Chthonic is a heavy metal band born in Taiwan over a decade ago. ChthoniC was invited to perform at the Fuji Rock Festival in Japan in 2000, and was the winner of “best group” award at the Taiwanese 14th Golden Melody Awards in 2003. In 2007, Chthonic was invited to perform at the biggest rock festival in the US, the Ozzfest, the Wacken Open Air music festival in Germany, and was the first Taiwanese band to take part in the MIDEM, an international music expo held in Cannes, France. In September of 2010, ChthoniC was also played Loud Park Festival in Japan in 2010.
Unlike western heavy metal bands, ChthoniC’s music features Taiwanese mythology, history, and mixes in traditional Taiwanese tunes and melodies created with five-note scale. International music reviewers have attempted to label the music of ChthoniC with western music categories like “black metal”, “death metal”, and “folk metal”—however, they all failed to accurately define ChthoniC’s music with terms familiar to the traditional metal genres.
New album tells a story of young soldier Wubus Bawan who is recruited to Takasago Army; a group of Taiwanese soldiers from several indigenous villages who are signed up to join and fight with the Japanese Imperial Army after the attack to Pearl Harbor 1941.
The Takasago soldiers were descendents of a brave and powerful people from the mountains with a strong warrior tradition. They impressed their rivals with cunning, tenacity and skill on the battlefield to become the most revered and feared combat unit in the Japanese Imperial Army.
After inking a contract with Spinefarm Records/Universal Music in 2009, the band released its fifth album in September of that year, Mirror of Retribution, and completed two UK and North American tours through over 30 cities in the US, UK, and Canada. ChthoniC’s popularity in Europe and in North America boosted rapidly after the 2009 tours.
New album coming in 2013