Staff Infections – September 2019

Here we sit, friends, on the verge of autumn. I imagine, as you sip your pumpkin spiced latte and regrettably don a pair of long pants for the first time in months, you might be prone to ponder just what your pals at Last Rites have been listening to of late. Ponder no longer, for the truth is revealed herein. Staff Infections is what we call it, and someday I might tell you all why I do not find that title the least bit funny. For now, however, let’s comb the playlists to see if any particular albums stood out as collective favorites.

The playlist crossover is this month is almost nil. Only one album appeared more than once, and that’s only because Ryan cheated by listing an entire discography as one of his six allotted entries. By whatever route, Atlantean Kodex’s The Course of Empire takes the top prize this month with twice as many playlist appearances as any other individual album. Aside from a little playlist chicanery, Ryan Tysinger’s integrity is beyond reproach, so when Ryan heaps praise upon The Course of Empire, as in his recent review, you should trust that praise is well-earned.

As the playlists shook out, there is no second place this month. But again we have a staff-acurated, and Andrew Edmunds-assembled Spotify playlist for your listening pleasure. Now that you know what we’ve been listening to, be sure to share your own playlist in the comments.

Finally, as you likely know, Hurricane Dorian devastated several islands in the Bahamas. We at Last Rites don’t want tell you what to do with your money, but if you have the means and the will to donate to help recovery efforts, in the Bahamas, here are some links to reputable charities:
https://www.redcross.org/donate/hurricane-dorian-donations.html/
https://www.mercycorps.org/donate/send-emergency-aid-families-bahamas

  • Zach Duvall
    Valborg – Zentrum
    Dead Kosmonaut – Expect Nothing
    Napalm Death – Diatribes
    Cradle of Filth – Bitter Suites to Succubi
    Cryptopsy – Blasphemy Made Flesh
    Pink Floyd – Atom Heart Mother
  • Captain
    Sodom – Agent Orange
    Sodom – Obsessed By Cruelty
    Sodom – Persecution Mania
    Sodom – In War and Pieces
    Sodom – Tapping the Vein
    Loscil – Equivalents
  • Manny-O-War
    Borknagar – True North
    Ella Fitzgerald – The Complete Ella Fitzgerald Songbooks
    Nightfell – A Sanity Deranged
    Jack McDuff – The Honeydripper
    Atlantean Kodex – The Course of Empire
    RAM – The Throne Within
  • Andrew Edmunds
    Iron Maiden – Killers
    Heathen – Victims Of Deception
    Frightmare – Bringing Back The Bloodshed
    AC/DC – Blow Up Your Video
    Pink Floyd – A Momentary Lapse Of Reason
    WASP – Dying For The World
  • Fetusghost
    Dog Fashion Disco – Committed to a Bright Future
    Bongripper – Terminal
    Shabti – Trembling and Shorn
    Jidenna – 85 to Africa
    Cara Neir – Perpetual Despair is the Human Condition
    Progenie Terrestre Pura – starCross
  • Ryan Tysinger
    ShadowStrike – Legends Of Human Spirit
    Atlantean Kodex – everything
    Luca Turilli – King Of The Nordic Twilight
    Hibria – Defying The Rules
    Black Cilice –Transfixion Of Spirits
    Runespell –Voice Of Opprobrium
  • Craig Hayes
    Cliterati – Ugly Truths / Beautiful Lies
    Dödläge – Hostile Regression
    Nightmare – Thirsty and Wander
    New Model Army – From Here
    Salty Dog – Every Dog Has Its Day
    Asphalt Ballet – Asphalt Ballet
  • Danhammer Obstkrieg
    The Neptune Power Federation – Memoirs of a Rat Queen
    Ignivomous – Hieroglossia
    Sleater-Kinney – The Center Won’t Hold
    Khruangbin – Hasta el Cielo (Con Todo el Mundo in Dub)
    Front Line Assembly – Wake Up the Coma
    Zeitgeber – Transforming the Random Crushing Forces of the Universe Into Manageable Patterns
  • Dave Pirtle
    Entombed A.D. – Bowels of Earth
    Illdisposed – Reveal Your Soul for the Dead
    Lagerstein – 25/7
    Moron Police – A Boat on the Sea
    Twilight Force – Dawn of the Dragonstar
    Hammerfall – Dominion
  • Jeremy Morse
    Dvourment – Obscene Majesty
    Judas Priest – Sad Wings of Destiny
    Exumer – Possessed by Fire
    W.A.S.P – The Last Command
    Blackfoot – Rattlesnake Rock n’ Roll: The Best of Blackfoot
    Darkthrone – Arctic Thunder
  • Lone Watie
    Disillusion – The Liberation
    Spiral – Anomaly
    Blå Lotus – Högtid
    Jambinai – ONDA
    Noekk – Waltzing in Obscurity
    Banco Del Mutuo Soccorso – Transiberiana

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GENERALLY IMPRESSED WITH RIFFS

  1. I remember one of the writers on this site once addressing the issue that the metal community was lacking a general consensus on universally great and important contemporary albums. How can the wider metal community manage to gather around a shared modern canon if this monthly segment on a single webzine in an ocean of webzines regularly fails to get more than two people behind the “album of the month”. Seems like everyone nowadays are either wandering out to the furthest reaches of the bandcamp underground to drag out the most obscure of independent records, or diving into a week-long binge of trad/ power records to satisfy some primal urge or relive some better time in the past. I think it’s important to generate some shared history for the same reasons as the writer on this site. This sawed-off shotgun-blast-spread of consensus makes our genre look weak and tired, as there is almost no such thing as a big record anymore (except for the recent Opeth, which kudos for this amazing week of reads). This site used to generate some serious hype and community around certain records in these segments in the past, so I don’t really know what has happened. Seems like the objective of the segment maybe has slid a bit from summarising to the personal.

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    1. That’s an interesting point, and one that I’ll think about moving forward. (Although I’d argue that zero crossover is indicative of the OPPOSITE of a “tired” scene). Something else to keep in mind: a number of the albums that get the biggest hype from labels and promo companies (the new Opeth, for example) are a “you want to review it? Get in touch and we’ll get you a copy” sort of deal, so they only land in one reviewer’s hands for coverage, leaving the rest of us on staff waiting like everyone else. Anyway, I get your point, and I think it’s a good one. The staff talks about music with one other throughout the day, and there’s definitely a good bit of intersection that readers don’t see.

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      1. The intersection does show at the end of the year when the top 25 hits the feed. I guess I miss the whole “event”-factor that imbued records such as Loss’ “Despond” and Hell’s “Human Remains” with their indestructible magic eight years ago. I love that people are able to have widely different listening histories based on their preferences, but it is so important to gather around this music and heap praise and discuss why this certain album of blackened, industrial sludge hits so much sweeter than that album of folksy, ambient shitgrind. While all men might be islands when it comes to their appreciation of music, we should raise bridges like a bunch of bitches nonetheless (‘scuse the lingo).

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  2. Idole – Dystopia
    Eternal Storm – Come the tide
    Atlantean Kodex- The course of empires
    RAM – The Throne within
    Disillusion – The Liberation

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  3. Darkthrone – Old Star
    Siberian Meat Grinder – Self Titled
    Oingo Boingo – Dead Man’s Party
    Tomb Mold – Planetary Clairvoyance
    Refused – The Shape of Punk to Come
    Driller Killer – Fuck The World

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  4. Tool – Fear Inoculum
    Dream Theater – Distance over Time
    Appearance of Nothing – In Times of Darkness
    Arch/Matheos – Winter Ethereal
    Devin Townsend – Empath
    Blanck Mass – Animated Violence Mild

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  5. Weeping Sores – False Confession
    Cult of Luna – Somewhere Along the Highway
    Vanhelgd – Temple of Phobos
    Swans – White Light From the Mouth of Infinity
    New Model Army – From Here
    Iron Griffin – Curse of the Sky

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  6. Carnage- Dark Recollections
    Helloween- Keeper of The Seven Keys
    Manowar- Hail to England
    Speedwolf-Ride With Death
    Atlas Moth- An Ache For The Distance
    Iron Maiden-Oracle Arena, Oakland CA 9/10/19

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  7. Exhorder – Mourn the Southern Skies
    Grim Reaper – See you in Hell
    At The Gates – To Drink the Night Itself
    Morbid Angel – Kingdoms Disdained
    Incantation – Blasphemy

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