AN OLD FRIEND RETURNS FOR MONSTERFEST 11 PLUS MANILLA ROAD LIVE!
Many of you Worm-maniacs that have been following the Chronicles for years will remember the name of CLASSIC CAMP and also his wrestling-obsessed alter ego SIR LAWRENCE ALEGDROP. Well, you can run, but you can never escape the shadow of Wormwood! Now CC has returned to give us his in person perspective on one of the East Coast's coolest events....MONSTERFEST! This annual Virginia gathering has collected some of the most dedicated horror fanatics around and this year's edition was the most successful yet. Join Camp as he wanders the halls and even dredges up a chat with eccentric horror host MR. LOBO! If you're wearing a sturdy pair of Depends, you can read the round-up HERE! Welcome back, Camp!
We've also got my live report on the recent show by epic metal kingpins MANILLA ROAD in Milwaukee. The Road were accompanied by the venerable WRATH and several other bands....we've got some great live photos courtesy of MERCYFUL MIKE SMITH! See what I thought of this shindig HERE!
We have an exceedingly excessive edition of the Torture Chamber this time around, one that is sure to flatten your brain like a squirrel on the highway...
ANAAL NATHRAKH "Desideratum"
MASSACRE "Back From Beyond"
OBLITERATIONS "Poison Everything"
ALUNAH "Awakening The Forest"
TORCH RUNNER "Committed To The Ground"
ANNIHILATED "XII Steps To Ruination"
KATTAH "Lapis Lazuli"
WE LOWER THE BOOM ON OLD MAN GLOOM!
LORD RANDALL took time off from his easy assignments like infiltrating Al Qaeda to tackle an even more mysterious task...grabbing an interview with cryptic metal combo OLD MAN GLOOM. He finally managed to snag one of the Old Men (it's rumored it may have just possibly been AARON TURNER of ISIS...the band, not the terrorists) and ply the unknown gent with a few questions. The answers are odd and enlightening while still remaining obscure...rather like listening to Old Man Gloom itself. They've got a new album out entitled "Ape of God" and Randall probes his charge to find out more. See if you can piece together the puzzle that is Old Man Gloom by reading the interview HERE!
The end of 2014 will be here before you know it and what a weird year it has been. Thankfully, it's ending with a flurry of activity here at WC...lots of stuff to look forward to. One thing I can guarantee is the annual Wormwood Top 10 of 2014 lists, so keep an eye or two open for that!
Torture Chamber time now and it's the usual mad hodge-podge of underground craziness...
PRIMORDIAL "Where Greater Men Have Fallen"
BLOODBATH "Grand Morbid Funeral"
THE SABBATHIAN "Ritual Rites"
FUCKING INVINCIBLE "It'll Get Worse Before It Gets Better"
GET FUNKY WITH DOG FASHION DISCO AND WELCOME ABOARD SELENOS LUNOS!
Gonna take a walk on the wild side this week and who better to do it with than those masters of funk-infested circus metal DOG FASHION DISCO? These dudes know a thing or two about a good time and they are happy to share their knowledge. I got a talk session with super-talented vocalist TODD SMITH, who proceeded to whisper "Sweet Nothings" in my ear. No, no, I'm not that way! He was just giving me the poop on the new Dog Fashion Disco album "Sweet Nothings". We had a great long talk about why the band took a hiatus, how they plan to avoid they same kind of burnout in the future and what frustrates Todd most about the modern music scene. These guys are a little bit different than the usual Wormwood fodder, but I think you will enjoy this interview a lot. Check it out HERE and find out for yourself!
Looks like we've got another victim....er, member...in the Wormcrew! He is the mysterious SELENOS LUNOS and seems to enjoy the darker things in life. Like Aussie black metal band PESTILENTIAL SHADOWS, for instance....that's the subject of his first review in the Torture Chamber! We hope to get a lot more frm Mr. Lunos in the future.
And by strange coincidence, his review is the lead-off in this week's edition of the Torture Chamber!
PESTILENTIAL SHADOWS "Ephemeral"
HIDEOUS DIVINITY "Cobra Verde"
BRANT BJORK & THE LOW DESERT PUNK BAND "Black Power Flower"
THE DEAD "Death Steps To Oblivion"
SEPTYCAL GORGE "Scourge of the Formless Breed"
THE SWAN KING "Lasts So Long"
EXPERIENCE THE AGONY OF STATELINE PRO WRESTLING!
Been a long, LONG time since we've had a wrestling-related article here at Wormwood but the drought is over. I give blow-by-blow coverage of the "Fight The Fear Festival" presented on Halloween night by new local promotion STATELINE PRO WRESTLING! This card was a strong one, featuring top names like SABU, RHINO and TOMMASO CIAMPA along with strong regional talent like JUSTICE JONES and SEDUCE & DESTROY. A lot of fun was had by those who attended, including me and pal MISTRESS HYDRA, so why was this not a bigger success? Check out my report HERE as I ponder the state of the local wrestling scene...
You can add horror metal legends NECROPHAGIA to the list of bands we've interviewed! I snagged a chat with the loathsome KILLJOY DeSADE. There might be another major death metal act on the horizon soon, along with another possible wrestling piece and a live report of MANILLA ROAD. Who knows? We may even have a new member of the Wormcrew soon...
And now an extra-large serving of the Torture Chamber, featuring acts ranging from world-conquering to utterly obscure!
MACHINE HEAD "Bloodstone and Diamonds"
NECROPHAGIA "White Worm Cathedral"
CAVALERA CONSPIRACY "Pandemonium"
APOSTLE OF SOLITUDE "Of Woe and Wounds"
OCTOBER 31 "Bury The Hatchet''
GO ZOMBIE HUNTING WITH TEXAS THRASHERS EPIC!
This week brings us the first interview conducted by THERON MOORE! Theron traveled down to Houston, Texas to help up and coming thrash band EPIC fight some zombies and also grab a chat with them! This band has been described as the perfect merger of Slayer, Anthrax and Pantera and their album "Zombie Hunters Inc." is turning a lot of heads. Get this history of the band and learn their plans for the future HERE but keep an eye out for those walking corpses!
More cool stuff on the way soon....an interview with female-fronted Gothic death metallers WHITE EMPRESS, another one with retro-thrash masters LICH KING, a review of a Halloween show from STATELINE PRO WRESTLING, a new Wormwood Files focused on exorcism, yet more interviews with DOG FASHION DISCO, OLD MAN GLOOM and GAZ JENNINGS formerly of CATHEDRAL and now in DEATH PENALTY. Plus a live review of MANILLA ROAD in Wisconsin. So lots of stuff on the horizon!
And now the moment you've been waiting for....the latest Torture Chamber reviews!
ABAZAGORATH "The Satanic Verses"
EARTH "Primitive And Deadly"
LO PAN "Colossus"
SPIDERS "Shake Electric"
LAUGH TROUBLE AWAY WITH JEFF "OLY" OLSON!
This week we have the latest in an outstanding series of related interviews conducted by THE GREAT SUN JESTER. Previously GSJ has talked to BRUCE WARTELL of TROUBLE, ERIC WAGNER formerly of TROUBLE and now fronting THE SKULL and BLACKFINGER and now he turns to drum maestro JEFF "OLY" OLSON, also the former skinsman for TROUBLE and now manning the kit for THE SKULL. Each of these guys has a completely different approach to life and music and it's pretty apparent that "Oly" has his head screwed on really straight. GSJ gets the most out of his conversation with the easy going Olson and winds up laughing a lot. Jeff has been in the rock and metal scene for 30 plus years and has a lot of amazing insight. Hear what he has to say and get a chuckle or two HERE!
I will definitely have a live report on the STATELINE PRO WRESTLING "Fight The Fear Festival" with SABU and RHINO coming up, along with a review of MANILLA ROAD in Milwaukee. Forthcoming interviews include DOG FASHION DISCO, OLD MAN GLOOM, EPIC and more! Always working on new stuff to amaze and astound...
New Torture Chamber reviews to wreck your minds!
EVERGREY "Hymns For The Broken"
BLOOD OF KINGU "Dark Horn On The Right Side of the Crescent Moon"
THE LURKING CORPSES "Workin' For The Devil"
EVIL UNITED "Honored By Fire"
KHOLD "Til Endes"
JUMP IN A BUBBLING POT OF CHAOS WITH 1349!
It's been quite some time since we've chatted with the grim wizards of the frozen North, 1349! They have laid low the last couple of years, gathering strength for their return with the brutal new album "Massive Cauldron of Chaos". Now that cauldron is boiling over and the time is right to speak to bassist SEIDEMANN about what the band's been up to, what it's plans for the future are and much more. You can venture with me into the icy caves of Norway and see what black metal's best is up toby reading the interview HERE!
A real mixed up version of the Torture Chamber this time around. You'll be hard pressed to find a more diverse collection of reviews than this!
AUDREY HORNE "Pure Heavy"
DOG FASHION DISCO "Sweet Nothings"
INTERNAL BLEEDING "Imperium"
WO FAT "The Conjuring"
DICTATED "The Deceived"
WINTERFYLLETH "The Divination of Antiquity"
INHALE THE GHASTLY AROMA OF STENCH!
Make sure your gas masks are on for this week's main Wormwood feature. LORD RANDALL bravely entered the lair of shooting star Swedish death metal miscreants STENCH and the smell almost knocked him out! The Lord hooked up with guitarist/vocalist JONATHAN HULTEN to find out what makes the forward-thinking Stench so different from many of their more "retro" minded Swedish compatriots and how their new album "Venture" differs from past output. It's a short but penetrating inquiry with a rising new scent in the world of dismal death...investigate more HERE!
The Lord has been busy lately! He also grabbed a chat with indescribable New Mexican weirdos OLD MAN GLOOM! That will be upcoming soon, along with 1349, Dog Fashion Disco, Jeff "Oly" Olson and more! Wrestling fans take note! I'll be doing a live report on the upcoming STATELINE PRO WRESTLING show featuring SABU and ROB CONWAY and also a concert report on epic metal masters MANILLA ROAD! More interesting tidbits to be revealed...
The fiends are never finished with their foul deeds in the Wormwood Torture Chamber. This week brings yet more victims!
MAUSOLEUM GATE "Mausoleum Gate"
EXODUS "Blood In, Blood Out"
TODAY IS THE DAY "Animal Mother"
WHITE EMPRESS "Rise of the Empress"
HOLLYWOOD MONSTERS "Big Trouble"
WOLVHAMMER "Claw Into Black Sun"
PAY TRIBUTE TO THE FALLEN WITH RIGOR MORTIS!
I'm proud to present one of the best and most affecting interviews we've ever done at Wormwood Chronicles. I had the chance to speak to bassist CASEY ORR of Texas thrash legends RIGOR MORTIS and we spent quite a bit of time talking about two of Casey's great friends that have passed on...MIKE SCACCIA and DAVE BROCKIE, aka ODERUS URUNGUS. Mike got his start with Rigor Mortis and his last recorded work appears on their "comeback" (and sadly last) album "Slaves To The Grave". He also found great success in MINISTRY and REVOLTING COCKS. As for Mr. Brockie, Casey once played the part of BEEFCAKE THE MIGHTY in GWAR and got to know the maniacal mastermind of the Antarctic mutants that way. Casey really opens up about his relationswith both men, how their deaths devastated him and what their legacy is. He also reminisces about the glory days of Texas heavy metal and the general hard luck of Rigor Mortis. He's one hell of a nice Texas gentleman and you can read all his had to say right HERE.
There is some cool stuff headed your way at Wormwood. I can now confirm a brand new interview with SEIDEMANN of Norwegian black metal hellions 1349 is in the works! I also grabbed something with TODD SMITH of crazy funk/jazz/psycho metallers DOG FASHION DISCO. LORD RANDALL grabbed a chat with fast rising Swedish degenerates STENCH and THE GREAT SUN JESTER should have another one of his patented bull sessions with former TROUBLE drummer JEFF "OLY" OLSON. I'm also doing a new Wormwood Files on the exorcism of ANNELIESE MICHEL. Should have some more interviews soon!
Another big time edition of the Torture Chamber is yours to behold. Click below to begin your journey...
OBITUARY "Inked In Blood"
MADROST "Into the Aquatic Sector"
ORANGE GOBLIN "Back From The Abyss"
PRINCIPALITY OF HELL "Fire And Brimstone"
MEET THE VAMPIRE WHO RULED THE SWINGIN' 70'S...COUNT YORGA!
Let's jump in the VW Minibus and travel back to SoCal in the early 70's. We're going to meet a very important person...a foreign dignitary with class and a lot of money. There's only one problem...HE'S DEAD! I'm talking about the one and only COUNT YORGA, the bloodthirsty Bulgarian vampire who brought old school horror to the hip and happening shore of Southern California. The Count was one of the leading monsters of that long ago era and he was brought to life by actor ROBERT QUARRY, who enjoyed brief stardom due to that portrayal. I try to shine a light on Quarry and the popularity of Yorga HERE...join me if you dare!
Right now, Wormwood is going through a period where it will either produce a lot of cool new stuff or retreat back into the shadows. Which way will it go? Should have a better idea by next week. Working on some interesting things but can't reveal much because it's not a sure thing. I'd like to keep WC going but I can kind of see the end if things don't pick up.
More Torture Chamber follies for you this week and it's a pretty gruesome bunch this time....
ELECTRIC WIZARD "Time To Die"
COLUMNS "Please Explode"
IRON REAGAN "The Tyranny of Will"
THOSE WHO BRING THE TORTURE "Piling Up"
ZODIAC "Sonic Child"
ABYSMAL LORD "Storm of Unholy Black Mass"
MUTILATED VETERANS "Necro Crust Warhead"
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