Staff Infections October 2017

Welcome, friends, to a somewhat tardy edition of Staff Infections, wherein we check out what the Last Rites staff has been listening to lately. I was hoping after the rash of natural disasters last month that October would find the world in somewhat better shape, but instead, things have only gotten worse. More hurricanes, a horrific mass shooting, and enormously destructive wildfires have significantly upped the tragic ante in the past month. And if that isn’t enough, the Yellowstone supervolcano might wipe us all out a lot sooner than expected. Here’s hoping you and yours have made it through the past few months unscathed.

Though it seems we might be in the midst of a slow-burning apocalypse, we all have heavy metal that needs listening to, so let’s see what’s hot this month: Enslaved has been a consistent favorite of the staff, and so it is no surprise to see that the group’s latest album, E, takes top honors this month. You learn more about E, and get a glimpse into Captain’s tortured soul via his review right here.

 

Second place this month is a bit more difficult to determine, because, for some reason, the staff has been listening to boat-loads of King Diamond and Mercyful Fate. Maybe it’s because Halloween is approaching, and King and company set the mood like no others. In any case, In the Shadows and Into the Unknown from Fate both make a couple appearances on playlists and likewise for KD’s Conspiracy and The Puppet Master. Because I’m more partial to Mercyful Fate, let’s have a listen to a track that was a young Jeremy’s first exposure to the band. Thanks, Headbangers’ Ball.

For discussion this month, share your favorite Halloween jams, along with your recent playlist in the comments. Stay safe, friends, take care of yourselves and each other, and bang your heads while the sun still shines. See you next month.

  • Konrad Kantor
    Mercyful Fate – Mercyful Fate
    Mercyful Fate – Melissa
    Mercyful Fate – Don’t Break the Oath
    Mercyful Fate – In the Shadows
    Mercyful Fate – Time
    Mercyful Fate – Into the Unknown
  • Andrew Edmunds
    Sodom – Agent Orange
    Paradise Lost – Medusa
    Enslaved – E
    Agnostic Front – My Life My Way
    Heathen – Victims Of Deception
    W.A.S.P. – K.F.D.
  • Zach Duvall
    Wormed – Krighsu
    King Diamond – Conspiracy
    Progenie Terrestre Pura – oltreLuna
    Klabautamann – Smaragd
    Satyricon – Live at the Opera
    Destruction – Sentence of Death
  • Manny-O-War
    King Diamond – The Puppet Master
    King Diamond – Conspiracy
    Antisect – The Rising of the Lights
    Trio Mediaeval & Arve Henriksen – Rímur
    Vio-Lence – Eternal Nightmare
    Cyclone – Brutal Destruction
  • Chris Redar
    Archspire – Relentless Mutation
    Cytotoxin – Gammageddon
    Guns n’ Roses – Chinese Democracy
    Pyrrhon – What Passes For Survival
    Tech N9ne – King of Darkness
    Cannibal Corpse – Torture
  • Dave Pirtle
    Ensiferum – Two Paths
    David Garrett – Rock Revolution
    With The Dead – Love From With The Dead
    Darkane – Rusted Angel
    Mercyful Fate – Into the Unknown
    Symphorce – Phorceful Ahead
  • Captain
    King Diamond – The Puppet Master
    W.A.S.P. – Babylon
    Forsaken Pentateuch
    Heretic – Breaking Point
    Disincarnate – Dreams of the Carrion Kind
    Blazon Stone – Down in the Dark
  • Danhammer Obstkrieg
    Godspeed You! Black Emperor – Luciferian Towers
    Enslaved – E
    Type O Negative – October Rust
    Drudkh – Autumn Aurora
    Charles Lloyd – Lift Every Voice
    Miles Davis – Bitches Brew
  • Matthew Cooper
    A Tree of Signs – Initiation of Light
    Husker Du – Discography
    Isen Torr – Mighty and Superior
    Zygote – A Wind of Knives
    Enslaved – E
    Mercyful Fate – Discography
  • Jeremy Morse
    Exhumed – Death Revenge
    Suffocation – …Of the Dark Light
    Mercyful Fate – In the Shadows
    King Diamond – Abigail
    Darkthrone – Arctic Thunder
    W.A.S.P. – W.A.S.P.

Posted by Jeremy Morse

Riffs or GTFO.

  1. Through the Eyes of the Dead – Disomus
    Cannibal Corpse – Red Before Black
    Chelsea Wolfe – Hiss Spun
    Satyricon – Deep Calleth Upon Deep
    Cradle of Filth – Cryptoriana
    Scour – Red

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  2. Cradle of Filth – Cryptoriana
    Enslaved – E
    Type O – Life is Killing Me
    Type O – World Coming Down
    P!nk – Beautiful Trauma
    Bathory – Under the Sign of the Black Mark

    Halloween jams? How much time do I have? Type O, of course. John Carpenter soundtracks. Uh… roughly half of the back catalogs of both Cleopatra and Wax Trax! Records. Screamin’ Jay Hawkins. Mid-period AFI. Early Darkthrone, Mayhem, Emperor. Pornography, Disintegration, Seventeen Seconds. Bands who played the Batcave in the ‘80’s – Specimen, Alien Sex Fiend, Siouxsie Sioux, et al. Also Samhain, Misfits, The Creepshow, Nekromantix, Skinny Puppy, Sisters of Mercy, The Mission UK… *continues mumbling bands as you walk away*

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    1. Yusssssssssssss Skinny Puppy is some of my favorite Halloween music.

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      1. Half the reason I adore ‘Assimilate’ is solely because the first 30 seconds sound so similar to the song that cues up in Ghostbusters when Peck shuts downs the containment unit:

        https://youtu.be/rZM8grMkWpg

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        1. That’s… that’s a PREEEEEEEETTY deep nerd cut there, Doc. I love it.

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  3. Spectral Voice

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  4. Enslaved – Death Revenge
    Caligula’s Horse – In Contact
    Aosoth – Arrow in Heart
    Fair to Midland – Arrows & Anchors
    Alice in Chains – Alice in Chains
    Hellripper – Coagulating Darkness

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    1. That would be Exhumed not Enslaved.

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      1. Really either new release would be fine in my book.

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  5. Genesis – The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway
    Hallatar – No Stars Upon the Bridge
    Hellripper – Complete and Total Fucking Mayhem
    Kauan – Kaiho
    Hallas – Excerpts from a Future Past
    NeO – Urn

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  6. Celtic Frost – Ain era
    Furze – Necromanzee Cogent
    Root – Zjevgini
    Warmarch – Declaration
    US Maple – Acre Thrills
    Enochian Crescent – Omega Telocvovim

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  7. 16 Horsepower – “Secret South”
    Tribulation – “The Children of the Night”*
    Tribulation – “The Horror”*
    VHÖL – “Deeper Than Sky”
    Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith – “The Kid”
    Celtic Frost – “Into the Pandemonium”

    *Tribulation has deliberately been my Halloween go-to music this year. What else needs to be said about that? As to all-time favorite, I could never do that justice.

    Really wish I liked the new Enslaved more.

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  8. Wintersun – Wintersun
    Khazaddum – Plagues upon Arda
    All Pigs Must Die – All Pigs Must Die
    Morbid Angel – Altars of Madness
    Beyond Grace – Seekers
    Ereb Altor – Ulfven
    Dead Head – Swine Plague

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