Staff Infections – October 2019

Welcome, friends, to a belated edition of Staff Infections. I know you’ve all been eager to find out what your pals at Last Rites have been listening to, but we had an important staff event Last Weekend, so Staff Infections was delayed. I blew it off, is what I’m saying. Curiously, just as the staff managed to converge last weekend so, too, have the staff’s listening habits. To a larger degree than has been recently typical, at any rate. We have a clear-cut album of the month this time and some strong runners-up. Let’s see who came up big.

In a tie for third place we have something old and something new: Anacrusis’s debut Suffering hour from 1988, and from earlier this month, Profetus’s feel-good record of the year, The Sadness of Time Passing. Captain has the dirt on The Sadness, if you find yourself riding a little too high. Second place is also a tie this month: more doom in Ruins of Eternity, the forthcoming (long-awaited) sophomore album from Orodruin, plus some progressive rock / metal from Opeth. A review of Ruins of Eternity is possibly forthcoming, but if you’d like to jump into the Opeth pissing contest, Zach Duvall has authored a detailed and laudatory review, and the comment section is always open. Finally, the big winner this month comes from a long-time staff favorite, Blut Aus Nord, with its latest avant-garde black metal opus Hallucinogen, which has been thoroughly absorbed and expounded upon by our own Manny-O-War right here.

You can enjoy some samples from some of this month’s winners as well as other staff-chosen tracks in our fancy-schmancy Spotify playlist below. As always, we’re interested to know what you’ve been listening to lately as well, so please share your own playlist in the comments. Have a great month, and don’t eat too much candy.



  • Zach Duvall
    Blut Aus Nord – Hallucinogen
    Opeth – In Cauda Venenum
    Autechre – Incunabula
    The Cars – Heartbeat City
    Watchtower – Concepts of Math: Book One
    Anacrusis – Suffering Hour
  • Danhammer Obstkrieg
    Runemagick – Into Desolate Realms
    Blut Aus Nord – Hallucinogen
    Profetus – The Sadness of Time Passing
    Opeth – In Cauda Venenum
    Sokratis Sinopoulos Quartet – Metamodal
    Orodruin – Ruins of Eternity
  • Andrew Edmunds
    Exhumed – Slaughtercult
    Carcass – Symphonies Of Sickness
    Anacrusis – Suffering Hour
    Hyperdontia – Nexus Of Teeth
    Godflesh – Streetcleaner
    Paradise Lost – Gothic
  • Manny-O-War
    Vastum – Orificial Purge
    Borknagar – True North
    Blut Aus Nord – Hallucinogen
    Orodruin – Ruins of Eternity
    Mortiferum – Disgorged From Psychotic Depths
    Dysrhythmia – Terminal Threshold
  • Fetusghost
    Zhrine – Unortheta
    Deadbird – Twilight Ritual
    No One Knows What The Dead Think – Did I Stutter??
    White Ward – Love Exchange Failure
    Nasum – Helvete
    Blut Aus Nord – Hallucinogen
  • Ryan Tysinger
    Urfaust – Der Freiwillige Bettler
    Pa Vesh En – Pyrefication
    Consummation – The Great Solar Hunter
    Ehlder – Nordabetraktelse
    Blut aus Nord – Hallucinogen
    Death – Spiritual Healing
  • Lone Watie
    Orodruin – Ruins of Eternity
    Opeth – In Cauda Venenum
    Obsidian Tide – Pillars of Creation
    Rendezvous Point – Universal Chaos
    Autopsy – Mental Funeral
    Leprous – Discography
  • Dave Pirtle
    Vai – Sex & Religion
    Fought Upon Earth – Grave Miscalculation
    Sturgill Simpson – Sound & Fury
    Black Corsair – Seven Seas
    Mudhoney – Morning In America
    Monolord – No Comfort
  • Captain
    Mournful Congregation – The Book of Kings
    Esoteric – A Pyrrhic Existence
    Profetus – The Sadness of Time Passing
    Hail Conjurer – Erotic Hell
    Nile – Vile Nilotic Rites
    King Diamond – Fatal Portrait
  • Jeremy Morse
    Devourment – Obscene Majesty
    Weeping Sores – False Confession
    Slayer – Reign in Blood
    Cry of Love – Brother
    Blade of the Ripper – Taste the Blade
    Suffocation – Pinnacle of Bedlam

Posted by Jeremy Morse

Riffs or GTFO.

  1. Misfits – Famous Monsters
    Misfits – American Psycho
    Son of Sam – Songs from the Earth
    Balzac – Beyond the Darkness
    Shellac – The End of Radio
    Fudge Tunnel – Creep Diets


  2. Opeth – Orchid
    Opeth – Morningrise
    Opeth – My Arms, Your Hearse
    Opeth – Still Life
    Opeth – Blackwater Park
    Opeth – Deliverance
    Opeth – Damnation
    Opeth – Ghost Reveries
    Opeth – Watershed
    Opeth – Heritage
    Opeth – Pale Communion
    Opeth – Sorceress

    My copy of In Cauda Venenum finally arrived so I imagine that and the new Blut Aus Nord will see me through until November.


  3. Funeral Fvkk – Carnal Confessions
    Cult of Luna – A Dawn to Fear
    Xaon – Solipsis
    Opeth – In Cauda Venenum
    Exhorder- Mourn the Southern Skies


  4. Midnight/Abbath/ Obituary- 10/5/19 Berkeley CA
    Boulder- Ravage & Savage
    Devastation- Idolatry
    Blut Aus Nord – Hallucinogen
    Queensryche- Operation Mindcrime
    MGLA-Exercises in Futility


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