Staff Infections – June 2023

Alright, kids, welcome to a somewhat belated and not particularly special Father’s Day edition of Staff Infections. If you don’t know the drill for this recurring feature, it goes as such: We, the Last Rites staff, share some music we’ve been listening to of late, and then hopefully you, the reader, are inspired to listen to some of that music as well, because we are all very cool, and you should seek to be like us in whatever small way you can manage.

There wasn’t much competition for album of the month this time around. Only one album showed up in more than one playlist, and that is Blood Money’s 1986 debut, Red, Raw and Bleeding! This obscure gem’s victory is due, in no small part, to our pal Ryan’s in-depth Diamonds and Rust feature, covering both Red, Raw and Bleeding! and Blood Money’s second effort, Battle Scarred. If you like blood, guts and speed metal, you can check out Ryan’s article right here.

For our group discussion this month, in honor of Father’s Day, let us know in the comments if your father or any father-like figure in your life turned you on to any good music. My father wasn’t a huge music consumer, but he had a handful of vinyl albums and a decent stereo to play them on. The album I was most fascinated by was Pink Floyd’s The Wall. I remember being perhaps more entranced by the album artwork than I was the music. However, I specifically remember sticking my five-year-old face into the speaker during “Is There Anybody Out There,” wondering if there was anybody in there. Anyway, The Wall taught me at a very young age that the world was frightening and cruel, and school was most definitely going to suck. Thanks, Dad.

That’ll do for this month. Be sure to listen to the staff-curated Spotify playlist below, and shore your own playlist in the comments. See you all next month.

  • Zach Duvall
    Intestine Baalism – An Anatomy of the Beast
    Pixies – Surfer Rosa
    Lav – A New Landscape
    Yob – The Unreal Never Lived
    Garoted – Bewitchment Of The Dark Ages
    Blood Money – Red, Raw and Bleeding!
  • Andrew Edmunds
    Skitsystem – Gra Varld / Svarta Tankar
    Wolfpack – box set
    Immolation – Dawn Of Possession
    Morgoth – Cursed
    Vicious Rumors – Soldiers Of The Night
    Jag Panzer – Ample Destruction
  • Danhammer Obstkrieg
    Manowar – Into Glory Ride
    Crimson Dawn – It Came from the Stars
    Sacred Outcry – Towers of Gold
    Gas – Nah und Fern
    Bill Frisell – Blues Dream
    Blue Oyster Cult – Fire of Unknown Origin
  • Spencer Hotz
    Olkoth – At The Eye of Chaos
    Darkthrone – Full Discography
    Krigsgrav – Fires In The Fall
    Rezn – Solace
    Cradle of Filth – Trouble And Their Double Lives
    Black Fucking Cancer – Procreate Inverse
  • Dave Pirtle
    Arjen Lucassen’s Supersonic Revolution – The Golden Age of Music
    Masters of Reality – Sunrise on the Sufferbus
    Winger – Seven
    Jaldaboath – The Further Adventures…
    AC/DC – The Razors Edge
    Gloryhammer – Return to the Kingdom of Fife
  • Lone Watie
    Anubis Gate – Interference
    Scorpions – Discography
    Jag Panzer – Discography
    La Théorie des Cordes – 4U9525
    Bo Hansson – Music Inspired by Lord of the Rings
    Bill Withers – Discography
  • Ryan Tysinger
    Transgressor – Ether for Scapegoat
    Torchure – Beyond the Veil
    Blood Money – Red, Raw and Bleeding!
    Thromvosis – Proclamation of the Smegmatic Warcult
    Tyrann – Besatt
    Freeroad – Do What You Feel!
  • Jeremy Morse
    Death – Leprosy
    Death – Individual Thought Patterns
    Gruesome – Twisted Prayers
    High On Fire – Surrounded by Thieves
    Judas Priest – Sin After Sin
    Revocation – Existence is Futile
  • Craig Hayes
    Church of Misery – Born Under a Mad Sign
    Step to Freedom – S/T
    Cancer Spreading – Deeper Down Once Again
    Country Joe and the Fish – Electric Music for the Mind and Body
    The Fall – The Complete Peel Sessions 1978-2004
    Screamer –  Target: Earth
  • Captain
    Nocturnal Rites – Tales of Mystery and Imagination
    Manowar – Sign of the Hammer
    Anubis Gate – Interference
    Tarot – The Spell of Iron
    Meshell Ndegeocello – The Omnichord Real Book
    Bark Psychosis – Scum


Posted by Jeremy Morse

Riffs or GTFO.

  1. Hail the Void – Memento Mori
    Sermon – Of Golden Verse
    Dorthia Cottrell – Death Folk Country
    Fires In the Distance – Air Not Meant For Us
    Dance With The Dead – Driven To Madness
    Slayer – Seasons In The Abyss

    My Dad didn’t listen to/play a ton of music when I was growing up, but he had a number of really good vinyl left over from his teenage years – most influential of which were Led Zeppelin I, II, and III. I also have a MAJOR soft spot for the original Point Break soundtrack (Ratt, Shark Island, LA Guns, Concrete Blonde, etc.) due to him as well.


  2. Opeth – Blackwater Park
    Sludge – Esoteric Malacology
    Fen – Epoch
    Alcest – Écailles De Lune
    Emperor – In the Nightside Eclipse
    The Ocean – Holocene
    Esoctrilihum – Eternity of Shaog

    Of all the music my Dad was (and is still) into when I was growing up, it was the 70s prog rock, and in particular King Crimson, Pink Floyd, Yes, and Hackett-era Genesis that has stayed with me. He even took me to see Tool because they had toured with King Crimson, so we found a point of convergence there. He also encouraged me to learn an instrument which was something he didn’t get the opportunity to do growing up.


  3. Riot City – Electric Elite
    Asphagor – Pyrogenesis
    Ulfud – Of Existential Distortion
    Bloodred Hourglass – Godsend
    Edge of Sanity – Purgatory Afterglow
    Vader – Dark Age
    Fen – Winter
    Aeternam – Al Qassam
    Verikalpa – Tunturihauta
    Lie In Ruins – Floating in Timeless Streams

    My Dad wasn’t a big music fan but he did like a few bands, from all over the spectrum, including The Doobie Brothers and Joan Jett. Mainly he liked particular songs, based on what they said, not style or genre. I think his favorite song was “Take This Job and Shove It” by Johnny Paycheck. I think that song represented his feelings sometimes. Mine too.


  4. Savage Master – Those Who Hunt At Night
    Century – The Conquest of Time
    Shadows – Out for Blood
    Birth – Born
    Strange Horizon – Skur 14
    Mark Knopfler – The Princess Bride OST

    My dad listens mostly to jazz and soft-pop, but I remember finding out about the Beatles and Rolling Stones from his vinyl stash.


  5. Dungeonistic6- all and any songs
    Metallica- Master Of Puppets
    Slough- Demented Escape pt1

    I was raised wrong by a Vietnam and (now) drug war veteran who sold pot mainly and listened to a wide range of rock. I was raised on VERY loud Nazareth- Hair of The Dog , Kiss, Van Halen an ZZ Top, Bob Seger, Ozzy, Three Dog Night and WLS AM RADIO OUT I


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