posted by Mike Korn   [ updated ]


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"


posted Mar 13, 2018, 4:17 PM by Mike Korn   [ updated Mar 13, 2018, 4:17 PM ]


We take a side trip to Texas, where bulls are big and metal is extra heavy, to speak with a man who knows his Texas metal well, MR. RICK PERRY! THERON MOORE speaks to this long-time volume dealer about his time in cult thrashers GAMMACIDE, industrial metal weirdos PUNCTURE, super group WARBEAST and his latest venture, IRON JAW! Rick is very honest about his ups and downs over the years and gives a great glimpse into several ages and styles of metal. You can hear what he has to say right HERE!

Theron has been a very busy boy! We will also be featuring his interview with gruesome horror metal fiends IMPALER and their macabre main man, BILL LINDSEY! That joins a whole passel of hot interviews that includes MEMORIAM, NEGATIVEHATE, SCUMPULSE and some more I'll reveal shortly. 

This edition of the Torture Chamber definitely delivers a lot of THUNDER!!!

SAXON                                                                      "Thunderbolt"

THUNDERMOTHER                                                      "Thundermother"

RIVERS OF NIHIL                                                        "Where Owls Know My Name"

THY FEEBLE SAVIOUR                                                 "As Darkness Falls"

THE TRACY G GROUP                                                  "Tramp"

PUREST OF PAIN                                                        "Solipsis"


posted Mar 6, 2018, 4:26 PM by Mike Korn   [ updated Mar 6, 2018, 4:26 PM ]


This week we tread a solemn path into the land of epic doom as I interview APOSTLE OF SOLITUDE! This Indiana bandhas been producing some of the purest doom metal in the United States for several years now. Their latest opus "From Gold To Ash" is yet another feast for those who enjoy ponderous metal in the style of CANDLEMASS and SOLITUDE AETURNUS. I speak with drummer COREY WEBB to find out more of what motivates the band to play this type of music and if there is any chance of hope in their gloomy world. Cross your forehead with ash and delve into the darkness HERE!

Two more big announcements to make. The Good Doctor has snagged an interview with veteran bassist FRANK HEALEY of MEMORIAM! This band features members of  BOLT THROWER and BENEDICTION so prepare for a trip into the world of vintage death metal. One band certainly influenced by this tradition are Scottish d-beat black metallers SCUMPULSE and we'll be talking to them, too! EL CHIEF will be doing the honors there.

The mighty JUDAS PRIEST visits our Torture Chamber this week along with punk legends ANTISECT and more!

ANTISECT                                                       "The Rising of The Lights"

JUDAS PRIEST                                                 "Firepower"

HAMFERD                                                        "Tamsins Likam"

MONOTHEIST                                                  "Scourge"

TREEDEON                                                      "Under The Manchineel"

KNELT ROTE                                                    "Alterity'


posted Feb 27, 2018, 4:14 PM by Mike Korn   [ updated Feb 27, 2018, 4:14 PM ]


Very proud to present DARK STARR's chat with one of the greatest and most influential progressive rock bands in British history, MARILLION! He gets to talk to guitarist STEVE ROTHERY, keyboardist MARK KELLY and bassist PETE TREVAWAS about all things Marillion-related, including dream concerts they would put together, favorite gear they use and their opinion on downloading music. It's a rare opportunity to pick the brains of a forward-thinking band that's changed the music landscape and you can check it out HERE!

THERON MOORE has grabbed an interview with Texas metal mainstay RICK PERRY, best known for being in thrashers GAMMACIDE and industrial metallers PUNCTURE and now in a new unit called IRON JAW! That will be popping up soon and there are several real interesting projects in the pipe that I hope to announce shortly. One of them hopefully will be a live review of an upcoming JUDAS PRIEST/SAXON/BLACK STAR RIDERS gig in Milwaukee. Stay tuned!

Some interesting new names surface from the sewers in this week's Torture Chamber!

IGNITOR                                                                       "Haunted By Rock N Roll"

LEGEND OF THE SEAGULLMEN                                        "Legend of the Seagullmen"

SCUMPULSE                                                                  "Rotten"

VOIDHANGER                                                                "Dark Days of the Soul"

HEAVEN & EARTH                                                          "Hard To Kill"

APOSTLE OF SOLITUDE                                                  "From Gold To Ash"


posted Feb 20, 2018, 4:18 PM by Mike Korn   [ updated Feb 20, 2018, 4:18 PM ]


MOTORHEAD is no more but guitarist PHIL CAMPBELL is not content to start knitting in his rocking chair. He's gathered together three of his own sons and vocalist NEIL STARR to put together a new hard rocking outfit. What is it like to be in a band with your Dad playing guitar and your brothers on guitar and drums? I ask bassist TYLA CAMPBELL all about life in The Bastard Sons and he brings Mr. Starr along for the ride. Learn about the unique way this band rolls and what it was like to have your Dad in Motorhead. Plus find out what part ukeleles play in it all by clicking HERE and checking out the interview!

I can reveal that the next edition of the Wormwood Files will take a look at the phenomena of PHANTOM BLACK DOGS haunting the lonely roads of the world. Also going to be working on a tribute to Florida's #1 grindhouse film-maker WILLIAM GREFE. And since this is the 20th year of Wormwood, I'm going to try my hand at a history of the mag  from the first hand-stapled paper issue to the long lasting webzine it is now!

Many new bands featured in this week's Torture Chamber!

MANGOO                                                                         "The Heat"

HEIDEVOLK                                                                      "Vuur van Verzet"

PSYCHOCIDE                                                                    "Alcohol & Bad Decisions"

HAMMR                                                                            "Unholy Destruction"

WYRMWOODS                                                                  "Earth Made Flesh"

OLD MOTHER HELL                                                           "Old Mother Hell"


posted Feb 13, 2018, 4:16 PM by Mike Korn   [ updated Feb 13, 2018, 4:16 PM ]


When the calendar gets to February, it's time for the scribes here at Wormwood to present their picks for their favorite releases of the previous year. This year you will notice some changes in personnel, as old faces disappear (I swear I had nothing to do with that!) and new inmates arrive. As usual, though, it's a pretty eclectic mixture of choices. As an indicator of how diverse those choices are, I present now each writer's #1 pick...

THERON MOORE                                                   INCANTATION                                               "PROFANE NEXUS"

DARK STARR                                                        STYX                                                               "THE MISSION"

EL CHIEF                                                              XIPE TOTEC                                                    "AXOMIMITL"

DR. ABNER MALITY                                               PARADISE LOST                                             "MEDUSA"

PROFESSOR JOCKO                                              WARRANT                                                       "LOUDER HARDER FASTER"

OCTOPI MILLS                                                      PAGAN ALTAR                                                "ROOM OF SHADOWS"

COLONEL ANGUS                                                  BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION                     "BCCIV"

THOR                                                                   BROKEN HOPE                                               "MUTILATED AND ASSIMILATED"

THE GIL-MAN                                                        L.A. GUNS                                                      "THE MISSING PEACE"

LORD RANDALL                                                     ENSLAVED                                                     "E"

Those are just the top slots. If you want to check out all the other releases, click HERE! We will see you next year!

In the meantime, we also have new entries in the Wormwood Torture Chamber...

ANVIL                                                                    "Pounding The Pavement"

PHIL CAMPBELL & THE BASTARD SONS                    "The Age of Absurdity"

VULTURE INDUSTRIES                                            "Stranger Times"

SACRED LEATHER                                                   "Ultimate Force"

DEMONOMANCY (It)                                                "Poisoned Atonement"

SYMETRIA                                                              "Symetria"


posted Feb 6, 2018, 4:13 PM by Mike Korn   [ updated Feb 6, 2018, 4:14 PM ]


This week finds THERON MOORE speaking to one of Chicago's best new heavy bands, BLACK ROAD! Specifically, he chats with the bewitching SUZI UZI about the formation of this outfit and its influences, as well as speaking about the burgeoning Chi-town metal scene, past and present! This is a band you'll be sure to hear more from later, so check out the interview HERE and get a jump on everything!

Next week will see the annual WORMWOOD TOP 10 lists appear, this time devoted to the best of 2017! Some interesting results this time so don't miss it! And prog fans will have a big treat in store when DARK STARR posts interviews with the legendary MARILLION and rising dark proggers NEGATIVEHATE! Also coming are interviews with PHIL CAMPBELL & THE BASTARD SONS as well as APOSTLE OF SOLITUDE. Should have some news of the next Wormwood Files article and a new Philm Phreak feature as well!

This week's Torture Chamber sees some pretty nasty customers making their way into the dungeon...

BABYLON A.D.                                                       "Revelation Highway"

HELLISH GOD                                                        "The Evil Emanations"

WAKE                                                                   "Misery Rites"

ANIALATOR                                                           "Rise To Supremacy"

DISEMBOWEL                                                        "Plagues and Ancient Rites"

ZIFIR                                                                    "Kingdom of Nothingness"


posted Jan 30, 2018, 4:26 PM by Mike Korn   [ updated Feb 4, 2018, 1:08 PM ]


LORD RANDALL must be feeling full of scorn and vitriol recently because he managed to secure an interview with malignant black metal entity SPITE! More specifically, he chatted with Spite's dark mastermind, SALPSAN, and a most revealing chat it is, too! He learns about Salpsan's black metal philosophy and experiences his contempt for the human animal. He also discovers the secrets of the new Spite LP "Antimoshiach" and its tale of the Anti-Messiah! Join him for this conversation with a diabolical yet enlightened metal mind!

Coming soon to Wormwood will be an interview with one of America's great doom metal bands, APOSTLE OF SOLITUDE! Should also be announcing some exciting new material coming our way from DARK STARR! Also coming soon will be the infamous Wormwood TOP 10 of 2017 lists!

Lots of bands from metal-crazy Finland in this week's Torture Chamber!

IRON GRIFFIN                                                        "Iron Griffin"

MAMMOTH GRINDER                                               "Cosmic Crypt"

ACCUSER                                                               "The Mastery"

LAPIN HELVETTI                                                     "Lapin Helvetti"

KOHTI TUHOA                                                        "Pelon Neljas Valtakunta"

SEASONS OF THE WOLF                                          "Last Act of Defiance"


posted Jan 23, 2018, 4:16 PM by Mike Korn   [ updated Jan 23, 2018, 4:17 PM ]


While jaunting through the fetid boneyards beneath Tampa, Florida, I recently ran into PETE SLATE from the nightmarish doom/death masters DRUID LORD! It was a happy but morbid meeting with Mr. Slate and I cajoled an entertaining interview out of him. We wound up talking about our favorite "Night Gallery" episodes, the glory years of the Florida death metal scene and even that old scalawag, Mr. Hyde! It was a great talk for fans of classic horror and putrid death metal both and you can savor it HERE!

Slowly making some progress on new features for the zine. I was also able to speak to TYLA CAMPBELL and NEIL STARR from PHIL CAMPBELL & THE BASTARD SONS, the new unit featuring longtime MOTORHEAD guitarist Phil Campbell and three of his own sons as well as Mr. Starr! Look for that in the weeks ahead as well as THERON MOORE's chat with SUZI UZI of rising Chicago sludge/doom artists BLACK ROAD and our anticipated TOP 10 OF 2017 lists!

The Torture Chamber has a healthy mix of well known bands and more obscure artists this week!

BLACK DAHLIA MURDER                                                             "Nightbringers"

SCOUR                                                                                     "Red" EP

PHILIP H. ANSELMO & THE ILLEGALS                                          "Choosing Mental Illness As A Virtue"

CRUENTATOR                                                                            "Ain't War Hell?"

ORPHANED LAND                                                                       "Unsung Prophets & Dead Messiahs"

IPERYT                                                                                      "The Patchwork Gehinnom"

BESTIALORD                                                                             "Law of the Burning"


posted Jan 16, 2018, 4:10 PM by Mike Korn   [ updated Jan 16, 2018, 4:11 PM ]


What happens when horror movies of the West meet the martial arts films of the East? You might get a genre-bending headtrip like "LEGEND OF THE 7 GOLDEN VAMPIRES"! This psychotronic 70's explosion marked the brief alliance of Hammer Studios and Shaw Brothers as Dracula takes a trip to China to take control of a gang of vampires who are terrorizing a village there. Standing in his way are not only PETER CUSHING as the redoubtable Dr Van Helsing, but a brave crew of kung fu warriors led by DAVID CHIANG! Bloody horror meets chop socky action and you get to follow the story of this oddball film HERE!

Look for an interview with the grim masters of death/doom DRUID LORD from Florida soon! We're also compiling our annual BEST OF 2017 lists for you so keep an eye out for that as well. Plus plots are underway for more interesting features and interviews....

This week's Torture Chamber features panoply of jaw-busting and obscure band names for you to ponder...

WATAIN                                                                    "Trident Wolf Eclipse"

ANATOMIA                                                                 "Carnal Obsession"

AURGANIC                                                                 "Distant Echoes & Close Encounters"

MASCHARAT                                                              "Mascharat"

HYVMINE                                                                  "Earthquake"

DARK HOUND                                                           "Dawning"

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