Staff Infections – August 2023

Welcome, friends, to another edition of Staff Infections, our monthly examination of the Last Rites staff’s listening habits. Said listening habits have converged a bit more than usual this time around, resulting in five contenders for album of the month. Without further ado, let us proceed to the award ceremony.

First, let’s meet our runners-up. In a three-way tie for second place, we have some death metal, some power metal, and some music I feel wholly unqualified to categorize. By the way, speaking of power metal, have you checked out Captain’s four-part series on the 100 best power metal albums of all time? You really should, here’s a link to get started. Now, Let’s get the easy stuff out of the way: A pair of Swedish bands account for the death and power metal, portions of our second-place tie, including, respectively, Edge of Sanity with its 1991 debut album Nothing but Death Remains, and Evermore with it’s soon-to-be-released sophomore effort, In Memoriam. Now, the third tine on the trident of second-placers is Balimaya Project, with its second album When the Dust Settles. At the risk of talking entirely out of my ass, I think Balimaya Project might be jazz, but there is a strong African influence, among others, in the band’s work. I won’t pretend to speak with any kind authority on music of this type, but it sounded pretty cool to me.

Now for the big winners: As you can guess, it’s a tie for first place, including the forthcoming new album from Incantation, Unholy Deification, and Defeated Sanity’s pulverizing 2013 album, Passages into Deformity. Defeated Sanity might be cropping up in the playlists for a reason; keep an eye out.

For our group discussion, in light of our death metal-heavy contenders this month, why don’t you share with us your favorite death metal album in each of the past four decades, (80s, 90s, 2000s, 2010s). I’ll go first, in order: Morbid Angel – Altars of Madness, Carcass – Heartwork, Bolt Thrower – Those Once Loyal and Blood Incantation – Hidden History of the Human Race.

In addition to the aforementioned death metal albums, be sure to share your own playlist in the comments and have a listen to the staff-curated Spotify playlist below. Y’all take care, and we’ll see you next month.


  • Zach Duvall
    Dark Angel – Darkness Descends
    Depesche Mode – Music for the Masses
    Fleshvessel – Yearning: Promethean Fates Sealed
    Sodom – Tapping the Vein
    KEN mode – NULL
    Rage Against the Machine – The Battle of Los Angeles
  • Sir William of Ur-Sag
    Defeated Sanity – Passages into Deformity
    Buddy – Superghetto
    Janelle Monae – The Age of Pleasure
    Joell Ortiz & Apollo Brown – Mona Lisa
    Waldgeflüster – Unter Bronzenene Kronen
    Incantation – Unholy Deification
  • Danhammer Obstkrieg
    Evermore – In Memoriam
    Rezn & Vinnum Sabbathi – Silent Future
    Kanaan – Downpour
    Balimaya Project – When the Dust Settles
    Brian Blade & the Fellowship Band – Kings Highway
    Incantation – Unholy Deification
  • Andrew Edmunds
    Incantation – Unholy Deeznutsification
    Chris Squire – Fish Out Of Water
    Lycanthrophy – On The Verge Of Apocalypse
    Edge Of Sanity – Nothing But Death Remains
    ZZ Top – Tres Hombres
    Cavalera – Morbid Visions
  • Lone Watie
    Evermore – In Memoriam
    HamaSaari – Ineffable
    Defeated Sanity – Passages Into Deformity
    Edge of Sanity – Nothing But Death Remains
    Agusa – Prima Materia
    Oiapok – OisoLün
  • Ryan Tysinger
    Solipnosis – Síntesis Silenciosa
    Demoniac – Nube Nigra
    Vermineaux – 1315
    Porta Nigra – Weltende
    Khthoniik Cerviiks – Æequiizoiikum
    Deceased – Ghostly White
  • Spencer Hotz
    Graveripper – Seasons Dreaming Death
    KEN mode – VOID
    Thy Catafalque – Alföld
    Balimaya Project – When The Dust Settles
    Bloodletter- A Different Kind Of Hell
    The Acacia Strain – Failure Will Follow
  • Captain
    Power metal
  • Dave Pirtle
    Feuerschwanz – Fegefeuer
    Devin Townsend – Infinity
    Pizza Death – Reign of the Anticrust
    Butthole Surfers – Locust Abortion Technician
    Antti Martikainen – Wanderlust
    Nuclear Power Trio Wet Ass Plutonium
  • Jeremy Morse
    Mercyful Fate – Melissa
    Metallica – Kill ‘Em All
    Incantation – Vanquish in Vengeance
    Defeated Sanity – Disposal of the Dead/Dharmata
    Defeated Sanity – Passages into Deformity
    Dawnbringer – Into the Lair of the Sun God
  • Craig Hayes
    Meteor Vortex – Ignition Sector
    Hawkwind – The Future Never Waits
    Convulse – World Without God
    Demigod – Slumber of Sullen Eyes
    Disaffect / Sanctus Iuda – Fuck All Borders
    Warkrusher – Armistice

Posted by Jeremy Morse

Riffs or GTFO.

  1. Lamp of Murmuur – Saturnian Bloodstorm
    Tanith – Voyage
    Uncle Acid & the Deadbeats – Slaughter on First Avenue
    Air Raid – Fatal Encounter
    Poison Ruin – Härvest
    High On Fire – The Art of Self Defense reissue

    Favorite Death Metal by decade is a pretty great prompt – but it’s hard to do better than Jeremy’s picks of Morbid Angel, Carcass and Blood Incantation and those would all be strong contenders for me…considering those as taken off the board, I’ll go with these:

    80s: Death – Scream Bloody Gore
    90s: At the Gates – Slaughter of the Soul
    00s: Nile – Black Seeds of Vengeance
    10s: Horrendous – Anareta


  2. Overkill – White Devil Armory
    Necrophobic – Dawn of the Damned
    Drain – Living Proof
    2Pac – All Eyez On Me
    Sum 41 – Chuck
    Darkthrone – Circle The Wagons

    80s: Possessed – Seven Churches
    90s: Obitaury – Cause of Death
    00s: Bolt Thrower – Those Once Loyal
    10s: Ulcerate – The Destroyers of All


  3. Enslaved – Heimdal
    Rosetta – The Galilean Satellites
    Agalloch – Ashes Against the Grain
    Psychotic Waltz – Into the Everflow
    Godflesh – Purge
    Thou – Magus
    Inter Arma – The Cavern
    Tool – Ænima

    80s – Atheist – Piece of Time
    90s – Death – Symbolic / Edge of Sanity – Crimson
    00s – Opeth – Blackwater Park
    10s – Slugdge – Esoteric Malacology


    1. Yes, Slugdge is up there for sure. What an album that is.


  4. Orphalis – The Approaching Darkness
    Serpent Corpse – Blood Sabbath
    Vrykolakas – And Vrykolakas Brings Chaos and Destruction
    Oxygen Destroyer – Bestial Manifestations of Malevolence andDeath
    Sepulchral Curse – Only Ashes Remain

    Best death metal albums:

    1980s – Pestilence – Consuming Impulse
    1990s – Brutality – Screams of Anguish
    2000s – Immolation – Unholy Cult
    2010s – Sulpur Aeon – The Scythe Of Cosmic Chaos

    They get harder to pick as time goes on because there is so much more metal with each passing decade.


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