Staff Infections – August 2022

Howdy, friends and neighbors. It’s time to see what your Last Rites pals have been listening to in a little piece we call Staff Infections. Someday, if you’re all unlucky, I might tell you why I don’t find that title very fucking funny at all. It’s a long story involving gore, minor disfigurement, motorcycles, synthetic narcotics, illegal firearms, bleach baths, Maryland Deathfest, shitloads of antibiotics and an almost complete loss of dignity. However, the present seems dark enough that I don’t feel like digging up trauma from the past, so let us proceed directly to the musical discussion.

We have quite a few runners-up for album of the month this time around. In fact, there is a four-way tie for second place, beginning with Heaving Earth’s latest tech-death triumph, Darkness of God, a review of which can be found here, courtesy of Mr. Hotz. Next, we have the sublimely titled The Sound of Rancid Juices Sloshing in Your Coffin. As this gem was released in 1998, predating Last Rites and Metal Review, you’ll have to seek insight about it elsewhere. Then again, it’s goregrind, so I’m sure you can guess what it sounds like. Rounding out second place are a pair of albums from long-running Japanese avant-garde black metal group Sigh, including 1995’s Infidel art and the soon-to-be released Shiki. You are out of luck for a review of the aged Infidel Art, but there’s still hope for a review of Shiki in the near future. Finally, we have come to this month’s big winner, which is ¡Tienes Que Luchar! by Chilean one-man trad / power metal outfit Vórtize. We don’t have a review for that one either, but you can check it out for yourself right here.

Alright, kids, before we wrap this up, let’s talk about something near and dear to my heart: hot dogs. I’m a man possessed of a sophisticated palate. As such, I have a taste for highly processed ground meat stuffed into cow intestine. And, my cultured friends, I know you do, too. So, in the waning days of grilling season, please share with me in the comments your favorite way to dress your dog. For myself, it’s Texas hot style, which includes mustard, onions and Texas hot sauce. This style, colloquially know as a barf dog, slime dog, or shit canoe, is similar to, but not exactly like, a chili dog. It also has nothing to do with Texas, having originated, to the best of anyone’s knowledge, in Western New York. If you’re curious you can order the sauce mix packets here.

Be sure to have a listen to the staff-curated Spotify playlist just below, and share your own playlist in the comments. Until next month, you all take care of yourselves.

  • Danhammer Obstkrieg
    Marillion – An Hour Before It’s Dark
    Binker Golding – Dream Like a Dogwood Wild Boy
    Sigh – Shiki
    Heaving Earth – Darkness of God
    Gospel – The Loser
    Anathema – Eternity
  • Andrew Edmunds
    Bas Rotten – Surge
    Unholy Grave – Crucified
    Flotsam & Jetsam – Blood In The Water
    Wake – Thought Form Descent
    Last Days Of Humanity – The Sound Of Rancid Juices Sloshing In Your Coffin
    7 Seconds – The Crew
  • Captain
    Emissary – Emissary
    Vorlust – Lick the Flesh
    Suppression – The Sorrow of Soul through Flesh
    Vórtize – ¡Tienes Que Luchar!
    Sigh – Infidel Art
    Trish Clowes – A View with a Room
  • Zach Duvall
    David Bowie – Berlin Trilogy
    Sigh – Infidel Art
    Devin Townsend – Ocean Machine
    Megadeth – the unsucky stuff
    Giant Sky – Giant Sky
    Kraftwerk – Trans-Europe Express
  • Lone Watie
    Vórtize – ¡Tienes Que Luchar!
    Last Days of Humanity – The Sound of Rancid Juices Sloshing in Your Coffin
    Mortification – Post Momentary Affliction
    Born – Birth
    The Tangent – Songs from the Hard Shoulder
  • Dave Pirtle
    Pist.On – Cold World+
    Witchery – Nightside
    Thor – Only the Strong
    Sarcasm – Stellar Stream Obscured
    Wolfbastard – Hammer the Bastards
    Magnum – The Monster Roars
  • Ryan Tysinger
    Vórtize- ¡Tienes Que Luchar!
    Heaving Earth – Darkness of God
    Sigh – Shiki
    Dinosaur Jr. – Whatever’s Cool With Me
    Merihem – Incendiary Darkness
    Artificial Brain – Artificial Brain
  • Spencer Hotz
    Bloodletter – Malignancy
    Wormrot – Hiss
    Anatomical Amusements – Corporal Kaleidoscope
    Humanity Defiled – The Demise Of The Sane
    Miles Davis – Get Up With It
    Merle Haggard – Okee From Muskogee
  • Jeremy Morse
    Organectomy – Nail Below Nail
    UFO – Strangers in the Night
    Whitesnake – Live in the Heart of the City
    Van Halen – Women and Children First
    Castrator – Defiled in Oblivion
    ZZ Top – Tejas

Posted by Jeremy Morse

Riffs or GTFO.

  1. Perturbator – The Uncanny Valley
    Rock Goddess – Rock Goddess
    Slayer – Hell Awaits
    Tangerine Dream – Rubycon
    Kate Bush – Hounds of Love
    Vampire – Rex

    Dawgs: Mustard, Ketchup, Relish, Onions


  2. Oxygen Destroyer – Sinister Monstrosities…
    Battlegrave – Cavernous Depths
    Spiter – Bathe the Babe in Bats Blood
    Nechochwen- Kanawha Black
    Inexorum – Equinox Vigil
    Schizophrenia – Recollections of the Insane

    Sauerkraut and mustard and I’m good.


    1. That Spiter is super fun, hoping to catch them here in a few weeks. Gotta check this Battlegrave, seeing a lot of folks talking about it!


  3. Ashenspire – Hostile Architecture
    Primordial – Where Greater Men Have Fallen
    Panzerfaust – Chapter III: The Astral Drain
    Toxik – Dis Morta
    Early Moods – Early Moods


  4. Wrap that wiener in bacon, son, smear a bolillo with refried beans, salsa verde, cheese and crema…viva Sonora!


  5. Black Anvil – As Was
    Black Anvil – Hail Death
    Black Anvil – Triumvirate
    Black Anvil – Time Insults the Mind
    Carrion Vael – Abhorrent Obsessions
    The Halo Effect – Days of the Lost
    In Vain – Aenigma

    As for hot dogs, well, i go with mustard and onions, that’s all.


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