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Fleshgod Apocalypse is born in April 2007. After the release of "Promo '07" recorded and mixed at 16th Cellar Studio by the producer Stefano "Saul" Morabito the band signs to Neurotic Records. The two tracks contained in the promo are also included in the 4-way split "Da Vinci Death Code" distributed via Spew Rec. In early 2008 the band performs some live dates to spread his name in the Italian and European underground scene supporting bands like Behemoth, Origin, Dying Fetus, Hate Eternal, Suffocation, Napalm Death and many more. In May 2008 the band enters again 16th Cellar Studio to record its first full-length album, "Oracles". In December 2008 the band decides to part ways with Neurotic Records and ink a deal with Willowtip Records that will release the debut "Oracles". The album is distributed via Willowtip Records (US/WORLD) and Candlelight Records (EU). Right after the "Oracles" release in April 2009, the band started an intense live activity all over the Europe. Supporting God Dethroned in the Balkans tour, then Vader and Marduk in Funeral Nation tour and finally covering the UK and EIRE territories with the first Fleshgod Apocalypse headlining tour. In the mean while new songs have been written for a new opera: Mafia. The EP has been recorded, mixed and mastered at 16th Cellar Studio in January 2010 and released by Willowtip Records (WORLD). It's a big step forward for the band in every way. Right after the end of the recording session the band embarks another European tour supporting Suffocation and an headlining Russian tour. In June 2010 the new work is out and the band starts to promote it with a North American tour supporting Suffocation and playing some gigs and festivals in Europe. A new European tour is planned for January as well as a new US/CANADA tour is on the way for April 2010...stay tuned!

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  • Fleshgod Apocalypse at Naonian Concert Hall (ex Deposito Giordani), Pordenone on 27 Sep 2014
  • Fleshgod Apocalypse + Hour of Penance + Embryo + more at Circolo Colony, Brescia on 10 Oct 2014
  • Fleshgod Apocalypse at Cafè Liber, Torino on 11 Oct 2014
  • Fleshgod Apocalypse at Urban, Perugia on 16 Oct 2014
  • Fleshgod Apocalypse at Cycle~ Club, Calenzano on 25 Oct 2014
  • Insomnium + Stam1na + Fleshgod Apocalypse at Steinbruch-Theater, Mühltal on 30 Oct 2014
  • Insomnium + Stam1na + Fleshgod Apocalypse at Club Vaudeville, Lindau on 31 Oct 2014
  • Shadows of the Dying Sun over Europe 2014 on 1 Nov 2014
  • Insomnium + Stam1na + Fleshgod Apocalypse at Matrix, Bochum on 2 Nov 2014
  • Insomnium + Stam1na + Fleshgod Apocalypse at Z7 Konzertfabrik Pratteln, Pratteln on 3 Nov 2014
  • Insomnium + Stam1na + Fleshgod Apocalypse at Der Hirsch, Nürnberg on 4 Nov 2014
  • Shadows of the Dying Sun Over Europe 2014 on 5 Nov 2014
  • Shadows of the Dying Sun Over Europe 2014 on 6 Nov 2014
  • Insomnium + Stam1na + Fleshgod Apocalypse at The Underworld, Camden on 7 Nov 2014
  • Shadows of the Dying Sun over Europe 2014 on 8 Nov 2014
  • Insomnium + Stam1na + Fleshgod Apocalypse at Grünspan, Hamburg on 9 Nov 2014
  • Shadows Of the Dying Sun Over Europe on 10 Nov 2014
  • Insomnium: Shadows of the Dying Sun Over Europe 2014 on 11 Nov 2014
  • Insomnium + Stam1na + Fleshgod Apocalypse at Szene, Wien on 12 Nov 2014
  • Shadows of the Dying Sun Over Europe 2014 on 13 Nov 2014
  • Shadows of the Dying Sun Over Europe 2014 on 14 Nov 2014
  • Shadows of the Dying Sun Over Europe 2014 on 15 Nov 2014
  • Insomnium + Stam1na + Fleshgod Apocalypse at Essigfabrik, Köln on 16 Nov 2014
  • Witchfest 2015 on 2 Apr 2015

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3.79 | 11 ratings
Oracles
2009
4.03 | 18 ratings
Agony
2011
3.92 | 7 ratings
Labyrinth
2013

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3.88 | 7 ratings
Mafia
2010

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 Labyrinth by FLESHGOD APOCALYPSE album cover Studio Album, 2013
3.92 | 7 ratings

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Labyrinth
Fleshgod Apocalypse Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by UMUR
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4 stars "Labyrinth" is the 3rd full-length studio album by Italian death metal act Fleshgod Apocalypse. The album was released through Nuclear Blast Records in August 2013.

Stylistically the band´s music might be rooted in brutal technical death metal, but they incorporate symphonic orchestral arrangements to their material and also male clean vocals and female operatic singing in addition to the growling vocals. The latter is the dominant vocal style on the album. The playing is on a very high technical level and especially drummer Francesco Paoli should be mentioned for his incredibly fast and adventurous playing. There is a neo-classical edge to some sections, but I´d call this symphonic before I´d call it neo-classical tinged.

The album feautures a professional and powerful sound production, which successfully combines the brutal technical death metal foundation of the music with the classical symphonic orchestration. It´s not necessarily an easy task producing music as layered as this is without losing a couple of details in the sometimes chaotic soundscape.

Upon conclusion "Labyrinth" is a high quality release by Fleshgod Apocalypse and yet another example of why they are often refered to as one of the leading symphonic death metal acts on the scene. Be prepared to be met with a non-stop wall of sound, very well played technical parts and a brutality level that´s pretty high on the scale. There are plenty of melodic moments on the album to compliment the more raw parts of the music though, so "Labyrinth" may speak to quite a few extreme metal listeners. A 4 star (80%) rating is deserved.

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 Mafia by FLESHGOD APOCALYPSE album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2010
3.88 | 7 ratings

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Fleshgod Apocalypse Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by VOTOMS

3 stars Fleshgod Apocalypse is a death metal band (brutal death), that use to add symphonic passages into their music. Does it works? Depends on the songwriting. And Mafia EP are not that kind of brutal technical incoherent metal. It doesn't sound boring. The blast beats are hot blooded fast and clean. And for me, this is the higher point. I don't know why, but the Fleshgod Apocalypse drums catches my attention in a good way. From the first track to the third, all good songs for any death metal fan. So came the fourth track, a cover from At The Gates' song "Blinded by Fear" (taken from my favorite At The Gates album, Slaughter of The Soul), and it's OK. Finally we reach Mafia, the last track: A great piano instrumental.

It's a good EP/album. But nothing here drives myself to buy their stuff.

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 Agony by FLESHGOD APOCALYPSE album cover Studio Album, 2011
4.03 | 18 ratings

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Review by VOTOMS

4 stars Symphonic Brutal Death Metal with catchy furious blast beats? Yes it does! A style created by themselves, but that was still being improved. Fleshgod Apocalypse finally found the right balance between symphony and brutality with Agony. You know, I'm always looking for something new. They tried once. They tried twice. And now they reached my total respect. No, they wasn't a bad band. But here they really got what they sought before. There is a dark mood here. Apocalypse atmosphere. And the guitar solos have a great feeling, within the mood. The bad point is: the album needed more breaks. Maybe some slow and atmospheric parts, or songs like the last track, Agony, in the middle of the album.

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 Oracles by FLESHGOD APOCALYPSE album cover Studio Album, 2009
3.79 | 11 ratings

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Review by VOTOMS

3 stars If Blind Guardian was a Brutal Death Metal band, they call Fleshgod Apocalypse.

What first drew me to Fleshgod Apocalypse was their album covers. Attractive. About their music? Mafia was a good EP and it was my first contact with the band. And this one is not left behind. The first drum beats of the opening remind me of deathcore, but I was instantly wrong (for god's sake). A few seconds after, it turns into a brutal never ending blast beat. But the classical influences are still there. The leading guitars are epic and for real, sounds like Blind Guardian leading solos/riffs brutal version. Sometimes the album brought me melodic black metal on my mind, maybe because of the epic classical tendencies. The album is full of classical/symphonic interludes. And the last song is another piano solo, but I personally prefer Mafia last track. Every track shows something different. But the drums, as expected from a brutal enough band, sound repetitive. Mafia EP was short, so the drums equality doesn't bother at all. But this is a full-lenght. Yeah, is not repetitive at all, but I'm actually bored of exageratted bands. I'm much more into oldschool death metal or avant-garde (gorguts, etc). But this is something personal, so it will not influence my review.

A decent work from a decent band.

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4.03 | 18 ratings

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Fleshgod Apocalypse Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by J-Man
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3 stars Agony's unique blend of brutal technical death metal and symphonic classical music immediately took the metal world by storm with its relentlessly technical compositions and precise orchestrations, and it's also helped give Fleshgod Apocalypse enough attention to be considered one of the most important young extreme metal acts on the scene. The Italian band made some waves with their previous two releases, but Agony is the album that will probably appeal most to the more forward-thinking metal community - after all, what's there not to like about technical death metal matched together with classical orchestrations? Unlike many other reviewers, I haven't been entirely blown away by Agony for a few reasons, but there's no denying the ambition and creativity found on this effort.

The music on Agony can best be described as a cross between the previous Fleshgod Apocalypse album, Septic Flesh, Dimmu Borgir, and Suffocation - that means you should basically expect the same style of brutal technical death metal that was on Oracles, as well as symphonic orchestrations and a more bombastic atmosphere. Mixing technical death metal with orchestral music has rarely (if ever) been done before, so I have a great appreciation for the ambition that Fleshgod Apocalypse shows on Agony. They really are a group of visionaries, and with a bit more improvement in some key areas, their next effort in this style could really be something special. While certainly good, Agony does leave quite a bit of promise and potential unfulfilled.

My biggest issue with Agony is that, even though the arrangements are more complex and intricate than ever, the songwriting feels a bit one-dimensional and monotonous. The frequent (and extremely well played, I might add) blast beats become numbing after a while, and the triggered sound of the drums certainly doesn't help in this area. As a matter of fact, I don't take a liking to most of the traits of the over-compressed and sterile nature of the production - it's professional for sure, but I would've enjoyed Agony much more if it had a more natural sound. The musicianship is among the best you'll ever hear, but it's so poorly mixed that everything feels drowned out by the triggered drums and orchestrations.

Agony has a lot of really cool traits, but the compositions just simply aren't memorable enough for me to label this as the 'essential masterpiece' that many others make it out to be - and, as mentioned earlier, the production also seems to bother me quite a bit. With all of that said, there are some great tracks on Agony ("The Egoism" comes to mind), the musicianship is absolutely stunning, and the ambition of this effort is admirable in every sense of the word. People who enjoy very brutal and technical death metal but are also open to hearing some classical orchestrations will definitely want to give this a listen. 3.5 stars are pretty appropriate here.

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 Agony by FLESHGOD APOCALYPSE album cover Studio Album, 2011
4.03 | 18 ratings

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Review by Conor Fynes
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5 stars 'Agony' - Fleshgod Apocalypse (9/10)

For me, death metal is a style of music that I can at least respect, but it usually takes an added dimension in the music for me to really enjoy it. Fleshgod Apocalypse are one such band that has managed to take the fury of technical death metal and done something off- center with it, fusing the blistering heaviness with symphonic undertones and neoclassically-derived riffs. 'Oracles' and their subsequent EP 'Mafia' both largely impressed me, and with that, the arrival of 'Agony' was something I was eager to check out. As my intuition may have suggested to me, Fleshgod Apocalypse are continuing to distinguish their sound from the legions of other tech death acts out there, creating an epic suite of music that could be said to be death metal's response to classical music.

'Agony' is a brilliant sophomore in the sense that it not only improves upon what the band was originally doing, but the sound has been tweaked and intensified. As far as technical death metal goes, Fleshgod Apocalypse are at the top of the game. Crushing riffs and some of the most intense drumming I have ever heard have been the core of the band since I first heard them. To steer them away from the sounds of similar acts however is some surprisingly melodic neoclassical guitar solos that soar overtop the brutality, and the vocal duties are shared between the fairly typical growls of Tommaso Riccardi, and the higher register 'power metal' wail of bassist Paolo Rossi, whose highly melodic, quasi-operatic way of singing is always a refreshing change of pace from the rest. There have also been orchestral arrangements in the past, usually twittering around here and there in order to accentuate certain parts and give them that extra dose of class and charm. The symphonic element to Fleshgod Apocalypse has always been appreciated in the past, but at least on the debut, it almost felt more like a gimmick, rather than a full-fledged part of the music.

This is where 'Agony'' comes in.

Not only have the orchestral arrangements been improved greatly, but they are now an integral part of what Fleshgod offers. Virtually the entire course of brutality on 'Agony' is accompanied by gorgeous symphonic arrangements, and here they are far from a gimmick; they easily add a whole new dimension of sound and intensity to the band. Christiano Trionfera's orchestral writing here is on par with that of a neoclassical, or film score writer, and the orchestration manages to capture both an added sense of peril, and beauty to what the band does. Fleshgod Apocalypse would have still contributed a very capable technical death metal album to listeners even were it not for this orchestral angle, but its the brilliant fusion of Italian classical sensibilities that elevates the band to the realm of masters.

The album flows together like a single piece of music; a technical death metal symphony, one might say. The highlights here certainly include most of the parts where the clean vocals are used, as well as the classical orchestrations, as well as where Fleshgod Apocalypse decide to reach their most crushing and heavy. It can certainly be said that the sheer speed and complexity of the music can make it a tough egg to crack for those who are not used to such technical music. Fleshgod Apocalypse's 'Agony' is a stunning masterpiece in virtually every regard however, and even with this only being their second album, I would safely declare that Fleshgod are the new masters of modern death metal.

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 Oracles by FLESHGOD APOCALYPSE album cover Studio Album, 2009
3.79 | 11 ratings

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Fleshgod Apocalypse Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by UMUR
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4 stars Oracles is the debut full-length studio album by Italian death metal act Fleshgod Apocalypse. The album was released in March 2009 by Willowtip Records.

The music on Oracles is brutal death metal but there´s a twist. While most really brutal death metal acts first and foremost focus on brutality and in the process have a tendency to sound rather one-dimensional over the course of a full album, Fleshgod Apocalypse incorporate neo-classical shredding and arrangements and some rather impressive technical playing to their music, which I find is great for the diversity and sound of Oracles. This is actually a really brutal death metal album that I can sit through and feel entertained by most of the time. It does become a bit too monotone a couple of times during the playing time, but mostly I´m salivating over one powerful technical part and intriguing neo-classical shred after another. The vocals are brutal deep growls and personally I could have wished for a bit more variation, but the vocals get the job done and they are not terrible by any means.

Oracles is a rather unique brutal death metal album and a great start to Fleshgod Apocalypse career. They prove on this album that they are ready to take that extra step to create some unique sounding music without sacrificing brutality. Very interesting debut and a 3.5 - 4 star rating is deserved.

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3.88 | 7 ratings

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Review by colorofmoney91
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4 stars I'm a runner, and this has become my fuel. I've owned this EP for about a month now, and I listen to it fairly frequently while I exercise.

Starting us off with a second of blast-beating followed by a couple seconds of violin, we are immediately set into a technical sounding metal groove. "Thru Our Scars" is a very good metal song, and I usually do not enjoy much metal. The whole song is kind of groovy, and there are semi-operatic vocals as the chorus, as sung by the bassist. Honestly, I'm not detecting much in the vein of prog or extreme technicality in anything over than the drums. And, actually, if it weren't for the pseudo-operatic vocals, I'd say this is just a run-of-the-mill grindcore-influenced death metal song, but it is still enjoyable.

The next song, "Abyssal", is more groovy death metal with impressive drumming, but no enchanting sung vocals. However, this song is a little bit more prog, but only a little bit; it changes up enough to keep itself interesting, and even includes samples from some angry Italian dude. As this song comes to an end, it leads seamlessly into the third track titled "Conspiracy of Silence", which follows by example in its initial groove. Again, very impressive drumming. They say the drummer is on the album cover, but I personally don't believe the accusation. I really enjoy the slower break in the middle of this song, because it gives a chance for the listener to relax a little bit, not to mention that this song marks the return of the semi-operatic vocals. I think this third song is the most technical on this EP, and it is a nice listen.

The fourth song, "Blinded by Fear", is a cover of the same song by a '90s melodic death metal band called At The Gates. There isn't much to say about this, except it's a good cover of a good song by a good band. Anyone who likes Gothenburg-style metal and hasn't checked out At The Gates, I definitely recommend picking up a copy of their album "Slaughter of the Soul", and I'm sure Fleshgod Apocalypse would agree with me, but I digress.

The final song on this album is titled "Mafia" and it is a beautiful piano solo. I love some good classical piano stuff, and this song really is great. This being a very heavy death metal EP, I didn't expect to come across a classical piano piece, let alone one as beautiful and well composed as this one. Ironically, this is probably my favorite song on the EP, and usually acts as my "rest time" music during my running sessions.

Aside from the actual music on this EP, I've seen an interview with the band where they explain the underlying theme of this EP, which is supposed to be the band expressing their hatred for the mafia corrupting the society of Italy. It seems like a good message, and a perfectly good reason to sound so damn angry. As for the music, it's all great if you love metal or are interested in what is going on in the metal scene these days.

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 Oracles by FLESHGOD APOCALYPSE album cover Studio Album, 2009
3.79 | 11 ratings

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Oracles
Fleshgod Apocalypse Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by Conor Fynes
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4 stars 'Oracles' - Fleshgod Apocalypse (7/10)

For me, death metal is and likely always has been something that I'll either really like, or not care for. Much of it finds its technical brilliance marred by poor recording values, or a lack of tact when it comes to songwriting. Enter Fleshgod Apocalypse, a band that has stirred the death metal circle with only a single studio album and EP on the market, disregarding demos. I first came across this band with their 2010 EP 'Mafia', and was pleasantly blown away by the technical ferocity and heaviness of the band. On top of that, I immediately recongized their connection to erudite classical music, which only set them further apart from the legions of typical death metal acts. Seeking out the full length, I have not been disappointed. 'Oracles' is a vicious forty minutes of death metal that seeks to impress. Apparently, it succeeds to a fair extent.

My first impression of the record is that of extreme heaviness, surprisingly clean production, and the evidence of classical sections which really seek to add a level of regal class to what Fleshgod Apocalypse does. While there is not the same melodic proficiency as I first heard on 'Mafia', the classical parts really impress me; the arrangements do not quite sound as if they are performed by a live orchestra, but they are close enough to do the compositions justice. In the death metal elements themselves, there are also plenty of neoclassical riffs, played at rapid pace, to the point where they can get exhausting by the end.

The most powerful aspect of Fleshgod Apocalypse is tied between the rhythm guitar and the furious drumwork, courtesy here of Mauro Mercurio. The band has just a powerful ability to make the heavy sound beautiful as well, but unfortunately 'Oracles' still does not stand as a masterpiece in my eyes. This is greatly due to the songwriting itself, which is strong enough for death metal, but many of the songs feature little to no distinguishing traits, apart from the classical nuance here and there. In fact, the greatest impression left by any single track is the title song, which is ironically a classical piano piece.

Fleshgod Apocalypse would later go on to polish up their act even further, but there's no surprise to me when I hear metalheads speaking so highly of the album. With a little greater focus within each song, the band's next full length could be a real landmark for death metal.

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 Mafia by FLESHGOD APOCALYPSE album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2010
3.88 | 7 ratings

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Mafia
Fleshgod Apocalypse Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by UMUR
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4 stars Mafia is an EP release by Italian death metal act Fleshgod Apocalypse. The EP was released in June 2010 by Willowtip Records. I´ve read reviews of the band´s debut album from 2009 called Oracles, but Mafia is my first encounter with Fleshgod Apocalypse.

The music on the 5 track, 23:55 minute long EP is brutal and technically well played death metal. Brutal death metal can swing both ways for me, which means that it can be extremely monotone and way too focused on brutality or it can be like the music on Mafia. The tracks on this EP are brutal as hell, but also composed in a very clever way, which means that all tracks stand out from each other, and all tracks contain intricate details to entertain the listener. The growling vocals are deep and brutal, but in addition to the growling vocals by vocalist/ guitarist Tommaso Riccardi we´re also treated to some semi-operatic clean vocals by bassist/ vocalist Paolo Rossi. The clean vocals are not a dominant feature and only appear in Thru Our Scars and Blinded by Fear, but they are really great for the variation. Some of the other details that help keep the brutal music interesting are samples, orchestral sections, piano interludes and other intricate features. While I spend time writing about those features the basis in the music is still brutal death metal. The pace is mosty fast to blasting but there are heavier parts too. The tracks may be brutal but they are full of hooks and recognisable parts.

I have to mention the drumming by Francesco Paoli as one of the greatest assets to the band´s sound. The drums are pretty high in the mix and they sound very powerful. But it´s how they are played that really excites me. We´re talking very fast and technical precision drumming that pushes the music forward ( I´m somewhat reminded of Flo Mounier from Cryptopsy). The blasts are spot on and take a listen to those extremely fast played double bass drums. This is a case where triggered drums work wonders. The rest of the band are also very well playing and I´d mention the neo-classical lead guitar playing as another highlight on the EP. Great themes and solos.

I mentioned that the drums are high in the mix and how well sounding and powerful they are, but evaluating the full production, it´s safe to say that this EP is very well sounding and that the sound suits the music perfectly.

It´s so seldom I´m surprised by really brutal death metal releases but Mafia has not only left me beaten and bruised ( yes it´s that brutal) but also intellectually intrigued and that´s a rare achivement. This is a sure 4 star rating and I´m actually leaning towards a 4.5.

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