THE DOOMED HISTORY OF WRETCH + NEW BOOK REVIEW
A couple of cool things on tap this week. First off, THERON MOORE delves deep into the doom metal underground and emerges with a WRETCH-ed interview! Specifically, he speaks to drummer CHRIS GORDON of WRETCH about the band's rising from THE GATES OF SLUMBER, the tragedies that have pursued them and their hopeful plans for the future. You can read what he had to say HERE.
Also, we dust off the "Spouting Off" section for the first time in more than five years! I review an interesting new book by GARY HILL entitled "POETRY OF THE AIR". The book is full of interviews with musicians large and small about their attraction to the musical world. Some of those interviewed include BUN E. CARLOS of CHEAP TRICK, JORDAN RUDESS of DREAM THEATER and JON ANDERSON of YES. How does the book stack up? Find out HERE!
More fun in the Wormwood Torture Chamber this week, with possibly an even crazier line up of reviews than last week!
RUDRA "Enemy of Duality"
DAN REED NETWORK "Fight Another Day"
MOROS NYX "Revolution Street"
BRUTALLY DECEASED "Satan's Corpse"
TRAP THEM "Crown Feral"
WORMWOOD GETS BURNED BY RINGWORM'S HUMAN FURNACE!
Enter the Church of the Snake and hear the sermon of RAGE this week at Wormwood Chronicles! I talked to the angriest vocalist in the world, THE HUMAN FURNACE, from mayhemic metal maniacs RINGWORM and try to find out why he's so pissed. The answers are interesting indeed and we also delve into his artistic background, including the cover of the latest Ringworm effort "Snake Church". Are things as bleak as they seem? Or can rays of hope be found in Ringworm's dark domain? Find out for yourself by reading our chat HERE...
In Wormwood news, we will have interviews with WRETCH, HOBBS ANGEL OF DEATH and NUK'EM in the upcoming weeks, along with a report on the PROGPOWER Festival, a look at the MONSTERAMA drive-in and MONSTERFEST events, and much more. I can also divulge that the next Wormwood Files will be about recent sightings of the monstrous MEGALODON shark!
Wow, the latest Torture Chamber reviews are CRAZY diverse...where else are you gonna find epic prog, Southern rock, Norwegian black metal andAussiee riff rock all in the same place?
COBALT "Slow Forever"
AIRBOURNE "Breakin' Out of Hell"
BLACKFOOT "Southern Native"
BAPTISM "V: The Devil's Fire"
EDENSONG "Years In the Garden of Years"
MERCYLESS "Pathetic Divinity"
EXPERIENCE THE ABSURD INFERNO OF "DEVIL STORY"!
Join me now, humanoids, as I descend into the nethermost depths of insanity, located somewhere in the French countryside. This week I take a detailed look at perhaps the goriest and most cock-eyed fim ever to emerge from the land of wine and cheese, "DEVIL STORY". This super cheap 1985 oddity seems to exist in its own nightmarish world where demonic cats and horses run rampant and mutated freaks in Nazi uniforms slaughter every witless human they encounter. That's to say nothing of giant mummies emerging from buried pirate ships and crazy old men armed with magic rifles. Confused? You may still be at the end of my article, but at least you may have a better idea of what to expect from this demented film. Begin your journey HERE!
Some news to report this week. THERON MOORE has secured an interview with the new doom metal sensation WRETCH, a band that has its roots in THE GATES OF SLUMBER. That should be appearing in a few weeks. Also working on some other surprises which I should be able to spill the beans on soon, including the subject of the next Wormwood Files article. Stay tuned!
After a long period of eclipse, I am happy to report THE GREAT SUN JESTER has returned to the fold and has a review of the new BRANT BJORK for us in this week's edition of the Torture Chamber!
BRANT BJORK & THE LOW DESERT PUNK BAND "Tao of the Devil"
ABIGAIL "The Final Damnation"
CHARRED WALLS OF THE DAMNED "Creatures Watching Over The Dead"
CRUCIFIED MORTALS "Psalms Of The Dead Choir"
CIRCA "Valley of the Windmill"
DAWN OF DEMISE "The Suffering"
BADR VOGU "Wroth"
A VISIT TO THE FALLS OF RAUROS + GWAR mini-review!
Of late, LORD RANDALL has wandered the misty by-ways of strange and archaic lands, including the fine state of Maine. There he encountered THE FALLS OF RAUROS, a band noted for their majestic mixture of soothing folk and raging black metal. Being enchanted by such sounds, he proceeded to speak to Falls' member AARON CHARLES, who had much wisdom to reveal. He spoke of the recent deluxe reissues of the band's earlier efforts and also about how their music is influenced by the glorious woods of their home state. You can sample some of this arcane knowledge right HERE!
Also, KAT HEITZMAN visited RIOT FEST in Chicago with hubby SGT. DETH, where they managed to catch the Antarctic mutants GWAR in action. How does the band hold up without the presence of their departed leader ODERUS URUNGUS? What happened when TRUMP met HILLARY on stage? The answers can be found HERE!
We've got a jam-packed Torture Chamber for you this week, so let's get right into it!
REVOCATION "Great Is Our Sin"
WARFATHER "The Grey Eminence"
RUNNING WILD "Rapid Foray"
ALTAR OF OBLIVION "Barren Grounds"
NOX FORMULAE "The Hidden Paths to Black Ecstasy"
SOLOMON G LOSES HIS MIND AT PSYCHO LAS VEGAS!
Our old pal and sometimes contributor SOLOMON G return this week with wondrous tales of his adventures in Sin City, the fabulous metropolis in the Desert, Las Vegas. Sol attended one of the most ridiculously packed heavy rock festivals in US history, PSYCHO LAS VEGAS, and experienced sets by the likes of ALICE COOPER, ARTHUR BROWN, HIGH ON FIRE, SLEEP, CANDLEMASS and many others! And that doesn't include the bands he had to miss! You'll get to read all about it HERE and also see oodles of exclusive pics from the event. Not only that, but you get to hear first hand about Las Vegas itself. Thanks, Sol!
We should have some other unique live event reviews from old friends coming soon. I believe Mr. THRASH-HEAD will give us the rundown on this year's PROGPOWER fest while the one and only CLASSIC CAMP reports on the SUPER MONSTERAMA drive-in movie shindig! And I may soon have word on another returning Worm-scribe!
A very good edition of the Wormwood Torture Chamber awaits you this week, with several notable names included!
SODOM "Decision Day"
HOBBS ANGEL OF DEATH "Heaven Bled"
MEDEVIL "Conductor of Storms"
NEUROSIS "Fires Within Fires"
SERPENT ASCENDING "Ananku"
DIRECT FROM THE CATACOMBS OF CREEPSYLVANIA: GHOUL!
The central European country of Creepsylvania is dangerous at the best of times, but things are worse than ever now that political revolt has broken out and a dictator has seized control. I felt it was important for me to contact my old friend DIGESTOR from the hooded Creepsylvanian thrash freaks GHOUL to get an update on the situation. As usual, I found Digestor munching on a corpse and moshing to old Anthrax records, but he still had a lot to say about life in Creepsylvania these days. He also talked about the new Ghoul opus "Dungeon Bastards", hot sauce, Julia Child and Ed Gein. He has a rather dry sense of humor, does Digestor, and you can sample it yourself HERE!
Coming up soon: SOLOMON G's report on the enormous PSYCHO LAS VEGAS fest, CLASSIC CAMP gives us a run-down of the SUPER MONSTER-RAMA drive-in monster movie marathon, LORD RANDALL's interview with folk metal heathens FALLS OF RAUROS and now I can add an interview with Australia's master of devilish thrash metal, PETER HOBBS from HOBBS' ANGEL OF DEATH! And much more on the way!
Extra large servings of the Torture Chamber this week so expect no portion control here!
VICIOUS RUMORS "Concussion Protocol"
ABOMINANT "Napalm Reign"
VANISHING KIDS "Vanishing Kids" EP
DARK FOREST "Beyond the Veil"
LETHAL SHOCK "Evil Aggressor"
IT'S NOT NIGHT: IT'S SPACE "Our Birth Is But A Sleep and A Forgetting"
A CONVERSATION WITH METAL MASTERMIND DAN SWANO!
LORD RANDALL returns to the Worm-wars this week and what a return it is! He speaks to one of the most creative and hard working figures ever in the heavy metal world, the Supersonic Swede, DAN SWANO! Dan is best known for his work in bands like EDGE OF SANITY, BLOODBATH, NIGHTINGALE and most recently, WITHERSCAPE, as well as being one of the best producers in the metal biz! The recent Witherscape album "The Northern Sanctuary" is surely a towering achievement and Dan gets to dissect it at length here. What's it like to create a massive concept album and what are some of the concept albums that have influenced Mr. Swano in the past? Read HERE and you'll find out all about it!
We will soon have a concert review of the massive PSYCHO LAS VEGAS Fest courtesy of SOLOMON G, complete with tons of pics. That fest had an insane lineup featuring ALICE COOPER, ARTHUR BROWN, SLEEP, HIGH ON FIRE, DEMON LUNG and tons more! Plus THERON MOORE has secured an interview with the fast-rising thrash band NUK'EM! Plus my write-up on the crazy French horror flick "DEVIL STORY" is almost complete!
The Torture Chamber is all over the place this week...Mexico, Germany, England, and even OHIO! Check it out!
THE WOUNDED KINGS "Visions In Bone"
BRUJERIA "Pocho Aztlan"
FISTULA "Longing For Infection"
SURGIKILL "Sanguinary Revelations"
CHAMELEON TECHNOLOGY "Blank Canvas"
DUST BOLT "Mass Confusion"
WORMWOOD LAUNCHES OPERATION: SODOM!
The blitzkrieg has returned to the paged of Wormwood Chronicles as I once again hold peace talks with General TOM ANGELRIPPER from the mighty German war machine SODOM! It has been over 10 years since I spoke with General Angelripper and a lot of water (and blood) has flowed beneath the bridge since that time. This is a very personal interrogation with Tom, as he speaks candidly about his view of Germany during the D-Day invasion, his opinion on the subject of "canned hunts" and how long he thinks he will be leading Sodom into battle. There is also a very detailed analysis of the cover art on Sodom's latest album "Decision Day". He's even more open than he was during out last conversation so be sure to check out what he says HERE!
More news to report on what's coming for Wormwood Chronicles. The esteemed LORD RANDALL has secured not one but two very interesting interviews for us. First, he talks to one of metal's greatest minds, DAN SWANO, who is one of the most sought after producers in the genre and who has been a part of bands like EDGE OF SANITY, WITHERSCAPE, BLOODBATH and many, many more! Nice catch, Lord! His Lordship also headed into the Appalachian Mountains to speak with the epic folk black metal entity known as FALLS OF RAUROS! There are other cool things in the works that I will reveal in coming weeks...
Now for the latest entries into the Wormwood Torture Chamber, featuring bands from Russia, England and even Creepsylvania!
STEVE GRIMMETT'S GRIM REAPER "Walking In The Shadows"
GHOUL "Dungeon Bastards"
KATALEPSY "Gravenous Hour"
THE ORDER OF ISRAFEL "Red Robes"
IRON FIRE "Among The Dead"
MARSH DWELLER "The Weight of Sunlight"
WE SET A COURSE FOR A RENDEZVOUS WITH NEAL MORSE!
Prog rock fans should get a kick out of this week's interview. The one and only DARK STARR catches up with Mr. NEAL MORSE, a legend in the genre. The one time member of SPOCK'S BEARD is now enjoying great success with TRANSATLANTIC and THE NEAL MORSE BAND. We find out about all the projects he's been up to lately and some of his favorite artists as well. We also find out what kind of a music festival he'd put together. Prog heads, dive into the chat HERE!
More news! I just made a rare connection to the nation of Creepsylvania and you long-time readers may know what that means...I got to talk to the disgusting and smelly DIGESTOR from the hooded horror band GHOUL! Haven't talked to Mr. D in a while so we caught up on a lot of news from the "Old Country". This is one of the goofiest interviews I've ever done! Plus we have TOM ANGELRIPPER from SODOM on tap and hopefully a lot more if everything works out!
Nice big serving of Torture Chamber tidbits this time around, so I hope you brought your appetite and a cast-iron stomach!
BLOOD RED THRONE "Union of Flesh and Machine"
FORTERESSE "Themes Pour La Rebellion"
MIZERY "Absolute Light"
ERIK NORLANDER "Surreal"
FORTY WINTERS "Rotting Empire"
GRAVE DESECRATOR "Dust To Lust"
BRICK "Faceless Strangers"
RISING "Oceans Into Their Graves"
GUTTER INSTINCT "Age of the Fanatic"
WE GET POSSESSED BY THE OBSESSED!
Things get nice and gloomy this week at Wormwood Chronicles as I interview one of the titans of American doom rock/metal, THE OBSSESSED! These guys have had a strange odyssey over the last 30 years but their influence has never faded. They are preparing their first record in more than 20 years! I find out all about it from veteran bassist DAVE SHERMAN, who spills the beans on his long running relationship with "WINO" WEINRICH, how doom metal went from musical ghetto to hot commodity and of course, the new album "Sacred", to be released on Relapse. Dave's a humble dude with a lot to say, so give a listen HERE!
Big news, folks! I can confirm a brand new interview with the German thrash metal legends SODOM! It's been more than 10 years since I've talked to TOM ANGELRIPPER so there will be a lot of new ground covered in this chat. I'm also working on an article about one of the most insane movies I have ever seen, the French 1985 abomination known as "DEVIL STORY". Never heard of it? Well, you will! Plus several other plots I'm working on to keep things boiling around here!
This week's ride through the Wormwood Torture Chamber is wilder than a trip on a Kansas City waterslide!!!
WOLVERINE "Machina Viva"
RINGWORM "Snake Church"
CASTLE "Welcome To the Graveyard"
BEELZEFUZZ "The Righteous Bloom"
BLACK FUCKING CANCER "Black Fucking Cancer"
GHOULGOTHA "To Starve The Cross"
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