Staff Infections – July 2023

It’s a Sunday somewhere between the beginning and the middle of the month, depending on how much I have my act together, and that means its time for Staff Infections, everyone’s favorite feature with little-to-no actual creative content beyond whatever bullshit I write in this intro. Here’s hoping you’re not choking on smoke from a wildfire, battling Hellish heat or waist deep in flood water. Unfortunately, the odds of you not enduring at least one of these hardships are pretty low. It’s a great time to be alive, and it’s getting better all the time. Let’s see what we’ve been listening to, before the good vibes overcome me.

In a break from the trend of recent months we actually have a fair number of albums appearing in more than one playlist this time around. Second place is a three-way tie, including the first new Godflesh album in six years, Purge, the one-man brutal death metal project Nithing’s full-length debut Agonal Hymns and Towers of Gold, the sophomore effort from reconstituted power metal outfit Sacred Outcry. You can read Captain’s suitably epic review of Towers of Gold here. The big winner this month is Expanding Majesty from Mammatus, a sprawling space rock album, featuring just four songs in over an hour of runtime.

For our group discussion this month, in honor of Mammatus’s victory, give us one of your favorite stoner / doom / psychedelic / space rock / whatever-the-fuck album in the comments. Personally, I will always hold Monster Magnet’s Dopes to Infinity near and dear to my heart. Dave Wyndorf almost always strikes a good balance between psychedelia and songcraft, and never better so than on this album, which I consider Monster Magnets finest.

As always, be sure to listen to the Spotify playlist below, and share your own playlist in the comments. Stay safe, stay cool, stay dry, and we’ll see you all next month.


  • Zach Duvall
    Trichomoniasis – Makeshift Crematoria
    Nithing – Agonal Hymns
    Thy Catafalque – Alföld
    Godflesh – Purge
    The Cure – The Head on the Door
    Slayer – 80s albums
  • Andrew Edmunds
    Emerson, Lake, & Palmer – Tarkus
    Jason & the Scorchers – Fervor / Lost & Found
    Shitstorm – Only In Dade
    Torturer – Oppressed By The Force
    Thetan – Dim Times
    Jag Panzer – discography
  • Ryan Tysinger
    Visceral Evisceration – Incessant Desire for Palatable Flesh
    Oromet – Oromet
    Mammatus – Expanding Majesty
    Sacred Outcry – Towers of Gold
    Stray Gods – Olympus
    Rhapsody of Fire – The Frozen Tears of Angels
  • Danhammer Obstkrieg
    Pupil Slicer – Blossom
    The Cure – Kiss Me Kiss Me Kiss Me
    Yurei – Ad Aqua
    The Vampires – Nightjar
    Endless Exam – Voice of Passion and Agony
    Artemis – In Real Time
  • Craig Hayes
    Swordwielder – Wielding Metal Massacre
    Death Crusade – Znów płonie niebo
    Filth of Mankind – The Final Chapter
    Exploding Corpse Action – Inter-Dimensional Annihilation
    Thin Lizzy – Live And Dangerous (Super Deluxe)
    Grateful Dead – RFK Stadium, Washington, DC, 6/10/73
  • Captain
    Every power metal album known to humankind
    Pegasus – The Epic Quest
  • William of Ur-Sag
    Alvvays – Antisocialites
    Sacred Outcry – Towers of Gold
    Killer Mike – Michael
    Saturnus – The Storm Within
    Statik Selektah – Round Trip
    Gatekeeper – From Western Shores
  • Lone Watie
    Swans – The Beggar
    King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard – PetroDragonic Apocalypse; or, Dawn of Eternal Night: An Annihilation of Planet Earth and the Beginning of Merciless Damnation
    Mammatus – Expanding Majesty
    Twilight Force – Tales of Ancient Prophecies
    Motorpsycho – Yay!
    Oingo Boingo Only A Lad
  • Spencer Hotz
    Nithing – Agonal Hymns
    Mammatus – Expanding Majesty
    Rezn – Solace
    VHS – Quest For The Mighty Riff
    Amaro Freitas – Sankofa
    Arnaut Pavle – Transylvanian Glare
  • Dave Pirtle
    Archaeologist – Elements
    Crom – The Era of Darkness
    Lightbreaker – Annihilation of the Annealids
    Big Garden – To The Rind
    Godflesh – Purge
    Pyramaze – Bloodlines
  • Jeremy Morse
    The Lord Weird Slough Feg – Traveller
    Dark Angel – Darkness Descends
    Leeway – Born to Expire
    Judas Priest – Firepower
    Devourment – Obscene Majesty
    Forbidden – Twisted into Form

Posted by Jeremy Morse

Riffs or GTFO.

  1. PJ Harvey – I Inside the Old Year Dying
    Messa – Close
    Slayer – South of Heaven
    Alvvays – Antisocialites
    Sigur Rós – Kveikur
    Daeva – Through Sheer Will and Black Magic


  2. The Anchoret – It All Began With Loneliness
    Wings Of Steel – Gates Of Twilight
    Omnerod – The Amensal Rise
    Fifth Angel – Fifth Angel
    Nebulae Come Sweet – De Lumiere

    Not a big fan of stoner anymore, my pick is Kyuss – Welcome To Sky Valley


  3. Vorga – Striving Toward Oblivion
    Los Males del Mundo – Descent Towards Death
    The Circle – Of Awakening
    Crescent – Carving the Fires of Akhet
    Ulthar – Anthronomicon

    You guys are digging The Cure this month. A friend recently saw them in concert and said they were great.

    Dont know much about stoner rock, but as for psychedelic rock, I’d offer The Zombies, Time of the Season. Although…more pop than rock. Anyway, cool song.


  4. Tool – Fear Inoculum
    Opeth – Orchid
    Opeth – Morningrise
    Opeth – My Arms, Your Hearse
    Anaal Nakhrath – A New Kind of Horror

    As far as stoner rock (and its related genres go), Queens of the Stone Age – Songs for the Deaf has been in regular rotation for some 20 years now and still my favourite of theirs. No other stoner-related album has come close to that sort of staying power.


  5. Godflesh – Purge

    Physique – Again

    P.L.F. – Jackhammering Deathblow Of Nightmarish Trepidation

    Overgrown Throne – Captured Alive

    Flower – Hardly A Dream


  6. Outer Heaven – Infinite Psychic Depths
    Danava – Nothing But Nothing
    Shadows – Out for Blood
    Refused – Songs to Fan the Flames of Discontent
    Art Lown – Piper Oz the Hound
    Blue Oyster Cult – Fires of Unknown Origin

    For spaced out stoner rock, I’ll call out Eve by the mighty Ufomammut, that’s always been a favorite of mine.


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