Staff Infections: April 2018

Greetings, ladies and germs. It’s time once again to share what’s been tickling our eardrums here at Last Rites with a feature we call Staff Infections.

Though spring seems to be taking it’s sweet-assed time to get sprung, April is technically the first full month of spring, and spring, dear friends, is a time to kick the old seasonal-affective-disorder blues to the curb—a time, as my pal Mudbone would say, to get some sunshine on your face and crank some good old-fashioned, pure heavy metal. That’s what a few of us here think, anyway, as the purest heavy metal band there is, Judas Priest, tops the collective playlist this month with its latest album Firepower. In case you missed it, we recently dedicated a whole week to celebrating the mighty Judas Priest, and you can find those features here.

There is a three-way tie for second place this month. First up, another traditional heavy metal band, Terminus, whose 2015 album, The Reaper’s Spiral, shows up on both Manny and Cap’s playlists. Speaking of those two idiots, they have a feature you should read that’s fittingly titled Ask 2 Idiots.

Next up is the soon-to-be-released album IV from San Francisco’s progressive metal trio Grayceon, which features two former members of the possibly defunct (but officially “on hold”) Giant Squid. As some of you might know, Last Rites is practically the Giant Squid fan club, so it’s no surprise to see the promo for IV getting some spins. You can no-doubt expect a review in the near future.

The last tine on this trident is Weathered Statues’ Borderlands, which I can find very little information about, and no sample tracks, so to heck with it. However, you may enjoy samples from both Terminus and Grayceon below. Until next month, get some sunshine on your face, get some metal in your ears, and be sure to share your playlist in the comments.


    • Zach Duvall
      Bestial Invasion – Contra Omnes
      Swans – Cop
      Ascended Dead – Abhorrent Manifestation
      Ulver – Perdition City
      Amon Amarth – Sorrow Throughout the Nine Worlds
      Neil Young – just about every damn thing
    • Manny-O-War
      Necros Christos – Domedon Doxomedon
      Tomorrow’s Outlook – A Voice Unheard
      Aura Noir – Hades Rise
      Hades – Alone Walkyng
      Terminus – The Reaper’s Spiral
      Weathered Statues – Borderlands
    • Ryan Tysinger
      Traveler – Demo 2018
      Street Force – Infinite Battles
      Drudkh – Їм часто сниться капіж (They Often See Dreams About The Spring)
      Golgothan Remains – Perverse Offerings To The Void
      Mournful Congregation – The Incubus Of Karma
      Iteru – Ars Moriendi EP
    • Konrad Kantor
      Bembeya Jazz National – The Syliphone Years
      Fates Warning – Perfect Symmetry
      Fates Warning – Parallels
      Arckanum – Kostogher
      Gang Starr – Moment of Truth
      Judas Priest – Firepower
    • Andrew Edmunds
      Judas Priest – Firepower
      Wake – Misery Rites
      Screaming Trees – Even If And Especially When
      Mudhoney – Superfuzz Bigmuff
      Paradise Lost – The Plague Within
      Loudness – Rise To Glory
    • Captain
      Virus – The Black Flux
      Terminus – The Reaper’s Spiral
      Drawn And Quartered – Hail Infernal Darkness
      Halford – Crucible
      Grayceon – IV
      Professor Black – You Bastard!
    • Matthew Cooper
      Grayceon – IV
      Slugdge – Esoteric Malacology
      Messa – A Feast for Water
      Napalm Death – Coded Smears and More Uncommon Slurs
      Weathered Statues – Borderlands
      Primordial – Exile Among the Ruins
    • Jeremy Morse
      Judas Priest – Firepower
      Destroyer 666 – Phoenix Rising
      Suffocation – …Of the Dark Light
      Fates Warning – Awaken the Guardian
      Solstice – White Horse Hill
      Nile – What Should Not Be Unearthed
    • Dave Pirtle
      Ira Newborn – The Naked Gun Trilogy
      Rocka Rollas – Celtic Kings
      Septic Tank – Rotting Civilisation
      David Byrne – American Utopia
      Caliban – Elements
      Bettye LaVette – Things Have Changed

Posted by Jeremy Morse

Riffs or GTFO.

  1. Morrow – Fallow (my current album of the year… that actually came out last Christmas Eve)
    Morrow – Covenant of Teeth
    Slugdge – Esoteric Malacology
    Gygax – 2nd Edition
    Queensryche – Operation: Mindcrime
    The Pax Cecilia – Blessed Are the Bonds


    1. Oh cool, Covenant of Teeth was really powerful! Hadn’t noticed there was a new one out.


  2. Yamantaka//Sonic Titan – Dirt
    Cradle o’ Filth – Cryptoriana
    Panopticon – Scars….
    Quelle Chris & Jean Grae – Everything’s Fine
    Krolok – Flying Above Ancient Ruins
    Judicator – The Last Emperor


  3. Dawnbringer – Nucleus
    Occulta – Night Without End
    Messa – Belfry
    Savage Master – Mask of the Devil
    Furia – Księżyc milczy luty
    Furia – Nocel


  4. Boards of Canada – “Music Has the Right to Children”
    Judas Priest – “Painkiller”
    Slayer – “Show No Mercy”
    Ulver – “Bergtatt”
    Opeth – “Watershed”
    Enslaved – “Frost”


  5. Lychgate – Contagion in Nine Steps
    Elite – We Own the Mountains
    Messa – Feast for Water
    Judas Priest – Firepower
    Prodigy – The Fat of the Land
    The Crown – Cobra Speed Venom


  6. Gra – Ending
    Pestlegion – Dominus Profundum
    Dumal – The Lesser God
    Panopticon – The Scars of Man…
    Augury – Illusive Golden Age
    Au-Dessus – End of Chapter
    The Crawling – Anatomy of Loss
    Lecherous Nocturne – Occutaclysmic
    Elande – Dodens Rike
    Deadly Carnage – Through the Void, Above the Stars
    Sojourner – The Shadowed Road
    Barren Earth – A Complex of Cages


  7. Still mostly the same this month, but I think I’ve finally clicked with the new Barren Earth album. Still not convinced by On Lonely Towers though 😛

    Barren Earth – A Complex of Cages
    Hamferð – Támsins Likam
    Horizon Ablaze – The Weight of a Thousand Suns
    Necrophobic – Mark of the Necrogram
    Susperia – The Lyricist


  8. Trail of Lies – W.A.R (Konrad, what say you?)

    Skeletal Remains – Devouring Mortality

    Judas Priest – Stained Class

    Street Force – Infinite Battles

    Sepultura – Schizophrenia

    Misfits – Walk Among Us

    Erik B & Rakim – Paid in Full


    1. Hmmm, I’ll have to check it out and let you know. Never heard of it before!


      1. Good stuff. Found them on bandcamp. Straight-up hardcore.


  9. Rotting Christ – Non Serviam
    Rotting Christ – Triarchy of Lost Lovers
    Spite Extreme Wing – Magnificat
    Grand Belial’s Key – Judeobeast Assasination
    Twin Obscenity – Where Light Touches None
    Nosaj Thing – Parallels


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