Staff Infections – October 2021

Welcome, dear readers, to the October 2021 edition of Staff Infections. In this feature we share what we’ve been listening to over the past month in hopes that you, our esteemed readers, will possibly be inspired to listen to some of those same albums, hopefully enjoy them, and then we all become best friends with great taste in music.

Speaking of great taste in music: I fucking hate the new Iron Maiden album. That’s probably sacrilege around here, but god damn, I haven’t been able to get all the way through that son of a bitch more than twice. Admittedly, the whole “prog-Maiden” bit has been wearing awful thin for me, but for the most part I’ve found things to enjoy about the Maiden albums of the past twenty years. Not so for Senjutsu. I’ve got nothing against long songs — Hell, “Rime of the Ancient Mariner” is my favorite Maiden tune, and I also quite enjoy “Empire of the Clouds.” But if you want me to hang around 8 minutes or more, there needs to be a payoff. Tunes that long should generally build to some kind of climax. Give me a little excitement for my listening investment. Sadly, excitement is in short supply on Senjutsu. It has a few compelling moments, I suppose, but that isn’t much to cling to over the course of 80 god-damned minutes. The Iron Maiden music I love lifts me up, and makes me feel more alive. Senjutsu just drags me down. The real world does more than enough to drag me down lately, so I don’t need that shit from Iron Maiden. Get the lead out, dudes, ain’t none of us got much time left.

Anyway, our album of the month is Iron Maiden’s Senjutsu. If you’d like a more even-handed take on Maiden’s latest, you should look to Captain’s review, if you haven’t already. You would be safe trusting to Cap’s wisdom in many things, but in Iron Maiden most especially.

Second place this month is split three ways between ADX’s Exécution, Carcass’s Torn Arteries and Iskandr’s Vergezicht. Exécution is a French speed metal album from 1985, so you’ll forgive us for not having a proper review available, but Ryan Tysinger does cover the album in his excellent French Heavy Metal Primer from a few years back. We’ve come up completely empty on Vergezicht, despite it being a far more recent release, but we’ve got you covered with regard to Torn Arteries. Andrew Edmunds has all the gory details right here.

For our discussion this month, let’s talk heartbreakers: In the comments, share an album you hate by a band that you generally love. Also, as usual, be sure to share your own playlist and have a listen to the staff-curated Spotify playlist below.

Until next month, take care of yourselves, and, in spite of my recent disappointment, Up the Irons!

  • Zach Duvall
    Iron Maiden – Senjutsu
    Low – HEY WHAT
    Enslaved – Caravans to the Outer Worlds
    Dødheimsgard – Monumental Possession
    Armand Hammer & The Alchemist – Haram
    LTJ Bukem – Journey Inwards
  • Andrew Edmunds
    Iron Maiden – Senjutsu
    Carcass – Symphonies Of Sickness
    ADX – Exécution
    Abhorrence – Completely Vulgar
    Wadge – Assembled Armaments & Exotic Lore
    Van Halen – Fair Warning
  • Captain
    The D.O.C. – No One Can Do it Better
    Special Ed – Youngest in Charge
    EPMD – Strictly Business
    Worm – Foreverglade
    Keep of Kalessin – Agnen: A Journey through the Dark
    Ryuichi Sakamoto & Alva Noto – The Revenant Soundtrack
  • Ryan Tysinger
    Baazlvaat – The Higher Power
    Salvación – God Gold and Glory
    Iskandr – Vergezicht
    Demonomantic – Grail of Deformed Evilness
    ADX – Exécution
    Insight – Demo I
  • Danhammer Obstkrieg
    Worm – Foreverglade
    Cradle of Filth – Existence is Futile
    Type O Negative – World Coming Down
    Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds – The Boatman’s Call
    Unanimated – In the Forest of the Dreaming Dead
    Thrice – Horizons/East
  • Dave Pirtle
    Iron Maiden – Senjutsu
    Carcass – Torn Arteries
    Blazon Stone – Damnation
    Andrew W.K. – God Is Partying
    Aborted – ManiaCult
    Judas Priest – Rocka Rolla
  • Spencer Hotz
    Replicant – Malignant Reality
    Lionoka – Tides of Triumph
    Lavaborne – Black Winged Gods
    Atræ Bilis – Apexapien
    Iskandr – Vergezicht
    Full of Hell – Garden of Burning Apparitions
  • Jeremy Morse
    Carcass – Torn Arteries
    Incantation – Dirges of Elysium
    Ratt – Out of the Cellar
    Motörhead – No Sleep ‘til Hammersmith
    Terrorizer – World Downfall
    Slayer – Reign in Blood

Posted by Jeremy Morse

Riffs or GTFO.

  1. How’s that new Cradle? Very curious!


  2. Grab – Zeitlang
    Black Sites – Untrue
    Chrome Waves – Only the Rain Will Cleanse
    Unto Others – Strength
    Savatage – Power of the Night

    I share your Senjutsu concerns.


  3. Iron Maiden – No Prayer through Book of Souls (but especially Brave New World)
    Carcass – Torn Arteries
    Nevermore – Enemies of Reality
    Halsey – If I Can’t Have Love, I Want Power
    Psychotic Waltz – The God-Shaped Void
    Converge – Jane Doe

    It’s easy to rag on, but I still remember my disappointment when I put on St. Anger for the first time, with it having none of the qualities that got me interested in Metallica to begin with. Dream Theater’s The Astonishing also stands out as something gone horribly wrong in an otherwise solid (and occasionally spectacular) career.


  4. Iron Maiden – Senjutsu
    Night Ranger – Midnight Madness
    Chris Stapleton – Starting Over
    Run DMC – Essential
    Queensrÿche- Operation Mindcrime


  5. Cognizance–Upheaval
    Diabolizer–Khalkedonian Death
    Malevolent Creation–Warkult
    Inferi–Vile Genesis
    Inferi–The End of an Era/Rebirth
    Watain–Trident Wolf Eclipse
    The Screaming Trees–Dust

    I love the band Obscura. But I hate their album Diluvium, because the vocals are apparently put through a vocoder and it sounds like a whiny robot is singing throughout the whole album. What a terrible decision. It ruins the whole record. If I want to hear computerized vocals I can listen to techno garbage.


  6. Rancid – Honor Is All We Know
    Bad Religion – The Process Of Belief
    Ministry – Amerikkkant
    Scorpions – Savage Amusement
    Danzig – Black Laden Crown

    Oh boy, I’m getting depressed


  7. Opeth – Morningrise
    Imperium Dekadenz – their collective works
    Invincible Force – Decomposed Sacramentum
    Q-Tip – Amplified
    Against Me! – As the Enteral Cowboy

    An album I hate from a band that I love: Turbo by Judas Priest. A small part of teenage me died the day the single Turbo Lover was released.


  8. Misfits – all
    Carcass -Torn Arteries
    Blood Red Throne – Imperial Congregation
    Gojira – Terra Incognita
    Gojira – The Link
    Carnifex – Graveside Confessions
    Aborted – Mania Cult


  9. I feel the same way about the new Maiden. Favourite album that actually came out in October is 1914 – Where Fear and Weapons Meet
    Other than that most October releases have yet to crack my listening rotation. Although I did like the sound of some of them.

    I tried to listen to the new Mastodon but kinda of gave up. Nothing immediately grabbed me so I am going to shelve it for now and give a try when I have a bit more time to give it.

    Gojira Fortitude has grown on me quite a bit and have been listening quite a bit lately.

    Coincidently I have also played ADX’s latest called Bestial on vinyl and its a cracker of an album.


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