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Formed: 1989
From: Johnstown, PA, United States
Last Known Status: Active

Latest Incantation News

Below is our complete Incantation news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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After Party Massacre Trailer Posted Online

A teaser trailer has been posted online for the new movie "After Party Massacre," which will feature music from Incantation and Asphyx. The trailer is available below.

The creators of the movie also issued the following statement:

"Giving a new twist to horror, the Afterparty Massacre, brings metal, blood and gore back to the screen! Written and directed by both Kristoff (of Horrormerch.com) and Kyle Severn (of Incantation and Acheron), the Afterparty Massacre is one killer party with mind-blowing amounts of blood, metal, flesh and a huge death metal/industrial soundtrack from 16Volt, Asphyx, Incantation, Ventana and more!

"The After Party Massacre centers around a mysterious female fan - Scarlett - who attends a live performance by the metal bands Incantation and Soulless. At this show - Scarlett soon found herself thrown into the dark depths of torture and depravity showing what happens when you push - an already damaged mind - too far. During this show Scarlett encounters a forcibly rough fan that had followed her into an empty corner of the venue. During this altercation she has flashbacks of a dark past and it transforms her into a bloodthirsty killer on a mission to kill her attacker plus anyone and everyone else in her way (friend - fan and foe alike) until only a pile of bodies is left within this bloody massacre.

"With Scarlett being as patient and calculating as she is torturous and demented, her killing spree is a precise and bloody massacre to witness. Filled with sex, metal, and an unpredictable killer who uses an arsenal of axes, sex toys, box cutters, and power saws as her tools of torture and dismemberment. The After Party Massacre is a huge blood filled splatterfest that is too brutal to miss!"

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Incantation Announces First Poland Headlining Tour

Old school death metal act Incantation has confirmed its first headlining tour through Poland. The tour starts May 1 and runs through May 8th. Polish black metal troupe Christ Agony will provide support.

Incantation front man and founder, John McEntee comments:

"With great honor we are proud to announce that we are doing our first headlining tour of Poland. Our first time playing Poland was back in 2007 as part of the Blitzkrieg 4 Tour 2007 with the killer line up of Vader, Krisiun , Rotting Christ and my other band Funerus. This will be the first time we can play our full sent for all of our long time diehard Polish supporters, something we have been looking forward to for many years.

Poland has always been good to us. From the band's inception back in 1989 we have always had massive support for the Polish underground, but have had lots of problems making it over there to preform for one reason or another. Finally over 20 years after the formation of the band we will do our first headlining tour. It will be great to see our old school friend along with many new fans alike.

The tour will be with the legendary Polish band Christ Agony. This is one of Poland's greatest and most well-respected bands. Anyone that knows anything about the Polish underground black death metal scene will agree. It will be great to play along side them every night!

We look forward to seeing all you sick Polish Incantation supporters. We have a great set list that we are working on for the tour and we can't wait to spill our guts out for you guys every night.

Also, some of the Polish shows will be recorded (video and audio) and if the recordings quality comes out good we hope to use them for a live record and DVD sometime late this year.

With all this great Polish news I also want to say that we are also playing the Neurotic Death Fest this year and it is a absolute honor to be apart of this amazing fest. We want to thanks the promoter for including us on this awesome fest. Along side some of my personal favorite bands! We look forward to seeing all our Dutch supporters there, it will be a kick ass time."

Incantation will appear at Neurotic Death Fest 2011 on April 29th before heading to Poland.

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Incantation Announces "Onward To Golgotha" Tour

Long running Johnstown, Pennsylvania death metal act Incantation have announced a series of concert dates to pay tribute to the band's classic debut LP "Onward To Golgotha." "Onward To Golgotha" was released in 1991 and was inducted into Decibel Magazine's "Hall Of Fame" in 2009. During these special dates Incantation will perform the "Onward To Golgotha" album in its entirety, from start to finish. Support on the mini-tour will come from death metal acts Funerus and Fatalist plus a special one off show with death metal legends Mortician.

Incantation "Onward To Golgotha" tour dates:
Nov. 19 - Chicago, IL - Reggie's Rock Club
Nov. 20 - New York, NY - Rebel (w/ MORTICIAN)
Nov. 21 - Cleveland, OH - Peabody's

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Incantation Cancels Festival Dates

Johnstown, Pennsylvania death metal act, Incantation has announced to cancel their cancellations for this year’s Stonehenge and Mass Deathstruction festivals.

Incantation vocalist John McEntee commented by saying:
"It is with great regret we announce that we had to cancel our headlining festival appearance at the Stonehenge Fest in Holland and the Mass Deathstruction Fest in Belgium this weekend. Between us and our booking agent we did all we could to try to make the fest appearance happen, but only after many attempts we had to come to the conclusion that there was just no way to make it happen. We want apologize both fest organizers for giving us this opportunity. we also want to thank all our supporters that were looking forward to our performances. we know that both promoters are very stand up people, and I’m sure both fest will be a great success."

Incantation is still scheduled to appear at the Hostile City Death Fest in Philadelphia, PA on August 27th, 2010 as well as the Noctis IV Metal Fest in Calgary, Alberta, Canada on September 24thth, 2010.

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Beyond Terror Beyond Grace To Tour w/ Cattle Decap

Beyond Terror Beyond Grace will be heading to Europe for the first time this July/August with Cattle Decapitation (US) and Gorod (FRA), plus Incantation (US) on select dates. This will also include an appearance on Obscene Extreme Festival alongside Misery Index and DRI.

The band also announced two new members: "We would also like to take this chance to welcome new guns Blake Simpson and Scott Heldorf to the ranks. They have been rehearsing with the band for the last 3 months, and are both great dudes and great musicians. They have taken the sound of the band well and truly up a notch. Please make them feel welcome at our two tour warm up shows in Sydney and Melbourne. We are very excited to take part in this tour, and are looking forward to sharing a tour bus with all the guys in these influential and extremely talented bands."

Here are the latest Cattle Decapitation "Human Harvest European Tour 2010" dates with special guests Gorod (FRA) and Beyond Terror Beyond Grace (AUS):

15.07 - Obscene Extreme Festival, Trutnov (Czech Republic)
17.07 - Civitanova Marche (Italy)
18.07 - Bologna (Italy) "Blogos"
20.07 - TBA – (France)
21.07 - Bilbao (Spain) "Santana 27"
22.07 - Porto (Portugal) "Rio"
23.07 - Madrid (Spain) "Sala Inferno Bar"
24.07 - TBA (France)
26.07 - Wrexham (ENG) "Central Station"
27.07 - Manchester (ENG) "Moho Live"
28.07 - London (ENG) "Underworld"
29.07 - Bristol (ENG) "The Croft"
30.07 - Namur (Belgium) "Cinex"
01.08 – Dublin (IRE), “Fibber McGees”
02.08 – Belfast (IRE) “Auntie Annies”
03.08 – Cork (IRE) “A Cruisan Lan”

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Incantation Announces Festival Appearances

Fresh off a tour alongside label mates Divine Eve, death metal act Incantation are excited to announce their inclusion in two of this summer's metal fests. Both taking place July 15th - 17th, Incantation will be a featured headliner at the Obscene Extreme Festival in the Czech Republic and are playing Austria's Kaltenback Open Air Festiva. Incantation guitarist John McEntee had this to say regarding the upcoming appearances:

"We are proud to announce that we will be one of the headliners for the Obscene Extreme Festival in the Czech Republic. We have heard a lot of great things about this festival and are looking forward to it very much. There are numerous other great death metal and grind bands playing so I'm sure it will be a great time. I would also like to thank the festival organizers for including my other band Funerus on the festival. We look forward to putting on a totally kick ass show and we plan on making this a very special performance for all of our die hard supporters.

"We are also playing the Kaltenbach Open Air Festival in Austria. It will be a great honor to play there once again since we haven't played there since our tour opening up for Nile and Unleashed a good while back. The lineup for the fest is nothing short of amazing and it will be great to play alongside such great bands and friends. We are looking forward to spewing forth our style of pure raw underground death metal."

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Incantation Issues European Tour Report

INCANTATION bassist Chuck Sherwood has issued the following update from the band’s well received Vengeful Scapegoat Tour through Europe with DIVINE EVE, HATE, NOCTUM, and NERVE.

“INCANTATION returns to Europe one again! With all of the previous experiences John [McEntee] and Kyle [Severn] have had they were prepared for another hellish assault on the 'old world.' As for Alex [Bouks] and I, our journey into the unknown began on our arrival to London’s Heathrow Airport. With the sights and sounds of our first show Nottingham delivered at The Central! The fans and support there were great. Playing a mixture of older and newer material and utilizing a return of the dual guitar attack we plunged into battle with a more diversified set. The journey continued to Leeds where we were faced with a cancellation when we heard that the club’s roof had caved-in, although that was never confirmed because locals seemed just as surprised as we were to hear it. Off to a good start only to restart and build momentum yet again. Regardless of the setback, we made good of the situation. We visited local metal purveyors the Hellraiser shop in Leeds. Highly recommended! Then it was off to the pub to drown in the microbrews of England.

“After a fresh start again the following day the fires had spread to Edinburgh. The Scots were nothing short of killer. Amongst four-story stone buildings and rolling cobblestone streets we found ourselves at the Bannerman's. And in the bowels of that club in a dank and dark room the fans crushed and thrashed their support. The owners and staff were equally considerate and helpful in many ways. Fuckin' amazing first experience, personally speaking!

“Our trip back to the origins of the tour led us south to London where were we played The Electrowerkz. The promotion team there was even helping set up and break down the stage in between bands. We’d be hard pressed to find that kind of local support in the States. Here in Europe it’s almost expected. London’s fans filled the Electrowerkz and made for an energetic and awesome show; powerful reactions in the form of fists and horns held high over the course of one of our alternating sets. We reintroduced some songs that hadn’t crept from the darkness in years.

“After no sleep - maybe 45 minutes in the past three days - and a short ferry ride from the UK into Belgium we played the Las Cenobites and saw some familiar faces for all of us. John and Alex reunited with Laurent from Listenable after a 19-year gap and were laughing over old photos. Sabathan, an old comrade, of John’s, and I showed up where he and I talked after nine years of lost contact. The show was awesome with the likes of our personal friends shoulder to shoulder amongst the other warriors who came out that night and unleashed hell on earth. The other bands whom we've had the pleasure of sharing a stage with – DIVINE EVE, HATE, NOCTUM, and NERVE - have all been great and I know it will result in long lasting comradeship and future endeavors. Suffice to say, my experience in Europe thus far and to be within the ranks of such a legendary project as INCANTATION has been nothing short of killer.

“In Holland we were amongst our comrades in ASPHYX and PENTACLE and a packed room of hellions that came out (on a Monday night, mind you) to the Little Devil in Tilburg and made the night immortal. The show and all who were participating made our stay memorable. It was everything from the sound to handling the tucked away stage and endless help in the form of plastic bags for merch and drink tickets for Holland’s own Grolsch, which I think everyone agreed is far better over here on tap. We followed up that night with an 18th century cottage at which we slept. Everything was brilliant. A final hails again to everyone involved!

“Upon crossing over to the desolate village of Luynes, France, near Marseille, last night it was nothing like its appearance when the smoke filled room of the Le Korigan exploded with chaos once the bands hit the stage. The reaction of these French psychos was something to behold! An amazing time was had by all, despite the shadow looming over some of us. It’s very easy to get sick on the road and with that not stopping or holding us back, onward we charged into battle. With France left destroyed in our wake, it’s off to Spain!”

Here are the latest Vengeful Scapegoat tour dates with INCANTATION, HATE, DIVINE EVE, NOCTUM and NERVE:

23.01 – Vigo (Spa) “La Fabrica de Chocolate”
24.01 – Madrid (Spa) “Ritmo & Compas”
26.01 – Lonato Del Garda/Brescia (Ita) “Olden Live Club”
27.01 - Ingolstadt (D) "Paradox"
28.01 – Jena (Ger) “Rosenkeller”
29.01 – Hradec Kralove (Cze) “RC Strojovna”
30.01 – Prato, Florence (Ita) “Siddharta”
31.01 – Gorizia (Ita) “Pieffe Factory”

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Incantation To Play Central Illinois Metal Fest

Death metal act Incantation will return to the stage at Urbana, IL’s Canopy Club for the Central Illinois Metal Fest, which will take place on July 23-24, 2010 and also feature Ibex Moon Records label mates Acheron. Incantation guitarist and vocalist John McEntee had this to say about the performance:

"It will be great once again to play the mighty Central Illinois Metal Fest. We played a few years back and the reaction was overwhelming. Of course, it’s an honor to play the fest again. We are planning to make this a very special performance of our 'Diabolical Conquest' album. This will be our first time playing every song off the album live during one set. It’ll be a great opportunity to see us play some songs we haven’t played in quite some time. The Central Illinois Metal Fest is always a great time and extremely well organized. CIMF is definitely one of North America's premier metal fests and we are proud to again be a part of it. Thanks to the CIMF staff for giving us this opportunity.

"Also, we will be playing the Stonehenge Festival in Holland on July 31st. This will be our first time playing the Stonehenge Festival and it definitely is an honor to be part of it. We’ve heard a lot of good things about the fest from our friends and bands that have played it, so we are definitely looking forward to it.”

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Incantation To Release Limited Edition 7" EP

Death metal act incantation will release a limited edition 7" EP titled "Scapegoat" through Ibex Moon Records on February 8th. "Scapegoat" contains previously unreleased tracks from the recording sessions of Incantation's 2006 album "Primordial Domination." The EP will be limited to 1000 hand numbered copies. The cover artwork for "Scapegoat" can be viewed at this location.

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Incantation Issues Tour Report

Death metal act Incantation spent this Halloween touring Central America for the first time in their career. Drummer Kyle Severn issued the following statement regarding the brief tour: "Finally Incantation invades Central America, and what a better time than over Halloween weekend. This was another great experience for the band, for we have been all over the world, but have not played in such metal countries as Guatemala and Honduras. The people there are very metal and truly showed their support. We had a great time, and want to thank the organization for bringing us, and hope to be back soon. Hails 666”

Echoing Severn's sentiment, Incantation guitarist/vocalist John McEntee had this to say, “Yes, it was a great experience, we got to meet a lot of very cool true die hard metal heads and made many new friends. I even seen a friend of mine from back when I lived in New Jersey which was unexpected, but very cool. It is great to know that the death metal underground is alive and well in Central America. Thanks to Edwin and Manuel for a great production and we look forward to returning again to play for all the die hard Incantation supporters again. We also look forward to playing more Central American countries next time.“

The band is gearing up for an early 2010 European tour with Ibex Moon Records label mates Divine Eve, along with Hate and Noctem.

Tour dates are as follows: More...

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Incantation Announces European Tour with Hate

Death metalers INCANTATION will return to Europe in early 2010 with labelmates Hate, who are on their own destroying South America this winter. Both INCANTATION and HATE will be supporting their latest records on this tour, with support from DIVINE EVE and NOCTEM.

Tentative dates so far are as follows:

13.01 - Nottingham (UK) "Seven"
14.01 - Manchester (UK) "Satan's Hollow"
15.01 - Leeds (UK) "Rios"
16.01 - London (UK) "The Elektrowerkz"
17.01 - Antwerp (Bel) "Den Eglantier"
21.01 - Barcelona (Spa) "Mephisto"
22.01 - Bilbao (Spa) "Santana 27"
23.01 - Vigo (Spa) "GRIND IN THE VEINS METAL FEST 2010"
24.01 - Madrid (Spa) "Ritmo & compas"
30.01 - Prato/Florence (Ita) "Siddharta"
31.01 - Gorizia (Ita) "Pieffe Factory"

Expect additional tour dates to be confirmed for France, Germany Switzerland, Austria, and more.

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Acheron Issues Show Recap

Ohio metallers Acheron have issued the following recap about their recent performance in Colombus:

"Legions of Hatred,

"ACHERON would like to thank all their fans and friends who showed up at the Columbus, Ohio, show (September 3rd, 2009) and showed their support! It was a pretty damn good turn out for a Thursday Night! Even though this city is full of Hip Hop wannabees, you showed that there is still a strong Metal following pulsating in the shadows.

"We would also like to thank INCANTATION for being true fucking brothers and having us play with them. (Kyle had a nice workout last night doing 2 sets! LOL) Of course, they kicked ass as usual! Also hails to INFERNAL DEATH and THE COUNCIL for playing killer sets.

"Since Columbus is our home, we would really like to help build a bigger Metal community. Check out as many Local and National Metal acts playing in town, when you are able. We all know people have to work and have busy lives, but when you can actually make it out to a show, it does help the scene immensely! And if you are playing here, let everyone know! Most of the time our own friends don’t even let us know they are playing! So keep everyone updated, Mother Fuckers! (Ha, Ha) So thanks again for the support! We hope to see all of you again at THE BILLARD CLUB (Columbus, Ohio) on September 18th, 2009! The show will feature some killer bands, such as DARKNESS UNDYING, STRIGOI VII, AFTERLIGHT and one more un-announced band. We should be going on stage around Midnight. And yes, the set will be much longer than last night.

"Keep the Unholy Heathen Metal Flags waving! Let the world know that Underground Metal is here forever! Fuck their trendy bullshit!

"In Blood and Blasphemy……"

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Incantation Updates Tour Schedule

Death metallers Incantation have updated their upcoming tour schedule with the following dates:

9/3 The Summit Columbus, Ohio
9/4 Liguor Sweets Milwaukee, Wisconsin
9/5 Nite Cap Chicago, Illinois
9/6 DM3 fest 6 Goodells, Michigan
10/18 DINGBATZ - New Jersey Deathfest Clifton, New Jersey
10/30 TBA Guatemala City
10/31 Museo de Antropologia e Historia San Pedro Sula

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Incantation To Headline Manizales Grita Rock

Death metallers Incantation will be headlining the Manizales Grita Rock Festival in Manizales, Columbia on August 16.

Guitarist/vocalist John McEntee issued the following statement about the show:

“A few days ago I got a call from my long time friend Andres Castro (Hateworks Records). He told me that one of the headliners for the Manizales Grita Rock '09 canceled. So Andres offered Incantation the slot. So now we are headlining the Manizales Grita Rock '09! Like always it’s a great honor to return to Colombia. Andres was the promoter that brought us to Colombia back in 1996 as the first major international death metal band to ever play the country. We look forward to a killer fest and a great time seeing our long time friends and supporters. We want to thank everyone at Hateworks, the Manizales Grita Rock fest and everyone that helped make this happen.”

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Cardiac Arresst Announce Shows With Incantation

Cardiac Arrest announced that they've been added to two Incantation tour dates.

The tour dates are:
Sat. Sept 5th @ Nite Cap Chicago, IL
Sun. Sept 6th @ DM3 Fest Goodells, MI

You can see a live video of Cardiac Arrest after the jump. More...

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Incantation Announces Upcoming Tour Dates

Incantation has issued the following update about upcoming tour dates:

"Incantation is preparing to play their dominating and blasphemous brand of death metal for a series of upcoming dates in the fall of 2009 and the spring 2010, which will include longtime drummer Kyle Severn (from such records as Diabolical Conquest, Blasphemy, Decimate Christendom, and Primordial Domination).

"The initial dates will take place over Labor Day weekend in the Midwest and then see the band traveling to Central America in late October/ early November 2009. Kyle comments: 'Yes I'm excited to play some blasphemous death metal again with my Incantation family. Do you want some fuckin' metal? Well you had better be ready!! We have been practicing material from all of our records, expanding the band's almost 20-year career. I've been in this band for many years and have traveled to a lot of places, but this will be the first time we travel to Honduras and Costa Rica. What an honor it's going to be to play for the sick metal heads there.'

"Also, we would like to announce that we are confirmed to play main stage at Maryland Death Fest in 2010.. If you thought the 2009 lineup was spectacular, wait until you see 2010 lineup. This is going to be one of the best shows ever!!!! More...

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First Bands Announced For Maryland Deathfest 2010

The organizers of the Maryland Deathfest has announced the first batch of bands for the next edition of the festival. More bands will be announced shortly, including the headliners.

The first bands to be announced are as follows:


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Fierce Allegiance To Play Mayhem in May MetalFest

Washington, DC area metal band Fierce Allegiance has been confirmed for the Mayhem in May MetalFest in Kentucky this weekend. FIERCE ALLEGIANCE will be playing on May 18th.

The organizers of the third annual Mayhem in May MetalFest — which is scheduled to take place May 17-18 at Uncle Pleasants (2126 South Preston St) in Louisville, Kentucky — have announced the 36 band festival lineup. Day One of the fest will be headlined by Incantation, Diabolic, Mortal Decay and Waco Jesus. Day Two will be headlined by Demiricous and touring package Vital Remains, Skinless, Infernaeon, Fierce Allegiance.

The complete lineup is as follows: More...

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Incantation, Funerus, Deamon Canadian Tour Dates

Incantation, Funerus, and Deamon have lined up a hand full of Canadian tour dates. Here are the latest:

06/27 Toronto @ The Kathedral
06/28 Cambridge @ 69 Pickups
06/29 Sudbury @ Jubilee Center
06/30 Montreal @ Foufounes Electriques
07/01 Trois Rivières @ Bar Café Le Stage
07/02 Québec @ Velvet
07/03 St-Hyacinthe @ Bar le Trash
07/04 Ottawa @ Cafe Dekcuf
07/05 Hamilton @ The Casbah

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Denial Fiend Announce Tour Dates

DENIAL FIEND, the Tampa, Florida-based band featuring in its ranks Terry Butler (SIX FEET UNDER, ex-MASSACRE, Ex-DEATH), Kam Lee (ex-MASSACRE, ex-MANTAS), Curt Beeson (NASTY SAVAGE, LOWBROW) and Sam Williams (DOWN BY LAW, PSEUDO HEROES), will be playing the Fuck The Commerce Fest in Germany on May 2nd. The festival appearance will be proceeded by a club show at Kulturwerk 118 in Zurich Switzerlandý. Also check out DENIAL FIEND at the Darkfest in Orlando, FL at the Dungeon on April 26th.

Guitarist Sam Williams Comments: "We have a lot of appearances in and out of the US coming up and these are the first few to kick it all off. We had an amazing time at the LA Murderfest and hope that the rest of our upcoming shows will be halfway as good as that."

Upcoming DENIAL FIEND dates are as follows:

April, 26 - Dungeon - Darkfest - Orlando, Florida
May, 2 - Kulturwerk 118 - Zurich - Switzerlandý w/ Massacre
May, 3 - Altes Lager - Fuck The Commerce Fest - Juterbog - Berlin w/ Massacre
July, 19 - The Canopy Club - Central Illinois Metalfest - Urbana - Illinois w/ Incantation More...

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