posted Aug 23, 2016, 5:12 PM by Mike Korn   [ updated Aug 23, 2016, 5:12 PM ]


Prog rock fans should get a kick out of this week's interview. The one and only DARK STARR catches up with Mr. NEAL MORSE, a legend in the genre. The one time member of SPOCK'S BEARD is now enjoying great success with TRANSATLANTIC and THE NEAL MORSE BAND. We find out about all the projects he's been up to lately and some of his favorite artists as well. We also find out what kind of a music festival he'd put together. Prog heads, dive into the chat HERE!

More news! I just made a rare connection to the nation of Creepsylvania and you long-time readers may know what that means...I got to talk to the disgusting and smelly DIGESTOR from the hooded horror band GHOUL! Haven't talked to Mr. D in a while so we caught up on a lot of news from the "Old Country". This is one of the goofiest interviews I've ever done! Plus we have TOM ANGELRIPPER from SODOM on tap and hopefully a lot more if everything works out!

Nice big serving of Torture Chamber tidbits this time around, so I hope you brought your appetite and a cast-iron stomach!

BLOOD RED THRONE                                                "Union of Flesh and Machine"

FORTERESSE                                                          "Themes Pour La Rebellion"

MIZERY                                                                 "Absolute Light"

ERIK NORLANDER                                                    "Surreal"

FORTY WINTERS                                                      "Rotting Empire"

GRAVE DESECRATOR                                                "Dust To Lust"

BRICK                                                                   "Faceless Strangers"

RISING                                                                 "Oceans Into Their Graves"

GUTTER INSTINCT                                                  "Age of the Fanatic"


posted Aug 16, 2016, 4:16 PM by Mike Korn   [ updated Aug 16, 2016, 4:16 PM ]


Things get nice and gloomy this week at Wormwood Chronicles as I interview one of the titans of American doom rock/metal, THE OBSSESSED! These guys have had a strange odyssey over the last 30 years but their influence has never faded. They are preparing their first record in more than 20 years! I find out all about it from veteran bassist DAVE SHERMAN, who spills the beans on his long running relationship with "WINO" WEINRICH, how doom metal went from musical ghetto to hot commodity and of course, the new album "Sacred", to be released on Relapse. Dave's a humble dude with a lot to say, so give a listen HERE!

Big news, folks! I can confirm a brand new interview with the German thrash metal legends SODOM! It's been more than 10 years since I've talked to TOM ANGELRIPPER so there will be a lot of new ground covered in this chat. I'm also working on an article about one of the most insane movies I have ever seen, the French 1985 abomination known as "DEVIL STORY". Never heard of it? Well, you will! Plus several other plots I'm working on to keep things boiling around here!

This week's ride through the Wormwood Torture Chamber is wilder than a trip on a Kansas City waterslide!!!

WOLVERINE                                                       "Machina Viva"

RINGWORM                                                       "Snake Church"

CASTLE                                                             "Welcome To the Graveyard"

BEELZEFUZZ                                                      "The Righteous Bloom"

BLACK FUCKING CANCER                                     "Black Fucking Cancer"

GHOULGOTHA                                                    "To Starve The Cross"


posted Aug 9, 2016, 4:27 PM by Mike Korn   [ updated Aug 9, 2016, 4:27 PM ]


This week you Worm-maniacs get to vicariously experience one of the wildest metal festivals in Midwest history through Dr. Mality's eyes! I've got a detailed report on the three crazy days that I spent at REGGIE'S ROCK CLUB in downtown Chicago for my first...and unfortunately last...edition of the METAL THREAT Fest. This event was an underground metal fans dream, featuring iconic acts like Italy's BULLDOZER, the infamous INQUISITION, and the original lineup of Canadian metal gods EXCITER! Plus the likes of SLUTVOMIT, MOROS NYX and the indescribable SHITFUCKER! I emerged battered, bruised and beaten, but happy as a pig in mud at the conclusion of the mighty event. Read my report and feast on the exclusive pics HERE!

Some of the names to be found in the weekly Torture Chamber update include OMEN, FOGHAT and GRUESOME! A twisted stew, indeed!

OMEN                                                    "Hammer Damage"

GRUESOME                                             "Dimensions of Horror"

CAUCHEMAR                                           "Chapelle Ardiente"

THROTTLEROD                                        "Turncoat"

BLOOD INCANTATION                               "Starspawn"

FOGHAT                                                 "Under The Influence"


posted Aug 2, 2016, 6:59 PM by Mike Korn   [ updated Aug 2, 2016, 6:59 PM ]


THERON MOORE dives deep into the storied history of Chi-town's metal scene with the man who knows all about it, PAUL SPECKMANN of death metal originators MASTER! It's been a few years since we've heard from Paul so this is a welcome chance to catch up and learn some new tales from Master's long history. Theron asks him about numerous great bands from the past as well as famous venues like Medusa's. Mr. Speckmann has never been known to be shy with his opinions so you get quite a lively chat, which you can experience HERE!

In addition to all the concert reviews I hinted about last week, I can also tell you that we will have an interview with the great prog rock standout NEAL MORSE on the way. Working on a couple of other items myself...one of them will be an extensive look at one of the craziest movies I've ever seen, 'DEVIL STORY' from France! If you know anything about the flicks I watch, you'll know I'm serious when I talk about psychotronic film!

Now for a double-stuffed edition of the Torture Chamber, featuring more oddball artist than you can shake a prosthetic leg at!

DENNER/SHERMANN                                                  "Masters of Evil"

WITHERED                                                               "Grief Relic"

INHERIT DISEASE                                                     "Ephemeral"

TYFON'S DOOM                                                         "Yeth Hound"

SUMMIT                                                                   "The Winds That Forestall Thy Return"

SLUDGEHAMMER                                                        "The Fallen Sun"

GRAVES AT SEA                                                         "The Curse That Is"

TEMPLE NIGHTSIDE                                                    "The Hecatomb"

MARS RED SKY                                                          "Apex III: Praise for the Burning Soul"


posted Jul 26, 2016, 4:24 PM by Mike Korn   [ updated Jul 26, 2016, 4:24 PM ]


Do you humanoids think you're up for a good old spookhouse ramble? Then join me in the latest edition of the Wormwood Files, as I head to the foggy streets of London to penetrate the dark secrets of 50 BERKELEY SQUARE. For decades, this was the most feared location in London, a town brimming with ghosts! Some of those who tried to fathom its mysteries wound up killed in grisly ways or driven mad by the unknown terrors they saw. What happened in this infamous location? What is truth and what is legend? Grab your canes and bowlers and join me in the exploration HERE!

Looks like our good friend SOLOMON G might be giving us a report on one of the biggest rock festivals of the year, the PSYCHO LAS VEGAS fest, featuring ALICE COOPER, BLUE OYSTER CULT, SLEEP, ELECTRIC WIZARD and more. That's not all! We will be getting a report from THRASH-HEAD later in the year about the annual PROGPOWER fest. Plus SGT. DETH will give us the lowdown on a QUEENSRYCHE show and I'm wrapping up my mega-article on the METAL THREAT fest of Chicago. So a lot of great concert review are on the way!

Some mighty heavy sounds can be heard rattling around in the Torture Chamber this week....

MISTUR                                                                  "In Memoriam"

ASSASSIN                                                               "Combat Cathedral"

THE DEAD DAISIES                                                   "Make Some Noise"

PAGANIZER                                                             "On The Outskirts of Hades"

WIRED ANXIETY                                                       "The Delirium of Negation"

SEWERCIDE                                                             "Immortalized in Suffering"

NETHERLANDS                                                         "Audobon"


posted Jul 20, 2016, 4:31 PM by Mike Korn   [ updated Jul 20, 2016, 4:31 PM ]


Your old pal Dr. Mality is pretty bushed after an incredible 3 day weekend at the METAL THREAT fest in Chicago! Finally got to see a phenomenal line-up of "legacy" bands like EXCITER, RAZOR and BULLDOZER! You can expect a full blow by blow report from me in the near future, with plenty of cool pics, but in the meantime, I got pretty toasted and so there is no "major" Wormwood story this week. We'l be back in the swing of things next week...not sure yet if we'll post my interview with THE OBSESSED or run a new Wormwood Files article on NO. 50 BERKELEY STREET in London! Guess we'll find out together!

I was able to work up enough energy to toss up this wildly eclectic collection of Torture Chamber review, featuring DEATH ANGEL, URIAH HEEP and DRAGONFORCE!

DEATH ANGEL                                                "The Evil Divide"

NERVOSA                                                      "Agony"

MORTILERY                                                    "Shape Shifter"

DRAGONFORCE                                               "Killer Elite"

GRIDFAILURE                                                 "Ensuring the Bloodline Ends Here"

URIAH HEEP                                                   "Totally Driven"

COMBICHRIST                                                 "This Is Where Death Begins"


posted Jul 12, 2016, 4:14 PM by Mike Korn   [ updated Jul 12, 2016, 4:14 PM ]


I went crawling in nameless crypts near the deserted Martense Mansion this week but it wasn't a pleasure trip. I went to speak to JONATHAN DENNISON, the genius behind the creation of CADABRA RECORDS. Cadabra is the new niche label devoted to putting spoken tales of terror on vinyl. They's already released the spooky works of H.P. LOVECRAFT, LEE BROWN COYE and CLARK ASHTON SMITH, with much more on the way, including POE's "The Raven". Each Cadabra release is superbly packaged and expertly produced. What lit the fire under Mr. Dennison which led to the creation of this macabre label? What terrors does he plan for us next? Join me in the crypts and find out HERE!

This upcoming weeken I will be attending the magnificent METAL THREAT Festival in Chicago featuring performances by EXCITER, RAZOR, BULLDOZER and INQUISITION, among many others. Expect a full Wormwood report on this killer feast of fury. We may also be getting live coverage of the insane PSYCHO LAS VEGAS festival in Sin City....lots of other things coming your way soon from Wormwood Chronicles!

You don't have to wait to experience the painful pleasures of the Wormwood Torture Chamber! We have a massively eclectic collection of review for you!

CANDLEMASS                                                       "Death, Thy Lover"

CULT OF LUNA w/JULIE CHRISTMAS                         "Mariner"

BLACK SHAPE OF NEXUS                                        "Carrier"

THIRD ION                                                          "Biolith"

WOLF HOFFMANN                                                 "Headbangers Symphony"

VEKTOR                                                              "Terminal Redux"

DARK AVENGER                                                    "Tales of Avalon: The Lament"

GADGET                                                              "The Great Destroyer"

RABID FLESH EATERS                                            "Reign of Terror"


posted Jul 5, 2016, 4:22 PM by Mike Korn   [ updated Jul 5, 2016, 4:23 PM ]


It's been a while since the Fair Sex has dropped into Wormwood Laboratories (and I can kinda understand why) but we fell off the wagon in a big way this week. Wormwood's military madman SGT. DETH was lucky enough to get the legendary LITA FORD into his foxhole for an exclusive chat! Lita talks about many subjects of interest, such as how she keeps her voice intact, what her favorite guitars are and how she manages to get in and out of those tight leather outfits! Plus she tells a story about her collaboration with some guy named EDWARD VAN HALEN! You can check out all the details HERE!

A pleasant trip into the depths of the Wormwood Torture Chamber is also on tap. This week, OCTOPI MILLS compares an artist to a flat mummified cat found inside a reclining chair! Plus more knee-slapping hijinks...

DESTROYER 666                                                         "Wildfire"

COUGH                                                                     "Still They Pray"

CENTINEX                                                                 "Doomsday Rituals"

CONNY OCHS                                                             "Future Fables"

GOATESS                                                                  "Purgatory Under New Management"

CONQUEST                                                                "Under the Influence"


posted Jun 29, 2016, 7:54 AM by Mike Korn   [ updated Jun 29, 2016, 7:55 AM ]


If you enjoy music that's like a punch in the face with brass knuckles, you don't want to miss this week's unusual "double" interview. For years, the band WEEKEND NACHOS have been the last word in bone-breaking hardcore fury. Now the band is saying goodbye with their final album "Apology". But rising from the depths to take their place is the more death metal oriented LIKE RATS, featuring some of the same members. In this interview, I talk to ANDY, TODD and DAN about the end of NACHOS and the birth of LIKE RATS. Get ready to dive into the pit HERE!

Some spooky news for you lovers of the macabre. I recently spoke to JONATHAN DENNISON, owner of the CADABRA RECORDS label which specializes in spoken word horror stories from the likes of H.P. LOVECRAFT and CLARK ASHTON SMITH. The result is a unique interview focused on the unearthly. Coming soon at Wormwood! Speaking of the weird, I'm also working on a new Wormwood Files examining Britain's most haunted house, 50 BERKELEY SQUARE! So keep watching for that, too!

Now for this week's slate of Torture Chamber reviews...

WORMED                                                           "Krighsu"

NAILS                                                               "You Will Never Be One of Us"

LITA FORD                                                         "Time Capsule"

VEX                                                                  "Sky Exile"

PRODUCT OF HATE                                              "Buried In Violence"

SKELETON WOLF                                                 "Skeleton Wolf"

BARDUS                                                            "Stella Porta"

REPTILIAN                                                         "Perennial Void Traverse"

CHAINS/SUTON split                                            "Balkanian Narko Doom"


posted Jun 21, 2016, 8:21 PM by Mike Korn   [ updated Jun 21, 2016, 8:21 PM ]


Many will recognize the name of JOE BOUCHARD from his many years as bassist for BLUE OYSTER CULT. But he's also been a college professor, film music writer and now he has a solo career and a brand new album "The Power of Music". Wormwood's DARK STARR caught up with Joe recently to talk to him about everything he's been up to since leaving the Cult, his many musical influences and his desire to continue a hard rock career on his own. He's an easy going guy who's been around almost every conceivable facet of the music business...hear what he's got to say HERE!

We've got another eclectic hodge-podge of metal and hard rock for you in the Torture Chamber...giraffes, vikings, Mexican foodstuffs and more!

GRAND MAGUS                                                 "Sword Songs"

WEEKEND NACHOS                                            "Apology"

VARDIS                                                           "Red Eye"

THE GIRAFFES                                                  "Usury"

ROTTEN SOUND                                                "Abuse To Suffer"

TRUE BLACK DAWN                                           "Come The Colorless Dawn"

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