posted by Mike Korn   [ updated ]


One of the most enduring and influential cult records of the late 1980's was "Journey Into Mystery" by Pittsburgh-based band DREAM DEATH. With its mixture of gloomy sludge and riffy thrash, that album was a forerunner of many later acts who would try to duplicate the formula. The recorded works of Dream Death, however, have been few in number. They have blessed us with a grim new album called "Dissemination", though, so the time was right for me to connect with DD mastermind BRIAN LAWRENCE, who has been with the band in all phases of its existence. He tells me why the time was right to return to Dream Death's roots and why he's really a positive person despite the band's relentlessly dour outlook. Plus we get to hear one of the best SPINAL TAP stories ever. Begin your journey HERE...

We're going to get some pretty unique articles at Wormwood pretty soon. OCTOPI MILLS is working on something completely different which will appear in our Wormwood Files section while I'm trying to get an interview with the creator of CADABRA RECORDS, a spoken word label specializing in spooky works by H.P. LOVECRAFT and CLARK ASHTON SMITH. And we're working very hard on an extremely diverse range of interviews with artists from all over the music spectrum. More to come!!!

Of course, I'm not going to let you off the hook without the latest Torture Chamber reviews. So here they are....

DIAMOND HEAD                                                     "Diamond Head"

DARKESTRAH                                                         "Turan"

METAL CHURCH                                                      "XI"

CRIMINAL                                                              "Fear Itself"

MORGUE SUPPLIER                                                 "Morgue Supplier"

AQUA NEBULA OSCILLATOR                                      "Friday the 13th"


posted Apr 26, 2016, 4:23 PM by Mike Korn   [ updated Apr 26, 2016, 4:23 PM ]


This week, THERON MOORE takes a journey into the past of one of America's most vibrant heavy metal scenes...Chicago, Illinois. To accomplish this, he talked to an expert on the subject, Mr. GARY GOLWITZER, a veteran of two of the Windy City's most notable metal bands, WRATH and STYGIAN. This is a great walk down memory lane, as Gary recalls the glory days of Chicago metal and some of the now departed clubs such as the Thirsty Whale and Medusa's. It's also a look at his own personal trip from cover bands to Wrath to Stygian and back to Wrath again. Lots of great tidbits and info are here, so come along for the ride and hear what he has to say HERE.

Just got back from the 2016 edition of the NYDM Spring Bash in Milwaukee. This year was the Good Doctor's first selling HOT N HEAVY hot sauce up there so it was quite a different experience than usual! But I still got to check out great bands like BLACK DEATH, DESTRUCTOR and RUTHLESS. A report will eventually be forthcoming...

More hijinx, hilarity and horror in the Wormwood Torture Chamber this week...an expanded edition, to boot!

DEAD TO A DYING WORLD                                            "Litany"

SURGICAL METH MACHINE                                           "Surgical Meth Machine"

AVANTASIA                                                               "Ghost Lights"

URGEHAL                                                                  "Aeons In Sodom"

NOVEMBRE                                                                "Ursa"

NUCLEUS                                                                  "Sentient"

TORTURE RACK                                                          "Barbaric Persecution"

THE LUMBERJACK FEEDBACK                                        "Blackened Visions"

ZOMBI                                                                      "Shape Shifter"


posted Apr 19, 2016, 4:12 PM by Mike Korn   [ updated Apr 19, 2016, 4:12 PM ]


The end is near! Society is collapsing! And who better to help you get ready for doomsday than a bunch of knucklehead Canadian punks called THE DAYGLO ABORTIONS? These thrashing fiends have been annoying humans of all persuasions since 1979 and their newest platter of offensive hyper-punk is entitled "Armageddon Survival Guide". I headed into the bunker to speak to MURRAY THE CRETIN about the shit hitting the fan and the droll Mr. Cretin had a ton of funny stuff to tell us about the value of pissing people off, the inanity of social media, political chaos and the time a bunch of drunk Croatian skinheads made the Abortions play their entire set twice! It's tons of fun so check out what Murray had to say HERE!

An extremely bizarre and obscure edition of the Torture Chamber awaits, with a lot of original and unique music to check out!

SKUGGSJA                                                 "A Piece For Mind and Mirror"

BLIZARO                                                    "Cornucopia della Morte"

AMERICAN HEAD CHARGE                             "Tango Umbrella"

NECRONOMICON (Canada)                            "Advent of the Human God"

ODIN'S COURT                                            "Deathanity"

DROIDS ATTACK                                          "Sci Fi Or Die"


posted Apr 12, 2016, 4:27 PM by Mike Korn   [ updated Apr 12, 2016, 4:27 PM ]


This week we're back on track with major features...and we've got a good one to break the drought! THERON MOORE caught up with one of America's best metal guitarists, DAVID T. CHASTAIN! This guy has been active in the scene since the early 80's and has contributed in innumerable ways, including legendary records with CHASTAIN and CJSS, as well as other bands like SPIKE and ZANISTER. He's also the owner and head producer for the Leviathan Records label. He has a brutally honest chat with us regarding the state of modern metal and music in general and what it takes to survive. He also talks about the new Chastain and CJSS records! An incisive talk with an American legend which you can read HERE.

Upcoming: interviews with the cult doom/death masters DREAM DEATH, a nostalgic talk with GARY GOLWITZER of Chicago mainstays WRATH and STYGIAN, a talk with prog/doom/psych merchants BLIZARO, an article looking at the famous PROF. QUATERMASS series of classic SF films and a brand new Wormwood Files article. Plus some other stuff that I shall reveal later!

An economy sized edition of the Torture Chamber now beckons, with a range of underground music wider than any hitherto experienced!

ANTHRAX                                                          "For All Kings"

DAYGLO ABORTIONS                                           "Armageddon Survival Guide"

RAGNAROK                                                        "Psychopathology"

HOLY GRAIL                                                       "Times of Pride and Peril"

HEMOTOXIN                                                       "Biological Enslavement"

BLOOD CEREMONY                                               "Lord of Misrule"

GRIME                                                               "Circle of Molesters"

CLITEATER                                                         "From Enslavement to Clitoration"

ALTARAGE                                                         "NihL"


posted Apr 5, 2016, 4:09 PM by Mike Korn   [ updated Apr 5, 2016, 4:10 PM ]


Another quiet week here at Wormwood Labs but the silence is about to end. Upcoming we will have an interview with MURRAY THE CRETIN from the long running tardpunks THE DAYGLO ABORTIONS. Some funny stuff and pointed political chat in that one! Also, Mr. THERON MOORE tells me he's got a talk with the great metal guitarist DAVID T. CHASTAIN as well as GARY GOLWITZER from the Chicago institutions WRATH and STYGIAN. Some other names we are working with include AGORAPHOBIC NOSEBLEED and BLIZARO, along with others I can't quite mention yet. Also I can tell you humanoids that I will be doing a new Philm Phreaks article looking at the film history and legacy of PROFESSOR QUATERMASS, one of the great sci-fi heroes! So keep an eye on this space...

In a shameless bit of self-promotion (what other kind of self-promotion is there, anyway), I would like to say a few words about my new venture, HOT N HEAVY SAUCES! The Good Doctor has spent extra time in his lab coming up with a new line of heavy metal themed hot sauces. We have three LOUD varieties...ANGEL OF GARLIC, CAJUN HELL and the sinister CHURCHBURNER. You can read more about them here: www.hotnheavysauces.com. I sell them there and also plan to take them on the road to various live events, including the upcoming NYDM Spring Bash! In the Rockford, IL area, you can get them at CULTURE SHOCK, KATE'S PIE SHOP and the OLIVE OIL EXPERIENCE, with other venues on the way!

The usual wild melange of musical miscellany is now up in the Wormwood Torture Chamber!

GYGAX                                                    "Critical Hits"

INVERLOCH                                             "Distance/Collapsed"

ATROCIOUS ABNORMALITY                         "Formed In Disgust"

THE CASUALTIES                                      "Chaos Sound"

TUSMORKE                                              "Fort Bak Lyset"

ADMIRAL SIR CLOUDSLEY SHOVELL             "Isobelle" single

BEASTMAKER                                           "You Must Sin" single

TAARKUS                                                 "Stones" single


posted Mar 30, 2016, 2:23 PM by Mike Korn   [ updated Mar 30, 2016, 2:23 PM ]


A bit of a slow week in the wake of Easter. Rest assured, we are working on a bunch of interesting material for you Wormfans to peruse. In the meantime, amuse yourselves with an extra large helping of reviews in our world famous TORTURE CHAMBER, featuring Greek black metal, Swedish doom, instrumental riff rock and a whole lot more!

ROTTING CHRIST                                            "Rituals"

STRIKER                                                        "Stand In the Fire"

UNCLE ACID & THE DEADBEATS                         "The Night Creeper"

THE ERKONAUTS                                             "I Did Something Bad"

GEHENNAH                                                     "Too Loud to Live, Too Drunk to Die"

MOUNTAIN OF WIZARD                                     "Casting Rhythms & Disturbances"

MORITO ERGO SUM                                           "A Mournful Foreboding"

MEGASCAVENGER                                             "As Dystopia Beckons"

SINPHOBIA                                                     "Awaken"


posted Mar 23, 2016, 7:35 AM by Mike Korn   [ updated Mar 23, 2016, 7:35 AM ]


Over their lengthy career, the Finnish band CONVULSE have been hard to pin down. Shifting from pure grisly death metal to peppy death n roll to Folkish death-prog, they are a creatively restless bunch. Therefore, the ideal band for Wormwood Chronicles to interview. I talk to supreme growler RAMI JAMSA about the band's odd twists and turns, their worship of the Finnish prog bands of the 70's and how becoming a trio actually helped them keep their creative spark alive. It's an interesting journey which you can join HERE!

We might be coming to a bit of a slow spot here at Wormwood as the Good Doctor is getting involved in some new world-conquering plans in my laboratory and it's taking a big chunk of my time. I will spill the beans later on this other endeavor, but stay patient, because I promise good stuff is coming up here.

Speaking of good (and weird) stuff, here's this week's edition of the Torture Chamber:

ORANSSI PAZUZU                                           "Varahtelija"

DREAM DEATH                                                "Dissemination"

DEADLY SIN (SLOTH)                                       "Another Sin"

CASKET ROBBERY                                            "Evolution of Evil"

EMBALMER                                                     "Emanations From The Crypt"

UREAS                                                          "The Black Heart Album"


posted Mar 15, 2016, 4:55 PM by Mike Korn   [ updated Mar 15, 2016, 8:27 PM ]


Real Canadian heavy metal started with ANVIL and now Wormwood has managed to grab a few minutes with the manic front man of the band, LIPS! Never known for being shy and close-mouthed, Lips tells us plenty about a whole range of subjects...the existence or lack thereof of GOD, his Canadian view on the American issue of gun control, the sage words of advice he got from LEMMY, Anvil's brush with death on an icy Texas highway and oh yeah, the latest album from the Canucks, "Anvil Is Anvil". He lets us know why Anvil was designed to be a band that lasts a lifetime and will never sell out. It's a real fun bull session which you can read HERE!

Another overstuffed edition of the Wormwood Torture Chamber is now served up for your pleasure and befuddlement!

SPEKTR                                                    "The Art To Disappear"

ANVIL                                                      "Anvil Is Anvil"

LOST SOCIETY                                           "Brain Dead"

BLOODIEST                                               "Bloodiest"

CONVULSE                                                "Cycle of Revenge"

VINNIE MOORE                                          "Aerial Visions"

TERRORHAMMER                                        "Under the Unholy Command"

ANTROPOMORPHIA                                     "Necromantic Love Songs"

SUPPRESSIVE FIRE                                     "Bedlam"


posted Mar 8, 2016, 6:42 PM by Mike Korn   [ updated Mar 8, 2016, 6:42 PM ]


It's once again a great pleasure to speak to the voice of Germany's best traditional metal band, PRIMAL FEAR! We talked to RALF SCHEEPERS a few years back, but 2016 sees the band behind a new album "Rulebreaker" and ready to raise hell all across the world. Ralf is always a cool guy to speak to...and this chat is no exception. He pays tribute to the fallen legends LEMMY and DAVID BOWIE, tells us what things are like being an influence on younger bands, and a lot more! You can read all the details HERE!

This week's Torture Chamber features some pretty well known names! Take a look...

MEGADETH                                                   "Dystopia"

CONAN                                                        "Revengeance"

VENOMOUS CONCEPT                                     "Kick Me Silly VCIII"

RESURRECTION KINGS                                   "Resurrection Kings"

SPINEBREAKER                                             "Ice Grave"

DISSONA                                                     "Paleopneumatic"


posted Mar 1, 2016, 1:20 PM by Mike Korn   [ updated Mar 1, 2016, 1:21 PM ]


The latest edition of the Wormwood Files is here and if you thought our last article about GIANT SPIDERS was weird, you ain't seen nothing yet! This time around we head to the misty mountains of the Pacific Northwest in search of the macabre flying beast known as BATSQUATCH! A Bigfoot with wings? A half human/half bat hybrid? A visitor from another dimension dumped on Earth by the Mount St. Helens' eruption? Or a tall tale that went out of control? Examine the many theories behind Batsquatch and see how it relates to other flying freaks. If you're brave enough, mount up and head North with me HERE!

I just snagged an interview with the long-running and unpredictable Finnish death metal band CONVULSE! You never know what to get from these guys so expect the unexpected! Also working on a kind of side project that isn't really Wormwood-related yet can be enjoyed by any of our fans here. More details to follow soon!

By now, you also know to expect the unexpected from our weekly Torture Chamber reviews so maybe you won't be surprised by this week's variety...or maybe you will...

BRIMSTONE COVEN                                                                "Black Magic"

ANGER AS ART                                                                      "Ad Mortem Festinatus"

SARKE                                                                                 "Bogefod"

SERENITY                                                                             "Codex Atlanticus"

HE WHOSE OX IS GORED                                                         "The Lion, The Camel, The Child"

MADAME MAYHEM                                                                   "Now You Know"

HELL IN THE CLUB                                                                  "Shadow of the Monster"

DARK BUDDHA RISING                                                            "Inversum"

RHINE                                                                                  "An Outsider"

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