Saturday, 8 December 2018 13:22 (one week ago) Permalink

Christ I forgot about the Krisiun and I bought the damn thing

fuck the NRA (Neanderthal), Saturday, 8 December 2018 15:33 (one week ago) Permalink

My first encounter with Krisiun – not sure I need much more of it in my life but it's a solid record.

pomenitul, Saturday, 8 December 2018 15:43 (one week ago) Permalink

not feeling that aeternus my first time thru, rhythm section sounds really weak : (

j., Saturday, 8 December 2018 17:50 (one week ago) Permalink

Already a Gofundme for his bail.


fuck the NRA (Neanderthal), Tuesday, 11 December 2018 22:19 (six days ago) Permalink

metal (enough) tour announcement worth posting here, i think:

Baroness x Deafheaven x Zeal & Ardor across much of America and Canada next year

alpine static, Wednesday, 12 December 2018 00:12 (five days ago) Permalink

that's such an awesome lineup that I kind of regret seeing Deafheaven this year minus a guitarist

resident hack (Simon H.), Wednesday, 12 December 2018 00:58 (five days ago) Permalink

props to the Angry Metal Guy crew for reminding me about the Paara album, which I will definitely vote for if we end up doing a poll this year

resident hack (Simon H.), Friday, 14 December 2018 05:37 (three days ago) Permalink


pomenitul, Friday, 14 December 2018 09:49 (three days ago) Permalink

fuck, the Frontierer album just clicked for me and is *great*, very much in the vein of DEP's Ire Works and a few Shining (the Norwegian non-fashy one) albums ago

resident hack (Simon H.), Saturday, 15 December 2018 17:08 (two days ago) Permalink

The new Metal Church is surprisingly good!

fuck the NRA (Neanderthal), Saturday, 15 December 2018 19:00 (two days ago) Permalink

Also dig the fuck out of the depressive sounding Outer Heaven album, whose vocals sound like a chorale of grunters emulating a vacuum cleaner

fuck the NRA (Neanderthal), Saturday, 15 December 2018 19:01 (two days ago) Permalink

Beastmaker is continuing his/its EP series; #s 9 and 10 popped up this weekend. He's now charging $4 each instead of $1.

grawlix (unperson), Monday, 17 December 2018 00:14 (nineteen hours ago) Permalink

Here's a neat record I discovered completely by accident today while trying to find a different band with a similar name. muscular and slightly mathy Melbourne metalcore-y stuff (I'm shit at subgenres) with killer female vox, convincing stylistic digressions, and a lyrical focus on the Indonesian genocide of the 1960s

resident hack (Simon H.), Monday, 17 December 2018 18:46 (one hour ago) Permalink

Oh wow, that High Tension is good. for the stream-minded...

glenn mcdonald, Monday, 17 December 2018 19:50 (ten minutes ago) Permalink

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