Staff Infections – May, 2018

It’s well into May, dear readers, and Maryland Deathfest will soon be upon us. That means most of the Last Rites staff will be heading off to Baltimore on Memorial Day weekend to spend some time at our Mid-Atlantic office, otherwise known as Max’s Taphouse, and maybe see some metal bands play. Unfortunately, our intern Ryan will not be joining us because he has to stay behind and work on some special projects, like cleaning the office fridge, inventorying the supply cabinet, and detailing Captain’s car. But don’t feel too bad for young Ryan—if he keeps his nose to the grindstone, he’ll be able to join us at MDF next year. We’ll need someone to carry all the merch we buy.

Ah, but you didn’t come here to read about the plight of poor Ryan, nor about our impending adventures in Baltimore. You came here to find out what we’ve been listening to. With four play-list appearances, the runaway winner this month is the long awaited, but sneakily delivered return from stoner metal legends Sleep, entitled The Sciences. Your pal and mine, Konrad Kantor, has an in-depth review here. The three-way tie for second place includes the brand new releases Queen of Time from Amorphis, Ámr from Ihsahn, and Coded Smears And More Uncommon Slurs from Napalm Death. You can read a review of Queen of Time from El Capitan here, Andrew Edmunds’ take on Coded Smears here, and Manny’s review of Ámr here.

Be sure to share your playlist in the comments, and if you happen to be going to Maryland Deathfest, stop by Max’s Taphouse and have a drink with us. See you next month.

          • Andrew Edmunds
            Deep Purple – In Rock
            Napalm Death – Coded Smears And More Uncommon Slurs
            Stryper – God Damn Evil
            The Damned – Evil Spirits
            Killing Joke – Pylon
            Skinless – Savagery
          • Zach Duvall
            Thy Catafalque – Geometria
            Neil Young & Crazy Horse – Re-ac-tor
            Oranssi Pazuzu/Candy Cane – Split LP
            Sleep – The Sciences
            Ancestors – In Dreams and Time
            The Ruins of Beverast – Unlock the Shrine
          • Manny-O-War
            Amorphis – Queen of Time
            Superstition – Surging Throng of Evil’s Might
            Ghastly – Death Velous
            Ihsahn – Ámr
            War on Women – Capture the Flag
            Lusca – Broken Colossus
          • Matthew Cooper
            Napalm Death – Coded Smears And More Uncommon Slurs
            Sleep – The Sciences
            Aura Noir – Aura Noire
            Blood Incantation – Starspawn
            PJ Harvey – Dry
            Negura Bunget – Om
          • Danhammer Obstkrieg
            Sleep – The Sciences
            Embrace of Thorns – Scorn Aesthetics
            Amorphis – Queen of Time
            Ihsahn – Ámr
            Autechre – NTS Sessions 1-3
            Bvdub – A Different Definition of Love
          • Konrad Kantor
            Kitchen and the Plastic Spoons – Best Off
            Sleep – Dopesmoker
            Raw Power – Screams from the Gutter
            Michael Jackson – Bad
            Michael Mayer – DJ Kicks
            Michael Kiwanuka – Home Again
          • Dave Pirtle
            Skindred – Big Tings
            Metallica – St. Anger
            Strapping Young Lad – SYL
            Septic Tank – Rotting Civilisation
            Willie Nelson – Last Man Standing
            Rumproof – Rogues of the Seven Seas
          • Jeremy Morse
            Immolation – Atonement
            AC/DC – Powerage
            Sleep – The Sciences
            Metallica – Master of Puppets
            Demilich – Nespithe
            Asphyx – The Rack
          • Captain
            Urfaust – The Constellatory Practice
            Amorphis – Queen Of Time
            Mortem – The Devil Speaks In Tongues
            Mortuous – Through Wilderness
            Iron Cemetery – Iron Cemetery
            Grayceon – IV
          • Ryan Tysinger
            Iron Cemetery – Iron Cemetery
            Master – Master
            Crypt Sermon – Out of the Garden
            Heavy Sentence – Edge of the Knife/Heavy Vengeance
            Tales of Medusa – Triumphant Serenade
            Aura Noir – Aura Noire

Posted by Jeremy Morse

Riffs or GTFO.

  1. Blind Guardian – Nightfall in Middle Earth
    Robyn – Body Talk
    Coroner – No More Color
    Evilfeast – Ellegies of the Stellar Winds
    Pharaoh – The Longest Night
    Mournful Congregation – The Incubus of Karma

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    1. Robyn is the best! I’ve loved her since I was a 15 year old in a ‘Beneath the Remains’ shirt totally grooving to ‘Show Me Love’ on the low.

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      1. Yeah! She’s pretty amazing!

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  2. Ihsahn – Ámr
    Ihsahn – Eremita
    Municipal Waste – The Art of Partying
    Poison Idea – Feel the Darkness
    Maksim Dark – My Time is Fire
    Dio – Lock zip the Wolves

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  3. Cryptic Slaughter- Money Talks
    Motorhead- Live from Bonn Germany 12/12/96
    Ice War-Ice War
    Slobberbone- Crow Pot Pie
    Judas Priest- Defenders of the Faith
    Myrkur-Mareridt

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  4. Wrekmeister Harmonies – The Alone Rush
    Johnny Cash – American Recordings
    Aerial Ruin – Nameless Sun
    Alda – Passage
    Van Halen – Balance
    Alice in Chains – The One You Know (track)

    and all kinds of Chris Black songs.

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  5. Barren Earth – A Complex of Cages
    Forbidden – Twisted into Form
    Nevermore – The Politics of Ecstasy
    Nevermore – Dreaming Neon Black
    Zimmer’s Hole – While You Were Shouting at the Devil

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  6. Clutch – Earth Rocker
    YOB – The Unreal Never Lived
    Vhol – Deeper Than Sky
    Age of Taurus – The Colony Slain
    Alkaloid – Liquid Anatomy

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  7. Jon Hopkins – “Singularity”
    Fates Warning – “The Spectre Within”
    GAS – “Rausch”
    Bruce Dickinson – “The Chemical Wedding”
    Ulver – “Bergtatt”
    Boards of Canada – “Tomorrow’s Harvest”

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  8. Amorphis – Queen of Time
    Ihsahn – Amr
    Dimmu Burger – Onion
    Pungent Stench – Smut Kingdom
    Green Druid – Ashen Blood
    At The Gates – To Drink From The Night Itself

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  9. This month has been cranking Sleep – The Sciences ad nauseam, with a bit of Faith No More – Angel Dust to add some variety. And a bit of Abraham – Look, Here Comes the Dark! too.

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  10. Rocket from the Crypt – Circa Now!
    Fluf – Home Improvements
    Slaughter Lord – Thrash ‘til Death
    Street Force – Infinite Battles
    Gojira – From Mars to Sirius
    Awon & Phoniks – The Actual Proof
    Yes – Yes

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  11. Old Man’s Child – Ill-Natured Spiritual Invasion
    Neil Hamburger – Left For Dead in Malaysia
    Maniac Butcher – Cerna Krev
    Dark Millennium – Ashore the Celestial Burden
    Die Kreuzen – Cement
    Decoryah – Fall-Dark Waters

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