Staff Infections – January 2023

Alright, dear readers, the infection has returned, stronger and more virulent than ever before. Eh, realistically, older and weaker is probably more accurate. Sorry for the layoff, but we traditionally skip Staff Infections in December, so as not to overload you all with lists in a list-heavy month. You may have noticed that I also blew off November. Sorry, I was tired. Chasing deer around the woods is exhausting. In the spirit of the new year, however, I resolve not to miss a single month of Staff Infections in 2023, except December… and maybe November if I get really tired again. Without further ado let’s get to what we’ve all been listening to around here.

It seems we’ve all been listening to different stuff this past month. I can’t give you an album of the month because not a single album made more than one appearance on the various staff Playlists. The closest thing to a winner we have is Darkthrone, with three appearances with three different albums, including their latest, Astral Fortress, the classic Under a Funeral Moon, and 2014’s impressively beefy Arctic Thunder. As always, you can have a gander at what else we’ve been listening to in the individual playlists below and have a listen to selections from said playlists in the Spotify playlist that appears right after the conclusion of my ramblings.

Of course, we at Last Rites would like to wish you a happy new year and thank you for your readership. We could, in fact, do this without out you, but it’d just be a bunch of mostly old drunk dudes in a hotel room arguing about metal (It’s actually more fun than you might think). Thanks to you, we are encouraged to make (mostly) sober and (occasionally) coherent points in print and to use fewer cuss words. You make us better people. There’s still plenty of fucking room for improvement, but thank you just the same. We hope you’ve enjoyed all the various year-end lists this past month, and be sure to check out the three-part series of our most anticipated albums of 2023. With one last nod to 2022, in the comments along with your playlist, please share your favorite album of last year. Going with the staff consensus, it’s The Chasm’s The Scars of a Lost Reflective Shadow for me. Take care, and see you all next month.

    • Andrew Edmunds
      Rotten Sound – Abuse To Suffer
      Tankard – Zombie Attack
      Sodom – Genesis XIX
      Voivod – Synchro Anarchy
      Nazareth – Loud ‘N’ Proud
      D.R.I. – Four Of A Kind
    • Dave Pirtle
      Warrior Soul – Out on Bail
      dArtagnan – Felsenfest
      I Drink My Coffee Alone – Nichts
      Mass Worship – Portal Tombs
      Stabbing Westward – Chasing Ghosts
      Darkane – Inhuman Spirits
    • Zach Duvall
      Anachronism – Orogeny
      billy woods x Messiah Musik – Church
      Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio – Cold As Weiss
      A Sound of Thunder – Time’s Arrow
      Echo and the Bunnymen – Porcupine
      Judas Priest – Ram It Down
    • Ryan Tysinger
      Armagedda – Only True Believers
      Minenwerfer – Der Rote Kampfflieger
      Gorgoroth – Pentagram
      Demigod – Slumber of Sullen Eyes
      HellPoison – Ultra Outbreak of Hell
      Jordfäst – Av stoft
    • Danhammer Obstkrieg
      No Spill Blood – Eye of Night
      Rotting Christ – A Dead Poem
      Autechre – Chiastic Slide
      Ocean of Grief – Pale Existence
      Impending Rot – Anatomical Discorporated Aberration
      Sonic Poison – Eruption
    • Spencer Hotz
      Darkthrone – Under A Funeral Moon
      Darkthrone – Astral Fortress
      Phantom Spell – Immortal’s Requiem
      Bloodbath – Survival of the Sickest
      Big|Brave – Vital
      Hammers of Misfortune – Overtaker
    • Lone Watie
      Russian Circles – Gnosis
      King Buffalo – Generator
      Ark – Burn The Sun
      Held By Trees – Solace
      New Country, Black Road – Ants From Up There
      Anders Buaas – The Edinburgh Suite
    • Jeremy Morse
      High Command – Eclipse of the Dual Moons
      Day of Suffering – The Eternal Jihad
      Darkthrone – Arctic Thunder
      Enforced – Kill Grid
      Ozzy Osbourne – Diary of a Madman
      Slayer – Reign in Blood
    • Captain
      Straw Man Army – SOS
      Blacklist – Afterword
      Bark Psychosis – Hex
      Brutus – Unison Life
      Faceless Burial – At the Foothills of Derivation
      Anal Stabwound – Reality Drips Into the Mouth of Indifference

Posted by Jeremy Morse

Riffs or GTFO.

  1. Dismember – Like An Everflowing Stream
    Tears For Fears – Seeds of Love
    Sigh – Shiki
    Heruvim – Shadowheart
    Vulgar Mephitis – Vulgar Mephitis
    Sacred Skin – The Decline of Pleasure

    Fave of 2022: Inanna – Void of Unending Depths


  2. Eternal Champion – Ravening Iron
    Yob – Atma (reissue)
    Eliminator – Ancient Light
    Phobophilic – Enveloping Absurdity
    Judas Priest – Killing Machine
    Riders of Rohan – s/t

    Faves of 22 – Sumerlands – Dreamkiller and Negative Plane – The Pact


  3. Imha Tarikat – Hearts Unchained- At War with a Passionless World
    The Otolith – Folium Limina
    Voidhra – Sorrow Guides Us Alll
    Dodsengl – Bab Al On
    Gospelheim – Ritual & Repetition

    Fav of 22: White Ward – False Light


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