Staff Infections – November 2019

Here we are, friends, with the second-to-last edition of Staff Infections for 2019. The holiday season and list season approach. Usually, this is the time of year that labels release product from the big names, presumably so that people can spend their Christmas gift cards on metal. 2019 seems to have less of a year-end crush of big-name releases. Instead, the quality has been spread out a bit more this year. However, there are still a few high-profile records recently released or due in the near future, so let us see if any of them showed up in the playlists.

In a not-terribly surprising development, Blood Incantation takes first place this month with Hidden History of the Human Race. Hidden History is not out for a couple weeks yet, but some of us around here have been doing our damnedest to see if it is possible to wear out a digital promo. Chief among those is Ryan Tysinger, whose detailed and insightful review of Hidden History of the Human Race can be found here. Sharing first place with Blood Incantation is Swans with leaving meaning. Although often very heavy, Swans falls a bit outside Last Rites’ general purview, so a review here is unlikely. On the other hand, old Danhammer absolutely loves Swans, so who knows?

The three-way tie for third place includes some more death metal, this time of the raging, gore-splattered kind from Exhumed (Andrew Edmunds’ review of Horror can be found here), some black(ish) metal in Obsequiae’s forthcoming album The Palms of Sorrowed Kings, and some funeral doom from Esoteric’s just-released record A Pyrrhic Existence.

As is now the usual deal, we have a spiffy Spotify playlist featuring selections from the staff playlists for you to enjoy, hopefully while you share your own playlist in the comments. And while you’re at it, since its getting late in the year and we’ve got best-of lists to make, share a great record from 2019 that you feel might have gone under the radar.

Until next month, have a great Thanksgiving, and don’t let the ever-decreasing daylight get you down.

    • Zach Duvall
      Swans – leaving meaning.
      Neil Young & Crazy Horse – Colorado
      Middian – Age Eternal
      Eric B. & Rakim – Paid In Full
      Esoteric – The Maniacal Vale
      Nile – Black Seeds of Vengeance
    • Jeremy Witt
      Weeping Sores – False Confession
      Whitesnake – Slide It In
      Apocrypha – The Eyes Of Time
      Exhumed – Horror
      Love / Hate – Blackout In The Red Room
      No One Knows What The Dead Think – No One Knows What The Dead Think
    • Danhammer Obstkrieg
      Obsequiae – The Palms of Sorrowed Kings
      Blood Incantation – Hidden History of the Human Race
      Esoteric – A Pyrrhic Existence
      The Night Watch – An Embarrassment of Riches
      Leprous – Pitfalls
      Swans – leaving meaning.
    • Manny-O-War
      Obsequiae – The Palms of Sorrowed Kings
      Blood Incantation – Hidden History of the Human Race
      Esoteric – A Pyrrhic Existence
      Chet Baker – Strollin’
      Wolfbrigade – The Enemy: Reality
      The Lone Madman – Let the Night Come
    • Fetus Ghost
      Malevich – Our Hollow
      Sâver – They Came with Sunlight
      Hällas – Excerpts from a Future Past
      The Callous Daoboys – Die on Mars
      Strawberry Girls – Tasmanian Glow
      10 Ft. Ganja Plant – Bass Chalice
    • Ryan Tysinger
      Judas Iscariot – Heaven In Flames
      Judas Iscariot – Thy Dying Light
      Abysmal Grief – Abysmal Grief
      Nocternity – Crucify Him
      Blut Aus Nord – Memoria Vetusta II
      Mutiilation – Black Millenium (Grimly Reborn)
    • Jeremy Morse
      Blood Incantation – Hidden History of the Human Race
      Nile – Vile Nilotic Rites
      Riot – Fire Down Under
      Gary Moore – After the War
      Gatecreeper – Deserted
      Exhumed – Horror
    • Captain
      Red Lorry Yellow Lorry – Talk About the Weather
      Djevel – Ormer Til Armer, Maane Til Hode
      Swans – leaving meaning.
      Steve Hauschildt – Nonlin
      A Winged Victory for the Sullen – The Undivided Five
      Dimhav – The Boreal Flame

Posted by Jeremy Morse

Riffs or GTFO.

  1. Kever – Primordial Offering EP is the only minor find i’ve found on my own this year. Pretty solid death metal EP, definitely worth a listen if you have got 20 minutes on your hand. If I am allowed to quote myself, it sounds like “an armored SWAT officer shield-surfing over the bodies of his massacred unit”. Enjoy!


  2. Angel Olsen – “All Mirrors”
    Weyes Blood – “Titanic Rising”
    Metal Church – “Metal Church”
    Mercyful Fate – “Melissa”
    King Diamond – “Fatal Portrait”
    The Cure – “The Head on the Door”
    Echo & the Bunnymen – “Ocean Rain”
    UFO – “Strangers in the Night”


  3. Type O Negative – Discography
    No One Knows What The Dead Think – S/T
    Gunship – Gunship
    OGC – Da Storm
    Siberian Meat Grinder – Metal Bear Stomp
    Dio – Lock Up the Wolves

    Under the Radar Choice
    Wachenfeldt – The Interpreter
    It debuted in February, it’s a vicious slab of blackened death and been overlooked since then.


  4. Blood Incantation – Discography
    Pantera – Trendkill (getting ready for 1 of 2 headline Illegals’ do Pantera gigs)
    Blut Aus Nord – Rotating
    Megaon Sword
    Midnight Prey

    Yeah…I come here often. Hard to keep up with 2 little ones now, so at times I will blitz through a review and impulse buy digitally and then come back later for the deep dive and purchase on LP.

    Cheers to being a staple source of metal when I need it the most!


  5. Aphrodite – Lust and War (on and on, on and on!)
    Atlantean Kodex – The Course of Empire
    Manowar – Into Glory Ride
    Wishbone Ash – Argus
    Ultha – Belong
    Swans – White Light from the Mouth of Infinity


  6. Schammasch – Hearts of No Light
    16 Horsepower- Hoarse
    In Mourning – Garden of Storms
    Moonsorrow- Verisäkeet
    Obsidian Tide – Pillars of Creation

    Under the radar in 2019:
    Nixa – Opus Tierra


  7. Alcest – Spiritual Instinct
    Blut Aus Nord – Hallucinogen
    Meshuggah – I
    Opeth – In Cauda Venenum
    Slugdge – The Cosmic Cornucopia


  8. Imperium Dekadenz – When We are Forgotten

    The Howling Wind – Shadow Tentacles

    Cheap Trick – Dream Police

    Gang Starr –

    Against Me! – Searching for Former Clarity

    Fates Warning – The Spectre Within


  9. Alchemist – Spiritech through to Tripsis
    Borknagar – True North
    Novembers Doom – The Pale Haunt Departure through to Bled White
    Scariot – Tongueless God through to Momentum Shift

    Under the radar in 2019:
    Lucidity – Oceanum (excellent melodic death/doom that seems to have been reviewed at NCS and very few other prominent metal sites)


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