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Formed: 1995
From: Taipei, Taiwan
Last Known Status: Active

Latest Chthonic News

Below is our complete Chthonic news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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Turisas Kicking Off Paganfest America Tour

Finnish battle metal outfit Turisas will return to North America this week with co-headliners (and fellow Finns) Korpiklaani for the fifth installment of the Paganfest America Tour. Turisas is touring in support of latest album "Turisas2013" (reviewed here).

Also joining the two titans will be Chthonic (Taiwan), Varg (Germany), and Winterhymn (USA). See below for all confirmed dates.

April 25 - Empire - Springfield, VA
April 26 - Ottobar - Baltimore, MD
April 27 - Theater of Living Arts - Philadelphia, PA
April 28 - Irving Plaza - New York, NY
April 29 - Imperial - Quebec City, QC
April 30 - Metropolis - Montreal, QC
May 1 - The Opera House - Toronto, ON
May 2 - Alrosa Villa - Columbus, OH
May 3 - Mojoe's - Joliet, IL
May 4 - Skyway Theater - B - Minneapolis, MN
May 5 - Zoo Cabaret - Winnipeg, MB
May 7 - The Republik - Calgary, AB
May 8 - Rickshaw Theatre - Vancouver, BC
May 9 - El Corazon - Seattle, WA
May 10 - Toxic Lounge - Portland, OR
May 11 - The Fillmore - San Francisco, CA
May 12 - Ramona Mainstage - Ramona, CA
May 13 - House of Blues - West Hollywood, CA
May 15 - Summit Music Hall - Denver, CO
May 16 - The Riot Room - Kansas City, MO
May 17 - Harpo's - Detroit, MI
May 18 - The Palladium - Worcester, MA

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Paganfest America Tour Dates Announced

Paganfest America part V will feature Korpiklaani, Turisas, Chthonic, Varg, and Winterhymn. Today the dates for the trek have been announced, which will be as follows:

04/25/14 Springfield, VA Empire
04/26/14 Baltimore, MD Ottobar
04/27/14 Philadelphia, PA Theatre of Living Arts
04/28/14 New York, NY Irving Plaza
04/29/14 Quebec City, QC Imperial
04/30/14 Montreal, QC Metropolis
05/01/14 Toronto, ON The Opera House
05/02/14 Columbus, OH Alrosa Villa
05/03/14 Joliet, IL Mojoe's
05/04/14 Minneapolis, MN Skyway Theater - B**
05/05/14 Winnipeg, MB Zoo Cabaret
05/07/14 Calgary, AB The Republik
05/08/14 Vancouver, BC Rickshaw Theatre
05/09/14 Seattle, WA El Corazon
05/10/14 Portland, OR Toxic Lounge
05/11/14 San Francisco, CA The Fillmore
05/12/14 Ramona, CA Ramona Mainstage
05/13/14 West Hollywood, CA House of Blues
05/15/14 Denver, CO Summit Music Hall
05/16/14 Kansas City, MO The Riot Room
05/17/14 Detroit, MI Harpo's
05/18/14 Worcester, MA The Palladium More...

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Paganfest America Reveals 2014 Tour Lineup

Promoters Rock the Nation announced the lineup for the upcoming 2014 edition of the Paganfest America Tour, the fifth year of the traveling event, which will occur this spring.

The lineup is as follows:

Korpiklaani (FIN)
Turisas (FIN)
Chthonic (TAI)
Varg (GER)
Winterhymn (USA)

Dates and venues are expected to be announced soon. More...

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Chthonic Announces New DVD Release

Eagle Records is pleased to announce the release of "Ián-Bú," the latest DVD offering from Taiwanese metal collective Chthonic, on February 25th.

The DVD includes live footage and extensive bonus features beginning with a full performance at the 2013 Formoz Festival in Taipei, where the band was joined by the Chai Feng Traditional Orchestra, as well as Taiwanese opera singer Tang Mei-yun for a collaborative rendition of the track "Defenders Of Bú-Tik Palace."

Additionally, the near-hour-long DVD offers up five music videos from the recently released Bú-tik full-length. The track listing and extras lineup are as follows:

1. Intro: Arising Armament
2. Oceanquake
3. Supreme Pain For The Tyrant
4. Next Republic
5. Takao
6. Broken Jade
7. Southern Cross
8. Sail Into The Sunset's Fire
9. Defenders Of Bú-tik Palace
10. Outro: Undying Rearmament More...

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Chthonic To Hit The Road With Satyricon

Taiwanese ensemble Chthonic is readying to kick off a massive European trek supporting Norwegian act Satyricon.

Slated to begin on November 7th in Copenhagen, the extensive journey marks the band's first performances on European soil since the release of latest studio album "Bú-Tik" (reviewed here) and will also mark the group's first-ever shows in Denmark, Sweden, Poland, Spain, Italy, Slovakia, Slovenia, and Luxembourg.

"We are looking forward to the tour in Europe, especially because we will be visiting some cities for the first time," said the bassist Doris Yeh. "Chthonic's music is full of Oriental martial art spirits and traditional music; we are confident that the blend of traditional elements and heavy metal could bring some very different sensations to those audiences."

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Chthonic Posts New Music Video

Today Loudwire offers up the premiere of "Set Fire to the Island," the latest music video from Taiwanese metal legion Chthonic. Check it out below.

Directed by Hoiji Huang and Alulu Kuo, the track comes by way of the band's recently released "Bú-Tik" studio offering (reviewed here), and features live footage from last year's Mass Battle concert in Taiwan and serves as a teaser for the pending Next Republic Asia Tour 2013.

Notes bassist Doris Yeh: "This is the live video we shot when we first played the song. It's the most exciting song to play off the entire album! It has now become a 'tradition' for the fans in Taiwan to come to our show with ghost money, they throw in the air to show respect and release all kinds of their emotions. When I see the ghost money thrown in the air, sometimes the scenery before my eyes seems like a dream." More...

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Doris Yeh Attends Asian American Film Festival

So far, Chthonic has released three music videos supporting new album "Bú-tik" (reviewed here).

Among the three videos, "Supreme Pain for the Tyrant," which blended in actions, dance, and history, made it to the playlist of the International Asian American Film Festival.

Having just ended the trip to Japan, bassist Doris Yeh flew to New York last weekend for the film festival and press events to promote the new album. Check out the video as well as behind the scenes footage below. More...

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Chthonic Kicks Off Taiwanese Baseball Season

The second season of Taiwan’s professional baseball league kicked off on July 5th, with Chthonic being invited by the team The Brother Elephants as guests of honor to throw the first pitch.

Thunderstorms that afternoon had delayed equipment preparation and the band was forced to perform its rendition of Queen’s “We Are the Champions” without any sort of soundcheck. Fortunately Chthonic, bedecked in specially designed uniforms, completed the mission with great success, as the rapturous crowd reaction so poignantly confirmed.

The Brother Elephants contacted Chthonic following the band’s performance at Download Festival in the UK this year. To maximize the effect of the metal and baseball combination, Chthonic was also invited to perform. The band brainstormed ideas and had initially planned on doing a version of “Take Me Out To The Ball Game,” but the many variations "sounded like children’s songs" according to a press release, thus Chthonic went with “We Are the Champions.” More...

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Chthonic Releasing Art Book

Six designers from the Taiwanese artist group, Yamyoukan, have completed a book entitled "Unsealing the Bú-Tik," which transforms classic scenes in stories recounted via Chthonic’s albums into striking illustrations.

The 32-page "Unsealing the Bú-Tik" recounts many exciting Chthonic tales including the headhunt from the album "Seediq Bale," the departure of the Takasago Army from "Takasago Army," the final battle at Sing Ling Temple also from "Takasago Army" as well as "Mirror of Retribution," and the travel through time and space in the underworld from Chthonic’s latest work, "Bú-Tik" (reviewed here).

Artists who took part in the project, all of whom have had all have had several exhibitions of their own works, include PAPARAYA, KCN, mos, Blaze Wu, Kuki, and Pump. In addition, the book features drawings by bassist Doris Yeh, vocalist Freddy Lim and drummer Dani Wang.

“It has always been our dream to turn the stories in our music into images. I feel so moved as I hold this illustrated book that has just been published in hand,” said Yeh. “I’m really grateful that Yamyoukan invited us to take part in the creation, so that I could pick up the pen again and reunite with my passion for drawing,” added Wang, a fan of comics since he was a child.

With the release of "Unsealing the Bú-Tik," Chthonic and Yamyoukan will hold exhibitions in Kaohsiung and Taipei. Fans can order the book online at this location. More...

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Chthonic Posts Third New Music Video

Taiwan's symphonic black metal act Chthonic posted its third music video in support of the new LP "Bú-Tik," which was just released a week ago via Spinefarm Records.

The newest video is for "Supreme Pain For The Tyrant." Videos for "Sail Into The Sunset's Fire" and "Defenders Of Bú-tik Palace" can be seen over here and at this location, respectively.

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Chthonic Posts Music Video Teaser

Chthonic released new album "Bú-Tik" earlier this month, and now the band is working on a new music video from the release. Check out a teaser trailer for the upcoming "Supreme Pain for the Tyrant" video below.

You can also watch the full previously released video for "Sail Into Sunset's Fire" at this location. The track listing for the new album is:

1. Arising Armament (Intro)
2. Supreme Pain For The Tyrant
3. Sail Into The Sunset’s Fire
4. Next Republic
5. Rage Of My Sword
6. Between Silence And Death
7. Resurrection Pyre
8. Set Fire To The Island
9. Defenders Of Bú-tik Palace
10. Undying Rearmament (Outro)

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Chthonic Posts "Sail Into Sunset's Fire" Video

Chthonic premiered its second music video from the upcoming "Bú-Tik" release, scheduled to drop June 3rd via Spinefarm Records. The video is for "Sail Into Sunset's Fire," which originally premiered over on Terrorizer's website, but which is also shown below. The band recently issued a music video for "Defenders Of Bú-tik Palace".

The track listing for the album is:

1. Arising Armament (Intro)
2. Supreme Pain For The Tyrant
3. Sail Into The Sunset’s Fire
4. Next Republic (streaming here)
5. Rage Of My Sword
6. Between Silence And Death
7. Resurrection Pyre
8. Set Fire To The Island
9. Defenders Of Bú-tik Palace
10. Undying Rearmament (Outro)

Check out the video here: More...

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Chthonic Posts Behind The Scenes Footage

Taiwanese band Chthonic posted behind the scenes footage for the band's upcoming music video "Sail Into Sunset's Fire." The video will premiere on May 24, 2013 and is the second for the band's new LP "Bú-Tik," which is scheduled to drop on June 3, 2012 via Spinefarm Records. The first video - ""Defenders Of Bú-tik Palace" - can be seen over at this location.

Check out the footage here:

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Chthonic Posts New Music Video

Taiwanese symphonic extreme metal act Chthonic posted a new music video for the track "Defenders Of Bú-tik Palace." The song appears on the band's new LP "Bú-Tik," which is scheduled to drop on June 3, 2012 via Spinefarm Records.

The track listing for the album is:

1. Arising Armament (Intro)
2. Supreme Pain For The Tyrant
3. Sail Into The Sunset’s Fire
4. Next Republic (streaming here)
5. Rage Of My Sword
6. Between Silence And Death
7. Resurrection Pyre
8. Set Fire To The Island
9. Defenders Of Bú-tik Palace
10. Undying Rearmament (Outro)

Check out "Defenders Of Bú-tik Palace" here: More...

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Chthonic Posts Teaser Clip For New Music Video

Taiwanese symphonic extreme metal act Chthonic posted a teaser clip for the band's upcoming new music video for the song "Defenders Of Bú-tik Palace." The song appears on the band's new LP "Bú-Tik," which is scheduled to drop on June 3, 2012 via Spinefarm Records. The video is expected to be issued on May 6, 2013.

The track listing for the album is:

1. Arising Armament (Intro)
2. Supreme Pain For The Tyrant
3. Sail Into The Sunset’s Fire
4. Next Republic (streaming here)
5. Rage Of My Sword
6. Between Silence And Death
7. Resurrection Pyre
8. Set Fire To The Island
9. Defenders Of Bú-tik Palace
10. Undying Rearmament (Outro)

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Chthonic Reveals New Album Details

Taiwanese metallers Chthonic have confirmed a June 3rd release for their seventh studio album, "Bú-Tik," via Spinefarm Records. Check out the new song "Next Republic" below.

The album was ecorded at Sweden’s Sweetspot Studio by producer Rickard Bengtson, who also worked on 2011’s "Takasago Army" album. The album will once again take the audience deep into the history and folklore of Taiwan. Says bassist and band spokesperson Doris Yeh:

“We are very proud to present ‘Bú-Tik’ to the world; it talks about self-defence, righteous violence and the armed spirits! With this album, we have pushed ourselves to achieve new heights – heights we've never imagined before! We are leading metal fans to the next episode of Chthonic!”

The track listing is:

01. Arising Armament (intro)
02. Supreme Pain For The Tyrant
03. Sail Into The Sunset’s Fire
04. Next Republic
05. Rage Of My Sword
06. Between Silence And Death
07. Resurrection Pyre
08. Set Fire To The Island
09. Defenders Of Bu-tik Palace
10. Undying Rearmament (Outro) More...

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Chthonic Working On New Album Cover

As the new album from Taiwanese extreme metal band, Chthonic, undergoes mixing at Sweet Spot studio in Sweden, the work on the album's cover has also begun in Taiwan.

After nearly 100 hopeful candidates replied to a casting call, which called for girls who were "at least 160cm tall, skinny, with light skin, and are ok with full-body painting," Chthonic bassist Doris Yeh and the art design team decided on Bu to represent the album's cover girl.

"It's certainly not an easy job for ancient Chinese emperors to choose their wives," said Yeh jokingly after several sleepless nights of deliberation. "I was even looking through the pictures in my dreams!"

With a concept in mind to have an elder, a girl, and a child as the cover picture, and visualize the idea of armed body and mind through special makeup and computer graphics, the search began for candidates to represent the theme. Embodiments for the roles of the elder and the child were quickly decided. Hsu Ching-fu, a clergyman from the Gikong Presbyterian Church, and A-Chi, son of a well-known tattooist Ah-J, were picked to represent these figures.

The shooting of the album cover photo was completed late last month. The new album, the band's seventh overall, is slotted to be released in Europe, North America, and Asia in June on Spinefarm/Universal Music.

In the meantime, the band has been hard at work promoting its new mobile app game, the first of its kind to use exclusively heavy metal music, "Chthonic - Rhythm Crusher." More...

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Chthonic To Play "Rhythm Crusher" With Fans

Following two concerts in Japan next month, members of the Taiwanese extreme metal group Chthonic will join fans in Tokyo at Rockaholic (bar-rockaholic.jp) on March 8th for a live battle of the band's new mobile music app game "Chthonic- Rhythm Crusher."

Eliminated Chthonic members will DJ during the event, and prizes will be awarded to fans present at the venue, with the grand prize winner taking home a brand new iPad Mini.

Chthonic also invites fans worldwide to join the battle via the game's online Vs. Mode. The band members - who will be identified by the following screen names: FreddyLimTT, dorisyeh0919 and Jessefilth - will accept challenges from fans around the globe. Fans should log on at 5:00am EST, 2:00am PST on Friday, March 8 to join the live challenge from halfway around the world.

"CHTHONIC - Rhythm Crusher," a rhythm game for mobile devices using exclusively heavy metal music, is now available for iPhone and iPad users worldwide via the iTunes store.

Developed by Chun-Mu Mediatek, the app includes 12 classic works from Chthonic's six studio albums. Players can play solo or connect online to challenge other fans, and all five members of Chthonic can be used in the game. More...

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Chthonic Post Additional Studio Diary Footage

Taiwanese melodic black metal act Chthonic posted the third installments of the band's video studio diary series as the band records the new LP, yet untitled, and follow up to the critically acclaimed 2011 release "Takasago Army" (see Metal Underground.com's review over here). The new release is being recorded in Sweden and is expected for release in June 2013 through Spinefarm Records.

The first two installments can be viewed over here. Part three features vocal tracking and studio yoga and can be seen here:

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Chthonic Posts Studio Diary Footage

Taiwanese melodic black metal act Chthonic posted the first two installments of the band's studio diary video series on the recordings of the band's new, yet untitled, LP and follow up to the critically acclaimed 2011 release "Takasago Army" (see Metal Underground.com's review over here). The new release is being recorded in Sweden and is expected for release in June 2013 through Spinefarm Records.

The first installment, featuring guitarist Jesse Liu can be seen here:

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