With the most number of nominations, Taiwanese avant metal ensemble, CHTHONIC, earned Best Rock Album and Best Band awards while guitarist Jesse Liu took home the Best Musician award at Taiwan’s Golden Music Awards ceremony hosted by Taiwan’s Ministry of Culture and broadcast live by Azio TV l on October 26 in Taipei.
Both Liu and bassist/band leader Doris Yeh thanked their bandmates, judges and fans. Said Yeh, “if not for the support that we give each other in the band, it would be hard for us to achieve this together.” When receiving the Best Rock Album award, lead vocalist Freddy Lim gave his thanks everyone who participated in the production of the album, including Wu Hsiung, Tang Mei-yun, Chen Ming-chang, Tsai Chen-nan, and Möbius Theatre. “We’ve completed this very challenging yet very interesting album together, he said before dedicating the album to Ng Chiau-tong, the late chairman of the World United Formosans for Independence who passed away two years ago. “We miss your charming smile a lot!”
The award ceremony video clips can be viewed below.
CHTHONIC released their seventh studio recording, BÃº-Tik, in North America via Spinefarm Records US June 25, 2013. BÃº-Tik was recorded at Sweden’s Sweetspot Studio by producer Rickard Bengtson, who also worked on 2011’s critically-lauded Takasago Army full-length. Called “a masterful and elegant tradition served underneath soaring thrash-influenced guitars, pummeling drums and a vocal performance that is absolutely stellar from an overlooked vocalist,” by About.com, BÃº-Tik is centered around the story of the 228 Massacre, the BÃº-Tik Palace and the Mirror Of Retribution, and highlights what bassist Doris Yeh describes as “righteous violence, justifiable defense, and the armed spirits.” The cover image depicts the fighting spirit of a girl with albinism.
To order, BÃº-Tik point your browser HERE.
“CHTHONIC has become a far more theatrical and emotive unit in their mission to cast light upon acts of barbarism committed within their native land… If there’s a better metal album yet to come in 2013, bring it on. 10/10″ – Blabbermouth
“‘Next Republic’ and ‘Supreme Pain for the Tyrant’ demand your attention from the start, only to blow you away with an epic and memorable chorus. The soaring emotional register of ‘Between Silence and Death’ is unforgettable. And the female vocal parts, though used sparingly, sound exquisite in ‘Set Fire to the Island’ and ‘Defenders of Butik Palace.’ BÃº-Tik is a solid album which will earn CHTHONIC many new symphonic oriental fans without alienating the band’s long-time following. 8/10″ – Metal Injection
“…a solid album full of epic moments. Fans of symphonic or melodic death metal are likely to enjoy it, as Chthonic have yet again delivered a unique and memorable album that no other band could have made.” – HeavyBlogIsHeavy
“Seediq Bale was no fluke. Despite the different sound, Chthonic show that they are more than capable of putting out another fantastic effort that can compete with the greats of their back catalogue. 4/5” – Sputnik Music
“Symphonic black metal gets an oriental overhaul for a fantastic result.4/5” – Metal Underground