posted Jul 17, 2018, 4:04 PM by Mike Korn   [ updated Jul 17, 2018, 4:05 PM ]


Are you ready for a journey through time to the very end of the world? Then join LORD RANDALL as he interviews the sci-fi seers of Switzerland's ABRAHAM! These post-metal futurists have just released a massive double album "Look! Here Comes The Dark" that follows the extinction of mankind, the rise of a fungal intelligence and the eventual end of all life on Earth. He discusses this heavy subject with drummer/vocalist DAVE SCHLAGMEISTER and finds out how Abraham approached this overwhelming theme. If you date to find out more, jump in HERE and learn the secrets of what's to come....

This week's Torture Chamber is really all over the place, ranging from the ambient synth atmosphers of KLAUS SCHULZE to the military black metal madness of MARDUK to the raw rock n roll of THE DEAD DAISIES. And more!

KHEMMIS                                                        "Desolation"

MARDUK                                                          "Viktoria"

THE DEAD DAISIES                                           "Burn It Down"

IRON VOID                                                       "Excalibur"

KLAUS SCHULZE                                               "Silhouettes"

TOMB MOLD                                                     "Manor of Infinite Form"


posted Jul 10, 2018, 4:18 PM by Mike Korn   [ updated Jul 10, 2018, 4:18 PM ]


This week we take a road trip with Sweden's BULLET! These metal dogs have crisscrossed the length of Europe aboard their 1964 Volvo tour bus so they have plenty of stories to tell. I speak to the man with the most metal name in the world, HAMPUS KLANG, about the band's straight and simple approach to their music and career. We delve into the secrets of their new album "Dust To Gold" and find out what their favorite all-time gig was! If you like your metal straight up with plenty of vodka and gasoline, read more about Bullet HERE!

This week's Torture Chamber takes us to Canada, South Korea, Greece, Switzerland and even the frozen plains of Blashrykh!!!

MEDIEVAL DEMON                                                  "Medieval Necromancy"

IMMORTAL                                                             "Northern Chaos Gods"

SAHON                                                                  "Chanting For the Fallen"

LESSER GLOW                                                       "Ruined"

THUNDERBIRD                                                       "Thunderbird"

MATTERHORN                                                        "Crass Cleansing"


posted Jul 3, 2018, 4:23 PM by Mike Korn   [ updated Jul 7, 2018, 11:45 PM ]


It's been a few years since we talked to Britain's rising prog wizards GANDALF'S FIST. The time was ripe for DARK STARR to reconnect with these saucy fellow so he made his way to the Prancing Pony in Bree to speak with DEAN MARSH, BEN BELL & STEFAN HEPE. He found them in a whirlwind of activity which you can read about HERE, including a new album. Find out more and have a few laughs with these sonic sorcerers.

Worm-fans, I want to mention once more a gig we are co-sponsoring on September, the fourth annual SLAYFEST in Freeport, IL. This year the fest will have a raging 90 minute set from Milwaukee's legendary MORBID SAINT as well as appearances by MUTILATED BY ZOMBIES and SLAUGHTERED BY SWINE and the last ever gig from ANGELIC VISCERA. Read more about this event here: https://www.facebook.com/SlayFest-130593140896100/

Now for a heapin' helpin' of hideous Torture Chamber reviews...

KING HEAVY                                                                 "Guardian Demons"

RIBSPREADER                                                               "The Van Murders, Pt. 2"

GLORIOR BELLI                                                             "The Apostates"

TORTURE RACK                                                             "Malefic Humiliation"

AGE OF TAURUS                                                            "The Colony Slain"

KRULL                                                                           "The Black Coast"

CHRCH                                                                          "The Light Will Consume Us All"

URARV                                                                           "Argentum"

BATTLEROAR                                                                  "Codex Epicus"


posted Jun 26, 2018, 3:51 PM by Mike Korn   [ updated Jun 26, 2018, 3:51 PM ]


I take a detour into grim and ghoulish realms as I speak to Washington D.C.'s horror-obsessed sludge-death band ILSA this time around. More specifically, I chat to drummer JOSHY about the band's steady rise to infamy and their latest platter of grue, "Corpse Fortress". We find out what dark fantasies propel Ilsa's tales of terror and why they feel the simple approach to death n' doom remains the best. It's a macabre discussion which you can follow HERE!

Speaking of trips to realms unknown, here's this week's edition of the Torture Chamber...

WAYFARER                                                                     "World's Blood"

CANDLEMASS                                                                 "House of Doom"

GREEN DESERT WATER                                                   "Solar Plexus"

GRUESOME                                                                    "Twisted Prayers"

JYOTISAVEDANGA                                                          "Thermigravimetry Warp Continuum"

CAVEMAN CULT                                                              "Supremacia Primordial"

TRITA                                                                            "The Good Night"


posted Jun 19, 2018, 4:11 PM by Mike Korn   [ updated Jun 19, 2018, 4:11 PM ]


Time once again for our annual look at one of the best metal fests in the U.S., NYDM SPRING BASH! This year saw not one but two new venues for the fest as well as four full days of mayhem! Your humble correspondent Dr. Mality was there for almost all of it and now brings you this massive report. Tons of acts were included this year, including ATROPHY, IMPIETY, HELSTAR, NASTY SAVAGE and even the venerable CIRITH UNGOL! Who blew the house away...and who blew, period? Lots of exclusive pics are included...you will never find a better review of this event. Get started right HERE!

LORD RANDALL recently visited the Swiss Alps, where he spoke to the ambitious and epic post-metal band ABRAHAM! That's another chat you can expect to read here before too long! I should soon have news on a MAJOR interrogation still to appear. Wormwood crawls ever onward...

A hefty dose of the Torture Chamber is now delivered unto you...

MICAWBER                                                    "Beyond the Reach Of Flame"

WITCHSORROW                                             "Hexenhammer"

HEILUNG                                                       "Ofnir"

SACROCURSE                                                "Gnostic Holocaust"

PRIMORDIAL                                                 "Exile Among The Ruins"

DEFIATORY                                                   "Hades Rising"

GHASTLY                                                      "Death Velour"

THE SLYDE                                                   "Awakening"

HEADS                                                         "Collider"


posted Jun 12, 2018, 4:30 PM by Mike Korn   [ updated Jun 12, 2018, 4:31 PM ]


We journey this week to Old Blighty, to have a "metal breakfast" with the gentleman known for being the premier death growler in England, MR. DAVE INGRAM! Well known for his legendary stint with BENEDICTION and brief sidetrips with BOLT THROWER and HAIL OF BULLETS, Dave is now emerging as the voice to some of the best death metal ever to come from the UK! His current project is DOWN AMONG THE DEAD MEN with prolific Swedish guitarist ROGGA JOHANSSON, but he also lends his talents to ECHELON, URSINNE and the soon to be revealed JUST BEFORE DAWN and TROIKADON! What lit the fire that burns so bright inside Dave? Read on and find out...we also talk about his love of DR. WHO, his interest in Big Band Jazz and his successful podcast career. One of the most entertaining interviews to appear here in a while!

You can also steel yourself for a trip into our famous Torture Chamber, featuring a bewildering variety of brutally honest reviews...

THE CROWN                                                              "Cobra Speed Venom"

BULLET                                                                     "Dust To Gold"

BAPTISTS                                                                  "Beacon of Faith"

DEMONICAL                                                               "Chaos Manifesto"

TOMORROW'S EVE                                                      "Mirror of Creation III: The Ikaros Project"

DARK BUDDHA RISING                                               "II"


posted Jun 5, 2018, 4:16 PM by Mike Korn   [ updated Jun 5, 2018, 4:17 PM ]


The mighty SLAYER is heading off into the blood-red sunset (or so they claim) but not before Wormwood waves goodbye. EL CHIEF was in attendance at the kickoff of their farewell tour and he delivers an in-depth look at the evening, including the sets by BEHEMOTH, LAMB OF GOD and ANTHRAX! He pulls no punches in his look at the Slayer phenomenon and this review also includes plenty of exclusive pics! Join us in saying goodbye HERE!

Some news to report! I've managed to grab an interview with Sweden's hard-working, hard-drinking and hard-riffing masters of meat and potatoes metal, BULLET! There will be a lot of road stories in this one. Also, DARK STARR has secured a new chat with prog prodigies GANDALF'S FIST! It's been a while since we spoke to them so expect a lot of new info. Should have some other news regarding interviews soon and a decision on what the next Wormwood Files will be about...

More fun in the Torture Chamber this week, as you shall now see...

ZEKE                                                                                 "Hellbender"

THY CATAFALQUE                                                               "Geometria"

BHLEG                                                                               "Solarmegin"

DEIQUISITOR                                                                     "Downfall of the Apostates"

LORDGIVER                                                                        "Apostasy"

WITCH MOUNTAIN                                                              "Witch Mountain"


posted May 29, 2018, 4:26 PM by Mike Korn   [ updated May 29, 2018, 4:26 PM ]


Prepare for a grim trip to the local corpse depository as THERON MOORE interviews Chicago's morbid metal masters MORGUE SUPPLIER this week at Wormwood. He takes a few minutes to chat to head mortician PAUL GILLIS who tells us about what makes Morgue Supplier different than the run of the mill death metal band. He also muses about the current Chicago extreme scene and even offers a few tips from bands to check out. Another friendly service provided to you by the Wormwood Cadaver Corps. Check out the interview HERE...

Mark September 22, 2018 on your calendar! That's the day for SLAYFEST 4 in Freeport, Illinois, the annual show that is now beng sponsored by Wormwood Chronicles as part of our 20th Anniversary situation. This killer soiree will feature a full 90 minute set from none other than Milwaukee's veteran savages MORBID SAINT as well as appearances by MUTILATED BY ZOMBIES, SKINSICK and the last ever appearance of ANGELIC VISCERA! We'd sure like to see as many ghouls as possible....find out more at this link: https://www.facebook.com/SlayFest-130593140896100/.

Now the moment you've all been waiting for....the unveiling of this week's Torture Chamber!

RIOT V                                                                   "Armor of Light"

SEPTIC TANK                                                          "Rotting Civilization"

GREYSTONE CANYON                                              "While the Wheels Keep Turnng"

LIK                                                                        "Carnage"

NIGHTMARER                                                         "Cacophony of Terror"

ABRAHAM                                                              "Look! Here Comes the Dark"

DEAD RIVER RUNS DRY                                          "Hierophants of the Storm"

WOLFEN                                                                "Rise of the Lycans"

THE BLACK SORCERY                                             "And the Beast Spake Death"


posted May 22, 2018, 4:22 PM by Mike Korn   [ updated May 22, 2018, 4:23 PM ]


The misty old growth forests of Oregon have produced some interesting black metal bands over the years and you can add the shadowy UADA to that list. LORD RANDALL recently got fitted out for a camping expedition and headed into the woods to speak with JAKE SUPERCHI of Uada. This is a pretty heavy philosophical chat discussing the essence of black metal and the future of mankind, along with the origins and goals of the band. Jake is a very articulate guy so check out what he has to say HERE!

Some exciting announcements should be on the way shortly. With this being the 20th year of Wormwood, we're looking to do some special events and one of these will be helping to sponsor the annual SLAYFEST held in Freeport, IL! There will be much more on the date and lineup of this show later, but I can say that there will be a full headlining set from one of Wisconsin's most respected metal bands! Stay tuned for more....new interviews and features on the way as well!

Some very big names in this week's Torture Chamber...take a look and see for yourself!

AT THE GATES                                                  "To Drink Of The Night Itself"

AKERCOCKE                                                      "Renaissance In Extremis"

SKINLESS                                                         "Savagery"

AMORPHIS                                                        "Queen Of Time"

LIZZY BORDEN                                                  "My Midnight Things"

WOLF KING                                                       "Loyal To The Soil"


posted May 15, 2018, 4:14 PM by Mike Korn   [ updated May 15, 2018, 4:15 PM ]


THERON MOORE took a perilous trip into the cobwebbed crypts of Minneapolis to unearth the gory story behind long-running shock rockers IMPALER this week! He had a chat with ghastly frontman BILL LINDSEY about how he was influenced by childhood heroes ALICE COOPER and LED ZEPPELIN to start his long running band. He talks about the underrated Minnesota metal scene of the 80's and 80's and reminisces about the legendary EARL ROOT! Despite his gruesome exterior, Bill was a surprsingly cool ghoul to chew the fat with and you can sample the interview right HERE!

Might be some big concert review action here pretty soon. EL CHIEF tells me he is working on a monster report on the SLAYER farewell tour and I have finally concluded my own epic review of NYDM SPRING BASH 2018 which featured CIRITH UNGOL, HELSTAR and many others! THE GIL-MAN may also report on the recent JUDAS PRIEST/SAXON shows as well. Should be able to announce a new interview or two coming soon as well...

Now time to suffer the agony of the Torture Chamber for this week!

SKINNED                                                    "Shadow Syndicate"

DOWN AMONG THE DEAD MEN                     "And You Will Obey Me..."

VARATHRON                                               "Patriarchs of Evil"

WRONG                                                      "Feels Great"

WAR GODS OF THE DEEP                             "Robots, Rockets and Rampage"

AD HOMINEM                                              "Napalm For All"

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