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.

Watch Chthonic’s Full “Megaport 2021” Performance

Chthonic’s new live album “Chthonic Megaport 2021” was officially released today (May 19) and now footage of the full performance has been shared online. The set was recorded at The Pier-2 Art Center in Kaohsiung City, Taiwan on March 27, 2021.

Chthonic Release “Oceanquake” Live Video

Chthonic have shared an official live video for “Oceanquake” featuring Audrey Tang. The footage is taken from the band’s new live release “Chthonic Megaport 2021,” which will be available on May 19. That effort was recorded at The Pier-2 Art Center in Kaohsiung City, Taiwan on March 27, 2021.

[via Consequence]

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.

Linkin Park, DragonForce, Chthonic, Etc. Members Speak Out On Anti-Asian Violence And Experiences With Racism

As part of a new piece for Heavy Consequence, members of Linkin Park, DragonForce, Chthonic, Sinergy, and more recently discussed anti-Asian violence and their experiences with racism. You can find the full article HERE and read some excerpts below.

Mike Shinoda (Linkin Park):

“In general, just not having any Asian role models in music meant I didn’t have anyone to look up to in that way. But more specifically, our A&R once asked us to stop using a certain logo because it ‘looked like a sticker for an Asian car club.’”

Herman Li (Dragonforce):

“I remember doing a show with Atreyu, on an off day during Ozzfest, and someone threatened me and wanted to beat me up after the show was over. There was no real reason, it was just outside in the carpark.

“There aren’t that many Asian guitar players, Chinese [guitar players], it’s even less. Another experience, before Dragonforce got big, I used to get phone calls at my house almost every single day, sometimes at 4:00 a.m., sometimes at 7:00 p.m., of someone making a funny accent and insulting me and just prank calling me and it went on for months. I had to get the police involved, they couldn’t trace the number.

“All of these things that happened, but I was able to channel that energy to make a stronger self and to make Dragonforce more successful. I think the metal scene is in denial of racism in it. I have so many crazy stories but we don’t really talk about it and when I do interviews I’m not ever asked about it because they think it doesn’t exist.”

Freddie Lim (Chthonic):

“In 2013, when we toured the U.S., there were allegedly Chinese students who sent threatening letters to our booking agent and tour manager saying they will kill us when we’re onstage — that was a bad experience. But we decided to go on with the show and not give a shit about them. It could have been Chinese students studying in the U.S. or hired hands by the Chinese government – we’re not sure if it’s really Chinese students or not [who wrote the letters].”

Kimberly Goss (Sinergy):

“Recently I had someone tell me to, ‘Go back to North Korea you f**king gook’ in a direct message on Instagram. I remember one time on tour with another band I played in, some guys were harassing me outside the venue, mocking some Asian accent and laughing at me. Then they saw me onstage and asked for my autograph after the concert. I looked at them and did the same mock-Asian accent and said, ‘I no understand you.’ In person, it was rare, but online I definitely used to read comments from people referring to me with Asian slurs. They usually got shut down pretty fast by other fans, though, so that restored my faith in humanity.”

[via MetalSucks]

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).