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Formed: 1991
From: Suffolk, United Kingdom
Last Known Status: Active


It all began in 1991, the first of an unholy trinity of demos was complete. The young lads knew they had started something dark; something evil; something out of this world. They didn't disappoint with the release of their debut album 'The Principle of Evil Made Flesh' in 1994 on the label Cacophonous. The full length CD was a menagerie of gothic keyboards, metal riffing and Vampyric imagery. In other words the ultimate hammer horror soundtrack.

Drawing from an incredibly infinite list of influences, including the likes of Bathory, Celtic Frost and Diamanda Galas, and also the literary genius of Lord Byron, Sheridan LeFanu, Friedrich Nietzsche, Bram Stoker and Charles Baudelaire, Cradle Of Filth have produced albums of ever increasing quality. Soaring, sonic masterpieces that envelop you and take you away into the darkest depths of the collective Cradle mind. A dreamlike place full of legend, myths and Vampyres.

With 10 years in the past, Cradle Of Filth only have the future to conquer. Their recent concerts have built a fan base they never dreamed of. They truly have withstood the test of time.

Latest Cradle Of Filth News

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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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Immortal Claim To Have Forced CoF Offstage

IMMORTAL frontman Abbath has told the Norwegian newspaper Bergens Tidende that the group's rabid fan base forced CRADLE OF FILTH to play an abbreviated set at Slovenia's Metalcamp festival late last month by constantly screaming for the Norwegian black metal legends to take the stage.

Asked by Bergens Tidende to name the highlight of IMMORTAL's reunion tour so far, Abbath said, "It was fucking great last weekend at Metalcamp in Slovenia. The audience was totally wild. They were clearly our fans; they screamed 'Immortal!' in between the other bands' songs. CRADLE OF FILTH walked off stage because they [the audience] screamed for IMMORTAL. They played a couple of songs and walked off stage pissed off. That's one of the funniest things I've ever seen!"

The organizers of this year's Metalcamp festival, which took place July 16-21, 2007 in Tolmin, Slovenia, last week released a statement to BLABBERMOUTH.NET regarding the rumors that CRADLE OF FILTH frontman Dani Filth was "arrested" following his band's performance at the event.

According to a report posted on the Romanian web site Metalhead.ro, Dani, "in a state of advanced drunkenness," grabbed several portable fans (the kind used to control ventilation) from the stage and threw them at the security guards and the audience, which caused the crowd to start booing him. As a result the group's concert was cut short by "four songs" and the band "quietly" left the stage.

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Viva La Bands 2007 Tour Dates Announced

ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK and action sports / film star Bam Margera have joined forces to launch the "ROCKSTAR Viva La Bands™ 2007 Tour" featuring high energy live rock music and a traveling video show.

The ROCKSTAR Viva La Bands Tour hits 30 cities in the US and Canada September 24th through November 3rd 2007. Featured acts include Grammy Award™ nominated British metal act Cradle of Filth, hard rockers CKY (featuring Bam's brother, Jesse Margera) and hot Swedish band Vains of Jenna, who Bam recently signed to his Filthy Note records. Another very special guest act will be announced later this summer. Bam and some of his well-known friends will also be hosting a number of the live shows.

The tour comes on the heels of the release of "Viva La Bands: Volume 2", a compilation CD/DVD that will appear in stores nationwide on September 4, 2007 through a joint venture between Filthy Note and Ferret Music. The double disc CD/DVD includes twenty bands from around the globe, rare Bam DVD footage, and seven exclusive tracks recorded just for the project (brand new selections from Clutch, Bloodhound Gang, Children Of Bodom, In Flames, CKY, and more).

"The 'Viva La Bands' project lets me bring music I love to my fans that might not even know some of this rock exists," said Margera. "The ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK guys totally get what I wanted Viva La Bands to be all about. They are great supporters of rock music and understand that this is supposed to be more than just another concert experience. It's a new age vaudeville show."

In addition to the four musical acts on the tour, Viva La Bands will be projecting over sixty minutes of exclusive video content including deleted scenes from Bam's wildly successful MTV series "Viva La Bam™".

"My MTV shows sometimes don't air the really funny or risky scenes so I raided their vault and decided to put the best never-before-seen clips on tour," said Margera. "I'll also preview some behind the scenes footage from my new film currently in production, 'Minghags'".

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Ex-CoF Drummer Performs On New Samsas Traum

Drummer Adrian Erlandsson (NEMHAIN, BRUJERIA) has posted this message on his MySpace page:

"Dear friends,

I am proud to announce that I have just completed the drums for the upcoming SAMSAS TRAUM record 'Heiliges Herz' and I will be joining them accompanying tours. I really like the music - these guys got a strange kind of humour. I agreed to the cooperation shortly after I listened to the first demo tracks.

Some of the new songs will already be presented live in September, along with old smash hits being performed for the first time every with real drums and a new lineup. 'I can't wait to play the tracks live' - SAMSAS TRAUM are eager to kill.

Meanwhile, the drum recordings for 'Heiliges Herz' were finished in a studio in London - skillfully supervised by Dan Turner."

"The result even impresses me. I can't believe that what's blasting out of the speakers is my own music", enthuses Alexander Kaschte, bandleader of SAMSAS TRAUM, suitably stunned. He adds: "I'm getting closer to the record I always wanted to make."

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Cradle Of Filth Change Venue For Exeter Show

CRADLE OF FILTH fans attending the band's April 24th show in Exeter, UK should be aware that the gig has been moved from Great Hall to The Lemon Grove. The original tickets for the Great Hall show are still valid.

Remaining dates on the tour are as follows:

23 - Bristol at Carling Academy
24 - Exeter at The Lemon Grove
26 - Oxford at Brooks
27 - Wolverhampton at Wulfrun Hall
28 - Nottingham at Rock City
29 - Cambridge at Corn Exchange
30 - Portsmouth at Pyramids Centre

Hanzel und Gretyl are on the bill as support. More...

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Cradle Of Filth Guitarist Selling Instruments

CRADLE OF FILTH guitarist Charles Hedger is selling two of his ESP (LTD) guitars in a rare one-off sale as he has recently changed endorsements to LAG guitars. He is happy to sell them internationally, but for all those who cannot collect locally (Essex, UK), they must pay all postage costs.

The first guitar features Emg active 81 set pickups,
24 frets and a thru neck. It was played by Charles at Download 2006, Rock am Ring 2006, Hellfest 2006, numerous other festivals. It has appeared in countless live videos, including Download and Rock am Ring, has been played on numerous tours including Europe and America. It was recorded on COF's latest release, Thornography. It appeared in various shoots from all over the world. The guitar Is in toured condition, but still working fine. Offers of £1500 and above only. Charles will sign the guitar if requested. More...

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Cradle Of Filth, Angtoria Vocalist Interview

Sarah Jezebel Deva, vocalist with Cradle Of Filth, Angtoria, Therion and Mortiis can be seen being interviewed on YouTube.

In the interview conducted by DJ TRoLL, Deva talks about the new Angtoria single ‘God Has A Plan For Us All’. The video of the song can be seen at this location and also features an appearance from the wife of Dani Filth – frontman of her other band Cradle Of Filth.

Concerning the single she commented, ‘The song covers two subjects but they are both linked. Written about a man who preaches god's word yet finds it acceptable to sexually abuse children. Also this song describes the pitiful cliche used by many religious people who can't offer any other explanation as to why people suffer in their life. Rape, murder, poverty, whatever it may be, the only excuse that can be offered is: "God Has A Plan For Us All!"

Angtoria’s new self-titled album is out now on Listenable Records.

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Cradle of Filth Post Easter E-card Online

Cradle of Filth have released an "Easter" e-card featuring a music player with a number of their songs as well as a download of "Dirge Inferno."

Cradle of Filth recently wrapped up a six-week US tour with 3 Inches of Blood and The 69 Eyes.

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3 Inches of Blood Joined By CoF For Deadly Sinners

On their swing through New York Paul Allender of Cradle of Filth joined 3 Inches of Blood on stage for a rendition of "Deadly Sinners." You can watch the video on YouTube.com.

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3 Inches of Blood Miss Denver Show Due To Van

3 Inches of Blood's tour van broke down in Chicago and the band won't be making it to Denver for tonight's show. Cradle of Filth and The 69 Eyes will perform as expected, and 3IOB is expected to rejoin the tour in Edmonton, on Thursday, February 8th.

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Testament's Peterson Working w/ Barker On Material

Bay Area bashers Testament have been out of the loop for a while, but the band is working to change that. Guitarist and main songwriter Eric Peterson has recently been working in a Northern California practice space with ex-Dimmu Borgir and Cradle of Filth drummer Nick Barker on songs for the band's first album of original material since 1999's The Gathering. "It's feeling pretty good so far," commented Peterson. "Nick's playing has sparked some fire in me like [Slayer drummer Dave] Lombardo did back in '99 when he played for us on The Gathering." Not only are Testament back, they're back with the crux of their powerhouse '80s lineup: Peterson, guitarist Alex Skolnick, bassist Greg Christian and singer Chuck Billy. Next week they'll leave for a tour of Australia but plan to resume work on the new album when they return.

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Nick Barker Is Still A Member Of Benediction

Long-running British metallers BENEDICTION have released the following statement to BLABBERMOUTH.NET:

"A lot of questions have been asked about [the status of BENEDICTION drummer] Nick Barker [formerly of DIMMU BORGIR and CRADLE OF FILTH]. Yes, he is still BENEDICTION's drummer, and yes, he is helping TESTAMENT out on drums on their tour and album. This was discussed between us and it is no problem to either band. Put yourself in Nick's shoes — one of your favorite bands of all time asks you to use your drumming skills on their tour and write on their new album; it is a chance of a lifetime! It was talked about on both sides and Nick had our full blessing on this. On some of the festivals in Europe this year he will be playing sets for both bands on the same day! If you know Nick, then you will know that there is no problem with stamina! How many bands do various members of NAPALM [DEATH] play with on top of their own NAPALM DEATH thing? Frank Healy and Dave Hunt from BENEDICTION also play and record with other bands (ANAAL NATHRAKH, MISTRESS, CEREBRAL FIX). The loyalty within the band is also strong so we have no problems about these things happening. Nick could have left BENEDICTION if he wanted. We said we would understand if he wanted to join one the most legendary outfits in the world. He wanted to stay as a part of BENEDICTION. That speaks volumes. BENEDICTION is a unit, not a single person. Our live shows this year will let the music do the talking for us."

BENEDICTION's new album, "Killing Music", will be released later in the year via Nuclear Blast Records, with whom the band recently re-signed. The CD will mark the recording debut with the group of drummer Barker, who was most recently a member of BRUJERIA and who played with ex-FEAR FACTORY guitarist Dino Cazares in the short-lived DRIVEN BY SUFFERING (working name).

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Cradle of Filth Keep On Going

Having debuted way back in 1991, there aren’t a whole lot of bands around these days with anything approaching the longevity of Cradle of Filth.

That being said, the only member remaining from Cradle of Filth’s original lineup is vocalist and songwriter Dani Filth.

When asked what has kept the band going for so long, Filth points to this revolving door of members as one of the principle reasons, saying that it inspires fresh ideas from time to time.

The reasons for so many departures, explains Filth, vary widely, from the expected personality conflicts, to an unwillingness on the part of some musicians to submit to the furious pace and work ethic of the band, to one member’s wish to return to university.

“It’s a substantial amount of time and a hard pace,” Filth says. “Writing an album every year and a half is a massive output.”

The last album Cradle of Filth recorded, 2006’s Thornography, was especially hard, due in large part to some paranormal activity at the studio where they recorded.

Having ghosts involve themselves in the recording process would make this writer consider leaving a band, but Filth assured me that living in Britain has forced many people to confront history face to face.

“The house [that the band recorded in] had quite a history to it,” he says. “Weird stuff kept happening and things kept appearing—it was very odd. It could have been anything really—it’s England.”
All the details of the recording process, including the ghosts, were documented in a recording diary posted to the band’s web page. Filth says he likes the way the internet has opened up new and direct avenues for communication with fans, but only to a point.

“I think it’s cool,” he says of the recording blog the band started. “I don’t think it has to be worked at too hard, so that the mystery isn’t lost. I’m not a fan of MySpace. I think it’s a waste of time—unless you’re trying to pick someone up.”

Filth says the band is looking forward to getting to Edmonton; the closest they’d come previously was being in the Jasper area on a previous tour, which they found particularly enchanting.

“There was something magical about the whole thing,” he remembers, “because there was so much snow and we were plunged into complete darkness.”

(-Brian Birtles-)

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3 Inches Of Blood Feel Dirty Around Goths

Chart Attack reports: Vancouver's 3 Inches Of Blood — currently on the road in support of fellow black metal behemoths Cradle Of Filth and Finnish glamsters The 69 Eyes — are clearly the black sheep of the tour.

"We feel like a bunch of dirt bags next to all of these goth people," jokes vocalist Jamie Hooper while navigating the wilds of Vermont in a van with a broken-down heater. "We have to up the quotient of PVC and eyeliner in the band... there are certainly a lot of leather pants on this tour."

Oddballs or not, 3 Inches Of Blood have received rave reviews nightly by pummelling the audience with a raging Judas Priest-meets-Slayer attack entirely unlike 69 Eyes and their H.I.M.-inspired low-key metal. Hooper and crew are still modestly shocked by the praise though.

"People come up to us and say that they just came to see us. It's flattering to hear people say that they spent all of this money on a ticket and then leave before Cradle Of Filth, but it proves we're doing something right."

Utilizing the tour as a means of introducing the world to tertiary effort Fire Up The Blades (Roadrunner), due out on May, 3 Inches are reinvigorated by a new lineup featuring guitarists Shane Clark and Justin Hagberg, bassist Nick Cates and drummer Alexei Rodriguez. Hooper and fellow longtime vocalist Cam Pipes are audibly excited about their input on the 10 songs that encompass Fire Up The Blades.

"We were nervous at first because all the musicians on the records are different from those on [2004's] Advance And Vanquish. We were wondering if we were gonna still sound like 3 Inches Of Blood. It doesn't… it's better. We've picked up the pace on some songs, so it's thrashier, with more double-kick, but also some laid-back rock songs. The fast songs are more pummelling than they used to be. We've been listening to too much black metal over the years, if there is such a thing."

While stepped up in ferocity, Hooper assures fans that the typical 3 Inches Of Blood topics of post-apocalyptic scenarios and beer-drinkin' are still prevalent. The album is completed aside from final artwork, and the band will tend to their own headlining tour once the stint with Cradle Of Filth winds down in late March. For now, though, they'll have to stick to opening slots.

"It doesn't matter as long as we're playing," says Hooper. "It's weird and refreshing to get back out on the road playing every night.

"When you're in the studio not playing shows for a couple of months, you're like, 'What the hell? Wasn't there something I was supposed to be doing tonight?' Not only that, but it seems like everyone in the band has a side project too… stuff like lounge music. After a few weeks of that, you're like, 'Fuck, I've gotta play some metal!'"

Here are remaining 3 Inches Of Blood's Canadian tour dates with Cradle Of Filth and 69 Eyes:

Feb. 8 Edmonton, AB @ Edmonton Events Centre
Feb. 9 Calgary, AB @ MacEwan Hall
Feb. 10 Kelowna, BC @ The Well
Feb. 11 Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom

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Cradle of Filth Use The Internet To Reach Fans

Roadrunner Records updated on Cradle of Filth's internet activity:

First off, be sure to check out Cradle Of Filth's official MYSPACE page. It's got up to date info and is your only officially filthy source on MySpace.

For you "freakier" filth fans, join up with the great page set up at Vampire Freaks. For you filth fans looking for a little more edge and a place to hang upside down with the rest of your vampire friends, THIS is the place to check out.

And since we know how demanding some of you guys can be, Cradle Of Filth is giving you the chance to demand their presence in your town on Eventful.com. All you have to do is click HERE, create or join a demand group for your city and then spread the word about it all across the web with Eventful's special "stickers."

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3 Inches Of Blood Name New Album

Vancouver, Canada's inimitable 3 Inches of Blood have settled on the title of their forthcoming third album, and the winner is...


The sextet is currently working on said disc with Slipknot drummer Joey Jordison acting as producer, and you can get a taste of their efforts via this DEMO of new track, "Goatrider's Horde."

You can catch 3 Inches of Blood on tour throughout January and February alongside Cradle of Filth and The 69 Eyes.

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Arch Enemy Guitarist and Drummer Comment on NAMM

ARCH ENEMY guitarist Michael Amott and drummer Daniel Erlandsson will attend the NAMM show, which is scheduled to take place January 18-21 in Anaheim, California at the Anaheim Convention Center.

Amott will be signing autographs at the ESP guitars booth Saturday, January 20 2:00-3:30 p.m.

Commented Michael: "I am honored to be invited by ESP guitars again this year. My 'Ninja V' signature model guitar has been very successful and well received by both the media and players. I am really thankful to ESP for their support and also of course to everyone who picked up a LTD or ESP 'Ninja V'!!!

"I will take part in a signing session together with some other great ESP players. Looking forward to seeing you fellow guitar freaks there!"

Daniel Erlandsson will be signing autographs Saturday, January 20 at 3:00 p.m. at the Pearl Drums booth.

Commented Erlandsson: "This will be my first time at the NAMM show and I'm looking forward to it! I will be signing autographs at the Pearl Drums booth with my brother, Adrian Erlandsson (ex-CRADLE OF FILTH) and Vinnie Paul and some other kick-ass Pearl players!"

The NAMM show is the largest music products trade show in the world. Held every January in Anaheim, California, the show brings together all facets of the music products industry to reveal new musical instruments/products and ideas to help music products retailers and manufacturers become more successful. More than 80,000 NAMM members and guests attended the January 2006 show. The NAMM show is not open to the general public.

Read the full article at Blabbermouth.

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Angtoria Members To Tour w/ Cradle Of Filth in US

Sarah Jezebel Deva (Vocals in ANGTORIA) and Dave Pybus (Bass in ANGTORIA) will be performing on the upcoming U.S. Cradle Of Filth tour.

Dates are as follows:
Jan 23 Starland Ballroom Sayreville, NJ
Jan 24 The Trocadero Philadelphia, PA
Jan 26 Tha Palladium Worcester, MA
Jan 27 Theatre du Capitole Quebec City, QUE
Jan 28 Metropolis Montreal, QUE
Jan 29 Phoenix Concert Theatre Toronto, ONT
Jan 31 House of Blues Cleveland, OH
Feb 01 Newport Music Hall Columbus, OH
Feb 02 Harpo's Detroit, MI
Feb 03 The Eagles Club Milwaukee, WI
Feb 04 House of Blues Chicago, IL
Feb 06 Gothic Theatre Englewood, CO
Feb 08 Edmonton Events Centre Edmonton, ALB
Feb 09 MacEwan Hall Calgary, ALB
Feb 11 Commodore Ballroom Vancouver, BC
Feb 12 Showbox Seattle, WA
Feb 13 Roseland Theatre Portland, OR
Feb 15 The Fillmore San Francisco, CA
Feb 16 Avalon Theatre Hollywood, CA
Feb 17 Marquee Theatre Tempe, AZ
Feb 18 House of Blues San Diego, CA
Feb 19 House of Blues Anaheim, CA
Feb 21 White Rabbit San Antonio, TX
Feb 22 Palladium Ballroom Dallas, TX
Feb 23 The Meridian Houston, TX
Feb 24 House of Blues New Orleans, LA
Feb 26 Roxy Theatre Atlanta, GA
Feb 27 House of Blues Lake Buena Vista, FL
Feb 28 Revolution Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Mar 2 NorVa Norfolk, VA
Mar 3 Rams Head Live Baltimore, MD
Mar 4 Irving Plaza New York, NY

ANGTORIA released "God Has A Plan For Us All" in November, 2006 on Listenable Records.

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Jed Simon Updates on Side Project 'Tenet'

STRAPPING YOUNG LAD guitarist Jed Simon has issued the following announced regarding his TENET project:

"It's announcement time! There are some new faces in the TENET camp. It's my pleasure to introduce them.

"I welcome to the fold Adrian Erlandsson on drums.

"Adrian, as many of you may know, had spent the last seven years with CRADLE OF FILTH. Previous to that he was on the first THE HAUNTED album, 'The Haunted'... Fuck, I love that album, and of course, he played in the mighty, legendary, AT THE GATES.

"Adrian brings an enthusiasm to the table that is infectious. I respect his talent greatly, and after hearing what he has done with some of the demo tracks, I'm beyond excited. Perhaps we'll put some of the demo stuff up with him playing soon, although I may just save it for the album, hehe.

"Of course, you are now wondering why Gene [Hoglan; STRAPPING YOUNG LAD, ex-DARK ANGEL, DEATH] is not playing. I felt that after 10+ years in THE LAD it was time for a fresh start. And to be honest, I really needed to just 'step away' for a bit, and do something completely on my own. None of this reflects on my and Gene's relationship as friends... we will always be thick as thieves. Silly, pranking, metal-loving thieves. He IS my brother for life, as are the other SYL cats. That's about the best way I can explain it without getting too long-winded. OK? OK! More...

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Cradle Of Filth Announce N. A. Tour Dates

Cradle Of Filth are set to team up with Finland's The 69 Eyes for a North American tour in January/February.

Confirmed tour dates so far are as follows: More...

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Cradle Of Filth Recruit New Drummer

British Extreme Metallers CRADLE OF FILTH have recruited Czech drummer Marthus (real name: Martin Škaroupka) to replace Adrian Erlandsson. Martin was born on January 20, 1981 in the Czech Republic and has previously played with GALACTIC INDUSTRY and INNER FEAR, among other bands. "Those of you who have already seen us you will know that Martin is more than qualified for the job!", CRADLE OF FILTH writes in a statement.

Erlandsson announced his departure from CRADLE OF FILTH on Wednesday (Nov. 15), citing his desire to focus on other projects, including NEMHAIN (which is fronted by Erlandsson's wife, fetish model Morrigan Hel; a.k.a. Amber England).

Commented Adrian: "I have enjoyed my time with CRADLE but it is now time to move on. I feel I am going out on a high as 'Thornography' is definitely our best album to date".

Over the course of the last few months, rumors of Adrian's departure have been gaining strength, with several "in-the-know" parties claiming that Adrian was fired from the group just days before they were to sign a new publishing deal. As a result, it was reported (but not officially confirmed) that Erlandsson was relegated to the status of a "session" member (whereby he was paid only for time worked and was not entitled to any publishing or artist royalties), a situation which was rumored to have strained his relationship with the band's frontman Dani Davey (a.k.a. Dani Filth).

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