Chthonic Frontman-Turned-Taiwanese-Politician Freddy Lim Facing Possible Recall

According to Focus Taiwan, Chthonic frontman and Taiwanese legislator Freddy Lim is currently facing a recall effort. A petition to move forward with the recall has already gained enough signatures to proceed to the second phase. The CEC now says that the organizers of the petition, Lim’s constituent Cheng Ta-ping, independent Taipei City Councilor Chung Hsiao-ping, and former opposition Kuomintang (KMT) spokesman Eric Huang, will have 60 days to get enough signatures to move on to the next phase. Focus Taiwan reports that the organizers believe that “Lim must be removed because of a dereliction of his duties to his constituents in Wanhua District, which saw an outbreak of domestic COVID-19 cases stemming from cluster infections at hostess teahouses in May.” For his part, Lim says he respects the decision and that he will continue to use his time to fight COVID-19 and assist small business.

Chthonic Announce New Live Release “Chthonic Megaport 2021”

Chthonic will be releasing a new live album/film titled “Chthonic Megaport 2021” on May 19. The effort was recorded at The Pier-2 Art Center in Kaohsiung City, Taiwan on March 27, 2021. A live video for “Set Fire To The Island” can be seen below and an “anti-epidemic” bundle can be pre-ordered HERE.

Trivium’s Matt Heafy Guests On New Version Of Chthonic’s “Supreme Pain For The Tyrant”

Chthonic have shared a new version of “Supreme Pain For The Tyrant” featuring Trvium’s Matt Heafy. You can find a video for that below:

The following was said about the track in a press release:

“Peter Huang is a very important pioneer in Taiwan’s pro-democracy movement. He attempted to assassinate the late dictator Chiang Ching-kuo who visited New York in 1970. After failing the attempt, Peter became wanted, and was forced into exile. After Taiwan was democratized in the 1990s, Peter returned to Taiwan as a human rights advocate, helping many disadvantaged victims of repression. He held important positions in many human rights advocacy groups, including as chairman of Taiwan Association for Human Rights and Amnesty International Taiwan.”

Freddy Lim also commented:

“While being brave in resisting the authoritarian regime, Peter has a soft heart for the people and the land, and is an important source of inspiration for Chthonic. ‘Bú-tik‘ is one of the works inspired by Huang, and we wanted to continue honoring him which is where the idea for the remix originated. It was just the perfect project to work with Matt Heafy on.”

Heafy added:

“It is an absolute honor to be asked by one of my favorite bands on earth to be a part of their re-release of one of their greatest songs of all time. I can’t wait for people to hear this updated version and see the incredible music video.”

In other news, Chthonic are also planning to release a new album later this year and a new live album titled “Taiwan Victory” in May. The live effort was recorded during a December 2019 set in front of Taiwan’s Presidential Palace.

Chthonic And Trivium’s Matt Heafy To Release Collaborative Track

It looks like Chthonic and Trivium’s Matt Heafy are planning to release their new collaborative track in the near future. Chthonic tweeted the following:

Chthonic Go Behind The Scenes Of Their “Millennia’s Faith Undone” Video

Chthonic have shared a behind the scenes look at their “Millennia’s Faith Undone“ video. That track appears on the band’s latest album “Battlefields Of Asura.“

Chthonic Premiere “Flames Upon The Weeping Winds” Video

Chthonic have premiered a new video for their song “Flames Upon The Weeping Winds.“ This track is from the band’s latest album “Battlefields Of Asura.“ The group said the following:

“What is hell? Someone said the room in classic movie ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’ is. Tsing-Guan is stuck in front of the Mirror of Retribution, facing the end of time. Giving away the divine powers, ultimate darkness swallows the hell, swallows Chen Cheng-po and Huang Tu-Shui’s last work accompanying him till the end, swallows everything. Or, this is reborn? After all, someone says ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’ is about REBORN.”

Chthonic Premiere “A Crimson Sky’s Command” Video

Chthonic have premiered a new video for their new song “A Crimson Sky’s Command.“ This track is related to the Taiwanese god of war, “Te-ia-kong”, or “Xuantian Shangdi” in Mandarin, and it will appear on the band’s new album “Battlefields Of Asura“ (out October 12).

Chthonic Premiere New Video For Acoustic Version Of “Millennia’s Faith Undone”

Chthonic have premiered a new video for an acoustic version of their song “Millennia’s Faith Undone.“ You can check that out below. The original version of the track is from the band’s new album “Battlefields Of Asura,“ which will be released on October 12.

The following was said about the video [via Blabbermouth]:

After the release of the music video of their new track “Millennia’s Faith Undone” at the beginning of the month, CHTHONIC has now dropped the official music video of the “Aeon’s Wraith” version (acoustic version), featuring Denise Ho, on the evening of Mid-Autumn Festival. The original crew, including director Birdy, lead actor and actress Finn and Chia-Yu Chang, created the finale of the series of stories. Being executed during the White Terror, the protagonist dies without a place to rest in peace, either is his last will sent to his wife and children. Starting its first page from “Kaoru” (acoustic version), the story finally comes to a sorrowful end which is also a traumatic moment in Taiwanese history.

To faithfully present the period setting in the new album, Birdy had the production of the music video take place at the historical architecture Yilan Literature Museum. Set in the antique traditional Japanese style house, the music video gives CHTHONIC a delicate vibe different from their onstage look; Denise Ho, who gladly agreed to be featured in CHTHONIC’s latest album, first time setting foot in Yilan Literature Museum, also didn’t hesitate to show her fondness of the location.

Usually, in the acoustic version of CHTHONIC music videos, the costume designing tend to be more “low key.” However, bassist Doris’s glacial style added a crucial touch that left all the crew impressed. Doris noted that she’s thankful for the hard work by the hair and makeup artists. Besides, compared to the past metal version music videos which require more dramatic expression and gesture than live performance, she prefers the shoot for the acoustic version as it allows more natural body movement of everyday life. Moreover, frontman Freddy stated that to prepare for the music video, he had to refresh his slightly rusty erhu playing. After a busy day in parliament, he still had to practice late at night. He also joked: “Luckily I’m not in the shot too much as I didn’t play it right in a couple spots!”

Chthonic Premiere “Millennia’s Faith Undone” Music Video

Chthonic have premiered a new video for their new song “Millennia’s Faith Undone.“ This track is from the band’s new album “Battlefields Of Asura,“ which will be released on October 10.

Bassist/vocalist Doris Yeh commented:

“‘Millennia’s Faith Undone‘ was inspired by the era of radical change in the history of Taiwan between the 30s and the 50s, also as the prequel to their albums of story series. Birdy, the director of the music video, set the narrative after the stores in their previous music videos of ‘Defenders of Bú-Tik Palace‘ (acoustic version) and ‘Kaoru‘ (acoustic version).

With an out of body experience, the main character sees the White Terror victims’ lives taken away by the dictators, and eventually himself being executed by shooting; all was left is his last will and testament overwhelmed in the mass of historical documents. Birdy recruited the crew and the lead actor and actress, Finn and Chia-Yu Chang, from the shoot for ‘Defenders of Bú-Tik Palace‘ (acoustic ver.) and ‘Kaoru‘ (acoustic ver.) four years ago.

Additionally, The Aeon’s version of “Millennia’s Faith Undone” will receive a music video treatment and will be premiered at the end of this month. In the upcoming video, the story will be told from the perspective of the lead female character. Stay tuned!”

Chthonic To Release New Album “Battlefields Of Asura” In October

Chthonic have announced that their new album “Battlefields Of Asura” will be released on October 10. The effort’s first single will be the original version of “Millennia’s Faith Undone,” a preview for which can be found below. A music video will debut on September 4. The track was previously remixed and released by Elephant Gym, Hom Shenhao, Unfamiliar Friends Party, Bison Country, and Angry Youth leading up to the album announcement. Not too long ago, Denise Ho also covered the song with Chthonic frontman Freddy Lim.

Bassist/vocalist Doris Yeh said the following about the album title:

“This album is the prologue of the albums released in the past and was inspired by and dedicated to the activists of Taiwan’s first modern political reform movement back in 1920s.”

The following was also added in a press release :

‘The new album ‘Battlefields Of Asura‘ depicts the adventure of deities in Taiwan through eleven songs carrying messages about resistance, freedom and fraternity. The journey is full of hostility, adversary, impregnable fortresses and desires but also inspires infinite courage to search for eternal wisdom. Anyone deeply touched by this album will eventually realize that it is the origin of all thrilling epic stories portrayed in the past albums.

This album sounds like gods versus devils and fights among evil spirits on the surface; however, everyone can feel the empathy of fury, grief and even strength of resurgence from the lyrics.’

“Battlefields Of Asura” Track Listing:

01. “Drawing Omnipotence Nigh”
02. “The Silent One’s Torch”
03. “Flames Upon The Weeping Wind”
04. “A Crimson Sky’s Command”
05. “Souls Of The Revolution”
06. “Taste The Black Tears”
07. “One Thousand Eyes”
08. “Masked Faith”
09. “Carved In Bloodstone”
10. “Millennia’s Faith Undone”
11. “Autopoiesis”

Chthonic previously released “Souls Of The Revolution“ feat. Lamb Of God’s Randy Blythe around the time their movie “Tshiong” came out. Blythe appeared in the film as well.