posted Oct 23, 2020, 9:20 AM by Mike Korn   [ updated Oct 23, 2020, 9:20 AM ]


This week we have some new reviews in the Torture Chamber as always, but wanted to let you humanoids know about some of the other things we're working on here. Just finished working on my interview with maverick film-maker WILLIAM GREFE and what a cool and amazing chat that turned out to be. So much so that I will almost certainly be doing more with him later on to get some more stories from the wild and woolly swamps of Florida. The ALBERT BOUCHARD interview has also turned out to be a gem and will have a lot of tidbits for fans of BLUE OYSTER CULT. And I can let you know about a couple of more interviews on the way. LORD RANDALL has spoken to instrumental doom masters SEISMIC and THERON MOORE has got something with long-running melodic metal specialists GLACIER. There's even more, but I want to make sure those items are done and in the bag before I announce them. So despite this being a "slow" week, there's plenty going on!

Now, let's go down those dungeon steps and enter the dank confines of the Torture Chamber...

HANOVER FIST                                                    "HF III"

NIGHTMARE                                                        "Aeternam"

THE TROOPS OF DOOM                                        "The Rise of Heresy"

FORETOKEN                                                        "Ruin"

REPUKED                                                            "The Dawn of Reintoxication"

IN MALICE'S WAKE                                              "The Blindness of Faith"


posted Oct 19, 2020, 5:03 PM by Mike Korn   [ updated Oct 19, 2020, 5:03 PM ]


The dark science fiction of the past has become the reality of 2020. Who better to chronicle the ongoing collapse than an industrial metal juggernaut like Arizona's REALIZE? This trio from the desert have revived a sound that hasn't been properly done in a while...the merger between the merciless crush of extreme metal and the relentless beatdown of pure industrial. On their new album "Machine Violence", REALIZE become the cyber-terrorists of a grim new age. Find out the history of the future from songwriter/techno-assassin KYLE KENNEDY...download begins HERE!

Some interesting new news to report! In the past, I've written about guerilla grindhouse film-maker WILLIAM GREFE. Well, recently Mr. Grefe called me out of the blue and the result was I've got a huge interview with him you will soon read here. He's full of all sorts of entertaining stories about kicking sharks in the head, RITA HAYWORTH, being tied to the back of a racecar, WILLIAM SHATNER, and a whole lot more. That's not all...I also snagged a talk with former BLUE OYSTER CULT drummer ALBERT BOUCHARD, who is planning to release his own version of "Imaginos", the controversial BOC concept album. I also had a highly informative talk with him that you soon shall read. DARK STARR has got a couple of movie reviews on the way, for the modern version of "THE INVISIBLE MAN" and another film called "The Deeper You Dig". Next time around, I should have even more news to tell you about.

Since I'm in a long-winded mood, it only makes sense to have an extra long Torture Chamber this week as well!

THE ATOMIC BITCHWAX                                                      "Scorpio"

ENSLAVED                                                                          "Utgard"

BASMU                                                                               "Witchblood"

BANGLADEAFY                                                                    "Housefly"

VORACIOUS SCOURGE                                                        "In Death"

GOREPHILIA                                                                       "In The Eye of Nothing"

SOULWOUND                                                                      "The Suffering"

SUBTERRAEN                                                                      "Rotting Human Kingdom"

INDOCTRINATE                                                                   "Antilogos: Arcane Transmutation In the Temple of Flesh"


posted Oct 10, 2020, 9:14 AM by Mike Korn   [ updated Oct 10, 2020, 9:14 AM ]


DARK STARR takes a look at the career of the lovable kaiju creation GAMERA in the latest addition to the Philm Phreaks archive. The monstrous flying turtle is second only to mighty GODZILLA as an example of giant monster mayhem from Japan. Arrow Video is releasing a Blu-Ray collection of all of Gamera's film from the 1960's to the 2000's, giving Starr a chance to look at all of them. If you want to get all caught up on the story of the fire-breathing monster, dive in right HERE!

Some exciting announcements should be coming soon! Keep watching this space!

Here's a wide ranging edition of the Torture Chamber for you fiends to check out...

THRUST                                                           "Helm of Awe"

HEATHEN                                                         "Empire of the Blind"

GRENDEL'S SYSTER                                          "Myrtle Wreath/Myrtenkranz"

ORDINANCE                                                     "In Purge There Is No Remission"

POWERMAN 5000                                             "The Noble Rot"

SARCATOR                                                       "Sarcator"


posted Oct 2, 2020, 8:50 AM by Mike Korn   [ updated Oct 3, 2020, 7:49 PM ]


This week we take a trip to the bucolic Swiss Alps, home of fine chocolate, big bank accounts...and raging heavy metal. One of the great Swiss metal bands is MESSIAH, who have been haunting the glaciers and mountains for over 30 years. They play a unique style of metal that is both primitive and elegant at the same time and one that is not easy to imitate. New album "Fracmont" is their first in a while and demonstrates they haven't lost a thing over the years. I put on some liederhosen and hiked the slopes of Mt. Pilatus to speak to singer ANDY KAINA about the Messiah legacy. You can read the result HERE...

Did we forget about this week's Torture Chamber? Of course not! Read on...

PIG DESTROYER                                      "The Octagonal Stairway"

MESSIAH                                                "Fracmont"

GAEREA                                                  "Limbo"

SOLITARY                                               "The Truth Behind The Lies"

VANISHING POINT                                   "Dead Elysium"

REALIZE                                                 "Machine Violence"


posted Sep 24, 2020, 4:20 PM by Mike Korn   [ updated Oct 3, 2020, 7:49 PM ]


We are heading into the darkest and most remote corner of Africa this week, in search of living dinosaurs! Or at least, some pretty strange beasts. It's a new edition of The Wormwood Files, looking into the possible existence of MOKELE-MBEMBE, EMELA-NTOUKA and a whole gaggle of prehistoric horrors. How likely is it that these giants have survived into our current age? We'll examine some of the sightings and evidence and if we're real lucky, we might find ourselves in a real life Jurassic Park! Grab your pith helmet and join me HERE!

I just got an interview with KYLE KENNEDY from fast-rising heavy industrial band REALIZE and will have that ready to roll soon. Also coming shortly is an interview with Switzerland's esteemed MESSIAH and a look at kaiju legend GAMERA. Got some other stuff popping, too, and will reveal that soon...

The Torture Chamber this week is crammed with victims both old and new!

IN FLAMES                                                "Clayman"(20th Anniversary Edition)

PROSCRIPTION                                          "Conduit"

TORCH                                                      "Reignited"

HORDE OF HEL                                          "Dodens Nalkas"

CULT OF LILITH                                          "Mara"

JESUS WEPT                                              "Apartheid Redux"


posted Sep 21, 2020, 6:57 PM by Mike Korn   [ updated Oct 3, 2020, 7:50 PM ]


INCANTATION have been leading the charge for grim and gruesome death metal for over 30 years now! With new album "Sects of Vile Divinities" now let loose on the pathetic masses of mankind, it's a good time for us to check in once again with Mr. JOHN McENTEE, who has been with the band since Day One. It's been ten years or so since the last time I caught up with John. The world both in and out of music has changed drastically in that time. How has INCANTATION rolled with the changes? Maybe the key is staying true to yourself. Find out the answers right HERE!

This week's Torture Chamber features a candidate for album of the year! Read on...

HAVUKRUUNU                                                     "Uinuos Syomein Sota"

BLOOD OF ANGELS                                              "Failure of Faith"

PLAGUE YEARS                                                    "Circle of Darkness"

JUPITERIAN                                                         "Protosapien"

GOBLIN'S BLADE                                                  "Of Angels and Snakes"

THEOTOXIN                                                         "Fragment: Erhabenheit"


posted Sep 15, 2020, 2:22 PM by Mike Korn   [ updated Oct 3, 2020, 7:51 PM ]


We try something a little bit different this time at Wormwood. I interview a local wordsmith whose works span a whole lot of ground...including writing for us here at WC! The gentleman's name is GARY HILL. His new fiction book "The Homestead" is a gritty crime saga with a touch of the supernatural to it and it joins a whole bevy of short stories and novellas, most revolving around horror and science fiction. Not only is he producing fiction at a furious pace, but he also has headed up the eclectic music webzine MUSIC STREET JOURNAL for 20 plus years. And he's doing the SPOOKY VENTURES weblog as well. Find out what makes the guy tick and how he keeps it all coming right HERE.

Several things on the horizon for us. I got an interview with the long-running Swiss extreme metallers MESSIAH's lead vocalist ANDY KAINA, so look for that soon. Plus DARK STARR informs me we'll be getting a look at ALL the cinematic adventures of that titanic tortoise of terror, GAMERA! And more is in the works...will let you know about it as soon as everything's set in stone.

Now let's dig into the madness of the Torture Chamber...

VOID ROT                                                             "Descending Pillars"

BYFIST                                                                 "In the End"

THE ORACLE                                                         "Hypogeum"

RESERVING DIRTNAPS                                           "Another Disaster"

ENTRY                                                                   "Detriment"

HOMICIDE                                                             "Left For Dead"

MANTICORA                                                          "To Live To Kill To Live"


posted Sep 3, 2020, 5:42 PM by Mike Korn   [ updated Sep 3, 2020, 5:43 PM ]


This week Wormwood focuses on a classic Chicago band as THERON MOORE interviews glam-slam masters DIAMOND REXX! They caught folks by surprise in the 80's with their "Land of the Damned" album that mixed punkish MOTORHEAD energy into CRUE-style sleaze rock! They are still pounding hard today and have just released an new album "Psych Ward". Theron talks to main man NASTI HABITS about the band's past and present...he's been the guiding force since the beginning. Grab your hair spray and check it out HERE!

Should have some announcements shortly about future projects so keep tuned in!

Now for an extra large helping of the Torture Chamber with a lot of eclectic stuff...

UNLEASH THE ARCHERS                                           "Abyss"

DROPDEAD                                                              "Drop Dead"

UADA                                                                      "Djinn"

WAMPIRVS SINISTRVS                                             "Blood of the Vampire"

GORGATRON                                                           "Pathogenic Automation"

DRAGHKAR                                                              "At the Crossroads of Infinity"

BURIED REALM                                                         "Embodiment of the Divine"

EXPANDER                                                               "Neuropunk Boostergang"

PROSANCTUS INFERI                                                "Hypnotic Blood Art"


posted Sep 1, 2020, 2:16 PM by Mike Korn   [ updated Sep 1, 2020, 2:17 PM ]


We return this week to the Philm Phreaks section, where DARK STARR examines a film from 1988 that never got a wide release or received its proper due...the phantasmagorical "DREAM DEMON", which could almost be called the intellectual reflection of "Nightmare on Elm Street". The low budget but cleverly written flick takes a look at two troubled women who are tormented by their own nightmares coming to life! If you've not heard of this one before, click HERE and see what all the fuss is about!

This edition of the Torture Chamber may provide even more nightmares if "Dream Demon" is not enough...

IMPIETY                                                   "Versus All Gods"

INCANTATION                                           "Sects of Vile Divinities"

HEXX                                                       "Engulfed In Sin"

BULL ELEPHANT                                        "Created From Death"

SIGNAL 13                                               "Destination: Unknown"

ENSIFERUM                                              "Thalassic"


posted Aug 20, 2020, 5:45 PM by Mike Korn   [ updated Oct 3, 2020, 7:51 PM ]


This week I'm pleased to present Wormwood's interview with one of Europe's greatest and most uncompromising death metal bands, Holland's SINISTER! These fiends have been treading the boards for more than 30 years and have never really changed their unrelenting approach. Their newest album "Deformation of the Holy Realm" is their 14th and delivers the same crushing blow that their debut "Cross the Styx" did all those years ago. I got to speak to Mr. AAD KLOOSTERWAARD, the one man who has been with SINISTER since the beginning and he tells about his approach to the art of death and how the band survives every challenge. You can find out more by clicking HERE if you think you can take the brutality!

Our selection of Torture Chamber reviews this week features some controversial opinions!

FALCONER                                                           "From A Dying Ember"

NECROT                                                              "Mortal"

SPELLBOOK                                                         "Magic and Mischief"

TEMPLE NIGHTSIDE                                             "Pillars of Damnation"

KAMELOT                                                            "I Am The Empire--Live From the 013"

SERPENT OMEGA                                                 "II"

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