Formed in 1995, five-piece set-up Chthonic – Taiwan’s premier metal warriors – have so far released six studio albums, the latest being 2011’s ‘Takasago Army’…
Never ones to shy away from a just cause, Chthonic – in particular front-man Freddy Lim – have been consistently active on the political front at home, whilst away from their headquarters in Tapei, they have appeared at the Wacken Festival in Germany, the Ozzfest in the US, and both the Download & Bloodstock gatherings in the UK.
In 2007, the band was voted ‘Best Rock Group’ at the Golden Music Awards (the Taiwanese Grammys), and in 2008 bassist Doris Yeh appeared on the front cover of FHM Asia – since that time, Doris has modelled for many other high-profile magazines, including a second cover shoot for FHM.
On July 11th 2009, Chthonic was the only metal band to appear at a Free Tibet concert in Tapei, and more recently, in October 2011, the band played a landmark show at the Sing Ling Temple in Taiwan – an event that saw them joined onstage by Lamb Of God frontman, Randy Blythe.
Produced by Rickard Bengtsson (Arch Enemy, Nemesis), the earlier-mentioned ‘Takasago Army’ sees Chthonic delving ever deeper into their Asian roots, both musically & lyrically; one of the songs , ‘Broken Jade’, for which a video has been filmed, features the voice of Hirohito / Emperor Showa, the commander responsible for the Japanese ‘surrender speech’ at the tail-end of WW2.
‘Broken Jade’ is the follow up to first single / video, ‘Takao’.