Sudden Death - Monolith of Sorrow - (9.5/10)
Published on April 17, 2016
After a decade of silence, Sudden Death come storming out of Italy once again with a wholly dynamic and brutal offering that features their trademark dynamic offering of death metal and unrelenting brutality. Coming out on the now-disbanded Deadbang Records on November 1, 2014, this offers up nearly everything a brutal death fanatic should savor.
From the onset, this appears like any normal brutal death metal offering which offers plenty to like here which starts with the riff-work. Starting with the frantic, tight and blistering death metal rhythms, there’s plenty of furious and unrelenting tempos ranging along throughout the tracks here from “Cancer of a World Condemned to Die,” “Toxic Devourment,” “Inhuman Lycanthropic Lust” and “Vomit” as this one tends to really favor the high-speed formula here and making the tracks even more impressive. Being able to utilize a scattered few series of breakdowns, including the title track, as well as slams in “Blood Wings” and managing to deftly maneuver along a few other pacing and tempo changes to further complete the picture, this one features a slew of high-energy yet still unrelentingly brutal guitar-work that makes for a great time, all aided along by the deep, heavy production that makes it sound truly massive and pulverizing while still allowing for the dynamics to be truly apparent whenever they occur.
While this all manages to make the music on here immeasurably enjoyable, there’s one minor intangible that keeps this one from securing that perfect score. Almost all the tracks on here, and especially for the last few tracks in the second half, this one decides to start up each and every track with a sampled intro taken from classic horror films. Several times they seem to fit in rather well, as the NOES snippet that opens this ties in nicely with the atmospheric work that comes after and the self-titled “Reanimator” bit used .comes off rather well with the track basing it off the movie, but the total number of times this goes beyond that and really holds this one back here when it goes for a sampled piece to continually play before many of the tracks throughout here. Only using a few minor ones would’ve been preferable, just to get an idea of what’s going on here, as this one small piece is all that could really be held against it.
While this one comes complete with one utterly inconsequential but still noticeable flaw that keeps this down ever so slightly from where it could’ve been, this is still undoubtedly one of the top examples of the style in the whole scene making this an indisputable addition to any fanatic of brutal death or extreme metal in general.