Staff Infections – March 2020

Hello, dear readers. I don’t think I have to go into much detail when I say there’s a lot of shit going on in the world lately, and not much of it is good. In the face of such crises, prattling on about heavy metal can seem a bit trivial, but we all need an escape from the doom and gloom of the real world, even if that escape is into sounds of doom and gloom. So, let’s see what the Hell all the Last Rites staff has been listening to for the past month.

It’s a bit of a mess this time around, I must say. But we have, by the narrowest of margins, a winner for our album of the month. The forthcoming album Omens, from Psychedelic / what-the-hell-ever band Elder, takes the blue ribbon with three playlist appearances. Omens isn’t out until April 24th, but look for a review in the near future, and you can enjoy a little sample from the album right here:

Second place this month is five-way fustercluck, including Opeth, Circle of Ouroborous, and Pat friggin’ Metheny, for Christ’s sake. I don’t care to bombard you with five samples, so… since I’m half-Irish and Saint Patrick’s Day is coming up, I’ll just leave you with my Favorite Thin Lizzy song. I’ve been trying to learn this god-damned solo for over a year, and it’s killing me. If there is still some essence of the late Gary Moore out there in the immaterium, I hope it is some comfort to him that his licks are still tormenting the shit out of the living.

Be sure to check out the Spotify playlist curated by the Last Rites staff for your listening pleasure, and share your own playlist so we can see what you’ve been listening to as well. And last but not least, if you haven’t already, have a look at the first edition of our essential albums of the 2010s series. And keep a lookout for a new edition every Friday for the next nine weeks. Until next month, stay safe, and wash your hands frequently.

  • Zach Duvall
    Spiral Architect – A Sceptic’s Universe
    Autechre – LP5
    Aphex Twin – Selected Ambient Works 85–92
    Dodecahedron – Dodecahedron
    The Cars – Heartbeat City
    Psychotic Waltz – The God-Shaped Void
  • Manny-O-War
    Elder – Omens
    Devangelic – Ersetu
    Anacrusis – Screams and Whispers
    Lugubrum – Plage Chômage
    Shards of Humanity – Cold Logic
    Circle of Ouroborus – Viimeinen Juoksu
  • Captain
    Circle Of Ouroborus – Viimeinen Juoksu
    Shards Of Humanity – Cold Logic
    ! KNEEL ! – Infinite Worship, Slaves Eternal
    Freeways – True Bearings
    Hällas – Conundrum
    Nite – Darkness Silence Mirror Flame
  • Ryan Tysinger
    Blood Freak – Mindscraper
    Ruin – Drown In Blood
    Lucifuge – The One Great Curse
    Serrabulho – Porntugal (Portuguese Vagitarian Gastronomy)
    Freeways – True Bearings
  • Andrew Edmunds
    Opeth – In Cauda Venenum
    The Adicts – Songs Of Praise
    Prostitute Disfigurement – Left In Grisly Fashion
    Cannibal Corpse – Tomb Of The Mutilated
    Corrosion Of Conformity – Animosity
    Coalesce – Ox
  • Danhammer Obstkrieg
    Wampyric Rites – Reflections of a Frostbitten Moon
    Devangelic – Ersetu
    My Dying Bride – The Ghost of Orion
    Elder – Omens
    North Atlantic Drift – Pillars
    Aluk Todolo – Voix
  • Megan Astarael
    Necrophagist – Epitaph
    Intronaut – Fluid Existential Inversions
    Altar of Plagues – Teethed Glory & Injury
    Nawaharjan – Lokabrenna
    Pat Metheny – From This Place
    Amon Tobin – Fear In A Handful of Dust
  • LoneWatie
    Elder – Omens
    Lord of Light – Morningstar
    Evolve – Choose Your Path
    Øresund Space Collective – Experiments in the Subconscious
    Altus – Strength of Fate
    Pat Metheny – From This Place
  • Dave Pirtle
    Opeth – In Cauda Venenum
    Pariah – To Mock a Killingbird
    Demons & Wizards – III
    Dead Kennedys – Bedtime for Democracy
    Devin Townsend Project – Epicloud
    Thor – Rising
  • fetusghost
    Luca Turilli – King of the Northern Twilight
    No One Knows What The Dead Think – No One Knows What The Dead Think
    Grima – Will of the Primordial
    Anciients – Voice of the Void
    Porcupine Tree – In Absentia
    Fluisteraars – Bloem
  • Jeremy Morse
    Obituary – The End Complete
    Gary Moore – After the War
    Deströyer 666 – Wildfire
    Kreator – Coma of Souls
    Death – Individual Thought Patterns
    Pestilence – Testimony of the Ancients

Posted by Jeremy Morse

Riffs or GTFO.

  1. Faidra- Six Voices Inside
    YGG- The Last Scald
    Absolute Power- Self Titled
    Visigoth- Conqueror’s Oath
    Demons & Wizards- III
    Kiss- Oakland Oracle Arena 3/6/20


  2. The Ruins of Beverast – Blood Vaults
    The Ruins of Beverast – Exuvia
    Horrendous – Anareta
    Tomb Mold – Manor of Infinite Forms
    Absu – Absu
    Conjureth – Foul Formations


  3. Today is the Day – Temple of the Morning Star
    Alestorm – No Grave But the Sea
    Job for a Cowboy – Doom
    Sepultura – Quadra
    Korpse – Unethical
    Velvet Cacoon – Genevieve


  4. Dead Kosmonaut – Gravitas
    Thy Catafalque – Naiv
    Psychotic Waltz – The God-Shaped Void
    Stallion – Slaves of Time
    Nero Di Marte – Immoto
    Persefone – Core


  5. Plateau Sigma – Symbols, The Sleeping Harmony of the World Below
    Drawn into Descent – The Endless Endeavor
    Disowning – Human Cattle
    Burial Invocation – Abiogenesis
    Grave Ritual – Morbid Throne
    Depravity – Silence of the Centuries
    Excruciate – Passage of Life


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