Staff Infections – May 2022

Greetings, friends. It’s time, once again, for Staff Infections, our monthly review of what us clowns at Last Rites have been listening to, often combined with a little of my own inane rambling.

Let’s get the inane rambling out of the way. It’s kind of a shitty time to be alive, don’t you think? Sure other people at other times in other places have had it worse, but we can only really judge by our own experience, and a global pandemic, war, rampaging inflation, rising authoritarianism and a potentially devastating blow to women’s bodily autonomy seem like reasonable excuses to be a little bummed out, and that’s just off the top of my head. I’d like to tell you things will get better, but I think worse is a safer bet in the short term. I don’t know exactly what the fuck I’m trying to say, but it’s ok if you’re not ok, and it’s ok to seek help if you need it. In the good old U.S. of A. that help probably won’t be cheap or readily available to everyone, but fuck it, money is imaginary and this life is the only one you’ve got, so try to live it as long and fully as you can, in spite of anyone or anything that tries to bring you down.

I’ll just get to the music before shit gets any weirder. This month is kind of an everybody wins situation as we have five-way tie for our album of the month. First we have, via Captain’s questionably legal inclusion of Defeated Sanity’s entire discography in his playlist, as well as an appearance on my own with The Sanguinary Impetus, the latest offering from the German brutal death outfit. Continuing in the brutal death vein, and again courtesy of Captain and myself, we have Devourment’s most recent album, 2019’s Obscene Majesty. Moving on to a more recent release, with an entirely different flavor, we have Seclused in Light by Arun Ghosh. This album is probably not sufficiently defined as Jazz, but that’s what I’ll go with for brevity’s sake. Next, we have Labyrinth of Veins by the Chris Reifert and Greg Wilkinson collaboration known as Static Abyss. Captain’s review of said album is available here. Finally, rounding things out is the extravagantly titled Flourishing Extremities On Unspoiled Mental Grounds from Japanese death/grind duo Pharmacist, enthusiastically reviewed by Mr. Edmunds right here.

For our group discussion this month, tell us in the comments what you like to listen to when you’re down in the dumps. Personally, I don’t find my listening habits change much with my mood, but I’m probably more apt to listen to aggressive, high-energy music when I’m down than darker doomier music. Candlemass is great when I’m feeling good, but when I need a pick me up, Slayer is just the right medicine. Slayer is always the right medicine, really.

Anyway, you kids be good, and say hi to your folks for me. Be sure to have a listen to the staff-curated Spotify Playlist below, and share your own playlist in the comments. See you all next month.


  • Spencer Hotz
    Dischordia – Triptych
    Obscene- …From Dead Horizon to Dead Horizon
    Kaleidobolt – This One Simple Trick
    John Coltrane – Blue Train
    Iron Maiden – Piece of Mind
    Magrudergrind – Magrudergrind
  • Zach Duvall
    Static Abyss – Labyrinth of Veins
    PJ Harvey – Is This Desire?
    Vader – The Ultimate Incantation
    Defeated Sanity – Disposal of the Dead // Dharmata
    Rolling Stones – Let It Bleed
    The Red Garland Quintet – All Mornin’ Long
  • Andrew Edmunds
    Pulmonary Fibrosis – Organ Maggots
    Pharmacist – Flourishing Extremities On Unspoiled Mental Grounds
    Fates Warning – Long Day Good Night
    Voivod – Angel Rat
    Deicide – Legion
    Facada – Nadir
  • Dave Pirtle
    Fu Manchu – Gigantoid
    Lament Cityscape – A Darker Discharge
    AC/DC – The Razors Edge
    Willie Nelson – A Beautiful Time
    Celtic Hills – Huldufölk
    Miseration – Black Miracles and Dark Wonders
  • Captain
    Defeated Sanity – Discography
    Devourment – Obscene Majesty
    Malignancy – Intrauterine Cannibalism
    Deeds of Flesh – Reduced to Ashes
    Serpentent – Mother of Light
    Arun Ghosh – Seclused in Light
  • Lone Watie
    Pharmacist – Flourishing Extremities on Unspoiled Mental Grounds
    Mayfair – Behind…
    Deicide – Legion
    Twelfth Night – Smiling at Grief
    Arun Ghosh – Seclused in Light
    Idris Muhammad – Turn This Mutha Out
  • Danhammer Obstkrieg
    Earthen Sea – Ghost Poems
    Defect Designer – Neanderthal
    A Sound of Thunder – The Krimson Kult
    Spiritualized – Everything Was Beautiful
    Voivod – Angel Rat
    Static Abyss – Labyrinth of Veins
  • Jeremy Morse
    Morbid Angel – Heretic
    Van Halen – Fair Warning
    Stone – Stone
    Usurper – Diabolisis
    Devourment – Obscene Majesty
    Defeated Sanity – The Sanguinary Impetus

Posted by Jeremy Morse

Riffs or GTFO.

  1. Burial in the Sky – The Consumed Self
    Mayhem – Daemon
    Slugdge – Esoteric Malacology
    Iron Maiden – Book of Souls
    Amorphis – Halo
    Immolation – Acts of God
    Winterfylleth – The Reckoning Dawn
    The Devils of Loudun – Escaping Eternity

    I usually go to black metal when down in the dumps. Leviathan is reserved for the bottom. I go there a lot.

    You mentioned Devourment. Theirs was one of very few concerts i actually walked out of. The singer was so disrepectful to the crowd.


  2. Borgne – Temps Morts
    Azaab – Summoning the Cataclysm
    GraveRipper – Radiated Remains
    Messa – Close
    Cryptosis – Bionic Swarm
    Marcus King – El Dorado

    Treatment-resistant depression, makes that “what do you listen to when down in the dumps” question kind of complicated. Ha. Type O’s balance of sardonic wit and authentic feeling despondency, especially on World Coming Down, has been a literal life saver before. Katatonia’s streak of albums from Last Fair Deal through Night Is The New Day often feels like a friend I can safely commiserate with without being pulled down further. Or if I just need help to burn it all down harsher black metal is the ticket. There’s also a litany of melodic black, d-beat, and thrashy-death that helps when the wheels need to be greased. Sometimes, I’ll need a complete mood/feel switch-up and pop gems by the likes of Carly Rae Jepsen or Robyn, etc., or some 70’s soul/funk will be just what I need.


  3. If I’m down in the dumps and want to stay there: Sufjan Stevens.
    If I need to pull myself out? Only one thing: SLOUGH FEG


    1. Negative Plane – The Pact
      Dark Odyssey – Lux Incerta
      Jaguar – Power Games
      Cobra The Impaler – Colossal Gods
      Watain – The Agony & Ecstasy of Watain

      I go for Epic Metal like Atlantean Kodex to lift me up again , Twisted Sister or something similar silly also helps


  4. Riot – Fire Down Under
    Glacier – The Passing of Time
    Internal Bleeding – The Extinction of Benevolence
    Twisted Tower Dire – Crest of the Martyrs
    Pharmacist – Flourishing Extremities…
    Morbid Angel – Domination


  5. Futurebeyondsatan May 21, 2022 at 1:34 pm

    Septicflesh – Modern Primitive
    Evergrey – A Heartless Portrait (The Orphéan Testament)
    Exodus – Tempo of the Damned
    Angel Dust – Of Human Bondage
    Buckethead – Monsters & Robots
    Amigo The Devil – Everything Is Fine

    Music that brings me out of the dumps is a healthy dose of Demons & Wizards. Gotta love Hansi’s vocals!


  6. Jeremy – you don’t know exactly what you’re trying to say? Man, trying to escape my current crisislike situation i’ve just been out for some new metal stuff and with your heartwarming introductory words you just made my day. Thank you!


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