Greetings Lord Worm! Let’s get right down to business. How many live earthworms do you think you’ve consumed over the years? Are you able to digest them, or do they come out looking the same way they went in? Our readers are curious…

I’ve had a couple hundred, easily, though fewer than a thousand, for sure. They’re the ultimate sushi, in a way. Let me take a moment here, though, to clarify one point: I don’t chew them. People, don’t chew your worms! I’m fairly certain it’s quite nasty. And they ARE digestible, by the way, being almost pure protein.

Everyone is overjoyed by the fact that you’re back with the band. While I respect Mike DiSalvo and his early work with Infestation, his vocals didn’t quite cut the mustard with Cryptopsy. What prompted your return to the band and how successful was the Back to the Worm Tour?

All it really took was a call from Flo (and the assurance that rejoining the band was NOT going to drive me to the poorhouse, as it more or less had before (long story: some other time). The tour went fairly well, I guess, possibly better once we factor in that we weren’t promoting a new release.

I once heard a rumor that you (Lord Worm) are an elementary school teacher in Montreal. Is this true? Please explain. If it is not true, have you ever considered a career in teaching? How do you feel about children in general?

I’m a private language instructor; so happily, I have very little contact with urchins. They like me, I avoid them, and let’s face it, dogs are better than people, anyway. The rumor mill only ground out a half-truth that time.

So Alex is looking a bit like Devin Townsend these days. I mean, he’s clearly going bald, but opts to keep the long hair with the wispy frontal tuft. Granted, it’s not quite as absurd as Devin’s, but, well, has he ever thought about cutting his hair? The evil-bald look is the latest thing in metal right now and I think he’d pull it off nicely. Thoughts?

As far as we know, Alex will remain as he is. It’s not really all that bad…really… [Mike Note: Canadians!]

What do you think of Black Metal? Do you listen to any BM bands? Have you seen The Other Top Ten Most Ridiculous Black Metal Pics I’ve put together? Make no mistake, I’m a BM fan, but am I wrong to think that it’s all a bit corny?

I’m almost exclusively Black, [Mike Note: OK, I’m not entirely sure what Lord Worm means here. Mike Smith might have something to say] but I know what you mean: if one takes oneself too seriously, one runs the risk of looking like them there photos (I still can’t believe the Taake cock-shot). For the most part, if you try to remain mysterious and out of focus, you stand a better chance of having people wonder about you and spread the word that way.

How do you feel about the new material set to be released and the impending tour with the mighty Suffocation? Did everything run smoothly in the studio? What level of alcohol consumption occurred during the recording process? On that note, are Cryptopsy big drinkers on the whole? Who is the most aggressive drunk in the band?

Curse you and your compound questions! We’re pretty confident about presenting the new stuff live. People have had a chance to hear “Carrionshine” on our net-site, so at least that one will be familiar. The godly Suffocation have always been total pros and great guys, so another tour with them is like coming home. Studio life is studio life, so you tend to mix business with gluttony. While one guy is busy recording, for instance, the others are busy drinking or stuffing their guts, or whatever. I don’t believe anyone really overdid it with the beer this time around, unlike when we were recording None So Vile, when the booze consumption was almost biblical in its proportions, leading me to forget most of it. We all drink, of course, but I’m the only one who treats it as an art. The other guys just dabble in it to a lesser or greater extent.

Do you prefer California wines or French wines? White or Red? Elaborate…

I don’t remember ever having tried a California wine, but the couple of French ones I’ve sampled were alright. Aussies are pretty good, too. I’m a carnivore, especially vis-à-vis game meats, so red is the way to go. Beer and whiskey are still the Royal Family, however.

Many people that initially joined the Ruthless Horde live in Canada, hardly the hub of metal in North America if you know what I mean. Quite frankly, aside from SYL, Kataklysm, and Cryptopsy, what does Canada really have to offer the world, metal and otherwise? I sure can’t think of much….

Gaily-colored money (which, more and more, is beginning to resemble Italian lira), some classic hardcore bands (Dayglo Abortions, SNFU, 7seconds), more metal bands from way-back-when (Razor, Annihilator, Sacrifice, Voivod, Anvil), world-class beers (Unibroue, Wellington, MacAuslan), ice wines from the Niagra Peninsula, hydroelectric power, wood, Alberta beef (often free of Mad Cow disease), the chance to practice the letter “A”…lotsa stuff.

Where do you conjure your lyrical inspiration? We’ve found the word “unjesus” to be very inspiring. What is your muse and how much of it revolves around your contempt for humanity?

I’ve often experienced mild instances of dyslexia, which served to make me see words in an inspiring context (“panoramic view” became “paranoid view”, for example). Very often, something in a book or in a movie will do it for me. Richard III has some great lines, as does early Clive Barker. Humanity disappoints me, so I mostly try not to dwell on its myriad failings, mine included.

Many Americans think of Canada as the retarded, maple syrup-slobbering little brother to the north — a country that remains safely under the wing of America’s military might and economic prowess. What do Canadians, and you specifically, think of America?

Please permit me to utter an uncontrollable note of derision: HAW-HAW-HAW. Thank you. Next. [Mike Note: I think he meant, “Horgh!”]

Many, many thanks for your time. Any last words, thoughts, grunts, invocations?

What? No queries about the epic size of our genitals? How, then, are we supposed to brag? You gotta ask the pertinent stuff, boy. Other than that, thanks for the “chat”. Let’s hope we can have a brew together on the road, at some point.


Ruthless Reviews was founded in 2003 or maybe 2004. Though originally focused on pet-friendly bed and breakfasts and regional art and craft fairs, Ruthless quickly shifted its coverage to movies, TV, music, politics and “miscellaneous.” The site accidentally obtained popularity by focusing on 1980’s action movies and Scandinavian heavy metal.

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