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Founded 2001 in Warsaw, Poland -

Despite not being the biggest progressive rock powerhouse of Europe, Poland have certainly sprouted great and interesting progressive bands since the heyday of progressive rock, being the biggest examples of that the singer and multi-instrumentalist Czeslaw Niemen and the supergroup SBB. After the fall of the communist regime, during the 90's and 2000's, more bands begun to form and release their material, strengthening the country's own progressive rock scene, such as the neo prog bands Abraxas and Collage, and Riverside is, quite possibly, the biggest and best known band to come out from that scene.

Riverside was formed almost by accident, when two of its members, the guitarist Piotr Grudziński and the drummer Piotr Kozieradzki, listened to Marillion in Kozieradzki's car back in 2001. Both played in heavy metal bands at the time, but had the common interest for progressive rock, so they decided to join with their mutual friend, Jacek Melnicki, who owned a studio, and started to experiment with progressive rock. Mariousz Duda, multi-instrumentalist and vocalist from the band XANADU , joined the trio later that year for rehearsals and the results and reactions from those meetings were extremely positive. After some more rehearsals, and the completion of some compositions by the band, Mariousz started to take the role as both the band's vocalist and bass player.

In late 2002, about one year after the band's formation, Riverside's was already playing gigs in Warsaw with material that would later be their debut album, Out of Myself, and, after distributing 500 copies of their demos around the town, the band played in a small club in Warsaw by the end of the year.

In 2003, shortly after the recording of Out of Myself, Riverside's founding member and keyboard player Jacek Melnicki decided to leave the band to focus on his own studio, so the rest of the band continued to mix and produce the album, as well as to search for a replacement for Jacek, which would be the band's current keyboardist Michal Lapaj.

Upon its release, in late 2003, Out of Myself had an unexpected success in Poland, and such success led to the album's rerelease in September 2004 by the American record label Laser's Edge, which led to even bigger media coverage and even more praises and attention towards the band. Still o...
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4.21 | 1111 ratings
Out Of Myself
2003
4.26 | 1618 ratings
Second Life Syndrome
2005
3.78 | 829 ratings
Rapid Eye Movement
2007
4.21 | 1228 ratings
Anno Domini High Definition
2009
4.07 | 986 ratings
Shrine Of New Generation Slaves
2013
4.10 | 677 ratings
Love, Fear And The Time Machine
2015
4.08 | 193 ratings
Wasteland
2018

RIVERSIDE Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

4.13 | 172 ratings
Reality Dream
2008
4.32 | 45 ratings
Lost 'N' Found: Live In Tilburg
2017

RIVERSIDE Videos (DVD, Blu-ray, VHS etc)

4.21 | 139 ratings
Reality Dream
2009

RIVERSIDE Boxset & Compilations (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

4.79 | 78 ratings
Reality Dream Trilogy (6CD)
2011
4.30 | 23 ratings
Love, Fear And The Time Machine (Special 5.1 Mix)
2016
4.04 | 105 ratings
Eye of the Soundscape
2016

RIVERSIDE Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)

4.31 | 49 ratings
Riverside
2003
3.77 | 48 ratings
Loose Heart
2003
3.58 | 224 ratings
Voices In My Head
2005
2.69 | 73 ratings
Conceiving You
2005
3.76 | 117 ratings
02 Panic Room
2007
3.59 | 76 ratings
Schizophrenic Prayer
2008
4.42 | 12 ratings
Reality Dream Tour 2008
2008
4.50 | 2 ratings
Live In Canada (Official Bootleg)
2009
4.21 | 14 ratings
Forgotten Land
2011
4.13 | 287 ratings
Memories In My Head
2011
3.60 | 72 ratings
Celebrity Touch
2012
4.00 | 3 ratings
# addicted
2015
4.67 | 3 ratings
Time Travellers
2016
3.33 | 3 ratings
Shine
2016
4.23 | 13 ratings
River Down Below
2018
4.36 | 14 ratings
Lament
2018
4.00 | 18 ratings
Vale of Tears
2018

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 Wasteland by RIVERSIDE album cover Studio Album, 2018
4.08 | 193 ratings

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Wasteland
Riverside Progressive Metal

Review by The Crow
Prog Reviewer

3 stars After the sad passing of the guitarist Piotr Grudzinski, I'm sure that Wasteland was not an easy album to make.

For this reason, I consider this record a transition one while they let another guitarist to take part (hopefully) on their next record and bring some new ideas and sound. Because one of the first facts that we can clearly hear in Wasteland is that a true guitarist is missing. It's obvious that Mariusz Duda is not a professional guitar player, and because of that in almost all the songs the complex guitar work of previous albums is sadly gone, and the pedals used are also not the most adequate, making the guitar riffs sounds hollow and cheap.

And curiously the same can be said for the drums, which sounds too high pitched, lacking the deep and strength that the heavier parts of the album so desperately need! Why? I just don't know, because the Piotr Kozieradzki's drumming is awesome in other records from the band.

But apart from the production, the musical quality of the album is also a bit irregular. Some outstanding songs like Acid Rain, Veil of Tears and River Down Below are mixed with other average tracks like the not so exciting Guardian Angel, the repetitive The Struggle for Survival and the risky but not really successful Wasteland (I love the western influences though!)

This irregular songwriting makes the hearing of the album on its integrity a bit dull sometimes, and that's the first time that I feel something similar with a Riverside record. Is not a drama, but talking about one of the best prog-rock acts of the last decades, is some kind of a letdown.

Best Tracks: Acid Rain, Veil of Tears, Lament, River Down Below.

Conclusion: I must admit that the band has managed to overcome the death of their guitarist with a good album, which shows both the heaviest and mellowest sides of the band while maintaining the spirit of innovation that this musicians always had, diplaying some very good new ideas like the gothic and obscure Lament and the cinematic but flawed title track.

But in comparison to works like Second Life Syndrome and Anno Domini High Definition, Wasteland just pales.

My rating: ***

 Love, Fear And The Time Machine by RIVERSIDE album cover Studio Album, 2015
4.10 | 677 ratings

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Love, Fear And The Time Machine
Riverside Progressive Metal

Review by The Crow
Prog Reviewer

4 stars Love, Fear and the Time Machine is maybe the most personal and controversial album of Riverside.

They showed here the most luminous and happy? side of their music, with some positivism that was not well receive amongst all their fans. But after some hearings most of the songs of this album start to dig deeper in your soul until you discover yourself hearing this record again and again. It's compelling, passionate and very well made. And it also contains some of the best lyrics of the band.

The overall sound of the album is also lighter, with cleaner guitars (lots of acoustics) and drums and not so heavy bass lines from Mariusz, who made his best vocal interpretation to date in my opinion here. Lyrically the title of the album is a good summary of what we can hear throughout the album, which is an exploration about the childhood's world where the origin of feelings like love, fear and friendship resides. Just beautiful!

And just like Shrine of New Generation Slaves was an homage to 70's music, this can be considered the same for 80's music, with even some The Cure gothic-sounding parts like #Addicted.

Best Tracks: Lost, #Addicted, Caterpillar and the Barbed Wire, Saturate Me, Discard your Fear.

Conclusion: if you are prepared to hear a slightly happier version of Riverside with a bit less of melancholy and desperation in their lyrics, then Love, Fear and The Time Machine is for you. Sadly, the overall quality of this album reaches not the level of their best works, but in my opinion was an improvement over (the also excellent) Shrine of New Generation Slaves and opened new and exciting horizons for the band.

Sadly, this was the last album that Piotr Grudzinski recorded with the band... We miss you, mate!!!

My rating: ****

 Shrine Of New Generation Slaves by RIVERSIDE album cover Studio Album, 2013
4.07 | 986 ratings

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Shrine Of New Generation Slaves
Riverside Progressive Metal

Review by The Crow
Prog Reviewer

4 stars Four years after the outstanding Anno Domini High Definition and with another incredible EP in the middle (Memories in my Head) the best prog rock band from Poland released Shrine of New Generation Slaves.

This album is some kind of return to the origins for the band in songs like The Depth of Self-Delusion and We got Used to Us (much in the vein of the most intimate moments of Out of Myself and Second Life Syndrome) while they also explored some new territories in tracks like New Generation Salve and Escalator Shrine where they made their particular homage to the 70's rock with even some Deep Purple-sounding keyboards.

Sadly, some other tracks like the boring Deprived and the too commercial Celebrity Touch are not so inspired, but the overall quality of the album is high. I would highlight the very missed Piotr Grudzinski's work on this album, maybe his best and most ambiental, and the general lyrical concept of the album where the band shows an acid criticism towards the enslaver work rhythm of modern society, making this album some kind of conceptual sequel to Anno Domini High Definition (not so much musically)

Best Tracks: New Generation Slave, The Depth of Self-Delusion, We Got Used to Us, Escalator Shrine.

Conclusion: Shrine of New Generation Slaves is a conservative and innovative album at the same time, offering some typical Riverside songs while they also dared to explore new territories with strong outcomes, but sadly making a pair of mistakes in the process.

Nevertheless, this is another true excellent album of this incredible band which surely should be in every prog-rock collection.

My rating: ****

 Anno Domini High Definition by RIVERSIDE album cover Studio Album, 2009
4.21 | 1228 ratings

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Anno Domini High Definition
Riverside Progressive Metal

Review by The Crow
Prog Reviewer

5 stars After the slightly disappointing Rapid Eye Movement, Riverside returned to top form with one of their best albums to date!

Based on a concept which talks about uncommunication and isolation in modern society given by technology, hedonism and egoism, Riverside managed to create five wonderful songs in the vein of Second Life Syndrome (not so dark like Rapid Eye Movement) but even heavier, making this album their hardest to date.

The album is more guitar oriented than their previous three and the keyboards are also rockier, with extensive use of Hammond, making this album sound a bit less symphonic and more straightforward heavy prog. The drumming is also fantastic and so are the incredible bass lines and mellow (and sometiemes really harsh) singing of Mariusz.

Best tracks: all of them! But Left Out is a marvelous melancholic classic.

Conclusion: Anno Domini High Definition is one of the highest peaks in Riverside's career in terms of quality, and it's also their heaviest record. All five tracks are just an outstanding sample of modern prog rock at its best, making this album one of the most prominent of the last decade.

A masterpiece of music in general and an absolute must for every prog lover!

My rating: *****

 Voices In My Head by RIVERSIDE album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2005
3.58 | 224 ratings

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Voices In My Head
Riverside Progressive Metal

Review by TCat
Prog Reviewer

3 stars Riverside's "Voices in My Head" is an EP that was released between their first and second albums in March of 2005. It contains 5 original studio songs and 3 live tracks recorded at the Traffic Club in Warsaw in May 2004. As far as I know, none of these tracks are available elsewhere. This EP presents Riverside at a more mellow vibe for the most part and also presents the band performing early on and how well the could connect with their audience from their native land. The EP also reminds us how their music can be creative and atmospheric, mellow and dark, and also somewhat similar to their contemporaries "Porcupine Tree". This similarity really shows through in their mellower songs.

"Us" is a short, mostly acoustic ballad with some keyboards added for atmosphere and a repeating, subdued percussive sound. "Acronym Love" leads out with a soft piano introduction. Vocals deliver a mellow first verse after which a full band joins in while the piano continues. There is a very nice electric guitar solo after the 2nd verse. It is reminiscent of Porcupine Tree. Towards the end of the track, tempo picks up quite a bit and a rousing guitar finishes off the track.

"DNA?" is the longest track on the EP at over 7 minutes. It starts off on a more experimental style with a more ambient feel, but dark vocals start off early as things start to build and get more intense. As it continues, you get a mid-eastern vibe with vocal styling to match it for a short passage. The track remains sinister throughout and stays interesting all the way through.

"The Time I Was Daydreaming" starts off in acoustic mode again. A strummed guitar is soon joined by soft keyboards and mellow electric guitar. The vocals here sound similar to "Opeth's" more mellow songs, but also foreshadows the direction that band would be taking for their more progressive songs, except "Riverside" might be a touch more accessible here. There are some nice harmonies here too.

"Stuck Between" keeps the same atmosphere, but the percussion is so straightforward, it seems programmed. This one is less interesting and seems like an attempt at commercial music. This is the last original studio track.

Next we have 3 live tracks culled from previous studio tracks. The softness carries forward on "I Believe" with a piano introduction, but as it continues it builds and becomes more intense. This was a good placement of this track to carry forward into the excitement of their faster and more intense music. "Loose Heart" fades in on electric guitar and piano and a mid tempo rhythm and a nice bass line build full band support. After the first vocal section, a heavier sound comes in with a short guitar solo. There's a 2nd verse, then more intensity and more guitar. This time the intensity flows into the following vocals and the build continues until it erupts into a surprisingly dramatic and heavy ending. "Out of Myself" starts off with a fast pace guitar riff and a sinister sounding whisper. This is another track with more intensity that gets quite heavy again.

This EP was a big "thank you" to fans and critics early on in their career. But, even though it stays mostly on the softer side of their music, it does build to heaviness in the last few tracks, so you do get a taste of that here too. I must admit, I was hoping for more heaviness on this, but it is still a decent EP, and at just over 36 minutes, it gives you a good idea of what music they could generate.

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4.08 | 193 ratings

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Wasteland
Riverside Progressive Metal

Review by The Jester

4 stars Riverside is one of the most talented and famous bands of Poland, and there is a reason for that. They have been around for more than 15 years now, and with every new album they are giving proofs of their talent and quality.

In 2016, Piotr Grudzinski, the band's guitar player passed away, and the band came at a crossroad; What they should do? Split up or try to overcome the loss and continue? Finally, they decided to continue as a trio, and as it is proven by the facts, it was the right thing to do.

This year they released their 7th studio album, named as Wasteland, which is their first album since the loss of Piotr Grudzinski, and I dare say it is one of their best works so far! I am not a devoted fan of Riverside; I like them the normal amount. I have all their albums in my collection, and as any other band in the world, they have their ups and downs. Well, Wasteland is definitely one of their ups! The band sounds more mature than ever, and Duda's performance is simply perfect, adding a lot to the final outcome.

I am not sure how their fans will react to this album, but for me it is a wonderful work. Yes, it is dark, even melancholic on many occasions, but it is also powerful and inspired. Well, if you consider the facts what the band had to face during the last years, you can't blame them. Also, I'm not sure if this can be characterized as a concept album, but it has a main theme, which is 'the end of the world'.

The albums open with Duda's A Capella performance in The Day After, followed by the first 'proper' song of the album, which is Acid Rain. To be honest with you, I never listen to The Day After; I always begin with Acid Rain. But after that, I listen to the whole album without skipping a song. The songs seem to 'flow' one after the other, and before you know it the album is over. And it is time to press 'play' again'

Wasteland is a music 'journey', filled with emotions. Don't make the mistake and not pay attention to it, because it surely needs a few listens before it can be fully appreciated. Congratulations to Riverside for this excellent album they have offered us. In my opinion, Wasteland is one of the best album of 2018 without a doubt. Favourite songs: Acid Rain, Vale of Tears, Guardian Angel, Lament, River Down Below, Wasteland. My Rating: 4.0 stars

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4.08 | 193 ratings

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Wasteland
Riverside Progressive Metal

Review by Aussie-Byrd-Brother
Special Collaborator Rock Progressivo Italiano Team

4 stars After a recent compilation and two Lunatic Soul solo albums in quick succession from their bassist/frontman Mariusz Duda, 2018's `Wasteland' is Polish heavy prog band Riverside's first proper album since they vowed to carry on in the wake of the passing of their longtime guitarist Piotr Grudzinski. While the core trio remains in place, their sound is bolstered on their latest work by Maciej Meller and Mateusz Owczarek's added guitar solos, as well as Michal Jelonek's evocative violin, and the combination of the musicians help to make `Wasteland' one of Riverside's most lavish, daring and sophisticated discs to date.

Somewhat surprisingly, `Wasteland' is not only their heaviest work in parts since 2009's `Anno Domini High Definition', but despite remaining highly melodic the tunes have an added weight again after the stripped back approach the band took on their previous disc `Love, Fear and the Time Machine'. While not presenting a narrative-driven concept, many of the album lyrics allude to a recurring focus on survival in a world that has ended, that also doubles with the band reflecting on their own career and identity in the wake of their departed guitarist, and despite the return of some guitar grunt, their latest is actually quite ballad heavy, sometimes resembling the moody restrained approach that British band Anathema have headed in lately. But Riverside here still find time for longer multi-part compositions and even purely instrumental tracks to ensure that there's plenty to keep the proggers satisfied!

`What if it's not meant to be?' asks Mariusz starkly on short introductory lament `The Day After', his plaintive voice echoing around slowly emerging gloomy droning synths and orchestral slivers, but within less than two minutes the band enter properly with the two-part, six minute `Acid Rain'. Instantly it kicks in with power by way of grumbling riffing heavy guitars, snarling bass and a brooding chorus, even holding a touch of gothic menace with Duda's menacing purr and symphonic synth/organ washes. Its finale adopts a more hopeful atmosphere with sparkling electric piano, rousing group-vocal cries and Pink Floyd-like slow-burn guitar embers.

There's a gnarling guitar swagger and spacey metal touches to `Vale of Tears' that is met with mellow chorus breaks, Duda adopts a deeper raspy croon for introspective acoustic ballad `Guardian Angel' that's flecked with light dusty country flavours, and `Lament' blasts fragile acoustic passages with harder chugging guitar drama back and forth around a contemplative vocal, and some soothing group multi-part harmonies and searing violin add plenty of elegance. But it's the three-part, near-ten minute instrumental `The Struggle for Survival' that will have metal fans foaming at the mouth! After an ambient intro, it morphs into a relentless dash of twisting-turning guitar rages and strangled soloing, driving drumming, giddy electronics and slithering bass, and in parts it's perhaps the closest the band have come to delivering something more along the lines of the somewhat Dream Theater-modelled `Second Life Syndrome' album all the way back in 2005 - and damned if it doesn't groove like a mother-effer in parts too!

`River Down Below' proves a nice respite to the previous instrumental tour-de-force, a gorgeous and romantic Anathema-like acoustic ballad/soft-rocker that's beautifully sung with embracing words, and the instrumental backing is restrained and full of warmth. Some expanded versions of the album also include a radio-edit of the piece that only highlights what a great song it truly is at its core, and it has a good chance of becoming Riverside's equivalent of Porcupine Tree's `Trains' or `Lazarus' by appealing to a wider range of listeners. The title-track `Wasteland' starts as a ballad of rousing bluesy acoustic guitars and a scratchy parched vocal being before battered with wild stalking riffing and delirious synth wig-outs but still finding time for more subtle mysterious interludes of expansive bone-dry country presence. The band then close on a final classy ballad `The Night Before' that is probably the most straightforward moment of the disc, highlighted by sparkling piano that brings a defiant air of hope to wrap on.

Fans who embraced Riverside's harder-hitting earlier period may still be a little disappointed (it's heavier again, but still pretty far removed from `heavy metal'), and perhaps the over-reliance on ballads might bore a few listeners, but `Wasteland' is another superb addition from a band that hasn't put a single foot wrong, who continue to offer intelligent, mature and excitingly epic works, and it only hints at the potential and possible directions this renewed trio might still head in from this point.

Four stars for another big step up for the band, with an effort that's sure to be a favoured album of 2018 for many prog-rock fans.

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4.08 | 193 ratings

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Wasteland
Riverside Progressive Metal

Review by CeeJayGee

5 stars I've long been a follower of Riverside and have found their gigs to be among the best I have attended. I rated this album a four star when I first heard it. I very much enjoyed it and loved several of the tracks but felt a rounded down 4 was more appropriate than a rounded up 5. But I find myself returning to it repeatedly and it has steadily climbed my own rating of the best albums of 2018. Giving it another few spin this morning and listening again to the beautiful closing track The Night Before I now see it firmly as five stars.
 Wasteland by RIVERSIDE album cover Studio Album, 2018
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Wasteland
Riverside Progressive Metal

Review by javajeff

5 stars It took me a few listens to really appreciate where this release is going. It is the most eclectic release in the Riverside catalog, combining different eras of Riverside and Lunatic Soul in one fantastic journey. There are many changes of pace, and different styles to keep the listener very entertained. Losing a key band mate is not always easy for a group that is as tight and cohesive as Riverside. Changing gears required a shift in the thought process, and the outcome required a more artistic approach which Wasteland has in spades. There are times when you feel like the approach stays within the walls, but the result is still very creative. There is so much remaining talent here that Wasteland still achieves the highest quality, just like the previous albums. My favorite track so far is River Down Below, which has the complete vibe of a Riverside song with some nice floydian solos. There are no bad tracks, one instrumental track, and a whole bunch of variety that flows from start to finish. You can tell that Wasteland is a tribute album, with deep, dark, thought provoking song writing. Wasteland is another quality release achieving greatness while leaning on the remaining talents. Anyone looking for a particular Riverside sound like Second Life Syndrome or Love, Fear And The Time Machine will get a taste of what they are looking for, and Wasteland gets better and better with each listen. There is so much to love in this album, and the fact that I keep listening to it means the world to me, and that is why I bumped this review from 4 to 5 stars.
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4.08 | 193 ratings

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Wasteland
Riverside Progressive Metal

Review by Deadwing

5 stars And they deliver it again!

This is a complicated album to review, especially due to the loss of Grudzinski and how it impacted the band and its fanbase. Still, that emotion is definitely felt while listening to it, and how they've used it to craft beautiful songs. It sounds different from "Love, Fear And The Time Machine", but at the same time, there's a strong Riverside vibe, which makes me remember their first album (Out of Myself) and also some of the Lunatic Soul (which is expected).

The songs are very tight produced, sometimes even a bit too much (especially the drums). The melodies, riffs, and chorus are very remarkable and easy to get in your head, but at the same time, there is a fair amount of instrumental and progressive passages which produces very well crafted tracks. Some of them are heavy, and the album was advertised to be like it, but you might get disappointed a bit because it's not heavier than anything pre-ADHD.

1. The Day After: A short interesting intro track. I feel that it could've been developed a bit more before going into the next one, though.

2. Acid Rain: Starts with a very heavy guitar riff, before you realize it's not that heavy. The second half is a really beautiful instrumental passage.

3. Vale of Tears: I hadn't enjoyed that track when they released it as a single, but I think now it flows really well in the album. It has a mid-instrumental section that is a bit Riverside-vanilla.

4. Guardian Angel: Very emotional acoustic track, reminding me of their first albums and very beautiful guitar work.

5. Lament: Their second single, a slow and heavy track with a strong Riverside landmark

6. The Struggle for Survival: This feels like one of the "Reality Dream" sequences. It's a 9-minute instrumental ride with a slow intro that evolves into lots of grooves, riffs, and solos, ending in a melancholic way.

7. River Down Below: Another of the single releases, probably one of their most emotional tracks. Really beautiful and sad.

8. Wasteland: It starts with a Jethro Tull-ish acoustic section before evolving into a major Floydian instrumental passage.

9. The Night Before: A really beautiful piano-based piece, which closes the album.

4.75/5

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