posted by Mike Korn   [ updated ]


The brutallest of the brutal, DYING FETUS don't mince words or mess around. I found that out when I interviewed drummer TREY WILLIAMS recently. The long running death metallers are leaving a bloodstained trail with their new album "Wrong One to Fuck With", but I managed to escape alive from their grasp. The chat was a somewhat contentious one, as Trey set me straight on a couple of points and revealed that the band may not be quite as deep as some (including me) have pegged them. Put on some protective gear and find out more HERE.

Things are definitey hopping in Worm-land. There are hints of a new writer or two in the future. Also some great stuff on the way like interviews with JAG PANZER, PARADISE LOST, BELL WITCH, LORDS OF THE TRIDENT and some more I cannot yet let out of the bag. Plus a new Philm Phreaks article on DEL TENNEY and that live WACKEN report. Stay tuned and strap yourselves in, Wormites!

Now let's dive into the gloom of the latest Wormwood Torture Chamber....

MIDNIGHT GHOST TRAIN                                               "Cypress Ave."

DESULTORY                                                                  "Through Aching Aeons"

MAUSOLEUM GATE                                                        "Into the Dark Divinity"

NEXUL                                                                          "Paradigm of Chaos"

ULVEDHARR                                                                  "Total War"

ARALLU                                                                         "Six"


posted Sep 13, 2017, 7:22 PM by Mike Korn   [ updated Sep 13, 2017, 7:23 PM ]


If for some reason you didn't get enough BLUE CHEER with last week's interview with the late great DICK PETERSEN, we've got even more for you this week! Once again, THERON MOORE does the honors and this time talks to none other than DUCK MCDONALD. If anything, this interview is even more of a blast to read, as Duck talks honestly about Dick's last days, who actually owns the Blue Cheer name, his run-ins with famous names like GRACE SLICK and MANOWAR's ERIC ADAMS and even his time with the notorious SHAKIN' STREET, including his story about the infamous Milwaukee riots at the BLACK SABBATH/BLUE OYSTER CULT show in 1980! It's a fun and fascinating interview sure to keep you entertained and you can sample it right HERE!

Things are finally beginning to pick up at Wormwood laboratories! I've managed to grab an interview with the recently reformed power metal legends JAG PANZER in addition to my DYING FETUS chat. Always a busy boy, Theron tells me he has traveled beyond time and space to speak to Wisconsin's masters of over the top fantasy metal, LORDS OF THE TRIDENT! I'm also going to take a stab at a new film article about low budget wizard DEL TENNEY, who created the "Horror at Party Beach" amongst others. This is in addition to a live report on Europe's notorious WACKEN festival and some other goodies in the works!

Some very familiar names pop up in this week's edtion of the Torture Chamber...look and see!

ACCEPT                                                           "The Rise of Chaos"

BYZANTINE                                                      'The Cicada Tree"

HIDEOUS DIVINITY                                           "Adveniens"

HORRIFIED                                                       "Allure of the Fallen"

PARADISE LOST                                                "Medusa"

ZAUM                                                               "Eidolon"


posted Sep 5, 2017, 8:26 PM by Mike Korn   [ updated Sep 5, 2017, 8:26 PM ]


We are proud to present the first of two in-depth interviews THERON MOORE conducted a few years back with members of the world's first metal band, BLUE CHEER! This week we have his chat with DICK PETERSEN, founder of this seminal band. Dick tells us about his musical origins, what happened when the band offered DICK CLARKE a hash pipe, the bad vibes they got from playing with THE GRATEFUL DEAD and much more! You can check out this magical interview HERE...next week we will present Theron's talk with the late DUCK McDONALD!

I wrangled an interview with America's most brutal band DYING FETUS and you can look for that here soon! I hope to announce even more upcoming events from Wormwood soon...we are trying to get back on track with a vengeance!

As usual, here are more diverse and demented entries in the Wormwood Torture Chamber...

HADES ARCHER                                                                        "Temple of the Impure"

WARBEAST                                                                               "Enter The Arena"

KIMI KARKI                                                                              "Eye For An Eye"

LOOKING FOR AN ANSWER                                                        "Dios Carne"

AERIAL SCHOOL                                                                        "Love Is Calling"

THE LURKING FEAR                                                                   "Out of the Voiceless Grace"


posted Aug 30, 2017, 4:57 PM by Mike Korn   [ updated Aug 30, 2017, 4:57 PM ]


This week we have more new additions to the Wormwood Torture Chamber, including such oddities as STEEL MAMMOTH and THE DAHMERS as well as new stuff from INCANTATION and the NEUROSIS side project HARVESTMAN. Let it never be said that we here at Wormwood are focused on just a genre or two. Also, there's finally some exciting news to report. THERON MOORE has given us access to 2 extraordinary interviews with members of the world's first metal band, BLUE CHEER! We will run his talks with DICKIE PETERSON and DUCK MCDONALD, both of whom have passed on now...these are full of amazing stories from the very birth of hard rock n' roll and beyond!

Here's what we have for you this week:

PORTRAIT                                                            "Burn the World"

INCANTATION                                                      "Profane Nexus"

HARVESTMAN                                                       "Music For Megaliths"

STEEL MAMMOTH                                                  "Atomic Oblivion"

THE DAHMERS                                                      "In the Dead of Night"

BATTLE RAIDER                                                    "Battle Raider"


posted Aug 24, 2017, 4:15 PM by Mike Korn   [ updated Aug 24, 2017, 4:16 PM ]


No major interviews or articles here this week, but that doesn't mean we are slacking around. The Torture Chamber is as busy as ever and includes some notable new names like QUIET RIOT, STEVE GRIMMETT and a slew of dark and evil bands. Check them out!!!

STEVE GRIMMETT                                                        "Personal Crisis"

EXPULSION                                                                 "Nightmare Future"

SLOW DEATH                                                               "Hate-Filled World"

NIGHTBRINGER                                                            "Terra Damnata"

CRAFTEON                                                                   "Cosmic Reawakening"

QUIET RIOT                                                                 "Road Rage"

DEPHOSPHORUS                                                          "Impossible Orbits"


posted Aug 17, 2017, 7:57 PM by Mike Korn   [ updated Aug 17, 2017, 7:58 PM ]


We haven't done a film article here at Wormwood in quite a while, but now the drought is over, as I take a close look at what may be the most morbid, death-obsessed film in history, 1972's cult British horror "THE ASPHYX"! It's quite the dreadful tale of a Victorian scientist who discovers a way to see and capture The Asphyx, the literal spirit of death. He thinks imprisoning this shrieking little horror will give mankind immortality. But what if immortality is a fate worse than death? If you've never heard of this unique feature, this is a great place to learn more of THE ASPHYX!

Hope to have some news concerning new features here soon. We may have a couple of weeks where we have reviews exclusively.

Speaking of reviews, this week's Torture Chamber seems rather grim and morbid itself, a fitting accompaniment to the Asphyx article!

DANZIG                                                              "Black Laden Crown"

VENOM INC.                                                       "Ave"

RHINO BUCKET                                                   "The Last Real Rock N Roll"

TEMPLE OF VOID                                                 "Lords of Death"

DEATH YELL                                                        "Descent Into Hell"

MORBID EVILS                                                    "Deceases"


posted Aug 9, 2017, 6:48 PM by Mike Korn   [ updated Aug 9, 2017, 6:48 PM ]


Last week we visited the shadowy woods of North Carolina. Well, this week we plunge into the Mines of Moria to sample the dwarven death metal of KHAZADDUM! This raging Milwaukee band is exploring the fabulous worlds of J.R.R. TOLKIEN, particularly the stout and fearless dwarves. I talk to LUKA DJORDEVIC about the very detailed and serious connection between Khazaddum and the bearded warrior folk. Lots of fun for Tolkien fans! While we're at it, we also look at Luka's other band, the grim black metallers PREZIR! Hoist a tankard of mead and descend with us into the depths of Moria HERE!

The pace is slower around Wormwood these days, but I am working hard to keep things interesting. Hope to have some announcements soon. In the meantime, get ready for my look at the cult horror film "THE ASPHYX" and a live review of this years WACKEN festival!

Now for a real eclectic version of the Torture Chamber. Even thought you'd see SUFFOCATION and CHEAP TRICK sharing space?!

SUFFOCATION                                                 "...Of The Dark Light"

LIMBONIC ART                                                "Spectre Abysme"

CHEAP TRICK                                                  "We're All Alright"

SCANNER (us)                                                 "Under the Devil's Tail"

CHASTAIN                                                       "We Bleed Metal 17"

PHYLACTERY                                                    "Necromancy Enthroned"


posted Aug 9, 2017, 6:31 PM by Mike Korn   [ updated Aug 9, 2017, 6:32 PM ]


A little bit behind in this update, but now back on track. The backwoods of the American South produce some fire and brimstone preaching...but sometimes the result is the opposite of what you'd expect. North Carolina occult metal band DEMON EYE takes that fiery preaching and turns it on its head. Our own country boy LORD RANDALL managed to head into the North Carolina hills to grab an interview with Demon Eye main man ERIK SUGG, who speaks about his upbringing and the influence on his music. It's pretty interesting reading, which you can sample HERE!

Some pretty heavy and brutish prisoners awake in this week's edition of the TORTURE CHAMBER!

INTEGRITY                                                      "Howling, For the Nightmare Shall Consume"

GOATWHORE                                                   "Vengeful Ascension"

UNDERGANG                                                   "Misanthropologi"

ALESTORM                                                      "No Grave But The Sea"

KHAZADDUM                                                   "Plagues Upon Arda"

PREZIR                                                           "Contempt"

BISON                                                            "You Are Not The Ocean, You Are The Patient"


posted Jul 25, 2017, 5:19 PM by Mike Korn   [ updated Jul 25, 2017, 5:19 PM ]


PRONG and its mastermind TOMMY VICTOR have been part of heavy music history for 30+ years so it's an honor to welcome them to the pages of Wormwood. Rarely have I spoken to such an interesting and thoughtful man as Tommy. In this interview, we talk about all manner of subjects with brutal honesty...the meaning of the new "Zero Days" record, the craziness of political correctness, the overwhelming presence of noise in daily life...and a whole lot more! Even if you don't know that much about Prong, this is a real intriguing conversation and one of the best I've had over the almost 20 year course of Wormwood. Find out what I'm talking about by clicking HERE!

Another strong edition of the Torture Chamber is also on tap this week, including a review of the previously mentioned "Zero Days" and a lot of other good stuff!

GOD DETHRONED                                                      "The World Ablaze"

PRONG                                                                      "Zero Days"

WARRANT                                                                  "Louder, Harder, Faster"

SACRIFICIAL SLAUGHTER                                            "Generation of Terror"

AVERSIO HUMANITATIS                                               "Longing For The Untold"

M.O.D.                                                                       "Busted, Broke & American"

QRIXKUOR                                                                 "Incantations From The Abyss"


posted Jul 18, 2017, 4:09 PM by Mike Korn   [ updated Jul 18, 2017, 4:10 PM ]


Our travels take us this week to sunny Southern California, where we encounter a relatively new band taking the area by storm...MADROST! These guys play a kind of classical "thinking man's death metal" full of clever time changes and rocksolid riffs. I was so impressed by their recent effort "The Essence of Time Matches No Flesh" that I immediately got a hold of vocalist/guitarist TANNER POPPIT for a chat. He had some surprising answers for me, which you can read HERE.

After a week with no updates, we've got some powerful new entries in the Wormwood Torture Chamber this time around!

DYING FETUS                                                     "Wrong One To Fuck With"

BEASTMAKER                                                     "Inside The Skull"

ICED EARTH                                                       "Incorruptible"

DECAPITATED                                                    "Anticult"

FOSCOR                                                            "Les Irreals Vision"

ENISUM                                                            "Seasons of Desolation"

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