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"Sudden Death" is a song that was written and recorded in 2010. At first it was the band's "top-secret" project, but it was later revealed to be written for video game Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock. The song was later re-mixed in 2011 for the album Th1rt3en.

Original VersionEdit

This song was included as the third part of the final battle with the beast in Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock, and is often said to be one of the hardest songs in the series.

Sudden Death was released as a digital single on September 28, 2010. It would later be nominated for a Grammy for Best Metal Performance, but lost to El Dorodo by Iron Maiden.

The song starts out with trade-off guitar solos, which build into the song itself. Once the solos have finished, a guitar riff plays in both the left and right channels for a few seconds, which continues into the song. After a few verses, more trade-off solos take place, which build into the final chorus.

Th1rt3en VersionEdit

Sudden Death was re-mixed to be included on the band's 13th album, Th1rt3en, released in 2011. It is the opening track on the album.

The structure is pretty much the same as the original version, but some new effects were added and a few lyrical changes were made.

LyricsEdit

    His wicked Highness born from disaster
    To dominate and to kill
    A glistening murder machine
    False majesty standing perfectly still
    A blitzkrieg raining down evil
    On a mountain of black ice
    Like a good old-fashioned beating within
    Inches of your life
    
    While alone and left abandoned
    With the sentence you've been handed
    All your angels will ignore you
    As your life flashes before you
    Even still you keep on fighting
    Through the thunder and the lightning
    And now Heaven sends its love
    Your sudden death from above
    
    Once frozen like a prisoner depraved
    Perched high atop the lithospheres
    Set free from beneath the depths of hell
    Bequeathing man nothing but despair
    The beast is genetically programmed,
    Time to destroy, time to go berserk
    To see the end of all wars
    To see the end of the Earth
    
    Stopping at nothing, punch drunk
    From the blood that he's tasted
    Tearing your soul apart
    Not one bit of your pain will be wasted
    Now death descends upon you
    Like a bloody white dove
    Bringing your retribution
    Your sudden death from above
    
    While alone and left abandoned
    With the sentence you've been handed
    All your angels will ignore you
    As your life flashes before you
    Even still you keep on fighting
    Through the thunder and the lightning
    And now Heaven sends its love
    Your sudden death from above

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