A CLOSE ENCOUNTER WITH UFO'S ANDY PARKER!
The Great Sun Jester was recently abducted by a UFO. Not just any garden variety flying saucer, but the legendary British hard rock band! Once aboard, he grabbed an interview with veteran drummer ANDY PARKER, whose steady stickwork keeps the craft afloat. This isn't Wormwood's first go-round with Mr. Parker, but it's for sure the most in-depth. Andy gives some very honest opinions about the stability of the band, his conditions for rejoining it, where he thinks the new album "A Conspiracy of Stars" rates in the UFO discography and where the band goes from here. It's a real in-depth chat of great interest to all UFO-nauts and you can check it out here...
More Torture Chamber shenanigans on tap this week!
MINSK "The Crash And The Draw"
INCULTER "Persisting Devolution"
DOGHOUSE SWINE "Fearless"
HOUSE OF ATREUS "The Spear And The Ichor That Follows"
MORBID EVILS "In Hate With the Burning World"
ALTERED EXISTENCE "Eyeconic"
CANADA'S GREATEST HAUNTING: THE AMHERST MYSTERY!
I, Dr. Abner Mality, have once again put on my psychic investigator's hat as I present another edition of the Wormwood Files. For this edition, we head to the Great White North...the pleasant Nova Scotian village of Amherst, to be exact. Over 100 years ago, this little town played host to one of the most notorious and violent poltergeist hauntings ever recorded. An unremarkable young girl named ESTHER COX inexplicably became the target of vicious supernatural attacks including pins being jammed into her and lit matches falling from the ceiling onto her bed. This remains the most talked about paranormal mystery in Canadian history, one without obvious solution even today. Was it all a big conspiracy, was Esther attacked by demons or were the demons just in her mind? Judge for yourself, but only after reading HERE!
An extra big helping of Torture Chamber stew on the menu this week, with all sorts of exotic spices. Sample it here!
UNLEASHED "Dawn of the Nine"
ILIUM "My Misanthropia"
ANAL VOMIT "Peste Negra, Muerte Negra"
ODIN'S COURT "Turtles All the Way Down"
INVINCIBLE FORCE "Satan Rebellion Metal"
TASTE THE EXOTIC WORLD OF VEDIC DEATH METAL WITH NEPAL'S DYING OUT FLAME!
The freaks of Wormwood have scoured the entire world to find interesting content for you humanoids to experience. Never have we traveled farther than we did for this interview! I put on my climbing gear to ascend the Himalays and visit the legendary Kathmandu in Nepal to speak to the #1 Himalayan metal band, DYING OUT FLAME! The band plays a unique combination of traditional Hindu music and crushing death metal, which they call Vedic metal. What's it like to play metal in such an exotic location? What is the spiritual aspect of Dying Out Flame that separates it from Western metal bands? I talk to bassist/vocalist AABEG GAUTAM to learn the answers and they are very surprising indeed. In the history of Wormwood, we've never had a discussion quite like this, so experience the fire of Shiva HERE!
This week's Torture Chamber reviews also range far and wide, including punk, thrash, glam and black metal! Behold...
SANTA CRUZ "Santa Cruz"
GRUESOME "Savage Land"
EVIL INVADERS "Pulses of Pleasure"
KRUEGER "Return To Death"
POISON IDEA "Confuse and Conquer"
A SLOW WEEK IN THE TORTURE CHAMBER!
A bit of a lull here at Wormwood Laboratories. The Good Doctor is recovering from a wild weekend at the NYDM Spring Bash...my head is ringing in more ways than one...and we won't be having a major interview or feature posting this week. We do have a full slate of upcoming goodies here...new interviews with GRUESOME, MUTILATED BY ZOMBIES, ODIN'S COURT, SPACE PROBE TAURUS, FROSTHELM, a live report on the upcoming SEPULTURA/DESTRUCTION show, a Wormwood Files on the Amherst Haunting and of course, an in-depth look at the Bash. So we ain't exactly been laying around the pool here at WC!
We do have some juicy new Torture Chamber reviews for you, with a bit of a spacy theme uniting some...
DER WEG EINER FREIHEIT "Stellar"
MONSTERWORKS "The Existential Codex"
POMBAGIRA "Flesh Throne Press"
THE WILD BEYOND "The Wild Beyond"
HALSHUG "Blodets Band"
FALL UNDER THE SPELL OF BELL WITCH!
Lord Randall didn't have far to travel for this week's big Wormwood feature. Adams County, TN, is close to his old stomping grounds and it's also ground zero for the famous story of the Bell Witch...the most famous spook in American history. That tale has inspired a couple of dudes from Portland, Oregon to create a dire doom metal band named BELL WITCH. Randall hooked up with DYLAN DESMOND of Bell Witch in a dank Tennesse cave haunted by the old hag and got some dirt on the spectral duo and their music. Discover the anatomy of a doom metal haunting HERE!
News starting to trickle in about the shape of Wormwood in coming weeks. The Good Doctor has snagged interviews with drummer GUS RIOS from the sensational new band GRUESOME, who are dedicated to recreating the early sounds of DEATH! I can vouch that that's a killer interview. I also talked to JIMMY CHERRY from the North Dakota black/thrash warriors FROSTHELM! Theron Moore informs me that he's got interviews with MUTILATED BY ZOMBIES and SPACE PROBE TAURUS coming up and DARK STARR will lay a chat with prog metal wizards ODIN'S COURT upon us. Plus I will have a blow by blow review of the 5th annual NYDM SPRING BASH and a new Wormwood Files featuring the Great Amherst Haunting! Plus other stuff that's still under wraps!
Now for this week's session in the Torture Chamber. And it's bigger than usual, so pack a lunch...
THE SANITY DAYS "Evil Beyond Belief"
DEHUMAN "Graveyard of Eden"
KINGS DESTROY "Kings Destroy"
NIGHT DEMON "Curse of the Damned"
SONUS UMBRA 'Winter Soulstice"
SATAN'S HOST "Predating God Parts 1 & 2"
MARC GUNN "Saint Patrick's Day Songs For Kids"
PREPARE YOURSELF FOR A RUTHLESS INTERVIEW!
L.A.'s RUTHLESS have been forging the metal for over 30 years now and there's no end in sight for them. In fact, this band that came up with Metallica, Dark Angel and Armored Saint is ramping things up for the 21st century! I got together with long-time singer SAMMY D to hear some tales of the glory days of California metal and got an earful! This is a real cool chat where we cover a ton of subjects, including politics, the amazing West Coast metal boom of the 80's and how Ruthless is staying relevant in a new age. I think you old school headbangers will get a real kick out of this one, so dive into the interview HERE and get ready to bang!
Things kind of in flux at Wormwood right now....changes may be on the way. Trying to nail down some really diverse and interesting features from you. As things become more solid, I'll let you know just what I'm talking about.
The Torture Chamber is eagerly waiting to embrace your tender flesh with these ripping reviews!
LORD DYING "Poisoned Altars"
CHERUBS "2 Ynfynyty"
KEEP OF KALESSIN "Epistemology"
LANCER "Second Storm"
EXPERIENCE THE "TAU" OF ROMANIA WITH NEGURA BUNGET!
It's a huge pleasure for me to present my interview with Romania's #1 rock band, the great NEGURA BUNGET! If you want a musical taste of the deep valleys and dark mountains of Transylvania, all you need to do is hear the ambitious new album "TAU", a sonic exploration of the spirit of that mystical land. Negura Bunget is one of the most adventurous bands out there, combining traditional folk, ambient soundscapes and raging black metal into a unique progressive stew! I spoke to NEGRU, the long-time musical shaman of the band about their connection to their homeland and how they transfer that to music. This is an interview you don't want to miss...check it out HERE!
My annual trip to the NYDM SPRING BASH in Milwaukee is nigh, so expect to see a major feature on it here, including live reviews of bands like DECEASED, ARTILLERY, BONGZILLA and WHIPLASH!
Look for this week's Torture Chamber and you may just find THE ANSWER you are looking for!!!
THE ANSWER "Raise A Little Hell"
MARDUK "Front Schwein"
FROSTHELM "The Endless Winter"
SOCIETY SUCKER "Society Sucker" EP
CDC "End" EP
FEEL THE FORCE OF THULCANDRA!
Worm-scribe THERON MOORE returns to duty this week to grab an interview with the majestic Swedish black metal warriors THULCANDRA! These guys play a fast, freezing but highly melodic version of black metal that is highly reminiscent of the sadly missed DISSECTION! Theron talks to guitarist STEFFEN KUMMERER about Thulcandra paying their debt to Dissection, their view on religion and the killer new album "Ascension Lost". Venture into this world of Northern Darkness HERE!
Should have some major announcements on the way shortly! I can confirm my next Wormwood Files will be devoted to the "Great Amherst Haunting", the most notorious supernatural event in Canadian history!
Very cool and diverse Torture Chamber is in store for you this week!!!
BLACK STAR RIDERS "The Killer Instinct"
LIGHTNING BOLT "Fantasy Empire"
ENSLAVED "In Times"
BROTHERS OF THE SONIC CLOTH "Brothers of the Sonic Cloth"
RANGER "Where Evil Dwells"
PUT THE MASK ON...NOW!
It's been a while since we've delved into the world of freaky film. Well, this time I've selected one of the weirdest ever to focus on. This would be the first true Canadian horror film, the surreal 1961 shockfest "THE MASK", filmed and released in 3-D! No, this isn't the Jim Carrey multiplex abomination, but something altogether more disturbing and innovative. Join me as we descend into the misty hell of an undead world inhabited by robed priests and ghouls...the world you shall see when you put THE MASK on...NOW!
Speaking of surreal hells, look at the extended line-up of the new Torture Chamber, with something for everyone!
GARDEN OF WORM "Idle Stones"
TAAKE "Stridens Hus"
ROCKET SCIENTISTS "Refuel"
PUTRID OFFAL "Mature Necropsy"
DE LA MUERTE "De La Muerte"
SARPANITUM "Blessed Be My Brothers"
HIC IACET "The Cosmic Trance Into the Void"
WHYZDOM "Symphony For A Hopeless God"
HATEFUL ABANDON "Liars, Bastards"
CRYPT SERMON PREACHES THE WORD!
This week I take a trip to the City of Brotherly Love to speak to a band many consider the true heirs of CANDLEMASS and saviors of epic doom metal: CRYPT SERMON! Don't expect the usual swampy sludge or typical stoner rock when you clap ears on these dudes. They like their doom big, epic and melodic. I hook up with guitarist STEVE JANSSON, who tells of the band's lonely struggle to keep the epic doom sound alive, some of the ideas behind their songs including their views on religion and their insistence that doom should be more than just how low you can tune your guitar. It's quite the interesting talk, which you can experience HERE!
An interesting edition of the Torture Chamber awaits, featuring two bands we will soon have interviews with, UFO and RUTHLESS!
RUTHLESS "They Rise"
HEAVING EARTH "Denouncing the Holy Throne"
THE WHOREHOUSE MASSACRE "Altar of the Goat Skull/VI"
ENSIFERUM "One Man Army"
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