posted Jun 26, 2020, 7:01 PM by Mike Korn   [ updated Jun 26, 2020, 7:01 PM ]


Wormwood once again speaks to one of England's preeminent black metal bands, the noble WINTERFYLLETH! These sons of Albion have just released perhaps the finest record of their careers, "The Reckoning Dawn". I speak to CHRIS NAUGHTON about the roots of the album, the subtle changes in WINTERFYLLETH over the years and how doing an acoustic album helped them write the heaviest and most epic material they've done yet. You can join in on the chat by reading HERE.

Some news to report! I've nabbed an interview with multi-instrumentalist PROF. BLACK concerning the new album from HIGH SPIRITS! This guy has jabbed his fingers in a lot of pies over the years so I can promise an interesting conversation. The always busy THERON MOORE has secured an interview with traditional metal warriors STEEL ASSASSIN. Theron and I are both working on more material and we should have some announcements soon!

You wanted it and you got it! Another edition of the Torture Chamber to devour and consume...

WITCHSKULL                                                          "A Driftwood Cross"

SINISTER                                                               "Deformation of the Holy Realm"

PALE DIVINE                                                           "Consequences of Time"

SANCTIFYING RITUAL                                              "Sanctifying Ritual"

EPIC TANTRUM                                                        "Abandoned In the Stranger's Room"

MADHOUSE                                                             "Brain Dead"


posted Jun 20, 2020, 9:43 AM by Mike Korn   [ updated Jun 20, 2020, 9:43 AM ]


Last time around we spoke with bassist supreme MIKE LEPOND. This time, the drummers get their chance! THERON MOORE talks to one of the busiest drummers in metal today, Mr. JERAMIE KLING. A list of Jeramie's current projects includes VENOM INC., MASSACRE, NECROMANCING THE STONE, GOREGANG, THE ABSENCE, RIBSPREADER and FORE. This guy must be welded into his drum kit! The interview touches on many of these bands, but particularly on the forthcoming MASSACRE record. Why don't you stop by and say hello HERE?

We also have another industrial sized version of the Torture Chamber this week to give you even more abuse!

BENIGHTED                                           "Obscene Repressed"

GRAVE DIGGER                                      "Fields of Blood"

EXHUMED/GRUESOME                            "Twisted Horror" Split EP

GRIDFAILURE                                         "Sixth Mass Extinction--Skulduggery II"

D.O.A.                                                   "Treason"

STYGIAN CROWN                                    "Stygian Crown"

CRYPTIC SHIFT                                       "Visitations From Enceladus"

MAELSTROM                                           "Of Gods and Men"

HEGEMONY                                            "Enthroned by Persecution"


posted Jun 9, 2020, 7:20 PM by Mike Korn   [ updated Jun 9, 2020, 7:20 PM ]



This week we've got a chance with the busiest and most talented bass player in the metal scene bar none, Mr. MIKE LEPOND! Best known for his work with the prog metal masters SYMPHONY X, Mike is currently pushing a new album with the band he is the mastermind of, SILENT ASSASSINS! This is in addition to work with ROSS THE BOSS and DEADRISEN. Find out how Mike juggles all his many projects and keeps sane as well as his interest in history that's inspired the new SILENT ASSASSINS album "The Whore of Babylon". Plus many more topics are covered by this well-spoken gentleman. Dive in right HERE and find out more!

Here's an edition of the Torture Chamber that's so heavy it could sink an aircraft carrier!!!

MY DYING BRIDE                                                  "The Ghost of Orion"

ABYSMAL DAWN                                                   "Phylogenesis"

MERCYLESS                                                         "The Mother of All Plagues"

CAULDRON BLACK RAM                                        "Slaver"

FROM HELL                                                          "Rats and Ravens"

AKOLYTH                                                             "Akolyth"


posted Jun 5, 2020, 9:30 AM by Mike Korn   [ updated Jun 5, 2020, 9:31 AM ]


CIRITH UNGOL is the band that would not die! With roots stretching back to the mid-70's, they were one of Southern California's first true metal bands. Now, after almost two decades in limbo, the legion has returned...and Wormwood Chronicles has got them! I talk to current bassist JARVIS LEATHERBY about the resurrection of CIRITH UNGOL, their new album "Forever Black", and plans for the future. I also sneak in a few questions about Jarvis' other bands, NIGHT DEMON and JAGUAR! You can join the legion of CIRITH UNGOL here!

I can let you know that DARK STARR has secured an interview with hard prog specialists GLASS HAMMER, so keep an eye out for that. Next week will be my chat with bassist supreme MIKE LEPOND!

And now, an extra large helping of the Torture Chamber!

WAILIN' STORMS                                                                "Rattle"

WINTERFYLLETH                                                                 "The Reckoning Dawn"

OZ                                                                                     "Forced Commandments"

PARADISE LOST                                                                  "Obsidian"

SOLICITOR                                                                         "Spectral Devastation"

GRAND MASSIVE                                                                 "4"

FUNERALOPOLIS                                                                  "Of Deceit and Utter Madness"

ROAD WARRIOR                                                                   "Mach II"

WEED DEMON                                                                      "Crater Maker"


posted May 26, 2020, 3:11 PM by Mike Korn   [ updated May 26, 2020, 3:12 PM ]


For the first time in almost 2 years, the Wormwood Files returns to life! This time we head to the gloomy glens of Scotland to investigate the legends of one of the most haunted placed in the world, GLAMIS CASTLE! This ancient pile of stone has more ghosts per square foot than a New York subway station has rats! And what of the hideously deformed heir to the castle legacy said to be imprisoned in a secret chamber? I take a look at that legend and many more...if you have enough nerve, come along and see what I found right HERE!

A gaggle of new interviews is on the way. Coming soon will be THERON MOORE's chat with tireless drum god JERAMIE KLING, who pounds the skins for bands like VENOM INC., MASSACRE, THE ABSENCE, GOREGANG and more. Next week will bring my talk with JARVIS LEATHERBY of SoCal metal heroes CIRITH UNGOL!

This week's Torture Chamber lineup is a particularly wild and woolly one!

BONFIRE                                                         "Fistful of Fire"

MIKE LEPOND'S SILENT ASSASSINS                  "The Whore of Babylon"

SHRAPNEL                                                       "Palace of The Insane"

SHITFUCKER                                                    "Sex With Dead Body"

COSMIC BURIAL                                               "Impakt"

SHATTER BRAIN                                               "Pitchfork Justice"


posted May 18, 2020, 4:36 PM by Mike Korn   [ updated May 18, 2020, 4:36 PM ]


This week the esteemed DARK STARR presents a tandem interview with two highly creative and prolific music makers: Mr. BERNIE SHAW, lead vocalist for URIAH HEEP, and Canadian producer and multi-instrumentalist DALE COLLINS. These two gentlemen have put their talents together to create some unique sounds, with their most recent album being "Too Much Information". These fellows make for a lively conversation that covers a lot of territory, so dive right into it HERE!

LOTS of new Wormwood projects to tell you about! I grabbed an interview with the hardest-working bassist in the metal scene, Mr. MIKE LEPOND! Mike may be best known for his work in SYMPHONY X, but his solo band SILENT ASSASSINS just released a scorcher of an album entitled "The Whore of Babylon". Very cool gentleman to speak to! Also coming up: a much different kind of interview with the maniacal death metal pirates of Australia's CAULDRON BLACK RAM! As if that's not enough, I also spoke with Britain's proud black metal warriors WINTERFYLLETH. So lots of action coming up down the pike!

Now for our extra large trip into the depths of the Torture Chamber...

BLAZE OF PERDITION                                                 "The Harrowing of Hearts"

CIRITH UNGOL                                                           "Forever Black"

ELDER                                                                       "Omens"

THE WIZAR'D                                                             "Subterranean Exile"

MOTHER YETI                                                             "My Best Please"

WARBRINGER                                                             "Weapons of Tomorrow"

RAMLORD                                                                   "From Darker Waters"

CALLIGRAM                                                                "The Eye Is the First Circle"

SIGN OF EVIL                                                             "Psychodelic Horror"


posted May 11, 2020, 4:44 PM by Mike Korn   [ updated May 11, 2020, 4:44 PM ]


Connoisseurs of the darkest and heaviest metal will surely recall the name of WINTER from the early 1990's...a band that broke new boundaries for oppressive, doomy metal with their debut "Into Darkness". They then retreated into the abyss...until 2020, when a new entity named GODEN arose to carry on the legacy of WINTER. GODEN has recently released one of the most ambitious and heavy albums of recent times in "Beyond Darkness". I got the chance to speak to GODEN mastermind and former WINTER member STEPHEN FLAM about his involvement with both bands. The result was indeed enlightening and you can check it out HERE!

Working on multiple Wormwood projects which I can talk more about soon. Stay tuned!

Six new prisoners of the Wormwood Torture Chamber have been brought forth for your inspection this week...

DEVANGELIC                                               "Ersetu"

VADER                                                        "Solitude In Madness"

CASKETS OPEN                                            "Concrete Realms of Pain"

DEATH COURIER                                          "Necrotic Verses"

CLOVEN HOOF                                             "Age Of Steel"

VILLAGERS OF IOANNINA CITY                     "Age of Aquarius"


posted May 4, 2020, 4:32 PM by Mike Korn   [ updated May 4, 2020, 4:32 PM ]


There is a Dragon that dwells within the heart of every shadow and he is a source of wisdom for those bold enough to dive into those shadows. He is known as SATAN and the band of metal magi who call themselves NOX FORMULAE are his students and messengers. This mysterious horde have created a sonic grimoire that explores the shadow lore through the method of extreme metal. Recently our scribe THERON MOORE took up the task of speaking to these enigmatic warlocks and the result is the most occult interview to ever appear in Wormwood Chronicles. They explain the method behind the madness of their new album "Drakon-Darshan-Satan" and reveal many more secrets HERE! See if you have the courage to follow Theron into the Shadow Current...

NOX FORMULAE is also featured in this week's offering of the Torture Chamber, along with other tidbits of metallic lore...

NOX FORMULAE                                                         "Drakon-Darshan-Satan"

TYRANT                                                                     "Hereafter"

TRAVELER                                                                  "Termination Shock"

TOMBS                                                                      "Monarchy of Shadows"

PYRAMIDS ON MARS                                                   "Edge of the Black"

CRYPTWORM                                                              "Reeking Gunk Abhorrence"

NOROTH                                                                    "It Dwells Within"

BLASPHAMAGOATACHRIST                                          "Bastardizing the Purity"

KHORA                                                                      "Timaeus"

ASBESTOS WORKER                                                   "Dead End Town"


posted Apr 27, 2020, 4:35 PM by Mike Korn   [ updated Apr 27, 2020, 6:14 PM ]


This time around, Wormwood goes totally ballistic when we have a chat with Canada's master of thrash guitar mayhem, JEFF WATERS of ANNIHILATOR. Jeff has never been at a loss for words and he sure lives up to that reputation here! He's got a ton of interesting things to say about how bands are expected to repeat themselves endlessly year after year and the pressure that puts on them, the intricacies of playing guitar and singing at the same time, how an act's "gimmicks" often overshadow their talent and lots more! Along the way, he drops tons of familiar names like METALLICA, JUDAS PRIEST, VAN HALEN and PANTERA, as well as letting us know why the new ANNIHILATOR album "Ballistic, Sadistic" is the best one in a long time. It's a deep dive into what makes the man tick and you can find his insights HERE!

Our Torture Chamber this week features straight power metal, violent thrash, horror punk and quantum level prog metal!

LOST LEGACY                                                     "In The Name of Freedom"

BURNING WITCHES                                             "Dance With The Devil"

GRINDPAD                                                          "Violence"

INTRONAUT                                                        "Fluid Existential Inversions"

FREEWAYS                                                          "True Bearings"

KARLOFF                                                             "Raw Nights"


posted Apr 20, 2020, 6:15 PM by Mike Korn   [ updated Apr 20, 2020, 6:16 PM ]


It's been an awful long time since we've had an entry in the Wormwood Philm Phreaks section, to say the least. Well, wait no more, humanoids, because our reigning Lovecraftian scholar DARK STARR turns his Innsmouth eyes to the new movie adaptation of one of LOVECRAFT's classic tales of cosmic horror, "The Color Out of Space"! This updating of the tale is the return of director RICHARD STANLEY to the fold and features notorious NICOLAS CAGE in the cast. Does this adaptation live up to its source material? The only way to find out is to dive in right HERE!

And we also have another updating of the infamous Wormwood Torture Chamber, featuring a heaping passel of off the wall reviews...

BLIZZEN                                                 "World In Chains"

GODEN                                                   "Beyond Darkness"

HAREM SCAREM                                      "Change the World"

THY CATAFALQUE                                    "Naiv"

FIREWIND                                              "Firewind"

PORNOHELMUT                                       "Bang Lord"

AMBUSH                                                 "Infidel"

HEMOTOXIN                                            "Restructuring the Molded Mind"

ITUS                                                       "Primordial"

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