Chthonic Posts New Video, “Millenia’s Faith Undone” Online

Chthonic, the Taiwanese metal band recognized with its unique signature of performance, is to release an all new album, “Battlefields Of Asura,” on October 10th, the first new music since 2013’s full-length album, “Butik.” A video for the song “Millennia’s Faith Undone” can be found below.

According to Chthonic, the new album depicts the adventure of deities in Taiwan through eleven songs carrying messages about resistance, freedom and fraternity. The journey is full of hostility, adversary, impregnable fortresses and desires but also inspires infinite courage to search for eternal wisdom. Anyone deeply touched by this album will eventually realize that it is the origin of all thrilling epic stories portrayed in the past albums. This album sounds like gods versus devils and fights among evil spirits on the surface; however, everyone can feel the empathy of fury, grief and even strength of resurgence from the lyrics.

When asked why the band names the new album “Battlefields Of Asura,” Doris, the spokesperson of Chthonic, states, “This album is the prologue of the albums released in the past and was inspired by and dedicated to the activists of Taiwan’s first modern political reform movement back in 1920s.”

Pre-orders on CD and vinyl are available now. The album marks the first vinyl released by Chthonic since its formation. Pre-order of album box set is also available in Taiwan, Japan, Singapore and Hong Kong which includes the album, T-shirt and caps, thematic candle glass, rosary plus 7″ vinyl collaboration single of Chthonic and Denise Ho.

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Chthonic Reveals New Album “Battlefields Of Asura” Details

Chthonic, the Taiwanese metal band recognized with its unique signature of performance, is to release an all new album, “Battlefields Of Asura,” on October 10th, the first new music since 2013’s full-length album, “Butik.”

Formed in 1995, Chthonic has hit the road touring over forty countries with hundreds of concerts and festivals. Chthonic has become the most visible Taiwanese metal band with international publicity. In the past five years, all five members of Chthonic have turned a new page in their lives respectively. The frontman of band formed a new political party but also got elected into the Parliament while the others established their families. Nevertheless, they have not forgot the promise to release new material to the fans. This year, Chthonic has Randy Blythe, frontman of Grammy-nominated metal band Lamb of God, and Denise Ho, iconic freedom fighter and singer from Hong Kong collaborating with the creation of the album and appearing in the preview of title track which has raised huge resonance in the music circle.

To tease the album, a secretive promotion plan saw the debut track in new album, “Millennia’s Faith Undone”, remixed and published by five new bands and artists with their own distinctive styles – Elephant Gym, Hom Shenhao, Unfamiliar Friends Party, Bison Country, and Angry Youth, which raised the speculation and attention among fans and people in music industry about the song and the series of remixes. The speculation even hinted the possibility of renaissance of lyrics in Taiwanese. Days ago, Denise Ho, the iconic Hong Kong singer, published her version of “Millennia’s Faith Undone”, as her first Taiwanese song mixed with the voice of Freddy Lim, the frontman of Chthonic, throughout the song, which has become a hit in Taiwan and Hong Kong. As the talks about the relations between the song and Chthonic continues, the answer finally reveals today that the 60-second preview of original version of “Millenia’s Faith Undone” can be heard below and the full version will be out on September 4th.

According to Chthonic, the new album “Battlefields Of Asura” depicts the adventure of deities in Taiwan through eleven songs carrying messages about resistance, freedom and fraternity. The journey is full of hostility, adversary, impregnable fortresses and desires but also inspires infinite courage to search for eternal wisdom. Anyone deeply touched by this album will eventually realize that it is the origin of all thrilling epic stories portrayed in the past albums. This album sounds like gods versus devils and fights among evil spirits on the surface; however, everyone can feel the empathy of fury, grief and even strength of resurgence from the lyrics.

When asked why the band names the new album “Battlefields Of Asura,” Doris, the spokesperson of Chthonic, states, “This album is the prologue of the albums released in the past and was inspired by and dedicated to the activists of Taiwan’s first modern political reform movement back in 1920s.”

Pre-orders on CD and vinyl are available now. The album marks the first vinyl released by Chthonic since its formation. Pre-order of album box set is also available in Taiwan, Japan, Singapore and Hong Kong which includes the album, T-shirt and caps, thematic candle glass, rosary plus 7″ vinyl collaboration single of Chthonic and Denise Ho.

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While She Sleeps Posts ‘Steal The Sun” Video

The latest single from Sheffield-based outfit While She Sleeps has been revealed as the incendiary “Steal the Sun” and a new music video, directed by Ryan Chang, can be seen below.

The track is taken from new album “You Are We,” which dropped back in April. The “Steal The Sun” clip incorporates a dark narrative alongside live footage and was filmed across Thailand, China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong on the band’s recent tour of Asia.

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Equilibrium Posts Asian Tour Video Diary

German epic metal band Equilibrium released current studio album “Armageddon” last year on August 12th, 2016 through Nuclear Blast. Once more, the band entered the European charts on high positions (#5 Germany, #11 Switzerland, #20 Austria).

Equilibrium and support act Suidakra subsequently went on a tour journey to Asia, and even though most of the band’s lyrics are in German, Equilbirum succeeded in enthusing hundreds of fans and to provide a remarkabe atmosphere in several cities of China (Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong), Taiwan (Taipei) and Japan (Tokyo and Osaka).

Check out a tour diary below showcasing some of the best moments from this trek. René (guitars) comments: “Our first tour in Asia was one of the most impressing experiences we’ve ever had with Equilibrium. This video is a small collection of footage we’ve made with our smartphones at the tour. We really hope to see Asia again soon!”

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Guttural Corpora Cavernosa Releasing New Album “You Should Have Died When I Killed You”

Taiwanese slam machine Guttural Corpora Cavernosa has revealed full details on forthcoming studio album “You Should Have Died When I Killed You.”

“Artwork was done by the amazing upcoming Indonesian artist, Aditia Wardhana (Perverted Dexterity, Gorepot),” stated vocalist Larry Wang. “While the concept is based on life, death and irony, Wardhana captured exactly what we were looking for.”

The band has also premiered a first single, which is the title track for the album. Listen in below. “You Should Have Died When I Killed You” was recorded mixed and mastered at FTOL Studios in Taipei, Taiwan and is due out July 8th. The track listing is:

1. Blood Has Been Spilt
2. See you in Disneyland
3. Remorse for What
4. I Want to See the Light Leave Your Eyes
5. Does He Twitch and Jerk?
6. Anyway, I had a Good Time
7. There Is No Remedy for It
8. They Would Wiggle and Squirm
9. Crazy world. Lot of Smells.
10. If Anybody Says Their Facelift Doesn’t hurt, They’re Lying
11. You Should Have Died When I Killed You

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Skull Fist Announces “Asian Invasion” Tour Dates

Skull Fist will soon announce official details on the release of a new album, but in the mean time the band has lined up new tour dates, issuing this statement online:

“The Fist has seen a many chapters come and go in quick succession over these cold winter months. The times they were a changing and the signs they were a stranging but out of the ice covered forest the Fist shall rise, the dream shall be found. Sponsored by Planet Earth, The moon, The stars and the great Asian bear spirit.”

JULY 9 – Bangalore Open Air – Inda
July 12 – Aliwal Arts Centre – Singapore
July 13 – The Rock Pub – Bangkok
July 15 – Wake up Festival – Taiwan
July 17 – Koenj High – Tokyo
July 18 – Socore Factory Minami Horie – Osaka

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“Prime Evil” Era Venom Lineup Forms Venom Inc.

After more than 20 years and repeated fan requests, we introduce Venom Inc. – Iron & Steel! Following on from the “Prime Evil” album era and in the great tradition of Venom, the three protagonists Mantas, The Demolition Man, and Abaddon continue to brew the cauldron…

This reincarnation of Venom will kick off with a launch appearance at the Keep It True festival in April, followed by live dates in China, Japan and Taiwan in July, a full European tour with Polish giants Vader, and finally a brand new album. Stay tuned for more details and catch the band live on these dates:

19-09 Holland Baroeg open air Rotterdam
20-09 Germany garage Saarbruucken
21-09 France Devan du monde Paris
22-09 France Forum London

24-09 Spain TBA
25-09 Portugal Hard Club Oporto
26-09 Portugal centeatre de corroios Lisboa
27-09 Spain Arena Madrid
28-09 Spain Boveda Barcelona

30-09 Italy Café Liber – Turin
01-10 Italy – Traffic – Rome
02-10 Italy – Colony – Brescia
03-10 Suisse festival Zurich
04-10 Belgium Biebob Vosselaar
05-10 Denmark Loppen Kobenhavn
07-10 Germany K 17 Berlin
08-10 Poland tba Warsaw
09-10 Poland tba Posnan
10-10 Germany Tivoly Bremen
11-10 Czech Rep Rock Cafe Praha

13-10 Poland Proxima Warsaw
14-10 Germany Scene Vienna
15-10 Hugary Club 202 Budapest
16-10 Poland Fabryka Krakow
17-10 Germany F Haus Jena
18-10 Germany Backstage Munchen

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Chthonic Posts “Defenders of Bú-Tik Palace” Acoustic Video

Chthonic just released a video for an acoustic rendition of the track “Defenders of Bú-Tik Palace,” taken off the “Bú-Tik” album reviewed here). The band also comments on the clip:

“A Taiwanese soldier who belongs to Japan Imperial Army was finally back from the battle ground in WWII and reunited with his beloved, but what he doesn’t know is the ‘KMT Party’ of China which were defeated by Communist Party in their civil war came to Taiwan after Japan left here.

“Soon after their coming, many Taiwanese rebelled against KMT’s cruel governance. But then, there was a 228 Massacre happened. Hundreds of thousands Taiwanese people got arrested and killed in secret. Once again, their beloved lost them, but this time they can only reunite in the dream which was never happened in reality.”

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Ne Obliviscaris Seeking Crowd Funds For Upcoming World Tour Dates

Australian avant-garde metal band Ne Obliviscaris has launched a crowd funding campaign for an upcoming world tour. You can find all the perks and contribute to the campaign at this location. The band also comments:

“Help us reach our target of $40,000 AUD and we GUARANTEE tours to Europe, UK, North America, Australia, India, Japan, China, Hong Kong, South Korea, Taiwan, South East Asia & more will take place, but we need your help to make all these shows become a reality.

“If we raise more than our target we’ll use the extra money to add more shows in more cities in more countries!

“As part of the rewards we are doing a collectors edition EP limited to only 300 copies. All details in the Pozible link!”

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Anthelion Releases “Obsidian Plume” Music Video

The Taiwanese symphonic black metal outfit Anthelion – which was covered in our look at the underground metal scene in Taiwan – has a new music video out now for the track “Obsidian Plume.”

Check out the clip below, and you can hear more music from Anthelion at the band’s Facebook profile here.

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