Staff Infections – March 2021

Greetings, dear readers. Welcome to another addition of Staff Infections, our monthly peek into the listening habits of the Last Rites staff.  Sadly, in what seems like a disturbingly regular occurrence, we’ve lost another prominent metal musician in the past month. This time around it was Lars Goran “L-G” Petrov, who passed last week after a battle with a rare form of cancer. L-G is most famous as the long-time vocalist of Nihilist / Entombed and later Entombed A.D., but he also performed in seminal Swedish metals acts such as Morbid (on drums) and Comecon.

I have no hard data to back this up, but I think Entombed was an important gateway band for a lot of kids like myself who liked metal, but weren’t necessarily tuned into the international underground scene. Wolverine Blues was the second death metal album I ever bought, and the major label marketing campaign certainly had a lot to do with that. I also think that Wolverine Blues wouldn’t have been nearly as successful as it was without L-G’s vocals.  With Wolverine Blues, Petrov traded the more “necro” growling style he used on Left Hand Path for a bellicose roar that was more intelligible and probably more palatable to the mainstream, but somehow more aggressive.  L-G’s vocals gave Entombed’s songs a vitality they wouldn’t have had with a run-of-the-mill growler. While the rest of the band’s commitment to musical aggression — and their music, period, if we’re being honest — wavered over the years, L-G always sounded like he was out for blood.

Since not a single album made more than one appearance on staff playlists this month, we have no album of the month. In place of that usual discussion, let’s take a little time to appreciate the work of L-G Petrov.

Here’s a taste of L-G’s drumming on Morbid’s 1987 demo December Moon, which also features Petrov’s future Entombed bandmate Ulf Cederlund and future Mayhem vocalist Dead.

I’ll admit I didn’t have L-G pegged as a piano player, but here he is with his instrumental contribution to 1997’s DCLXVI To Ride, Shoot Straight and Speak the Truth:

Here’s one of my favorites from latter-day Entombed. Morning Star isn’t a death metal album, but it’s the best of the band’s albums that aren’t.

Finally, from Entombed’s 1989 demo of the same name, here’s “But Life Goes On”:


Take care of yourselves out there, friends. Be sure to have a listen to the staff-curated Spotify playlist below, share your own playlist in the comments, and, while you’re at it, give us your favorite L-G Petrov song. [JEREMY MORSE]

  • Andrew Edmunds
    Morbid Angel – Kingdoms Disdained
    Napalm Death – Smear Campaign
    Socioclast – Socioclast
    Stone Temple Pilots – Tiny Music… Songs From The Vatican Gift Shop
    Voivod – Killing Technology
    The Cure – Faith
  • Zach Duvall
    Medieval Demon – Arcadian Witchcraft
    Manilla Road – The Courts of Chaos
    Rush – A Farewell to Kings
    Dordeduh – Dar De Duh
    Armand Hammer – Paraffin
    Ulver – Shadows of the Sun
  • Ryan Tysinger
    Neil Merryweather & The Space Rangers – Kryptonite
    夢遊病者 – Noč Na Krayu Sveta
    Herzel – Le Dernier Rempart
    Kamasi Washington – The Epic
    Fathomage – Psalms of Reverence and Lamentations
    Banchee – Thinkin’
  • Danhammer Obstkrieg
    Nekromantheon – Visions of Trismegistos
    Empyrium – Songs of Moors and Misty Fields
    The Weather Station – Ignorance
    Obituary – Slowly We Rot
    Manilla Road – Mark of the Beast
    Susie Ibarra – Talking Gong
  • Captain
    Yoth Iria – As the Flame Withers
    Entombed – Morning Star
    Coffin Mulch – Septic Funeral
    Taje skal – Taje skal
    Chevalier – discography
    Bob Mould – Workbook
  • Dave Pirtle
    Briqueville – Quelle
    Einherjer – North Star
    Melvins – Working With God
    Evergrey – Escape of the Phoenix
    Significant Point – Into the Storm
    Rush – Clockwork Angels
  • Spencer Hotz
    Ominous Ruin – Amidst Voices That Echo in Stone
    Black Sheep Wall – Songs for the Enamel Queen
    Anneke Van Giersbergen – The Darkest Skies Are The Brightest
    St. Vincent – Actor
    Meth Leppard – Woke
    Black Pumas – Black Pumas
  • Jeremy Morse
    Runemagick – Darkness Death Doom
    Nevermore – Dreaming Neon Black
    Entombed – Left Hand Path
    Ozzy Osbourne – Diary of a Madman
    Megadeth – Peace Sells… But Who’s Buying
    Cannibal Corpse – Kill
  • Megan Astarael
    Opeth – Blackwater Park
    Underoath – Define The Great Line
    Krallice – Demonic Wrath
    Cameron Graves – Seven
    Fat Jon – Wave Motion
    Molchat Doma – Etazhi

Posted by Jeremy Morse

Riffs or GTFO.

  1. Beltez- A Grey Chill And A Whisper
    Iotunn – Access All Worlds
    My Dying Bride – Feel The Misery
    Helloween – Ride The Sky and First EP
    Witherfall – Curse Of Autumn
    Spire – Temple of Khronos


    1. That new Helloween album cover inspired me to pull a whole bunch of old albums off the shelves for a binge next week. And I’m listening to that Iotunn RIGHT NOW. Haven’t really had a chance to sit with it much yet. You dig it?


  2. Yes I like Iotunn very much, the Vocal performace is stellar, enjoy


  3. Ad nauseam- imperative imperceptible impulse—a wild ride for sure


    1. Alaric – End of Mirrors
      The Ruins of Beverast – The Thule Grimoires
      Fates Warning – Awaken the Guardian
      Mastodon – Crack the Skye
      Thou – Heathen
      Forhist – Forhist
      Stargazer – Psychic Secretions


      1. That Ruins of Beverast is pretty slick, nice find I hadn’t heard he had a new one out


  4. Entombed – Wolverine Blues
    Sepulcros – Vazio
    Zao – (SELF-TITLED)
    Vainaja – Verenvalaja
    COC – Blind
    Hell – Hell (2017)


  5. Thin Lizzy – Black Rose
    Entombed – Left Hand Path
    Celtic Frost – Into the Pandemonium
    Ultravox – Lament
    Neko Case – Fox Confessor Brings the Flood
    My Dying Bride – The Angel and the Dark River
    Metallica – Master of Puppets
    Morbus Chron – Sweven


  6. FuturebeyondSatan March 20, 2021 at 9:34 am

    Kaunis Kuolematon – Syttyköön Toinen Aurinko
    Amorphis – Skyforger
    Exodus – Tempo of the Damned
    Layment – Of Gods and Goats
    Yesterday’s Saints – Generation Of Vipers


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