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 website.
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.
Additionally, ChthoniCâ€™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 Jesseâ€™s English signatures. Additionally, Dunlop will also produce picks with the band membersâ€™ signatures in their native Taiwanese!
â€œSince I started playing bass and guitar, Iâ€™ve only used Dunlop’s picks,â€ says Doris. â€œThey fit my fingers perfectly, and I’m glad that I can use them as much as I want now.â€
According to singer Freddy Lim, â€œJesse has spent thousands of dollars on Dunlop’s products through the years. Heâ€™s incredibly excited to now be sponsored by Dunlop.â€
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.
Taiwan‘s premier metal band, ChthoniC are right in the middle of their first American tour this summer. Listen to ChthoniCâ€™s NPR interview at http://www.kqed.org/programs
CHTHONIC â€œUNLIMITED TAIWANâ€ TOUR DATES:
8/6Â Â Â Â Â Â Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre – St. Louis, MO (Ozzfest)
8/7Â Â Â Â Â Â Pearl Room – Mokena, IL (off-date w/Nile)
8/8Â Â Â Â Â Â Germain Amphitheatre – Columbus, OH (Ozzfest)
8/9Â Â Â Â Â Â Peabody’s – Cleveland, OH (off-date w/Nile)
8/10Â Â Â Â First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre – Chicago, IL (Ozzfest)
8/11Â Â Â Â Station 4 – St. Paul, MN (off-date w/Nile)
8/12Â Â Â Â Alpine Valley Music Theatre – Milwaukee, WI (Ozzfest)
8/13Â Â Â Â Forest Hills Lodge – Rockford, IL (off-date w/Nile)
8/14Â Â Â Â Verizon Wireless Music theatre – Indianapolis, IN (Ozzfest)
8/15Â Â Â Â The Silo – Reading, PA (off-date w/Nile)
8/16Â Â Â Â PNC Bank Arts Center – Holmdel, NJ (Ozzfest)
8/17Â Â Â Â Mark’s Showplace – Bedford, NH (off-date w/Nile)
8/18Â Â Â Â New England Dodge Music Theatre – Hartford, CT (Ozzfest)
8/19Â Â Â Â The Chance – Poughkeepsie, NY (off-date w/Nile)
8/20Â Â Â Â Tweeter Center – Boston, MA (Ozzfest)
8/21Â Â Â Â B.B. King’s – New York, NY (off-date w/Nile)
8/22Â Â Â Â Tweeter Center – Philadelphia, PA (Ozzfest)
8/23Â Â Â Â Huntington Music Hall – Huntington, WV (off-date w/Nile)
8/24Â Â Â Â Post Gazette Pavilion – Pittsburgh, PA (Ozzfest)
8/25Â Â Â Â Harpos – Detroit, MI (off-date w/Nile)
8/26Â Â Â Â DTE Energy Music Theatre – Detroit, MI (Ozzfest)
8/27Â Â Â Â Jaxx – West Springfield, VA (off-date w/Nile)
8/28Â Â Â Â Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre – Charlotte, NC (Ozzfest)
8/29Â Â Â Â The Haven – Winter Park, FL (off-date w/Nile)
8/30Â Â Â Â Sound Advice Amphitheatre – West Palm Beach, FL (Ozzfest)
9/1Â Â Â Â Â Â The Muse – Nashville, TN
9/2Â Â Â Â Â Â Uncle Pleasant’s – Louisville, KY
9/5Â Â Â Â Â Â Penny Arcade – Rochester, NY
9/6Â Â Â Â Â Â B.B. King’s – New York, NY
9/7Â Â Â Â Â Â The Funhaus – Toronto, Ont.
9/8Â Â Â Â Â Â The Embassy – London, Ont.
9/9Â Â Â Â Â Â Peabody’s – Cleveland, OH
9/10Â Â Â Â The Underground – Hartford, CT
9/13Â Â Â Â Jaxx – West Springfield, VA
9/14Â Â Â Â Tremont Music Hall – Charlotte, NC
9/15Â Â Â Â Jester’s Pub – Fayetteville, NC