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’s Freddy Lim Running For Office, Posts Campaign Video

Remember when Chthonic started a political party? Turns out something’s actually coming of that.

“Using music to change the world” is a slogan that appears often in the history of rock, however, in Taiwan, a man is turning it into reality: Chthonic lead vocalist Freddy Lim is traveling the road of music to parliament. Oon December 26th, a Formosa Defenders outdoor concert will be held in place of a campaign rally.

Formed in 1995, the Taiwanese band Chthonic, now under the Universal Music/Spinefarm Records banner, features a blend of unique oriental melody and heavy metal music. Chthonic has released eight albums recounting stories of struggles against authoritarian repression that have touched fans around the globe. The band’s lyrics have historically focused on accounts of the country’s inhabitants fighting against repressive regimes in history that textbooks refused to tell in addition to their public displays of support for social movements and human rights activities, including last year’s Sunflower Movement and this year’s student protests against the Ministry Of Education’s adjustments in high school curriculum guidelines.

Beyond Chthonic, Lim also serves as the lead vocalist of a band that he formed with former Megadeth guitarist Marty Friedman, Metal Clone X, which has released two albums in Taiwan and Japan. Lim has also organized two of the most well known music festivals — the Formoz Festival and Megaport Festival — with participation from the likes of Muse, Megadeth, and Moby and was behind the Say Yes To Taiwan and With Justice We Cure This Nation concerts that focused on public issues such as transitional justice.

In addition to music events, Lim has served two terms as chair of Amnesty International Taiwan, a board member of the Memorial Foundation Of 228, and has been active in human rights activities. Freddy has been honored with the President’s Award by Taiwan’s National Cultural Association, and founded the New Power Party, a new political party in Taiwan. In less than one year of its founding, the New Power Party has become the third largest party in Taiwan outside the two major political parties. In June, Lim announced his bid for legislature. Check out his campaign video below.

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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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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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Chthonic Posts Special "Light" Version of Takao

Chthonic has posted a light version (partial) of “Takao,” filmed on August 27th during a special show in Yilan. The song is off the Taiwanese band’s sixth album, “Takasago Army” (reviewed here), which was just released in North America on September 6th, 2011.

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Revilement Streaming New Song "Degradation To Extinction"

Revilement is currently streaming a song off the band’s new album “Pillars of Balance.” You can check out the new track “Degradation to Extinction” by heading over to the band’s Facebook or MySpace pages.

The Taiwanese act also recently appeared on Metalunderground.com’s digital tribute album “All For None, None For All: A Tribute To Peter Steele” by providing a death metal rendition of “Sex and Violence.” Details are available here.

The “Pillars of Balance” track listing is as follows:

1. Pillars of Balance
2. Pity the Humans
3. Degradation to Extinction
4. Terminal Sedation
5. Tail Devouring Serpent
6. The Medjai’s Return
7. Path of Apophis
8. Human Vivisection
9. Perverse Malevolence
10. Raping the Comatose
11. Feeding a Mind Corrupted

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