Wednesday, April 18, 2018



Join Wyrd War for a special Witches’ Night screening of my favorite Indonesian horror flick directed by cult filmmaker H. Tjut Djalil (yes, he of LADY TERMINATOR infamy)! MYSTICS IN BALI (1981) tells the astonishing tale of a western woman who travels to Bali to research Southeast Asian black magic. Naturally, things take a terrible turn for the worse when her boyfriend assists her in meeting a cackling witch who magically inscribes her thigh with a mystical symbol and precipitates a gory initiation into the occult secrets of the Leák. Be forewarned. The Leák is a mythological creature torn from Balinese folklore and depicted as a disembodied head with entrails dangling from what remains of its bloody neck. Unfolding as something akin to a less mean spirited THE EVIL DEAD on lots of that brown acid they warned the hippies about at Woodstock, we assure you…MYSTICS IN BALI is a joyride like nothing you have ever experienced! 

We will have FREE limited edition Mystics in Bali vomit bags for the first 150 people who say hello at the Wyrd War merch table in the theater lobby. Yes, vomit bags. Tickets on sale NOW!

Monday April 30, 2018

Friday, April 13, 2018


WYRD WAR presents a double dose of hard and heavy rock! 
PORTLAND: Friday April 27, 2018 at The Tonic Lounge
SEATTLE: Saturday April 28, 2018 at The Highline

PAINTED DOLL: Explode into space with the incredible psychedelic power pop of Painted Doll, featuring Chris Reifert of Autopsy and funnyman shredder Dave Hill of WFMU! Riding on the magic carpet of a debut self-titled LP on Tee Pee Records, and two highly celebrated New York shows with Monster Magnet, Painted Doll are all fired up to deliver their brand of true-nature's-child jams to Portland for the first time ever! Careful, man. One hit is all you need. Are you Painted Doll? Have you ever been Painted Doll? 

DANAVA: The first live appearances of 2018 for Tee Pee recording artists and Portland's unconquerable bellbottom barbarians...Danava! The boys will be headlining both nights with new material from their long-awaited forthcoming LP and their new guitar player Kerby Strom of Acid Wash! 

Support in Portland courtesy of PUSHY! Support in Seattle courtesy of NASTY BITS! I will be spinning heavy vinyl at BOTH shows so YOU don't have to suffer through bullshit music in between bands. Come say high! Meet, meet ya in the ladies room...blah blah blah.

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Sunday, April 01, 2018


The year is 2018. There are no wars. There is no crime. There is only...ROLLERBALL. 

Wyrd War proudly presents acclaimed Canadian director Norman Jewison’s 1975 science-fiction masterpiece ROLLERBALL on 35mm at Portland's Hollywood Theatre for ONE NIGHT ONLY on Thursday April 12, 2018! ROLLERBALL is an ambitious, sprawling, and ultra-violent meditation on the proverbial hairy chested Individual’s struggle against multinational corporate control...on roller skates! Seemed totally plausible to stoned audiences in the 70s, and survives today as the most aesthetically bewildering future nightmare since A Clockwork Orange for contemporary audiences courageous enough to strap on their helmets for a very bumpy ride. Starring James Caan (The Godfather), Maud Adams (Octopussy), John Houseman (The Paperchase), Moses Gunn (ShaftRoots) and Sir Ralph Richardson (The Heiress), and boasting an incredibly bombastic score conducted by Andre Previn, ROLLERBALL must be experienced on the big screen for maximum impact! In case you haven’t been paying attention, the not-too-distant-future dystopia is…NOW!

Tuesday, February 27, 2018


Only cut & paste is real!

Sunday, February 11, 2018



Virginia pioneers DECEASED make their triumphant return to Portland to deliver the wrath of true horror metal! Led by exuberant heavy metal historian King Fowley, DECEASED was the first band to sign to Relapse Records in 1990, and they have continuously raised the banner of underground death metal as bullshit musical trends have come and gone! Since forming in 1984, the band has only appeared in Portland once (in 2010), and due to van trouble, local headbangers suffered a disappointingly abbreviated set. This time, I'm flying 'em out for a special one-night-only Northwest set the record straight!!!! UP THE TOMBSTONES! 

Seattle/Bellingham deathbangers SLUTVOMIT have been called many things by many people, especially reactionary regional journalists who do not check their facts. Their name has certainly not done them any favors in this regard. What the press has routinely failed to acknowledge is that this blackened horde is one of the heaviest and most promising bands on the West Coast. Fortunately, the rest of the world already figured it out. Experience the swarming darkness that is SLUTVOMIT for yourself and turn the cross towards hell!!!!

Formed in 2012, WITCH VOMIT released Portland's best death metal album of 2016 with their debut full-length A Scream From the Tomb Below. This young power trio delivers gore strewn riffs, pounding old school rhythms and throat eviscerating vocals from beyond the grave in the macabre old school tradition. WITCH VOMIT wields the blade and leaves behind incriminating forensic evidence that the underground is alive and very undead!

DJ Dennis Dread: Intrepid war chief will perilously suspend himself behind turntables stage left and spill whiskey all over his vinyl so YOU don't have to suffer through bullshit music in between bands.


Wednesday, January 17, 2018


Happy Birthday to Sir Andrew Belling, creator of the star-dusted soundtrack to Ralph Bakshi's animated masterpiece Wizards (1977), and one the kindest and gentlest men on the planet. Born in Willesden, London TODAY on January 17, 1945. I hope you are having the best day, Andy! You sure deserve it!   

Thursday, January 04, 2018


Thank you to everyone who came out to our one-night-only screening of The Mafu Cage at Laurelhurst Theater! It was a special night, and a great way to put 2017 behind us. Hope you kept your therapist on speed dial. Thanks also to the Willamette Week for taking the time to get to know us. This article sums it up rather well. 

Sunday, November 26, 2017


December is my ol' lady's birthday month, and we're celebrating this badass broad with a one-night-only screening of our favorite "psychological thriller" about hysterical women…who kill!!!!

The Mafu Cage (1978) is one of the most beautiful, perplexing and genuinely disturbing films of a truly perplexing decade of bold independent cinema. Maverick director Karen Arthur weaves “a terrifying love story” of two sisters entwined in an increasingly depraved relationship within the crumbling isolation of their deceased anthropologist father’s mansion. Ellen, a successful astronomer with aspirations beyond her family’s own dark constellation, played by Academy Award winner Lee Grant (Shampoo, The Swarm, In The Heat of the Night), struggles to shield her beloved sister Cissy, a damaged introvert with extreme daddy issues, played to the bloodcurdling hilt by the inimitable Carol Kane (Dog Day Afternoon, When a Stanger Calls, Scrooged), from the infringing outside world as they descend inexorably into a black hole of madness, mayhem and murder. Brilliantly filmed by acclaimed cinematographer John Bailey (Cat People, The Big Chill, Groundhog Day), and boasting dazzling set and costume design, The Mafu Cage is a perilous delight for the senses that simply must be experienced on the big screen to be believed.

Advance tickets on sale now at the Laurelhurst Theater box office. Come get crazy with us. And by "crazy" we really do mean deeply disturbed and very uncomfortable. There will be cake.

December 20, 2017

Friday, November 10, 2017

Release me from your wire, dagger moon.

Fred Cole
August 28, 1948 – November 9, 2017

Tuesday, October 31, 2017


Happy Halloween, boils and ghouls! Your costume looks horrific, so I have a real nasty GROSS ANATOMY treat for you today! The timing for this one couldn't be better since Decibel Magazine just included Chris Reifert of Autopsy in their Top 10 Drummer Vocalist list published yesterday. I don't need a magazine to tell me things I've known for a few decades myself, but it sure is cool to see an underground hero like Reifert formally recognized in this way. Congrats, Chris! When Autopsy recently asked me to do the cover for their 2017 EP Puncturing the Grotesque, they had some truly sickening ideas for illustrating the lyrical themes of their latest nightmare vision of mankind's descent into total self-loathing depravity and brutality. Here's how it went...

I started with pencil and worked at it until a loose narrative scene took shape on the illustration board. The guys wanted a blood orgy featuring post-apocalyptic mutant corpses at war. Not quite traditional zombies, not quite human cannibals. Something other. Once I had a fittingly ghastly composition worked out I jumped in with my trusty ballpoint pens!

Early on while we were discussing ideas and song titles, I envisioned nauseating primary colors even before I had a firm grasp on what the imagery would eventually become. That's rather unusual for me, because I generally prefer the rich grey tones that I've established some infamy for over the years in my staunch refusal to "progress" toward color. But this one definitely called for color. And color is what I gave it...

Come on in, the water's great! Most of what you see here is watercolor and ballpoint pen, but the skull in the background is color pencil with a splattering of watercolor spewed all over it for sloppy good measure. In hindsight, this is my chromatic vomit-soaked FUCK YOU to modern "death metal" bands that use moody chiaroscuro filtered images of trees on their albums. That sorta junk is usually code for boring riffs. This is DEATH METAL, not a fuckin' car commercial!!!!!

Once the drawing/painting was done, I wasted no time handing this beast off to my partner in design crime A.K. Wilson who adjusted the colors ever so slightly for print perfection, and dropped the classic Autopsy logo up top and Chris Reifert's unmistakable handwritten album title along the bottom. If you think this drawing is a crude distasteful caveman cartoon now, you should've seen what it looked like before Wilson had her way with it! Hahaha. Puncturing the Grotesque is due out on December 15th from the always reliable Peaceville Records. You know what to do. Now get out there and carve a pumpkin (or whatever you can get your hands on) and eat some candy (or whatever you can get your mouth on)! Happy Halloween. Until next time...

"...get sicker!!!!"

Sunday, October 29, 2017


Cinema club Ghana style with Day of the Dead. Long live George A. Romero!

Photo by Rosie Struve.

Photo by Rosie Struve.

Photo by Rosie Struve.

Ensorcelling the Minotaur.

Cinema club Ghana style with The Exterminator on the day death triumphed over Martin "Slayed Necro" Ain. An irreplaceable and invaluable voice of the underground has fallen silent. R.I.P.   

20 year old Henry Loux provided our most precious show review!

Cinema club Ghana style with Mausoleum.

United Forces!

For those about to rot...we salute you! The gates have now closed and the fierce ghost has slithered back into the ether. THANK YOU to everyone who came out and supported this beautiful exhibition. It has been a whirlwind week and, to be perfectly honest, we were overwhelmed by the love Portland showed us for this one. Very special thanks to Brian and Heidi Chankin of Deadly Prey Gallery (Chicago) for sharing their amazing collection, Ami and Sandee Lawless of Burning Spirits Yoga (Portland) for inviting us into their Cobra Lounge, and the extended Wyrd War family for standing by my side until the very end. If you missed it, you done fucked up because most of the paintings sold and are now scattered into private homes and collections, never to be seen again. You can read a 90% accurate review by the Willamette Week here. We already have plans for a 2018 exhibit featuring all new material, and I promise it will remain on display for more than one week next time. Happy Halloween!