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WORMPOST #406

posted Jan 9, 2018, 4:25 PM by Mike Korn   [ updated Jan 9, 2018, 4:26 PM ]




EXPLORE THE DEPTHS OF THE TORTURE CHAMBER!

Greetings, Wormfans! For those who are new to this nutty zine, The Torture Chamber is our weekly collection of cult and extreme music reviews, most of which are in the heavy metal realm. We have done literally thousands of reviews, which you can see in the Torture Chamber Archives to the left. And we add new ones every week. Check out this week's eclectic collection below!


CAVALERA CONSPIRACY                                                  "Psychosis"

THE ADICTS                                                                   "And It Was So!"

NE OBLIVISCARIS                                                           "Urn"

FACELESS BURIAL                                                          "Grotesque Miscreation"

O.D.D.                                                                           "The Disorder"

THANTIFAXATH                                                               "Void Masquerading As Matter"

WORMPOST #405

posted Jan 2, 2018, 6:40 PM by Mike Korn   [ updated Jan 2, 2018, 6:40 PM ]




2018 GETS OFF TO A GHOSTLY START WITH THE CURSE OF U-65!

When you Wormians see this, we will be in the hallowed year of 2018! This is the 20th year of existence for Wormwood and we plan on doing some special things to celebrate, which will unfold as the year goes on. For now, we're bringing back a column that got kind of shoved aside in 2017, The Wormwood Files! For this edition, we look at one of the most chilling tales of the sea, the story of the haunted U-Boat, U-65. What disasters plagued this unlucky submarine? Why did its sailors go mad and drown themselves in the ocean? Could it have been an encounter with the ghost of Second Lieutenant Richter? Read here for the tale of this cursed vessel!

Now it's time for the first Torture Chamber of 2017...see who gets bouquets and who gets brickbats!

RAM                                                       "Rod"

DRUID LORD                                           "Grotesque Offerings"

ROTHEADS                                              "Sewer Fiends"

SONIC PROPHECY                                    "Savage Gods"

MOONSPELL                                            "1755"

ALTARAGE                                              "Endinghent"

WORMPOST #404

posted Dec 27, 2017, 9:16 PM by Mike Korn   [ updated Dec 27, 2017, 9:17 PM ]




LAST UPDATE OF 2017 FEATURES MORBID ANGEL!

Another year has blown by, Wormsters, and we are sending it off in style by featuring an interview with supreme vocal growler STEVE TUCKER of death metal titans MORBID ANGEL! Mr. Tucker has never been exactly shy and in this chat, he spews venom about the state of the world and how the new Morbid album "Kingdoms Disdained" is a reaction to it. He also lets us know what it's like slipping back into the Morbid Angel fold after a few years out of the loop. It's a very candid talk with one of the leading vocalists in death metal today, so hop aboard HERE and read all about it!

Here's the last Torture Chamber update of the year, as well, paving the way for the 20th year of Wormwood!


CORROSION OF CONFORMITY                                           "No Cross No Crown"

VALDUR                                                                          "Divine Cessation"

HAUNT                                                                            "Luminous Eyes"

SECT                                                                               "No Cure For Death"

STALKER                                                                         "Shadow of the Sword"

A DEVIL'S DIN                                                                 "One Hallucination Under God"

WORMPOST #403

posted Dec 19, 2017, 4:25 PM by Mike Korn   [ updated Dec 19, 2017, 4:25 PM ]




WE GO BEYOND THE RAIN TO TALK WITH WILDESTARR!

This week I turn my attention to one of America's most promising traditional metal bands, WILDESTARR. The core of this unique band is guitarist DAVE STARR and his wife the talented and beautiful LONDON WILDE. Their new album "Beyond the Rain" was constructed as a kind of tribute to London's brother Gary, a musician who succumbed to substance abuse. Dave has got a lot to say about that harrowing incident and how it affected the band. He also talks about why Wildestarr chooses to be a studio only band and stay where they're at. This is an interesting conversation with a band that should really be better known...you can sample it HERE!

The end of 2017 is at hand. Next year will be the 20th year of Wormwood's existence, so I hope to commemorate that in various ways. It also means that our notorious end of the year lists are on the way! One thing that I can tell you is that after being gone for most of 2017. the Wormwood Files section will be back in business. The subject of the first article will be the eerie history of the U-65, Germany's haunted U-Boat!

This week's Torture Chamber is markedly more melodic than the usual....


OPERATION: MINDCRIME                                                                            "The New Reality"

WILDESTARR                                                                                              "Beyond the Rain"

GAME OVER                                                                                                "Claiming Supremacy"

ATOLL                                                                                                        "Fallout Frenzy"

EUROPE                                                                                                     "Walk The Earth"

LADY BEAST                                                                                               "Vicious Breed"

WORMPOST #402

posted Dec 13, 2017, 1:37 PM by Mike Korn   [ updated Dec 13, 2017, 1:37 PM ]




A LOOK AT SLAYFEST III + A SPECIAL BOOK REVIEW

This week I take a look at an interesting local show known as SLAYFEST III. Held in the cozy confines of the Rock Hollow Gun Club, this event features performances from a diverse selection of bands including MUTILATED BY ZOMBIES, BLACKCAT MANOR and THE SIRENS ARE CALLING. Find out what keeps me coming back to this place every November HERE!

Also, I review a horror/science fiction anthology with some strong connections to Wormwood. This is DARK DREAMS & WEIRD WORLDS edited by GARY HILL and featuring contributions from BILL CAMP, KURT BELCHER, KEN LATEER and others. What's the assessment of this trippy tome? Click HERE and find out!

I am also stoked to announce that I have secured an interview with none other than STEVE TUCKER of the ground-breaking death metal behemoths MORBID ANGEL! Look for this heavy duty chat at WC soon!

Speaking of Morbid Angel, they are part of this week's Torture Chamber...


MORBID ANGEL                                                      "Kingdoms Disdained"

WITCHERY                                                             "I Am Legion"

NEGATIVEHATE                                                      "Solipsis"

AOSOTH                                                                "V: The Inside Scriptures"

DEAD QUIET                                                          "Grand Rites"

DESOLATE SHRINE                                                 "Deliverance From the Godless Void"

WORMPOST #401

posted Dec 6, 2017, 4:36 PM by Mike Korn   [ updated Dec 6, 2017, 4:36 PM ]




GO TRICK OR TREATING WITH ACID WITCH!

Here at Wormwood we celebrate Halloween every day of the year. And so does Michigan's ACID WITCH! No band is more devoted to the horrors of All Hallows Eve than this band of miscreants. Therefore it makes perfect sense for us to interview them. I talk to SLASHER DAVE about his lifelong love affair with Halloween, his encounters with the supernatural and the tradition of the Red Dwarf known as "Nain Rouge". And we also find time to talk about the unique sonic soundscape of the new AW album "Evil Sound Screamers". You can grab a mask and a goodie bag and read the rest HERE!

This week's Torture Chamber is another off the wall excursion into a wide variety of sounds...


ACT OF DEFIANCE                                                         "Old Scars, New Wounds"

ACID WITCH                                                                 "Evil Sound Screamers"

BATTLE DAGORATH                                                       "II: Frozen Light of Eternal Darkness"

HARD ACTION                                                               "Hot Wired Beat"

COMPLETE FAILURE                                                       "Crossburner"

SEAX                                                                            "Speed Metal Mania/To The Grave"

WORMPOST #400

posted Nov 29, 2017, 4:25 PM by Mike Korn   [ updated Nov 29, 2017, 4:40 PM ]




WORMPOST #400 BRINGS US A QUIRKY INTERVIEW WITH BUBBLEMATH!

We've been doing this online version of Wormwood for so long now, we've had 400 weeks of updates! 2018 will mark the 20th anniversary of this nutty project so that gives you an idea of how long we've managed to last. For this particular Wormpost, we venture into the odd world of mathematical prog misfits BUBBLEMATH! Our own space cadet DARK STARR talks to the band's brainchild KAI ESBENSEN to the downlow on this fast rising bunch. Examine the strangeness HERE!

I grabbed an interview with DAVE STARR from the melodic metal monolith WILDESTARR which you will see here soon! Dave and his wife LONDON WILDE are the mainsprings of the band, which makes them unique. Also working on another big interview which I hope to confirm for you next week.

This week's Torture Chamber is kind of dark and heavy, so be forewarned!


DER WEG EINER FREIHEIT                                                     "Finisterre"

DR. LIVING DEAD                                                                  "Cosmic Conqueror"

ARCHSPIRE                                                                           "Relentless Mutation"

SAMAEL                                                                                "Hegemony"

MARGINAL                                                                            "Total Destruction"

DEATH TOLL 80K                                                                   "Step Down"

ICE AGE                                                                               "Breaking The Ice"

WORMPOST #399

posted Nov 21, 2017, 4:37 PM by Mike Korn   [ updated Nov 21, 2017, 4:38 PM ]




RAISE THE HORNS AT FROST AND FIRE III!

Our old pal from the Left Coast SOLOMON G returns with a look at one of the truest of all metal fests, FROST AND FIRE III!. Organized by NIGHT DEMON member JARVIS LEATHERBY, this fest brings together the best of the traditional metal underground for an orgy of riffs and screaming guitar! This year's edition featured great names like MANILLA ROAD, CIRITH UNGOL and TWISTED TOWER DIRE, along with very rare appearances from metal godfathers such as JAGUAR and MYTHRA! Sol covers it all with plenty of \m/'s and some great exclusive photos. See what the metal brotherhood is all about HERE!

The usual crazy assortment of reviews awaits you in the Torture Chamber this week!


ARCH ENEMY                                               "Will To Power"

KAWIR                                                        "Exilasmos"

JEFF SCOTT SOTO                                        "Retribution"

VHALDEMAR                                                "Against All KIngs"

NEKROHOWL                                               "Epitome of Morbid" EP

PILE OF EXCREMENTS                                  "Escatology"


WORMPOST #398

posted Nov 15, 2017, 2:03 PM by Mike Korn   [ updated Nov 15, 2017, 2:03 PM ]




THE UGLY TRUTH ABOUT KING PARROT!

This week let's get down and dirty with Australia's feathered furies KING PARROT! These maniacal grinders have made a name for themselves not only with their brutal music, but with some of the sickest and most absurdly humorous metal videos ever. I get to talk to head squawker MATT YOUNG about those crazy videos, his fun visit to a dominatrix dungeon, King Parrot's relentless touring schedule and the wacky Australian metal bands of the past they draw influence from. This chat was a lot of fun and a blast to do, so if you feel you can handle the Parrot's ugly humor, check it out HERE!

There was a bit of a doomy focus for this week's Torture Chamber entries. Get a hold of the gloom right here...

UFOMAMMUT                                                      "8"

ELECTRIC WIZARD                                              "Wizard Bloody Wizard"

42 DECIBEL                                                        "Overloaded"

LISA CUTHBERT                                                  "Hextapes"

SORCERER                                                         "The Crowning of the Fire King"

ANUBIS GATE                                                     "Covered In Black"

WORMPOST #397

posted Nov 7, 2017, 7:43 PM by Mike Korn   [ updated Nov 7, 2017, 7:43 PM ]




HIT THE BEACH WITH THE FILMS OF DEL TENNEY!

This week I take some time to pay tribute to a neglected master of pure drive-in cinema, Mr. DEL TENNEY. The Iowa native made his mark with iconic early grindhouse classics like "The Horror of Party Beach", "The Curse of the Living Corpse" and the feelgood hit of the summer, "I Eat Your Skin". I look at all of those as well as some of the more obscure movies in Del's portfolio. If you're sick of the bland corporate films of today, check out this feature and relive some of those great days of yesteryear!

We will soon have a review of the monumental trad-metal fest FROST AND FIRE courtesy of our good friend SOLOMON G! Complete with exclusive photos! More announcements soon on upcoming material here in Worm-land!

A varied and unpredictable journey into the Torture Chamber this week, covering a lot of musical ground!


CANNIBAL CORPSE                                                             "Red Before Black"

IRON MONKEY                                                                    "9-13"

APPICE                                                                              "Sinister"

RUNESPELL                                                                        "Unhallowed Blood Oath"

BAND OF BROTHERS                                                           "Band of Brothers"

DAYDREAM XI                                                                     "The Church of the Tattered and Torn"

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