Staff Infections – February 2024

Alright kids, it’s time once again for Staff Infections. You know how it goes: We listen to music and share it with you, and hopefully, you listen to music and share it with us. Maybe we get up to some other mischief along the way. Here’s hoping mid-winter finds you in good health and spirits and you and yours are safe from the wrath of mother nature and/or the wrath of man. Let’s see what the heck we’ve been listening to.

Truth to tell, there isn’t a whole lot of synergy in the playlists this month. Dave Pirtle is championing the entire AC/DC discography, while Spencer is serving in the court of the crimson king, but neither has received any reinforcement from the other staff. Some solidarity is found, however, in the New Model Army with both Captain and Manny-O-War having been called up for the Unbroken campaign (reviewed here). Meanwhile, Andy Almonds and Lone Waite have found common cause in their Supernatural Addiction that I pray will not leave them Deceased.

For our group discussion, let’s really get into the weeds: What to you makes music progressive? What elements or combination of elements causes you to put the prog label on a band. I’m really not much of a prog aficionado, so I’m going to keep my ill-informed opinions to myself, but to you, dear readers, the floor is open.

While you’re examining the nature of prog, please share your playlist in the comments, and have a listen to the staff-curated Spotify playlist below. Until next month, you all take care of yourselves.


  • Zach Duvall
    The Smile – Wall of Eyes
    Porcupine Tree – Fear of a Blank Planet
    Paysage d’Hiver – Das Tor
    Rage Against the Machine – The Battle of Los Angeles
    Autechre – NTS Sessions
    Circular – Kimono Kaleidoscope
  • Captain
    New Model Army – Unbroken
    New Model Army – The Ghost of Cain
    New Model Army – Between Dog and Wolf
    New Model Army – No Rest for the Wicked
    G-Anx – Flashbacks
    Carcass – Symphonies of Sickness
  • Andrew Edmunds
    Paradise Lost – Tragic Idol
    Pulmonary Fibrosis – Nasal Nauseous Liquid Vomit Goregrind Vol. 3
    Brodequin – Harbingers Of Woe
    Deceased – Supernatural Addiction
    English Dogs – Forward Into Battle
    Mr. Big – Lean Into It
  • Danhammer Obstkrieg
    Upon Stone – Dead Mother Moon
    Mary Halvorson – Cloudward
    Low – Things We Lost in the Fire
    Caligula’s Horse – Charcoal Grace
    Ethan Iverson – Technically Acceptable
    Nechochwen – Heart of Akamon
  • LoneWatie
    Sgàile – Traverse the Bealach
    Deceased… – Supernatural Addiction
    The Church – The Hypnogogue
    Future Islands – People Who Aren’t There Anymore
    Choir Boy – Gathering Swans
    Bob Thiel – So Far
  • Spencer Hotz
    Knoll – As Spoken
    Soulmass – Principality Of Mechanical Violence
    Yes – Drama
    King Diamond- The Eye
    King Crimson – In The Court Of The Crimson King
    The Chronicles Of Father Robin – The Songs & Tales Of Airoea – Book I
  • Josh Heath
    Entombed – Wolverine Blues
    Morbid Angel – Blessed Are the Sick
    Kontact – Full Contact
    Queensryche – Operation: Mindcrime
    Voivod – Killing Technology
    Flotsam and Jetsam – Doomsday for the Deceiver
  • Ryan Tysinger
    Abigor – Taphonomia Aeternitatis – Gesänge im Leichenlicht der Welt
    Acero Letal – Compendio
    Mütiilation – Vampires of Black Imperial Blood
    Moonblood – Conquering the Ravenland
    Angel Sword – Neon City
    Baptism – Grim Arts of Melancholy
  • Manny-O-War
    New Model Army – Unbroken
    Killer Mike – Michael (Deluxe)
    Twin Tribes – Pendulum
    Frayser Boy – Gone on That Bay
    Björk – Vespertone
    Curren$y – Andretti 10/30
  • Dave Pirtle
    AC/DC – Discography
    Madder Mortem – Old Eyes, New Heart
    Jenner – Prove Them Wrong
    Slower – Slower
    Master – Saints Dispelled
    Ribspreader – Reap Humanity
  • Jeremy Morse
    Dawnbringer – Snake
    Invincible Force – Decomposed Sacramentum
    Nekromantheon – The Visions of Trismegistos
    Horrendous – Ontological Mysterium
    Sovereign – Altered Realities
    Cattle Decapitation – Terrasite


Posted by Jeremy Morse

Riffs or GTFO.

  1. I’ve been re-reading the first two Commonwealth books by Peter F Hamilton these past couple of weeks, and so I’ve queued up the three albums that I listened to first time around way back in 2005 along with some recent acquisitions (both new and old).

    Byzantine // …And They Shall Take Up Serpents
    Extol // The Blueprint Dives
    Martyr // Feeding the Abscess
    Madder Mortem // Old Heart, New Song
    Dissimulator // Lower Form Resistance
    Manticora // Mycelium
    Saxon // Lionheart
    Anaal Nakthrakh // In the Constellation of the Black Widow


  2. Chelsea Wolfe – She Reaches Out to She Reaches Out to She
    SLIFT – Ilion
    Thorns – Thorns
    Tsjuder – Helvegr
    Crimson Glory – Transcendence
    Blut Aus Nord – Memoria Vetusta II: Dialogue with the Stars


  3. Hulder – Verses in Oath
    Spectral Voice – Sparagmos
    Motorhead – Bomber
    Judas Priest – Screaming for Vengeance
    Eric W Brown – Sea of Stars OST
    Black Salt Games – Dredge OST

    Checking out some hotly anticipated new records, some classics, and geeking out on some video game soundtracks.

    What is prog? Kind of an intangible for me. If an artist has a flair for following their own muse and mashing lots of challenging influences together that is more interesting than just ticking the boxes to sound like a prog band. That said if a band just wants to sound like Yes or King Crimson and is good at it, I ain’t mad.


  4. Ancestors – In Dreams and Time
    Monuments – Gnosis
    Cult of Luna – A Dawn to Fear
    Ayreon – The Source
    Green Day – Dookie
    Yakuza – Sutra

    Prog to me is a contextual label that is understood in its relation to the form of rock music. It’s rock music that breaks the rules of the genre in a way that emphasises composition and musicianship. More practically, it’s a label for music that follows in the footsteps of bands originally labelled prog in the late 60s / early 70s. Like the labels punk or metal, once the genre has conventions, the label becomes prescriptive.


  5. Chapel of Disease – Echoes of Light
    Crosby, Stills & Nash – CSN
    Vitriol – Suffer & Become
    Akini Jing – Villain
    My Dying Bride – Like Gods of the Sun
    Gigi d’Agostino – L’Amour Toujours


  6. The Zenith Passage – Datalysium
    Voivod – Phobos
    Kreator – Renewal
    Baring Teeth – Transitive Savagery
    Ulver – Blood Inside
    Septic Tank – Rotting Civilisation


  7. Those Poor Bastards – Behold the Abyss
    Nuovo Testamento – Wildlife
    Lord Mantis – Death Mask
    Acid Bath – Pagan Terrorism Tactics
    Chat Pile – Remove Your Skin Please EP
    Toadies – Rubberneck


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