Taiwan is a country where history and folklore work very much hand in hand. Both of these elements are central to Mirror of Retribution, the latest studio album & Spinefarm Records debut from the country’s premier metal outfit, Chthonic (pronounced “Thonic”).
Chthonic (deriving from a Greek word signifying spirits of the underworld) along with producer/mixer Rob Caggiano (Anthrax guitarist) have delivered an album that touches on both the spirit and mortal worlds, with loss of national identity & the sometimes turbulent history of their homeland appearing as recurring themes. Never ones to shy away from a just cause, Chthonic in particular front man Freddy Lim have been consistently active on the political front at home, whilst away from their hometown of Taipei they have also appeared at the Wacken Festival in Germany & toured as part of Ozzfest in the US, becoming the first Asian extreme metal band to make such a mark.
“Musically, we tried to move the band to a whole new level,” explains bassist & band spokesperson Doris Yeh. “In the past, weve been described in various ways, as symphonic black metal or melodic death, the word folk has also been applied at times – but this was our chance to establish a new place for ourselves in the extreme metal genre” Just one listen to the brutality & technical proficiency of Mirror of Retribution, and you’ll know exactly why Chthonic are going to be the next kings of the global extreme metal scene.