FEEL THE ENERGY OF TELERGY + EARTHDOG UPDATE!
Excuse the delay in getting this Wormpost up, but I spent the last week trudging through the Badlands of South Dakota with a posse on my trail! Enough of that! Let's take a look instead at the fine interview that DARK STARR has conducted with the very intriguing prog metal project TELERGY! Telergy is the brainchild of one ROBERT MCCLUNG and Starr gets to pick Mr. McClung's brain to find out what makes this outfit so unique. Mr. McClung is a talkative and intelligent guy, so you'll be sure to enjoy the interview which you can investigate HERE! Many long-time Worm-fiends know about the tremendous setbacks and obstacles suffered by our former contributor EARTHDOG aka Lance Barnard. After a brief return to his homeland of Australia, ED is now back in the States but his condition is grave. To be blunt, he is suffering from a terminal condition and he doesn't have a cent in the world. Some friends have seen to it that he will have a roof over his head during these dreadful days, but expenses are beyond belief and ED and friends need all the financial help they can get. Here is a fund where you can contribute to making his remaining time a little more comfortable and stress-free. I hope you will give generously as I have. Here's the link to the fund: https://www.giveforward.com/fundraiser/dxd5/ed-barnard-emergency-food-and-housing-fundraiser?utm_source=facebook
Now for the latest Torture Chamber updates!!!
ASCEND TO THE NEXT LEVEL WITH YOB!
This week's edition of Wormwood brings us an enlightening conversation with MIKE SCHEIDT of the epic doom masters YOB, among others! YOB is one of the most consistently interesting and challenging heavy bands of the modern generation, coming up with their own immense interpretation of metal and offering music that enlarges the brain with thought as opposed to killing it with blood, alcohol and destruction. How does Mike balance the two opposing sides of YOB? What's his take on spirituality in metal and who are some of the artists that inspire him? You can find out HERE in a very cool chat with this thoughtful and well-spoken representative of the arts of high volume!
We will have an interview with VICTOR GRIFFIN pretty soon as well as BELPHEGOR's HELMUTH! Also preparing perhaps the most far-flung interview I've ever conducted, from a country hardly known for any kind of Western music, much less metal. More to come on that. And look out for a new article examining the bloody legacy of ROBERT QUARRY and COUNT YORGA!
Now for the Torture Chamber entries for this week...
KILLER INTERVIEW WITH ERIC WAGNER, LIVE REVIEW OF ROCKSTAR MAYHEM AND EXTRA BIG TORTURE CHAMBER!
This week's edition of Wormwood has got it all! First, it gives me tremendous pride to present one of the best interviews ever to appear in these hallowed halls, GREAT SUN JESTER's penetrating interrogation of ERIC WAGNER! The former TROUBLE and current BLACKFINGER/SKULL frontman lays it all down in this one. The interview covers the decision to leave TROUBLE, the difficulty of staying creative, the legalization of marijuana and even the search for God! Don't take my word for it...read this great chat HERE and prepare to go deep inside a truly gifted mind! That's not all! SGT. DETH took a trip to the Rockstar Mayhem Fest and files this brief live report with us. Who ruled and who drooled? Special attention is paid to CANNIBAL CORPSE, BODY COUNT and TRIVIUM! Get the dope HERE!
And to top it all off, we have an extra large version of the Torture Chamber for you to dig into. Prepare to examine these nuggets...
CRACK OPEN SOME COLD ONES WITH GRAVE DIGGER!
This week finds me in one of my favorite habitats...a dreary old cemetery. There I get to hook up with guitarist AXEL RITT of Germany's veteran metal manaics GRAVE DIGGER, who have been stalking the boneyards since 1980! They've just released a back to basics bruiser called "Return of the Reaper" that will get any headbanger's neck sore. Why the return to the more oldschool style? What is it that makes German fans so crazy? Grab a spade and dig up the answers with me HERE!
You can add Austrian demons BELPHEGOR to the list of interviews that will appear here at Wormwood! I guarantee a real interesting read with sinister frontman HELMUTH, who talks candid about his brush with death and other subjects. Plus, interview with VICTOR GRIFFIN, YOB, ERIC WAGNER and TELERGY are all on the way.
An interesting Torture Chamber awaits you this week, with a pretty wide variety of acts to consider...
WE GET INTO A WHOLE MESS OF TROUBLE!
A real treat for all you Worm-maniacs this week! THE GREAT SUN JESTER has a detailed and fascinating interview with guitarist RICK WARTELL of the Chicago heavy rock legends TROUBLE! This is a band that has made some deep marks on the metal scene over the last 30 years and are still going strong today. Jester probes deep with questions covering the history of Trouble and Mr. Wartell delivers some honest and revealing answers. In a couple of weeks, we'll be featuring a "bookend" interview from GSJ where he speaks to former Trouble singer and current BLACKFINGER frontman ERIC WAGNER. Look for a TON of cool stuff coming from Mr. Jester in coming weeks. In the meantime. dive into the TROUBLE interview HERE!
We've got a rip-snortin' edition of the Torture Chamber to dig into this time around, with plenty of heavy duty and gnarly acts!
SAY A PRAYER FOR POOR EDWARD MORDRAKE!
Gather around, ladies and gentlemen, as I relate a tale of the abnormal and the unbelievable! This is the subject of our latest edition of the Wormwood Files...the sad and grotesque tale of the man with two faces, EDWARD MORDRAKE! Was he for real? Or just a tall tale, a legend? That's what we look at in this article. How could a man survive with a face on both the front AND back of his skull? Could there have been any others like him? Where does fantasy end and truth begin? Get all the freakish facts on Poor Edward right HERE!
In Wormwood news, lovers of doom and stoner rock will be having a field day in the coming months, as we have interviews with ERIC WAGNER of BLACKFINGER, RICK WARTELL of TROUBLE, JOHN GARCIA of KYUSS, MIKE SHEIDT of YOB and even the legendary VICTOR GRIFFIN! That's in addition to chats with GRAVEDIGGER and TELERGY! On the other side of the coin, there may be major changes in the way things are done around here. Will let you know later...
This edition of the Torture Chamber has reviews of JUDAS PRIEST, THE MEATMEN and BELPHEGOR! Check it out!
ENJOY A NICE COZY CHAT WITH GOATWHORE!
This week I go for a ride on the sleazy side of town and pick up a furry prostitute by the name of GOATWHORE! She looks kinda freaky with those horns and that beard but wow, what a trip! Actually, this Louisiana-based band have been stalking the Earth for 16 years now and have produced some vile and vicious works, including their latest "Constricting Rage of the Merciless". I also took time out to talk to their loquacious frontman, BEN FALGOUST, who had plenty to say! In this interview we take a trip down memory lane not only into the past of Goatwhore but the great days of the metal scene before the Internet. Lots of fun reading there! We also examine the recording philosophy behind the new album and talk about some influences on the band that may not be that obvious. Get your condoms out and read the interview HERE!
Yes, things are slow currently at Wormwood and there are many personal obstacles to face, but we hope to have some major annoucements soon. I know that our buddy THE GREAT SUN JESTER grabbed a chat with none other than ERIC WAGNER, former singer of TROUBLE and current crooner for BLACKFINGER so that will be upcoming for sure, along with my talk with guitarist AXEL RITT of GRAVEDIGGER. We also have SGT DETH's critique of the Rockstar Mayhem Fest coming...
The Torture Chamber this week is pretty dark, you'll want to bring a torch when you step inside...
A FOND FAREWELL TO DAYS OF THE DOOMED!
With a tear in my eye, I write my in-depth review of the fourth and final edition of DAYS OF THE DOOMED, the finest doom/stoner fest in the Midwest. This year's DOTD was the best, with sets by TROUBLE, JEX THOTH, AGE OF TAURUS and ORODRUIN, amongst many others. I cover the whole event and pay tribute to MERCYFUL MIKE SMITH, the organizer of this gathering of gloom. There are plenty of exclusive pics included as well. You can get the post-mortem right HERE. Bow your heads in solemn tribute to Days of the Doomed...
My Wormwood Files article on the bizarre case of EDWARD MORDRAKE is complete and will be appearing soon. I can also confirm I snagged an interview with Germany's morbid soldiers of true metal, GRAVE DIGGER! I am trying hard as hell to keep interesting articles going for you humanoids every week but it is not easy. There may be a week or two where we are quiet here at Wormwood Labs but be patient, we will have plenty of miscellaneous madness for you in the future!
One part of Wormwood that will never close is the Torture Chamber. Always plenty of victims there! Here's this week's bunch...
EXPLORE THE MANY COLORS OF DRUCKFARBEN!
This week, Wormwood's space warrior DARK STARR heads to the Great White North to grill what may be Canada's best prog rock band since Rush: DRUCKFARBEN! This unit with the strange German name has been opening a lot of eyes with their latest album "Second Sound", which Starr himself describes as one of the best mergers of classic and modern prog ever made. He meets up with guitarist ED BERNARD to find out what's going in Toronto, how these guys came up with their signature sound and what kind of a "fantasy festival" they would put together. You can join in on the fun HERE!
We have quite a juicy selection of Torture Chamber reviews this week, covering a lot of stylistic ground and featuring some prominent names. Behold...
NIGHTSATAN INVITES YOU TO THE POST-ATOMIC WASTELAND!
My Wormwood travels have taken me to strange places to meet equally strange characters, but never have I ventured into the radiation-blasted hell of the world after atomic holocaust. That's where you must go to meet MAZATHOTH, INHALATOR II and WOLF-RAMI, otherwise known as NIGHTSATAN. These three bizarre beings inhabit the same kind of wasteland that Mad Max does but their weapons are synthesizers instead of shotguns and crossbows. Nightsatan plays eerie synthetic soundscapes dedicated to the world after the bomb. They are also movie stars and have released a short film based on their insane adventures, entitled "Nightsatan and the Loops of Doom". I put on my rad-suit and talked to all three of the synth-warriors. The result was one of the most fun group-chats in the history of Wormwood! Grab your Geiger Counter and join the fun HERE!
While we're on the subject of holocaust, see if you can withstand the hell of this week's extra large Torture Chamber!