Staff Infections – November 2023

Well, friends, I had a pretty good run going, but it all went to Hell. In October, my computer shat the bed, and by the time I got it back it was almost November, so October Staff Infections were canceled. On top of that, deer season starts in November, so I have been a bit preoccupied this month with chasing Bambi around in the woods, but, much belated though it is, it’s time for Staff Infections. Let’s see what the heck we’ve all been listening to.

The competition for album of the month was a bit stiffer than usual, with four albums making multiple playlist appearances. Third place goes to Autopsy’s latest, Ashes, Organs, Blood and Crypts. Our pal Zach Duvall has a review for you right here. Second place is a black-tie affair, or more accurately, a tie between two black metal bands: Mortuary Drape’ Black Mirror and Stygian Ruin’s A World Past Hope and Fear. The best K.K. of all the K.K.’s, Konrad Kantor, has you covered with a Black Mirror review here, and El Capitan does the same for A World Past Hope and Fear here. Finally, our winner this month is Pittsburgh heavy / power metal band Legendry, with it’s freshly released fourth album Time Immortal. Based on the cover alone, I’d have said this album has Ryan Tysinger written all over it, and sure enough, ol’ Ryan reviewed it right here.

Since we customarily skip Staff Infections in December to avoid over-listification, I’d like to wish you all  happy holidays for anything you might celebrate between now and January. Before I sign off, though, let’s do one last group discussion for the year. Winter is coming, and for me that means it’s time to dust off the Immortal records (or queue up the files, more likely). My question to you, dear friends, is what is your favorite Immortal album? For me it is At the Heart of Winter. I’m not entirely immune to the charms of Immortal’s early, rawer, more pure black metal work, but I definitely appreciate the band more when there’s some crunch in the riffs.

Be sure to listen to the staff-curated Spotify playlist below, and share your own in the comments. Take care, and we’ll do this all again in the new year.

  • Zach Duvall
    The Rolling Stones – Hackney Diamonds
    Night Verses – Every Sound Has A Color In The Valley Of Night: Part One
    Deicide – Deicide
    John Lennon – John Lennon / Plastic Ono Band
    Sygian Ruin – A World Past Hope and Fear
    Sacred Outcry – Towers of Gold
  • Captain
    Legendry – Time Immortal Wept
    Cirith Ungol – Dark Parade
    Autopsy – Ashes, Organs, Blood and Crypts
    Mortuary Drape – Black Mirror
    Stygian Ruin – A World Past Hope and Fear
    The Inward Circles – Before We Lie Down in Darknesse
  • Andrew Edmunds
    Suffocation – Souls To Deny
    Rolling Stones – Hackney Diamonds
    Steve Hackett – Spectral Mornings
    Autopsy – Severed Survival
    Genesis – Foxtrot
    Dismember – Indecent & Obscene
  • Manny-O-War
    The Rolling Stones – Let it Bleed
    Vastum – Inward to Gethsemane
    George Harrison – All Things Must Pass
    Legendry – Time Immortal Wept
    Mortuary Drape – Black Mirror
    Stygian Ruin – A World Past Hope and Fear
  • Ryan Tysinger
    Legendry – Time Immortal Wept
    Heavy Load – Riders of the Ancient Storm
    Nithing – Agonal Hymns
    Marduk – Plague Angel
    Mortuary Drape – Black Mirror
    Valdrin – Throne of the Lunar Soul
  • Dave Pirtle
    Tardigrade Inferno – Burn the Circus
    Prong – State of Emergency
    The Suffering – Our Fathers Turn In Their Graves
    Autopsy – Ashes, Organs, Blood and Crypts
    Blessed Curse – Pray For Armageddon
    Cypecore – The Alliance
  • Lone Watie
    Legendry – Time Immortal Wept
    Afterbirth – In But Not Of
    Stygian Ruin – A World Past Hope and Fear
    Ozric Tentacles – Lotus Unfolding
    Elina Duni – A Time to Remember
    Steve Hackett – Foxtrot at Fifty + Hackett Highlights: Live in Brighton
  • Craig Hayes
    Judas Priest – Painkiller
    Judas Priest – Screaming For Vengeance
    Judas Priest – Defenders Of The Faith
    Judas Priest – British Steel
    Judas Priest – Sad Wings of Destiny
    Judas Priest – Firepower
  • Jeremy Morse
    Slayer – Hell Awaits
    King Diamond – Abigail
    Blood Incantation – Starspawn
    Immolation – Acts of God
    Vore – Gravehammer
    Van Halen – Women and Children First
  • Spencer Hotz
    Neurectomy- Overwrought
    Deliriant Nerve – Contaminated Conscience
    Lost Harvest – Deluded Seas of Diverge
    Yes – Yessongs
    Discordance Axis – The Inalianable Dreamless
    Carnosus – Visions of Infinihility
  • Danhammer Obstkrieg
    Infibulated – Diabolical Euphoric Subjugation
    Xoth – Exogalactic
    Irreversible Entanglements – Protect Your Light
    Wilco – Cousin
    Slowdive – Everything is Alive
    Suffocation – Hymns from the Apocrypha
  • Josh Heath
    Crystal Coffin – The Curse of Immortality
    Krieg – Ruiner
    Slidhr – White Hart!
    Yellow Eyes – Master’s Murmur
    Summoning – Minas Morgul
    Pa Vesh En – Catacombs

Posted by Jeremy Morse

Riffs or GTFO.

  1. I had a list going but the passing of Geordie Walker changed all that and I’ll be ending the month on a Killing Joke only kick.


  2. Seconded. A profound influence on so much of the noisy music we all love. RIPower, Geordie.


  3. Wolves in the Throne Room – Crypt of Ancestral Knowledge
    Dream Unending/Worm – Starpath
    Disguised Malignance – Entering the Gateways
    Malokarpatan – Vertumnus Caesar
    OM – Gebel Barkal/Version EP
    Ghost – Opus Eponymous

    At the Heart of Winter is the best Immortal album for sure. I wasn’t expecting to enjoy their post-Abbath output but quite liked Northern Chaos Gods from a few years back too.


  4. AC/DC – Highway to Hell
    Black Sabbath – Dehumanizer
    Bolt Thrower – …For Victory
    High Spirits – Safe on the Other Side
    Paradise Lost – Gothic
    Killing Joke – Night Time

    Favorite Immortal release would be “Pure Holocaust”


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