Staff Infections – June 2022

Howdy, friends. It’s time to see what your pals at Last Rites have been listening to. But first, let’s talk about the state of the world: It’s still shit. I feel slightly better equipped to endure it, however, because I was recently able to attend Maryland Deathfest and spend time with some of my Last Rites compatriots. It was long overdue and well worth the considerable bar tab. Also, I got to see Max and Igor play old Sepultura tunes, and I almost felt young again. Anyway, the world probably isn’t ever going to stop being terrible, but if you surround yourself with cool people it does wonders for your ability to endure the bullshit.

You know what else does wonders for your ability to endure the bullshit? The Chasm, that’s what. Seemingly out of nowhere, the kings of epic death metal released a new album, and we’ve all been spinning the heck out of it around here. Consequently, The Scars of a Lost Reflective Shadow takes album of the month honors in a veritable landslide. So Inspired by the album was our dear Captain that he not only penned and extensive review, he even made a collage. Our runner up this month is death metal of a different order, though no less profound, in the form of the recently released self-titled third album from the corrosively progressive Artificial Brain. Cap has you covered on that one as well right here.

On to group discussion. Lacking the inspiration and possibly the sobriety for a more inventive conversation starter I hit some of my MDF companions with the age-old question: Maiden or Priest. And now I turn the same question to you. Personally, I’d have to go with Judas Priest. Iron Maiden is more consistent, but Judas Priest is more adventurous. Priest misses more, but their hits are more spectacular. What say you?

That’s about it for this month. Be sure to listen to the staff-curated Spotify playlist below, and share your own playlist in the comments. Until next month, y’all get outside and play, and don’t come back until the street lights come on.

  • Andrew Edmunds
    Suffocation – Souls To Deny
    Immolation – Acts Of God
    No/Mas – Consume / Deny / Repent
    Candlemass – Ancient Dreams
    Sulfuric Cautery – Chainsaws Clogged With The Underdeveloped Brain Matter Of Xenophobes
    Avulsed – Gorespattered Suicide
  • Ryan Tysinger
    The Chasm – The Scars Of A Lost Reflective Shadow
    Slayer – Hell Awaits
    Hellhammer – Apocalyptic Raids
    Sacramentum – Far Away From The Sun
    Dark Fortress – Spectres From The Old World
    Sepultura – Beneath The Remains
  • Zach Duvall
    The Chasm – The Scars Of A Lost Reflective Shadow
    Heaving Earth – Darkness of God
    Artificial Brain – Artificial Brain
    Beyond Mortal Dreams – Abomination of the Flames
    Godspeed You! Black Emperor – Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas to Heaven
    Borknagar – The Olden Domain
  • Captain
    Morbid Angel – Formulas Fatal to the Flesh
    Disgorge – Consume the Forsaken
    Gorguts – The Erosion of Sanity
    Malignancy – Inhuman Grotesqueries
    Death – Leprosy
    Disincarnate – Dreams of the Carrion Kind
  • Lone Watie
    The Chasm – The Scars of a Lost Reflective Shadow
    Artificial Brain – Artificial Brain
    Inanna – Void of Unending Depths
    Ruins of Beverast – Exuvia
    Monophonics – Sage Motel
    Amanda – Weltenraum
  • Danhammer Obstkrieg
    Undeath – It’s Time… to Rise from the Grave
    Hot Water Music – Feel the Void
    The Chasm – The Scars of a Lost Reflective Shadow
    Inexorum – Equinox Vigil
    Autopsy – Mental Funeral
    Melechesh – Sphynx
  • Dave Pirtle
    The Chasm – The Scars of a Lost Reflective Shadow
    Decapitated – Cancer Culture
    Mark This Hour – Dark World
    Demiricous – Chaotic Lethal
    Zero Hour – Agenda 21
    Stereomud – Every Given Moment
  • Jeremy Morse
    The Chasm – The Scars Of A Lost Reflective Shadow
    Napalm Death – Smear Campaign
    Pharmacist – Flourishing Extremities on Unspoiled Mental Grounds
    Serpens Aeon – Dawn of Kouatl
    Black Sabbath – Vol. 4
    AC/DC – Powerage

Posted by Jeremy Morse

Riffs or GTFO.

  1. Glacier – The Passing of Time
    Redshark – Digital Race
    Fight – War of Words
    Judas Priest – Painkiller
    Armored Saint – Symbol of Salvation
    Killing Joke – MMXII


  2. Neurosis – A Sun That Never Sets
    Ultha – All That Has Never Been True
    Hide – Castration Anxiety
    Eisenhand – Fires Within
    Maggot Heart – Mercy Machine
    Rosegarden Funeral Party – At The Stake

    And, Priest. They got da Riffs.
    Hope you’re all doing well!


  3. Serpentent – Ancient Tomes, Volume I: Mother of Light
    Dawnbringer – Into the Lair of the Sun God
    Amorphis – Tales from the Thousand Lakes
    Manilla Road – Crystal Logic
    Venenum – Trance of Death
    Blut Aus Nord – Disharmonium – Undreamable Abysses

    Iron Maiden for me. My favorite heavy metal band of all time, full-stop.


  4. Yes indeed The Chasm is high on my list this month too. But as for Maiden vs Priest, I have to go with Maiden. All their albums are great (yes they can be ranked but all are good), which isnt the case for Priest. The latest Priest album, Firepower, is awesome by the way. I see lots of cool stuff on your guys’ lists this month, even Hot Water Music, great band.

    The Chasm – The Scars of a Lost Reflective Shadow
    Ataraxy – Where All Hope Fades
    Grand Harvest – Consummatum Est
    Hath – All That Was Promised
    As I Lay Dying – An Ocean Between Us
    Savage Deity – Decade of Savagery
    A Loathing Requiem – Acolytes Eternal
    Ahab – The Giant


  5. Dissolve Paterns – Dissolve Patterns
    Aeviterne – The Ailing Facade
    White Ward – False Light
    Katatonia – The Great Cold Distance
    Black Oath – Emeth, Truth and Death

    Maiden or Priest? Difficult, I prefer the last Priest release, but would go for Maiden overall.


  6. Amorphis – Elegy
    Pig Destroyer – Book Burner
    Candlemass – Epicus Doomicus Metallicus
    Faith No More – Angel Dust

    In terms of Iron Maiden or Judas Priest, it’s Maiden for me. I haven’t found a Priest album yet that grabs me in the way that Maiden at their best does.


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