Staff Infections – September 2021

Howdy, friends. Welcome to the somewhat belated September edition of Staff Infections.

Is anybody else sick of people dying? I know it happens to everyone, but does it have to happen to so many people all at once? Eric Wagner, Charlie Watts and Norm Macdonald all gone since the last edition of this feature. The deaths of Charlie Watts and Norm Macdonald have just made me sad. 80 doesn’t seem as old as it used to, but it could hardly be said that poor Charlie died young. As for Norm, cancer is a motherfucker, and sometimes you just can’t beat it. Their deaths are great losses, but I can accept them. As for Eric Wagner’s death from Covid-19, I wish I could just feel sad, but sadness has to compete with anger. In my mind he didn’t have to die. True, none of the vaccines available provide one hundred percent protection from contracting Covid-19, and so it’s possible that he might have been infected even if he had been vaccinated, but it’s not as likely. And it’s even less likely that he would have died. He was lucky enough to live in a country where the vaccines are readily available, and he chose not to take advantage of the opportunity to protect himself. Certainly, it was his choice to make, but that choice, in my opinion, cost him his life. If you want a heartfelt tribute to Eric Wagner, please read Captain’s excellent piece right here. I’m still a little pissed off about the whole situation. If you are able to get vaccinated, and you haven’t yet, please do so.

Let’s get this trolley back on the rails: What the heck have your pals at Last Rites been listening to for the past month? Shit-loads of Iron Maiden is your answer. As you’re probably aware, Iron Maiden released their seventeenth studio album, Senjutsu, earlier this month. In celebration of this event, we published several Maiden-related features in the days leading up to the new album’s release, including pieces on cover art, B-sides and a ranking of the band’s studio albums. It is then no surprise that the Iron Maiden discography dominated the staff playlists this month. I reckon we’ll just grant album of the month status to the entire Iron Maiden catalog. With the passing of Charlie Watts, the Rolling Stones catalog also got a lot of love, so let’s give the Stones second place.

For our discussion this month, tell us one band you’ve always wanted to see but never got the chance to, and now it’s too late, because the band is no more. I’ve had tickets to see Trouble (with Eric Wagner) twice and missed them both times. The first time they never showed up to the venue, and the second time involved an oversold strip club / rock club and Powerman 5000, and I really don’t want to talk about it. Eric left the band, and now he’s dead, so I guess I’m never going to see the original Trouble.

Until next month, be sure to listen to the Spotify playlist below, share your own playlist in the comments, and try not to die.

    • Zach Duvall
      Queen – Queen II
      PJ Harvey – Rid of Me
      Black Wing – …Is Doomed
      Low – The Great Destroyer
      Armand Hammer – ROME
      The Rolling Stones – Bunches and Bunches
    • Andrew Edmunds
      The Rolling Stones – Some Girls
      The Rolling Stones – Goat’s Head Soup
      The Rolling Stones – Emotional Rescue
      Scorpions – Taken By Force
      Napalm Death – Throes Of Joy In The Jaws Of Defeatism
      Regurgitate – Hatefilled Vengeance
    • Captain
      Iron Maiden – Killers
      Iron Maiden – Powerslave
      Iron Maiden – No Prayer for the Dying
      Iron Maiden – Best of the B’Sides
      Iron Maiden – Seventh Son of a Seventh Son
      Iron Maiden – A Matter of Life and Death
    • Dave Pirtle
      Iron Maiden – The Final Frontier
      Napalm Death – Fear Emptiness Despair
      Sturgill Simpson – The Ballad of Dood and Juanita
      Ex Deo – The Thirteen Years of Nero
      Matt Harvey – Last Son of Krypton
      Quicksand – Distant Populations
    • Danhammer Obstkrieg
      Leprous – Aphelion
      Hendrik Weber – 429 Hz Formen von Stille
      Bruce Dickinson – The Chemical Wedding
      Iron Maiden – All of the Iron Maiden
      Ricardo Villalobos – Alcachofa
      Voivod – Killing Technology
    • Spencer Hotz
      Iron Maiden – Brave New World (yea I had this on my list last month. So what? Wanna fight about it?)
      Typhonian – The Cosmic Pendulum
      The Flight of Sleipnir – Eventide
      Charnel Grounds – Molecular Entropy Examined in the Bowels of a Great Old One
      Cerebral Rot – Excretion of Mortality
      Nattmaran – The Lurking Evil
    • Lone Watie
      Iron Maiden – So. Much. Iron. Maiden.
      Eisenhand – Fires Within
      A Formal Horse – Meat Mallet
      Monobody – Comma
      Ehsan Ghelsi – As It Ever Was
      George Benson – Give Me the Night
    • Jeremy Morse
      Iron Maiden – Brave New World
      Iron Maiden – Piece of Mind
      Blood Incantation – Hidden History of the Human Race
      Trouble – Psalm 9
      Ozzy Osbourne – No Rest for the Wicked
      Tanith – In Another Time
    • Ryan Tysinger
      Iron Maiden – Senjutsu
      Nuclear Revenge – Dawn Of The Primitive Age
      Nortt – Graven
      Exanimatvm – Sollvm Ipsa Mor
      Nunslaughter – Red Is The Color Of Ripping Death
      Gärgäntuäh – Urmystyk

Posted by Jeremy Morse

Riffs or GTFO.

  1. Gama Bomb – Sea Savage
    Wormwitch – Wolf Hex
    Malossi – Blanke Barter
    Replicant – Malignant Reality
    Birthday Massacre – Pins and Needles
    wolf King – Path of Wrath

    I will always regret not seeing Type O Negative. I had two or three chances to catch them and for some reason something always came up that caused me to miss it.


  2. Miles Davis – Bitches Brew
    Deafheaven – Infinite Granite
    Paranorm – Empyrean
    Stargazer – Psychic Secretions
    Lou Reed – Transformer
    Polyphia – Muse
    The Rolling Stones – Sticky Fingers
    Iron Maiden – S/T through Seventh Son

    In terms of bands I’ve never gotten to see live, Agalloch was one I missed out on I regret never having the chance to see. They were once touring Europe when I was on holiday in Finland, but not in a country close enough to justify the extra travel. They broke up shortly after.


  3. Kenn Nardi – Trauma
    Trouble – Trouble
    Thief – The Sixteen Deaths of My Master
    Mourn The Light – Suffer, Then We’re Gone
    Women Is The Earth – Dust Of Forever
    Portrait – At One With None

    I missed to see Warrel Dane with Sanctuary but also with Nevermore. I don’t remember why that happened.


  4. Carcass – Torn Arteries
    Iron Maiden – Senjutsu
    Judas Priest – Defenders of the Faith
    Mew – And the Glass Handed Kites
    Ashra – New Age of Earth
    Borknagar – Winter Thrice

    I never got to see Primordial or Enslaved. The likelihood ever-diminishing at this point. Too many others to list? I’d have to think long and hard about that one.


  5. Iron Maiden – Senjutsu
    A shit ton of baroque
    Hopefully a shit ton of vinyl I’ve been too lazy to open and spin

    Power Trip stings for me. They were booked an hour and a half from where I live several years ago, and my daughter was excited to go, but the week before the show she waffled and I couldn’t be arsed to go by myself.


  6. Acathexis – Acathexis
    Replicant – Malignant Reality
    Aborted – Terrorvision
    Nifrost – Orkja
    Alustrium – A Monument to Silence
    Wode – Wode
    Wode – Servants of the Countercosmos

    Concerts I regret missing cause they’re no more: Skeletonwitch. I had tickets and went and the show was cancelled and that was it.


  7. Carcass – Torn Arteries
    Cancer – Death Shall Rise
    Aborted – Mania Cult
    Gojira – Terra Incognita
    Gorilla Biscuits – Start Today
    Ulver – Themes from William Blake’s The Marriage of Heaven and Hell


  8. Katatonia -City Burials
    Carcass – Torn Arteries
    Maiden – Senjetsu
    Celtic Frost – Into The Pandemonium
    Megadeth – Cryptic Writings

    The one band that got away from me was Manilla Road. I had bought tickets on two separate occasions to see them at a local venue that I used to hang at damn near weekly. Low and behold, both times I had something come up and had to bail. I try to go out of my way to see aging artists because of this..especially bucket list bands. Still bums me out big time. There are not many bands that have 15 plus albums that I happened to never see.


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