Staff Infections – July 2022

It’s time once again, dear readers, to gape in awe at the Last Rites staff’s sublime taste in music. Don’t gape too long, though. Instead, take notes, so that one day, with the right amount of knowledge, refined listening habits and a healthy does of toxic elitism, you can be almost as cool as us. Don’t be afraid to reach for the stars, kids.

The world keeps spiraling into an authoritarian shit abyss, so we’ll suspend the current events talk this month. I would, however, like to offer my condolences to those of you who may have recently lost or are in imminent danger of losing your reproductive rights.

Let’s see who this month’s big winners are. First we have some honorable mentions for Cannibal Corpse and Napalm Death, each of whom have multiple playlist appearances with assorted albums from their respective discographies. Now, on to the big winner. Technically, we have a three-way tie for first place, Including the recent released A Light for Attracting Attention from the Radiohead-related group The Smile, and the also recently released Closure / Continuation, the comeback album from prog masters Porcupine Tree. Sadly, the aforementioned titles have been disqualified for not being metal, and so our album of the month is Thought Form Descent, full-length number six from Canadian grind / black / death group Wake. As Thought Form Descent doesn’t hit the street for a few weeks, and as of yet, we have no review. Spencer and Andrew have obviously been enjoying some promo copies, though, so perhaps you can expect a review in the near future.

As always, be sure to have a listen to the staff-curated Spotify playlist below, and share your own playlist in the comments. While you’re at it, in light of recent events, share with us your favorite anti-Christian and / or Satanic metal song. Personally, I love the meat-headed groove of Venom’s “In League with Satan”. Until next month, you all take care of yourselves, and don’t stare too long into the shit abyss.

  • Captain
    Radiohead – albums
    The Smile – A Light for Attracting Attention
    Napalm Death – albums
    Vinterland – Welcome My Last Chapter
    Sepultura – Beneath the Remains
    Ludicra – The Tenant
  • Andrew Edmunds
    Immolation – Acts Of God
    Rolling Stones – Let It Bleed
    Roxy Music – Siren
    Wake – Thought Form Descent
    Kreator – Terrible Certainty
    Savatage – Gutter Ballet
  • Danhammer – Obstkrieg
    Lathe – Tongue of Silver
    Exocrine – The Hybrid Suns
    Napalm Death – Diatribes
    Dreadnought – The Endless
    The Dismemberment Plan – Change
    Nduduzo Makhathini – In the Spirit of Ntu
  • Spencer Hotz
    Wake – Thought Form Descent
    Defect Designer – Neanderthal
    Knoll – Metemperic
    Suffocation – Souls To Deny
    Intestine Baalism – An Anatomy Of The Beast
    Deceased – Surreal Overdose
  • Lone Watie
    OU – One
    Caravellus – Inter Mundos
    Napalm Death – Harmony Corruption
    Ben Marc – This Time Next Year
    London Odense Ensemble – Jaiyede Sessions, Volume 1
    Roy Buchanan – Roy Buchanan
  • Zach Duvall
    EPMD – Strictly Business
    Nas – Illmatic
    Pissed Jeans – Hope for Men
    The Smile – A Light for Attracting Attention
    Cannibal Corpse – Gore Obsessed
    Porcupine Tree – Closure/Continuation
  • Dave Pirtle
    Darkane – Inhuman Spirits
    Celtic Frost – To Mega Therion
    Porcupine Tree Closure/Continuation
    Jimmie’s Chicken Shack – Pushing the Salmanilla Envelope
    Downset – Maintain
    Tungsten – Bliss
  • Jeremy Morse
    Edge of Sanity – The Spectral Sorrows
    Cannibal Corpse – Eaten Back to Life
    Pantera – The Great Southern Trendkill
    Scorpions – Blackout
    Whitesnake – Whitesnake
    Metallica – Kill ‘Em All
  • Ryan Tysinger
    Death – The Sound of Perseverance
    Cynic – Ascension Codes
    Emissary – Emissary
    Vilespawn – Rotting Apparitions
    Cannibal Corpse – Gallery of Suicide
    Tomb of Alsiare – Engulfing Visions of Reidemer’s Ruin

Posted by Jeremy Morse

Riffs or GTFO.

  1. Saor – Origins
    Deathwhite – Grey Everlasting
    Deathwhite – For A Black Tomorrow
    Dance With The Dead – Near Dark
    Fela Kuti – Zombie

    Favorite anti-Christian/Satanic song, lately it’s been anything off of Seven Churches, but I’ll say “The Exorcist.” Depeche Mode’s “Blasphemous Rumours,” Bathory’s “Sacrifice,” and even John Lennon’s “Imagine” are on that list too.


  2. Porcupine Tree – Closure / Continuation
    Judas Priest – Defenders of the Faith
    Judas Priest – Screaming for Vengeance
    Barren Earth – Curse of the Red River
    Black Sabbath – Paranoid
    Charlie Griffiths – Tiktaalika
    Blut Aus Nord – Disharmonium – Undreamable Abysses
    Burzum – Filosofem

    In terms of anti-Christian, it’s hard for me to go past The Ocean’s Heliocentric / Anthropocentric. Though any number of Anaal Nathrakh tracks would also fit the bill – You Can’t Save Me, So Stop Fucking Trying being as good an example as anything they’ve released. In terms of anything satanic, I have a soft spot for Gorgoroth’s Antichrist, which I guess would be more thematically satanic because I have no fucking idea what the lyrics are or what they mean.


  3. Defect Designer – Neanderthal
    Mastodon – Discography up to and almost excluding Once More ‘Round the Sun
    Burzum – Dischography (yes, ALL of the synth bullshit included. You gotta embrace the suck)
    Hypermass – Empyrean
    Chaotian – Effigies of Obsolescence
    Inexorum – Equinox Vigil

    As a Norwegian, I have to go with some classic black metal. Satyricons “Hvite Krists Død” will do nicely!


  4. Undeath- It’s time…
    Exile – Warning
    Rancid – discography
    Boston- s/t
    Q-Tip – Amplified
    Black Sheep – A wolf in sheep’s clothing

    Favorite anti-Christian song: Slayer’s New Faith.


  5. Bolt Thrower – …For Victory
    Blut Aus Nord – Disharmonium – Undreamable Abysses
    Soccer Mommy – Sometimes, Forever
    Queensrÿche – The Warning
    Ludicra – The Tenant
    Serpentent – Ancient Tomes, Volume I: Mother of Light

    For the Devil’s Metal? I’ll go with “Killing Star” by The Crown.


  6. Crosby, Stills & Nash – Crosby, Stills & Nash
    Vital Spirit – Still as the Night, Cold as the Wind
    Better Than a Thousand – Value Driven
    Freddie Hubbard – Open Sesame
    The Spirit – Of Clarity and Galactic Structures
    Selda Bağcan – Çifte Çiftetelli

    As for the Occult, I’ll have Dimmu Borgir’s “The Insight and the Cartharsis” please. Don’t give me that look.


  7. Abhorrency – Climax of Disgusting Impurities
    Redshark – Digital Race
    The Jesus Lizard – Goat
    The Jesus Lizard – Liar
    Shellac – At Action Park
    Shellac – Dude Incredible


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