posted Jun 29, 2016, 7:54 AM by Mike Korn   [ updated Jun 29, 2016, 7:55 AM ]


If you enjoy music that's like a punch in the face with brass knuckles, you don't want to miss this week's unusual "double" interview. For years, the band WEEKEND NACHOS have been the last word in bone-breaking hardcore fury. Now the band is saying goodbye with their final album "Apology". But rising from the depths to take their place is the more death metal oriented LIKE RATS, featuring some of the same members. In this interview, I talk to ANDY, TODD and DAN about the end of NACHOS and the birth of LIKE RATS. Get ready to dive into the pit HERE!

Some spooky news for you lovers of the macabre. I recently spoke to JONATHAN DENNISON, owner of the CADABRA RECORDS label which specializes in spoken word horror stories from the likes of H.P. LOVECRAFT and CLARK ASHTON SMITH. The result is a unique interview focused on the unearthly. Coming soon at Wormwood! Speaking of the weird, I'm also working on a new Wormwood Files examining Britain's most haunted house, 50 BERKELEY SQUARE! So keep watching for that, too!

Now for this week's slate of Torture Chamber reviews...

WORMED                                                           "Krighsu"

NAILS                                                               "You Will Never Be One of Us"

LITA FORD                                                         "Time Capsule"

VEX                                                                  "Sky Exile"

PRODUCT OF HATE                                              "Buried In Violence"

SKELETON WOLF                                                 "Skeleton Wolf"

BARDUS                                                            "Stella Porta"

REPTILIAN                                                         "Perennial Void Traverse"

CHAINS/SUTON split                                            "Balkanian Narko Doom"


posted Jun 21, 2016, 8:21 PM by Mike Korn   [ updated Jun 21, 2016, 8:21 PM ]


Many will recognize the name of JOE BOUCHARD from his many years as bassist for BLUE OYSTER CULT. But he's also been a college professor, film music writer and now he has a solo career and a brand new album "The Power of Music". Wormwood's DARK STARR caught up with Joe recently to talk to him about everything he's been up to since leaving the Cult, his many musical influences and his desire to continue a hard rock career on his own. He's an easy going guy who's been around almost every conceivable facet of the music business...hear what he's got to say HERE!

We've got another eclectic hodge-podge of metal and hard rock for you in the Torture Chamber...giraffes, vikings, Mexican foodstuffs and more!

GRAND MAGUS                                                 "Sword Songs"

WEEKEND NACHOS                                            "Apology"

VARDIS                                                           "Red Eye"

THE GIRAFFES                                                  "Usury"

ROTTEN SOUND                                                "Abuse To Suffer"

TRUE BLACK DAWN                                           "Come The Colorless Dawn"


posted Jun 14, 2016, 4:42 PM by Mike Korn   [ updated Jun 14, 2016, 4:52 PM ]


Time to fly through the wormhole to learn about Chicago's NUCLEUS, who combine death metal with sophisticated science fiction to create an otherworldly sound. These metallinauts have been stirring up a lot of comment with their debut album "Sentient" so it was time for Dr. Mality to speak to Nucleus mastermind DAVE MUNTEAN. The result is a unique chat that covers subjects like the SF works of Frank Herbert, the art of the renowned Dan Seagrave, technical vs. primitive death metal, artificial intelligence and dystopia and one of the best "Spinal Tap" stories to come down the pike in a while. Expand your mind by entering the realm of Nucleus HERE!

More news to report! The one and only SGT. DETH went to the front and has come back with an interview of one of the most influential and beautiful women in hard rock, none other than LITA FORD! Something else you can look forward to here at Wormwood, along with interviews of former BOC member JOE BOUCHARD, THE OBSESSED, and LIKE RATS. Plus even more interesting tidbits to tantalize and torment...stay tuned for those!

A big heaping helping of Torture Chamber reviews is now offered for you to sample!

DESTRUCTION                                                  "Under Attack"

ZEALOTRY                                                       "The Last Witness"

ARTILLERY                                                      "Penalty of Perception"

MISS LAVA                                                      "Sonic Debris"

BARBARIAN                                                     "Cult of the Open Grave"

JOE BOUCHARD                                                "The Power of Music"

AHTME                                                            "The Demonization"

WE THE WILD                                                   "From The Cities We Fled"

ENOID                                                             "Exile Aux Confins des Tourments"


posted Jun 7, 2016, 5:16 PM by Mike Korn   [ updated Jun 7, 2016, 5:16 PM ]


Time for my annual rundown of the NYDM SPRING BASH held at The Metal Grill in Cuday, WI! This year's report will be a little different because Yours Truly was up there as a vendor for the first time, selling my line of HOT N HEAVY hot sauces to headbangers with a liking for heat. I had to miss some bands because of this, but still got to see a great lineup that included WEHRMACHT, DESTRUCTOR, RUTHLESS and SAVAGE MASTER, amongst others. That was more than enough for me to do my thing, plus also tell tales of the metal characters who inevitably show up to the event. Get the lowdown on the hoedown HERE!

LOTS of news to report this week. DARK STARR tells me he has grabbed an interview with original BLUE OYSTER CULT bassist and now solo artist JOE BOUCHARD! Plus, I can tell you that I talked to DAVE SHERMAN from the reactivated THE  OBSESSED, one of the most important bands in the history of American doom metal! Plus we might have a chat with the most unlikely band to ever appear at Wormwood. I can hardly believe this one myself, and by this time next week, I may be able to spill the beans on it, as well as some other tidbits. Oh yeah, we also have an upcoming interview with members of WEEKEND NACHOS and LIKE RATS, plus a new Wormwood Files! So things are hopping again!

And so they are with the Torture Chamber as well. A far-reaching and eclectic collection as usual...

AMON AMARTH                                                "Jomsviking"

DEVILDRIVER                                                  "Trust No One"

SHIRAZ LANE                                                  "For Crying Out Loud"

CHILD BITE                                                     "Negative Noise"

WYRD                                                            "Death of the Sun"

LUCIFER'S HAMMER                                         "Beyond the Omens"


posted May 31, 2016, 4:23 PM by Mike Korn   [ updated May 31, 2016, 4:23 PM ]


Set back and relax in your coffin as I journey deep into the crypts to speak to JOHN GALLO, the febrile mastermind of BLIZARO! You may not know Blizaro yet but you should. A haunting combination of ancient heavy doom with creepy prog rock keyboards and the atmosphere of a vintage Italian slasher movie, this band create macabre sonic imagery for the darkened mind. What are the secrets of Blizaro? Who are the elders of the Italian music scene that they take inspiration from? These and many other mysteries to be revealed in the interview which can be seen HERE!

Also lurking in the murky catacombs is the trusty Wormwood Torture Chamber, which features many notable victims on this particular occasion!

MAGRUDERGRIND                                              "II"

SOURVEIN                                                        "Aquatic Occult"

IHSAHN                                                           "Arktis"

ARCANA 13                                                       "Danza Macabra"

SUNSTORM                                                       "Edge of Tomorrow"

GLORIOR BELLI                                                  "Sundown"


posted May 24, 2016, 4:38 PM by Mike Korn   [ updated May 24, 2016, 4:38 PM ]


PROFESSOR BERNARD QUATERMASS is one of the most influential fictional characters of the 20th century, even if you've never heard of him. The star of multiple BBC TV serials and theatrical films, Quatermass was portrayed by numerous actors and was a "scientific warrior" who battled the paranormal and the bizarre. His escapades greatly influenced the likes of Dr. Who and the X-Files. In this new Philm Phreaks article, I take a look at all of the Quatermass stories and the actors who played the professor. This includes films like "The Creeping Unknown" and "Five Million Years to Earth". Whether you're a long time fan or just learning about the character now, check out what I have to say about him HERE.

I can confirm that we've got an upcoming interview with guitarist/madman JOHN GALLO of the difficult to classify BLIZARO. If you've never heard these guys, check them out! A unique combination of classic doom metal, 70's horror prog and soundtracks from the Italian giallo films of years ago. There will be also be a review of this year's NYDM SPRING BASH, featuring the likes of DESTRUCTOR, RUTHLESS and HEXX! Plus lots more insanity from the Wormcrew!

A double wide edition of the Torture Chamber is thundering down the highway of doom right at you! Stay right where you are!

KATATONIA                                                    "The Fall of Hearts"

JUDAS PRIEST                                                "Battle Cry" DVD

LIKE RATS                                                      "II"

BEASTMAKER                                                  "Lusus Naturae"

STRANGULATE                                                "Catacombs of Decay"

BOUDAIN                                                       "Way of the Hoof"

BLOODTHIRST                                                 "Glorious Sinners"

RAGEHAMMER                                                  "The Hammer Doctrine"

GLORIA MORTI                                                 "Kuebiko"

CARDINALS FOLLY                                            "Holocaust of Ecstasy and Freedom"


posted May 17, 2016, 4:47 PM by Mike Korn   [ updated May 17, 2016, 4:47 PM ]


This week sees THOR return to the Worm-wars as he puts his nose to the grindstone and looks into the extreme world of AGORAPHOBIC NOSEBLEED. They may possibly be America's most over the top grindcore band and their new EP "Arc" offers 3 slabs of devastating doom-paced annihilation. THOR talks to RICHARD JOHNSON about what grindcore really is and what the unique idea behind Nosebleed's new series of EP's is. This is a short but penetrating conversation with a truly forward-thinking and utterly brutal band which you can sample HERE.

Speaking of "extreme", you can sample this week's Torture Chamber reviews and get an extreme range of edgy music from all acros the spectrum!

DESASTER                                                   "The Oath of an Iron Ritual"

DISCHARGE                                                 "End of Days"

GAME OVER                                                  "Crimes Against Reality"

ATALA                                                         "Shaman's Path of the Serpent"

NECROT                                                       "The Labyrinth"

ORESUND SPACE COLLECTIVE                          "Different Creatures"


posted May 10, 2016, 4:24 PM by Mike Korn   [ updated May 10, 2016, 4:25 PM ]


Something different from Wormwood this week. Our Worm-sociate THERON MOORE dives deep into dark places to come up with an interview with DAVID F. SANDBERG, one of the most promising new genre directors around. Mr. Sandberg raised a lot of eyebrows and frazzled a lot of nerves with his short subject "LIGHTS OUT!", which he is now making into a full fledged movie. Theron asks him about his approach to horror, his thoughts on special effects and when to use them, and future projects like the "Lights Out" movie and another upcoming feature "Pictured". Here's a chance to look into the mind of a new generation horror creator who is reshaping the genre. Read on HERE...

Some good news to report. THOR has gotten an interview with leaders of the American extreme metal scene AGORAPHOBIC NOSEBLEED! They make your ears bleed as well as your nose and probably your brain, too, once you read the interview.  In a similar vein, I grabbed a chat with up and coming science fiction death metal monsters NUCLEUS from Chicago so keep an eye out for that. Plus OCTOPI MILLS is preparing an article that goes deeper into the paranormal and supernatural than Wormwood has ever ventured before! All that plus my series on the QUATERMASS movies and an all-new Wormwood Files article!

Right now we will smack you upside the head with more Torture Chamber reviews you can shake a meat cleaver at!!!

EXTREME NOISE TERROR                                                 "Extreme Noise Terror"

BLACK COBRA                                                                "Imperium Simulacra"

CRISIX                                                                         "From Blue to Black"

MANTAR                                                                        "Ode To The Flame"

WEIRD LIGHT                                                                "Doomicus Vobiscum"

KAWIR                                                                         "Father Sun, Mother Moon"

TINY KNIVES                                                                 "Black Haze"

ABHOMINE                                                                    "Larvae Offal Swine"

CHERUBS                                                                      "Fist In The Air"


posted May 3, 2016, 4:21 PM by Mike Korn   [ updated May 3, 2016, 4:22 PM ]


One of the most enduring and influential cult records of the late 1980's was "Journey Into Mystery" by Pittsburgh-based band DREAM DEATH. With its mixture of gloomy sludge and riffy thrash, that album was a forerunner of many later acts who would try to duplicate the formula. The recorded works of Dream Death, however, have been few in number. They have blessed us with a grim new album called "Dissemination", though, so the time was right for me to connect with DD mastermind BRIAN LAWRENCE, who has been with the band in all phases of its existence. He tells me why the time was right to return to Dream Death's roots and why he's really a positive person despite the band's relentlessly dour outlook. Plus we get to hear one of the best SPINAL TAP stories ever. Begin your journey HERE...

We're going to get some pretty unique articles at Wormwood pretty soon. OCTOPI MILLS is working on something completely different which will appear in our Wormwood Files section while I'm trying to get an interview with the creator of CADABRA RECORDS, a spoken word label specializing in spooky works by H.P. LOVECRAFT and CLARK ASHTON SMITH. And we're working very hard on an extremely diverse range of interviews with artists from all over the music spectrum. More to come!!!

Of course, I'm not going to let you off the hook without the latest Torture Chamber reviews. So here they are....

DIAMOND HEAD                                                     "Diamond Head"

DARKESTRAH                                                         "Turan"

METAL CHURCH                                                      "XI"

CRIMINAL                                                              "Fear Itself"

MORGUE SUPPLIER                                                 "Morgue Supplier"

AQUA NEBULA OSCILLATOR                                      "Friday the 13th"


posted Apr 26, 2016, 4:23 PM by Mike Korn   [ updated Apr 26, 2016, 4:23 PM ]


This week, THERON MOORE takes a journey into the past of one of America's most vibrant heavy metal scenes...Chicago, Illinois. To accomplish this, he talked to an expert on the subject, Mr. GARY GOLWITZER, a veteran of two of the Windy City's most notable metal bands, WRATH and STYGIAN. This is a great walk down memory lane, as Gary recalls the glory days of Chicago metal and some of the now departed clubs such as the Thirsty Whale and Medusa's. It's also a look at his own personal trip from cover bands to Wrath to Stygian and back to Wrath again. Lots of great tidbits and info are here, so come along for the ride and hear what he has to say HERE.

Just got back from the 2016 edition of the NYDM Spring Bash in Milwaukee. This year was the Good Doctor's first selling HOT N HEAVY hot sauce up there so it was quite a different experience than usual! But I still got to check out great bands like BLACK DEATH, DESTRUCTOR and RUTHLESS. A report will eventually be forthcoming...

More hijinx, hilarity and horror in the Wormwood Torture Chamber this week...an expanded edition, to boot!

DEAD TO A DYING WORLD                                            "Litany"

SURGICAL METH MACHINE                                           "Surgical Meth Machine"

AVANTASIA                                                               "Ghost Lights"

URGEHAL                                                                  "Aeons In Sodom"

NOVEMBRE                                                                "Ursa"

NUCLEUS                                                                  "Sentient"

TORTURE RACK                                                          "Barbaric Persecution"

THE LUMBERJACK FEEDBACK                                        "Blackened Visions"

ZOMBI                                                                      "Shape Shifter"

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