posted May 22, 2018, 4:22 PM by Mike Korn   [ updated May 22, 2018, 4:23 PM ]


The misty old growth forests of Oregon have produced some interesting black metal bands over the years and you can add the shadowy UADA to that list. LORD RANDALL recently got fitted out for a camping expedition and headed into the woods to speak with JAKE SUPERCHI of Uada. This is a pretty heavy philosophical chat discussing the essence of black metal and the future of mankind, along with the origins and goals of the band. Jake is a very articulate guy so check out what he has to say HERE!

Some exciting announcements should be on the way shortly. With this being the 20th year of Wormwood, we're looking to do some special events and one of these will be helping to sponsor the annual SLAYFEST held in Freeport, IL! There will be much more on the date and lineup of this show later, but I can say that there will be a full headlining set from one of Wisconsin's most respected metal bands! Stay tuned for more....new interviews and features on the way as well!

Some very big names in this week's Torture Chamber...take a look and see for yourself!

AT THE GATES                                                  "To Drink Of The Night Itself"

AKERCOCKE                                                      "Renaissance In Extremis"

SKINLESS                                                         "Savagery"

AMORPHIS                                                        "Queen Of Time"

LIZZY BORDEN                                                  "My Midnight Things"

WOLF KING                                                       "Loyal To The Soil"


posted May 15, 2018, 4:14 PM by Mike Korn   [ updated May 15, 2018, 4:15 PM ]


THERON MOORE took a perilous trip into the cobwebbed crypts of Minneapolis to unearth the gory story behind long-running shock rockers IMPALER this week! He had a chat with ghastly frontman BILL LINDSEY about how he was influenced by childhood heroes ALICE COOPER and LED ZEPPELIN to start his long running band. He talks about the underrated Minnesota metal scene of the 80's and 80's and reminisces about the legendary EARL ROOT! Despite his gruesome exterior, Bill was a surprsingly cool ghoul to chew the fat with and you can sample the interview right HERE!

Might be some big concert review action here pretty soon. EL CHIEF tells me he is working on a monster report on the SLAYER farewell tour and I have finally concluded my own epic review of NYDM SPRING BASH 2018 which featured CIRITH UNGOL, HELSTAR and many others! THE GIL-MAN may also report on the recent JUDAS PRIEST/SAXON shows as well. Should be able to announce a new interview or two coming soon as well...

Now time to suffer the agony of the Torture Chamber for this week!

SKINNED                                                    "Shadow Syndicate"

DOWN AMONG THE DEAD MEN                     "And You Will Obey Me..."

VARATHRON                                               "Patriarchs of Evil"

WRONG                                                      "Feels Great"

WAR GODS OF THE DEEP                             "Robots, Rockets and Rampage"

AD HOMINEM                                              "Napalm For All"


posted May 8, 2018, 4:20 PM by Mike Korn   [ updated May 8, 2018, 4:21 PM ]


The fairer sex makes its entrance to Wormwood this week and proves they can jam as hard as anyone! I talk to guitarist FILIPPA NASSIL from Sweden's rowdy THUNDERMOTHER and find out what makes this bunch tick. Filippa tells me how she rebuilt her whole band with grit and determination after a major shake up and how her family supported her unorthdox decision to play hard rock n roll. She also goes into the details behind some of the songs on their new self-titled disc. Find out what else she's got to say by clicking HERE!

An extra large version of the Torture Chamber is on tap this weekend, so take a deep breath and dive in...

MICHAEL SCHENKER FEST                                                     "Resurrection"

TENGGER CAVALRY                                                               "Cian Bi"

EAGLE TWIN                                                                         "The Thundering Heard (Songs of Hoof and Horn)"

ABYTHIC                                                                               "Beneath Ancient Portals"

KROLOK                                                                                "When the Moon Sang Our Songs"

SENSE OF FEAR                                                                     "As The Ages Passing By..."

AGAINST EVIL                                                                       "All Hail The King"

LIVING ALTAR                                                                        "Scythes Towards Psyche"

KOSMOGYR                                                                            "Eviternity"


posted May 1, 2018, 4:13 PM by Mike Korn   [ updated May 1, 2018, 4:13 PM ]


LORD RANDALL returns to action and interviews an intriguing death metal band that combines classics sounds and forward thinking ideas, MONOTHEIST! He gets an earful from PROPHET and SHIV about where the band is at conceptually and musically. They have some interesting things to say about the relationship of Christianity to extreme music and the value of actual songwriting. Come along for the ride HERE and see what else they have to say!

Coming later at WC will be a chat I had with the masters of sludgy horror metal, ILSA. That will join the likes of UADA, IMPALER, THUNDERMOTHER and DAVE NGRAM in the "coming soon" files, plus my report on NYDM SPRING BASH 2018 and an article on the history of Wormwood!

Prepare the hot tongs and thumbscrews...here are the latest entries into the Torture Chamber!

TAPHOS                                                             "Come Ethereal Somberness"

GATEKEEPER                                                      "East of Sun"

GODTHRYMM                                                     "A Grand Reclamation"

PACT                                                                 "Enigmata"

SLAUGHTER AND THE DOGS                                "Tokyo Dogs"

THRUST                                                             "Harvest of Souls"


posted Apr 24, 2018, 4:09 PM by Mike Korn   [ updated Apr 24, 2018, 4:09 PM ]


A bit of an off week this time around. I just got back from a wild weekend at the NYDM SPRING BASH in Milwaukee where I checked out the likes of HELSTAR, CIRITH UNGOL, BAT and a whole lot more. Expect to get a complete rundown of this epic show down the road. However, that means there was no major feature running this week. We should be back in action next week with MONOTHEIST! Also working on some cool projects I will be telling you more about soon!

In the meantime, check out some very diverse music reviews in this week's edition of the TORTURE CHAMBER!

BRUCE LAMONT                                                       "Broken Limbs Excite No Pity"

SKELETAL REMAINS                                                 "Devouring Mortality"

GUS G                                                                    "Fearless"

ROBESPIERRE                                                         "The Garden of Hell"

THE DARKEST OF THE HILLSIDE THICKETS               "The Dukes of Alhazred"

PARASIGHT                                                             "At leve som hvis der var et hab"


posted Apr 17, 2018, 4:25 PM by Mike Korn   [ updated Apr 17, 2018, 4:25 PM ]


It was a real pleasure to recently speak to Mr. FRANK HEALEY, a veteran of the British extreme music scene who has done service in NAPALM DEATH, CEREBRAL FIX and BENEDICTION. Currently he is firmly ensconced in the band MEMORIAM, who are delivering a master class in pure death metal in the tradition of BOLT THROWER and BENEDICTION. Frank tells us about the no-frills work ethic of the band, their view of current world affairs and what it's like carrying the torch for a whole style of music. You can see for yourselves what he's got to say by checking out the interview HERE.

By coincidence, I can report that I got an interview with a very close associate of Frank's, one MR. DAVE INGRAM. The former voice of BOLT THROWER and BENEDICTION is now lending his growls to DOWN AMONG THE DEAD MEN and a number of other projects. That one will make a nice bookend to my chat with Mr. Healey. Also, to let you humanoids know, we may have a week with very little activity here. I will be spending this upcoming weekend in Milwaukee attending the annual NYDM Spring Bash. We're going to have a major report on that show as well!

This week's Torture Chamber is all over the map, stylistically, from utter brutality to pure prog and Icelandic folk!

VISIGOTH                                                                         "Conqueror's Oath"

GRAVEHILL                                                                       "The Unchaste, the Wicked and the Profane"

LECHERY                                                                          "We Are All Born Evil"

MONSTER MAGNET                                                            "Mindfucker"

ARSTIDIR                                                                         "Hvel"

SCIENCE NV                                                                      "The Quest For Prester John"


posted Apr 12, 2018, 4:06 PM by Mike Korn   [ updated Apr 12, 2018, 4:07 PM ]


Rising from the swamps of suburban Chicago, THE GIL-MAN dives into his first interview for Wormwood! He speaks to KEN ROSE from the sky-rocketing Indianapolis hard rockers HERO JR.! This band has been raising a ruckus lately with their combination of classic rock and modern crunch. Get inside the mind of the band and see what they have to say about their music and rise to popularity. Take the plunge HERE!

Next week I'll be attending the annual NYDM Spring Bash and checking out bands like CIRITH UNGOL, HELSTAR and NASTY SAVAGE, along with many others. Expect an indepth report to follow. And Gil-Man tells me he'll be reviewing one of the recent JUDAS PRIEST/SAXON shows as well!

Got a super heavy edition of the Torture Chamber to crush your eardrums this week!

REPLICANT                                                                       "Negative LIfe"

STRANGLE WIRE                                                               "The Dark Triad"

CRISIX                                                                             "Against The Odds"

VOMITOR                                                                          "Pestilential Death"

OUR PLACE OF WORSHIP IS SILENCE                                  "Towards Inexorable Suffering"

THE DEAD CENTURIES                                                       "Race Against Time"


posted Apr 3, 2018, 4:17 PM by Mike Korn   [ updated Apr 3, 2018, 4:17 PM ]


This week we have an intriguing interview with dark progressive rock act NEGATIVEHATE for your perusal. DARK STARR speaks to guitarist/vocalist CHUCK SCANDURA and finds out that Mr. Scandura has a unique take on a lot of things. Find out the secret behind the band's name and why it is probably the opposite of what you think it is and get Chuck's take on the problem of illegal downloading. He also shares a pretty funny Spinal Tap moment with us. Tap into the darkness HERE.

Get ready for a couple of upcoming chats courtesy of LORD RANDALL. The regal scribe first promises an interview wtih death metal mavens MONOTHEIST, who are making quite the splash. If that's not enough, he also ha a conversation with the mysterious and mystical black metal upstarts from the Pacific Northwest, UADA. Add those to a lineup that includes interviews from IMPALER, HERO JR., MEMORIAM and THUNDERMOTHER and you can see we're pretty busy around here.

We're never too busy for new victims in our Torture Chamber! Here are the latest...

MAGNUM                                                           "Lost On the Road To Eternity"

MEMORIAM                                                        "The Silent Vigil"

ABIGOR                                                             "Hollenzwang"

F.K.U.                                                                "1981"

HOODED MENACE                                               "Ossuarium Silhouettes Unhallowed"

GREEN DRUID                                                    "Ashen Blood"


posted Mar 27, 2018, 4:13 PM by Mike Korn   [ updated Mar 27, 2018, 4:13 PM ]


Tis time for EL CHIEF to head for the heather-clad braes and glens of Bonny Scotland to speak to the biggest Scottish monsters this side of Nessie...SCUMPULSE! These black and crusty grinders from the land of lochs and sporrans have churned forth a brain-curdling debut record called "Rotten" that will rattle your cages for sure! He speaks to several members of the band and gets their opinion on Scotland's fight for independence, Brexit, clear production vs. filthy and the mayhem of "Rotten". This is a band you may not be familiar with now, but will know them better soon. Get a jump on it HERE!

Time to let the (dead) cat out of the bag. In honor of Wormwood's 20th year of existence, I am not only writing an article about the history of the zine, but I am looking at publishing an actual BOOK collecting some of the best interviews conducted over the last two decades. This is in the early stages and still needs a lot of planning, but I hope to announce more soon. Also should have news of new interviews and features coming soon!

Yep, you guessed it! Time for this week's Torture Chamber!

SHADOWKEEP                                                                  "Shadowkeep"

ILSA                                                                                "Corpse Fortress"

THE GROTESQUERY                                                          "The Lupine Anathema"

CARDIAC ARREST                                                             "A Parallel Dimension of Despair"

SPARTAN WARRIOR                                                          "Hell To Pay"

DAWN RAY'D                                                                    "The Unlawful Assembly"


posted Mar 20, 2018, 4:28 PM by Mike Korn   [ updated Mar 20, 2018, 4:28 PM ]


Prepare for a trip to the dark and lonely places of the world in search of one of man's oldest mysteries...PHANTOM BLACK DOGS! These spectral hell hounds are found throughout the world but particularly in remote areas of the British Isles. I, Dr. Abner Mality, turn my attention to the legend and bright it to life for you! Dsicover the many names of various Black Dogs, including BLACK SHUCK, and unearth some of their more notorious exploits! Is there an explanation for this mystical terror? Get ready to find out by reading this latest edition of the Wormwood Files!

I can announce that THE GIL-MAN has secured his first interview for Wormwood! He's met up with Chicago hard rockers HERO JR. and will be presenting us with the result of the chat soon! This joins a very busy schedule of upcoming interviews here at Wormwood!

This week's Torture Chamber reviews tended to be on the critical side. Open them up and see who got the brickbats! 

VIRVUM                                                                              "Illuminance"

MINISTRY                                                                           "AmeriKKKant"

SUMMONING                                                                      "With Doom We Come"

WHIPSTRIKER                                                                    "Merciless Artillery"

DJINN AND MISKATONIC                                                     "Even Gods Must Die"

ERDVE                                                                               "Vaitojilmas"

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