Staff Infections – July 2018

Here we are in July, dear readers, and we at Last Rites Hope you’ve been keeping your grill hot, your beverages cold and your sunscreen liberally applied. For our American readers, we hope you made it through Independence Day with all your fingers still attached, and without some shithead neighbor(s) calling the cops and ruining the fun for everyone because their precious, should-have-been-put-down-five-fucking-years-ago dog was scared. It’s one god-damned day a year, for Christ’s sake. Lighten up, you miserable, old bastards.

Anyway, this here is Staff Infections, wherein the Last Rites staff shares what they’ve been listening to for the past month or so. There was no runaway favorite this time around, but there are several albums with a few playlist appearances a piece, so let us highlight a few of them.

Due to the untimely passing of Vinnie Paul last month, some of us on staff, myself included, have been salving our grief with Vinnie’s music. I realize Pantera is a polarizing band, particularly in the underground metal community, but I can’t ever pretend that I didn’t love them. Their music was the soundtrack to untold tons of weight lifted in high school, and their shows—oh so many shows—were some of the best times I’ve ever had. Our own Dave Pirtle penned an eloquent and heartfelt tribute to Vinnie, which you can read right here. The song below—“Becoming,” from 1994’s Far Beyond Driven—was supposedly born from one of Vinnie’s drum patterns, and it’s always been one of my favorites. Have a listen. And maybe smash something.

A few other favorites this month include the recently released death metal triumph, Abiogenesis, from Burial Invocation (some asshole wrote about it here), the seriously rotten debut from Mortuous, Through the Wilderness (some handsome, witty fellow wrote about it here), and finally, some pure second-wave styled black metal from Nahtrunar in the form of Mysterium Tremendum. Konrad Kantor has some words about in part four of our Missing Pieces feature, wherein you can also read up on a host of great 2018 releases that have not been previously covered here at Last Rites.




Until next month, take care of yourselves. Be sure to share your playlist in the comments. And if you’re not too cool for school, share your favorite Pantera song as well.

      • Zach Duvall
        Mortuous – Through Wilderness
        Angelcorpse – Exterminate
        Incantation – Diabolical Conquest
        Immolation – Atonement
        Vader – The Ultimate Incantation
        Dismember – Death Metal
      • Andrew Edmunds
        Pantera – Far Beyond Driven
        Wake – Misery Rites
        Nils Patrick Johansson – Evil Deluxe
        Sisters Of Mercy – Floodland
        Nile – Annihilation Of The Wicked
        Overkill – Under The Influence
      • Captain
        Nahtrunar – Mysterium Tremendum
        Sear Bliss – Letters From The Edge
        Abhorrence – Megalohydrothalassophobic
        John Coltrane – Both Directions At Once: The Lost Album
        Slough Feg – Atavism
        Giya Kancheli – Magnum Ignotum
      • Manny-O-War
        Unsane – Blood Run
        Mortuous – Through Wilderness
        Blood – Impulse to Destroy
        Ride for Revenge – Wisdom of the Few
        Burial Invocation – Abiogenesis
        40 Watt Sun – Wider than the Sky
      • Konrad Kantor
        Nahtrunar – Mysterium Tremendum
        Svrm – Лихиї вітри стогнjeь без упину
        Horna / Pure – Split
        Immolation – Atonement
        Inspecter 7 – …The Infamous
        Vast Aire – Ox 2010: A Space Odyssey
      • Ryan Tysinger
        Jyotiṣavedāṅga – Thermogravimertry Warp Continuum
        Running Wild – Gates to Purgatory
        Hyborian Steel – Barbaric Mysticism
        Tomb Mold – Manor Of Infinite Forms
        Spirals – Spirals
        Invocation Spells – Spread Cruelty In The Abyss
      • Dave Pirtle
        Slapshot – Make America Hate Again
        I Drink My Coffee Alone – Skateelsya
        Opeth – Blackwater Park
        Orange Goblin – The Wolf Bites Back
        Rebel Meets Rebel – Rebel Meets Rebel
        Pantera – Discography
      • Dan Obstkrieg
        Kamasi Washington – Heaven and Earth
        Immortal – Northern Chaos Gods
        Khorada – Salt
        Leon Vynehall – Nothing is Still
        Sear Bliss – Letters from the Edge
        Pantera – The Great Southern Trendkill
      • Jeremy Morse
        Burial Invocation – Abiogenesis
        Pantera – Far Beyond Driven
        StarGazer – A Great Work of Ages
        Crescent Shield – The Last of My Kind
        Pestilence – Malleus Maleficarum
      • Chris Sessions
        Tomb Mold – Manor of Infinite Forms
        Nile – Catalog Revisitation
        The Bealtes – Revolver
        Iron Maiden – Early albums
        Slugdge – Esoteric Malacology

Posted by Jeremy Morse

Riffs or GTFO.

  1. Funeral Mist – “Hekatomb”
    Boards of Canada – “Tomorrow’s Harvest”
    Metal Church – “Metal Church”
    Gary Numan – “The Pleasure Principle”
    Iron Maiden -“Piece of Mind”
    Annihilator – “Alice In Hell”


  2. Acherontas – Amarta Formulas of Reptilian Unification Part II)
    Hyperion – Seraphical Euphony
    Dying Fetus – Wrong One to fuck With
    Antaeus – Condemnation
    Wretched – Cannibal
    Infestus – The Reflecting Void


    Absu – Absu
    Riot – Thundersteel
    Tomb Mold – Manor of Infinite Forms
    Forbidden – Twisted Into Form
    Savatage – Hall of the Mountain King


  4. Antipeewee – Infected By Evil
    Artillery – Fear of Tomorrow
    Gaerea – Unsettling Whispers
    Enigma – A Posteriori (Private Lounge Remix)
    Tomb Mold – Manor of Infinite Forms
    Wolf King – Loyal to the Soil

    Pantera’s peak was smack in the middle of my teen years, and first three albums still get some pretty regular spins. Favorite song, how about a half-dozen: Cemetery Gates (naturally), The Art of Shredding, Primal Concrete Sledge, This Love, Shedding Skin, and I Can’t Hide. Also, Dime’s interpretation of Planet Caravan’s solo is an all-timer for me.


  5. Extremity – Coffin Birth
    Khorada – Salt
    Pantera – Various albums
    Pig Destroyer – Phantom Limb
    Baroness – Yellow & Green


  6. Tomb Mold – Manor of Infinite Forms
    Dance With the Dead – Near Dark
    Dawn Ray’d – The Unlawful Assembly
    Summoning – With Doom We Come
    Immortal – Northern Chaos Gods
    Speedclaw – Beast in the Mist
    AFI – Very Proud of Ya


  7. -Tygers of Pan Tang – Spellbound, Wildcat, Crazy nights..
    -Pantera – Discography, including the Terry stuff. I have a soft spot for “Projects in the Jungle”.
    -Grim Reaper – Rock You to Hell
    -Behemoth – The Satanist
    -Malevolent Creation -10 Commandments

    The sadness keeps on coming. RIP Vinnie Paul and Bret Hoffmann.

    Favorite Pantera’s gotta be a deep cut from Vulgar. Regular People wins for me. Spot on comments about how polarizing they are. I can’t even tell you how many times I’ve had to argue that “Pantera is not thrash”. Pantera still carried the torch during the worst metal years of the late 90’s, and admirably so. For being more of a NWOBHM/Thrash guy, Pantera means a boatload to me.


  8. FuturebeyondSatan July 21, 2018 at 10:12 am

    Primordial – Exile Amongst The Ruins
    Katatonia – Last Fair Deal Gone Down
    Brainstorm – Downburst
    Andromeda – The Immunity Zone
    The Crown – Cobra Speed Venom

    Favorite Pantera Song is Drag the Waters!


  9. Master’s Hammer – Fascinator
    Furia – Księżyc milczy luty
    Jorge Elbrecht – Here Lies
    Moody Blues – Days of Future Passed
    Necromonarchia Daemonum – Xul in the Name of Mayhem

    Fav Pantera song gotta be Medicine Man followed by Come On Eyes


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