Staff Infections – November 2021

Greetings, dear readers, from the cursed gloom of standard time. It’s time for Staff Infections, the feature wherein we, the Last Rites staff, share what we’ve been listening to for the past month. Customarily, I, your esteemed (?) author, would also rant and rave about some generally inane horseshit for a paragraph or two, but I’ve been dragging my ass around in the woods for the past few days, so I’m too tired to summon much in the way of vitriol. Oh, wait, I just remembered Dave Mustaine. I’m never too tired to talk shit about Dave Mustaine. Dave is a gaping asshole and everything he’s done after Rust in Peace is insulting, watered-down bullshit. Liking any of it makes you a bad person. I’m glad Dave beat cancer, but he didn’t come through it a better man, he came through it a bigger asshole. Peace Sells is an all-time classic, though, I have to give him that.

On to what we’ve been listening to: For what seems like the first time in a while, we have a strong showing for our album of the month. Appearing on no less than five staff playlists is Worm’s Foreverglade. If you’ve not read Andrew Edmunds’ review of this magnificently murky morass of an album, please do so now, with all haste. Second place this month is a tie between Cradle of Filth’s recently released album, Existence is Futile, and Dream Theater’s equally  recent album A View from the Top of the World. If you would like to read a review of Existence is Futile, as well as a touching tale of love lost and love regained, our man Spencer Hotz has you covered right here. If you’d like a review of A View from the Top of the World, I’m afraid we’re experiencing some delays. Blame the supply chain.

That’ll just a bout do it for this month, friends. I’ll ask you just a few things before we wrap this up: First, since what you listen to is almost as important as what we listen to, please share your playlist in the comments. Second, what we listen to is really, really important, so please check out the staff-curated Spotify playlist below. Finally, in the comments, along with your playlist, share with us your favorite Megadeth album. But be forewarned: this is absolutely not a judgment-free zone.

  • Zach Duvall
    Dream Theater – A View from the Top of the World
    Cradle of Filth – Existence is Futile
    Worm – Foreverglade
    Nick Cave & Warren Ellis – CARNAGE
    Tears for Fears – The Hurting
    Necromantia – Scarlet Evil Witching Black
  • Ryan Tysinger
    Lord – The Second Coming
    Judas Iscariot – Distant in Solitary Night
    Worm – Foreverglade
    Mortal Soil – Mortal Soil
    King Diamond – The Eye
    Necromantia – To the Depths We Descend
  • Andrew Edmunds
    Worm – Foreverglade
    Hyperdontia – Nexus Of Teeth
    The Accused – The Return Of Martha Splatterhead
    Dark Angel – Time Does Not Heal
    Nuclear Assault – Game Over
    Rush – Signals
  • Captain
    A LOT of power metal from 2021
  • Dave Pirtle
    Dream Theater – A View from the Top of the World
    Cradle of Filth – Existence is Futile
    Exhumed – Worming EP
    Dug Pinnick – Joy Bomb
    Running Wild – Blood on Blood
    Dire Straits – Love Over Gold
  • Lone Watie
    Dream Theater – A View from the Top of the World
    Mastodon – Hushed and Grim
    Monolord – Your Time to Shine
    Worm – Foreverglade
    Blackwater Holylight – Silence/Motion
    Discipline – Unfold Like Staircase
  • Danhammer Obstkrieg
    Mortiferum – Preserved in Torment
    Blut Aus Nord – Memoria Vetusta I
    Laibach – Nova Akropola
    The Beatles – Abbey Road
    Death – Individual Thought Patterns
    Tori Amos – Ocean to Ocean
  • Spencer Hotz
    Cradle of Filth – Existence is Futile
    First Fragment – Gloire Éternelle
    Scarecrow – II
    Knocked Loose – A Tear In The Fabric Of Life
    Gutslit – Amputheatre
    Worm – Foreverglade
  • Jeremy Morse
    Napalm Death – Throes of Joy in the Jaws of Defeatism
    Solace of Requiem – The Great Awakening
    Asphyx – Asphyx
    Suffocation – Breeding the Spawn
    Suffocation – Human Waste
    Excruciator – Devouring

Posted by Jeremy Morse

Riffs or GTFO.

  1. The Night Eternal – Moonlit Cross
    Mastodon – Hushed and Grim
    Knife – Knife
    Necrofier – Prophecies of Eternal Darkness
    Illudium- Ash of the Womb
    Skyclad -Wayward Sons of Mother Earth
    Black Soul Horde – Horros from the Void

    My favorite Megadeth album is Rust in Peace, outstanding guitar performance

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  2. Megadeth – Endgame
    Megadeth – Cryptic Writings
    Megadeth – Dystopia
    Megageth – United Abominations
    Megdaeth – Countdown to Extinction.

    Well..this is awkward.

    Favorite Megadeth album though? Peace Sells without question!

    I’ll see myself out…

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    1. Well played, sir. You have chosen the most correct favorite Megadeth album, but I regret to inform you that you are a bad person. Win some, lose some.

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  3. Knife – Knife
    Worm – Foreverglade
    Crystal Coffin – The Stairway Eternal
    Ihsahn – Eremita
    Outre-Tombe – Abysse Mortifere

    Rust in Peace will always be my fave Megadeth album, that record is seminal in my musical development. However *soap box alert*, the 2004 ‘remastered’ version on most streaming services is fucking atrocious. Menza’s bass drum sounds like it’s played on a learner’s kit, in another room (see ‘Tornado of Souls’). ‘Take No Prisoners’ sounds like a neutered demo version. The guitars sound thin and Mustaine’s voice (the least appealing part of Megadeth, sorry) is WAY too high in the mix.

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  4. Blaze – Silicon Messiah
    Iron Maiden – Book of Souls
    Iron Maiden – Senjutsu
    Burial – Inner Gateways to the Slumbering Equilibrium at the
    Center of Cosmos
    Lie in Ruins – Floating in Timeless Streams
    Fractal Generator – Macrocosmos

    As for Megadeth, I just never liked them.

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  5. Iggy & the Stooges – Raw Power
    Liquid Tension Experiment – LTE3
    Iron Maiden – Senjutsu
    Metallica – Kill ‘Em All
    Worm – Foreverglade
    Dream Theater – A View from the Top of the World

    As for Megadeth, never got into them. Everytime I’ve tried to listen to them, something about their sound is off-putting and I turn it off quickly. Maybe I should give them another try over the next few weeks – at least their “classic” albums.

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  6. Well yes, I’m another bad person. Youthanasia, oh Lord, what a joy. The World Needs a Hero rocks my day too. What else? Current listening? Hmmm, Traktoroth’s Nervoza. Definitely easy-listening.

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  7. Cocteau Twins – Blue Bell Knoll
    Black Sabbath – Mob Rules
    Trouble – Manic Frustration
    The Comsat Angels – Sleep No More
    Fever Ray – Fever Ray
    The Church – Starfish

    Favorite Megadeth album is “Rust In Peace,” followed closely by “Peace Sells…But Who’s Buying?”

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