posted Sep 24, 2020, 4:20 PM by Mike Korn   [ updated Sep 24, 2020, 4:20 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 Sep 21, 2020, 6:57 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 Sep 15, 2020, 2:22 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 Aug 20, 2020, 5:46 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"


posted Aug 13, 2020, 3:26 PM by Mike Korn   [ updated Aug 13, 2020, 3:26 PM ]


Chicago has the reputation of being "Murder City" and if you are talking about classic Chi-town metal band THRUST, this is certainly true. Active since the earliest days of the 80's, the band made waves with their legendary debut "Fist Held High", which contained the notorious metal anthem "Posers Will Die!". The band is still plenty active, releasing "Harvest of Souls" a couple of years ago and preparing to unleash a new assault soon. THERON MOORE managed to hob-nob with RONNIE COOKE, who has been there since the beginning. Check out what this lifelong metal vet had to say HERE!

We've got a king-sized version of the Torture Chamber for you humanoids to peruse this week!

JUDICATOR                                                 "Let There Be Nothing"

PRIMAL FEAR                                              "Metal Commando"

JUPITER HOLLOW                                        "Bereavement"

BEDSORE                                                    "Hypnagogic Hallucinations"

THE FUNERAL ORCHESTRA                           "Negative Evocation Rites"

PERSEKUTOR                                               "Permanent Winter"

VOIDCEREMONY                                          "Entropic Reflections Continuum"

EVILCULT                                                    "At The Darknest Night"

DIESEL MACHINE                                         "Evolve"


posted Aug 10, 2020, 5:15 PM by Mike Korn   [ updated Aug 10, 2020, 5:15 PM ]


You don't always have to venture into Scandinavia to savor the dark flavor of black metal. Sometimes the sunny shores of Greece can be just as gloomy. Just ask LORD RANDALL! He traveled to the cradle of civilization to speak to black metal warlords ENSHADOWED, an often overlooked band. He talked to both NECRO and GOLGOTHA about their approach to the dark arts and the patient method they use to weave their spells. If you feel up to it, join him in his chat with these ghouls HERE!

Coming soon to our PHILM PHREAKS section will be DARK STARR's look at the 1988 cult horror film "Dream Demon". This is a movie that never got the release it deserved yet has still amassed a sizable reputation. This may be the first of several film-related projects from Mr. Starr. I also want to announce that the next edition of  the WORMWOOD FILES will find me headed to Africa, to look at the mystery of living dinosaurs in the Congo swamps!

This week's Torture Chamber brings us some pretty high profile names...

VALKYRIE                                                 "Fear"

ONSLAUGHT                                             "Generation Antichrist"

BARON CRANE                                          "Commotions"

CARACH ANGREN                                      "Franckensteina Strataemontanus"

TERMINAL NATION                                    "Holocene Extinction"

SIEGE COLUMN                                         "Darkside Legions"


posted Aug 1, 2020, 9:55 AM by Mike Korn   [ updated Aug 1, 2020, 9:55 AM ]


HIGH SPIRITS is one of the many projects of "Professor" CHRIS BLACK. It's a band inspired by the hard rock and traditional metal of the late 70's and early 80's...one of the very best. I have a pow-wow with the esteemed Prof. and it's a freewheeling chat about the very nature of inspiration and creation. We also touch based with some of Black's other projects like PHARAOH, AKTOR and DAWNBRINGER. Hope you will check in on it HERE!

Speaking of interviews, I can also say that I was once again fortunate enough to talk to JOHN McENTEE of the nefarious INCANTATION, one of the msot influential death metal bands to ever exist. That's on the way, along with interviews with THRUST, SINISTER, DIAMOND REXX, GARY HILL and ENSHADOWED!

And now, amuse yourselves with the latest reviews from the infamous Wormwood Torture Chamber...

HOUSE OF LORDS                                           "New World-New Eyes"

SKELETON                                                      "Skeleton"

DROUTH                                                         "Excerpts From A Dread Liturgy"

INSATANITY                                                    "Hymns To the Gods Before"

PRECAMBRIAN                                                "Tectonics"

VILE CREATURE                                              "Glory! Glory! Apathy Took Helm!"


posted Jul 23, 2020, 4:43 PM by Mike Korn   [ updated Jul 23, 2020, 4:43 PM ]


We venture back to the glory days of heavy metal this week as THERON MOORE catches up to Boston's STEEL ASSASSIN! This was one of the great "true metal" bands of the 80's, dealing out fast but melodic songs in the vein of OMEN, JUDAS PRIEST, LIEGE LORD and more. Theron speaks to MIKE MOONEY and KEVIN CURRAN about the band's rise, their return from oblivion and possible plans for the future. If you're not familiar with them, THIS is a great place to learn more!

Working on a few new Wormwood items. I'll be talking to local author GARY HILL about his many projects both fictional and real very soon. Working on an interview with one of the true titans of death metal as well. As always, humanoids, keep an eye on this space!

An extra large helping of Torture Chamber reviews this week...

DANZIG                                                            "Danzig Sings Elvis"

SXUPERION                                                       "Omniscient Pulse"

BRYAN ECKERMANN                                           "The 7th Sin"

SHEZMU                                                            "A Travers Les Lambeaux"

FELLWARDEN                                                     "Wreathed In Mourncloud"

PILE OF PRIESTS                                                "Pile of Priests"

VENOMOUS SKELETON                                        "Drowning In Circles"

ASTRAL SLEEP                                                    "Astral Doom Musick"

ESOCTRILIHUM                                                   "Eternity of Shaog"

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