Staff Infections – September 2017

Welcome, friends, to the September edition of Staff Infections, wherein we discuss, among other things, what the Last Rites staff has been listening to for the past month. I usually like to keep it light in this column, but things have just been straight-up shitty lately. I had some personal health issues that put me out of commission for a few weeks, but given recent events, my problems hardly seem worth bitching about. I’m sure I’m not breaking any news to you when I say that between hurricanes, earthquakes and wildfires, huge numbers of people have had their lives thoroughly fucked up in the last few weeks. Unfortunately, many of the people most affected by these disasters are those least able to afford it. If you are able, I would urge you to give to relief efforts to help those affected. And by give, I mean money. While it might seem more productive to donate goods to those who’ve lost everything, most donated goods just end up going to waste: it is next to impossible to effectively catalog, store and distribute the thousands of tons items that get donated whenever major disasters happen. Money, however, can be used to buy what is needed where and when it is needed. So, again, if you are able, put your money where your heart is.

Chaos reigns once more in the staff playlists. No clear cut favorite album has emerged this month. Instead we have an eight-way tie for first place, each with two appearances a piece. For the sake of brevity, let’s just hit the high points. First up is perpetual staff favorite Blut Aus Nord with Deus Salutis Meæ. The album isn’t out until late October, so Zach and Dan are no doubt enjoying the heck out of the early promo their years of slaving over a keyboard have earned them. Speaking of the Danhammer, Mr. Obstkrieg reviewed another winner this month, that being Incantation’s latest slab of beefy death metal, Profane Nexus. Paradise Lost is another favorite among the staff, so it’s no surprise that the band’s recently released album, Medusa, makes a few playlist appearances. Zach Duvall has the dirt on Medusa right here. Finally, in case you missed it, Pyrrhon released a masterpiece of dense, noisy chaotic death metal in What Passes for Survival, and Danhammer gave it a masterful review. Reading said review will make you smarter, wiser and possibly better looking.

 

That’s all for this month. Be sure to share your playlists in the comments, and take care of yourselves; it’s rough out there.

  • Zach Duvall
    Horrendous – Anareta
    Blut Aus Nord – Deus Salutis Meæ
    Vuur – In This Moment We Are Free – Cities
    Pyrrhon – What Passes for Survival
    Howls of Ebb/Khthoniik Cerviiks – With Gangrene Edges / Voiidwarp
    Sqaulus – The Great Fish…
  • Konrad Kantor
    Venenum – Trance of Death
    Ufomammut – 8
    Los Angeles Negros – Los Angeles Negros
    Incantation – Profane Nexus
    Inquisition – Nefarious Dismal Orations
    Wolfbrigade – Damned
  • Manny-O-War
    Soror Dolorosa – Apollo
    Death – Symbolic
    Katla – Móðurástin
    Coalesce – 0:12 Revolution in Just Listening
    Acephalix – Decreation
    Paradise Lost – Medusa
  • Chris Redar
    Inanimate Existence – Underneath a Melting Sky
    Live – Secret Samadhi
    Snot – Get Some
    Cytotoxin – Gammageddon
    Juvenile – 400 Degreez
  • Andrew Edmunds
    Paradise Lost – Medusa
    Paradise Lost Gothic
    Raven – Wiped Out
    Gun – Gun
    Pyrrhon – What Passes For Survival
    Pagan Altar – The Room Of Shadows
  • Michael Wuensch
    Chevalier – A Call to Arms
    Acephalix – Decreation
    Crumbsuckers – Life of Dreams
    Enslaved – RIITIIR
    Soror Delorosa – Apollo
    GBH – Midnight Madness and Beyond…
  • Danhammer Obstkrieg
    Vijay Iyer Sextet – Far From Over
    Blut Aus Nord – Deus Salutis Meae
    Vuur – In This Moment We Are Free – Cities
    Murkok – Coast
    Opeth – Blackwater Park
    Enslaved – Below the Lights
  • Matthew Cooper
    Argus – From Fields of Fire
    Colour Haze – In Her Garden
    Captain Beyond – Captain Beyond
    Boris – Heavy Rocks
    Ufomammut- 8
    Ministry – Live Necronomicon
  • Dave Pirtle
    Arch Enemy – Will To Power
    Beneath the Divine – The Wicked Resurrection
    Apocalypse Orchestra – The End is Night
    Septicflesh – Codex Omega
    Cannabis Corpse – Left Hand Pass
    The Venting Machine – Shackles Be Gone
  • Jeremy Morse
    Incantation – Profane Nexus
    Death Penalty – Death Penalty
    Acephalix – Decreation
    Cryptopsy – None So Vile
    Thanatos – Emerging from the Netherworlds
    Suffocation – Breeding the Spawn

Posted by Jeremy Morse

Riffs or GTFO.

  1. John Frum – A Stirring in the Noos
    Pyrrhon – What Passes For Survival
    The Adventure Zone Podcast
    Blut Aus Nord – MV1
    Chelsea Wolfe – Hiss Spun
    Morbid Angel – Blessed Are The Sick

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  2. Chelse Wolfe – “Hiss Spun” (NPR stream)
    Amorphis – “Tales from the Thousand Lakes”
    Amorphis – “The Karelian Isthmus”
    Gabriel Fauré – “Requium” Choir of King’s College, Cambridge
    Wovenhand – “Refractory Obdurate”
    Enslaved – “Below the Lights”
    Subrosa – “For This We Fought the Battle of the Ages”

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  3. Pyrrhon – What Passes for Survival
    Paradise Lost – Medusa
    Paradise Lost – Icon
    Darkthrone – FOAD
    Voices – London
    Batushka – Litourgiya

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  4. Dead Cross – s/t
    Belphegor – Totenritual
    Unsane – Sterilize
    Haemorrhage – We Are The Gore
    Valkyrja – The Antagonist’s Fire
    Alice Cooper – Welcome to My Nightmare

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  5. Well, Decreation by Acephalix got three mentions, so I guess it triumphed!

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  6. Perturbator – New Model
    Obsequiae – Demo
    WitTR – Thrice Woven (tracks)
    Visigoth – The Revenant King
    Propagandhi – Victory Lap
    Wardruna – Ragnarok
    Summoning – Old Mornings Dawn
    Satan’s Hallow – S/T

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  7. Paradise Lost – Medusa
    Motorpsycho – The Tower
    Rush – Grace Under Pressure
    Absu – Absu
    Execration – Return to the Void

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  8. Beneath – Ephemeris (not sure where this goes in the catalogue. It’s more consistent than The Barren Throne, but lacks the high points of that album)
    Beyond Grace – Seekers (probably going to be the best melodic death metal album of the year)
    Joey Concepcion – Alignment (best instrumental shred album of 2017 – yes, even better than Marty Friedman’s album, but it was a close thing)
    Man Must Die – Peace Was Never An Option
    Wormed – Krigsu (I still haven’t got my head around this album, but it’s probably about as far as I can go in terms of mind-fucking technical death metal. Pyrrhon just melts my brain)

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  9. Akercocke – Renaissance In Extremis
    Chelsea Wolfe – Hiss Spun
    Steven Wilson – To the Bone
    Troldhaugen – Idio+Syncrasies
    Squalus – The Great Fish…

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  10. Dreadnought – A Wake in Sacred Waves
    Myrkur – Mareridt
    Panopticon – Kentucky
    Futurecop! – Return to Alvograth
    Threshold – Legends of the Shire
    Akercocke – Renaissance in Extremis

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  11. Gigan – Undulating Waves of Rainbiotic Iridescence
    December Wolves – Blasterpiece Theatre
    Cadaver – In Pains
    Atrocity – Hallucinations
    Liers In Wait – Spiritually Uncontrolled Art
    Crimson Massacre – Luster of Pandemonium

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  12. Chelsea Wolfe – Hiss Spun
    Converge – “I Can Tell You About Pain”/”Eve”
    My Dying Bride – The Angel & the Dark River
    Corrosion of Conformity – Blind
    Anacrusis – Screams and Whispers
    Hell – Hell (2017)

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