Staff Infections: March 2018

Welcome, friends, to another edition of Staff Infections, wherein the Last Rites staff shares its collectively impeccable taste in music with the general public. This month, as has become typical, no runaway favorite has emerged, as we are a diverse bunch with diverse tastes. Actually, we’re not that diverse; we are predominantly a bunch of middle-aged dudes, but we listen to a lot of music, metal and otherwise. In any event, our diverse and impeccable tastes have managed to converge around three albums this month. First, Messa’s Feast for Water, which sounds, to my entirely uncultured ears, a bit like Norah Jones fronting Sleep. The doom train keeps a-rollin’ with Mournful Congregation’s The Incubus of Karma. I’m guessing that’s a concept album, because it’s going to take more than one song to explain exactly how karma gets fucked in its sleep. Well, they’ve got plenty of time as it turns out, because The Incubus of Karma is eighty assuredly exhilarating minutes long. Finally, Slugdge has a concept we can more easily wrap our heads around: space slugs. Esoteric Malacology is the recently released fourth installment of slime-fi melo-death from the English duo. Reviews of all three albums are hopefully forthcoming, but in the meantime, enjoy some samples below.


Be sure to evince your own excellent taste in music by sharing your own playlist in the comments, and while your’re at it, share with us your favorite concept album as well. Until next month, take care of yourselves.

  • Captain
    Old Man’s Child – Born of the Flickering
    Vomitor – Pestilent Death
    John Coltrane – Interstellar Space
    Messa – Feast for Water
    Knelt Rote – Alterity
    Chevalier – Chapitre II & Split with Legionnaire
  • Ryan Tysinger
    Death Fortress – Deathless March Of The Unyielding
    GraveCoven – Coughing Blood EP
    Lunar Shadow – Far From Light
    Esoctrilihum – Pandaemorthium (Forbidden Formulas To Awaken The Blind Sovereigns Of Nothingness)
    Abhorer – Cenotaphical Tri-Memoriumyths
    Kawir – Exilasmos
  • Andrew Edmunds
    Testament – The New Order
    Wake – Misery Rites
    Phobia – Decades Of Blastphemy
    Lycanthrophy – Lycanthrophy
    Incantation – Mortal Throne Of Nazarene
    Saxon – Thunderbolt
  • Zach Duvall
    Starkweather – Croatoan
    Ghostface Killah – Supreme Clientele
    Master’s Hammer – Fascinator
    Beastie Boys – Paul’s Boutique
    Slugdge – Esoteric – Malacology
    Solstice – White Horse Hill
  • Konrad Kantor
    Mournful Congregation – The Incubus of Karma
    Mournful Congregation – The Monad of Creation
    The Debonaires – The Debonaires
    Nathan Haines – Squire for Hire
    The Scorpions – In Trance
    Agnostic Front – Victim in Pain
  • Matthew Cooper
    Apostle of Solitude – From Gold to Ash
    Armored Saint – Raising Fear
    The Cure – Seventeen Seconds
    Pestilence – Hadeon
    Ufomammut – 8
    W.A.S.P. – Re-Idolized: The Soundtrack to The Crimson Idol
  • Dan Obstkrieg
    Mournful Congregation – The Incubus of Karma
    Messa – Feast for Water
    Pharoah Sanders – Live at the East
    Dimmu Borgir – Puritanical Euphoric Misanthropia
    Peter Brotzmann & Sonny Sharrock – Whatthefuckdoyouwant
    Creation Rebel – Starship Africa
  • Manny-O-War
    Rotted – Pestilent Tombs
    Waxwing – One for the Ride
    Slugdge – Esoteric Malacology
    Eric B & Rakim – Paid in Full
    Tongues – Hreilia
    Khruangbin – Con Todo el Mundo
  • Dave Pirtle
    Andrew WK – You’re Not Alone
    The Sword – Used Future
    Tyler Bates – The Punisher Soundtrack
    Fu Manchu – Clone of the Universe
    Heavatar – Opus II: The Annihilation
    The Watchers – Black Abyss
  • Jeremy Morse
    Pentacle – Under the Black Cross
    Detröyer 666 – Call of the Wild
    Sodom – Persecution Mania
    Destruction – Eternal Devastation
    Kreator – Terrible Certainty
    Spectral Voice – Eroded Corridors of Unbeing

Posted by Jeremy Morse

Riffs or GTFO.

  1. Slugdge – Esoteric Malacology
    Ocean of Grief – Nightfall’s Lament
    Svartanatt – Starry Eagle Eye
    Necrophobic – Mark of the Necrogram
    Led to the Grave – Bane of Existence
    Tribulation – Down Below
    Halphas – Dawn of a Crimson Empire

    Sorry, one too much – hard to exclude one of these…the best released albums within the last three months(=late dec included)


  2. High On Fire- Snakes For The Divine
    Lord Mantis – Pervertor
    Razor of Occam- Homage to Martyrs
    Wolves In The Throne Room- Celestial Lineage
    Visigoth- Conqueror’s Oath


  3. Sortilège – “Metamorphose”
    Loudness – “Live-Loud-Alive”
    Tribulation – “Down Below”
    Julien Baker – “Turn Out the Lights”
    Torch – “Torch”
    Wovenhand – “Consider the Birds”


  4. Smashing Pumpkins – Siamese Dream
    Smashing Pumpkins – Mellon Collie…
    Smashing Pumpkins – Machina
    Doyle – Abominator
    Doyle – II: As We Die
    Necrophobic – Mark of the Necrogram
    Destroyer 666 – Call of the Wild


  5. Judas Priest-Firepower
    Slugdge-Esoteric Malacology
    Cannibal Corpse-Live Cannibalism
    Devourment-Unleash the Carnivore
    Desolate Shrine-Deliverance from the Godless Void


  6. Evil Warriors – Fall From Reality
    Boris – Flood
    Apostle of Solitude – From Gold to Ash
    Maggot Heart – City Girls (EP)
    Alda – Passage
    Fish – Internal Exile

    And speaking of Fish, Ayreon’s Into the Electric Castle is probably my fav concept album.


  7. The Atlas Moth – Coma Noir
    Meshuggah – The Violent Sleep of Reason


  8. Horizon Ablaze – The Weight of a Thousand Suns
    In Reverence – The Selected Breed (melodic, slightly symphonic death metal
    Obliveon – Carnivore Mothermouth
    Scarve – Irradiant
    Slugdge – Esoteric Malacology


  9. Opeth – Ghost Reveries/Still Life
    Slugdge – Esoteric Malacology
    Disillusion – Back to Times of Splendor
    Messa – Feast for Water
    Black Royal – Lightbringer
    Vhol – Deeper Than Sky


  10. Dead Meadow – The Nothing They Need

    Dead Meadow – Feathers

    Early Graves – Goner

    Frozen Graves – Frozen Graves

    Enabler – All Hail the Void

    Concept album: Blut Aud Nord – Mort


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