In the beginning, there was darkness. Then, there was BLACK METAL.
Rising from the pits of Hades this August, BLACK METAL is a full-length graphic novel by the newest masters of mayhem, Rick Spears (Teenagers From Mars, Pirates of Coney Island, Dead West) and Chuck B.B.
"I've been a metal nerd since day one, and to be working on this book is a dream. Drawing something that doesn't mock the epic realm of black metal music, but instead totally embraces and showcases its true power," explains series artist Chuck BB.
BLACK METAL is the story of Sam and Shawn, misunderstood twins with a mysterious lineage and a penchant for the darkest metal. Though daily plagued by the rituals of the normal; school, shopping trips to the mall, and little brothers, the boys endeavor to stay true to the blackness in their souls. When they acquire the new Frost Axe album, their true destiny is revealed: they are the Roth incarnate.
Empowered by the legendary sword of Atoll, these kids are determined to thrash and wail on however many demons they have to in order to fulfill the ancient prophecy and regain their rightful position as Hell Baron of the Pit. Loud, fast and heavy like the music it is inspired by, BLACK METAL ties into the youth culture that has grown up around this ferocious sound. Then infused with a shot of ancient myth and a healthy dose of high adventure, it rises to the level of a truly epic tale.
"Black Metal is truest, grimmest comic ever crafted by mortal souls. The eternal god of destruction will wreak his vengeance on us all!" said editorial assistant Douglas Sherwood. "In the great words of Immortal, 'Spirits rideth with the ones that know no fear, they are the sons of Northern Darkness!'"
The BLACK METAL original graphic novel ships August, 2007 and retails for $11.95. The book is a 160 page, digest paperback, with black and white interiors and a full color cover. The ISBN is 978-1-932664-72-0.