Staff Infections – September 2018

Welcome once again, friends, to Staff Infections, the monthly review of just what the heck the Last Rites Staff has been listening to. With autumn right around the corner, we can expect a raft of high profile releases to hit the street. For whatever reason, a lot of the big names seem to put out albums in the last few months of the year. Voivod, Horrendous, High on Fire, Behemoth, Hate Eternal, Bloodbath and Anaal Nathrak, to name a few, all have new music on the horizon. In fact, the fun has already started for the Last Rites staff, as Satan’s latest record, Cruel Magic, was released this past week. We do love us some Satan around here, and our intern Ryan serves as the avatar of our affection with his review of Cruel Magic. Not coincidentally, Cruel Magic takes first place in the play list tally this month. Enjoy a taste of Cruel Magic below:

Second place this month is a three-way tie, including some Finnish death metal, some Finnish black/death metal, and—hold on to your hats, kids—some Southern rock. First from the Finish contingent is Megalohydrothalassophobic (That’s the real title, I shit you not.), the forthcoming EP from Abhorrence. Abhorrence feature’s Amorphis’s Tomi Koivusaari, and Megalowhatever is the group’s first batch of new music in twenty seven years. Cap has all the dirt right here. Next up is Luciferian Crown, the soon-to-be-released album from the quartet of fine Christian gentlemen known as Archgoat. Lastly, from seemingly out of nowhere, but actually Jacksonville Florida, Lynyrd Skynyrd makes its first appearance in the Staff Infections power rankings, with its final album,  1977’s Street Survivors. Have a listen to a sample from each below. While you’re listening, be sure to share your playlist in the comments, and, in honor of Satan, post your favorite NWOBHM band, not named Iron Maiden.

  • Ryan Tysinger
    Impetigo – Horror of the Zombies
    Oksennus – Kolme toista
    Satan – Cruel Magic
    Vader – Necrolust
    Darkthrone – Under A Funeral Moon
    Holocaust – The Nightcomers
  • Zach Duvall
    Dim Mak – Enter the Dragon
    Hate Eternal – Everything
    Jane’s Addiction – Ritual De Lo Habitual
    Siouxsie & The Banshees – A Kiss in the Dreamhouse
    Abhorrence – Megalohydrothalassophobic
    Human Remains – Using Sickness as a Hero
  • Andrew Edmunds
    Abhorrence – Megalowhatever
    Pig Destroyer – Terrifyer
    Moxy – Moxy
    Satan – Cruel Magic
    Funebre – Children Of The Scorn
    Lynyrd Skynyrd – Street Survivors
  • Captain
    Crusades – Perhaps You Deliver this Judgment with Greater Fear than I Receive It
    Adramelech – Psychostasia
    Depravity – Silence of the Centuries
    Satan – Cruel Magic
    Archgoat – The Luciferian Crown
    Gary Numan – Dance
  • Konrad Kantor
    Manilla Road – Gates of Fire
    Svrm – Лихиї вітри стогнуть без упину
    Furia – Księżyc milczy luty
    Satanic Warmaster – Strength & Honour
    Clandestine Blaze – New Golgotha Rising
    Anti – The Insignificance of Life
  • Manny-O-War
    Hyperdontia – Nexus of Teeth
    Sacral Rage – Beyond Celestial Echoes
    Archgoat – The Luciferian Crown
    UN – Sentiment
    His Hero is Gone – The Plot Sickens
    Jack McDuff – The Honeydripper
  • Dan Obstkrieg
    Satan – Cruel Magic
    Voivod – The Wake
    Windfaerer – Alma
    Kompakt – Total 18
    Scorched – Ecliptic Butchery
    Deracinated – Adoration of Decaying Carrion
  • Dave Pirtle
    Fear Factory – Obsolete
    Alice in Chains – Rainier Fog
    The Crimson Ghosts – Not Yet Human
    Primal Fear – Apocalypse
    Shooter Jennings – Shooter
    Satan – Cruel Magic
  • Chris Sessions
    Sweet – Desolation Boulevard and Best Of
    Extremity – Coffin Birth
    Pig Destroyer – Head Cage
    Descent – Towers Of Grandiosity
    Binah – Phobiate
    Axis of Despair – Contempt for Man
  • Jeremy Morse
    Manilla Road – Out of the Abyss
    Pestilence – Malleus Maleficarum
    Lynyrd Skynyrd – Street Survivors
    Dismember – Like an Everflowing Stream
    Morbid Saint – Spectrum of Death
    Morbid Angel – Altars of Madness

Posted by Jeremy Morse

Riffs or GTFO.

  1. Helloween – “The Walls of Jericho”
    Nils Frahm – “All Melody”
    Helena Hauff – “Qualm”
    Scorpions – “Lonesome Crow”
    Accept – “Breaker”
    Rush – “Caress of Steel”
    Throwing Muses – “The Real Ramona”

    My favorite NWOBHM band, not named Iron Maiden, would have to be Girlschool. First three LPs and any accompanying EPs and singles just cannot be beat!


  2. Monstrosity – The Passage of Existence
    Cryptic Slaughter – Stream of Consciousness
    Malicious Onslaught – Brutal Gore
    Mamiffer – The World Unseen
    Breathilizor – Metal Dump of Outer Space’s Confusion
    Kaviar Kavalier – Bukkake Express


  3. Nausea – The Punk Terrorist Anthology vol. 1
    Ratos de Parão – Anarkophobia
    Nuclear Blast – Handle With Care
    S.O.D. – Speak English or Die
    Omnium Gatherum – The Burning Cold
    Darkthrone – F.O.A.D.


  4. Pig Destroyer – Head Cage
    Krisiun – Scourge of the Enthroned
    The Young Gods – various
    Venom Inc – Ave
    Wolf Brigade – Run with the Hunted
    Omnium Gatherum – The Burning Cold


  5. Pig Destroyer – Head Cage
    Thou – Magus
    YOB – Our Raw Heart
    Deafheaven – Ordinary Corrupt Human Love
    Ghost – Prequelle


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