Sunday, November 11, 2007

Chthonic- Melodic Black Metal from...Taiwan

Finding this band was a pleasant surprise. Every once in a while, I browse through band pages on myspace, selecting genres like "death metal", "black metal", "grindcore" and "industrial" and choosing less than obvious countries for those genres such as Japan, China, Taiwan and India. So far, this band is my favorite extreme metal band that I've found from an Asian country.

Musically, they play what one might call a more symphonic, mainstream style of black metal with a healthy dose of Scandinavian Melodeath influence. They even manage to include some local influences, most prominately in the use of erhu, a traditional Chinese two-stringed violin. They don't give it as much focus as I would like, but its wailing lines can be heard in nearly every song. The keyboards are also impressive; not satisfied just being in the support role, some of the more memorable riffs come from the keyboardist. I have their latest album, "Seediq Bale" and I just got their earlier release, "Relentless Recurrence," in the mail a couple of days ago. I need some more time to listen through it, but I can give a whole-hearted recommendation to "Seediq Bale."

The Band's Myspace
Official Website
Video for Quasi Putrefaction from Seediq Bale
Video for Progeny of Rmdax Tasing from Seediq Bale
Article about the band's political efforts

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