Staff Infections – June 2019

Have you ever wondered to yourself just what the learned, well-mannered and temperate folks at Last Rites have been listening to during any particular month? Well, friends, you’re in luck, because we have this little feature we call Staff Infections, and it will satisfy your every curiosity as to the Last Rites crew’s listening habits.

As is tradition, we will highlight some of the most frequently occurring albums in the playlists this month.  As you might know if you’ve been reading Last Rites for a while, ever increasing numbers of the Last Rites staff and esteemed associates make the annual pilgrimage to Maryland Deathfest, which takes place every Memorial Day weekend in Baltimore.  As you might also know, we are pretty big fans of The Chasm around here, and it just so happened that The Chasm made a rare live appearance at this year’s MDF, and I think I can speak for the entire group when I say we were fucking impressed. Personally, I thought the band was better live than on record, and the records are pretty spectacular. Hot off this wonderful experience, the staff has been binging on The Chasm’s music, and so the group’s entire discography takes the blue ribbon this month. I don’t think it would be appropriate to offer a sample from every one of their albums, but thanks to smartphones and YouTube, I can offer you a little taste of The Chasm’s MDF set.

As for second place, it’s a three-way tie this month featuring another Maryland Deathfest performer and staff favorite, Immolation (with its most recent album Atonement), the latest self-titled album from doom legends Saint Vitus, and the recently released Zentrum from Valborg.  Enjoy some samples from each below, be sure to share your own playlist in the comments, and tell us the best live band you’ve ever seen.  Until next month, stay hydrated and be careful with fireworks.

  • Zach Duvall
    The Chasm – Every Damn Deathculty Thing
    Anacrusis – Screams and Whispers
    Soror Dolorosa – Apollo
    Saint Vitus – Saint Vitus (2019)
    Valborg – Zentrum
    Psychotic Waltz – Into the Everflow
  • Captain
    Immolation – Unholy Cult
    Immolation – Atonement
    Disharmonic Orchestra – Not to Be Undimensional Conscious
    The Chasm – All of it
    Cenotaph – The Gloomy Reflection of Our Hidden Sorrows
    Disentomb – The Decaying Light
  • Manny-O-War
    The Chasm – The Complete Discography
    Saint Vitus – Saint Vitus (2019)
    Scumripper – All Veins Blazing
    De La Soul – Stakes is High
    Immolation – Atonement
    Opeth – Still Life
  • Ryan Tysinger
    The Chasm – err’thang
    Immolation – Kingdom Of Conspiracy
    Encoffinized – Chambers Of Deprivation
    Nocternity – Onyx
    Paladin – Ascension
    Tormentor – Anno Domini
  • Chris Sessions
    Iron Maiden – Killers
    Failure – In The Future Your Body Will Be The Furthest Thing From Your Mind
    Immolation – Providence
    TT Quick – Metal of Honor
    Nasum – Helvete
  • Konrad Kantor
    The Chasm – Discography
    Burst – Lazarus Bird
    Autechre – NTS Sessions
    Flotsam & Jetsam – The End of Chaos
    Queensryche – The Verdict
    Arch/Matheos – Winter Ethereal
  • Danhammer Obstkrieg
    Valborg – Zentrum
    Concrete Winds – Primitive Force
    Ulver – Drone Activity
    Enthroned – Cold Black Suns
    Gas – Zauberberg
    Kyle Bobby Dunn – From Here to Eternity
  • Andrew Edmunds
    Coroner – No More Color
    Cutty Sark – Die Tonight
    Death – The Sound Of Perseverance
    Nocturnus – Thresholds
    Scorpions – Blackout
    The Cure – Seventeen Seconds
  • Lone Watie
    The Chasm – Discography
    Immolation – Dawn of Possession
    Tormentor – Demos 87 & 89
    Fleshcrawl – Descend into the Absurd
    Iron Maiden – S/T & Killers
    Big Big Train – Grand Tour
  • Dave Pirtle
    Clawfinger – Deaf Dumb and Blind
    Duff McKagan – Tenderness
    Darkthrone – Old Star
    Stormlord – Far
    Rammstein – Rammstein
    Gloryhammer – Legends from the Beyond the Galactic Terrorvortex
  • Jeremy Morse
    The Chasm – All them Chasms
    Nocturnus A. D. – Paradox
    Sepultura – Beneath the Remains
    Blade of the Ripper – Taste the Blade
    Iced Earth – Days of Purgatory
    Opeth – Blackwater Park


Posted by Jeremy Morse

Riffs or GTFO.

  1. Arcturus – Sham Mirrors
    Power Trip – Nightmare Logic
    Darkthrone – Old Star
    CRJ – Dedicated
    Enslaved – Riitiir
    Forbidden – Twisted Into Form


  2. Lunar Shadow – The Smokeless Fires
    Arch / Matheos – Winter Ethereal
    Death Angel – Humanicide
    Fates Warning – Live Over Europe
    Voivod – Post Society


  3. Darkthrone – Old Star
    Katatonia – The Fall of Hearts
    Omnium Gatherum – The Burning Cold
    Ulver – The Assassination of Julius Ceaser
    Cryptic Slaughter – Convicted
    Cryptic Slaugher – Money Talks
    Send More Paramedics – The Awakening


  4. Thou – Heathen
    Agalloch – The Mantle
    Fen – Epoch
    System of a Down – Toxicity




  6. Vehemence – “Par le sange versee”
    Venom Prison – “Samsara”
    Arch/Matheos – “Winter Eternal”
    Wishfield – S/T
    Iskra – “Ruins”
    Gogo Penguin – “A Humdrum Star”
    The Flaming Lips – “The Soft Bulletin”

    Maybe I’m just a bit slow to catch up on new releases, but at the midway point of this year, there’s definitely not as many new albums that I’m as excited about as in recent years past. Other than the new Venom Prison and Misery Index, I haven’t really found myself coming back to a lot of stuff. (Ok I’ll add Nasheim, Traveler, and Vehemence to the equation, and new Arch/Matheos is also making a run for it too.) I guess this is just a way of saying I’m still looking forward to being blown away by some new releases this year.


  7. Defecrator – Abortion of Humanity
    Earth – Full Upon Her Burning Lips
    Pelican – Nighttime Songs
    Prong – Cleansing
    Prong – Beg to Differ
    Agnostic Front – Something’s Gotta Give


  8. The Ominous Circle – Appalling Ascension
    Itheist – Itheist
    Wormlight – Wrath of the Wilds
    Deus Mortem – Kosmocide
    Drawn into Descent – The Endless Endeavour
    Eneferens – The Bleakness of Our Constant
    Paara – Riitti

    PS. The Chasm is awesome. Havent listened to them in a while.


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