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BURST is a progressive metal band formed in 1993 in Sweden.

Jesper Liveröd, Linus Jägerskog and Patrick Hultin created BURST in 1933. Guitarists Robert Reinholdz and Jonas Rydberg joined the band a bit later. According to their label, they are considered to be one of Sweden's brightest metal prospects.
The band is known to add progressive elements to their hardcore/metal music
making them different from most of the other metalcore bands. Their vocals are a
mixture of melodic vocals (Reihnoldz) and screaming (Jägerskog) . They are
currently signed to Relapse Records.

BURST were formed by a couple of friends for no real intention but to just make
fast paced, heavy music. They were initially called DISLARS. Their older music
was more grindcore and crust punk oriented. They played a few live shows across
Sweden. They later started playing a brutal style of hardcore punk. The more
they improved their playing skills, the band shifted towards a more progressive
style while still sticking to their Hardcore roots. They later decided on the
name Burst. The band then began to take their music more seriously and decided
to record demos. During this period they toured heavily. They eventually inked a
deal with Melon Records. Their first two studio albums were released there.
However, the band was not satisfied with the results and began to add more
changes to their music. They released a few EPs after this.

In 2003, BURST released "Prey On Life" through Relapse records. This is the album
that not only set the bands style but also gained them more popularity. This was
because Relapse was a more well known label, having in its roster bands like
NILE and MASTODON, as well as many well known bands in the metal community. The release was generally well received. By touring with DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN,
and other bands, BURST began to slowly rise in popularity. Before
writing their new album, they knew what direction they had to go. Instead of
sticking to a formula that worked, they intended to push themselves even
further. The result was "Origo", which was praised by magazines such as
Terrorizer, Metal Hammer and Kerrang and saw the band becoming more popular than
ever before.

BURST's new record, "Lazarus Bird", was recorded at Bohussound Studio in
Kungalv, Sweden, and produced by Fredrik Reinedahl. Relapse Records is scheduled
to release the new ...
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3.10 | 2 ratings
Two Faced
1998
3.09 | 3 ratings
Conquest: Writhe
2000
4.67 | 11 ratings
Prey on Life
2003
4.27 | 11 ratings
Origo
2005
4.22 | 53 ratings
Lazarus Bird
2008

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

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3.00 | 1 ratings
In Coveting Ways & Conquest: Writhe
2003

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0.00 | 0 ratings
Shadowcaster
1996
0.00 | 0 ratings
Forsaken, Not Forgotten
1998
4.00 | 1 ratings
In Coveting Ways
2002
0.00 | 0 ratings
Burnt by the Sun/Burst
2003
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Burst / The Ocean split
2005

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 Lazarus Bird  by BURST album cover Studio Album, 2008
4.22 | 53 ratings

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Lazarus Bird
Burst Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by Conor Fynes
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4 stars 'Lazarus Bird' - Burst (8/10)

The fifth album by this interesting act in progressive metal, Burst originally began as a much rawer hardcore/metalcore act, but has since moved down a more complex and progressive path with their music. 'Lazarus Bird' is the first I had heard of this Swedish ensemble. Like many other bands in progressive metal ironically, Burst will easily draw some comparisons to other bands' sounds from the first listen onwards, but for what it may lack in distinct sound, it makes up in sheer power and energy. Although I have enjoyed very little metalcore I have listened to in the past, it is clear with 'Lazarus Bird' that Burst has risen beyond the confines of that genre to become something much greater. Put simply; 'Lazarus Bird' is an excellent album.

The sound here amounts to an organic mixture of riff-oriented metal, jazz, and complex song structures. While this pairing has been seen countless times before now, Burst distinguishes themselves by how well they merge the two into a cohesive sound. While some (quite famous) bands in progressive metal do tend switch between heavy and light moments to create a sense of dynamic in the music, the two are usually kept fairly distinct from each other. Burst can move from a sludgy riff barrage to a jazzy post-rock build up, and it feels completely natural. However, the quieter, more subtle side of 'Lazarus Bird' does shine quite a bit more than the metallic element. While the crunchy riffs and somewhat tired metalcore-derived shouts have their place and are quite above average for their style, the jazz aspect of Burst is quite a bit more interesting, keeping things both progressive yet melodic and beautiful to listen to.

Be that as it may, there is quite a bit of meat on the bones of the heavy sections. Although things usually amount to sludgy riffs, the songwriting stays tight, and need one even mention the drumming, which is quite simply excellent and greatly fitting of the style that Burst plays. At times there is a sense of rhythmic experimentation, but usually the progressive spirit of Burst is kept in the intensely successful dynamics. When drawing comparisons to the sounds of other bands, there is one that stands out more than any other, and a band I was constantly reminded of when listening to 'Lazarus Bird'. In virtually every aspect of Burst's sludgy element, they sound like a carbon copy of the American band Mastodon. Even though it feels like Burst does this style even better than Mastodon, the fact that Burst has not yet identified themselves with a truly unique sound makes it that much more difficult to regard 'Lazarus Bird' as a masterpiece, even though it has plenty of potential to be one.

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 Prey on Life by BURST album cover Studio Album, 2003
4.67 | 11 ratings

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Prey on Life
Burst Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by UMUR
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

5 stars "Prey On Life" is the 3rd full-length studio album by Swedish progressive post hardcore act Burst. The album was released through Relapse Records in September 2003. Burst showed great progress and will to experiment with their original melodic post hardcore sound on the preceeding "In Coveting Ways (2002)" EP, but "Prey On Life" shows Burst at the top of their game.

The music on "Prey On Life" is intriguing on many levels. First of all it´s a pretty extreme album (not death/black/grind extreme). The vocals by Linus Jägerskog are especially savage. I struggle to come up with a vocalist with a more caustic and aggressive delivery. This one is a blood cougher. Shouting and raw hardcore type vocals. The clean vocals, which Burst would start using more on later releases, are only featured briefly on the track "Crystal Asunder". The music itself is very energetic and while rooted in hardcore, Burst take that style and twist it completely into something of their own. References to acts such as The Ocean, Converge and the post hardcore pioneers in Breach are valid enough but Burst stand out from the crowd as something special because of the way they combine extreme aggression, melody, and progressive ideas. The two guitarists compliment each other very well and it´s seldom they play the same notes. The bass and the drums are technically well played and adventurous.

Besides the high level musicianship it´s the songwriting that needs to be mentioned as one of the standout features on "Prey On Life". Innovative and adventurous are two words that come to mind when trying to describe the music on "Prey On Life". The album is a kind of loose musical concept with a recurrent theme in the intro track "Undoing (Prey on Life)", the intermezzo track "Fourth Sun", that divides the album in two, and in the outro track "Epidemic". Picking highlights is difficult because all tracks on the album are of such high quality but the opening trio of tracks (excluding the intro) "Iris", "Sculpt the Lives" and "Rain" are simply outstanding aggressive and technical/progressive post hardcore tracks. Especially the latter mentioned is pure genious in my book. "Monument" and "Visionary" also deserve special mentions.

The sound production is powerful and detailed, and while it´s clear enough to be able to differenciate what the instruments do at any given time, it´s also raw and hits like a hammer. It´s a very successful sound production which perfectly suits the music.

"Prey On Life" is an outstanding album in my book and if you need an introduction to the more adventurous side of post hardcore, I´d strongly recommend that you make "Prey On Life" one of your first purchases. Burst have developed and refined their sound on subsequent albums, but the perfect balance between sophisticated progressive ideas and raw hardcore power on "Prey On Life" is something I dare say they will never achieve again. To my ears this album is a pure masterpiece. High quality musicianship, a powerful sound production, and outstanding and innovative compositions. A 5 star (100%) rating couldn´t be more deserved.

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 Lazarus Bird  by BURST album cover Studio Album, 2008
4.22 | 53 ratings

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Lazarus Bird
Burst Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by Bonnek
Special Collaborator Prog Metal Team

4 stars Lazarus Bird is one of those albums that I almost have to trip over before I remember I own it. But whenever I remember I do I'm stunned how good it is. Long intricate songs with techical and progressive riffs, and with melodies that are both complex and catchy enough to grant endured enjoyment. There's also lots of varations between aggressive parts and slightly spacey moody sections. Somewhere betwen Mastodon and Alchemist maybe?

I guess the reason why I need to be pushed to listen are the dry hardcore shouted vocals which are not my favorite unfortunately. It depens on my mood but somehow they come off as too one-dimensional, missing the diversity of a regular melodic voice and also lacking the fear, depression, madness and other jolly moods that death or blackmetal vocals seem to conjure up. But hey, it's nothing business, it's personal.

Another criticism I tend to have on my bad days is that these guys have difficulty convincing me of their proper identity, sounding exactly like 75% Mastodon and 'something else' for the remainder of the time. The two don't always interact to create a personal sound. Symptomatic is the track 'Cripple God', which consists of Mastodon for 4'40'' and then a nice spacey outro of 2 minutes that could have been from Alchemist or Pink Floyd but that has nothing to do with the rest of the song. Other songs like 'City Cloaked' merge their two sides more successfully.

Luckily for the band I don't have a bad today so I could fully enjoy their many strengths, as in fact, I believe they're better then Mastodon, if only for not annoying us with nasal clean vocals. Great album!

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4.22 | 53 ratings

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Lazarus Bird
Burst Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by Metal_Style

5 stars Lazarus Bird represents a new wave in the tech/extreme metal side of prog. While maintaining a classic style of hardcore from previous releases they bring to the table a fresh outlook providing jazz guitar solos, single instrument sections and tranquill clean singing. What the listener first notices about this album is the dramatic change in the quality of songwritting. No matter if the songs start off heavy or clean, there is always a sense that something is building up within the confines of the song's length. Perhaps the two best examples of this are the tracks 'We are Dust' and '(We Watched) The Silver Rain'. Not to say that the other tracks arent worth mentioning but there is just a special vibe to those particular songs, something makes you fall into a trance.

At times there are points when the vocals may become a bit stale, but that is what adds to the mystique of this album. You never really know when the next shift in sound is going to come and where its going to take you.

With a little more clean vocals this band can be shot to the top of the progressive metal world in 2010, since they already have the amazing songwritting skills nailed down.

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Lazarus Bird
Burst Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by Metalstyle

4 stars Lazarus Bird represents a new wave in the tech/extreme metal side of prog. While maintaining a classic style of hardcore from previous releases they bring to the table a fresh outlook providing jazz guitar solos, single instrument sections and tranquill clean singing.

What the listener first notices about this album is the dramatic change in the quality of songwritting. No matter if the songs start off heavy or clean, there is always a sense that something is building up within the confines of the song's length. Perhaps the two best examples of this are the tracks 'We are Dust' and '(We Watched) The Silver Rain'. Not to say that the other tracks arent worth mentioning but there is just a special vibe to those particular songs, something makes you fall into a trance.

At times there are points when the vocals may become a bit stale, but that is what adds to the mystique of this album. You never really know when the next shift in sound is going to come and where its going to take you.

With a little more clean vocals this band can be shot to the top of the progressive metal world in 2010, since they already have the amazing songwritting skills nailed down.

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4.22 | 53 ratings

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Lazarus Bird
Burst Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by bighugejake

5 stars This album is prime progressive metal genius. There are long compositions with unorthodox and extraordinary approaches to songwriting. The album is brilliantly crafted, there is no doubt about it. The only problem some might have is the lack of clean vocals, but otherwise, the album is exceptional.

It seems a shame to me that not many people know this band from Sweden. They have unbelievable musicianship and too small a fan base than what that should entail. If any lovers of prog-metal out there stumble upon this review, Burst is absolutely a band that you should hear. With more support this band's genius could breach it's current borders and show everyone it's brilliance.

This band has definately improved in the latter of its years. It has advanced from a punk metal sound into a clearly progressive sounding ensemble. Their use of growl and clean vocals makes their ambient spectrum almost limitless. The vocals range from a deep baritone to an impressive soprano. The instrumental aspects of this band are clearly a powerful force. They use different instruments that are not seen in most metal and even the guitar tones are more rock sounding than metal. Some parts of the music sound like an ambient minimalist song which changes to a groove metal sound then to an underwater melotrone, comparable to Opeth.

The songs are all incredibly put together and showcase the band's articulate and captivating nature. The ones that truly stand out are We Watched The Silver Rain, I Hold Vertigo, and Cripple God as well as the melodically encompassing wanderings of City Cloaked.

Influences and similar artists of Burst's sound that I can hear are Porcupine Tree, Opeth, Isis, Mastodon, Dream Theater, Spock's Beard, Baroness and (vocally, at certain points) System of a Down. The band switches genres a lot, as mentioned before. There is always a metal undertone but there are so many extra elements fused into the work. Some are: Doom, Jazz, Thrash, Blues, Classical, Egyptian, Grindcore and use of augmented and unconventional chord structures.

I have to conclude that this album deserves, at the very least, a 4.8 out of 5. It has greatly influenced the music I produce and I hope it will take a similar effect on many others. If you don't appreciate this album as a great work of the progressive genre your head probably isn't screwed on just right.

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 Lazarus Bird  by BURST album cover Studio Album, 2008
4.22 | 53 ratings

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Lazarus Bird
Burst Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by Oxpocket

5 stars Not too long ago I picked up a friend on a Sunday afternoon. He and I share musical tastes, except for the fact that he will listen Dimmu and Cradle of Filth all day long where as I would rather listen to Opeth. But that's another story altogether. He started talking about this Burnt By The Sun split 7 inch he acquired. He said there's this band on the B-Side called Burst that's rather bad ass. I laughed and said something about their name. He said either way I should check them out. So I checked them out.

My first Burst experience was Lazarus Bird and as soon as I heard the opening riff and subsequent vocals I knew that in a very short time I would be that guy telling people they should check out Burst.

This CD is nothing short of awesome. The mix of moods during each song. The mix of clean softness, old school hardcore elements, ambiance, oddity, and their own secret blend of metal keep your senses on high alert. The ambient guitar leads throughout are beautiful and bring pictures of a dark music box pulled from a Tim Burton film, complete with the broken ballerina clicking as it spins, mixed with that which would go perfectly behind a dusty desert scene in a Robert Rodriguez movie. But then again, the beginning of We Are Dust gives you a weird 2001: A Space Oddesy lonely, distant feeling.

I'm not sure if it's the power of suggestion but at times the music on Lazarus Bird seems to in fact burst right out at you. Case and point...Cripple God. The track change from 4 to 5 gives you a moment of silence. That silence is suddenly broken by a burst of aggressive guitars and vocals. But then the clean cuts in. Clean yet still driving thanks to the bright guitar work but even more so by drummer Patrik Hultin's use of the ride cymbal keeping the pace moving. And what's with the Swedes finishing the track with little chunk of long dusty Arizona desert music? Why the hell not!

Odd as it may sound, when the sax kicks in on Nineteenhundred I instantly think of the late LeRoy Moore playing in a New Orleans jazz band. But that's just me.

(We Watched) The Silver Rain is one of the longer songs on the CD and is perfect for those who like the longer tracks on say, BTBAM's Colors disc. The length allows for tons of changes, and with each change you're almost listening to another chapter of the song. The same holds true for the disc's closing track City Cloaked.

Lazarus Bird by Burst ranks high on my personal favorites of 2008. The guitar work is terrific. At times beating you to a pulp or driving you faster and faster and at other times it's reminiscent of Yes's Steve Howe. The ambiance it gives in the clean parts and the especially during the end of City Cloaked pull emotion from deep within you. The production is spot on and at times totally isolates the bass work where it almost forces you to listen to it's beauty. The vocals...Heavy and meaty but at the same time the only way to describe Jens Kidman's range is to compare it to that which is Mr. Patton's work on such classics as Angel Dust and Mr. Bungle's self titled disc. The drumming isn't the strong point of this band but it fits perfectly. It's came and did exactly what it needed to do.

With that, the only thing left to say is...

Ever hear of Burst? You should check'em out.

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 In Coveting Ways & Conquest: Writhe  by BURST album cover Boxset/Compilation, 2003
3.00 | 1 ratings

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In Coveting Ways & Conquest: Writhe
Burst Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by UMUR
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— First review of this album —
3 stars "In Coveting Ways & Conquest: Writhe" is a compilation album by Swedish post hardcore act Burst. The album was released through Ritual Records in 2003. The compilation includes the band´s 2nd full-length studio album "Conquest: Writhe (2000)", the "In Coveting Ways (2002)" EP, and a single from 1998 titled "Forsaken Not Forgotten". This is a great way to be introduced to the early music by Burst instead of purchasing the releases seperately. And pretty surely a much cheaper one too.

CD1 features the tracks from "In Coveting Ways (2002)" and "Forsaken Not Forgotten (1998)". The 4 tracks from "In Coveting Ways (2002)" are high quality material while the 2 tracks from "Forsaken Not Forgotten (1998)" should probably be considered as bonus material as they don´t exactly feature the same high standards as the rest of the material on this compilation.

CD2 features all tracks from the band´s 2nd full-length studio album "Conquest: Writhe (2000)". It´s a pretty strong post hardcore album with a slight progressive edge but the material are generally not as strong as the material from the "In Coveting Ways (2002)" EP on CD1.

All in all this is an interesting compilation and a very worthy purchase. A 3.5 star (70%) rating is certainly warranted and considering that the original releases are probably very hard to come by today, compilations like these are always welcome.

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 In Coveting Ways by BURST album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2002
4.00 | 1 ratings

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In Coveting Ways
Burst Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by UMUR
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— First review of this album —
4 stars "In Coveting Ways" is an EP release by Swedish post hardcore act Burst. The EP was released through Chrome Saint Magnus in 2002. It was released between their 2nd full-length studio album "Conquest: Writhe (2000)" and the band´s 3rd full-length studio album "Prey on Life (2003)". All tracks on "In Coveting Ways" were re-released as part of the "In Coveting Ways & Conquest: Writhe" compilation album in 2003. On "Conquest: Writhe (2000)", Burst showed a lot of interesting progress from their original melodic post hardcore style, but on "In Coveting Ways" they are close to perfecting their more progressive post hardcore style and the 4 tracks on the 16:37 minutes long EP could easily have been included on "Prey on Life (2003)". Both in terms of overall style but certainly also because of the high quality of the tracks.

The music on the EP is still based on melodic post hardcore, but even though the roots of Burst music are in hardcore the 4 tracks on the EP feature experimental twists and turns. The two longest tracks "Scavenger" and "Paradise Regained" feature multible sections while the two shorter tracks "Black But Shining" and "Ars Diavoli" are more energetic and direct but still rather sophisticated. For example take a listen to the fast-paced riff in "Black But Shining" that is doubled by an acoustic guitar. To my ears that´s a great adventurous idea and a shiny example of the importance of details in music. The vocals are raw hardcore screaming/shouting and Linus Jägerskog delivers his vocals with conviction and passion. Somehow he is able to sound both really aggressive and melancholic at the same time. I was a bit overwhelmed by the aggressive "core" type vocal approach when I initially started listening to Burst but over time I´ve grown to really appreciate his aggressive vocal style.

The musicianship are on a high level all around. Burst are an incredibly well playing band, but that was more or less obvious already on their debut album, but on this EP Burst show what they are capable of and it´s quite a bit actually. Fast intricate riffing and a dynamic rhythm section are in addition to the strong vocals some of the assets on "In Coveting Ways".

The sound production is powerful, professional and well sounding. A bit darker than the more clear sound on "Prey on Life (2003)" but still very well sounding. Overall "In Coveting Ways" is a very worthy purchase for people into challenging semi-progressive melodic post hardcore with extreme vocals. The music features many similarities to the music by artists like The Ocean, Converge, and Breach but Burst ultimately have their own unique style. "In Coveting Ways" is easily worth a 4 star (80%) rating.

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 Conquest: Writhe by BURST album cover Studio Album, 2000
3.09 | 3 ratings

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Conquest: Writhe
Burst Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by UMUR
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3 stars "Conquest: Writhe" is the 2nd album by Swedish post hardcore act Burst. The album was released through PFC/Prank Records in 2000. The 11 tracks on the 36:06 minutes long album are also featured on the "In Coveting Ways & Conquest: Writhe (2003)" compilation album along with the 6 tracks from the 2002 "In Coveting Ways" EP.

Burst debut full-length studio album titled "Two Faced (1998)" was a pretty simple and effective hardcore album with melodic leanings that showed the more progressive direction that Burst would take later on in their career, but only in very brief glimpses. With "Conquest: Writhe", Burst take another step towards the more experimental sound they would perfect on "Prey on Life (2003)".

The music is melodic post hardcore with a few experimental elements here and there. An example would be the screaming (almost growling vocals) over an acoustic part in "Juxtaposed" or the choice of unconventional notes and chord progressions which make this album quite different from other hardcore albums. I would go as far as to call "Conquest: Writhe" a sophisticated hardcore album. I wouldn´t go as far as to call the music progressive though. All tracks are solid but there are few truly standout moments on the album and it does get a bit same sounding along the way. There are not enough fixpoints/hooks in the songs to tell them apart. Don´t get the wrong idea though this is still quality music if you like melodic post hardcore (think a band like Converge) with a pretty angry sounding frontman.

The musicianship are generally strong on "Conquest: Writhe" and I really enjoy the melodic chords progressions and the tight playing rhythm section. Linus Jägerskog has a pretty extreme voice and it´s probably an aquired taste if you can appreciate his raw shouting delivery, but personally I really enjoy his brutal and fiercely aggressive vocal style. The album features a professional, clear and powerful sound production, which suits the music well. Upon conclusion I´d call "Conquest: Writhe" a good quality transition album that sees the band holding on to their hardcore past, but at the same time experiment with more progressive ideas. They are not fully there yet but a 3 - 3.5 star (65%) rating is still warranted.

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