UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL WITH OVERKILL'S BOBBY BLITZ!
This week a dream comes true for your old pal DR. MALITY as I get to board the "Overbus" and speak mano y mano with a musical hero, BOBBY "BLITZ" ELLSWORTH from the awesome OVERKILL! We managed to hook up at a recent show in Chicago and I asked Bobby about the latest change in the band, if Bobby sees an end to Overkill's fantastic career and the details behind the new videos they've just unleashed. Blitz being Blitz, there's a lot of funny stuff along the way, too. In addition to the interview, I also review that Chicago show also performed with NILE! You can see what it's all about HERE!
Work proceeding on my article about cult movie legend WILLIAM SMITH and I may soon be talking to a NWOBHM legend. The next Wormwood Files will be a look at one of the great hauntings in history, the tale of the ENFIELD POLTERGEIST. Much more on the way!
"Hard and heavy" are the words to describe this week's Torture Chamber, featuring some names you should know and a few you might not!
APOKRIFNA REALNOST "Na Rekah Valvinoskih"
FELL RUIN "To The Concrete Drifts"
LOCK UP "Demonization"
POISON RITES "Poison Rites"
ENTER THE DARKENED DOMAIN OF IMMOLATION!
Prepare to banish all light and hope from your eyes as we venture into the dreadful world of IMMOLATION! This isn't our first go-around with the death metal veterans but it is the most entertaining and thorough! I speak to main man ROSS DOLAN, a curiously cheerful chap given the overwhelming bleakness of Immolation's worldview. We have a great talk about what drives Immolation year after year, the pre-internet days of death metal, the obstacles they endured while recording new album "Atonement" and a whole lot of other cool stuff. This is honestly the most fun I've had on an interview in a while so get ready for a new level of devastation HERE!
I can't reveal much of what we're working on right now at Wormwood Laboratories but I think you folks are really going to enjoy what we've got coming up. Take it from Dr. Mality...have I ever been known to lie?
And now, see if your nerves can withstand an extra big dose of the Torture Chamber!
SEPULTURA "Machine Messiah"
DEATHWISH "Unleash Hell"
THE DRIP "The Haunting Fear of Inevitability"
JOHN GARCIA "The Coyote Who Spoke In Tongues"
VENEREAL BAPTISM "Deviant Castigation Liturgy"
JACK RUSSELL'S GREAT WHITE "He Saw It Comin'"
INVASION "Destroyer of Mankind"
IRON MAGAZINE "Queen of Hell" EP
FORCA MACABRA "25 Anos"
MANIACAL MAT MAYHEM AT AAW'S END OF INNOCENCE!
It's time for another bone-breaking trip into the grunt n groan zone of pro wrestling! I give a blow-by-blow report on the END OF INNOCENCE card staged by one of the best independent wrestling leagues in the country, AAW! The card took place in the peaceful Illinois town of Lasalle-Peru and featured such notable wrestling stars as KONGO KONG, PENTAGON DARK and AAW heavyweight champion SAMI CALLIHAN trying to put each other in the hospital. Who had the best match? Who put on the best performance? Read my bare-knuckled report HERE and find out for yourself!
THE GREAT SUN JESTER tells me he's working on an interview with the masters of stoner rock riffage LO PAN so that's something to look forward to. THOR tells me he's trying to rope a certain frantic crossover band named after a metallic president into a chat and I'm working on something that will take us back to the days of war elephants and Hannibal The Great. Cryptic enough for you? I should be clearing up the mystery soon!
And now, time for you to immerse yourself in the brutal world of Wormwood's Torture Chamber!
CELLADOR "Off The Grid"
EX DEO "The Immortal Wars"
ANVIL STRYKEZ "Anvil Strykez"
BEAR MACE "Butchering The Colossus"
AL ATKINS "Reloaded"
UNEARTHLY TRANCE "Stalking The Ghost"
THE HOUR OF PENANCE HAS COME TO WORMWOOD!
Our journeys this week take us to Rome, Italy and in some ways, to the war-torn battlefields of the Middle East, where we meet the masters of brutal death metal, HOUR OF PENANCE! I have a penetrating chat with PAOLO PIERINI and GIULIO MOSCHINI about the ideas behind their monstrous new album "Cast The First Stone". It's a discussion about the madness of religious warfare that drags on and on from the Crusades up to today. A lot of serious talk from both gentlemen and a discussion you shouldn't pass up! Check it out right HERE!
We turn now to this week's Torture Chamber, which features a gaggle of bands who have never graced Wormwood before and who hail from all over the world!
BEHEADED "The Beast Incarnate"
THE GREAT OLD ONES "EOD: A Tale of Dark Legacy"
WITHERFALL "Nocturnes and Preludes"
MURO "El Cuatro Jinete"
LUCIFER'S FRIEND "Too Late For Hate"
BLACKCAT MANOR "Relentless" EP
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"
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