For approximately a year now, Finland-based artist JP Ahonen has been making a heartwarming family comic strip about… Black Metal! Despite the apparent contradiction, it’s actually quite entertaining to flip through. That being the case, we’ve embedded a few of the most recent comics down below. You can scope them all out by heading over to the Official Website. You can also follow along on Facebook and Instagram.
Now, Century Media has picked up the idea for the release of actual music! The debut album is slated to come out in February of next year! In support of this, they’ve released a cartoon music video for a new track “Blackened Call”. You can check it out along with the official description just below
Hailing from the abysmal forests of the mystic North, Belzebubs has possessed a stealthy, cult status throughout their existence. Originally summoned together in 2002, the band has succeeded in creating a thrilling blend of melodic black metal, guttural growls and vivid solos, forged with progressive twists and cinematic soundscapes. Accompanied by a new drummer and a three-record-deal with Century Media, Belzebubs finally feels fit to take on the (under)world.
“Blackened Call” is the band’s first single, taken from their upcoming debut album, scheduled for a February 2019 release. It was mixed and mastered by Dan Swanö, who’s also responsible for the sound of Dark Funeral’s The Secrets Of The Black Arts, Dissection’s The Somberlain and many more.
“Blackened Call” will be available on all streaming and download platforms as a digital 2-track single and as a strictly limited 7inch vinyl (500 copies worldwide), available at www.cmdistro.de, www.emp.de and www.backstagerockshop.com, on June 29th, 2018.
Here’s the official description of the comic as described by the artists:
Belzebubs is a trve kvlt documentary in comic strip form. We warmly welcome you to join our ranks and dwell in deeper into the very (non-existent?) soul of black metal. Belzebubs updates every Friday.
JP Ahonen is the author of the graphic novel Sing No Evil (Perkeros) and Villimpi Pohjola Sunday strip, published in Finland (yes, the Moomin-head-shaped country in Scandinavia). Belzebubs is his improvised therapy project, a playground for silly ideas and an exercise in simply getting SHIT DONE. JP enjoys cooking, having a few pints with friends and getting tattooed but hates writing biographies in third person.