posted Jun 19, 2018, 4:11 PM by Mike Korn   [ updated Jun 19, 2018, 4:11 PM ]


Time once again for our annual look at one of the best metal fests in the U.S., NYDM SPRING BASH! This year saw not one but two new venues for the fest as well as four full days of mayhem! Your humble correspondent Dr. Mality was there for almost all of it and now brings you this massive report. Tons of acts were included this year, including ATROPHY, IMPIETY, HELSTAR, NASTY SAVAGE and even the venerable CIRITH UNGOL! Who blew the house away...and who blew, period? Lots of exclusive pics are included...you will never find a better review of this event. Get started right HERE!

LORD RANDALL recently visited the Swiss Alps, where he spoke to the ambitious and epic post-metal band ABRAHAM! That's another chat you can expect to read here before too long! I should soon have news on a MAJOR interrogation still to appear. Wormwood crawls ever onward...

A hefty dose of the Torture Chamber is now delivered unto you...

MICAWBER                                                    "Beyond the Reach Of Flame"

WITCHSORROW                                             "Hexenhammer"

HEILUNG                                                       "Ofnir"

SACROCURSE                                                "Gnostic Holocaust"

PRIMORDIAL                                                 "Exile Among The Ruins"

DEFIATORY                                                   "Hades Rising"

GHASTLY                                                      "Death Velour"

THE SLYDE                                                   "Awakening"

HEADS                                                         "Collider"


posted Jun 12, 2018, 4:30 PM by Mike Korn   [ updated Jun 12, 2018, 4:31 PM ]


We journey this week to Old Blighty, to have a "metal breakfast" with the gentleman known for being the premier death growler in England, MR. DAVE INGRAM! Well known for his legendary stint with BENEDICTION and brief sidetrips with BOLT THROWER and HAIL OF BULLETS, Dave is now emerging as the voice to some of the best death metal ever to come from the UK! His current project is DOWN AMONG THE DEAD MEN with prolific Swedish guitarist ROGGA JOHANSSON, but he also lends his talents to ECHELON, URSINNE and the soon to be revealed JUST BEFORE DAWN and TROIKADON! What lit the fire that burns so bright inside Dave? Read on and find out...we also talk about his love of DR. WHO, his interest in Big Band Jazz and his successful podcast career. One of the most entertaining interviews to appear here in a while!

You can also steel yourself for a trip into our famous Torture Chamber, featuring a bewildering variety of brutally honest reviews...

THE CROWN                                                              "Cobra Speed Venom"

BULLET                                                                     "Dust To Gold"

BAPTISTS                                                                  "Beacon of Faith"

DEMONICAL                                                               "Chaos Manifesto"

TOMORROW'S EVE                                                      "Mirror of Creation III: The Ikaros Project"

DARK BUDDHA RISING                                               "II"


posted Jun 5, 2018, 4:16 PM by Mike Korn   [ updated Jun 5, 2018, 4:17 PM ]


The mighty SLAYER is heading off into the blood-red sunset (or so they claim) but not before Wormwood waves goodbye. EL CHIEF was in attendance at the kickoff of their farewell tour and he delivers an in-depth look at the evening, including the sets by BEHEMOTH, LAMB OF GOD and ANTHRAX! He pulls no punches in his look at the Slayer phenomenon and this review also includes plenty of exclusive pics! Join us in saying goodbye HERE!

Some news to report! I've managed to grab an interview with Sweden's hard-working, hard-drinking and hard-riffing masters of meat and potatoes metal, BULLET! There will be a lot of road stories in this one. Also, DARK STARR has secured a new chat with prog prodigies GANDALF'S FIST! It's been a while since we spoke to them so expect a lot of new info. Should have some other news regarding interviews soon and a decision on what the next Wormwood Files will be about...

More fun in the Torture Chamber this week, as you shall now see...

ZEKE                                                                                 "Hellbender"

THY CATAFALQUE                                                               "Geometria"

BHLEG                                                                               "Solarmegin"

DEIQUISITOR                                                                     "Downfall of the Apostates"

LORDGIVER                                                                        "Apostasy"

WITCH MOUNTAIN                                                              "Witch Mountain"


posted May 29, 2018, 4:26 PM by Mike Korn   [ updated May 29, 2018, 4:26 PM ]


Prepare for a grim trip to the local corpse depository as THERON MOORE interviews Chicago's morbid metal masters MORGUE SUPPLIER this week at Wormwood. He takes a few minutes to chat to head mortician PAUL GILLIS who tells us about what makes Morgue Supplier different than the run of the mill death metal band. He also muses about the current Chicago extreme scene and even offers a few tips from bands to check out. Another friendly service provided to you by the Wormwood Cadaver Corps. Check out the interview HERE...

Mark September 22, 2018 on your calendar! That's the day for SLAYFEST 4 in Freeport, Illinois, the annual show that is now beng sponsored by Wormwood Chronicles as part of our 20th Anniversary situation. This killer soiree will feature a full 90 minute set from none other than Milwaukee's veteran savages MORBID SAINT as well as appearances by MUTILATED BY ZOMBIES, SKINSICK and the last ever appearance of ANGELIC VISCERA! We'd sure like to see as many ghouls as possible....find out more at this link: https://www.facebook.com/SlayFest-130593140896100/.

Now the moment you've all been waiting for....the unveiling of this week's Torture Chamber!

RIOT V                                                                   "Armor of Light"

SEPTIC TANK                                                          "Rotting Civilization"

GREYSTONE CANYON                                              "While the Wheels Keep Turnng"

LIK                                                                        "Carnage"

NIGHTMARER                                                         "Cacophony of Terror"

ABRAHAM                                                              "Look! Here Comes the Dark"

DEAD RIVER RUNS DRY                                          "Hierophants of the Storm"

WOLFEN                                                                "Rise of the Lycans"

THE BLACK SORCERY                                             "And the Beast Spake Death"


posted May 22, 2018, 4:22 PM by Mike Korn   [ updated May 22, 2018, 4:23 PM ]


The misty old growth forests of Oregon have produced some interesting black metal bands over the years and you can add the shadowy UADA to that list. LORD RANDALL recently got fitted out for a camping expedition and headed into the woods to speak with JAKE SUPERCHI of Uada. This is a pretty heavy philosophical chat discussing the essence of black metal and the future of mankind, along with the origins and goals of the band. Jake is a very articulate guy so check out what he has to say HERE!

Some exciting announcements should be on the way shortly. With this being the 20th year of Wormwood, we're looking to do some special events and one of these will be helping to sponsor the annual SLAYFEST held in Freeport, IL! There will be much more on the date and lineup of this show later, but I can say that there will be a full headlining set from one of Wisconsin's most respected metal bands! Stay tuned for more....new interviews and features on the way as well!

Some very big names in this week's Torture Chamber...take a look and see for yourself!

AT THE GATES                                                  "To Drink Of The Night Itself"

AKERCOCKE                                                      "Renaissance In Extremis"

SKINLESS                                                         "Savagery"

AMORPHIS                                                        "Queen Of Time"

LIZZY BORDEN                                                  "My Midnight Things"

WOLF KING                                                       "Loyal To The Soil"


posted May 15, 2018, 4:14 PM by Mike Korn   [ updated May 15, 2018, 4:15 PM ]


THERON MOORE took a perilous trip into the cobwebbed crypts of Minneapolis to unearth the gory story behind long-running shock rockers IMPALER this week! He had a chat with ghastly frontman BILL LINDSEY about how he was influenced by childhood heroes ALICE COOPER and LED ZEPPELIN to start his long running band. He talks about the underrated Minnesota metal scene of the 80's and 80's and reminisces about the legendary EARL ROOT! Despite his gruesome exterior, Bill was a surprsingly cool ghoul to chew the fat with and you can sample the interview right HERE!

Might be some big concert review action here pretty soon. EL CHIEF tells me he is working on a monster report on the SLAYER farewell tour and I have finally concluded my own epic review of NYDM SPRING BASH 2018 which featured CIRITH UNGOL, HELSTAR and many others! THE GIL-MAN may also report on the recent JUDAS PRIEST/SAXON shows as well. Should be able to announce a new interview or two coming soon as well...

Now time to suffer the agony of the Torture Chamber for this week!

SKINNED                                                    "Shadow Syndicate"

DOWN AMONG THE DEAD MEN                     "And You Will Obey Me..."

VARATHRON                                               "Patriarchs of Evil"

WRONG                                                      "Feels Great"

WAR GODS OF THE DEEP                             "Robots, Rockets and Rampage"

AD HOMINEM                                              "Napalm For All"


posted May 8, 2018, 4:20 PM by Mike Korn   [ updated May 8, 2018, 4:21 PM ]


The fairer sex makes its entrance to Wormwood this week and proves they can jam as hard as anyone! I talk to guitarist FILIPPA NASSIL from Sweden's rowdy THUNDERMOTHER and find out what makes this bunch tick. Filippa tells me how she rebuilt her whole band with grit and determination after a major shake up and how her family supported her unorthdox decision to play hard rock n roll. She also goes into the details behind some of the songs on their new self-titled disc. Find out what else she's got to say by clicking HERE!

An extra large version of the Torture Chamber is on tap this weekend, so take a deep breath and dive in...

MICHAEL SCHENKER FEST                                                     "Resurrection"

TENGGER CAVALRY                                                               "Cian Bi"

EAGLE TWIN                                                                         "The Thundering Heard (Songs of Hoof and Horn)"

ABYTHIC                                                                               "Beneath Ancient Portals"

KROLOK                                                                                "When the Moon Sang Our Songs"

SENSE OF FEAR                                                                     "As The Ages Passing By..."

AGAINST EVIL                                                                       "All Hail The King"

LIVING ALTAR                                                                        "Scythes Towards Psyche"

KOSMOGYR                                                                            "Eviternity"


posted May 1, 2018, 4:13 PM by Mike Korn   [ updated May 1, 2018, 4:13 PM ]


LORD RANDALL returns to action and interviews an intriguing death metal band that combines classics sounds and forward thinking ideas, MONOTHEIST! He gets an earful from PROPHET and SHIV about where the band is at conceptually and musically. They have some interesting things to say about the relationship of Christianity to extreme music and the value of actual songwriting. Come along for the ride HERE and see what else they have to say!

Coming later at WC will be a chat I had with the masters of sludgy horror metal, ILSA. That will join the likes of UADA, IMPALER, THUNDERMOTHER and DAVE NGRAM in the "coming soon" files, plus my report on NYDM SPRING BASH 2018 and an article on the history of Wormwood!

Prepare the hot tongs and thumbscrews...here are the latest entries into the Torture Chamber!

TAPHOS                                                             "Come Ethereal Somberness"

GATEKEEPER                                                      "East of Sun"

GODTHRYMM                                                     "A Grand Reclamation"

PACT                                                                 "Enigmata"

SLAUGHTER AND THE DOGS                                "Tokyo Dogs"

THRUST                                                             "Harvest of Souls"


posted Apr 24, 2018, 4:09 PM by Mike Korn   [ updated Apr 24, 2018, 4:09 PM ]


A bit of an off week this time around. I just got back from a wild weekend at the NYDM SPRING BASH in Milwaukee where I checked out the likes of HELSTAR, CIRITH UNGOL, BAT and a whole lot more. Expect to get a complete rundown of this epic show down the road. However, that means there was no major feature running this week. We should be back in action next week with MONOTHEIST! Also working on some cool projects I will be telling you more about soon!

In the meantime, check out some very diverse music reviews in this week's edition of the TORTURE CHAMBER!

BRUCE LAMONT                                                       "Broken Limbs Excite No Pity"

SKELETAL REMAINS                                                 "Devouring Mortality"

GUS G                                                                    "Fearless"

ROBESPIERRE                                                         "The Garden of Hell"

THE DARKEST OF THE HILLSIDE THICKETS               "The Dukes of Alhazred"

PARASIGHT                                                             "At leve som hvis der var et hab"


posted Apr 17, 2018, 4:25 PM by Mike Korn   [ updated Apr 17, 2018, 4:25 PM ]


It was a real pleasure to recently speak to Mr. FRANK HEALEY, a veteran of the British extreme music scene who has done service in NAPALM DEATH, CEREBRAL FIX and BENEDICTION. Currently he is firmly ensconced in the band MEMORIAM, who are delivering a master class in pure death metal in the tradition of BOLT THROWER and BENEDICTION. Frank tells us about the no-frills work ethic of the band, their view of current world affairs and what it's like carrying the torch for a whole style of music. You can see for yourselves what he's got to say by checking out the interview HERE.

By coincidence, I can report that I got an interview with a very close associate of Frank's, one MR. DAVE INGRAM. The former voice of BOLT THROWER and BENEDICTION is now lending his growls to DOWN AMONG THE DEAD MEN and a number of other projects. That one will make a nice bookend to my chat with Mr. Healey. Also, to let you humanoids know, we may have a week with very little activity here. I will be spending this upcoming weekend in Milwaukee attending the annual NYDM Spring Bash. We're going to have a major report on that show as well!

This week's Torture Chamber is all over the map, stylistically, from utter brutality to pure prog and Icelandic folk!

VISIGOTH                                                                         "Conqueror's Oath"

GRAVEHILL                                                                       "The Unchaste, the Wicked and the Profane"

LECHERY                                                                          "We Are All Born Evil"

MONSTER MAGNET                                                            "Mindfucker"

ARSTIDIR                                                                         "Hvel"

SCIENCE NV                                                                      "The Quest For Prester John"

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