Staff Infections – August 2020

Welcome to another edition of Staff Infections, friends. Unfortunately, it’s still 2020, and 2020 is still piling on the bullshit. If an ongoing global pandemic wasn’t enough to deal with, there was a recent devastating explosion in Beirut, and a derecho—something akin to a land hurricane, I’m told—ripped through the Midwest causing large-scale destruction, particularly in Iowa. If the pandemic doesn’t already have you in dire financial straits and you’d like to help out Beirut and / or Iowa, the following articles have suggestions as to where you might donate.

https://www.bustle.com/life/where-to-donate-to-help-beirut

https://cbs2iowa.com/news/local/how-to-help-those-affected-by-the-iowa-derecho

In addition to these disasters, the past month has seen us lose some important names in rock music. Fleetwood Mac’s founder, Peter Green, died July 25th at age 73. Peter wasn’t a metal player by any means, but he was quite a prominent and influential musician in his day, before drug abuse and schizophrenia side-lined him for many years. I wrote a little bit about Peter Green in a Riffology article comparing Fleetwood Mac’s and Judas Priest’s versions of “The Green Manalishi”. Sadly, “The Green Manalishi” brings up another recent death, as Fleetwood Mac’s version of the song was produced by Martin Birch. Birch passed away last week at age 71. Many metal fans will be familiar with Birch’s work, as he produced most of the best albums from Iron Maiden, Deep Purple and Rainbow, as well as Black Sabbath’s Heaven and Hell and Mob Rules. Birch also worked as producer and / or engineer with a slew of other big-name rock acts, including Whitesnake, Jeff Beck, Wishbone Ash, Gary Moore and Blue Öyster Cult, to name a few. Finally, Pete Way, founding bassist of UFO, Fastway and Waysted died just days ago at 69. Pete might not have been a household name, but he was a hero to many a budding hard rock and metal bassist for his powerful playing and powerful stage presence. Steve Harris’s early penchant for tight-fitting vertically striped pants was directly inspired by Pete Way, and, to my knowledge, UFO’s “Doctor Doctor” is still played over the PA at every Iron Maiden Concert just before the band takes the stage. Enjoy a clip of Pete tearing it up with UFO below.

Now that we’ve finished the death and destruction portions of our program, let’s get to what the staff has been listening to over the past month or so. Captain and Megan made a hard push for Boris and Death, respectively, but they only had enough help to get each band into a tie for second place: Boris with its fifth album, 2003’s Akuma No Uta, and Death with 1993’s Individual Thought Patterns. First Place, however, belongs to High Spirits’ latest album, Hard to Stop. If there was ever a time when some uplifting hard rock would be welcome, I reckon 2020 is that time. Ryan Tysinger has the dirt on Hard to Stop here.

Be sure to share your own playlist in the comments. And while your at it, check out the staff-curated Spotify playlist embedded below. Until next month… Well, let’s just hope better days are ahead.

  • Andrew Edmunds
    King Crimson – Starless And Bible Black (Steven Wilson Remix)
    Riot – Thundersteel
    Fates Warning – Parallels
    Queensryche – Operation: Mindcrime
    Iron Maiden – Somewhere In Time
    Dropdead – Dropdead (but which one?)
  • Zach Duvall
    The Cult – Hidden City
    Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – Ghosteen
    Cult of Luna & Julie Christmas – Mariner
    Mystras – Castles Conquered and Reclaimed
    Boris – Akuma No Uta
    Ningen Isu – Rashoumon
  • Danhammer Obstkrieg
    Guns N’ Roses – Appetite for Destruction
    Septic Flesh – Revolution DNA
    Incantation – Sect of Vile Divinities
    Life – Ossification of Coral
    Covenant – Nexus Polaris
    The Field – From Here We Go Sublime
  • Ryan Tysinger
    Havukruunu – Uinuos Syömein Sota
    Death – Individual Thought Patterns
    Siege Column – Darkside Legions
    High Spirits – Hard to Stop
    Uriah Heep – Demons & Wizards
    King Diamond – The Eye
  • Manny-O-War
    Dropdead – Dropdead (2020)
    Westside Gunn – Pray for Paris
    Choir Boy – Gathering Swans
    Necrot – Mortal
    Bootblacks – Thin Skies
    Eric B & Rakim – Don’t Sweat the Technique
  • Captain
    Boris – Amplifier Worship
    Boris – Pink
    Boris – Akuma No Uta
    Boris – Flood
    Boris – LOVE & EVOL
    Boris – Feedbacker
  • Fetusghost
    Ixian – The Reasonablist
    Vous Autres – Champ du Sang
    King Buffalo – Dead Star
    Judicator – Let There Be Nothing
    sunnata – Outlands
    Fluisteraars – Bloem
  • Lone Watie
    High Spirits – Hard to Stop
    Opus V – Universe of Truths
    Black Thunder – La Fine Creata
    Tiger Moth Tales – Still Alive/A Visit to Rockfield
    Logos – Sadako e le Mille Gru di Carta
    Mulatu Astatke + Black Jesus Experience – To Know Without Knowing
  • Dave Pirtle
    High Spirits – Hard to Stop
    Primal Fear – Metal Commando
    Huey Lewis and the News – Hard at Play
    Clawfinger – Use Your Brain
    Rats Will Feast – Songs of a Racehorse
    Warkings – Revenge
  • Spencer Hotz
    Imperial Triumphant – Alphaville
    Faceless Burial – Speciation
    Incantation – Mortal Throne of Nazarene
    Incantation – Primordial Domination
    Meshuggah – Koloss
    Meshuggah – Chaosphere
  • Megan Astrael
    Death – The Sound of Perseverance
    Death – Symbolic
    Death – Individual Thought Patterns
    Death – Human
    Death – Leprosy
    Death – Scream Bloody Gore
  • Jeremy Morse
    Defeated Sanity – The Sanguinary Impetus
    Van Halen – Fair Warning
    UFO – Strangers in the Night
    Nile – Black Seeds of Vengeance
    Exhumed – Death Revenge
    Sam Black Church – Sam Black Church

Posted by Jeremy Morse

Riffs or GTFO.

  1. Fredrik Schjerve August 16, 2020 at 9:52 am

    Why list all Boris in your entry and not include their latest? NO ist a great record! And why list two Incantation records and not their latest? Gah!

    Anyways, here’s some bois that I’ve been spinning lately:

    Imperial Triumphant – Alphaville
    Flame (Finland) – Ignis Spiritus
    Jesus Wept – Apartheid Redux
    Recorruptor – The Funeral Corridor
    Xythlia – Immortality through Quantum Suicide
    Bible Basher – Loud Wailing
    Pure Wrath – The Forlorn Soldier
    Car Bomb – Everything, every month, every year

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  2. Teitanblood – Death
    Havukruunu – Uinuos Syömein Sota
    Hammers of Misfortune – The August Engine
    Nagelfar – Srontgorrth
    Question – Reflections of the Void
    Marrasmieli – Between Land and Sky

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    1. That Question album really delivered!

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  3. Descend – The Deviant
    Hum – Inlet
    Gorgoroth – Antichrist
    Pale Divine – The Consequence of Time
    Rebel Wizard – Magickal Mystical Indifference
    Melvins – Houdini
    Kalisia – Cybion
    High on Fire – Death is This Communion

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  4. Drain – California Cursed (possible hyperbole – but I honestly can’t remember the last time I heard a hardcore debut that was this good.)
    Rebel Wizard – Magickal Mystical Indifference
    Ulthar – Providence
    Black Viper – Hellions of Fire
    Midnight Prey – Uncertain Times
    A Tribe Called Quest – The Low End Theory

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    1. I will never not be happy to see that Black Viper album in these lists

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  5. Live Burial – Unending Futility
    Xenobiotic – Mordrake
    Hegemone – We Disappear
    Cognitive – Matricide
    Behexen – Poisonous Path
    Dying Fetus – Reign Supreme
    Dying Fetus – Wrong One to Fuck With
    Aepoch – The Scryer
    Necronautical – Apotheosis

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  6. Hideous Divinity – Cobra Verde
    Merzbow – EXD
    Heisenberg – E.P. Yo
    Oneiric Celephais – The Obscure Sibyl
    Gorepot – School Girl Sashimi…
    Biohazard – Urban Discipline

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  7. Iron Maiden – “Powerslave”
    Iron Maiden – “The Number of the Beast”
    Iron Maiden – “Somewhere In Time”
    Dawnbringer – “Nucleus”
    Holly Herndon – “PROTO”
    Chelsea Wolfe – “Abyss”
    Emma Ruth Rundle – “On Dark Horses”
    Tribulation – “Down Below”
    Tribulation – “The Formulas of Death”
    Blood Incantation – “Hidden History of the Human Race”
    Loudness – “The Law of Devil’s Land”
    YOB – “Clearing the Path to Ascend”
    Vampire – “Rex”
    Weyes Blood – “Titanic Rising”
    High Spirits – “Hard to Stop”
    Vhöl – “Deeper than Sky”

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  8. Hanson Brothers – Gross Misconduct
    Life – Ossification of Coral
    Rancid – Let’s Go
    Ozzy Osbourne – Diary of a Madman
    High Command – Beyond the Wall of Desolation
    Peter Tosh – Legalize It
    Absu – Absu

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  9. Re: LR Aug. Playlist- Funny how, as time passes, you can appreciate music you once scuffed at. Huey Lewis and the News for example. 1984 High School me would have walked away from LR (sorry, I was shallow in the 80’s). But, now at 50 I can bob my head to it just as I am with everything else on the list. Than for putting the list together each month.

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