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Chthonic: Seediq Bale

Genre: Black Metal
Label: Down Port Music

Upon first listen I admit to being narrowminded. When I heard the very prominent keys and female vocals I immediately tried writing Chthonic off as just another trendy black metal band, but it didn't take long to see how I was wrong.

When I started listening closer and noticing instruments I have never heard in black metal ... like the traditional Chinese stringed instrument er-hu, which can be compared to an eastern violin ... yet it didn't sound like a violin. It was full of grief and sorrow and the tempo changes were very passionate, flowing with the vocals nicely and throwing in an ancient Eastern vibe.

The passion in both Freddy's and Doris' voices touch on the pains of losing. Their history, as taken from their MySpace page, says that "Taiwan's lost history extends back 1,000 years, but was destroyed when Han Chinese came to the island 500 years ago. The arrival of this group subjugated native and aboriginal culture to the margins. Nearly 1,000 years of history disappeared as quickly as smoke and fire. With every spirit there are taboos, tales, and traditions."

Chthonic seeks to resurrect these old spirits and legends, drawing inspiration and reviving these myths, as well as building new ones. No wonder they had a strong first week at radio as the number one most added band on both the CMJ Loud Rock and FMQB Metal Detector charts ... debuting at #2 on the metal charts, which is no small feat! The possibilities are wide open here. Let's hope the label gets them out on tour in the States and helps them achieve what they are capable of.

Added: October 29th 2006
Reviewer: John Hubert
Related Link: Visit Chthonic Online
Hits: 3475
Language: english


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