Staff Infections – May 2021

Howdy, friends. It’s Staff Infections time. If you’re knew here, the gist is this: We, the Last Rites Staff, listen to stuff, and then you read about it. It sounds kind of stupid when you write it out like that, but the idea is that you might, through our collective good taste, discover music that you would in turn like to listen to.

Another Staff Infections feature (flaw?) is that I often ramble on about some inane horseshit and/or ask stupid questions. This month, however, let’s talk about something really important: Morbid Angel. What do you think is the best Morbid Angel album? Myself, I most enjoy the earliest stuff, and my favorite is either Altars of Madness or Blessed Are the Sick, depending on which day you ask me. However, there are quite a few folks around here that I think might just pick 2000’s Gateways to Annihilation as their favorite. I certainly enjoy the Tucker era of the band, but while they are ungodly heavy, I don’t find the Tucker albums have quite the same dynamic pizzazz as the Vincent albums. By Vincent albums, I mean the first four. I haven’t yet and don’t ever plan on listening to Illud Divinum Insanus. But enough about me. In the comments, let us know what your favorite Morbid Angel album is.

Now, let’s get to what we’ve been listening to. We have a pretty clear winner for album of the month. But first, we have a three-way tie for second place, including some death metal and some Indie rock or whatever it is that you call Dinosaur Jr. J. Mascis is a great guitar player, so I’ve heard. By heard I mean people told me, as I’ve never actually heard J. Mascis play great guitar. In fact, the only Dinosaur Jr. song I’ve ever heard made me not want to hear any more Dinosaur Jr. songs. Anyway, included in the tie with Dinosaur Jr. are Fumes, with its compilation of EPs entitled Assemblage of Disgust, and Ghastly, with its soon-to-be released third album, Mercurial Passages. Reviews for the latter two are possibly forthcoming. As for Dinosaur Jr., hopefully not. The big winner this month, though, is Cannibal Corpse, with its latest and fifteenth full-length album, Violence Unimagined. Spencer has a thorough and thoroughly excellent review of Violence Unimagined for you right here.

That’ll do for this month. Share your own playlist in the comments, along with your favorite Morbid Angel album. Also, have a listen to the staff-curated and Andrew Edmunds-assembled Spotify playlist right below. Stay safe out there, and, if you have the opportunity, get vaccinated. I’m sick of this pandemic. People are still dying in droves, and shots are our only way out.

    • Zach Duvall
      Fumes – Assemblage of Disgust
      Meshum – Enigmatic Existential Essence
      Meshuggah – None
      Moonspell – Night Eternal
      Lethal – Programmed
      Anaal Nathrakh – The Codex Necro
    • Danhammer Obstkrieg
      Ghastly – Mercurial Passages
      Pharaoh – The Powers That Be
      Amanda Whiting – After Dark
      Comit – An Ocean of Thoughts
      Biomorphic Engulfment – Incubation in the Parallel Universe
      My Dying Bride – Songs of Darkness, Words of Light
    • Andrew Edmunds
      Cannibal Corpse – Violence Unimagined
      Black Sabbath – Heaven & Hell
      Voivod – Rrröööaaarrr
      Fates Warning – Long Day Good Night
      Sepultura – Arise
      Rottrevore – Iniquitous
    • Captain
      Forbidden – Twisted Into Form
      Confessor – Uncontrolled
      Fumes – Assemblage of Disgust
      Monolord – No Comfort
      Meshum – Enigmatic Existential Essence
      Ben Seretan – Cicada Waves
    • Lone Watie
      Ghastly – Mercurial Passages
      Fumes – Assemblage of Disgust
      Elder – Elder
      Overkill- Feel the Fire
      Intrusion – The Seduction of Silence
      James Brown – Take a Look at Those Cakes
    • Dave Pirtle
      Dinosaur Jr. – Sweep It Into Space
      Carcass – Necrotism – Descanting the Insalubrious
      Cannibal Corpse – Violence Unimagined
      Tanzwut – Seemannsgarn
      Tomahawk – Tonic Immobility
      J.B.O. – Happy Metal Thunder
    • Ryan Tysinger
      Eisenhand – Fires Within
      Heavy Sentence – Bang To Rites
      Dinosaur Jr. – Sweep It Into Space
      Depeche Mode – Exciter
      ZZ Top – Afterburner
      Resinator – Warp Lord
    • Megan Astrael
      Children of Bodom – Hatebreeder
      Carcass – Heartwork
      Nile – What Should Not Be Unearthed
      Gojira – Fortitude
      billy woods – Hiding Places
      Chris Potter – The Dreamer is the Dream
    • Spencer Hotz
      Cannibal Corpse – Violence Unimagined
      Dordeduh – Har
      Empty Throne – Glossolalia
      Meshuggah – Chaosphere/Catch-33
      Napalm Death – From Enslavement to Obliteration
      Dark Quarterer – Pompei
    • Jeremy Morse
      Cannibal Corpse – Violence Unimagined
      Kiss – Kiss
      Kiss – Creatures of the Night
      Carcass – Symphonies of Sickness
      Sanctuary – Into the Mirror Black
      Morbid Angel – Altars of Madness

Posted by Jeremy Morse

Riffs or GTFO.

  1. Spectral Wound – Diabolic Thirst
    Nekromantheon – Visions of Trismegistos
    Cannibal Corpse – Violence Unimagined
    Slutvomit – Copulation of Hooves
    Lostregos – Onde Calan os Corazons
    Ninkharsag – The Dread March of Solemn Gods
    Malevolent Creation – Eternal

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  2. That new dor de duh has been a looooong time coming! What I’ve heard so far sounds pretty much excellent, the production really helps this one shine. Can’t wait to hear the rest! Love the new mare cognitum and spectral lore!

    Cheers

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  3. Defecrator – Unholy Hymns of Bestial Warfare
    Ufomammut – Live at Roadburn Festival 2011
    Gojira – Fortitude
    Death SS – first four albums
    Agnostic Front – Get Loud
    Mastodon – Leviathan
    DMX – It’s Dark and Hell is Hot

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  4. Thronehammer – Incantation Rites
    Decline of the I – Johannes
    Vokonis – Odyssey
    Spectral Wound – A Diabolic Thirst
    Sterbefall – Verlorene Zeit
    Toxik – Think This
    (Not qualified for Morbid Angel)

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    1. “Not qualified” hehehe, same here

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  5. Dvne – Etemen Ænka
    Fear Factory – Demanufacture
    Fear Factory – Archetype
    Fear Factory – Mechanize
    At The Gates – To Drink From…
    Siberian Meat Grinder – S/T
    Moscow Death Brigade – Bad Accent Anthems

    Favorite Morbid Angel? I have a real soft spot for ‘Domination’ because it was my first full exposure to the band, but ‘Altars of Madness’ is probably my current answer.

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  6. Enslaved – Monumension
    Amon Amarth – Twilight of the Thundergod
    Opeth – Blackwater Park
    Julien Baker – Little Oblivions
    Black Sabbath – Heaven and Hell
    Metallica – Master of Puppets
    Chelsea Wolfe – Abyss
    Roxy Music – For Your Pleasure

    Favorite Morbid Angel record would be “Covenant,” but recently, “Altars of Madness” has been giving it some stiff competition.

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  7. Morbid Angel? Gateways to Annihilation to me is king.

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    1. Definitely the peak of the Tucker era. I go back and forth with this and Altars, but, in a way, it’s almost like trying to rank Hammerheart against Bathorys – two different itches that are tough to stack against each other.

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  8. Cannibal Corpse – Violence Unimagined
    Meshuggah – Obzen
    Pig Destroyer – Head Cage
    Dir en grey – The Insulated World
    Vital Remains – Icons of Evil
    Endon – Through the Mirror
    No One Knows What the Dead Think
    Against Me! – Reinventing Axl Rose

    And ya know what?
    WE WILL DOMINATE

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  9. Confession – I’ve never listened to Morbid Angel. (Or Cannibal Corpse for that matter.) Where should someone begin with them?

    Not much listening this month, only repeat listens of:
    Isis – Panopticon
    Genghis Tron – Dream Weapon
    Paranorm – Empyrean

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    1. I’d recommend starting at the beginning with Morbid Angel. Altars of Madness was too important to not let it be the entryway. For Cannibal Corpse, I’d jump in the middle — either Wretched Spawn or Kill.

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    2. For Morbid Angel, I’d honestly just go in order from the beginning. Altars is what I usually list as #1, but they’re a tough beast to grapple – Gateways is a different beast entirely but also a peak for the band. Each era has peaks, and going in order provides a good context.

      Don’t bother with Illud at all unless you’re curious and a glutton for punishment.

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  10. Nekromantheon – the Visions of Trismegistos
    Motorpsycho – Kingdom of Oblivion
    Jointhugger – Reaper Season
    Nattverd – Vandring
    Agabas – Voluspå
    Wheel – Preserved in Time
    Hail Spirit Noir – Eden in Reverse

    I have come to peace with the fact that I will never be able to choose between ‘Altars of Madness’, ‘Blessed are the Sick’, ‘Domination’ and ‘Gateways to Annihilation’ when choosing my favourite MA-album. I think everybody should come to peace with the fact that they should mirror my opinion 100%+

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  11. Heck, I’ve never listened to a full Morbid Angel album (immediate points off I know). And I dig J Macis, hehehehe. What else? ok, in kind of heavy rotation the following:
    The Symbol Remains – Böc
    Coverdale/Page
    Def Leppard – Hysteria
    Beastwars – Blood Becomes Fire
    Crowbar – Lifesblood For The Downtrodden
    I’ll try and catch up with the Angel discography. Great weekend

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    1. I’m not sure how J Mascis is seen amongst guitarists, but to me he is one of the underrated heroes of a generation on the instrument.

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  12. Dordeduh – Har
    Pearl Jam – discography
    Thin Lizzy – Thunder & Lightning
    Witold Maliszewski – Symphony No. 1 in G minor
    Grima – Rotten Garden

    I’ve never been the biggest fan of Morbid Angel, especially beyond Formulas Fatal to the Flesh, but I do have a soft spot for that one.

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