According to Blabbermouth.net, Aniruddh “Andrew” Bansal of Metal Assault recently conducted an interview with bassist Doris Yeh of Taiwanese metallers CHTHONIC. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.
Metal Assault: Your new album ["Bú-tik"] came out recently. How would you explain the sound? I think it’s more oriental. Do you agree with that?
Doris: Yeah, the procedure or writing songs for the new album was different than our former albums. In the former albums, we were writing songs in heavy metal music, of course, but we were thinking about how to put the traditional melody into the music. In the new album, we did it the opposite way. We wrote the Taiwanese traditional melodies first and then used the heavy metal way to express it. So the new album has more traditional melody in it, and the concept behind the story is different from our former albums. It’s more aggressive. The tempo, the riffs and the structures of the songs are more aggressive, so that’s the difference in this album.
Metal Assault: Your lyrics and the concept is still based on Taiwanese history, but I guess the music kind of suits the story more because its aggressive and the story is also about massacre and violence.
Doris: Definitely, because this album is talking about different violent scenes which happened in our history in the past 200 years. Each song is about a violent scene, so that’s why the music is aggressive and more powerful.
Metal Assault: And as you said, you’ve expressed it in a heavy metal way, so your fans would still receive it as a metal album. In the end, you’re still a metal band.
Doris: Yeah, actually, we came up with the traditional melody in the chorus part, not the whole song, of course. [laughs] And then we tried to extend the whole structure of the songs, and the guitarist put more mellow riffs and tempo into the music. So, there’s no conflicts and for us; it’s very natural to do this, because I think while we’re getting older and older year by year, we feel that we’re closer to our roots and to our own culture. So it’s natural for us to come out with this kind of a traditional melody, but we still love heavy metal a lot, so how to combine them and maintain the balance, that’s the difficult job for us. I think in this new album we made a new achievement and combined those two different things perfectly, in our opinion at least.
Metal Assault: You’ve also been doing a series of music videos to tell the story in a visual way along with the music. Can we expect videos for all the songs on the album?
Doris: So far we’ve released three music videos already (at the time of the interview), and one of them is for the song “Defenders Of Bú-tik Palace”, and for that we’re not just playing music but playing Kung-Fu as well. [laughs] We did martial arts training for two months and in the video we are the defenders trying to fight against the intruder from outside. It kind of symbolizes the history of our country. The second video is “Sail Into The Sunset’s Fire”, and that video is interesting because we shot it in a swimming pool and that song was talking about the parent generation 200 years ago. We were suffering from a rainstorm during the shooting of the video, but the outcome was good. [laughs] And the third video is for “Supreme Pain For The Tyrant”, and that was directed by a movie director, and we act like five assassins who want to kill the leader of the KMT party, which is the party who rules Taiwan now and also escaped from China 60 years ago. So we kind of recreated this part of the true history. In this video, we combine not only martial arts because we have to fight the enemy and the securities around the leader of the party, but we also have a lot of dancing. We worked with a very well-known international dancing choreographer and that’s the first time we worked with those martial arts and dance groups. So those three music videos took so much time, energy and budget [laughs], I hope all the people and fans will check it out.
Read the entire interview from Metal Assault.
ChthoniC – Rhythm Crusher is a rhythm game that is the result of the cooperation between Taiwanese metallers CHTHONIC and Chun-mu Mediatek.
“In the game, we select 12 hits from CHTHONIC, and every song has four kinds of play mode,” reads the game’s official description. “Most important of all, you could play with other users in VS mode, or cooporative mode through the internet, or Bluetooth conection.”
ChthoniC – Rhythm Crusher is an extreme metal rhythm game that will be made available in the App Store.
The release date for ChthoniC – Rhythm Crusher will be revealed later this month.
CHTHONIC‘s sixth full-length effort, “Takasago Army”, was released in North America in September 2011 via Spinefarm Records. Produced by Rickard Bengtsson (ARCH ENEMY, NEMESIS) at Sweet Spot Studios in Halmstad, Sweden, this 10-track outing completes a trilogy of CHTHONIC releases, telling a story that binds together the band’s “Seediq Bale” and “Mirror Of Retribution” albums, released in 2007 and 2009, respectively.
BLOODSTOCK has issued the following:
SIX MORE BANDS ANNOUNCED FOR SOPHIE STAGE INCLUDING THIRD SOPHIE HEADLINER
Grindcore Supergroup LOCK UP (featuring members of At The Gates, Ex-Dimmu Borgir, Napalm Death and Brujeria), have announced that they will be appearing on the MAIN STAGE at this years BLOODSTOCK FESTIVAL.
After the tragic death of original guitarist Jesse Pintado (also of Napalm Death and Terrorizer) in 2006, it seemed that LOCK UP were destined to remain an exciting chapter in extreme metal’s history. However, after an incredible reaction in 2009 at an originally planned one off show, with new recruit Anton Reisenegger on guitar duties, all involved decided there was more still to be done. With latest album “Necropolis Transparent” their filthiest piece of work yet, LOCK UP are set to tear BLOODSTOCK’s main stage a new one at this exclusive festival appearance. Says bassplayer Shane Embury:
“LOCK UP are very, very excited to play bloodstock this year, I think this will be my 4th time as a musician and have always had a great show there and a hell of a lot of fun – a home away from home!”
Taiwanese hard rock superstars CHTHONIC have also announced they will join the RONNIE JAMES DIO stage line up on the Saturday. The release of their album ‘Takasago Army’ in 2011 saw them draw more strongly than ever on their Eastern influences, giving true sense to the words ‘Orient Metal’ – the term the band use to describe their hybrid music style.
The SOPHIE LANCASTER STAGE line up continues to grow with a further six bands announced.
French Post-Black Metal outfit ALCEST, are the third headliner to be announced for the Sophie Lancaster Stage, joining ORANGE GOBLIN and ANAAL NATHRAKH. With their unique compositions of music from another world and a ‘KKKKK’ review for their latest album ‘Les Voyages De L’âme’, their creative sound will almost certainly be a highlight for those who witness their set.
“Bloodstock will be our first open air in the UK. We’re extremely glad to play such a famous and amazing festival. UK always has been great for Alcest and we just can’t wait to be there!”
English Black Metallers, WINTERFYLLETH are currently working on their 3rd album, for a 2012 release on Candlelight Records and will follow up their release with an appearance at Bloodstock.
“Winterfylleth are incredibly proud to have been asked to appear at Bloodstock Open Air once again in 2012. Our somewhat ‘last minute’ appearance in 2010 was a pivotal point for propelling us forward up to now, and we appreciate the support that grass roots festivals like Bloodstock provide for up and coming bands, such as we were. It is gratifying to play a festival supported by people who care so much about the music we make and we cannot respect that enough. We’d love to see you bring yourselves, your encouraging spirit and your voices to Catton Hall in August and support this great event. See you all in the summer!”
DEMONIC RESSURECTION are one of the most important bands to have come out of the Indian music scene, and after plans to tour the UK collapsed last year, they are happy to announce their appearance on the Sophie Lancaster Stage. It’s been a long and sometimes arduous 10-year journey for the band, but in June 2010 they won the ‘Global Metal’ award at the Metal Hammer Golden Gods, which shows that the journey for Demonic Resurrection, is only just beginning…..
“We were gutted last year when our UK tour got cancelled but we’re stoked to be coming to the UK finally and playing the prestigious Bloodstock Festival. We’ve got a lot of support from our fans in the UK and we can’t wait to play for them and hang out and get to know them. The icing on the cake is that we get to watch some of our idols like Dimmu Borgir, Nile and Behemoth at the festival.”
French quintet HEADCHARGER join the already solid line up with their infectious grooves already spreading all over Europe & their latest album ‘Slow Motion Disease’ set for release 30th April 2012 via XIII BIS Records.
EASTERN FRONT have also been confirmed to bring their unique sound of ‘War Torn Black Metal’ to the Bloodstock Masses. With their second album currently due for release later this year via Candlelight Records, they will no doubt be showcasing some new material.
”Playing Saturday on the Sophie Lancaster stage is a great honour for us and we can’t wait to hit the stage hard and see you all on the front line. The crowds at Bloodstock are true fans of metal and incredible, no wonder then the band line up for 2012 is shaping up to be the best ever!”
And last but not least, ANCIENT ASCENDANT a 4 piece death metal band from Reading/London who are pioneering a fusion of old school principles with modern dynamics and power, are extremely happy to announce their appearance at Catton Hall.
“We are immensely proud to be playing B.O.A not least because it’s
such an institution but also because we’ll be playing alongside some
of our favourite bands. For us it’s a huge step forward in bringing
our vision of death metal to a larger crowd and we are incredibly
excited about showcasing our new material”
At only £115 for a four day ticket with camping included, BLOODSTOCK offers incredible value for money and more exclusive appearances than any other festival.
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BLOODSTOCK OPEN AIR 2012 takes place at Catton Hall August 9th – 12th.
Line Up So Far:
RONNIE JAMES DIO STAGE
ANVIL – WATAIN – PARADISE LOST – DIMMU BORGIR – HATEBREED – CORROSION OF CONFORMITY – SANCTUARY – GRAND MAGUS – THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER – DEICIDE – NILE – MAYHEM – LOCK UP – SEPULTURA – ICED EARTH – TESTAMENT – CHTHONIC
SOPHIE LANCASTER STAGE
ALCEST – ORANGE GOBLIN – ANAAL NATHRAKH
DEMONIC RESURRECTION – HEADCHARGER – WINTERFYLLETH – ANCIENT ASCENDANT – EASTERN FRONT