Staff Infections – March 2022

Welcome, friends, to the March 2022 edition of Staff infections, your monthly glimpse into the listening habits of your pals here at Last Rites. Last month I expressed my hope that Vladimir Putin’s threatened invasion of Ukraine was, in fact, just a threat. Tragically, that proved not to be the case. Fortunately, the conflict so far looks more like the Winter War than World War Three, but people are still dying by the thousands and being displaced by the millions, all for one man’s mad, cruel dream of a new Russian empire. Let’s hope by next month we’re speaking of this war in the past tense.

On a decidedly less grim note, let us see what we’ve been listening to lately. For the first time in what seems like quite a while we have quite a bit of crossover on staff playlists, resulting in a three-way tie for album of the month. First, however, an honorable mention to our runners-up, Papangu, with it’s sludge / prog / traditional Brazilian concept album Holoceno, and the mighty Immolation, with last month’s album of the month, Acts of God. On to the big winners—big names, one and all. The first prong of the trident belongs to the legendary Amorphis, with it’s still-fresh release, Halo (reviewed by El Capitan here). Next, we have the even more legendary Scorpions with their twentieth(?) full-length album, Rock Believer (reviewed by Zach here.). Finally, rounding out the trio is Voivod with it’s latest sci-fi, prog-metal soundscape, Synchro Anarchy (reviewed by Lone Watie here). We’re really leaning into our oldness around here, but it’s the honest thing to do, I think.

Before I wrap this up, be sure to have a listen to the staff-curated Spotify playlist below, and share your own playlist in the comments. Until next month, take care of yourselves and your loved ones. Here’s hoping whatever hardships lie ahead for you, they don’t involve bombs or bullets.


  • Zach Duvall
    Papangu – Holoceno
    Freddie Hubbard – Ready for Freddie
    Scorpions – Rock Believer
    Amorphis – Halo
    Voivod – Synchro Anarchy
    Author & Punisher – Krüller
  • Andrew Edmunds
    Scorpions – Rock Believer
    Napalm Death – Resentment Is Always Seismic
    Saxon – Carpe Diem
    Amorphis – Halo
    Voivod – Synchro Anarchy
    Immolation – Acts Of God
  • Ryan Tysinger
    Luzifer – Iron Shackles
    svrm – Червів майбутня здобич
    Imšar – Ciemra Pierad Zołkam
    Fester – Silence
    Slave Agent – Alternate Histories
    Deathhammer – Electric Warfare
  • Captain
    Necromantia – Scarlet Evil Witching Black
    Suffocation – Breeding the Spawn
    Fer de Lance – The Hyperborean
    Sigur Rós – ( )
    Sigur Rós – Takk…
    The Gloaming – The Gloaming
  • Lone Watie
    John Coltrane
    Voivod – Synchro Anarchy
    Lalu – Paint the Sky
    Tears for Fears – The Tipping Point
    Le Orme – Uomo Di Pezza
    Maxophone – Maxophone
  • Spencer Hotz
    Papangu – Holoceno
    Hath – All That Was Promised
    Deliriant Nerve – Uncontrollable Ascension
    Agusa – En annan värld
    Krallice – Crystalline Exhaustion
    Wiegedood – There’s Always Blood At The End Of The Road
  • Dave Pirtle
    HammerFall – Hammer of Dawn
    Corpsegrinder – Corpsegrinder
    Scorpions – Rock Believer
    Johnny Cash – American III: Solitary Man
    Mark Lanegan – The Winding Sheet
    Amorphis – Halo
  • Jeremy Morse
    Immolation – Acts of God
    All Out War – For Those Who Were Crucified
    Acid Bath – When the Kite String Pops
    Sick of It All – Scratch the Surface
    Van Halen – II
    Cinderella – long Cold Winter
  • Danhammer Obstkrieg
    Pink Floyd – Saucerful of Secrets
    Genesis – Selling England by the Pound
    The Cure – Kiss Me Kiss Me Kiss Me
    PJ Harvey – Let England Shake
    Rancid – …and Out Come the Wolves
    King’s X – Faith Hope Love

Posted by Jeremy Morse

Riffs or GTFO.

  1. All Wilderun all day—Epigone


  2. Intestine Baalism – Ultimate Impact
    Dismember – Hate Campaign
    Dismember – Death Metal
    Immolation – Acts of God
    Dragged Into Sunlight – Hatred For Mankind


  3. Futurebeyondsatan March 13, 2022 at 11:14 am

    Kuolemanlaakso – Kuusumu
    Amorphis – Halo
    Dog Fashion Disco – Sweet Nothings
    Warrel Dane – Praises to the War Machine
    Warrior Soul – Drugs, God, and The New Republic


  4. Messa – Close
    Zeal & Ardor – Zeal & Ardor
    Voivod – Synchro Anarchy
    My Dying Bride – Songs of Darkness, Words of Light
    Abraham – Debris de monde perdus


  5. Chelsea Wolfe – Pain Is Beauty
    Jenny Hval – Classic Objects
    Wovenhand – Silver Sash
    Blood Incantation – Hidden History of the Human Race
    Sweven – The Eternal Resonance
    High Spirits – Hard to Stop


  6. Hath – All That Was Promised
    Immolation – Acts of God
    Black Sabbath – Headless Cross
    Allegaeon – Damnum
    Aenigmatum – Deconsecrate
    Hath – Of Rot and Ruin


  7. Zeal & Ardor – s/t
    Mortuary Drape – Wisdom Vibration Repent
    Wiegedood – There’s Always Blood…
    Blackwater Holylight – Silence/Motion
    Boris – W
    Negura Bunget – Zau


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