Staff Infections – January 2022

Happy New Year, friends. It’s time for Staff Infections, wherein the Last Rites staff share what we’ve been listening to over the last month, and hopefully you, dear readers, come away with an appreciation of our fine taste in music and some new tunes to check out. Here’s hoping you and yours passed the holidays in good health and good spirits. I don’t suppose many of us are ringing in 2022 with shit-loads of optimism. I’d like to think we’re closer to the end of this pandemic than to the beginning, but Omicron isn’t inspiring a lot of hope for a rapid conclusion to this mess. Though times might be tough, carry on we must, and thankfully we have metal to help sustain us. Now, let’s see what we’ve been listening to.

The playlists this month did not have much in common, as only two albums made more than one appearance, resulting in a tie for album of the month with no runners-up. First up is something fresh in the form of the forthcoming album A Nocturnal Crossing, from French doom band Deathbell. Sharing the crown is a US trad-metal classic from 2003, The Lord Weird Slough Feg’s concept album / masterpiece Traveler. I suspect a review for A Nocturnal Crossing is in the offing, but sadly, even though this site was around in 2003 (under the MetalReview banner), we have no review of Traveler in the archives. If you’d like to know more about Slough Feg, check out our Devil’s Dozen from a few years ago.

That’ll just about do it for this month, friends. Check out the Spotify playlist below, which features selections from this month’s staff playlists. And be sure to share your own playlist in the comments. Finally, in the spirit of the new year, rather that share your new year’s resolutions, share a resolution you hope a metal band or individual makes this year. Here’s a couple examples: Dave Mustaine should resolve to be less of a right-wing, Christian asshole in 2021, and Solstice should resolve to not take twenty fucking years to make another album. You get the idea.  See you all next month.

  • Zach Duvall
    Stormkeep – Tales of Othertime
    Terra Odium – Ne Plus Ultra
    Neil Young & Crazy Horse – Barn
    Progenie Terrestre Pura – oltreLuna
    Giant Sky – Giant Sky
    Plebeian Grandstand – Rien ne suffit
  • Andrew Edmunds
    Heinous – Gore From The Gutter
    Wildside – Under The Influence
    Cancer – Death Shall Rise
    Rot – Old Dirty Grindcores
    Cathedral – Endtyme
    Nasum – Inhale / Exhale
  • Dave Pirtle
    Majestica – A Christmas Carol
    Baron Carta – In a Concrete Room
    Thor – Alliance
    Feuerschwanz – Memento Mori
    Ye Banished Privateers – A Pirate Stole My Christmas
    Devin Townsend – The Puzzle
  • Captain
    Kosmodome – Kosmodome
    Deviant Process – Nurture
    Anatomy of Habit – Even if it Takes a Lifetime
    Deathbell – A Nocturnal Crossing
    Voivod – The Wake
    Soror Dolorosa – Apollo
  • Spencer Hotz
    Frank Zappa – Hot Rats
    Bound In Fear – Penance
    Napalm Death – Smear Campaign
    Gridlink – Longhena
    Kamasi Washington – Heaven and Earth
    Grima – Rotten Garden
  • Danhammer Obstkrieg
    The Neptune Power Federation – Le Demon de l’Amour
    Messa – Belfry
    Burial – Untrue
    Deathbell – A Nocturnal Crossing
    Summoning – Oath Bound
    Mason Jennings – Use Your Voice
  • Lone Watie
    The Lord Weird Slough Feg – Traveller
    Bolt Thrower – The IVth Crusade
    Akelei – Een Van Ons
    Kumorigahara – Kumorigahara
    t – Solipsystemology
    Van der Graaf Generator – Still Life
  • Ryan Tysinger
    Ophicvs – Everything
    Druid Lord – Relics of the Dead
    Pakkt –To Brocken Heights Where Witches Dance
    A.M.S.G. – Anti-Cosmic Tyranny
    Satan – Cruel Magic
    The Lord Weird Slough Feg – Traveller
  • Chris Chellis
    Solarus – A Dance with Tragedy
    Old Man’s Child – Born of the Flickering
    The End Machine – Phase2
    Memory Garden – 1349
    Eternity’s End – Embers of War
    Amorphis – Eclipse
  • Jeremy Morse
    Metallica – Ride the Lightning
    Obituary – Slowly We Rot
    Celtic Frost – Morbid Tales
    Cattle Decapitation – The Anthropocene Extinction
    Sodom – M-16

Posted by Jeremy Morse

Riffs or GTFO.

  1. Enslaved – Axioma Ethica Odini
    Courtney Barnett – Things Take Time, Take Time
    David Bowie – Hunky Dory
    Funeral Mist – Deiform
    Boards of Canada – Tomorrow’s Harvest
    Metallica – Kill ‘Em All


  2. Every Time I Die – Radical
    Zao – The Crimson Corridor
    Green Lung – Black Harvest
    Cynic – Ascension Codes
    Exodus – Persona Non Grata
    Year of No Light – Consolamentum


  3. Kyning – Ān
    Windfaerer – Breaths of Elder Dawn
    Suicidal Tendencies – Suicidal Tendencies
    Crypta – Echoes of the Soul
    Mega Colossus – Riptime
    Skeletonwitch – Devouring Radiant Light

    Resolutions: Neurosis should resolve this year to drop a surprise album of superior work on the unsuspecting masses. In Solitude should resolve to reform.


  4. Reveal – Doppelherz
    Moanhand – Present Serpent
    Temptations Wings – Marauders of the Killing Moon
    Bambara – Stray
    Venator – Nightrider (can‘t wait for the rest to drop)
    Aereogramme – Sleep and Release


  5. Futurebeyondsatan January 11, 2022 at 1:27 pm

    Monster Magnet – Dopes to Infinity In my top 5 Albums all time!
    Kuolemanlaakso – Tulijoutsen Sisu!
    Mastodon – Hushed and Grim This is really good! (Not a fanboy)
    Wilderun – Antigone Snooze fest!
    Left Hand Solution – Dead of Winter Ep Nice cover of Jolene!
    GZR – Black Science Check out this gem from ’97!


  6. Experimental Jet Set, Trash And No Star – Sonic Youth
    The Last Of The Rock Stars – Ronnie Spector
    Blacken The Sky – Second Grave
    Lindsey Buckingham – self titled (2021)
    Rwake – Hell Is A Door To The Sun


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