Sudden Death Syndrome
Style: Death/Doom Metal
Release date: December 14th 2010
Playing time: 51:33

This Jordanian band has already released this record in 2008, but it is now reissued by Kolony Records. I don't know how big the metal scene is in Jordan, but I am almost sure this is one of the better bands. After an intro the longest track "Blooded Forest" is launched. Influences of Novembers Doom, My Dying Bride and Paradise Lost are on top, but they don't sound like a copy. Especially the high guitar tones remind me of Paradise Lost.

The vocals are very low and brutal growling ones, just what this genre needs. "The Dead Sea" is more up-tempo and has some nice piano parts. In the track "Ebtehal" the vocals have at times a kind of Dani (Cradle of Filth) sound. It is a track with serene and doomy parts. The tempo goes up again in "Inoculate", but halfway the track slows down again. After that "Pure Wicked Sins" opens with a piano part.; the song is in My Dying Bride style and sometimes Anathema isn't that far away either.

For me that is the last track that matters, the last one I can't really call a song. It are some sounds and I do not understand why they put it on record. Next time a normal track please! A nice album for fans of the genre.


01. Humans and the Dark Afflication

02. Blooded Forest

03. The Dead Sea

04. Ebtehal

05. Inoculate

06. Pure Wicked Sins

07. The Stone of Hate

Label: Kolony Records
Distribution: Twilight
Reviewed by: Reinier de Vries
Date: November 17th 2010