Band Photo: Chthonic (?)
From: Taipei, Taiwan
Last Known Status: Active
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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.
Chthonic has issued the following statement about bassist Doris Yeh being voted "Goremate of the Year" by Gorezone magazine:
"Held at the Prince Charles Cinema in the West End, this is the first such ceremony put together by the monthly Horror/ Entertainment magazine, Gorezone. Voted for by the readers of the publication, Doris was in town to collect her award in person, and ‘Goremate 2010’ can now be added to an ever-growing list of achievements that already includes a front cover feature/photo session in FHM, ‘Hottest Chick Of All Time’ status in US magazine Revolver, plus an appearance in the Taiwanese movie ‘Tears’ – nominated as ‘Best Film’ at festivals in Taipei, Canada & Germany."
Chthonic also has the following upcoming live shows:
11/23 Manchester, Academy 2
11/24 Glasgow, Garage
11/25 Wolverhampton, Wulfrun Hall
11/27 London, Kentish Town Forum
Taiwanese black metallers Chthonic has posted a 1-minute promo of the Judas Priest cover, "Painkiller" on YouTube. The cover was released as a new single, with bonus "Bloody Waves of Sorrow," on September 13, 2010, via Spinefarm Records UK.
The idea to record a cover has been discussed within the Chthonic ranks since the beginning of the year; the band considered songs from all of their favourite metal bands, the likes of Led Zeppelin, Iron Maiden, Black Sabbath and Deep Purple, but once drummer Dani Wang had worked out the drum demo for "Painkiller," the decision to go with the Judas Priest classic was an easy one.
One-time Chthonic keyboardist Sandra Lee plus Hena player Su-nong are also involved in the recording, helping the core musicians to unleash the full weight of their Taiwanese metal power!
Taiwanese black metallers Chthonic are set to release a new single titled "Painkiller" on September 13th, 2010. The band has now posted the cover artwork online for the new single, which can be viewed at this location. You can also catch Chthonic live on the following dates:
10/16 2010 Saitama Super Arena, Tokyo, JAPAN
11/23 2010 Academy 2 Manchester, UNITED KINGDOM
11/24 2010 Garage Glasgow, Scotland, UNITED KINGDOM
11/25 2010 Wulfrun Hall Wolverhampton, UNITED KINGDOM
11/27 2010 HMV Forum London, UNITED KINGDOM
Sweden's Arch Enemy have announced the dates for thier "The United Kingdom Of Heavy Metal" tour. The mini-tour of the U.K. kicks off on November 23rd, 2010 and features support from Chthonic, Grand Magus and Malefice.
Arch Enemy U.K. tour dates:
Nov 23 - Academy - Manchester
Nov 24 - Garage - Glasgow
Nov 25 - Wulfren Hall - Wolverhampton
Nov 27 - HMV Forum - London
Taiwanese black metal band Chthonic has been confirmed for this year's edition of Loud Park, the biggest metal festival in Japan. The festival is set to take place October 16-17 at Saitama Super Arena.
The line-up includes: Ozzy Osbourne, Korn, Motorhead, Angra, Dir En Grey, Edguy, Amon Amarth, 3 Inches of Blood and many more.
For more information, visit www.loudpark.com.
Taiwanese black metallers Chthonic have issued the following announcement about bassist Doris Yeh being nominated as "Goremate of the Year," as well as information about the band preparing a new single:
"Held by the UK's biggest selling horror magazine GoreZone, the annual GoreZone Magazine Awards will take place at London's prestigious Prince Charles Cinema on October 2nd and 3rd 2010. Nominees including Jennifer’s Body, Saw VI, Orphan, and Borderland, etc., and this year, Doris Yeh, the bassist of Chthonic, was nominated as Goremate of the Year.
"Doris was surprised by the nomination, but this crossover achievement is not the only one she has made so far. She has been the cover girl of FHM magazine, GQ girl of GQ magazine, and Favorite Lady of Front Magazine in UK, and she has been chosen as The Hottest Chick of All Time by Revolver magazine in the United States. In 2009, she played a role in a Taiwanese movie 'Tears' which has been nominated as The Best Film in Taipei Film Festival, Canada Film Festival, and Munich Film Festival 2010. And she has been invited to attend Karlovy Vary International Film Festival this July as well. ChthoniC is now preparing their new single which will be released in the September, and will tour with Arch Enemy in the UK in this November."
Taiwanese black metallers Chthonic have announced the following upcoming tour dates:
5/29 2010 Tainan, Taiwan Tainan, Taiwan
7/2 2010 LMA. Macao, Macao, CHINA
7/3 2010 Hidden Agenda Hong Kong, HK, CHINA
8/14 2010 The Republic Cultural Centre (TRCC) Singapore, Singapore, SINGAPORE
11/23 2010 Academy 2 Manchester, UK, UNITED KINGDOM
11/24 2010 Garage Glasgow, Scotland, UNITED KINGDOM
11/25 2010 Wulfrun Hall Wolverhampton, UK, UNITED KINGDOM
11/27 2010 HMV Forum London, UK, UNITED KINGDOM
Taiwanese black metallers Chthonic have announced their previously scheduled U.K. tour will be postponed until November due to the volcanic activity disrupting flight travel. The new tour dates are as follows:
11/23 - Manchester @ Academy 2
11/24 - Glasgow @ Garage
11/25 - Wolverhampton @ Wulfrun Hall
11/27 - London @ The Forum
Taiwanese black metallers Chthonic have confirmed they will be supporting Arch Enemy, Enslaved, and Sabbat on a string of U.K. tour dates. The currently announced dates are as follows:
04/27 Wolverhampton, UK @ Wulfren Hall
04/28 Glasgow, UK @ O2 Academy
04/29 Manchester, UK @ Academy
04/30 London, UK @ HMV Forum
Taiwanese black metallers Chthonic have announced they will be performing two Chinese tour dates in July. Chtonic's upcoming shows are as follows:
2/28 2010 JUSTICE FOR ALL concert. Pingtung, Taiwan Pingtung
3/13 2010 MEGA PORT FESTIVAL, Kaohsiung, Taiwan Kaohsiung
7/2 2010 LMA. Macao, China Macao
7/3 2010 HIDDEN AGENDA. Hong Kong, China Hong Kong
Chthonic frontman, Freddy Lim, has checked in with the following blog:
"Our flight just went thru a horrifying turbulent flow that shook the whole plane. In the cabin it's full of the cracking sound . I opened the curtain, looked out the window and all I saw is the wing flipping like the bird's. I closed the curtain right away because I know it doesn't help to see this kind of thing. Dani was worried that the wing is gonna be broken and so are the equipments on the plane, and probably a lot of passengers share his concern. I found out that none of on-seat screens on my row was working as the left side of the screen was shaking and the middle part only had noise. Some screens to my right worked but the headphone jack did not. The head pillow on my seat lost a screw so didn't work either. Nobody expected this plane to survive this turbulent flow. Jesse was writing spell on his palm and I was saying goodbye to my family and friends in my mind already... 10+ minutes later, turbulent flow was finally over and our plane was still in one piece and flying us from London to New York lol. Why didn't we just fly back to Taipei directly? Itinerary constantly changes as the tour schedule got more and more complicated. I really wished I could've flown form Scotland to Taipei directly.
So our flight ended up like this: Glasgow -> London -> New York -> stay overnight -> Tokyo -> Taipei
* I fell asleep afterward on that flight and woke up - twice! - from nightmares about crash landing..."
UK extreme metal band IMPERIAL VENGEANCE has posted the following message
"Well, Hellfire awaits and all is prepared at IVHQ. As some of you may know, we did a bit of a warm up by opening for Chthonic on Halloween at the Relentless Garage in London, which was a scorcher of an evening in many senses of the word. Big thanks to all the smashing folks who pitched up and waved fists and axes, sung the songs and generally enjoyed our set- we hope to see you all at Hellfire! A bit of very rough crowd-shot footage for you."
The footage can be seen below. More...
Vocalist Freddy Lim of Taiwanese black metal band Chthonic has issued the following statement about experiencing passport problems while attempting to enter the UK:
‘Sir, where is your VISA?’ asked the puzzled ticket clerk at JFK. With very little patience left, I told her: ‘I am a Taiwanese, NOT a Chinese and Taiwanese don't need visa to travel to UK’ She was still confused at my ‘Republic of China’ passport. ‘This is our government's fault. Sorry to see you getting confused by this but I don't like this either. Anyway, my country is Taiwan, NOT China and I should be able to travel to UK without a VISA.’ (#1)
"This is actually not uncommon to happen. I am getting used to it even though I am still pissed off, especially after a long day in New York. Today in NYC we were stuck in traffic for 4+ hours and checked by cops twice. Unfortunately I don't have the international driver's license with me and I look like a long-hair freak driving a big trailer. We felt like I was gonna be busted by ‘John McClane’ in NYC and miss the London concert. Fortunately ‘John McClane’ let me go and we made it to the airport in time. After the ticket clerk realized we are Taiwanese not Chinese, we finally boarded the flight to the UK. More...
Chthonic has posted a new promo video online for their upcoming U.K. tour dates. The video clip can be viewed below. Chthonic's upcoming tour dates are as follows:
10/27 Club Soda Montreal, Quebec
10/31 The Relentless Garage London, London and South East
11/1 Academy 2 OXFORD
11/2 SUGAR MILL STOKE
11/3 CORPERATION SHEFFIELD
11/4 ROCK CITY NOTTINGHAM
11/6 KING TUTS GLASGOW More...
A new video interview has been posted online with Chthonic bassist Doris Yeh, which was conducted by Dark Lord Bunnykins on October 21st. The video clip of the interview can be viewed below. More...
Taiwanese black metallers Chthonic have announced their first ever headline show in the U.K. has been confirmed as a three-band bill, with the addition of both Abgott plus London-based extreme-metallers Imperial Vengeance. The gig is set to take place at the Relentless Garage in North London on October 31st, following on from the release of Chthonic’s latest studio album, "Mirror Of Retribution."
Abgott recently performed at the Bloodstock Festival and are now confirmed to appear at Hellfire Fest II in November. Says vocalist/guitarist Agamoth “Bring your pumpkins and we will provide the trick or treat!”
Imperial Vengeance, who feature Charles Edward-Alexander in their ranks (previously of Cradle Of Filth), are also confirmed to appear at Hellfire Fest II in November. Says Charles: “It’s great to be playing with Chthonic, and the pairing should work out very well as both bands carry a big national identity. The quality of what they do is enriched by the culture it is infused with, and the same is true with us.”
New York metallers Crucifist have announced they will be playing a show with black metal act Chthonic at the Penny Arcade in Rochester. Crucifist's upcoming tour dates are as follows:
Oct 22 The penny arcade rochester, New York
Oct 24 Duffy’s Tavern Toronto, Ontario
It has recently been announced that Abgott will be "trick or treating" live with Chthonic live this Halloween at the Relentless Garage, Highbury and Islington.
Taiwanese black metal outfit Chthonic has announced a series of headlining show in the United Kingdom which will kick off at the end of October. This is in support of their latest studio album, "Mirror Of Retribution."
The tour dates are as follows: More...
Chthonic recently posted a new music video online for the track "49 Theurgy Chains," which can be viewed below. Doris Yeh of Chthonic issued the following statement about the video shoot:
"The concept we wanted to portray is the philosophy of Oriental Hell. Hundreds of levels of different hell have different sentences. ’Mirror of Retribution’ is the first thing you will meet when you fall into the Hell. Through the mirror, you see all the bad things you've done in your lifetime. Each spirit has to face the ‘Mirror of Retribution’ then the ghost king will send everyone to the specific level of hell that they deserved.
"But it's not good enough to only describe the Hell, so, we found the crossover between Taiwan and Hell, that's ‘228 Massacre’ in our history. We created a main character in our story named ‘Tsing-guan’, who is the medium (psychic) in the temple. The year was 1947, and the biggest massacre launched by the Chinese Army in Taiwan’s history had occurred. The main character tried to use his ability to go to Hell, stealing the Book of Life and Death, and killing the tyrant of the Chinese Army.
"ChthoniC decided to use ‘49 Theurgy Chains’ to be our video because the song can describe the struggle when the main character faced suicide himself, like the fate that he can’t refuse. He knows that he may fail, but he still needs to do try. Just like the fate that was met by all of the Taiwanese in 1947.
"We chose a famous sea side of Taiwan to shoot this video. The landscape is both beach and rocky coast in the same place. We shot the video all day from 8:00 am to 9:00 pm. The wind was so strong, so the shooting effect was very good, but the wind also blew away our tents, everybody was getting sunburned and covered in bruises for over 12 hours staying under such strong sunlight and powerful winds. More...