Staff Infections – August 2019

Welcome, friends, to a somewhat belated August edition of Staff Infections. Let us see just what the Last Rites staff has been listening to in the waning days of summer. For one, our pal Dave Pirtle has been listening to Otep, and he doesn’t give a shit who knows about it. To thine own self be true, Dave. Unfortunately none of the rest of the staff shares Dave’s appreciation for Otep, so Smash the Control Machine is not one of our albums of the month. It came surprisingly close, however, as just one more playlist appearance would have put it into the multi-way tie for first place. Five separate albums share the blue ribbon this month with, a mere two playlist appearances apiece.

Taking the winners in alphabetical order, first up is Crypt Sermon with the soon to be released doom metal triumph, The Ruins of a Fading Light. We’ve been feasting our ears on the promo of Fading Light for a while now, but in less than a month you all will be able to join in the fun. Expect a review in the near future. Next is Gold & Silver Sessions, the recently released EP from stoner / doom / etc. trio, Elder. Thirdly is some good old Norwegian black metal from Gaahl’s Wyrd, the latest project from (if the name didn’t give it away) former Gorgoroth vocalist Ghaal. Ghost’s Invited, the groups debut, was released in May, and while we didn’t review it at that time, Ryan Tysinger gave it a write up in our Missing Pieces feature from last month. Penultimately, we have Immortal Bird’s Thrive on Neglect, which our resident grumpy old man (as if there’s only one) Chris Sessions praised effusively with his review back in June. Last, but not least is Pyramid of Terror, the sophomore release from trad-metal torch-bearers Mirror. You can read Captain’s review of Pyramid of Terror right here.

Once again, Andrew Edmunds has compiled a Spotify playlist featuring tracks some tracks from some of our albums of the month, as well as staff-selected tracks from individual playlists. Have a listen to the playlist while you share your own in the comments. Until next month, be kind to each other and listen to Slayer.

  • Captain
    Mirror – Pyramid of Terror
    Elder – The Gold & Silver Sessions
    Dold Vorde Ens Navn – Gjengangere I Hjertets Mørke
    Consummation – The Great Solar Hunter
    Deformation – Deformation
    M. Grig – Mount Carmel
  • Manny- O-War
    Megaton Sword – Niralet
    Portishead – Third
    Witch Vomit – Buried Deep in a Bottomless Grave
    Midnight Prey – Uncertain Times
    Wingtips – Exposure Therapy
    Crypt Sermon – The Ruins of Fading Light
  • Zach Duvall
    Gaahls Wyrd – GastiR – Ghosts Invited
    Wormed – Metaportal
    Bolt Thrower – …for Victory
    Disharmonic Orchestra – Not to Be Undimensional Conscious
    Borknagar – Borknagar
    Monstrosity – Imperial Doom
  • Ryan Tysinger
    Dark Tranquility – Skydancer
    Gaahls Wyrd – Gastir – Ghosts Invited
    Colosseum- Chapter 3: Parasomnia
    Crypt Sermon – The Ruins Of A Fading Light
    Mirror – Pyramid Of Terror
    Slow – V – Oceans
  • Craig Hayes
    Swordwielder – System Overlord
    Nightfucker – S/T
    Hawkwind – The 1999 Party
    New Model Army – Thunder and Consolation
    Tomb Mold – Planetary Clairvoyance
    Tristengrav – IINychavge
  • Dave Pirtle
    Otep – Smash the Control Machine
    Zed – Volume
    Hollow Haze – Beyond Wild Landscapes and Deep Blue Seas
    Disentomb – The Decaying Light
    Abbath – Outstrider
    Sabaton – The Great War
  • Chris Sessions
    Immortal Bird – Thrive on Neglect
    Tomb Mold – Planetary Clairvoyance
    Led Zeppelin – Physical Graffiti
    The Hollies – Greatest Hits
    The Doors – The Doors
  • Andrew Edmunds
    WASP – Dominator
    Scorched – Ecliptic Butchery
    Immortal Bird – Thrive On Neglect
    Vain – No Respect
    Chastain – The Voice Of The Cult
    Tomb Mold – Planetary Clairvoyance
  • Danhammer Obstkrieg
    Doombringer – Walpurgis Fires
    Jig-Ai – Entrails Tsunami
    The Neptune Power Federation – Memoirs of a Rat Queen
    Elder – The Gold & Silver Sessions
    Nehëmah – Light of a Dead Star
    Prins Thomas – Ambitions
  • Jeremy Morse
    Suffocation – Pierced From Within
    Desaster – The Arts of Destruction
    AC/DC – ’74 Jailbreak
    Slayer – Reign in Blood
    Tanith – Into Another Time
    Abyssal – A Beacon in the Husk

Posted by Jeremy Morse

Riffs or GTFO.

  1. Who are those people in the photograph


    1. Immortal Bird


  2. Nuclear Death Terror – Self Titled
    Nuclear Death Terror – Ceaseless Desolation
    The Offering – Home
    Municipal Waste – The Art of Partying
    Paradise Lost – Symbol of Life
    Les Discrets – Septembre et Ses Dernières Pensées


  3. Arch/Matheos – Winter Ethereal
    Tomb Mold – Planetary Clairvoyance
    The Levitation Hex – The Levitation Hex
    Abyssal – A Beacon in the Husk
    Tool – Ænima


  4. Death – Symbolic
    Tomb Mold – Planetary Clairvoyance
    Deicide – S/T
    Exhorder – The Law
    Flotsam & Jetsam – Drift


  5. Forced Entry- Uncertain Future
    Idle Hands-Don’t Waste Your Time
    Mystik-Self Titled
    Bathory-Blood Fire Death
    Circle Jerks- VI
    Sanctuary- The Year The Sun Died


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