Staff Infections – June 2018

Breathe deep the pollen, friends—it’s June. While warm sun and the beautiful flowers are temporary, metal blooms eternal, so let’s see what the Hell all your pals at Last Rites have been listening to for the past month.

With three playlist appearances apiece, Tomb Mold’s Manor of Infinite Forms and Cosmic Church’s Täyttyms share first place. A review of Täyttyms, which is the one-man Finnish black metal outfit’s swan-song, is likely forthcoming. In the mean time, you can enjoy a sample below.

As for Manor of Infinite Forms—luckily for us, our intern Ryan, go-getter that he is, managed to finish all his special projects while the rest of the team was at Maryland Deathfest (great job cleaning the fridge, Ryan), so he found time to crush a review. You can read it here.



And speaking of having fun at Maryland Deathfest without Ryan, two of this year’s deathfest performers snuck into second place this month. First is Phrenelith, whose 3:40 set time conflicted mightily with my drinking schedule, but the group apparently made a positive impression on messieurs Kantor and Cooper. If your interest is piqued, Captain reviewed the band’s last release Desolate Endscape. Finally, last-minute Friday night headliners Suffocation ripped the roof off the joint, Frank-less though they were. I love Frank Mullen as much as the next person, but Ricky Myers is doing a bang-up job fronting Suffocation, and not once during the band’s set did I feel I was getting a lesser experience. Still high on the brutality, Konrad and I have been giving that old chestnut Pierced from Within some spins. Give a listen to some Phrenelith and Suffocation while you share your playlist in the comments. And while you’re at it, share one or two of the best live bands you’ve ever seen.

Have a great month, friends.



  • Dan Obstkrieg
    Tomb Mold – Manor of Infinite Forms
    Striborg – Blackwave
    Gas – Rausch
    Sentinel Beast – Depths of Death
    Dodheimsgard – 666 International
    Alrakis – Echoes from Eta Carinae
  • Zach Duvall
    Urfaust – The Constellatory Practice
    Destruction – Infernal Overkill
    Aspid – Extravasation
    Coroner – Grin
    Incantation – Diabolical Conquest
    Angelcorpse – The Inexorable
  • Manny-O-War
    VIO-LENCE – Eternal Nightmare
    Morbid Angel – Formulas Fatal to the Flesh
    AC/DC – Flick of the Switch
    Tomb Mold – Manor of Infinite Forms
    Dio – Lock up the Wolves
    Bruce Dickinson – The Chemical Wedding
  • Captain
    Cosmic Church – Täyttymys
    Ruins of Beverast – Exuvia
    Chaos Echoes – Transient
    Runespell – Order of Vengeance
    Biosphere – Departed Glories
    W.A.I.L. – Wisdom Through Agony into Illumination and Lunacy vol. II
  • Ryan Tysinger
    夢遊病者 (Sleepwalker) – 一期一会 (For This Time Only, Never Again)
    Tomb Mold – Manor Of Infinite Forms
    Darkthrone – A Blaze In The Northern Sky
    Heavy Load – Death Or Glory
    Deathhammer – Onward To The Pits
    Cosmic Church – Täyttymys
  • Andrew Edmunds
    Deathrow – Satan’s Gift
    Demilich – Nespithe
    Savatage – Streets
    Atrocity – Hallucinations
    Amorphis – Queen Of Time
    Ghost – Prequelle
  • Konrad Kantor
    Cosmic Church – Täyttyms
    Phrenelith – Desolate Endscape
    Wormrot – Voices
    Oranssi Pazuzu – Valonielu
    Suffocation – Pierced from Within
    Boris – Pink
  • Matthew Cooper
    Dio – 10 Years of Dio: 1983-1993
    Pestilence – Hadeon
    Graveyard – Peace
    Rigor Mortis – The Original Unadulterated Freaks Demonstration
    Phrenelith – Desolate Endscape
    Realm – Endless War
  • Jeremy Morse
    Suffocation – Pierced from Within
    Suffocation – Breeding the Spawn
    Nile – Those Whom the Gods Detest
    Nile – Ithyphallic
    Megadeth – Killing is My Business… And Business is Good

Posted by Jeremy Morse

Riffs or GTFO.

  1. Riot – Thundersteel
    Savatage – Hall of the Mountain King
    Tomb Mold – Manor of Infinite Forms
    Hooded Menace – Ossuarium Silhouettes Unhallowed
    Timeghoul – Discography

    Best Live Show: I saw Weird Al play Radio City Music Hall. He was incredible.


  2. Neko Case – “Hell-On”
    GAS – “Narkopop”
    GAS – “Rausch”
    Scorpions – “Virgin Killer”
    Iron Maiden – “Piece of Mind”
    Krokus – “Headhunter”
    Voivod – “Dimension Hatröss”


    1. This right here—this right here is a hell of a playlist.


      1. Hot fun in the summertime!


  3. Best live shows I’ve seen were Tribulation in September, 2016 at the Hopscotch Music Festival and opening for Deafheaven in Carrboro in 2015, Soundgarden opening for Voivod in 1990 and again headlining in November of 1991, King Diamond with Trouble on the “Abigail” tour in 1987. Neko Case in 2010, Morbid Angel with Paradise Lost and Kreator in 1993. Of course, Iron Maiden on December 18, 1984 on the World Slavery Tour was not a bad way to start my concert-going history.


  4. Wolf King – Loyal to the Soil
    Amorphis – Queen of Time
    Disfear – Live the Storm
    Enshine – Singularity
    Nuclear Death Terror – Nuclear Death Terror

    Didn’t know Cosmic Church had a new release – really looking forward to digging into that.

    Best live acts: Saw The Roots in 2003 – just a bonkers performance. Clutch is a given. At their peak, AFI were pure fire live.


  5. Witchsorrow – Hexenhammer
    Amorphis – Queen of Time
    At The Gates – To Drink From The Night Itself
    Flower Travellin’ Band – Satori
    Godgory – Way Beyond
    The Project Hate MCMXCIX – When We Are Done Your Flesh Will Be Ours


  6. Amorphis – Queen of Time (excellent gig in Tokyo, shit venue with giant fucking pillars obscuring the view of the stage)
    Amorphis – Under the Red Cloud
    Necrophobic – Mark of the Necrogram
    Slayer – Show No Mercy
    Slayer – Christ Illusion


  7. Yob – Our Raw Heart
    Deicide- The Stench of Redemption (their best album, period)
    Sleep – The Sciences
    Slayer – Diabolus in Musica (always liked it, still do)
    Dimmu Borgir – Eonian
    Anaal Nathrakh – Desideratum

    Best show – Every time I’ve seen Metallica. Say what you will, they put on a kick ass show. Was there for night 1 of filming for the Cunning Stunts video at Tarrant County Convention Center in Ft. Worth. Corrosion of Conformity opened.

    Tied with Iron Maiden on the Seventh Son anniversary show in Dallas a few years ago.


  8. Skeletal Remains – Devouring Mortality
    Skeletal Remains – Condemned to Misery
    Skogen – Skuggorna Kallar
    Nailed to Obscurity – King Delusion
    God Dethroned – The World Ablaze
    Tomb Mold – Manor of Infinite Forms

    best shows: (1) Black Sabbath, (2) Vader


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