Chthonic
Bu-Tik


4.5
superb

Review

by Philip Whitehead USER (27 Reviews)
June 2nd, 2013 | 48 replies


Release Date: 06/25/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Seediq Bale was no fluke. Despite the different sound, Chthonic show that they are more than capable of putting out another fantastic effort that can compete with the greats of their back catalogue.

Since their 2005 effort Seediq Bale brought them international attention and a deal with Spinefarm Records, Taiwanese metallers have struggled to match the expectations the metal community has placed upon them from the success of that album. 2009’s Mirror of Retribution was seen as rather unoriginal and more or less a poor man’s Cradle of Filth while Takasago Army saw the quintet move away from their black metal roots, including ditching the corpsepaint from their image. While warmly received it still got criticised for its stylistic change, and this is where we reach their latest offering, Bú-Tik, which seems to embrace some of the old black metal elements that were absent from Takasago Army, accompanied by a more cyber/steampunk image which helps to give off a more dramatic atmosphere, with martial arts, piracy and the future all being among the topics of this album. And the change is overall rather successful.

Bú-Tik show’s Chthonic somewhat return to form (if their last two albums are seen as below par) and shows further experimentation with unconventional instruments, including what sounds like bagpipes in album highlight “Rage of My Sword”. This album doesn’t take any breaks (compared to the slower tracks and instrumental “Root Regeneration” in their last album) with a relentless barrage of riffs and fast paced drumming and total lack of filler – the closest we get to a break is in the two tracks “Between Silence and Death” and “Resurrection Pyre” which isn’t much of a break in itself.

This album also shows the various metal influences that were previously shown in their early efforts (the very early output of Chthonic showed some ventures into power metal) - it can be said that tracks like “Next Republic” show that some of those influences remain, while the pirate themed “Sail Into the Sunset’s Fire” feels like Alestorm crossed with Dimmu Borgir. Another enjoyable track on here is the metal rendition of “Set Fire to the Island” (which, for those of you that may not know, was released as a symphonic single along with a risqué photobook of bassist Doris Yeh) which seamlessly switches genres, with room for an impressive solo from Jesse Liu, while “Defenders of Bú-Tik Palace” is probably the best track on the album. Taiwanese opera singer Meiyun Tang’s backing vocals fit beautifully into the Taiwanese lyrical section while the erhu, an essential part of Chthonic’s signature sound, is used to great effect throughout the verses and shows Chthonic at their best.

If you came here expecting another Seediq Bale, then chances are you will be disappointed. But if you liked the new sound that these guys were trying to produce in their previous album then you’ll love this progression. This album shows that they haven’t forgotten where they came from but are continuing to evolve and prove that they’re no one trick pony. In that respect, this album is a roaring success.

Album highlights:
Supreme Pain for the Tyrant
Rage of My Sword
Defenders of Bú-Tik Palace



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Comments:Add a Comment 
DatsNotDaMetulz
June 2nd 2013


1847 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Also yes I did buy the Doris Yeh photobook. I kept the CD and gave the book to a friend of mine for her birthday.

Calc
June 2nd 2013


12296 Comments


needs paragraphs. but i randomly checked out the music video posted here a couple days ago and it was pretty damn good.

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xist
June 2nd 2013


171 Comments


Which version are you reviewing? English or Taiwanese? It's not explicit in your review.

wacknizzle
June 2nd 2013


13602 Comments


Good review, pos'd. Thought the single from this was pretty good, will check. Plus, Doris Yeh omg.

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DatsNotDaMetulz
June 2nd 2013


1847 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

"Which version are you reviewing? English or Taiwanese? It's not explicit in your review."


Well I have the Taiwanese version as I ordered the deluxe box from Ciong Zo but I've heard most of the English version too so pretty much both.

DatsNotDaMetulz
June 2nd 2013


1847 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

"needs paragraphs. but i randomly checked out the music video posted here a couple days ago and it was pretty damn good."


I'll have a look through in a bit and see where I can split it up

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
June 3rd 2013


7122 Comments


Album is moderately ehie

DatsNotDaMetulz
June 3rd 2013


1847 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

"Good review, pos'd. Thought the single from this was pretty good, will check. Plus, Doris Yeh omg. "

Yeah not quite sure why I gave the book to my friend but it was her birthday and she's a big fan of Doris so I thought why not.

GnarlyShillelagh
Staff Reviewer
June 4th 2013


6188 Comments


this looks really bad

Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
June 4th 2013


18860 Comments


pretty sweet art actually

too bad this is probably 1/5

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DatsNotDaMetulz
June 5th 2013


1847 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

But it's really good though.

foxblood
June 5th 2013


6797 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

nah this is great

oltnabrick
June 5th 2013


31281 Comments


what the fuk is this

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Puckingham
June 24th 2013


64 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Sail into the sunset fire is holy fucking crap good. As is the rest of this album, only downside is the songs all have a similar tempo. There are nothing like Broken Jade or Takao on this album which slowed things down a bit, but this is a MINOR complaint. Great up and coming band.

DatsNotDaMetulz
June 25th 2013


1847 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

fwiw it's now out in America.

DatsNotDaMetulz
June 26th 2013


1847 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

By the way WHY IS THE BAND PICTURE SO BIG NOW on their Sputnik page?

Hawks
June 27th 2013


35838 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I need this.

Headfoot
July 2nd 2013


52 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Better than Seediq Bale for sure. More head bang and better production

DatsNotDaMetulz
July 3rd 2013


1847 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Yeah I would go as far to say this is now my favourite Chthonic album.

Hawks
July 22nd 2013


35838 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This is really good yeah. You're crazy if you think it's better than Seediq Bale though. They'll never top that one.



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