Staff Infections

October 2014

posted on 10/2014   By: Last Rites

October marks the beginning of the final quarter of 2014 and much as Hollywood studios tend to save big releases for late in the year, in hopes of garnering Academy Award consideration, metal labels habitually roll out the big guns late in the year as well. This is a bit of a conundrum for metal critics such as your pals here at Last Rites, for while those old fucks in the academy don’t have to dole out Oscars until March, metal websites generally roll out their best-of-the-year lists much closer to the end of the calendar year, if not before. This forces us writer types to digest a host of important new releases while trying to re-evaluate earlier releases and catch up on albums that we might have missed. This first-world problem, however, is our teeny, tiny cross to bear, and we’ll forgive you if our plight fails to move you to tears because, for you, the fan, this is all gravy. You can look forward to new releases from notable bands that have been out of the spotlight for a little while, such as Exodus, Obituary and Bloodbath or a rather long while, such as At the Gates, Rigor Mortis and Sanctuary. In addition, on the horizon are new works from the noisier side of metal including albums from Godflesh and Today is the Day, some top tier black metal in the form of a Blut Aus Nord disc, epic doom from While Heaven Wept and shit-loads more. 2014 is going out loud and heavy.

As for what has been rattling our ears this past month, no overwhelming favorite emerged, but Witch Mountain’s Mobile of Angels managed to snag the blue ribbon by appearing on four staff playlists. Runners up include the latest from Overkill, Death Penalty’s debut, Canadian trad act Striker’s City of Gold and perpetual Last Rite’s favorite and bane of my existence, Devin Townsend with Z2.

Have a listen to Uta Plotkin’s swansong while you share your playlist in the comments.

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Juho Mikkonen

Insane Vesper - Abomination of Death
Forteresse - Métal Noir Québécois
Necros Christos - I in Darkness II in Damnation III in Death 2002-2007
Reverorum Ib Malacht - De Mysteriis Dom Christi
Velvet Cacoon - Genevieve
Velvet Cacoon - Northsuite

Erik Highter

John Coltrane - Offering: Live at Temple University
Death Penalty - Death Penalty
Giant Squid - Minoans
The Melvins - Hold It In
Queen - Live at the Rainbow '74
Unwound - No Energy

Zach Duvall

Saor - Aura
Negative Plane - Et in Saecula Saeculorum
Devin Townsend Project - Z2
Bolt Thrower - Mercenary
Demilich - Nespithe
Pallbearer - Foundations of Burden

Jeremÿ Witt

Sanctuary - Into The Mirror Black
Nevermore - Dreaming Neon Black
Death Penalty - Death Penalty
Morgoth - Cursed
UDO - Animal House
Sanctuary - The Year The Sun Died

Craig Hayes

Theist - Theist
Ancst - In Turmoil
Bulletbelt - Rise of the Banshee
Gust - Gust
Vomit Storm - Mudge Or Be Mudged!
Witch Mountain - Mobile of Angels

Marlo Reghenas

Helstar - Nosferatu
Stallion - Rise and Ride
Striker - City of Gold
Witch Mountain - Mobile of Angels
Overkill - White Devil Armory
Violator - Chemical Assault

Michael Wüensch

Necros Christos - Nine Graves
Miracle - Mercury
Lotus Thief - Rervm
Vaura - The Missing
Deaf Center - Recount
Krieg - Transient

Matt Longo

Ævangelist - Writhes in the Murk
Orange Goblin - Back from the Abyss
Bog Oak - A Treatise on Resurrection and The Afterlife
Jess and the Ancient Ones - Castaneda
Nader Sadek - The Malefic: Chapter III
Witch Mountain - Mobile of Angels

Atanamar Sunyata

Drowned - Idola Specus
Auroch - Taman Shud
Judas Priest - Sin After Sin
Dead Congregation - Promulgation of the Fall
Falls of Rauros - Believe in no Coming Shore
Slough Feg - Hardworlder

Dave Pirtle

Devin Townsend - Z2
Connoisseur - Stoner Justice
Onkel Tom - H.E.L.D.
Striker - City of Gold
Clutch - Earth Rocker
Overkill - White Devil Armory

Keith Ross

Abazagorath - The Satanic Verses
Fides Inversa - Mysterium Tremendum et Fascinans
Rings of Saturn - Lugal Ki En (help!)
Skrillex - Recess
Opeth - Orchid
John Williams - The Seville Concert

Jeremy Morse

Mercyful Fate - 9
Overkill - Taking Over
Lago - Tyranny
Iron Reagan - The Tyranny of Will
Exumer - Possessed by Fire
AC/DC - Flick of the Switch

Dave Schalek

Temple Of Void - Of Terror And The Supernatural
Blut Aus Nord - Memoria Vetusta III: Saturnian Poetry
Witch Mountain - Mobile Of Angels
Black Sabbath - Vol. 4
Khold - Til Endes
1349 - Massive Cauldron Of Chaos


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