‘One of Top 10 Live in Download 2013’ by Kerrang! Magazing
‘One of the Best live in OzzFest 2007’ by New York Times
Chthonic was formed in 1996 in Taipei, released 7 studio albums, 9 singles, 4 DVDs all over the world. Their music incorporates elements and influences of traditional Taiwanese folk music, enka, Oriental opera and pentatonic scale, accompanied by classical Oriental instrument erhu (called hiân-á in Taiwanese) and zheng(the box zither), Japanese shamisen, as well as Tibetan bells and aboriginal pgaki flutes. Also integral parts of Chthonic's music are elements from contemporary symphonic black metal, melodic death metal, blood-boiling riffs and solos.
The band use their music and lyrics to bring ancient mythology of East Asia history into the modern era, and to build awareness of the myths and tragic events in the country's history.
A rather difficult animal to pigeonhole, this far critics have attempted to label Chthonic as black metal, death metal or folk metal, but the band themselves have chosen to use the term Orient Metal to define this genre of heavy metal.
From Ozzfest in the US, Wacken Open Air in Germany, to Download in the UK, Fuji Rock and Loud Park in Japan..etc, Chthonic has played major music festivals around the world, and toured in more than 30 countries. Remaining as one of the most active Asian bands in the global metal scene, Chthonic has hit the Taiwanese and Japanese pop charts with several of their albums, and has been awarded from Taiwanese President as ‘Best Band’ in the Golden Melody Award - the Taiwanese equivalent of the Grammy Award.
The band members are also active in different fields. Singer Freddy Lim has served as the Chairman of the Taiwan chapter of Amnesty International, and is active in public affairs relating to human rights and social justice issue. The rest are no slouches either; Drummer Dani works hard in music education to develop younger generation musicians; Guitarist Jesse and the KB player CJ are involved in music production; Doris Yeh (the Bassist) advocates women's right, judicial reform and has acted in movies and graced magazines like FHM and GQ with her presence, also, she was ranked as No. 2 of Global Rock Star in Burrn Magazine 2012 in Japan and No. 1 Female music artist 2012 of Teraz Rock magazine in Poland.
Since their formation, Chthonic has released 7 studio albums, the most recent “Bú-Tik” drops on June 2013 via Spinefarm Records. It was recorded at Sweden's Sweetspot Studio(Arch Enemy, Opeth), and it was mixed and produced by Rickard Bengtson, who worked with the band already on 2011's "Takasago Army". An engaging story about 228 Massacre, the Bú-Tik Palace and the Mirror Of Retribution, talking about the righteous violence and justifiable defense, the new album will once more send you reeling deep into the folklore and history of exotic Orient.