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BLOTTED SCIENCE is an instrumental extreme prog metal project headed by Ron Jarzombek of WATCHTOWER and SPASTIC INK fame.Ron contacted CANNIBAL CORPSE bassist Alex Webster about a possible collaboration in 2005,and the two soon started looking for a drummer.The first drummer for the project was Chris Adler (LAMB OF GOD),after his departure he was replaced by Derek Roddy (HATE ETERNAL,NILE).Ron called this incarnation MACHINATIONS OF DIMENTIA.Roddy then left the group and Ron found the perfect drummer for his project in
BEHOLD...THE ARCTOPUS skinsman Charlie Zeleny and the band name was changed to BLOTTED SCIENCE.The band released their debut album "The Machinations of Dimentia" in 2007.

BLOTTED SCIENCE play extreme,technical prog metal similar to the members bands SPASTIC INK and BEHOLD...the ARCTOPUS and also other bands in this genre like DYSRHTHMIA,CONTINUO RENACER and CANVAS SOLARIS.Highly recommended for fans of intense,complex and extreme instrumental progressive metal.



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The Machinations of Dimentia, studio album (2007)
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- Ron Jarzombek
- Spastic Ink
- Watchtower

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4.05 | 142 ratings
The Machinations of Dementia
2007

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4.22 | 32 ratings
The Animation of Entomology
2011

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 The Machinations of Dementia by BLOTTED SCIENCE album cover Studio Album, 2007
4.05 | 142 ratings

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The Machinations of Dementia
Blotted Science Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by Jordan677778

4 stars I'm torn as to whether I give this 4 or 5 stars. I'd give it a 4.5 if I could. This genre of music is not for everyone. As such I have a hard time giving it a 5 star rating which indicates that it is an album for the ages - "one every prog fan should hear". However, for this genre of music... it is definitely worthy of 5 stars.

As much as I love metal, I find it almost seems tainted by the vocals a lot of the time. I find myself enduring the vocals, waiting for the instrumental sections to start in again. Then along comes a solution: Blotted Science. Without the growly, grunty vocals that many of us aren't overly fond of, this debut album proves to me that instrumental death metal can be beautiful just as much as it can be intense.

I'm not going to give a track by track analysis, but standout tracks to me were: Synaptic Plasticity and Laser Lobotomy: great overall tracks to get a feel for the band, give a great picture of what to expect from the rest of the album. Activation Synthesis Theory. Where to begin.... this is an epic track from start to finish. One of, if not my all-time favourite from Blotted Science. Bleeding in the Brain, Narcolepsy, and Sleep Deprivation -> leading into The Insomniac are more amazing tracks on this album. Amnesia alsodisplays an incredible bass solo, but afterwards gets a little bit too intense for me.

Amazing debut album, can;t wait to hear the next one by these guys.

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 The Animation of Entomology by BLOTTED SCIENCE album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2011
4.22 | 32 ratings

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The Animation of Entomology
Blotted Science Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by UMUR
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4 stars "The Animation Of Entomology" is an EP release by US technical/progressive metal act Blotted Science. The EP was released through Eclectic Electric in October 2011. The bandīs debut full-length studio album "The Machinations of Dementia (2007)" was generally met with critical acclaim and the two mainmen behind the project, guitarist Ron Jarzombek (Watchtower, Spastic Ink) and bassist Alex Webster (Cannibal Corpse) opted to work together again. Drummer Charlie Zeleny (Behold... the Arctopus) has been replaced by Hannes Grossmann (Necrophagist, Obscura).

Regardless of the change on the drummer position, the music on the EP continues down the same instrumental technical/progressive extreme metal path as the music on "The Machinations of Dementia (2007)". Itīs completely "over the top", adventurous and at times bizarre. Just as weīd expect from these guys. The rythms are insanely complex and Ron Jarzombekīs guitar playing virtuosic and inventive. Fast runs, odd time signatures, breaks, jazzy notes and other impossible to play tricks. "The Animation Of Entomology" is a 7 track, 24:47 minutes musical experience thatīll keep you on your toes all the way through the playing time. Itīs challenging and probably doesnīt stick the first couple of listens, but itīs the kind of release where patience is rewarded.

"The Animation Of Entomology" is a release for fans of the most technical metal out there. Expect to be amazed, challenged, and maybe confused about the direction of the tracks. I wouldnīt call it mindless noodling though as there are recognisable themes and hooks in the tracks. They just arenīt found right away. A 4 star (80%) rating is deserved.

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Review by AtomicCrimsonRush
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4 stars The metal shredding on "The Machinations of Dimentia" is akin to having your head lobotomised with a surgical drill. The intensity of the sound is mind numbing, and you will love every minute of it if you are a technical metal addict. Every track is technically precise and full of surprising twists and turns. The bass is jack hammer pounding at times as distorted riffs grind powerfully through the brain. It is little wonder the music is this brutal coming from the hands of extreme bands such as Cannibal Corpse, Watchtower, Spastic Ink, Obscura and Hate Eternal.

Tracks such as 'Synaptic Plasticity', 'EEG Tracings', 'Activation Synthesis Theory' and 'The Insomniac' absolutely annihilate with power shredding and some of the most incredible lead guitar work on the planet. Every track has astonishing dextrous guitars, drum blast beats and hammer smashed basslines. The furious attack of stop start riffs may be too extreme for some but what really draws me to this Meshuggah like band is the fact that they are devoid of any vocals. There are none so there is no interference with the mind blowing metal. Too often great bands are ruined in my opinion by screamo or gravel gargling vocals and when these are removed the band is simply brilliant.

There are moments that allow the music to breathe such as the dreamy guitar picking on 'Adenosine Breakdown' and even jazz nuances abound on this track, before it revs into high gear and spirals wildly out of control. The screeches of guitar distortion are joined by delirious off beat signatures and polymeters. The axe man is a master of rhythmic precision and very complex patterns, none other than guitarist extraordinaire Ron Jarzombek, and he is joined by Alex Webster on bass and Charlie Zeleny on drums. Together they are a glorious force of killer metal.

'Amnesia' begins with incredible bass that is as good as I have heard, and then manic frenetic lead screams over a breakneck speed riff. This is intense wall to wall shredding and blast beats. Everything is going at warp speed and it makes the heart race quicker as the grinding pounds. 'Laser Lobotomy'features Slayer-esque lead work and riffing throughout, as fast as you would need, and yet maintains some Steve Vai type lead breaks and absolutely flawless technical rhythms.

This is one album to get hold of for shred heads and is definitely some of the most technical metal I have ever heard. Skull crushing metal from beginning to end with relentless brutality, but there is a market for this and without vocals it is all the better. Not for the faint hearted but an important album for the development of extreme metal.

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4.22 | 32 ratings

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Review by AtomicCrimsonRush
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4 stars Speed kills!

Sudden outbursts of blast beats and manic lead breaks with astonishing time changes are the stuff of dreams when it comes to technical metal. It is extreme, aggressive, weird, and downright inventive throughout. It is a form of Math metal in many ways, very technical complex time changes, and speed picking lead soloing. 'Ingesting Blattaria' simply is stunning speedy technical thrash. Undoubtedly the band love to stun a listener with incredible time sig metrics and rather odd structures in the tracks.

'Cretaceous Chasm' continues this blast of technical prowess with one time sig shift after another. It begins with doomy metal crawls and then a 'flight of the bumblebee' lead break. It is recognisable as the familiar bumblebee tune but it is varied enough to be innovative. Alex Webster's bassline is a heartbeat and the percussion of Hannes Grossmann is extraordinary. Ron Jarzombek's metal distorted guitar and lead breaks are a quintessential drawcard. Did I mention no vocals. There are none whatsoever and yet one might expect a death metal growl to come over at any second. I am grateful o the absence of this as I can concentrate on the incredibly speedy metal signatures.

'Vermicular Asphyxiation' is an apt title or a death metal band, and it begins with violin effects on guitars, and sweeping keyboard sounds. Amazing how these sounds are generated by one artist. Jarzombek is incredible. This is a slower song but no less adventurous. The time sigs are unbelievable. Soon it launched into a chugging low riff and speedy lead guitar sweeps. A new time sig locks in and more lead guitar as another sig clashes in and the tempo is incredibly fast, like a nest of hornets just buzzing furiously. Hence the wonderful album cover art. The illustration on the cover is the insect world's answer to "Kill 'Em All". The next epic in 4 phases is in contrast to the insect infestation on the cover.

'A Sting Operation ? I Human Barbequed', 'II Cessation Sanitation', 'III Seeing Dead People' and 'IV Omitting Eyes'. The epic that lasts for about 9 minutes when heard in its entirety begins with buzzing bee guitar, and incredible percussion speedblasts, double kicking frenetically. It is slowed into a steady pace with consistent lead guitar arpeggios. The pace really slows into what sounds like keyboard but its phased guitar. Grossmann's percussion is technical brilliance speeding up and maintaining rhythm sporadically. There is a freak out of metal and then a welcome break into quieter acoustics. Then more breakneck speed metal and weird time changes to finish it. My ears need a break now but its only short and such a rush of energy it is astounding.

This is an awesome extreme tech metal album, a short EP but just so good. I urge all metal fans to get hold of this dynamic killer EP.

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The Animation of Entomology
Blotted Science Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by Conor Fynes
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5 stars 'The Animation Of Entomology' - Blotted Science (9/10)

It's finally here.

In 2007, musical 'mad scientist' Ron Jarzombek and legendary death metal act Cannibal Corpse's bassist Alex Webster came together to release 'The Machinations Of Dementia' under the name Blotted Science. Taking in the best elements of both musicians, the music was viciously technical, heavy, and ultimately one of the most brilliantly complex metal albums ever made. Despite the overwhelming critical support and acclaim that Blotted Science received in 2007, I wasn't even sure that this project would see any future releases. After all, after virtually perfecting a sound at their first try, where was there to go? All the same, Blotted Science has come back again, this time in the form of a twenty-four minute long EP. Although it may sound like traveled ground for some, there's no denying that the band has done it again; Blotted Science have crafted another masterpiece of tech metal.

As I described the debut, Blotted Science's sound is essentially technical death metal, without the growls that seem to turn off so many prospective listeners. In any case, while Blotted Science may lack the defining feature of death metal, they remain heavy as hell, with guitars blazing, bass pummeling, and the drums firing as precisely as an atomic clock. While there may not be lyrics here, Blotted Science also tends to have albums based on a theme. With 'The Machinations Of Dementia', Jarzombek and company built this music on the foundation of brain disorders, titling their songs after brain disorders and gearing the music to revolve around what feelings they might evoke. On their second run-through, Blotted Science maintain their cold, mechanically oriented themes, this time dealing with the nature of bugs, and all of the different unsettling things they do. The album cover is crawling with them, and while I thought that the subject of brain dysfunction worked perfectly for Blotted's music, this new subject mirrors the music perfectly.

Over the course of seven tracks (four of which are bound together in a mini-epic), Blotted Science's number one goal seems to be to make their listener's heads explode in amazement. Sure, plenty of guitarists can shred and some even have a deep knowledge of theory. Still, I am hard-pressed to think of another band that is able to play together with such complexity as Blotted Science. The music is highly aggressive, with 'Ingesting Blattaria' opening up the album with a barrage of nearly incomprehensible tech-heaviness that soon breaks up into an incessant fusion of technical death metal riffs, sci-fi lead solos, and a surprising depth of atmosphere that lets the horror-styled undertones of the music get inside your head. Jarzombek and Webster are an absolutely devastating pair, whose respective styles compliment each other greatly. New to the band is drummer Hannes Grossmann, who brings a subtle jazz flourish to the band; I would say the intense and dynamic drumming here is even better than Charlie Zeleny's performance on the debut.

Despite a change in apparent subject from brain disorders to bugs that cause them, , the actual music of Blotted Science has barely changed, if at all. As much as I am blown away by what Blotted Science do with 'The Animation Of Entomology', there are no creative leaps here beyond what the band did on 'Machinations'. For this, I cannot quite consider it the classic that the band's debut is, even if Blotted Science have some even greater moments here. One thing I could mention that seems to set 'Animation' apart from its predecessor is that the mellower moments here are integrated a little more cohesively into the music that on 'Machinations', where the brutal tech metal and schizoid jazz explorations where largely kept separate from each other. While I may have been a little disappointed at first that Blotted Science's second album was only twenty four minutes long, this does work for the exhausting style of the band. I would not consider 'The Animation Of Entomology' necessarily to be an improvement in what Blotted Science has done, and certainly not a development. All the same, the depth in the composition is very consistent, and as impressive as it ever has been. While I thought their debut was a virtually impossible achievement, Blotted Science have gone out and done it twice.

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 The Machinations of Dementia by BLOTTED SCIENCE album cover Studio Album, 2007
4.05 | 142 ratings

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Blotted Science Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by b_olariu
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4 stars Blotted Scince is a technical progressive metal band from USA, featuring well known musicians from this zone, mostly from extreme bands, like Ron Jarzombek , the brain of the band coming from Watchtower and Spastilc Ink, bassist from death metal band Cannibal Corpse - Alex Webster and on drums the excellent Chris Adler from Nile and Hate Eternal. So, what do we expect from the album named The machinations of dementia, and implicit from the music, well, technical to extreme , instrumetal album all, with powerfull arrangements, bursting guitars, with some here and there fusion elements added, make from this album a total winner to my ears. What I don't like at some point, is that the album is to long, and here and there to much the same playing, but nevertheless great in the end. I like the album, but I don't considered to be a masterpiece of the genre, realy, I know more eleborated albums in same vein, more diverse and intristing. The musicianship is excellent of course, because all are professional musicians with years behind in musical bussines, musicaly speaking the album is very jazzy sometimes combined with very technical progressive metal parts, pleasent most of the time, but not groundbreaking, at least for me. It took me a lots of spins 'till I fully get the album entirely. Similar bands, Canvas Solaris, Behold... The Arctopus. 3.5, maybe rounded to 4 this time only.

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Review by Conor Fynes
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5 stars 'The Machinations Of Dementia' - Blotted Science (10/10)

To put it simply, this is the most accomplished technical metal release ever created.

While the genre of technical progressive metal has gotten a bad name in the eyes of some for it's typically overindulgent and mindless showboating and lack of substantial depth, there will always be bands, or albums that really excel and break through the barriers of convention to deliver something that really blows the doors away. While the metal world is full of greatly talented, skilled and even genius musicians, I will admit that there have been only a handful of albums that have impressed me so much on a musical level in instrumental metal, and arguably none that have blown me away as much on a technical level as Blotted Science does however. While this is not going to be the order of the day for everyone, 'The Machinations Of Dementia' is easily one of the greatest instrumental albums ever made.

Essentially the brainchild of virtuoso guitarist Ron Jarzombek (of Watchtower/Spastic Ink fame), Blotted Science was created out of the urge to make a progressive metal supergroup of some of the most talented and skilled musicians in the scene. What might come as a bit of a shock to the progressive side of the prog metal scene is that the bassist chosen to be part of this project is Alex Webster, of Cannibal Corpse. While Cannibal Corpse isn't exactly known for their penchant of thought-provoking themes and music, they are indeed talented musicians and Alex Webster's frantic bass work steals the show here. With a presence much greater here than on most other albums, the technical bass display adds a dimension to the music that really compliments Jarzombek's left-of-center guitar playing. Add in some near-obsessive mathematical drumming from Charlie Zeleny (of Behold... The Arctopus) and Blotted Science comes together to produce something that is nearly unparelleled in terms of it's complexity and chaos.

Although the music is entirely instrumental, the concept of mental illness and psychology flows throughout the album, as is conveyed through the song titles. As with all great concept pieces, the music reflects the nature of the subject matter; frenetic work, crushing heaviness and mathematically impossible polyrhythms give 'Machinations' a very unsettling and disturbing feel to it. While there are a few tracks that stand out on their own as individual songs ('Laser Lobotomy,' 'Night Terror') the album generally flows together as a long piece. While such complexity and technicality can be overwhelming over the course of fifty-odd minutes, the high level of compositional quality and experimentation lies throughout.

Possibly best described as an 'instrumental technical death metal' album, Blotted Science gets very heavy amongst the technicality. 'The Machinations Of Dementia' is an insanely complex and immersive listen. Any fans of progressive metal should find something to love here, but make no mistake; you'll be exhausted by the end of it.

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Review by MusicMan3172

5 stars I came across Blotted Science based on a recommendation by the iTunes store. I was the owner of the amazing album by Behold...The Arctopus, and the Genius app in iTunes suggested i Pick up Blotted Science. Man - thanks very much, Genius. This album is amazing. Being a huge fan of prog, metal and jazz, B.T.A. had become a highly regarded staple in my weekly listening list. This album tones down the complexity a little, but it matters little for two reasons: the songs are awesome, and the band plays the hell out of them.

Before buying this album, I was not very familiar with the work of guitarist Ron Jarzombek. All I will say is that he's just an incredible player. He can shred, but the melodies he crafts are breathtaking, and seems to never sacrifice substance for speed. As a fan of B.T.A., I was already in the know when it comes to drummer Charlie Zeleny. Extremely talented, and in my opinion, this album shows another side to his playing. I know have an even greater appreciation for his stellar drum work.

I think this album deserves 5 stars, easily. Amazing songs played with great technique and feel. The only thing left to say is....I really hope they come out with a new album soon!

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Review by Mellotron Storm
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4 stars 4.5 stars. Thankyou UMUR for the recommendation ! This is Ron Jarzombek's project and the guy is simply a genius when it comes to playing the guitar. So inventive as many know from his days with WATCHTOWER and SPASTIC INK. Well in my opinion he's topped everything he's ever done with this album. He has Alex Webster (CANNIBAL CORPSE) on bass. Ron composed all the tracks with Alex helping out on seven of them. On drums we have BEHOLD...THE ARCTOPUS' Charlie Zeleny. It was funny talking to this young guy at the "Sony Store" the other day. We get talking about music and he tells me he plays guitar and his favourite band is MESHUGGAH. Well we knew a lot of the same bands and I asked him if he knew BLOTTED SCIENCE and he laughs and says "Yeah that's Charlie's band". He had already told me he was a fan of BEHOLD...THE ARCTOPUS. Anyway this is an all instrumental album with the theme being the inner workings of the physical mind. It's very cool to read in the liner notes a detailed "Observation" and "Clinical Synopsis" for each song title.This is incredibly technical and heavy Metal / Fusion, but the fact it's melodic makes this darn near perfect for my tastes.

"Synaptic Plasticity" opens with outbursts of power that come and go as the guitar plays underneath.Then it all kicks in with an awesome display. This sounds so good cranked up. It's heavy duty 2 minutes in. Check out the bass before 2 1/2 minutes and later at 3 minutes ! Then check out Ron before 4 minutes just shredding ! Dude ! "Laser Lobotomy" has this killer guitar intro as drums and bass join in. It gets heavier. It settles after 2 minutes but it doesn't last long. Ripping guitar after 3 minutes and later. Unreal. "Brain Fingerprinting" opens with this guitar line as outbursts of power come and go until it stays. Check out the drum work. It settles some and I really like the way this song changes and evolves. Amazing guitar late. It blends into "Oscillation Cycles" as it turns into an all out assault. It's doom-like late. "Activation Synthesis Theory" is the longest tune at over 8 minutes.The guitar makes some noise then we get what sounds like a heart beat. It starts to beat faster then crunch, crunch and wreckage. So cool ! Heaviness follows. A furious attack before 4 1/2 minutes followed a minute later by a crushing soundscape that causes maximum damage.The guitar cries out in anguish 6 1/2 minutes in. "R.E.M." features outbursts of rage as the music box-like sound plays. The rage wins. "Night Terror" opens with ominous guitar then it must be open season because the metal starts to fly.

"Bleeding In The Brain" is dramatic and desperate. Amazing tune. They're on fire before 4 minutes. Let them burn ! Not worthy ! "Vegetation" features some tasteful guitar (shocking I know) in this mellow tune. "Narcolepsy" kicks in heavily rather quickly. Check it out a minute in. It settles again as contrasts continue. It's like thunder and lightning as this violent storm wreaks destruction. A calm follows but not for long. "E.E.G. Tracings" opens with some devestating guitar, heaviness follows. We're all going to die ! These guys are insane ! "Sleep Deprivation" is spacey and laid back. "The Insomniac" is heavy with guitar then it turns spacey as contrasts continue. Huge bass after 2 minutes. Killer sound late as drums pound relentlessly. "Amnesia" has some nice deep bass lines to open as guitar and heaviness joins in and trash the place. "Adenesine Breakdown" is laid back with lots of bass. It's building. Here we go ! "Adenosine Buildup" is like listening to a stampede. It settles some. Love the guitar. It calms right down to end it.

A masterpiece if i've ever heard one.This sounds all too perfect. By the way Ron Jarzombek produced it as well.

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 The Machinations of Dementia by BLOTTED SCIENCE album cover Studio Album, 2007
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Blotted Science Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by UMUR
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4 stars Blotted Science is the new project from guitarist Ron Jarzombek ( Watchtower, Spastic Ink) and Bassist Alex Webster ( Cannibal Corpse). Charlie Zeleny (Behold...the Arctapus) plays drums. This is tech metal of the highest standard, but it differs a little from the usual tech metal madness. First of all there are no vocals on the album, and secondly allthough this is very technical music, itīs still listenable. I think much credit for this should go to Alex Webster who probably have pulled the project in a more "simple" direction. Actually the album is pretty heavy, so donīt expect this to sound like fairy haired prog metal. Itīs more in the vein of heavier Spastic Ink.

I enjoy this album very much, but it is not a masterpiece for two reasons. First of all, I think vocals would have done the trick to some of these songs. They would have been complete. Donīt misunderstand me though, they work perfectly fine without the vocals, itīs just me who likes vocals. The other thing I will complain about is the lenght of the album. With demanding music like this I think itīs a bit much with 16 songs even though some of them are short. I know this is an eternal discussion, but I generally donīt think albums should last more than 45 minutes with a few exceptions.

This is a 4 star album though. Itīs one of the best I have heard in this genre. Ron never seems to disappoint.

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