Staff Infections – November 2020

Hello, dear readers. It’s November—mid-November by the time you read this—which would ordinarily mean this awful year is almost over, but I would not be surprised if 2020 somehow manage to last thirteen or fourteen months. Things certainly aren’t looking good on the pandemic front; the Coronavirus is spreading further and faster than we’ve seen here in the U.S. since the virus first reached these shores. There is reason for hope, as there is supposedly an effective vaccine on the horizon, and we have recently elected a new president that, at the least, is willing to listen to scientists and healthcare professionals. In the meantime, however, I suspect things will get much worse before they get better. But hey, let’s set aside the doom and gloom for a moment and see what your pals at Last Rites have been listening to.

It was a fierce battle for album of the month, but either way, the winner was going to be prog. Second place goes to the latest and possibly last album from revered prog-metal veterans Fates Warning, Long Day Good Night. This epic, seventy five-minute record receives a suitably epic review from devoted fan and proud prog nerd Capitan right here. First place goes to Wobbler, with its fifth album, Dwellers of the Deep. This one also falls to Captain, who delivers another in-depth and informed review here.

As we generally skip Staff infections in December to avoid list overload in a list-heavy month, I’ll wish you all a safe remainder of 2020 and the happiest holidays you can manage. Be sure to check out our staff curated Spotify playlist below, and share your own playlist in the comments. While you’re at it, since the aforementioned year-end lists are fast approaching, along with your playlist, give us one of your favorites from 2020, preferably something that might have gone under the radar.


  • Andrew Edmunds
    Fates Warning – Long Day Good Night
    Napalm Death – Throes Of Joy In Jaws 3-D
    Triage – Triage
    Suffocation – Breeding The Spawn
    Genesis – The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway
    Today Is The Day – Supernova
  • Lone Watie
    Dark Quarterer – Discography
    Fates Warning – Long Day Good Night
    Wobbler – Dwellers of the Deep
    Molasses – Through the Hollow
    King Crimson – The Night Shift (Live at the Concertbebouw, Amsterdam, November 23, 1973)
  • Spencer Hotz
    Icare – Khaos
    Wake – Confluence
    MRTVI – Omniscient Hallucinatory Delusion
    Kahn – Space Shanty
    Wobbler – Dweller of the Deep
    Cryptae – Nightmare Traversal
  • Danhammer Obstkrieg
    Draconian – Under a Godless Veil
    Autechre – PLUS
    Solstafir – Endless Twilight of Codependent Love
    My Dying Bride – A Line of Deathless Kings
    Worm – Gloomlord
    Diana Krall – This Dream of You
  • Captain
    Approximately 160 power metal albums
  • Manny-O-Lito
    Brian Blade & The Fellowship Band – Landmarks
    Fates Warning – Long Day Good Night
    Wobbler – Dwellers of the Deep
    Undeath – Lesions of a Different Kind
    Gil Scott-Heron – Bridges
    Mogwai – Every Country’s Sun
  • Dave Pirtle
    Jello Biafra & the Guantanamo School of Medicine – Tea Party Revenge Porn
    Mr. Bungle – The Raging Wrath of the Easter Bunny Demo
    Niviane – The Ruthless Divine
    Raging Speedhorn – Hard to Kill
    Armored Saint – Punching the Sky
    Van Helsing’s Curse – Oculus Infernum
  • Zach Duvall
    Lamp of Murmuur – Heir of Ecliptical Romanticism
    Defeated Sanity – The Sanguinary Impetus
    Wobbler – Dwellers of the Deep
    Autechre – SIGN & PLUS
    Oranssi Pazuzu – Mestarin kynsi
    Rotting Christ – Theogonia
  • Ryan Tysinger
    Angel Sword – Rebels Beyond the Pale
    Hawkwind – Space Ritual
    Eternal Champion – Ravening Iron
    Saint Vitus – Die Healing
    Saint Vitus – Mournful Cries
    Warning – Warning II
  • Jeremy Morse
    Van Halen – Everything with Dave
    The Obsessed – Sacred
    Danzig – Danzig
    Cathedral – Soul Sacrifice / Statik Majik
    Scorpions – In Trance
    Metallica – Ride the Lightning

Posted by Jeremy Morse

Riffs or GTFO.

  1. Anaal Nathrakh – Endarkenment
    The Ocean – Phanerozoic II
    Enslaved – Utgard
    Pallbearer – Forgotten Days
    Metallica – Ride the Lightning
    Nevermore – Dead Heart in a Dead World
    At The Gates – Slaughter of the Soul

    Will have to check out the Fates Warning and Wobbler before year’s end.


  2. Clan of Xymox – Medusa
    Uriah Heep – Demons and Wizards
    Carcass – Surgical Steel
    Motörhead – Ace of Spades
    Venenum – Trance of Death
    Enslaved – Mardraum
    Dawnbringer – Into the Lair of the Sun God
    The Cure – Faith
    Voivod – Dimension Hatröss
    At the Gates – Slaughter of the Soul
    Black Sabbath – Sabbath Bloody Sabbath


  3. Antzaat – For You Men Who Gaze Into the Sun
    Wode – Wode
    Counting Hours – The Will
    Enslaved – Utgard
    Siberian Meat Grinder – S/T
    Necrophobic – Dawn of the Damned


  4. Macabre – Carnival of Killers
    Balzac – Beyond the Darkness
    Ozzy Osbourne – Bark at the Moon
    Ozzy Osbourne – Blizzard of Ozz
    MC5 – Kick Out the Jams
    Misfits – Collection I


    1. That Macabre album any good?


  5. Karla – Allt betta Helvitis Myrkur
    Necrophobic – Dawn of the Damned
    Armored Saint – Punch the Sky
    1476 – Our Season Draws Near
    Blackevil – Forever Baptised in Eternal Fire
    Audn – Vökudraumsind


    1. Necrophobic really brought some extra hellfire on this one, eh?


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