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Chthonic

One of the few rock bands from Taiwan to gain exposure in North America, Chthonic are a melodic death metal group whose music employs elements of traditional Taiwanese music (including the use of the hena, an Asian instrument similar to the Western violin) and who frequently incorporate lore from their nation's history into their lyrics. Formed in 1995, Chthonic take their name from a Greek word meaning "of the Underworld," and feature Freddy Lim (aka Freddy, Left Face of Mardou) on lead vocals and hena, Jesse Liu (aka Jesse, the Infernal) on lead guitar, Hsiang-yi Yeh (aka Doris, Thunder Tears) on bass and backing vocals, CJ Kao (aka CJ, Dispersed Fingers) on keyboards, Dani, Azathothian Hands on drums, and Su-Nung, the Bloody String on hena. Chthonic released their first single, "Deep Rising" b/w "F---- or Die," in 1998, and their first full-length album, Where the Ancestors' Souls Gather, followed in 1999. Their second album, 2000's 9th Empyrean, was released in both English and Chinese-language editions, as was 2006's Seediq Bale. In 2007, Chthonic released Relentless Recurrence and toured the United States as part of the long-running annual metal package tour Ozzfest; they were the first Asian metal band to join the Ozzfest lineup, and on nights off from the tour they also played club dates with Cradle of Filth and Nile. In 2007, Chthonic were named Best Rock Group at the Golden Music Awards (the Taiwanese Grammys), with Taiwan's president Chen Shui-Bian presenting the group with its trophy. The band returned in 2009 with their fifth album, Mirror of Retribution, based on the historic 228 Massacre, and followed up again in 2011 with Takasago Army. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi
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Needs more hena!
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Awesome s**t man
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uraharableac h 1 4
Ill be seeing them at Paganfest! And 3 albums Pandora? Seriously?
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bodden_kevin
Love it
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The library of metal has a s**t selection. Sorry.
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The most rock & metal stations on Pandora Radio!
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autopsy_exam
*Bu-Tik my iPhone is lame, sorry.
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autopsy_exam
T_T Pandora, first you get EVERBLACK from The Black Dahlia Murder, and now you have But-Nik!? I am so happy I pay monthly now. <3
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Absolute masters of the craft.
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The title of this album is spelled 'Seediq Bale'.
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omg! i found my new band!
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monkey.dance r 9 2
Actually, they classify THEMSELVES as extreme metal...
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on the ears of only one song, i would agree, it is symphonic black metal and not melodic death metal.
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wrong classificati o n , they're symphonic black metal not melodic death metal.
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patrickolive r i 2
Hmmm definitely not Black, maybe blackened... ? Sounds to me a lot like newer Behemoth, which is cool...
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These guys ams cool blacks metals!
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im home
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psluna2
Interesting.
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metalhead.pr e s c o t t
Never heard far-eastern death metal! Hope to hear more!
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these guys kick a** and take names, the know what the f**k there doing and we need more music like THIS.
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praetorian_l y c a n t h r o p e
Damn, these motha fuckas know what the f**ks up! need to see these guys live!
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The world needs more of this.
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lucky u i missed them i f**king got there late i was pissed...
got to see devildriver tho =)
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f**k went and saw them at ozzfest,,, they kicked a**
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I found these guys on MySpace a while back and bought there CD when it came out. Just amazing! It spent over two weeks in my CD player when I first got it!

Buy it you will NOT be disappointed !
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It's shocking and surprising to hear such a powerful and talented band. I will lookfoward to listen the whole cd.
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WTF. Taiwan? Not bad. The drummer is insane
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Great find, all thanks to Pandora! Wonderful melodic black metal - from Taiwan. I love the female backing vocals.

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