Sitting up late at night at your desk working on your models is very iconic for our hobby. There is a lot of quiet time working on your models, and sometimes having the ambiance is just what you need to get inspired. 

In that regard, music is something that is sometimes hard to find. Something powerful and dark is preferable to me. In that regard there is a new cd I picked up that I just knew would fit the bill. 

Hans Zimmer does it again in the "The Dark Knight Rises" soundtrack. Its dark tracks include A Storm Is Coming, Despair, Fear Will Find You, and Necessary Evil. It is dark with lots of action in the music. 

I highly suggest getting this soundtrack for the right feel for warhammer 40k, and if you love this one, do not forget the previous soundtrack "The Dark Knight". Finally for those that this is just not dark enough, there is one that is not for the squeamish, the two disc soundtrack to "Shutter Island" might be the right choice for you.

Anyone else have some good dark tunes that fits into the 40k universe? 

102 Comments:

  1. not really dark but I like lord of the rings, halo, tron and just music like that when I paint. Anything that gets me going really.

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    1. I find nothing more inspiring that the Matrix sound track and Command and Conquer.

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  2. I love listening/watching Star Trek while I paint

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    1. Me to, any series of Trek is good. That and The 70s Show and Third Rock from the sun.

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    2. haha yea I open my laptop and watch Star Trek on netflix

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    3. Yeah I either watch Star Trek movies on Netflix, or just throw on any metal album, METAL IS THE WAY OF THE FUTURE!! Esspecially the Grim Dark future lol

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  3. I personally find dark electro-industrial music to be the most apt, stuff like Allied Vision's man must be overcome album, or front line assembly's hard wired...can't go wrong with that mix of brutal mechanical beats, sci-fi atmospheres and processed vocals. Just feel's right for 40k.

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    1. I nearly always listen to www.digitalgunfire.com while im painting/modelling

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    2. Oldscool EBM: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4TY0be2xSpM

      Der Verzicht by Jäger 90

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    3. EBM, Industrial and Cyber Punk all really get me in the mood for distressed painting :-)

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  4. For general 40k mood music I listen to the Space Marine OST. Other than that it depends on what I'm painting. Two Steps from Hell, X-Ray Dog, industrial electronica, and a variety of heavy metal.

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  5. If you like dark ambient music, you could try the soundtracks from the old Silent Hill games by Akira Yamaoka.

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    1. That is some music I haven't heard in an age. Thank you for reminding me.

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  6. Preliator from Globus. There is no other song that captures the spirit of the entire imperium like that one does.

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  7. I don't really listen to it when I'm painting, but the Space Marine soundtrack by THQ and the Skyrim soundtracks are both awesome.

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    1. Love the Skyrim soundtrack for anything I'm doing.

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  8. Iron maiden, mastadon, metallica, motorhead, judas priest, nightwish, linkin park (hybrid theory), skiltron, manowar, sabaton......I have a problem...

    Neromunda however is definitely done while listening to the likes of daftpunk, pendulum, and some really good industrial mixes I found on youtube.

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    1. MASTODON! Blood Mountain has somehow become my favorite album, I've just realized. I'm not really crazy about anything Crack the Skye and beyond, but I'm coming around.

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    2. With that line-up, I am surprised Amon Amarth wasn't included...haha

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  9. Metal, Death Metal, Black Metal, Metalcore... Anything heavy that makes me want to lash out.

    Christian Metal works pretty well too, just gotta think of The God Emperor and his divine will!

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    1. Forgot, sometimes I model when I'm wasted, for these days only Guci Mane, Two Chains, and Juicy Jay seem to get the job done.

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    2. Cant go wrong with a dash of Bieber

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    3. We will have to work on your definition of wrong.

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    4. If I enter a GW store and any "metal" sh** is being played, I immediately get out ASAP. I'm supposed to be welcomed inside, not screamed away. By the way, shouting and screaming are ways of communicating with people at a far distance, nothing to do with art or music...

      So yeah, I listen to epic soundtracks, almost all of the ones that have been mentioned above.

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    6. Fran: Metal fits in with both Warhammer systems pretty well. Besides, they usually have "friendlier" metal, rock and even country music.

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    7. I hope you realise that a lot of the mentality of 40k in particular is due to metal...

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    8. Thanks for removing my comment. He needed to know he was pathetic. Metal ftw imo

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    9. I was always under the assumption that 40k's early style was attributed more to 80s punk rock than metal.

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    10. @ Fran

      Go watch a documetary called Global Metal and you'll see how most Metalheads are far more accepting of anyone and everyone than ANY other music style. There have been MASSIVE metal concerts in the Middle East where Palistinians and Jews are thrashing out side by side!! Metal probably seems unwelcoming to you because you know nothing about it. To me unwelcome is walking into a store filled with cowboys who'll try to kick your ass cause your hair is too long. Broaden your horizons and don't hate on things you know nothing about. Also, art and music can be ANYTHING people want it to be. You may not think something is art or music, but that doesn't mean there aren't millions, if not billions of people around the world that would disagree with you. \m/

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    11. I love it when people think they can tell others what is and is not art. Pathetic.

      I love metal. It's what i play my games to, and generally what i paint to(depending on my mood). Opeth is great for both, they've got some epic progressive tunes and a plethora of relaxing chilltime music as well.

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    12. And as a singer, i can tell you that the use of the vocal chords is the use of an instrument. Whether it be a percussion or a melodic instrument is up to the musician alone. If there were any gw's around my area and they played metal in store, i'd be in there every day.

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  10. No one said it yet, so I must. Bolt Thrower, on the flexi disk.

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    1. Brave are the deeds of fallen victorious,
      Never forgotten,
      Lonely are the glorious.

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    2. YES! Bolt Thrower is how I ever heard of Warhammer in the first place!

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    3. Yes. And the fact they're from the midlands just makes things better.

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  11. I've never tried listening to anything specialised, mostly just folksy stuff like Fleet Foxes, Bon Iver and Ben Howard. However, the Donnie Darko soundtrack is always pretty atmospheric if I'm in the mood.

    Has anyone tried listening to Black Library audiobooks while painting? Too distracting?

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    1. Yea I listed to the space wolf hours heresy book while painting my space wolves but it was def to distracting

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    2. Definitely distracting, but great for long walks.

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  12. I listen classical music, OST from LOTR or progressive rock (Rush, King Crimson, Genesis, Pink Floyd, and so on)...
    For gaming i like better Hard Rock and Heavy Metal...

    Master Sheol

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  13. I happen to be a fan of Hans Zimmer, and my favorite HZ soundtrack is King Arthur. I also enjoy listening to Two Steps From Hell.

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  14. If you want the perfect music to listen to while you 40k, the tracks from the Dawn of War and Dawn of War 2 games and their respective expansions are perfect. Space Marine's OST is also excellent.

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  15. I got my youtube to terminator theme while building and painting my necrons. It gives me motivation.

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  16. The creepy soundtrack Trent Reznor did for Quake. Also used that for late night Space Hulk sessions. The soundtracks for the expansions were done by different people and were almost as good.

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  17. Surprised no one has put up Gangnam syle? LOL

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  18. I rarely listen to music when I paint. Most often I'll have the television on some show that I find moderately interesting, but nothing I have to look up to enjoy.

    I tend to gravitate towards history channel, discovery channel, or military, as long as it isn't programming about aliens or doomsday, which occurs a startling amount.

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  19. I listen to scifiradio.com. Great soundtracks from a variety of scifi and fantasy movies along with great clips from the movies. Lots of really good quotes from shows like Firefly and LOTR.

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  20. Game of Thrones and LotR Soundtracks if painting Fantasy models, sci-fi soundtracks (Sunshine, Star Wars, ect...) if painting sci-fi models.

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  21. We are a multinational group so I'm surprised no one has listed KMFDM and Rammstein yet; mainly my "travel" music but still.

    Other choices might be Prodigy, The Glitch Mob, NIN, Ministry and the Crystal Method.

    I reserve the Jazz and Classical set for relaxation, a subject I don't think much about while painting up my Chaos Daemons and Chaos Space Marines! (grin)

    In the end, it's all subjective, but by listing what we listen too, perhaps someone, including myself, will find a new group.

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  22. Red alert - Hellmarch + the rest of the soundtrack!

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  23. This is neither news nor is it rumours.... this page has gone off in an awkward direction

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    1. Guess the rumour well is drier than the Gobi at lunchtime

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    2. This site has always had hobby related, non-rumour articles. Always.

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    3. The rumor mill and rumor mongers seem to be all in hiding. I still search hard for rumors every day (several times).

      When I get them, they will be here. Guaranteed.

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  24. Hand Zimmer has done a lot of great music, I love the Gladiator soundtrack! The soundtrack to the film V for Vendetta has some great dark ambiance music that actually reminds me of the dawn of war soundtrack at times, mixed with a bit of the 1812 overture! :P

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  25. "Two Steps From Hell" is my pick

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    1. Was scrolling through the comments hoping I would see this. So true, awesomely epic.

      Also, pro tip for fans of epic music: Youtube Epic music and you'll find people have put together excellent playlists/ mixes that go on for hours and hours, perfect to paint to.

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    2. YES! I was skimming for this too! Awesome stuff. Also there is another, artist, her name slips my mind at the moment. Need to check at home, but she did songs in Gladiator, Spy Game, Tears of the Sun... LISA GERRARD? I think thats the name

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  26. I play Protoss themes from original Starcraft when making my Eldar. Boosts my productivity 2x :)

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  27. Love listening to podcasts, Joe Rogan, Hollywood Babble on, a great way to pass the time.

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  28. Welcome Reality by Nero. Best album ever. Kind of dance, drum and bass and dub step mixed into one with futuristic twist to it. One song reminds me of blade runner and other of Iron Hands.

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  29. Two Steps from Hell especially Strength of A thousand Men, Soundtrack from transformers, Batman etc. but also Metalcore

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  30. LOl, opening this page and wondering if it is a glich that it shows the same pic as my itunes player

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  31. The Lord of the Rings trilogy soundtrack, the title themes from Morrowind and Oblivion, a selection of Final Fantasy tunes, and a Pandora playlist with film score composers.

    Or metal.

    Sometimes ska.

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  32. Game of Thrones soundtrack is great, as is Dredd's and Dragon Age:Origins.

    You guys should check out Steel Panther too, especially 'Just like Tiger Woods'

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  33. For me I find 40k podcasts the most encouraging when hobbying. Particularly 'the independent characters', great podcasts that always guilts me in to doing more painting.

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  34. The Inception sound track is another Zimmer classic, as is the LOTR sound tracks.

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  35. Hans Zimmer is one of those names where as soon as you see it slapped on something you know it's going to be good. Some of hte tracks from Black Hawk Down are fantastic.

    Often I'll have a film playing on my PC or something while I paint at my desk, usually something that I've either seen before or not too interested in so it's not that distracting :]

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  36. Half Life 2 Soundtrack... Yeah! :-)

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  37. haha i managed to get the down of war I and II 2 chaos gate and space marine soundtracks, XDDDD, yeah seriously....i made it with the intention of using it in my home games, but sometimes i use it for painting... other than this i hear mainly( as i was born in the 70´s) classic metal ...metallica pantera and that stuff, depending of my mood that day i can switch to ambience music,...chill out... cafe del mar... massive attack and so on.... i hope you enjoyed the answer.. XXD " the emperor protects "!!

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  38. The original score for Conan the Barbarian by Basil Palduros. Been listening to that one for a couple of decades. Dark, brooding orchestral with lots of kettle drums and the like.

    Darsolith

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  39. The Bioshock soundtracks seem to be an ambient route that no one has mentioned.

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  40. Mike Oldfield Tubulla Bells 2. Every track can be linked to a different 40K race.

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  41. Any nasty sounding music does the job pretty well.

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  42. Amon Amarth is perfect as I work on my Space Wolves. They were pretty awesome live last year.

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  43. Like many have said already, Hans Zimmer is fantastic. Batman Begins, Dark Knight, Dark Knight Rises, Inception (the track called Time is one of the best things I've ever heard), Gladiator, The Last Samurai, and The Pirates of the Caribbean Soundtracks are all great.

    I also enjoy Howard Shore's Lord of the Rings Trilogy soundtracks.

    John Williams's Star Wars and Harry Potter soundtracks are great.

    Finally, if you were a LOST fan, Michael Giacchino's soundtracks.

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  44. Fran is a pathetic runt!

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  45. Eve Online soundtrack is great for model work. I strongly recommend it. Especially if you're messing with Battlefleet Gothic!

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  46. I have this recording of Matt Ward, going on about his thoughts on his work...makes me giddy everytime. I just..I can just feel the power of the EMPEROR RUNNING THROUGH MY VIENS!!! AAAARRGH!!!

    Gets me pumped up. Then after his epic words I pop on some Garth Brooks, Taylor Swift, old school boy bands. After awhile though, I'll open up youtube and throw some kitty videos on. Good stuff mates, good stuff.

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  47. I usually listen to playlists on youtube of 2 Steps from Hell songs. The subtle epicness of the songs really fit 40k in my opinion.

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  48. Therion, Celtic Frost, Bolt Thrower, Death, Aphelon just to name a few.

    Oddly though, I've been listening to the Drive soundtrack a LOT lately...

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    1. Yes. Try out summoning, triptykon, and equilibrium. luca turilli (if you're into power metal), and the sword (if you're into stoner rock) are also incredible pump-up music!

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  49. Burzum or similar Black Metal.

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  50. Almost any score by Zimmer or Steve Jablonsky is great. I especially like to listen to the Gears of War soundtracks while painting or gaming. I've often thought of the track "Armored Prayer" from Gears of War 2 as being played while the Space Marines are suiting up.

    Our gaming group's Imperial Guard player is fond of Brian Tyler's score for Timeline.

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  51. I usually put on a movie that I know well, like an X-Men, Star Trek, Harry Potter, etc.

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  52. The Adam Carolla podcast (from the Man Show, Crank Yankers)is the most consistently interesting and hilarious thing I have ever come across. Definitely worth a listen; you don't have the world's most listened to podcast without a good reason.

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  53. While on youtube, type My Chrysalis Highwayman for the most relaxing painting tune I've ever heard :) The whole soundtrack does fit in nicely too.

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  54. Totally agree with Hans Zimmer soundtracks. And to be honest, any instrumental music is great in my opinion. Here's a few things that I recall:

    1995 - Painitng Blood Bowl Teams - Megadeth
    1996 - Playing 40k and painitng Chaos - Paradise Lost
    2002 - Playing and painting Mordheim - Slipknot 1st album
    2010 - Building and painting Space Marines - Lustmord and Elend
    2011 - Dark Eldar - Tron soundtrack
    2011 - Building Tyranids - Neurosis (Times of Grace and Through Sliver in Blood)
    2012 - Necrons - Mastodon and Latitudes

    Alwyas when playing: Morbid Angel, Carnifex, Cannibal Corpse, Jacob, Isis, Lustmord, Blueneck, Emperor, Mastodon, Tool, Dillinger Escape Plan, Megadeth, Shrinebuilder.

    I strongly advise Lustmord for anything. Very atmospheric and not distracting with lyrics. Incredibly dark music!

    Scissorheart
    2011 -

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  55. And if you are on spotify, check out Johannsson - album is called the Miners' Hymns and the song is called An Injury to One is the Concern for All

    DARK!!!!!!!!!!

    Scissorheart

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  56. Sorry - its Johann Johannsson

    Scissors

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  57. Sorry to flood this thread but just looking back through previous posts, WE ARE ALL A BUNCH OF METAL HEADS!!

    Yipppeeee!

    Scissorheart

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  58. Check out Empyrean Sky. Supposedly they have a 40k trilogy on their new album that is coming out. The first of the three, "Trauma and Tragedy" is out on their bandcamp site. It's about Horus.

    http://empyreansky.bandcamp.com/track/trauma-and-tragedy

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    1. Oh yeah... and it's prog death metal.

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  59. For painting empire in fantasy i listen to medieval music and things like lady Greensleeves it just gives inspiration.

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  60. I tend to listen to the Garro audio books or podcasts from my favourite BBC 5 Live show Fighting talk.

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