Staff Infections – May 2020

Here we are again, friends—still in the grip of a pandemic, and most of us still under quarantine. Some states have begun easing restrictions to varying degrees, so it’ll be interesting to see how these various attempts at returning to some kind of normalcy play out. Here’s hoping not tragically. In any case, we here at Last Rites hope you and yours are healthy and not too emotionally or financially strained by the quarantine. Also, we’d like to wish a happy Mother’s Day to any mothers that might be reading. My mother has never been much for devil music, but, on the odd chance she’s reading: I love you, Mom!

On to the devil music. We have several albums that made strong showings on the staff playlists this month, but the clear winner is staff favorite, Finnish black metal outfit Oranssi Pazuzu and their recently released album Mestarin Kynsi. I say staff favorite, but as of yet, nobody has managed to get off their ass and review the album. Then again, I haven’t written a review in over a year, so maybe I’ll just keep my mouth shut. Then again, I barely give a shit about black metal, so it was never going to be me reviewing it anyway. We do, however, have a review for this month’s second place finisher, Shards of Humanity’s Cold Logic. Mr. Edmunds was quite pleased with this Memphis-based death / thrash band’s long-in-coming sophomore release, and you can read his thoughts about it right here.

Third place this month is a three-way tie, but includes only two bands. Cirith Ungol’s comeback album Forever Black shared first place last month, and the album and band are still very much on the staff’s mind, as both Forever Black and One Foot in Hell take a part of third place this month, with a few other Cirith Ungol albums also making playlist appearances. This current staff interest in Cirith Ungol is likely spurred not only by the band’s new album, but by Captain’s heartfelt and extensive Cirith Ungol tribute/primer/review, which I urge you to read. Rounding out the third-place three-way is another staff favorite, Katatonia, with its latest album City Burials—the scoop on which, Manny-O-Lito (né War) has right here.

Finally, please enjoy the staff-curated Spotify playlist below, while you share your own playlist in the comments. Until next month, Stay safe, stay sane, and if you’re lucky enough to have one who’s still around, call your mother.

  • Zach Duvall
    King Crimson – Radical Action to Unseat the Hold of Monkey Mind
    Kraftwerk – Autobahn
    Oranssi Pazuzu – Mestarin kynsi
    …and Oceans – Cosmic World Mother
    Talking Heads – Fear of Music
    Ningen-Isu – Buraihoujou
  • Andrew Edmunds
    Incantation – Vanquish In Vengeance
    Rotten Sound – Murderworks
    Manliftingbanner – We Will Not Rest
    Katatonia – City Burials
    Testament – Titans Of Creation
    Shards Of Humanity – Cold Logic
  • Manny-O-War
    Devangelic – Eretsu
    Spandau Ballet – True
    Cirith Ungol – One Foot in Hell
    Oranssi Pazuzu – Mestarin kynsi
    Mercyful Fate – Time
    Anubis Gate – The Detached
  • Megan Astrael
    Oranssi Pazuzu – Mestarin kynsi
    Meshuggah – Koloss
    Witch Mountain – Mobile of Angels
    Sunn O))) – Pyroclasts
    Pat Metheny & Lyle Mays – As Falls Witchita, So Falls Witchita Falls
    Solar Fields – Blue Moon Station
  • Danhammer Obstkrieg
    Autechre – Incunabula
    Autechre – Amber
    Autechre – Tri Repetae++
    Autechre – Chiastic Slide
    Autechre – NTS Sessions
    Autechre – Exai
  • Ryan Tysinger
    Cirith Ungol – Forever Black
    Valdrin – Beyond the Forest
    Nahash – Wellone Aeturnitas
    Bathory – Under the Sign of the Black Mark
    Challenger – Turned to Dust
    Altar of Gore – Obscure & Obscene Gods
  • Fetusghost
    Poison the Well – Opposite of December
    Earthbong – Bong Rites
    Chapel of Disease – …And as We Have Seen the Storm, We Have Embraced the Eye
    Dreamville – Revenge of the Dreamers III
    Ghostface Killah/BadBadNotGood – Sour Soul
    The Kilimanjaro Darkjazz Ensemble – The Kilimanjaro Darkjazz Ensemble
  • Captain
    Cirith Ungol – Frost and Fire
    Cirith Ungol – King of the Dead
    Cirith Ungol – One Foot in Hell
    Cirith Ungol – Paradise Lost
    Cirith Ungol – Forever Black
  • LoneWatie
    Anubis Gate – Covered in Colours
    Howling Sycamore – Seven Pathways to Annihilation
    Oranssi Pazuzu – Mestarin Kynsi
    Shards of Humanity – Cold Logic
    JG Thirwell & Simon Steensland – Oscillospira
    Son Little – aloha
  • Madman
    Vader – Solitude in Madness
    Aether Realm – Redneck Vikings from Hell
    Umbra Vitae – Shadow of Life
    Katatonia – City Burials
    Lovebites – Electric Pentagram
    Dead Kennedys – Plastic Surgery Disasters/In God We Trust, Inc.
  • Jeremy Morse
    Mercyful Fate – Melissa
    Mercyful Fate – Don’t Break the Oath
    Mercyful Fate – In the Shadows
    Shards of Humanity – Cold Logic
    Solstice – White Horse Hill

Posted by Jeremy Morse

Riffs or GTFO.

  1. One of the upsides to working from home is the ability to listen to a lot of music

    Strapping Young Lad – City
    Make Them Die Slowly – Ferox
    Miles Davis – Kind of Blue
    The Beatles – Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band
    Amorphis – Under the Red Cloud
    The Jimi Hendrix Experience – Are You Experienced?
    Giant Squid – Minoans
    Katatonia – City Burials
    Kraftwerk – Die Mensch Machine


  2. Oranssi Pazuzu – Mestarin kynsi
    Ulcerate – Stare Into Death And Be Still
    Shards of Humanity – Cold Logic
    Katatonia – City Burials
    Iron Reagan – The Tyranny of Will
    Collapsed – Collapsed


  3. Cirith Ungol – Forever Black
    Immolation – Close to a World Below
    Iron Maiden – Brave New World
    Bathory – Hammerheart
    Legend – Death In the Nursery


  4. Katatonia – City Burials
    Engutturalment Cephaloslamectomy – Glam Not Slam
    Death SS – The Story of Death SS
    Gorified – Reeking Mass…
    Diplodocus – Slow and Heavy
    Today is the Day – No Good to Anyone


  5. Schammasch – Contradiction
    Katatonia – City Burials
    Testament – Titans of Creation
    The Hirsch Effekt – Kollaps
    Sword – Metalized
    Savatage – Hall of the Mountain King


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