Staff Infections – February 2018

It’s February, friends, and it feels like we’re in the heart of the winter doldrums. Not just as it relates to seasonal affective disorder, but, as our playlists will reflect, with regard to the state of new metal releases. Only one new album has captured the collective ears of the Last Rites staff this month, and, even in that case, the collective only amounts to four ears. The album in question is ION, the latest from Portal, a band our new intern Ryan Tysinger calls “the kings of psychological death metal terror.” Ryan has fucked up more than a few sandwich orders, he can’t clear a paper jam to save his ass, and he seems entirely incapable of making a decent cup of coffee (Seriously, it’s a Keurig for Christ’s sake…), but the guy is pretty o.k. at writing. You can check out his review of ION here. Feel free to leave Ryan encouraging comments, such as: “NO MOTHERFUCKING PICKLES, RYAN!” or “LIGHT CREAM, YOU HALF-WIT!”

The only other album to snag more than one set of ears this month is Pestilence’s progressive death metal freak-out, Spheres. Testimony of the Ancients and Consuming Impulse each make an appearance as well. While we’re on the topic of progressive death metal, a couple of Atheist albums also cropped up in the playlists. A bit curious methinks. Finally, While it’s never a bad time to listen to Judas Priest, with four albums in staff playlists, Priest seems inordinately popular this month. Could it be the impending release of Firepower that has the band on our minds, or could it be something else? Time will tell.

Until next month, enjoy some Portal and Pestilence, be sure to leave your playlist in the comments, and if you care to, share some of your favorite jams to bust yourself out of a winter funk.



    • Zach Duvall
      Dawn – Nær sólen gar niþer for evogher
      Krallice – Years Past Matter
      The Cure – The Top
      Portal – ION
      Sodom – Expurse of Sodomy
      Nuclear Assault – Game Over
    • Captain
      Rush – Power Windows
      Judas Priest – Nostradamus
      Malady – Toinen toista
      Hooded Menace – Ossuarium Silhouettes Unhallowed
      Pestilence – Consuming Impulse
      Death – Individual Thought Patterns
    • Manny-O-War
      Rush – Hold Your Fire
      Mythic – Anthology
      Sturgill Simpson – Metamodern Sounds in Counrty Music
      Pestilence – Spheres
      Apollo Brown & Planet Asia – Anchovies
      Atheist – Unquestionable Presence
    • Andrew Edmunds
      Entombed – Clandestine
      Pestilence – Testimony Of The Ancients
      The Adicts – Sound Of Music
      Lee “Scratch” Perry & Subatomic Sound System – Super Ape Returns To Conquer
      Blind Guardian – Beyond The Red Mirror
      Paradise Lost – Gothic
    • Konrad Kantor
      Iron Maiden – Somewhere in Time
      Manilla Road – Crystal Logic
      Esoteric – The Pernicious Enigma
      Judas Priest – Sin After Sin
      De La Soul – Three Feet High and Rising
      Oxymoron – Westworld
    • Dan Obstkrieg
      Meat Beat Manifesto – Impossible Star
      Demonomancy – Poisoned Atonement
      Andras Schiff – Beethoven: The 32 Piano Sonatas
      Portal – Ion
      First Aid Kit – Ruins
      Tribulation – Down Below
    • Dave Pirtle
      Judas Priest – Painkiller
      Biohazard – State of the World Address
      Magnum – Lost on the Road to Eternity
      Anguish – Magna Est Vis Suignah
      Lione-Conti – Lione-Conti
      Machine Head – Catharsis
    • Jeremy Morse
      Sinister – Diabolical Summoning
      Sinister – Cross the Styx
      Atheist – Piece of Time
      Judas Priest – Killing Machine
      Therion – Beyond Sanctorum
      Pestilence – Spheres
    • Ryan Tysinger
      Exciter – Long Live the Loud
      Portal – Ion
      Pentagram – First Daze Here
      Black Cyclone – Death Is King
      Judas Priest – Rocka Rolla
      Paara – Riiti

Posted by Jeremy Morse

Riffs or GTFO.

  1. Hooded Menace – “Ossuarium Silhouettes Unhallowed”
    Tribulation – “Down Below”
    Agrimonia – “Awaken”
    David Bowie – “Hunky Dory”
    Simple Minds – “New Gold Dream (91-82-83-84)”
    Julien Baker – “Turn Out the Lights”
    The Damned – “Strawberries”


  2. Razor – Executioner’s Song
    Razor – Evil Invaders
    Artillery – Fear of Tomorrow
    Mortal Sin – Mayhemic Destruction
    Onslaught – VI
    Primordial – The Gathering Wilderness


  3. Morrow – Fallow
    Morrow – Covenant of Teeth
    Slugdge – The entire Cosmic Cornucopia 3CD set
    Avail – 4AM Friday
    Zao – Where Blood and Fire Bring Rest
    Funeral – From These Wounds


  4. Tribulation – Down Below
    Harm’s Way – Posthuman
    Knelt Rote – Alterity
    Rites if Thy Degringolade – The Blade Philosophical
    Pungent Stench – Ampeauty
    Asesino – Corridos de Muerte


  5. Hawkwind – Sonic Attack
    Hawkwind – The Chronicle of the Black Sword
    Summoning – With Doom We Come
    Throbbing Gristle – 20 jazz Funk Greats
    Mastery/Skullflower split
    Starkweather/Concealment split
    Master’s Hammer – Fascinator


  6. Since the TV series of Altered Carbon came out, I’ve been re-reading the Takeshi Kovacs books to a soundtrack of:

    Obliveon – Carnivore Mothermouth
    Scarve – Irradiant
    Textures – Phenotype

    Elsewhere it’s been:
    Hamferð – Támsins Likam
    Vinsta – Vinsta Wiads


  7. Portal – ION has been played at least once a day since our came out. Enjoying the hell out of it – if enjoyed can ever be used to describe listening to Portal.

    Ne Obliviscaris – Urn
    Ne Obliviscaris – Citadel
    Psycroptic – Psycroptic


  8. Krolok – Flying Over Spooky Castles
    Evilfeast – Elegies of the Stellar Wind
    Summoning – Old Mornings Dawn
    Hooded Menace – Ossuarium Silhouettes
    Absu – Absu
    Agrimonia – Awaken


  9. FuturebeyondSatan February 16, 2018 at 4:32 pm

    Satyricon – The Age of Nero
    Machine Head – Catharsis
    W.A.S.P.- Reidolized
    Ice Age – Breaking the Ice
    Cardiant – Mirrors


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