CHTHONIC: Audio Interview Available

At the Mountain View, Calif. stop of the Ozzfest tour last month, National Public Radio affiliate KQED-FM interviewed the Taiwanese band CHTHONIC, the first-ever Asian extreme metal act to take part in hard rock's longest-running annual tour. The interview, which first aired on KQED's nationally syndicated weekly "Pacific Time" program on Aug. 2, can be streamed on the station's web site at this location (click "Listen [RealMedia stream]"). The seven-minute piece features vocalist Freddy Lim discussing the inspiration behind the group's current "UNlimited Taiwan" tour, as well as interviews with a Taiwanese information minister and even several fans who attended the Mountain View Ozzfest.

In other news, CHTHONIC's guitarist Jesse and bassist Doris have signed endorsement deals with Dunlop, who will be manufacturing official CHTHONIC guitar picks. The picks will be stamped with Doris and Jesse's English signatures. Additionally, Dunlop will also produce picks with the band members' signatures in their native Taiwanese!

"Since I started playing bass and guitar, I've only used Dunlop's picks," says Doris. "They fit my fingers perfectly, and I'm glad that I can use them as much as I want now."

According to singer Freddy Lim, "Jesse has spent thousands of dollars on Dunlop's products through the years. He's incredibly excited to now be sponsored by Dunlop."

Although the band's image might recall such Scandinavian black metal legends as DIMMU BORGIR and IMMORTAL, in truth CHTHONIC's visual inspiration comes from Taiwanese folklore, in which corpse paint allows certain deities the power to judge good and evil. CHTHONIC has been pushing boundaries throughout its career, and having singlehandedly launched an extreme metal scene in their home country, the group now sets its sights squarely on the rest of the world.

Tags:

Posted in: News

COMMENTS

To comment on a BLABBERMOUTH.NET story or review, you must be logged in to an active personal account on Facebook. Once you're logged in, you will be able to comment. User comments or postings do not reflect the viewpoint of BLABBERMOUTH.NET and BLABBERMOUTH.NET does not endorse, or guarantee the accuracy of, any user comment. To report spam or any abusive, obscene, defamatory, racist, homophobic or threatening comments, or anything that may violate any applicable laws, use the "Report to Facebook" and "Mark as spam" links that appear next to the comments themselves. To do so, click the downward arrow on the top-right corner of the Facebook comment (the arrow is invisible until you roll over it) and select the appropriate action. You can also send an e-mail to blabbermouthinbox(@)gmail.com with pertinent details. BLABBERMOUTH.NET reserves the right to "hide" comments that may be considered offensive, illegal or inappropriate and to "ban" users that violate the site's Terms Of Service. Hidden comments will still appear to the user and to the user's Facebook friends. If a new comment is published from a "banned" user or contains a blacklisted word, this comment will automatically have limited visibility (the "banned" user's comments will only be visible to the user and the user's Facebook friends).