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Formed: 1995
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.

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Diamond Head Confirmed For Hard Rock Hell

UK NWOBHM legends DIAMOND HEAD are the latest act confirmed for Britain's Hard Rock Hell - The Winter Ball festival which is taking place from November 9th - 11th at Butlins in Minehead, UK (Somerset).


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Chthonic To Tour Europe With Ensiferum

Taiwanese metal icons CHTHONIC — currently impressing American crowds at Ozzfest, where they're the first-ever Asian extreme metal act to perform — have confirmed their first European tour, which will see them play alongside "heroic folk metal" warriors ENSIFERUM (Spinefarm Records). The Finnish band had a No. 1 single and a Top 10 album in its home country earlier this year and also recently cracked the Top 40 on the German album chart. Dates and venues will be announced in the coming weeks.

"We're very excited to continue taking the 'UNlimited' tour abroad," says CHTHONIC vocalist Freddy Lim. "It's always been a dream to tour internationally, and it's amazing that within a few months' time, we've been able to play the biggest metal festivals in both America and Germany and tour so extensively. Europe will never be the same after the Taiwan Typhoon strikes!"

CHTHONIC's "UNlimited" tour — named to protest how the United Nations (UN) limits Taiwan's full participation as an independent country — kicked off in Taipei earlier this summer following the international re-release of 2002's "Relentless Recurrence" and last year's "A Decade On The Throne" two-CD/DVD live set. The North American leg consists of 60 shows, including two dozen "off-fest" concerts with NILE and a handful of September dates supporting black metal legends CRADLE OF FILTH.

CHTHONIC, who also performed at the sold-out Wacken Open Air festival in Germany earlier this month, will kick off their European tour by playing alongside TWISTED SISTER, MY DYING BRIDE, THE 69 EYES, TESLA and dozens more at the Hard Rock Hell festival in Minehead, England on Nov. 9.

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Chthonic Promotes Taiwan On U.S. Tour

In an interview on the PBS program "Pacifictime", Chthonic lead vocalist Freddy Lin said that the band had spoken out for Taiwan's causes, mainly its difficulties in joining international organizations because of Beijing's obstruction, during its performances at Ozzfest 2007 last month.

Lin said Chthonic has given 20 performances at Ozzfest this year, which is being held all over the U.S.

Lin said the band performed both in Mandarin and Hoklo (also known as Taiwanese), but he was not worried that their songs might not be accepted by U.S. fans because heavy metal audiences pay more attention to the music than lyrics.

"UNlimited Taiwan", however, was performed in English to demonstrate the band's support for Taiwan's bid to join the UN, he said.

Lin said he spoke out in English at every concert, asking fans to support Taiwan as the band's music was inspired in and by the nation.

The seven-minute PBS interview is expected to be rebroadcast by 15 other PBS stations in the next few months, Lin said, adding that fans in Hong Kong and southern China will also be able to catch the interview on channel Radio 3.

The interview can also be found online at www.kqed.org/pacifictime.

Chthonic is still on the road with Ozzfest and will do several off dates with Nile through August.

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Chthonic Supports Cradle of Filth On Select Dates

Taiwanese act CHTHONIC — the first-ever Asian extreme metal act invited to tour with Ozzfest — has been tapped to support the legendary CRADLE OF FILTH at four intimate September shows. These will be the final concerts of the band's first North American tour, and the conclusion of the first leg of their "UNlimited Tour".

"It's our pleasure to tour with CRADLE OF FILTH," says vocalist Freddy Lim. "They are one of the bands who inspired us to write this kind of music."

CHTHONIC (pronounced "THON-ick") took a detour from Ozzfest last week in order to travel to Germany, where the group performed at Wacken Open Air, the country's largest annual heavy metal festival. They rejoined Ozzfest in St. Louis on Aug. 6, the first in a stretch of 25 shows in 25 days that also includes a dozen "off-fest" shows alongside NILE. More...

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Watch Wacken Open Air Live Online 8/3-8/4

For those of you missing Wacken Open Air, several band performances, interviews, and other footage is being streamed online during festival hours. Keep in mind that Germany is 6 hours ahead of US Eastern Standard Time, so make appropriate adjustments when arranging to watch your favorite band.

Intended Stream Schedule (subject to change)

Extended Schedules, including the Headbangers Ballroom, can be found at the following locations:

Friday, Aug 3
Black Stage
23:00-00:15 DIMMU BORGIR
02:00-03:00 APO.REITER

True Metal Stage
21:15-22:45 BLIND GUARDIAN
00:30-01:45 ICED EARTH

Party Stage
(4am EST)11:00-11:45 BLACK DAHLIA MURDER
23:00-00:15 SCHANDMAUL
02:00-03:00 SAMAEL

Saturday Aug 4
Black Stage
(5am EST)12:00-12:45 SONIC SYNDICATE
13:55-14:40 MOONSPELL
16:00-17:00 DIR EN GREY
18:45-20:00 DESTRUCTION + guests
21:45-23:00 IMMORTAL

True Metal Stage
12:50-13:50 SACRED REICH
14:45-15:45 STRATOVARIUS
17:15-18:30 RAGE
20:15-21:30 TYPE O NEGATIVE
23:15-00:30 IN FLAMES
02:00-03:00 SUBWAY TO SALLY

Party Stage
12:00-12:45 DISILLUSION
16:00-17:00 DIMENSION ZERO
18:45-19:45 NORTHER
21:45-23:00 STORMWARRIOR feat.Kai Hansen
00:45-01:45 HAGGARD

Headbanger's Ballroom Notable mentions:
18:10-18:40 SWALLOW THE SUN
21:25-22:10 MOONSORROW

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ChthoniC "Chaos" Interview To Broadcast Online

During a recent day off from Ozzfest, Taiwanese extreme metal act ChthoniC -- whose "shrieking, pummeling, swelling black metal" was recently hailed by the Los Angeles Times -- recorded an interview with Full Metal Jackie, the host of the "Chaos" program on influential Los Angeles radio station Indie 103.1. The show will be broadcast in Los Angeles and online at www.indie1031.com on Sunday night (July 29) from 10 p.m. until midnight PST. It will then be re-broadcast twice on KNAC.com, first on July 30 from 7-9 p.m. PST and again on August 5 from 7-9 a.m. PST.

ChthoniC is currently in the midst of its first American tour, a two-month trek that will see them play more than 60 concerts across the country. Meanwhile, the band continues to post regular entries to its "UNlimited Taiwan" tour diary at its official MySpace page, www.myspace.com/chthonictw.

The "UNlimited Taiwan" tour will become even more global in scope next month when ChthoniC -- whose 2002 release, Relentless Recurrence, and last year's live DVD/CD A Decade on the Throne were recently released in America for the first time -- will miss one Ozzfest stop in order to perform at Wacken Open Air, Germany's largest annual metal festival. ChthoniC will then return to the U.S. for another six weeks of touring, to be followed by the group's first full European tour this fall.

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Additional Free Ozzfest 2007 Tickets Available

Additional free tickets have just been released for this summer's sold out Ozzfest. Tickets can be picked up at the following box offices during the noted hours while supplies last:

Cricket Pavilion, Phoenix, Arizona - Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Journal Pavilion, Albuquerque, New Mexico - Monday thru Friday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Coors Amphitheatre, Denver, CO - hours TBA
Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, Kansas City, Kansas - Monday thru Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Smirnoff Music Center, Dallas, TX - Monday thru Friday, 11 a.m. to 4 pm..
Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, San Antonio, TX - hours TBA
Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, St. Louis, MO - Monday thru Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Germain Amphitheatre, Columbus, OH - hours TBA
First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre, Tinley Park, IL - Monday thru Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Alpine Valley Music Theatre, East Troy, WI - tickets are NOT available at the venue box office until the day of the show. Before then, tickets may be picked up at House of Blues, 329 North Dearborn, Chicago.
Verizon Wireless Music Center, Indianapolis, IN - Monday thru Friday, noon to 5 p.m.
PNC Bank Arts Center, Holmdel, NJ - Monday thru Saturday, 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
New England Dodge Amphitheatre, Hartford, CT - ticket are NOT available at the venue box office until the day of the show. Before then, tickets may be picked up at the Chevrolet Theatre, 95 South Turnpike Road, Wallingford, CT, Monday thru Friday between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.
Tweeter Center, Mansfield, MA - hours TBA
Tweeter Center, Camden, NJ - Monday thru Friday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Post Gazette Pavilion, Pittsburgh, PA - Tickets are NOT available at the venue box office until the day of the show. Before then, tickets may be picked up at the Live Nation office, 125 West Station Square Drive, Pittsburgh, PA, Monday through Friday, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
DTE Energy Music Theatre, Detroit, MI - hours TBA
Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, Charlotte, NC - Monday thru Thursday from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m., and Friday from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.
Sound Advice Amphitheatre, West Palm Beach, FL - Monday thru Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. More...

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Rumpelstiltskin Grinder Reveal Upcoming Shows

Relapse Records‘ RUMPELSTILTSKIN GRINDER have lined up the following upcoming shows:

July 14 - Virginia Beach, VA @ The Halfshell
July 28 - Philadelphia, PA @ The Khyber w/ Piledriver, Sacrificial Blood
August 15 - Reading, PA @ Silo Nightclub w/ Into Eternity, Daath, Chthonic
August 17 - Allentown, PA @ Sterling Hotel w/ Mortician
Octobe 27 - Danville, VA @ Plan B

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Chthonic Prepares For Ozzfest, Readies Reissues

Next week, two albums by Taiwan's premier metal act ChthoniC – dubbed the "Black Sabbath of Asia" by their home country's largest newspaper, and soon to be the first-ever Asian act to take part in Ozzfest – will finally be released in North America. "Relentless Recurrence," initially released in 2002, and last year's "A Decade On the Throne" live double album/DVD will continue the momentum started by the acclaimed "Seediq Bale," the group's first American release.

The music of ChthoniC (pronounced THON-ick) focuses in part on the history of the Taiwanese people. The band has even christened its upcoming international tour – which will commence in suburban Seattle when the group kicks off the summer's first Ozzfest – "UNlimited," in part to protest how the United Nations (UN) limits Taiwan's full participation as an independent country. (Visit www.myspace.com/ChthoniCtw for more on "UNlimited ChthoniC, UNlimited Taiwan.")

Set to a riveting soundtrack of symphonic black metal, Relentless Recurrence relays a Taiwanese folk tale about a demonic ghost hell-bent on revenge. Like the group's other recordings, the album sees ChthoniC use a Hena, a traditional Asian instrument comparable to a violin, to emphasize the legend's sorrow and grief. Meanwhile, A Decade On the Throne is an engrossing live double album/DVD set recorded before a sold-out crowd in the band's home country, and features guest performances by the so-called Oriental Orchestra as well as the Taipei Ladies' Choir. It will be released in a lavish digibook with special artwork and a velvet covering. More...

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Chthonic Announce Off-Ozzfest Dates

Tawain’s CHTHONIC have announced the following North American tour dates following their appearance at this year’s Ozzfest:

September 1 - Nashville, TN @ The Muse
September 2 - Louisville, KY @ Uncle Pleasants
September 6 - New York, NY @ B.B. King Blues Club w/ Katatonia
September 7 - Toronto, ON @ The Funhaus
September 8 - London, ON @ Embassy
September 9 - Cleveland, OH @ Peabody’s
September 14 - Charlotte, NC @ Tremont Music Hall
September 15 - Fayetteville, NC @ Jesters Pub
September 16 - West Springfield, VA @ Jaxx

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Ozzfest 2007 VIP Ticket Plan Revealed

It was announced months ago that tickets for this summer's Ozzfest would be free to fans, and that the longest-running heavy metal festival would subsist on corporate sponsorships and little else.

But obtaining those free tickets for one of the dates on this year's run — which kicks off July 12 in Auburn, Washington, and continues through August 30 in West Palm Beach, Florida — might just give some metal fans a migraine.

First, you have to send an e-mail requesting tickets, and then wait for a confirmation e-mail containing a link to the Web site of one of the tour's various sponsors. Next, you have to wait until June 12 before you can enter that code on some other Web site to redeem two tickets to whichever date you'd like to attend. It's a whole rigmarole that some fans — or, more specifically, those willing to drop some serious scratch — can avoid.

That's right, folks — while this summer's Live Nation-sponsored Ozzfest will be free to most, some will fork over upward of $1,000 to get in. As in years past, Ozzfest's organizers will offer fans a number of VIP ticket packages for purchase, which will ensure them a seat for all the headbangin' action.

The festival's "Party Like a Rockstar" package — which includes preferred pavilion seating, access to the second-stage VIP viewing platform behind the mixing boards, access to the general VIP area, a behind-the-scenes tour and a special host "to help you rock harder than you have ever rocked before" — returns this summer, and will set you back $300. There's also the "I'm Part of the Show" package, which costs $666 and includes all the same perks, in addition to a seat on the Ozzfest stage during Osbourne's concert-closing set.

There's also the "Platinum" package, which will be available by auction in the not-so-distant future. The starting bid will be $1,000 and will be limited to only 10 guests per show. This offer includes everything the "I'm Part of the Show" package does, and then some. Fans who win the auction will also get a personal meeting with Osbourne and his band, along with a certificate signed by Sharon Osbourne. The proceeds of these tickets will go to the Sharon Osbourne Colon Cancer Program at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles.

The festival's 12th annual installment boasts a bill including Ozzy Osbourne, 3 Inches Of Blood, Ankla, Behemoth, Chthonic, Circus Diablo, Daath, Hatebreed, In This Moment, Lamb of God, Lordi, Mondo Generator, Nile, Static-X and The Showdown.

The 24-city 12th annual OZZFEST will launch July 12 in Seattle, WA at the White River Amphitheatre. Here are the tour dates: More...

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Static-X Announced As Last Band For Ozzfest 2007

OZZFEST alumni Static X--touring in support of their just-released album Cannibal--are the last band to join the OZZFEST revolution by signing on for this year’s historic “Freefest.” They, along with Ozzy Osbourne, Lamb of God, Hatebreed, Lordi, Behemoth, Mondo Generator, Nile, Ankla, Circus Diablo, The Showdown, 3 Inches of Blood, Daath, Chthonic and In This Moment, will give fans the rock experience of their lives at a price that’s hard to beat. As previously announced, the ticket price for this summer’s premiere touring concert festival is entirely free for fans.

The addition of Static X comes just in time for fans looking to log in for their free ticket codes to this year’s “Freefest.” Since Saturday, May 12 at 12 Noon (EASTERN TIME), ticket codes are distributed on ozzfest.com, livenation.com, monsterenergy.com, jagermusic.com and fye.com. These codes can be redeemed for tickets beginning June 12--exactly one month before the first OZZFEST 2007 show in Seattle. Fans will return to the site where they registered or www.livenation.com/ozzfest, enter their code and download two tickets to the show of their choice. Note: To ensure that everyone gets the chance for free tickets, there is a limit of two tickets per customer.

The 24-city earth-pounding 12th annual OZZFEST will launch July 12 in Seattle, WA at the White River Amphitheatre. Here are the tour dates: More...

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Nile Announce More Ozzfest Off Dates

More of NILE’s headlining shows, with CHTHONIC and DAATH on most dates, which will take place on the off-dates of their appearance at Ozzfest this Summer, have been released:

July 13 - Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
July 15 - Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater
July 18 - Orangevale, CA @ The Boardwalk
July 20 - Santa Ana, CA @ Galaxy Theatre
July 23 - Hollywood, CA @ House of Blues
July 25 - Albuquerque, NM @ Launch Pad
July 27 - Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater
July 29 - Lawrence, KS @ Bottleneck
July 31 - Tulsa, OK @ Bob’s
August 7 - Mokena, IL @ Pearl Room
August 9 - Cleveland, OH @ Peabody’s
August 11 - St. Paul, MN @ Station 4
August 13 - Rockford, IL @ Forest Hills Lodge
August 17 - Bedford, NH @ Mark’s Showplace
August 19 - Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance
August 21 - New York, NY @ B.B. King Blues Club w/ Skinless
August 23 - Rochester, NY @ Penny Arcade
August 25 - Detroit, MI @ Harpo’s
August 27 - Springfield, VA @ Jaxx

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Nile Announce More Ozzfest 'Off' Dates

NILE has scheduled the following Ozzfest "off" dates with CHTHONIC:

July 13 - Seattle, WA - Studio Seven
July 18 - Orangevale, CA - The Boardwalk
July 20 - Santa Ana, CA - Galaxy Theatre
July 23 - Hollywood, CA - House of Blues
July 25 - Albuquerque, NM - Launch Pad
July 27 - Denver, CO - Bluebird Theater
July 29 - Lawrence, KS - Bottleneck
Aug. 09 - Cleveland, OH - Peabody’s
Aug. 17 - Bedford, NH - Mark’s Showplace
Aug. 19 - Poughkeepsie, NY - The Chance
Aug. 21 - New York, NY - B.B. King Blues Club (with SKINLESS)
Aug. 25 - Detroit, MI - Harpo’s
Aug. 27 - Springfield, VA - Jaxx

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Ozzfest 2007 Release First Ticketing Details

You've heard about how Ozzfest is boldly redefining the concert industry this year by making all the tickets to the summer's premiere touring concert festival entirely free for fans.

Well, Ozzfest fans have a number of ways to score a pair of tickets to "FreeFest" — which will rock mightily with festival's namesake OZZY OSBOURNE and LAMB OF GOD, HATEBREED, LORDI, BEHEMOTH, MONDO GENERATOR, NILE, ANKLA, CIRCUS DIABLO, THE SHOWDOWN, 3 INCHES OF BLOOD, DAATH, CHTHONIC and IN THIS MOMENT.

Ticket codes will be distributed through sponsor websites beginning May 12. Details on these programs are available on Ozzfest.com, LiveNation.com, MonsterEnergy.com, JagerMusic.com and FYE.com. In the meantime, various sponsors will have offline initiatives, details of which will also be available via their respective websites.

These codes can be redeemed for tickets beginning June 12 — exactly one month before the first Ozzfest 2007 show in Seattle. Fans will return to the site where they registered or www.livenation.com/ozzfest, enter their code and download two tickets to the show of their choice. Note: To ensure that everyone gets the chance for free tickets, there is a limit of two tickets per customer. More...

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Nile Announce More Ozzfest Headlining Off-Dates

More NILE headlining shows with CHTHONIC, which will take place on the off-dates of their appearance at Ozzfest this Summer, have been released:

July 20 - Santa Ana, CA @ Galaxy Theatre
July 27 - Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater
July 29 - Lawrence, KS @ Bottleneck
August 9 - Cleveland, OH @ Harpo’s
August 21 - New York, NY @ B.B. King Blues Club w/ Skinless
August 25 - Detroit, MI @ Harpo’s
August 27 - Springfield, VA @ Jaxx

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Nile Announce Ozzfest "Off-Date" Shows

In addition to their dates on this summer's OZZFest tour, whey will play the second stage alongside HATEBREED, BEHEMOTH, MONDO GENERATOR, ANKLA, CIRCUS DIABLO and THE SHOWDOWN, NILE have announced the following "off-date" gigs with CHTHONIC:

29 - Lawrence, KS at Bottleneck

21 - New York, NY at B.B. King Blues Club (+ SKINLESS)

Nile's last album, Annihilation Of The Wicked was issued in May, 2005 through Relpase. Stay tuned for further updates on the band's next album.

In other live news, the band will tour Australia in May with support from DECAPITATED.

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Chthonic Added To Ozzfest 2007 Second Stage

Taiwan's CHTHONIC, the black metal band that has already broken down musical barriers in its homeland, will spend this summer on Ozzfest 2007 as a part of the second stage's rotating lineup alongside such acclaimed artists as HATEBREED, NILE, THE SHOWDOWN and 3 INCHES OF BLOOD, among others.

The Ozzfest billing is now shaping up as follows:

Main Stage:

[to be announced]

Second Stage – Non-Rotating:


Second Stage – Rotating:


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Wacken Open Air 2007 Confirm Lordi and Mendeed

LORDI and MENDEED are the latest acts confirmed for the Wacken Open Air 2007 (www.wacken.com) is scheduled for August 2nd - 4th in Wacken, Germany.


More details as they become available.

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Chthonic Frontman To Appear On CMJ Metal Panel

Vocalist and lyricist Freddy of the Taiwanese symphonic black metal band Chthonic will appear on the “From Glam to Death: Metal Subgenre Feasts” panel at this year’s CMJ Music Marathon in New York City.

The panel will be held at 3:45 p.m. on November 3 at Lincoln Center's Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse on the 10th Floor of the Samuel B. & David Rose Building, Lincoln Center, 165 W. 65th Street (at Amsterdam Avenue).

Freddy will be joined by Justin Brannan, guitarist for Most Precious Blood; Jamie Foster, lead singer for Arc of Descent; Jimmy Pallis, lead singer for Anaka; and Trevor Phipps, lead singer for Unearth.

The hour-long panel will provide an open forum for top artists and experts specializing in different types of heavy metal. The discussion will include the realities of having a niche fanbase versus trying to appeal to more mainstream audience, the best ways to get media exposure, and the risks and rewards of being identified with a metal subgenre.

Chthonic, Taiwan’s biggest metal export, released its fourth album, “Seediq Bale,” on October 3 through Down Port Music.

Deemed the “the Black Sabbath of Asia” by the Taipei Times for its huge impact as a metal band in Taiwan, Chthonic plays black metal with an ethnic flair. “Seediq Bale” tells the Taiwanese legend of the Seediq people and their strife and struggles against the Japanese. The use of an er-hu, a unique Asian two-string violin, brings an additional element of sadness to Chthonic’s eerie music.

Chthonic was awarded “Best Rock Group” at the 14th Annual Golden Melody Awards, the Eastern Asian equivalent of a Grammy. The award was presented to the band by none other than the country’s President Chen Shui-bian. “Music is more powerful, more moving than politicians,” the President said before the band joined him on stage.

For more information on the 2006 CMJ Music Marathon, please visit http://www.cmj.com/marathon.

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