Staff Infections – February 2020

Welcome, friends, to another edition of Staff Infections, wherein the Last Rites staff share what we’ve been listening to for the past month or so. And Christ on a pony, what a horrible god-damned month it’s been. Not only did we lose one of the greatest drummers in rock, Neil Peart, seemingly out of nowhere, we also lost Sean Reinert, one of the greatest drummers in death metal, plus hardcore / crossover / metal legend Reed Mullin from Corrosion of Conformity. If you know the staff like I know the staff, you’d know this Staff Infections was only ever going one way: Rush all over the place. If you need more evidence of how much the staff loves Rush, you can read several tributes to Neal Peart right here. Enjoy a little something each from Neil, Sean and Reed below.

While Rush dominated the playlists and easily seized first place, Eastern Europe owns second place with a tie between Hungary’s Thy Catafalque, with its recently released album Naiv, and Slovakia’s Malokarpatan, with its forthcoming release Krupinské Ohne. You can likely expect a review of Krupinské Ohne in the near future, but you can read a review of Naiv right here. Samples from both albums are also featured below.

As is now the norm, we have a spiffy Spotify playlist that features tracks hand-picked by the staff. While you listen, please share your own playlist in the comments, and while you’re at it, share your favorite tunes featuring Neal Peart, Sean Reinert, and / or Reed Mullin. Until next month, let’s all try to stay healthy in both body and mind.

  • Zach Duvall
    Furia – Księżyc milczy luty
    Thy Catafalque – Naiv
    Dimmu Borgir – Spiritual Black Dimensions
    U2 – Boy
    Marrasmieli – Between Land And Sky
  • Ryan Tysinger
    Witchtower – Witches Domain
    Primeval Mass – Nine Altars
    Nifelheim – Nifelheim
    All Hell – The Witch’s Grail
    Rush – 2112
    Enslaved – Mardraum: Beyond the Within
  • Manny-O-War
    Rush – Permanent Waves
    Rush – Power Windows
    Rush – Hold Your Fire
    Rush – Vapor Trails
    Rush – Grace Under Pressure
    Rush – Moving Pictures
  • Andrew Edmunds
    Slayer – South Of Heaven
    Rush – Grace Under Pressure
    Cock Sparrer – Shock Troops
    Vastum – Orificial Purge
    Sweet Oblivion – Sweet Oblivion ft. Geoff Tate
    Nitro – O.F.R.
  • Fetusghost
    Nifelheim – Servants of Darkness
    Whores – Gold
    Enslaved – Isa
    VHOL – Deeper Than Sky
    Fuck the Facts – Desire Will Rot
    Dog Fashion Disco – Anarchists of Good Taste
  • Danhammer Obstkrieg
    Rush – A Farewell to Kings
    Turia – Degen van Licht
    Tulus – Old Old Death
    Leandro Fresco & Rafael Anton Irisarri – Una Presencia en la Brisa
    Mayhem – De Mysteriis dom Sathanas
    Malokarpatan – Krupinské Ohne
  • Captain
    Sodom – Tapping the Vein
    Enslaved – Vertebrae
    Rush – Fly By Night
    Necrot – Blood Offerings
    Sadus – Illusions / Chemical Exposure
    Escuela Grind – Indoctrination
  • Dave Pirtle
    Annihilator – Ballistic, Sadistic
    Constellatia – The Language of Limbs
    Shadowquest – Gallows of Eden
    Thy Catafalque – Naiv
    Rush – Clockwork Angels
    Toter Fisch – Yemaya
  • LoneWatie
    Psychotic Waltz – Discography
    Fughu – Lost Connection
    Thy Catafalque – Naiv
    Anoushbard – Mithra
    Malokarpatan – Krupinské Ohne
    Nektar – The Other Side
  • Jeremy Morse
    UFO – Strangers in the Night
    Blood Incantation – Starspawn
    Acid Witch – Witchtanic Hellucinations
    Rush – 2112
    Pantera – Cowboys from Hell
    Corrosion of Conformity – Blind

Posted by Jeremy Morse

Riffs or GTFO.

  1. Sepultura – Quadra
    Gorevent – Faye
    Wind of the Black Mountains – Summoned By…
    Corrosion of Conformity Wiseblood
    Lifelover- Pulver
    Congress – Blackened Persistence
    God Dethroned – The Toxic Touch


  2. Dyscarnate – With All Their Might
    Mgła – Exercises in Futility
    The Great Old Ones – Comicism
    Organectomy – Existential Disconnect
    Zhrine – Unortheta

    Sean Reinert – ‘I’m A But A Wave To…’
    Reed Mullin – BLiND (the entire album is an underrated masterpiece), ‘Seven Days’
    Neil Peart – ‘Subdivisions,’ ‘Stick it Out,’ ‘Fly By Night’


    1. C.O.C. has done some great shit with Pepper singing, no doubt, but, for my money, Blind is the best god-damned thing they ever did.


      1. Much as I love Deliverance and Wiseblood, Blind will still be my favourite from the moment I watched “Dance of the Dead” on Headbanger’s Ball. \m/


  3. Cynic – Focus
    Cynic – Traced In Air
    Rush – Moving Pictures
    Meshuggah – Koloss
    Anaal Nathrakh – Passion


    1. Also: Death – Human


  4. Borknagar – “True North”
    The Neptune Power Federation – “Memoirs of a Rat Queen”
    Blut Aus Nord – “Hallucinogen”
    Blood Incantation – “Hidden History of the Human Race”


  5. Magnum – The Serpent Rings (So Bad it’s Good)
    Forbidden- Omega Wave
    Melechesh- The Epigenesis
    Absu- Mythological Occult Metal: 1991–2001
    Freedom Call- Stairway to Fairyland
    Saor- Guardians


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