LEARN SOME STRING THEORY FROM THE CALIFORNIA GUITAR TRIO!
Let it never be said that Wormwood is afraid to do something different! This week we take a break from our usual skull-splitting fare to hang out with musical wizard PAUL RICHARDS from the world-famous CALIFORNIA GUITAR TRIO! DARK STARR does the honors with Mr. Richards and finds out what's been happening with the CGT lately. It's not often we get to talk to musicians with the kind of pedigree that Mr. Richards has so take advantage of the opportunity and see what he's got to say HERE.
Big news from The Good Doctor! Last Friday night I got to board a tour bus and hang out with one of my musical heroes in the ever-lovin' flesh...none other than BOBBY "BLITZ" ELLSWORTH from the grizzled thrash veterans OVERKILL! You'll get to read my interview with Blitz in just a few weeks! Also, the subject of the next PHILM PHREAKS article here will be the amazing life and career of one of Hollywood's great character actors, WILLIAM SMITH! More news should be forthcoming soon!
We got a "double wide" version of the Torture Chamber for you this week, so wear glasses to prevent eye strain!
WATCHTOWER "Concepts of Math, Vol 1"
PANZERFAUST "The Lucifer Principle"
ALTAR OF BETELGEUZE "Among the Ruins"
WARCRAB "Scars of Aeons"
WITCHE'S BREW "Against The Grain"
EARTH AND PILLARS "Pillars 1"
INVERTIA "The Bidding of Tyrants"
BREAK THE SPEED BARRIER WITH RANGER!
I head to the forests of Finland this week to catch up with one of the fastest bands on the planet, RANGER! These cats play speed metal the old school way and they are turning a lot of heads with their relentless spikes-and-leather attack. I hook up with the charmingly named DIMI PONTIAC to find what I can about these metal demons. Are they as crazy about EXCITER as they seem to be? Is Finland really the metal capital of the world? And when is Ranger coming to America to break the speed limit? The answers to these and many more can be found HERE!
Some more news for you Worm-fiends! Expect a chat with Italy's monsters of brutal death, HOUR OF PENANCE soon! We can add that to talks with IMMOLATION and the CALIFORNIA GUITAR TRIO as well as my report on AAW Pro Wrestling. Many other things are in the works and are soon to be revealed!
Now for the Torture Chamber and the insanity you expect therefrom!
KREATOR "Gods of Violence"
HOUR OF PENANCE "Cast The First Stone"
FREEDOM CALL "Master of Light"
VOMIT ANGEL "Sadomatic Evil" 12"
FUNERAL STORM/CELESTIAL RITE "Funeral Rite" Split
HOLLYWOOD MONSTERS "Capture The Sun"
PRESENTING WORMWOOD CHRONICLES TOP 10 RELEASES OF 2016 LISTS!
Seems like only a few months have passed, but it is once again time for the annual Wormwood tradition! We now present each Wormwood writer's list of the TOP 10 RELEASES OF 2016! As usual, it's a wildly eclectic collection and to give you just a taste, here are the #1 picks for each Worm-scribe! You'll have to check out the actual article HERE for the entire lists!
SGT. DETH HELSTAR "Vampiro"
DARK STARR ANDERSON/STOLT "Invention of Knowledge"
THERON MOORE METALLICA "Hardwired...To Self Destruct"
PROF. JOCKO DEVILDRIVER "Trust No One"
DR. ABNER MALITY INQUISITION "Bloodshed Beyond the Empyrean Altar Across the Celestial Zenith"
COLONEL ANGUS EVERGREY "The Storm Within"
THOR MAGRUDERGRIND "II"
THRASH-HEAD ASTRONOID "Air"
GREAT SUN JESTER WRETCH "Wretch"
LORD RANDALL RUTS DC "Music Must Destroy"
OCTOPI MILLS AZAXUL "The Fleshly Tomb"
Lots of big news this week! I managed to secure a tremendous interview with ROSS DOLAN of the death metal legends IMMOLATION! Ross and I had a great time on this one and this interview will be a lot of fun to read. Also, in a completely different vein, DARK STARR got an interview with PAUL RICHARDS from the long-running prof fusion act CALIFORNIA GUITAR TRIO! That should be something unique! Also working on a couple of other cool items that I can tell you about soon!
As if this isn't enough, we also have this week's regularly scheduled Torture Chamber reviews!
TERRIFIER "Weapons of Thrash Destruction"
BILL & PHIL "Songs of Darkness and Despair"
STEPHEN PEARCY "Smash"
DISTANT SUN "Into the Nebula"
MAZE OF SOTHOTH "Soul Demise"
SPREAD YOUR WINGS WITH ALBEZ DUZ!
Our odd friend from Arkansas, Mr. OCTOPI MILLS, gets back into the swing of things this week with a trip to Germany and an interview with the mysterious and unique doom metal band ALBEZ DUZ! He was lucky enough to speak to their lovely guitarist JULIA NEUMAN about their one-of-a-kind sound and the influences they get from prog rock and folk music. It's a brief but potent chat with a band that has made a lot of waves with their new album "Wings of Tzinacan" and you can dive into it HERE!
Should have some news on major interviews coming up shortly! Also mulling over the subject of the next Wormwood Files. Not sure what it is, but I can guarantee you that it will be extra weird!
This week's Torture Chamber includes reviews of the latest OVERKILL, a German rock supergroup and some extremely dark and strange artists!
ROCK WOLVES "Rock Wolves"
OVERKILL "The Grinding Wheel"
AZAXUL "The Fleshly Tomb"
SUNLIGHT'S BANE "The Blackest Volume: Like All the Earth Was Buried"
LORN "Arrayed Claws"
DIABLERIE "The Catalyst Vol. 1: Control"
GET IN THE RING WITH GARY MICHAEL CAPPETTA!
It's been a long time since we've done a pro wrestling related piece here at Wormwood, but now the drought has broken in a big way! I've managed to talk to one of the most celebrated ring announcers of the last half century, GARY MICHAEL CAPPETTA! Gary has announced major events for the WWF, WCW, NWA and AWA, including the boom periods of Hulkamania and the NWO. He's currently ready to tour with a unique one man show called "Beyond Bodyslams" which looks at his 40 year career...he tells us all about here, as well as some great stories about ANDRE THE GIANT, GEORGE "THE ANIMAL" STEELE, GORILLA MONSOON and many more. It's a great in-depth chat that's mandatory for all wrestling fans so lace up your boots and jump in the ring!
Proud to announce that I snagged an interview with Finnish speed metal maniacs RANGER which will be appearing here soon! Plus our annual TOP 10 lists are also coming so you can find out what your favorite Worm-scribe listens to! Things are rolling right along...
An extra size helping of audio TORTURE this week! Some of these reviews will be rather controversial...
SUPERJOINT "Caught In the Gears of Application"
ARDUINI/BALICH "Dawn of Ages"
HAXXAN "Loch Ness Rising"
ENUFF Z'NUFF "Clowns Lounge"
DEAD CONSPIRACY "Dead Conspiracy"
CLITERATI "Cliterati" EP
REALITY SLAP "Limitless" EP
SPIRIT BELL "Guided By Evil Light"
THE CURSED HISTORY OF DAMIEN THORNE!
Our resident expert on Chicago metal history, THERON MOORE, this week ventured onto cursed ground to learn the macabre tale of DAMIEN THORNE, Chi-town's masters of evil power metal. He speaks to guitarist KEN MANDAT about the beginnings of the band and the turbulent Chicago metal scene, including a look at fondly remembered venues like Medusa's and The Thirsty Whale. He hears some tough stories of how the band was ripped off by their label and their difficulty adjusting to the trendy LA metal scene of the late 80's/early 90's. And there are also revelations of Damien Thorne's current activities like their new album "Soul Stealer". It's an in-depth look at Windy City metal and you can check it out HERE!
I can report that OCTOPI MILLS has scored an interview with the mystical and unpredictable occult doom metal band, ALBEZ DUZ, so look for that to appear here soon. Mr. Mills is working on some other projects for Wormwood, as am I, and details will be forthcoming soon.
We keep the whacky reputation of the Torture Chamber intact as this week features smoked out stoner rock, a Hungarian Dada wolf in Dutch sheep's clothing, black metal played with hammered dulcimer instead of guitar and bloodcurdling Australian war metal. It's not just reviews, it's an adventure!
LO PAN "In Tensions"
RANGER "Speed and Violence"
BOTANIST/OSKOREIEN "EP3: Green Metal/Deterministic Chaos"
DUTCH FUTURISMO "Festival of Misfits"
MAZZ XT "On the Brink of Eternity"
THE FUROR "Cavalries of The Occult"
GET READY TO FIGHT WITH BEYOND THRESHOLD!
We stay close to home this week as THERON MOORE puts up his dukes and slugs it out with Rockford area powerhouses BEYOND THRESHOLD. Specifically, he gets in the ring with singer ERIK VIRGEN to find out more about the longtime roots of the band and their steady climb up the metal ladder. He also finds out what sort of advice Erik and the boys have gotten from veteran bands like HATEBREED and SEVENDUST. If you're ready to go a few rounds with BEYOND THRESHOLD, lace 'em up and check out the interview!
This week's Torture Chamber is the usual selection of perfection that you've come to expect from the Wormcrew!
TYGERS OF PAN TANG "Tygers of Pan Tang"
KRATORNAS "Devoured By Damnation"
ESBEN AND THE WITCH "Older Terrors"
HAMMER KING "Hammer Is King"
STORM DEATH "Time To Destroy"
SERPENTINE DOMINION "Serpentine Dominion"
WE HEAD TO THE BLACK LAGOON FOR THE ULTIMATE CREATURE FEATURE!
For the last article of 2016, we charter a rickety boat to take us into the mysterious depths of the Amazon where we try to find the facts behind THE CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON! This fish-faced monster has endured for over fifty years as one of the most famous ever created. Now I try to exxamine his history and background, including the surprising truth about who designed his unique make-up. We look at all three of the classic "Creature" movies and more. So grab your spear gun and your scuba tank as we dive into the Black Lagoon and reveal all HERE!
In the coming weeks, you'll be seeing THERON MOORE's interviews with two great Midwestern bands....the long running Chicago power metal masters DAMIEN THORNE and the fast-rising hellraisers from my hometown of Rockford, BEYOND THRESHOLD! Plus I will have a chat with one of the most illustrious pro wrestling announcers ever, GARY MICHAEL CAPPETTA! And of course we'll have the infamous Wormwood TOP 10 of 2016 lists! Plus lots more!
The last batch of 2016 Torture Chamber reviews is just as twisted as you've come to expect!
QUICKSAND DREAM "Beheading Tyrants"
CRIPPLED BLACK PHOENIX "Bronze"
GRAVE DIGGER "Healed By Metal"
GOATBLOOD "Veneration of Armageddon"
LIGHT & SHADE "The Essence of Everything"
SAY GOODBYE TO 2016 WITH EDENSONG!
Another trip around the sun is almost over but not quite! We close out 2016 by interviewing one of the fastest rising prog rock bands on the scene today, EDENSONG! Our resident prog-ologist DARK STARR speaks to TONY WALDMAN about the eclectic influences and unique approach of this band, as well as what they think of music downloading and fan footage of the group. You can find out what Edensong is all about by jumping aboard HERE!
Several big plans afoot for 2017! The New Year will reveal all!
Our Torture Chamber this week features all the unpredictability you've come to expect as well as a review of the latest METALLICA effort!
METALLICA "Hard Wired To Self Destruct"
CIRCLE OF DUST "Machines of Our Disgrace"
AN AUTUMN FOR CRIPPLED CHILDREN "Eternal"
BRAIN TENTACLES "Brain Tentacles"
TOTTENKORPS "Supreme Commanders of Darkness"
CAUGHT UP WITH THE FURY OF SUPERJOINT!
Get yerself in an angry frame of mind for my interview with hardcore heavyweights SUPERJOINT! It's been a while since these jokers have torn everybody a new one, but they are back in action with their new album "Caught In the Gears of Application" and they haven't lost an ounce of bad attitude. I talk to drummer JOEY GONZALEZ about the reality of Superjoint 2016, what it's like to work with legends like PHIL ANSELMO and JIMMY BOWER and what the definition of true hardcore is! It's a long and wild chat which you can check out HERE once you put your flak jacket on!
A few things to report on. Some interviews I planned on don't look like they're going to pan out, which is a big disappointment. I hate to let you humanoids down! But things are opening up in other ways. I should soon have a chat with a MAJOR pro wrestling figure who has worked for every major wrestling organization. THERON MOORE tells me he's got an interview with a great band from Chicago's metal past. And I've concluded my look at one of the greatest monsters ever, THE CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON! Plus a few other items yet to be revealed and ultimately the famous Wormwood TOP 10 OF 2016 lists!
For now, here's a truly international edition of the Torture Chamber, with bands from all across the globe!
THE ANSWER "Solas"
ENTRAPMENT "Towards Realms Unseen"
CULTES DES GHOULES "Coven, or Evil Ways Instead of Good"
SOLITUDE "Reach For the Sky"
IN DEATH "The Devil Speaks"
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