"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 the video game Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock. The song was later re-mixed in 2011 for the album Th1rt3en.
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 Dorado 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 builds into the final chorus.
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.
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