The Hammer Of Retribution Ogg-Cast XXXIII: Unlucky For Christians

The Hammer Of Retribution Ogg-Cast XXXIII:
Unlucky For Christians

Original release date: 15th January 2013
Total length: 3:30:15 in 4 parts

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The last two digits of the year click round to 13, and I can hear the screams of terror coming from the millions upon millions of deluded masses that swarm this world. The majority of them will be slaves of the Whitechrist who have been conditioned to think that something to do with the number of people in attendance at their hero’s last ever dinner might have some negative bearing on their lives, while others look at the number’s inherent “ugliness” because it’s a prime and see disaster ahead. Let’s not even touch on what will happen on a couple of Fridays this year…

So, those of us who have stood in opposition to the brainwashed hordes since they picked the fight in 1970 – on February 13th! – should be celebrating this wonderful number. It doesn’t take a genius to work out that’s exactly what I’m doing this month – and also, as is customary for January, there will be a huge part of the show given over to looking back at what previous years that ended in the same digit had to offer us. Plus, all will be revealed as regards what has filled the gaping hole that the World Tour left in its wake…

Eagle-eyed listeners may notice this show is one of the shortest I’ve done for a while. Fear not, though, it just means I’ve talked less, the musical content is still over three hours!

PART ONE (0:57:13)
0:03:28 Hammercult – Riding Through Hell
0:06:23 Ravenblood – Pathfinder
0:11:31 Hour Of 13 – Demons All Around Me [Number 13 Spotlight]
0:17:56 Black Sabbath – A National Acrobat [Spotlight: 1973]
0:24:08 Nazareth – Razamanaz [Spotlight: 1973]
0:27:56 ZZ Top – La Grange [Spotlight: 1973]
0:31:45 Uriah Heep – Sweet Freedom [Spotlight: 1973]
0:40:40 Munruthel – The Lake [Covered]
0:47:19 Odroerir – Des Thors Hammer Heimholung

PART TWO (0:59:30)
0:00:53 XIII – Triskaidekaphobia [Number 13 Spotlight]
0:05:32 Metallica – Metal Militia [Spotlight: 1983]
0:10:41 Motörhead – Dancing On Your Grave [Spotlight: 1983]
0:15:09 Dio – Rainbow In The Dark [Spotlight: 1983]
0:19:21 Pantera – Ride My Rocket [Spotlight: 1983]
0:24:11 Iron Maiden – Sun And Steel [Spotlight: 1983]
0:32:09 Winterstorm – Kings Will Fall [Ogg-Casts Of The Past]
0:36:10 Winterhorde – Tenth Wave [Ogg-Casts Of The Past]
0:44:11 Winterhymn – Stand Your Ground [Ogg-Casts Of The Past]
0:48:41 Wintersun – Land Of Snow And Sorrow [Ogg-Casts Of The Past]

PART THREE (0:37:49)
0:01:06 Bathory – 13 Candles [Number 13 Spotlight]
0:05:30 At The Gates – Raped By The Light Of Christ [Spotlight: 1993]
0:08:22 Entombed – Eyemaster [Spotlight: 1993]
0:11:36 Paradise Lost – Colossal Rains [Spotlight: 1993]
0:16:09 Clutch – Walking In The Great Shining Path Of Monster Trucks [Spotlight: 1993]
0:22:46 Watain – Reaping Death
0:27:53 Ereb Altor – Awakening

PART FOUR (0:55:43)
0:00:44 The Crown – Kill ‘Em All [Number 13 Spotlight]
0:05:29 Falkenbach – Vanadis [Spotlight: 2003]
0:14:37 Månegarm – I Evig Tid [Spotlight: 2003]
0:17:05 Týr – Ramund Hin Unge [Spotlight: 2003]
0:21:34 Windir – Blodssvik [Spotlight: 2003]
0:27:19 Moonsorrow – Jumalten Kaupunki including Tuhatvuotinen Perintö [Spotlight: 2003]
0:43:50 Hiidenhauta – Varjot [Spotlight: 2013]

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The Hammer Of Retribution Ogg-Cast XXXIIB: Another Brucie Bonus – Twelve For 2012

The Hammer Of Retribution Ogg-Cast XXXIIB:
Another Brucie Bonus – Twelve For 2012

Original release date: 30th December 2012
Total length: 2:29:45 in 2 parts

Download link:!EbhiSayB!zwHpSe3Zu-rMdBB0tEDeKqZy6MMMUAk58G1g-YgzMsA

I promised it – as was the way last year, I’ve made an extra Brucie Bonus show for the end of the year, bringing together all the highlights from another successful 12 months of the Hammer Of Retribution Ogg-Cast. The number of tracks has “accidentally” expanded to 14, for reasons which will soon become obvious, and the “main” twelve are a compilation of three top tens – ten tracks from the World Tour, ten tracks that I heard for the first time this year but were released earlier, and ten tracks that were all-new and released this year. I’ll count down from ten to five in each category, and I urge you all to go back and listen to these again, I’ve said which show they’re on in each case, and the track listings in the Archive will allow you to find them easily. Then, the top four in each category will be played again on this show, for a review of the year which contained so many highlights it was almost painful choosing which ones to leave out.

Good game, good game, didn’t they do well, and all that jazz.

PART ONE (1:12:21)
0:04:40 Beer Bear – Мать Троллей [Covered… from December]
0:08:26 Vintersorg – Rainbow Demon
0:19:09 Vallendusk – The Wooden Sphere
0:30:26 Faanefjell – Drikkegilde i Jotunheimen
0:36:33 Ch’Aska – Pururauca
0:52:35 Myrath – Forever And A Day
1:05:25 Maelstrom – This Dreaded Symphony

PART TWO (1:17:24)
0:02:04 Winterstorm – Winterheart
0:08:11 Menhir – Das Hildebrandslied – Teil I
0:18:25 Summoning – Land Of The Dead
0:38:26 Hel – Wo Die Tannen Thronen
0:45:21 Oakenshield – Clontarf
0:51:48 Wodensthrone – First Light
1:03:58 Wintersun – Sons Of Winter And Stars

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The Hammer Of Retribution Ogg-Cast XXXII: They’re Taking The Hobbits To Isengard!

The Hammer Of Retribution Ogg-Cast XXXII:
They’re Taking The Hobbits To Isengard!

Original release date: 15th December 2012
Total length: 3:56:09 in 4 parts

Download link:!MPxjGCSI!KKJoBPqZQomgL8XIuzN-OAZKcC9RXKMg0vL4j8A92YI

Tell me, where is Gandalf? For I much desire to speak with him. He should be aware that this show is absolutely jam-packed with Tolkien-related bands – and yes, I do mean jam-packed, because there are so many of them that Covered and Hidden Gems have had to take a break. This is because, as you should all be aware, the first instalment of The Hobbit has just been released, and if it’s anywhere near as grandiose as the film adaptation of Lord Of The Rings was, then it’ll be worth every penny of my cash.

And once the Hobbits have been rescued from Isengard, the One Ring has been disposed of and Frodo has got in a boat to sail off to faraway lands, he might consider some of the places we’re visiting on the last instalment of the Hammer Of Retribution World Tour, before a whole new feature takes its place in January.

It’s another one that’s run to almost four hours – and deservedly so. Now keep your eyes on and all its links, such as the Faceache and Twatter pages, because that’s where I’ll be spreading the news of the Brucie Bonus edition at the end of this month. That’ll be worth your while as well.

PART ONE (1:11:08)
0:00:18 Erwin Beekveld – They’re Taking The Hobbits To Isengard
0:05:00 Slayer – Hell Awaits
0:10:42 Iron Knights – Desert Fox
0:15:28 Old Corpse Road – Glassensikes At Witching Hour
0:26:53 Battlelore – Sons Of Riddermark [Tolkien Spotlight]
0:30:57 Blind Guardian – Mirror Mirror [Tolkien Spotlight]
0:36:03 Summoning – Farewell [Tolkien Spotlight]
0:47:03 Amon Amarth – Amon Amarth [Tolkien Spotlight / Hidden Gems]
0:55:05 Cirith Ungol – Frost And Fire [Tolkien Spotlight]
0:58:39 Oakenshield – The Raven Banner [Tolkien Spotlight]

PART TWO (1:00:31)
0:00:34 Korpiklaani – Wooden Pints
0:04:17 Rhapsody – The Village Of Dwarves
0:08:04 Iron Maiden – The Clansman
0:17:00 Luca Turilli – The Ancient Forest Of Elves
0:27:04 The Stallions Of The Burning Church – Thorns [World Tour – Philippines]
0:34:20 Morto Kacho – Wega Di Droga [World Tour – Curaçao]
0:37:04 Conrad – Ballahoo (I Invoke Thee) [World Tour – Barbados]
0:44:19 Warfield – Warfield [World Tour – Réunion]
0:53:46 Nothnegal – Janus [World Tour – Maldives]

PART THREE (0:49:34)
0:00:46 Cirith Gorgor – Conquering The Shadowworld [Tolkien Spotlight]
0:05:54 Numen – Eskualdunak
0:10:50 Grimfist – The Ashes Of The Gods
0:15:29 SIG:AR:TYR – Etched In Stone
0:25:20 Isengard – Vinterskugge [Tolkien Spotlight]
0:30:34 Gorgoroth – The Rite Of Infernal Invocation [Tolkien Spotlight]
0:34:02 Minas Morgul – Todesschwadron Ost [Tolkien Spotlight]
0:39:58 Eternal Helcaraxe – As The Snow Gathers [Tolkien Spotlight]

PART FOUR (0:54:56)
0:01:01 Unleashed – We Must Join With Him [Tolkien Spotlight]
0:04:59 Rivendell – The Fall Of Gil-Galad [Tolkien Spotlight]
0:07:53 Sauron – Witch King [Tolkien Spotlight]
0:11:58 Minhyriath – In Beörns Hall [Tolkien Spotlight]
0:18:52 Winterfylleth – The Glorious Plain
0:25:15 Skálmöld – Váli
0:31:18 Rebellion – Varus
0:41:44 Finsterforst – Nichts Als Asche

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The Hammer Of Retribution Ogg-Cast XXXI: The Widescreen Edition

The Hammer Of Retribution Ogg-Cast XXXI:
The Widescreen Edition

Original release date: 15th November 2012
Total length: 4:14:58 in 4 parts

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So, the Ogg-Cast cracks the four-hour mark again. And amongst its 32 tracks, nine are above the seven-minute mark, and even some of those that aren’t have so much epicness crammed into their arrangements that this show has had no option but to go WIDESCREEN to fit it all in!

Over the course of these four hours, I’ve crammed in a contribution from an album that we’ve all spent eight years waiting for – there’s even a clue in the promo picture! – as well as four more from similarly-minded musicians, we have a quick look back at the highlights of last month’s Full Moon Dog, the World Tour goes all Oriental on us and the results are quite amazing, and I attempt to confuse you with three bands of the same name, if not necessarily in the same language.

This is the episode that reveals exactly why I picked the fifteenth of the month to release these shows on. I knew the day was coming, and I’ve given the show a suitably fitting ending.

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Every so often, I look back at one of these shows when I’ve just made it, and think “yes! This is going to be one that I’ll be going back to in the future!” Power To The People was one, Sausage Festival was another, Chased By Trolls was a third. This is another one of those shows. Don’t waste the opportunity.

PART ONE (1:01:56)
0:00:59 Wintersun – Sons Of Winter And Stars [Widescreen Spotlight]
0:14:30 Old Corpse Road – The Crier Of Claiffe
0:27:45 Stuka Squadron – Tiger I
0:34:23 Asomvel – To Hell With All The Rest (2005 version)
0:37:25 Orange Goblin – Time Travelling Blues
0:47:51 Ensiferum – Burning Leaves [Widescreen Spotlight]
0:53:50 Pain – Eleanor Rigby [Covered]

PART TWO (1:02:18)
0:00:32 Finsterforst – Lauf Der Welt
0:08:38 Dark Forest (England) – Defender
0:13:08 Dark Forest (Canada) – Vesperia
0:22:56 Тролль Гнёт Ель – Хмъёльнир
0:26:59 Калевала – Горсти талого снега
0:31:04 Beer Bear – Кулачные бои
0:36:34 На Север – Лёд пускает корни
0:45:19 Bal-Sagoth – Blood Slakes The Sand At The Circus Maximus [Widescreen Spotlight]
0:54:10 Sabaton – Carolus Rex

PART THREE (1:10:14)
0:00:33 Falkenbach – …Of Forests Unknown… [Hidden Gems]
0:04:19 Demonaz – A Son Of The Sword
0:08:53 Viðr – Grantre Og Bark
0:15:30 Graveland – Thousand Swords
0:21:59 Hate Forest – Of Fire And Iron
0:31:09 Sigh – Curse Of Izanagi
0:40:30 Spring And Autumn (春秋) – The Huntsman (猎人) [World Tour – China]
0:46:07 Oathean – Solace Of The Grave [World Tour – South Korea]
0:54:16 Rancorous – Steel And Ancient Might [World Tour – Thailand]
1:01:04 Da Vàng – Bạch Đằng Giang [World Tour – Vietnam]

PART FOUR (1:00:30)
0:01:26 Sil Khannaz – Gerbang Kayangan [World Tour – Malaysia]
0:08:59 Meza Virs – Tragic Vendetta [World Tour – Singapore]
0:16:00 Tengger Cavalry – Golden Horde [World Tour – China]
0:23:12 Munruthel – Эхо забытых сражений [Widescreen Spotlight]
0:30:32 Wodensthrone – Wyrgþu
0:44:20 Dire Straits – Telegraph Road

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The Hammer Of Retribution Ogg-Cast XXX: Winter’s Call

The Hammer Of Retribution Ogg-Cast XXX:
Winter’s Call

Original release date: 11th October 2012
Total length: 3:36:02 in 4 parts

Download link:!ZbQE0KRA!RvJSHoBO0ILUwhZ56MrDTBx7jxDu9UeQcEWEPIf59Lg

Right, yer fookin’ knobends! Two days from now sees the annual celebration of the life and works of Mr James J. Winter, which is best described as “43 years of making a right bloody racket”. In a good way, of course. I refer to the Full Moon Dog festival at the Cockpit in Leeds on Saturday, which I might even write a proper review of, and which anyone who is in the area and wants to remain alive will be at. For preview purposes, and for those of you marooned on another planet, it’s time to crack out the Jameson’s, turn it up to 11 and “do it like you mean it”.

As for the World Tour, that goes for an Indian takeaway this season, visiting the pointy subcontinent with a billion people perched on it, and a few bands for good measure – including one from a place so mountainous and frostbitten that Immortal would all have a coronary. And no sooner has this show been published than I will be off to the Nottingham Beer Festival, so I’ve got some drinking songs to help that pass smoothly as well.

And after months and months of haranguing, I’ve finally cracked and joined Twitter. It’s an account for the show, not for me – Faceache is enough for all the random junk I throw at the world. So go to if you must…

NOTE: this Twitter account still exists but is essentially defunct.

PART ONE (0:53:21)
0:01:46 Old Corpse Road – The Cauld Lad Of Hylton
0:09:20 Cryptic Age – No Folkin’ Way
0:13:30 Desiderium – Forest of Forgotten Memories
0:20:33 Skyforger – Dzīves Vismelnākā Stundā
0:29:08 Solstice – The Man Who Lost The Sun
0:38:12 Venom – Heaven’s On Fire
0:44:02 Screaming Eagles – Whore Hog
0:47:58 Dark Forest (England) – The Wizard Of Alderley Edge

PART TWO (0:55:22)
0:00:28 Naglfar – The Eclipse Of Infernal Storms
0:04:46 Aeternus – Descent To The Underworld
0:11:39 Blood Red Throne – Ravenous War Machine
0:20:13 Triaxis – Lord Of The Northern Sky
0:25:50 Eliminator – Outlaws Of The Highway
0:30:42 Stiletto Farm – January Sales
0:35:32 Borknagar – My Friend Of Misery [Covered]
0:41:48 Monster Magnet – Melt
0:40:03 Cathedral – Gargoylian [Hidden Gems]

PART THREE (0:53:33)
0:00:38 Stuka Squadron – On The Volga Bridge
0:07:45 Asomvel – Full Moon Dog
0:11:10 Orange Goblin – The Man Who Invented Time
0:18:50 Wolf’s Lair – Wolf’s Lair [World Tour – India]
0:23:58 Odyssey – The Last Stand [World Tour – Pakistan]
0:30:03 Funeral In Heaven – The Origins Of Evil: Abhawaya [World Tour – Sri Lanka]
0:38:08 Severe Dementia – Howls Of Murshidabad [World Tour – Bangladesh]
0:45:03 Dead Mariners – Layman [World Tour – Nepal]

PART FOUR (0:53:46)
0:00:47 Entrails – The Tomb Awaits
0:02:06 Entrails – Unleashed Wrath
0:06:06 Grand Magus – Kingslayer
0:10:15 Midnight – Rip This Hell
0:13:06 Arkhamin Kirjasto – When The Light Is Dead And Gone
0:21:45 Alestorm – The Sunk’n Norwegian
0:25:51 Ravenage – More Beer!
0:30:13 Winterfylleth – The Threnody Of Triumph
0:43:43 Vallendusk – The Wooden Sphere [World Tour – Indonesia]

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The Hammer Of Retribution Ogg-Cast XXIX: Sound The Horns Of War!

The Hammer Of Retribution Ogg-Cast XXIX:
Sound The Horns Of War!

Original release date: 15th September 2012
Total length: 3:43:48 in 3 parts

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On 21st and 22nd September, at the Duchess in York, comes the event I’ve been waiting since February for – the Warhorns Festival, a day and a half of celebration for our finest exponents of christian-slaughtering, mead-drinking, sword-wielding metal, and for good measure, they’ve brought in reinforcements from parts of northern Europe as well, and even an interloper from Vinland. It is absolutely not to be missed.

Of course, some regular features are still part of the show – the World Tour visits the “istan” countries of central Asia, and just about manages to find a handful of bands who actually live there, as well as a couple who don’t. Paul Houlton’s Recommendations Corner makes a triumphant return that even manages to link up with one of the Warhorns bands, and a certain German who has just become old enough to drink beer legally also has a few choice cuts for us.

This show was due also to feature the bands from the Full Moon Dog Festival, in Leeds on 13th October, but there really wasn’t space – so I’ve moved October’s show to the 11th so it can be released before the event, and feature all its bands! Also, that way you’ve all got a timely reminder just before it starts. Aren’t I generous?

Meanwhile, after the event, I wrote a review:
Day 1 (also contains the recipe for Warhorns Stew):
Day 2 (with no further culinary delights):

PART ONE (1:16:42)
0:01:41 Chris Hülsbeck – Bionic Action
0:06:01 Possessed – The Exorcist
0:10:51 Cacophony – Where My Fortune Lies
0:15:22 The Crown – Devil Gate Ride
0:27:36 Windrider – The King Under The Mountain
0:34:15 Old Corpse Road – The Devil’s Footprints
0:46:19 Nothgard – Arminius
0:53:38 Ex Deo – Teutoberg (Ambush Of Varus)
0:58:53 Old Man’s Child – Felonies Of The Christian Art
1:04:40 Rotting Christ – Lex Talionis
1:09:43 Blodsrit – Vanmakt

PART TWO (1:08:31)
0:00:35 Aloeswood – Farewell
0:06:18 Desiderium – Flesh And Stone
0:12:13 Morlich – A Throne In The Darkness
0:22:59 Vintersorg – Rainbow Demon [Covered]
0:27:00 Craving – Lord Of The Flames
0:31:27 Númenor – Monarchy Divine
0:38:17 Hel – Wo Die Tannen Thronen
0:46:04 Shallow Intentions – The Hammer And The Raven
0:53:50 Celtachor – In The Halls Of Nuada
0:58:48 Ravenage – Fresh From Fields Of Victory

PART THREE (1:18:35)
0:02:23 Thriumvirath – Voluntaria Mors [World Tour – Kazakhstan]
0:09:39 Hurd – Чоно [World Tour – Mongolia]
0:16:31 Z-Bek – Sky Rain Fire [World Tour – Uzbekistan]
0:22:53 Relicts – Desert [World Tour – Turkmenistan]
0:29:46 Spawn Of The Matriarch – Blut Auf Den Grasland [World Tour – Tajikistan]
0:37:44 Darkestrah – Sary Oy [World Tour – Kyrgyzstan]
0:50:27 Angeli Di Pietra – Last Flight Of The Valkyries
0:55:17 Wolfchant – Guardians Of The Forest
0:58:42 Skyforger – Kāvi [Hidden Gems]
1:07:28 Ensiferum – Heathen Throne

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The Hammer Of Retribution Ogg-Cast XXVIII: Faster, Harder, Louder… Again!

The Hammer Of Retribution Ogg-Cast XXVIII:
Faster, Harder, Louder… Again!

Original release date: 15th August 2012
Total length: 3:15:10 in 3 parts

Download link:!0OZWSIjJ!cTQXG3z1WAeYG80oOGUy3bfF1x5oK9oQY6Rtx0nrWuE

August 2012 brought my eleventh consecutive visit to a small village of 1,500 people in northern Germany, which periodically increases its population to around 100,000 – fans, bands, all their entourages and the crew who make the whole thing run properly. If you’ve all read the review (and you have, haven’t you? I’ve provided the links below. What’s your excuse not to?) then I need say very little about this show, other than how it was constructed. Scoop out the eight of the Metal Battle bands I saw who were worth featuring on this show, organise them into this month’s World Tour, then review the other three days, and bingo – the show’s practically written itself. I’ve dropped in a few bands I didn’t get to see, as well as three more who are going to be featuring at next year’s Wacken, just in case I do decide to go again.

Here’s your links to the review:
Wacken 2012 Review, part 1:
Wacken 2012 Review, part 2:

PART ONE (1:16:55)
0:03:45 Ravenblood – Decimate Of The Emotions [Metal Battle – Spain]
0:09:57 Gothic – Far, Deep In The Cold [Metal Battle – Romania]
0:16:21 Gone Postal – Meditated Torture [Metal Battle – Iceland]
0:21:11 Rain Shatter – Reminiscence [Metal Battle – Mexico]
0:26:17 Zygnema – Theory Of Lies And Negation [Metal Battle – India]
0:31:28 Corpse Garden – Hypocrite [Metal Battle – Costa Rica]
0:36:25 Electric Wizard – Wizard In Black
0:44:24 Decapitated – Suffer The Children [Covered]
0:49:02 Amon Amarth – Asator
0:54:21 Winterstorm – Winterheart
0:59:01 Amaranthe – Automatic
1:04:56 Hammercult – We Are Hammercult
1:08:02 Channel Zero – Unsafe
1:11:35 Saxon – Warrior [Hidden Gems]

PART TWO (0:56:53)
0:01:05 Mannhai – Cloudberry Jam
0:03:32 Mannhai – Spender
0:08:48 Sacred Reich – The American Way
0:12:17 Sanctuary – Die For My Sins
0:16:45 Aura Noir – Sulphur Void
0:21:32 Dimmu Borgir – Gateways
0:27:57 Graveyard – Hisingen Blues
0:32:07 Ghost Brigade – Breakwater
0:42:08 Sabaton – Twilight Of The Thunder God [Covered]
0:46:05 Amorphis – Enigma
0:49:40 Arch Enemy – Fields Of Desolation

PART THREE (1:01:22)
0:00:31 Agro – Willowmore
0:05:18 Ingrimm – Sag Mir Nicht
0:09:39 Paradise Lost – Say Just Words
0:13:40 Testament – A Day In The Death
0:19:16 Dio – All The Fools Sailed Away
0:28:58 Coroner – Masked Jackal
0:34:46 Faanefjell – Drikkegilde i Jotunheimen [Metal Battle – Norway]
0:39:21 Hamferð – Vráin [Metal Battle – Faroe Islands]
0:51:13 Winterfylleth – The Wayfarer Pt. 3 – To Find Solace… Where Security Stands

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