Staff Infections – June 2017

Here we are in June, and it’s time to discuss what the Last Rites crew has been listening to this past month or so. The staff is fresh off its yearly team-building exercise, otherwise known as Maryland Deathfest, and consequently, in an effort to brush up before the event or relive the glory after, you’ll find several of this year’s MDF performers in the staff playlists, including Candlemass, Insect Warfare, Morbid Angel, and this month’s co-champion Oranssi Pazuzu with its 2016 album, Värähtelijä. I’d regale you with the highlights of the band’s set, but I think I was taking a nap so that I could be fresh as a daisy for Candlemass. I ain’t much for black metal, psychedelic or otherwise, but you know who is? Our own Danhammer Obstkrieg, that’s who, and if you’re looking for the low-down on Värähtelijä, Dan has you covered.

While we’re on the topic of black metal bands with funny names, and people who like them, Progenie Terrestre Pura is our other co-champion this month with its recently released second album, oltreLuna, and Zach Duvall was quite taken with said album, judging by his review which you can read right here.

On a down note, the passing of Chris Cornell has been much on the minds of the staff, and not surprisingly Cornell’s music showed up in several playlists, with Soundgarden’s Louder than Love and Temple of the Dog’s self-titled album both making multiple appearances. In case you missed it, Mr. Duvall paid heartfelt tribute to Chris with this piece.

Wrapping things up, a few recent death metal releases make appearances this month, including Necrot’s Blood Offerings, a review of which is forthcoming, Succumb’s eponymous debut (reviewed by El Capitan aqui)and Suffocation’s …Of the Dark Light. Andrew Edmunds has the not-so-good news about …Of the Dark Light right here. Personally, while I agree entirely with Mr. Edmunds assessment, I still enjoy the album well enough. Medicore Suffocation is still above average death metal. Finally, Walpyrgus Nights, some glorius heavy metal from Walpyrgus, a pseudo-super group featuring members of Twisted Tower Dire, October 31st and While Heaven Wept, among others, is getting some spins. Look for a review in the near future.

That’s all, for now. Be sure to share your playlist in the comments, and, in honor of MDF, share, if you might, the best metal festival you’ve ever attended. Have a great month.


  • Zach Duvall
    Progenie Terrestre PuraoltreLuna
    Oranssi PazuzuVärähtelijä
    James BrownHell
    SoundgardenEverything
    Temple of the DogTemple of the Dog
    SuccumbSuccumb

  • Manny-O-War
    Unleash the ArchersApex
    Progenie Terrestre PuraoltreLuna
    Temple of Void Lords of Death
    Fields of the Nephilim The Nephilim
    EnslavedBelow the Lights
    Black Sabbath Heaven & Hell

  • Michael Wuensch
    MetalianMidnight Rider
    Necrot Blood Offerings
    Walpyrgus Walpyrgus Nights
    Eternity’s End Eternity’s End
    Legionnaire Dawn of Genesis
    SlowdiveSlowdive

  • Danhammer Obstrkrieg
    Do Make Say ThinkStubborn Persistent Illusions
    JlinBlack Origami
    Impetuous RitualBlight Upon Martyred Sentience
    HavukruunuKelle Surut Soi
    OriginUnparalleled Universe
    Progenie Terrestre PuraoltreLuna

  • Andrew Edmunds
    Soundgarden – Louder Than Love
    PLFDevious Persecution And Wholesale Slaughter
    Queensryche – Rage For Order
    SuccumbSuccumb
    Temple Of The Dog – Temple Of The Dog
    Insect WarfareWorld Extermination

  • Dave Pirtle
    Adrenaline MobWe The People
    AlestormNo Grave But the Sea
    Life of AgonyA Place Where There’s No Pain
    DezperadozCall of the Wild
    Earth CrawlerFrom Below
    Wind Rose Stone Hymn

  • Konrad Kantor
    SwansTo Be Kind
    Oranssi PazuzuVärähtelijä
    NeurosisTimes of Grace
    Blazon Stone No Sign of Glory
    CandlemassNightfall
    HavukruunuKelle Surut Soi

  • Jeremy Morse
    NecrotBlood Offerings
    Candlemass Epicus Doomicus Metallicus
    Suffocation…Of the Dark Light
    UsurperTwilight Dominion
    Defeated SanityPsalms of the Moribund
    Morbid AngelFormulas Fatal to the Flesh

  • Matthew Cooper
    Motorhead Another Perfect Day
    Oranssi PazuzuVärähtelijä
    SoundgardenLouder Than Love
    Suffocation …Of the Dark Light
    WalpyrgusWalpyrgus Nights
    PhrenelithDesolate Endscape

Posted by Jeremy Morse

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