Black-Metal Comic Strip: ‘BELZEBUBS’: “Calvin & Hobbes Meets Call of Cthulhu”

The first-ever Belzebubs book is set to be published by Top Shelf Productions on March 5th; it reveals how the band finds their new drummer, who also appears on Belzebubs’ forthcoming Century Media album, Pantheon of the Nightside Gods, due April 26th. The 53-minute record was mixed and mastered by Dan Swanö and features the guest talents of Desibelius, ICS Vortex and Skvllcraft. We recently talked to Ahonen, who discussed the origins and influences behind the comic strip and album, as well as sharing some excerpts from the forthcoming book.

Breaking Down the Wall – Run-D.M.C., Aerosmith, and MTV

“Walk This Way” felt like the best chance Run-D.M.C. had to take a leap, to become rap’s first superstars. And to do that, Profile Records co-owner Steve Plotnicki knew they would have to crack MTV, and not just for an occasional play after midnight. They were going to need to find a slot in the music network’s regular rotation. And that, for a rap song, wasn’t just rare in 1986. It was unprecedented.

What makes Ringo Starr a Great Drummer – Tribute by Sina

Ringo is still the most underrated drummer in Rock. This humble tribute is meant to illustrate the importance of Ringo Starr’s unique drum work for the Beatles. 

First of all, I need to get the credits right: Big thanks to Johnny Silver and Ian Watts for giving me permission to use their recordings for my sound samples. 

Johnny Silver is one of the world’s finest John Lennon impersonators. He founded ‘The Silver Beatles’ more than 20 years ago. My dad joined his band in May 1999, the month I was born and he was with the Silver Beatles for as long as 10 years. 

That’s the reason why Milena and I literally grew up with Beatles music. Ian Watts was with the Silver Beatles basically between 2002 and 2007. Yes, Ian is the producer of the Nursery Rhyme Collection that I started introducing every Tuesday. No, it’s not a coincidence that some of those Nursery Rhymes feature a Beatlesque sound. Drummer on the Original Recordings was Steve Heappey (sorry Steve for erasing your parts, they were excellent!) 

The keyboard solos for ‘In My Life’ and ‘Come Together’ were played by… right, Rick Benbow. He also played on ‘Strawberry Fields’

Johnny Silver (John’s parts)
Ian Watts (Paul’s parts)
Mike Wilbury (George’s parts)
Sina (Ringo’s parts)

Rick Benbow (Keyboards for ‘Strawberry Fields’, ‘In My Life’ ‘Come Together’, ‘While My Guitar Gently Weeps’, ‘Something’)

‘Bewitched’ Theme Song – Lyrics

by Jack Keller and Howard Greenfield

Bewitched, bewitched, you’ve got me in your spell.

Bewitched, bewitched, you know your craft so well.

Before I knew what you were doing, I looked in your eyes.

That brand of woo that you’ve been brewin’

Took me by surprise.

You witch, you witch! One thing that’s for sure,

That stuff you pitch, just hasn’t got a cure. 

My heart was under lock and key, but somehow it got unhitched. 

I never thought my heart could be had.

But now I’m caught and I’m kind of glad

To be bewitched.

Bewitched.