Chthonic Are Crowdfunding A Pretty Cool Concert

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The Defenders of Bu-Tik Palace are heading to Liberty Square.

Taiwanese symphonic black/death metal band Chthonic are in the midst of a unique concert to celebrate their 20th anniversary as a band. The band has never shied away from their political feelings, whether it was calling out China renaming Taiwan as Chinese Taipei, putting “Free Tibet” on their shirts, or putting out messageheavy music videos. Vocalist Freddy Lim has even gone so far as to start his own political party called The New Power Party.

This concert the band is fundraising for isn’t just a regular old venue. The band is raising money to play Liberty Square, a beautiful outdoor plaza that serves as a major Taiwanese landmark and gathering place. While the square has served as a natural gathering area, it has a political and social significance as well. The Square serves as a symbol of the country’s democratic progress with many pro-democracy rallies being held there. To this day, Liberty Square is still used for rallies and movements calling for the freedom of Tibet and the Wild Strawberries Student Movement.

An outdoor show by an awesome metal band in a culturally important location? Sounds awesome, right? Here’s your chance to help contribute to a great event and pick up some cool and unique merchandise from Chthonic. Items include the usual merch like shirts, hoodies, and jackets, a cd/dvd of the concert, the chance to watch the band rehearse, and used equipment and outfits. Sadly, they don’t include the Doris Yeh dakimakura pillows.

Now, being a boorish American, I am not well-versed in foreign languages. Thankfully, the band has provided an English version of their fundraising page which you can view here. I’ll let the band explain what they are doing:

If you have ever wanted to travel to Taiwan, to see the place that has given birth to the unique metal rock of CHTHONIC, to see the nation, and the culture, CHTHONIC’s 20th anniversary concert on Dec. 26 would be your best chance.

You may rock with tens of thousands of people in one of the best CHTHONIC concerts, and cheer for Freddy, who is running for Taiwan’s parliamentary seat, and enjoy beautiful winter that is cold but not too cold in Taiwan.

Take part in organizing the concert, and start giving your support for the crowdfunding project!

In a year that’s critical to Taiwan’s social reforms—and also the 20th anniversary of CHTHONIC—we’ve decided to hold an extraordinary concert!

We’ve received many letters from our young fans saying that CHTHONIC’s music has empowered them, but actually, it’s everyone’s courage that has empowered us, making us more confident about ourselves and about Taiwan, and gave us more courage to move forward. Our music often recounts buried stories in Taiwan’s history, which inspired and touched many young people; however, after so many years of pondering in writing these songs, we can also feel the soul in the Taiwanese that’s unique and complicated. It’s becoming more and more clear what we’re on a quest for.

Taiwan is at its critical moment, and CHTHONIC has not had any large concert in three years. We therefore decided that, as this year marks the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, the 20th anniversary of CHTHONIC, and the key moment when Taiwan’s reforms are about the unfold, we would like to organize CHTHONIC’s largest-ever concert in Taiwan, hoping that those who sacrificed themselves for Taiwan would rest in peace, keep Taiwan peace, and give a hand to the people to make their dreams come true. Through the concert, we also hope the young people would join their hands together to push Taiwan forward.

CHTHONIC has always believed that, a band is not only a band, and that music is not merely music—we will change the world!

Question: Why Liberty Square?

Answer: the Liberty Square was dedicated to the dictator Chiang Kai-shek in the 20th century, and therefore is nicknamed “Chiang Kai-shek Temple” by many democracy pioneers, and an important gathering place for rallies. It is therefore the right place for the CHTHONIC’s 20th anniversary concert.

Having a concert at Liberty Square is a symbolic move against authoritarianism, your participation is the most important.

Why Crowdfunding?

Since it’s impossible to sell tickets for a concert in Liberty Square, we decided to raise enough money for the concert through crowdfunding. The largest CHTHONIC concert can only become reality with your support.

 

The band was looking to raise 1,500,000 NT (that’s New Taiwan dollars) and have already raised well beyond that number. Still, this is your chance to grab some merchandise from the band and help fund a really cool concert. Some of you intrepid types might even travel to go see the show. Take pictures if you do! Best of luck to the band. I can’t wait to see the DVD.

More information can be found at the following link: https://www.flyingv.cc/freebird/8229/posts/6325

 

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  • ┼yree

    No Anime.

  • Dave Vincent’s Perm

    Everyone who likes black metal and being proud of the fact that their favourite band only has 3 YouTube subscribers should check out Narayana.

    • David Vincent’s Spandex Shirt

      Agreed brother

  • Dubs

    Everyone who buys one of those pillows is probably on a list somewhere.

  • I like the concept of what they are doing. We need some bands with a cause to do something like this here in the states. That would be something I can get behind.

    • ┼yree

      A cause to stop anime.

      • This would cause all the shut ins that guzzle Mountain Dew and fap to tentacle pvrn to organize a protest the likes of which we’ve never seen.

        • ┼yree

          Ew. That would be one gross gathering of protesters.

          • Waste Management would have to be funded to construct the locker big enough to put them all in.

          • ┼yree

            A bunch of out of shape human sacks of flesh with no deodorant.

      • Maik Beninton™

  • What’s cool of the metal on regions like Asia, Latin América or África, for example, is how passionate they are sometimes with certain topics like politics or religion.

    I don’t know how’s the Chthonic views and how complex they are with their stance, because I don’t really know what they talk about; but I find good that they encourage their fans around the world to know more about them and what they make through in their country.

    I knew of them with the previous post about the pillow and I think they’re pretty cool. Thanks, bestest zombie.

    • I liek this video because they fly away with their kung-fu fighting, there are kool black feathers and the bassist smacks some guy with her bass.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a5z-AOdCAx8

      • tertius_decimus

        Most metal videos suck, however with such an image as in the clip, the band might look perfectly on a stage (in the surroundings described in the disclaimer) given what they’re fighting for.

        • I saw this Wacken presentation of them, I think that they have a good stage presence, but the voice lacks some pünch. The mix is terribad, but you get the idea that the voice is kinda thin. Nonetheless, it seems they had a blast and that’s a bonus for me 🙂

          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7tXv9IYiDK4

          • tertius_decimus

            I knew of Chthonic since don’t remember when. Not my cup of tea as judging by studio releases, but no one can deny that they have their distinctive sound and “shticks”. The music is easily recognizable. Nothing to say about stage presence, though, never saw them live and maybe never will.

          • Waynecro

            I heard about them pretty far back as well. A dude I used to drink with was all excited: “Dude, check it out! A Taiwanese Cradle of Filth with a hot chick bassist!” I actually like them a lot more now than I did back then.

      • Waynecro

        Yeh’s custom bass has LED inlays. That’s goddamn cool. Also, she’s very pretty. I don’t know if anyone else ever noticed that or anything.

    • I think China views Taiwan as a territory of theirs and younger Taiwanese people to want break away from that and have Taiwan be an independant nation. They’ve protested a few times over China meddling in government affairs. I think this band is probably supportive of that cause.

      • Ground Beef Booger Riot

        Well, on that………

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mqdQtwFjeMY

        China has a beautiful and rich culture, but the people at the top are brutal dictators, Youtube or read some of the things they do to North Korean refugees.

    • Ground Beef Booger Riot
  • Dubs

    This would be a pretty cool event.

  • ┼yree
    • more beer

      I just grabbed one of these. 12% ABV

      • ┼yree
        • BEARD-SPLITTER

          Sexy dogfish. Im beerless tonight 🙁

          My copy of N.V. did finally ship tho

          • Boss the “Crimson King” Ross

            No beer for me either, in-laws house tonight…

          • ┼yree

            They don’t drink!?!? Lame dude, Sorry.

          • Boss the “Crimson King” Ross

            They have eggnog. No beer though. I have Saint Arnold Pumpkinator waiting for me at my parent’s house tomorrow though.

          • ┼yree

            Nice, Enjoy sir.

          • Boss the “Crimson King” Ross

            Thank you.
            Enjoy your beers and metal tonight.
            Have you had the Pumpkinator before?

          • ┼yree

            I don’t think so. Is it super Pumpkiny?

          • Boss the “Crimson King” Ross

            Its an Imperial Stout, so it has all of the intense dark flavors first and foremost, but a really nice pumpkin and pumpkin spice flavor balancing on top.

            http://www.saintarnold.com/beers/pumpkinator.html

          • ProfoundHatred

            Sounds similar to Southern Tier Warlock. I like pumpkin beers that actually taste like beer.

          • Boss the “Crimson King” Ross

            I’ve been meaning to try that one.
            I’m the same way. I enjoy pumpkin and pumpkin pie, but I need to have a good beer taste in pumpkin beers. And I prefer them to be stouts and porters. One of the best I’ve had was Alaskan’s Pumpkin Porter, it was outstanding. Unfortunately they replaced it this year with their Pumpkin Ale.

          • more beer

            Alaskans regular Pumpkin lager is fucking horrible. Someone left a bunch of them at my house. I’ve been trying to figure out who I dislike enough to pawn them off on.

          • Boss the “Crimson King” Ross

            Damn, I’m glad i skipped that ine this year.

          • Ground Beef Booger Riot

            I hate eggnog. Even when I drank hard liquor, I couldn’t quite get it. It’s way too syrupy, milky, and probably shouldn’t be used in anything other than deserts and coffee creamer.

          • Boss the “Crimson King” Ross

            I like nonalcoholic eggnog with breakfast. But they were acting like it was sooooo special, yadah yadah yadah. I just like beer. Good beer.

          • Ground Beef Booger Riot

            Enjoying some Schlitz right now. Lol, I was hung over as balls from last night, so most of my day was spent sitting in bed and watching Heroic Legend Of Arsland (anime series). Huh huh, Arsland.

          • Boss the “Crimson King” Ross

            Right on man, right on.

          • Ground Beef Booger Riot

            Beer for me. Most of my roomies are out of town, and no Thanksgiving get together. I fucking Thanksgiving and Christmas, for the fact I feel more lonely than lonely than ever.

          • more beer

            You a little far away but if you were closer you could have come to my house. We typically have all of the people who don’t have any place to go over.

          • Ground Beef Booger Riot

            Back in Chicago, I’d usually hit the bar for Thanksgiving and Xmas. Oddly enough, the local bars were always full, and it’s a perfect time and place to pick up chicks.

          • more beer

            I used to do the family thing in New York then go out drinking. I have a friend coming to pick me up in a little while. Don’t know what we are doing but we will figure it out.

          • Ground Beef Booger Riot

            Have fun! Hopefully it’s a Harold And Kumar sorta deal (minus the psycho husband)!

          • more beer

            No psycho husband.

          • Boss the “Crimson King” Ross

            Sorry to hear that man, but let me be the first to wish you a Happy Thanksgiving.

          • Ground Beef Booger Riot

            Thanks! Pretty chill around here, and about to enjoy some spaghetti with butter, lemon, scallops and oregano later.

          • Boss the “Crimson King” Ross

            That sounds amazing.

          • Ground Beef Booger Riot

            Very basic recipe. Wanting to keep it simple for tonight.

          • Boss the “Crimson King” Ross

            Nothing wrong with that.

          • Ground Beef Booger Riot

            Indeed. I know shitloads of fancy recipes, but my favorite is one I came up with when I was 6 years old: cauliflower, some ranch dressing, pepper and croutons. I’ll add stuff like cranberries or sunflower seeds here and there, but the basics are still the same. Ask any chef about their favorite recipe, and most likely it’s the simple stuff they grew up with.

          • Boss the “Crimson King” Ross

            That’s bad ass man.

        • more beer

          I got couple of other things too. Some Odyssey brewing Eric the Reds, and some Stone Coffee Milk Stout. I also got my housemate a Avery 22. I,m set for the next 48 hours.

          • ┼yree

            Damn, sleep will come easy for you.

          • more beer

            Yep. It is also supposed to snow and be really cold. I need to be prepared.

          • ┼yree

            You can never be too prepared.

          • Ground Beef Booger Riot

            I dunno if you’d like this, but I’ll slide it on over.

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1u7jw28vfSE

          • more beer

            I love this chick. I liked the Plasmatics more than her solo shit.

        • more beer

          The only thing I don’t like about Dogfish Head. Is that they started the whole 4 pack trend. I like my beer to come in 6 packs. I’m kind of traditional like that.

          • RJA

            I love the 4 pack – less investment on something if I’m not sure about it.

          • more beer

            They are just as expensive as a six pack.

          • RJA

            yea, you’re probably right about that.

        • RJA

          the santo brown! that is a serious beer!

      • Ground Beef Booger Riot

        I’m sipping on the best beer on Earth.

        • Óðinn

          Holy Schlitz! 😉

          • Ground Beef Booger Riot

            Indeed it is holy! Sadly, they only have the blue bull flavor around here. The original flavor was pretty much the staple beer back at my old place in Chicago, along with Seagram’s gin, Palmo Loca (Brazilian beer), Tyskie (Polish beer), Southern Comfort (with lime, of course), Boru (Irish vodka. My favorite along with Reyka, which is an Icelandic vodka).

            http://www.drinksdirect.co.uk/acatalog/reyka_iceland_vodka.jpg

        • more beer

          We have different ideas of what good beer is.

          • Ground Beef Booger Riot

            Lol, I’m a man of simple tastes. I’m very blue collar about my beer choices, and not a fan of craft beers at all.

          • more beer

            I’m as blue collar as it gets. But I don’t like shitty mass produced beer.

          • Ground Beef Booger Riot

            I might go fancy and get some Ice House tonight. Thinking about that or Thunderbird.

        • naice! what band is on your shirt?

          • Ground Beef Booger Riot

            Why, it be the Toilet Ov Hell!

    • Janitor Jim Duggan

      Awwwwww.

  • RJA

    I just listened to Tetragrammacide for the first time – not sure what to say?
    Second time I’ve been speechless listening to something this year – the first being Mastery’s “Valis”.

    • ┼yree

      Which one the new EP? I just got the 3 way split with them,Lord of Depression and Infernal Sacrament on Monday. Mean mean split. That EP is one of my favorites this year.

      • RJA

        Yea, the EP. I’m not sure how I feel about it yet, but I’m anxious to listen to it on the home stereo instead of through bandcamp on headphones.

        • ┼yree

          It’s harsh for sure. I still really really enjoy it though.

          By the way nice new avatar. HAIL New False Prophet!!!

          • RJA

            I’m not sure what cover I love more, Grimly Reborn or Vampires…both insane.

    • ┼yree
    • Ground Beef Booger Riot

      You honestly need to write an article. It’d help schmucks like me who aren’t familiar with the grimier side of death/black/slam/whatever genre. Kind of a 101 or Idiot’s Guide sort of thing.

  • OldMetalHead

    Eddie Huang from Vice hanging out with Chthonic.

    https://youtu.be/ZJDqYWrWHCo

    • Ground Beef Booger Riot

      GAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH, you beat me to it, and I just posted it. *putting myself in the Boo Box*

  • BEARD-SPLITTER

    So, should i spend 29/39 bucks to see Wizards of Winter next month?

    • Boss the “Crimson King” Ross

      Do you enjoy symphonic christmas metal?

      • BEARD-SPLITTER

        I mean, is it anywhere as good as TSO? Since when do i go to shows that offer seating? Is it worth the price?

        • Boss the “Crimson King” Ross

          I’ve heard TSO is quite the experience, but i haven’t heard about Wizards. Have you seen TSO before?

          • BEARD-SPLITTER

            In 07 or so. My grandma bought me tix (thx grandma)

          • Boss the “Crimson King” Ross

            That’s awesome.

          • BEARD-SPLITTER

            Grandmas pretty cool. At 80 shes still the only sane person in the family

          • Boss the “Crimson King” Ross

            But of course.

      • Ground Beef Booger Riot

        Well,Trans Siberian Orchestra hit the top 10 this week, and on top of that, Savatage is back together.

        http://www.blabbermouth.net/news/trans-siberian-orchestras-letters-from-the-labyrinth-cracks-u-s-top-10/

        • Boss the “Crimson King” Ross

          I didn’t know they hit top 10, that’s pretty impressive.

          Right on.

          • Ground Beef Booger Riot

            Not surprising. They’re on tons of shows, soundtracks and commercials. Plus, not counting the new CD, over 10 million CDs sold. And with the Christmas season already starting,, you’re pretty much gonna hear them everywhere.

          • Boss the “Crimson King” Ross

            True.

  • Janitor Jim Duggan

    Who would have thought a song that started as an unreleased country song by a guy named Kendell Kardt could have been turned into a much heavier song by Montrose? Ronnie Montrose was involved with the original recording which I like a lot but it still doesn’t equal his band’s version. The song is about a guy who died of a heroin overdose.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WY8tCKXe4VU

    • Ground Beef Booger Riot

      Ronnie Montrose is very underrated. My dad got me turned onto his stuff.

      • Janitor Jim Duggan

        He sure is.

  • Ground Beef Booger Riot

    I looooooooooooooove Chthonic! If I had the money, I’d gladly contribute. For those who haven’t seen this one, they’re also awesome cooks as well (always a plus in my book):

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZJDqYWrWHCo