Chthonic
Seediq Bale


4.5
superb

Review

by Frederick Metzengerstein USER (202 Reviews)
September 9th, 2007 | 112 replies | 16,304 views


Release Date: 2006 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Somber and very depressing black metal that can move an emotional teaspoon like myself.

2 of 2 thought this review was well written

Once in awhile you will come across a metal band that manages to step out of the norm and kick up a storm of their own. Many bands have the talent but lack the motivation to carve a unique sound of their own. Hard work and dedication are required to make great music and that is what this band does. Every genre of music is littered with dozens of copy cat bands and even fewer original bands. However, Chthonic is not one of those bands that will be forgotten in a years time. Chthonic is an extreme metal band hailing out of the unlikely birth place of Taiwan. Many of you might know this band after all the positive attention being given towards their way from Ozzfest. They have been playing for many years but just recently as they undertook their first American tour is where they began to rattle ear drums. Are they really worthy of all they hype that they are given or are they over praised because they’re the first metal band from Taiwan? In truth, Chthonic possess all the tools necessary to make a name in the metal scene. They have the talent, the song writing skills, and the originality needed to stand out from the rest of the pack. Their sound is a mixture of Taiwanese Folk, Symphonic Black Metal and Melodic Death Metal.

Chthonic refers to the Greek meaning of spirits "the underworld". They wear corpse paint not as a diversion to mimic the Norwegian scene, but reflecting from their native culture. Based around The 8 General‘s tale, Chthonic draw their influences straight from the past with a modern take on lyrics, and what lies beneath is a band with a sound so unique it could only be produced elsewhere from the typical frost ridden countries of Europe. Fans of Ensiferum, Dimmu Borgir, and Emperor should give this a try as Chthonic integrates the best of those bands in their music without plagiarism. Although their sound relies heavily on symphonic elements, Chthonic add their own special spices to the mix, stirring enough inspiration to create something new. Right away you can tell they’re foreign because it's sounds like nothing you heard before.

What this band succeeds on, is welding their Taiwanese influences and various native instruments into the basic Black metal exoskeleton, just adding enough to have an organic sound. Picture the raw power of Emperor, complete with speedy drumming, fast black metal style riffing, and excellent usage of the Keyboards, merging with folk music, and you can get a slight glimpse at what they play Chthonic play a very melodic form of black metal, yet still very extreme. The merging of the black metal riffing and drumming, synthesizers, and humming from their bassist during the somber parts add crushing speed and melody to the music. They also employ the Er-Hu giving their music a unique sound like no others. That is a two stringed violin native to Asia and adds a very oriental feel to the mix. The riffs are standard black metal fare, extremely fast riffs, and jaw dropping solos added later in the songs, that feel more effective and emotional than most bands are capable of. Dani does his job playing the drums, keeping everything fast in check as the band continues to rage. Freddy varies through high pitch shrieks and low grunts throughout. The hena adds another dimension giving a powerful feel when the tempo shifts. Now most black metal bassists are usually unnecessary and Doris is no different, although she makes up for it with her melodic chant like vocals. During some of the verses she continuously hums throughout the song adding another layer of sadness to the somber music being played. You just cant help but get up and hum along as the brutality unfolds. Cj plays the synthesizer and piano in the band. He combines his instruments with the Er-Hu to give the music a very melodic feel although still black metal. All these instruments and their songwriting fit perfectly sweeping me with so much sadness and despair I just crumble. The lyrics are based around the Seediq Bale. A native tribe of ancient Taiwan, the story goes on as they refuse to submit as Japanese power continues to oppress the lands.

Chthonic has impressed me deeply and have impacted me positively that the new wave of black metal is not hopeless after all. Summing this cd up, Id say they combine the beauty of sad and somber melodies perfectly with the rage and ugliness of black metal all mixed together with a foreign aspect to it, creating an inspirational records. Already notice is being taken to Chthonic. After playing Ozzfest this year, they have opened many minds into something different than what’s on the local radio. Chthonic are ready to conquer America at full blast for bigger and better things. Chthonic is a band metal fans all over can appreciate if given the chance.


Pros: Unique

Very melodic and Unique

Excellent song writing skills



All the instruments seems to blend in perfectly, merging with the vocals.

Cons: Vocals might turn some off.




Highlights: Quasi Putrefaction and Bloody Gaya Fufilled



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Epilogue
September 9th 2007



1585 Comments


These guys were awsome at Detroits Ozzfest, got my program signed, and they even gave me a pick! Woohoo!

The review was kinda short, and to be nitpicky you didnt capatalize CD and Ozzfest, and some of it is choppy, but otherwise, it was good.This Message Edited On 09.09.07

BallsToTheWall
September 9th 2007



44164 Comments


Well I had to rush at the end cuz im going somewhere but ill edit later.

masscows
September 9th 2007



2236 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

They're actually more mad at the Chinese than the Japanese. Taiwanese people don't have much against Japan.

But this band owns. They beat Dimmu Borgir at their own game while adding their own unique twists to symphonic black metal, and they definitely don't half-ass the guitar work like other symphonic black metal bands that let the stringed instruments carry them.

Confessed2005
September 9th 2007



3314 Comments


You're really pumping the reviews out this weekend, eh.This Message Edited On 09.09.07

BallsToTheWall
September 9th 2007



44164 Comments


Dethtrasher got me motivated.

Crimson
September 9th 2007



1935 Comments


Bit of advice, if you have to rush the ending of a review, don't finish it.
Just save it on word or notepad and finish it up later, you might also find something else to say about the album.
About this review, meh.

Ominous Inane
September 9th 2007



188 Comments


I saw this band live with Nile, they suck pretty bad.

BallsToTheWall
September 9th 2007



44164 Comments


Are you sure its not the other way around? Chthonic powns nile.

Unreal
September 9th 2007



229 Comments


downloading this right now, sounds pretty cool.

cool coverThis Message Edited On 09.09.07

masscows
September 9th 2007



2236 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I saw them with Nile and DAATH as well, I thought Nile and Chthonic were both really good and DAATH was pretty boring.

But in no way to the pwn Nile haha, not that they're really all that comparable anyway.

Brain Dead
September 9th 2007



1150 Comments


you say you're going into college? that's hard to believe.
I didn't know you were a teaspoon either.

plane
Staff Reviewer
September 9th 2007



6085 Comments


Album is good. Not that good, but good.

Decent review, though. Just put it through Word and it should work out most of the grammar issues.

BallsToTheWall
September 9th 2007



44164 Comments


Dosent it. Brain dead i say if college dosent work out for me we can be garbage men for the same team.

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
September 9th 2007



16263 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I really want this. The CD shop near me has another album by these guys, I forget which one.

Digging: Ulver - Bergtatt

BallsToTheWall
September 9th 2007



44164 Comments


This is the only cd I had by them. It makes me cry when i see all my cd cases with all the cds lost in oblivion after a freak incident of who dunit. At the gates, Dark Tranquillity,Chthonic,In flames, all my misfits,bahh.

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
September 9th 2007



16263 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I don't know what i would do if say, my house burned down, and I lost all my CD's.... probably break down and cry.

BallsToTheWall
September 9th 2007



44164 Comments


Dude the day before i lost my case i was saying a bunch of crap about how id rather lose my driver's license and my wallet then my cds. Then bam!!! 62 cds gone like the wind. Furious rage engulfed me. although i have more the most part better cds thanks to the local f.y.e's for bein so cool with their cheap bargain hunting technigues.

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
September 9th 2007



16263 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

The store near me is only a small New England CD store chain so they have a very impressive metal discography, plus tons of used stuff and vinyl. I got my sweet membership card which lets me get some CD's half off. Oh ya!!!

BallsToTheWall
September 9th 2007



44164 Comments


F*ckin patriots. Sorry to say but Tom Brady is a douche bag. Lucky you though, havin one of those kinda stores in your area. I guess small time f.y.e's with detailed metal sections is close enough.

goneshootin22
October 9th 2007



142 Comments


Excelent review. This band is amazing. Quasi Putrefaction is one of those songs that make my arm hair stand up.





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