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Bilocate
Sudden Death Syndrome

Company: Self released
Release: 2008
Reviewer: Raising Iron
Genre: Doom, death

  • A little bit different than your typical death/doom release



  • Bilocate are a newer band from Jordan who plays your typical doom/death variation of metal. Formed in '03, they have just self-released their sophomore effort entitled "Sudden Death Syndrome, a slightly progressive ride through Middle Eastern textures but squarely rooted in their genre of choice.

    There are a number of bands in this genre now, many of which do a fine job but don't really add anything new. Bilocate differs slightly from the characteristic doom/death blueprint as they offer a bit of their middle-eastern roots into the songs, as well as highly varied dynamics within each composition. Vocals are of a decipherable, "cookie-monster" variety, nothing clean, except for a kind of speaking/singing mix on "Pure Wicked Sins".

    "Sudden Death Syndrome" is comprised of 7 tracks, 5 songs proper book-ended by a short instrumental intro and a meandering, droning, keyboard laced outro. In fact, as heavy as the guitars are in parts, the album's songs are built around a lot of the keyboard passages. We're not talking those of the Stratovarius variety either, as here they are very dark and brooding, creating a chilling atmosphere. Acoustic guitars and other instruments break up the songs nicely, affording space for their unique melodies. After the short intro, track 2 lades the listener with the epic, 17 minute "Blooded Forest", a wildly diverging song taking you from one grove to another before arriving at camp. After this though, there is only one other epic length song, the 9 minute "Ebtehal", and the other 3 clock in at around the 6 minute mark.

    Now, for a do-it-yourself band without backing from a record label, this is one hell of an impressive release. The production is superb, warm and lively, with an unobtrusive mix. Despite a couple of rather long songs, the album overall is fairly quickly paced, especially for the genre. There are enough interesting phrasings used throughout the songs to keep one's interest piqued, so, if you're looking for something a little bit different than your typical death/doom, pick up this release. Highly professional and uniquely compelling, Bilocate are sure to turn heads with "Sudden Death Syndrome".


    Maximum Metal Rating Legend - Click for Full Details
    5 Excellent - Buy it and say a prayer to the metal gods that you were tuned on to this masterpiece. A classic.
    4-4.5 Great - Almost perfect records but there's probably a clunker or a lacking somewhere to keep it from perfection. You won't feel bad about dropping some bones on these.
    3.5 Good - Most of the record is good, but there may be some filler. This is the OK range where you'd search for the record on sale or used.
    3 Average - Some good songs, some bad ones at about a half/half ratio. Could show skills but be dull overall. Redeeming qualities for indy bands are effort and passion. Majors that don't try or suck outright end up here.
    2-2.5 Fair - Worth a listen, but best obtained by collectors. There is much better metal out there.
    1-1.5 Bad - Major problems with music, lyrics, production, etc.
    0 Terrible or an otherwise waste of your life and time.

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    ALL FULL REVIEWS FOR: BILOCATE
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    TITLE BAND
    DOR
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    Sudden Death SyndromeBilocate
    2008
    Raising Iron9/8/2008


    ALL SUMMARY REVIEWS FOR: BILOCATE
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    Sudden Death SyndromeBilocate
    2010
    Ben McCraw2/12/2011


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