CHTHONIC 閃靈

Genre
metal, orient metal
Location
Taiwan
About
While Taiwan is considered home of Austronesian peoples, and a mystic island nation in the Orient, advanced technologies and modern cities are also part of the image of Taiwan. The metal band Chthonic has given the best interpretation to the contrasting images of the country.

Chthonic's lyrics are inspired by Taiwanese mythology, folk stories, and history, and the music incorporates elements of traditional Taiwanese folk music, enka, and sorrowful melody from Taiwanese opera, accompanied by traditional Taiwanese musical instruments, such as hena, zheng -also known as "box zither"- and pgaku flute. Also integral parts of Chthonic's music are elements from contemporary symphonic black metal, melodic death metal, blood-boiling riffs and solos. Critiques have tried to label Chthonic's music as black metal, death metal or folk metal, but Chthonic has chosen to use the term orient metal to define this genre of heavy metal music that's unique to Taiwan.

From Fuji Rock and Loud Park in japan, to Ozzfest in the US, Download in the UK, and WOA in Germany, Chthonic has been to major music festivals around the world, and has had toured over 200 shows in more than 30 countries. Chthonic is certainly one of the most active Asian bands in the world of metal.

In Taiwan, several of Chthonic's albums were on the pop-music charts, and the band has been awarded the "Golden Melody Award"-the Taiwanese version of the Grammy Award. Besides being Chthonic, band members are also active in different fields. Doris, the bassist and the band leader, has advocated a women's rights organization, and acted in movies; the drummer Dani is working hard in music education to bring up younger generation musicians; the guitarist Jesse and the keyboard player CJ are involved in production of many albums of Taiwanese bands; the lead vocalist, Freddy, is active in public affairs relating to human rights and social justice issues. And now he is a member of the Taiwanese parliament.

Chthonic's recent albums include Seediq Bale (2007), Mirror of Retribution (2009), Takasago Army (2011), and Bú-Tik (2013)--all were released by Spinefarm/Universal Music worldwide, with positive feedbacks from music critiques. Chthonic has also had concert tours in Europe, North America and Asia following the albums' releases. In 2014, an acoustic album Timeless Sentence was released, with unplugged concerts in cooperation with MTV Taiwan. Chthonic is working on its new album. It's scheduled to be released by the end of 2018.

來自台灣的閃靈,目前為Spinefarm Records旗下樂團,直屬英國環球音樂。閃靈活躍於國際音樂領域,是歐美日許多暢銷搖滾雜誌如Metal Hammer、Kerrang、Terrorizer、Burrn!、Revolver常客,數度登上雜誌封面,並獲雜誌讀者票選為全球最佳樂團亞軍。從日本Fuji Rock、Summer Sonic、Loud Park到美國Ozzfest、英國Download、德國W.O.A.等,閃靈的足跡遍及世界各大音樂祭。隨著2002年唱片海外發行至今,閃靈已累積在全球超過三十個國家、巡迴超過兩百場演唱會。

閃靈作品內容以台灣神話、傳說、歷史為靈感主軸,音樂融合台灣小調、演歌、五聲音階、歌仔戲的旋律特色,並加入台灣樂器如二胡、箏、獵首笛等。除了重金屬原有的憤怒與邪惡以外,閃靈還獨有一種悲傷的情緒。國際樂評試著以Black Metal、Death Metal、Folk Metal等各種不一樣的風格來標籤閃靈,但閃靈選擇用Orient Metal來定義這個台灣特有的重金屬。

在台灣,閃靈多張專輯都站上流行音樂排行榜,並曾獲金曲獎流行音樂最佳樂團,團員們也投入不同領域的事務。團長兼Doris曾是女權組織的活動代言人,也是FHM等時尚雜誌封面人物,獲歐美雜誌選為最性感的女搖滾樂手,並參與電影演出。鼓手丹尼致力於培養新生代樂手的音樂教育。吉他手小黑與鍵盤手小捲常參與許多台灣樂團的唱片製作。主唱Freddy則活躍於國際人權、社會正義等公共事務,於2015年與團員及朋友們創組新政黨「時代力量」,並於2016年當選立法委員至今。

閃靈的五位團員一起合作已將近十年,不同的生活背景融合淬鍊一張張深獲國內外樂迷好評的作品。2013年發行的專輯【武德】融入先前的【賽德克巴萊】、【十殿】與【高砂軍】三部曲,讓閃靈音樂的故事時空中充實了不同時代身分的情感血肉。日本最高指標搖滾雜誌《Burrn!》給予【武德】超高評價:「悲傷情感與強韌魂魄的完美結合,閃靈建立其他國際樂團難以超越之高牆,閃靈的超傑作!」
2014年舉辦第一次不插電巡迴演唱會,邀請陳綺貞和巴奈一起合作,隨後推出首張民謠專輯《失竊千年》,邀請了林生祥以及日本民謠女神元千歲跨海獻聲。

2017年即將上映的電影《衝組》,由鄭文堂導演執導,國片億萬票房演員蔡昌憲與閃靈主演,Lamb of God主唱Randy重戲份友情客串。由於三年前電影拍攝殺青後逢Freddy宣布參選立委,因此電影直到2017年底才正式上映。閃靈睽違多年的新作品:電影主題曲【失落的令旗】也在《衝組》電影原聲帶中正式發行。

While Taiwan is considered home of Austronesian peoples, and a mystic island nation in the Orient, advanced technologies and modern cities are also part of the image of Taiwan. The metal band Chthonic has given the best interpretation to the contrasting images of the country.

Chthonic's lyrics are inspired by Taiwanese mythology, folk stories, and history, and the music incorporates elements of traditional Taiwanese folk music, enka, and sorrowful melody from Taiwanese opera, accompanied by traditional Taiwanese musical instruments, such as hena, zheng -also known as "box zither"- and pgaku flute. Also integral parts of Chthonic's music are elements from contemporary symphonic black metal, melodic death metal, blood-boiling riffs and solos. Critiques have tried to label Chthonic's music as black metal, death metal or folk metal, but Chthonic has chosen to use the term orient metal to define this genre of heavy metal music that's unique to Taiwan.

From Fuji Rock and Loud Park in japan, to Ozzfest in the US, Download in the UK, and WOA in Germany, Chthonic has been to major music festivals around the world, and has had toured over 200 shows in more than 30 countries. Chthonic is certainly one of the most active Asian bands in the world of metal.

In Taiwan, several of Chthonic's albums were on the pop-music charts, and the band has been awarded the "Golden Melody Award"-the Taiwanese version of the Grammy Award. Besides being Chthonic, band members are also active in different fields. Doris, the bassist and the band leader, has advocated a women's rights organization, and acted in movies; the drummer Dani is working hard in music education to bring up younger generation musicians; the guitarist Jesse and the keyboard player CJ are involved in production of many albums of Taiwanese bands; the lead vocalist, Freddy, is active in public affairs relating to human rights and social justice issues. And now he is a member of the Taiwanese parliament.

Chthonic's recent albums include Seediq Bale (2007), Mirror of Retribution (2009), Takasago Army (2011), and Bú-Tik (2013)--all were released by Spinefarm/Universal Music worldwide, with positive feedbacks from music critiques. Chthonic has also had concert tours in Europe, North America and Asia following the albums' releases. In 2014, an acoustic album Timeless Sentence was released, with unplugged concerts in cooperation with MTV Taiwan. At the same time, Chthonic also worked on its new movie, in which Randy Blythe, the lead vocalist of Lamb of God, also played a role. The movie is scheduled to be in theaters by the end of 2017 and a new original soundtrack will be out with the movie.

來自台灣的閃靈,目前為Spinefarm Records旗下樂團,直屬英國環球音樂。閃靈活躍於國際音樂領域,是歐美日許多暢銷搖滾雜誌如Metal Hammer、Kerrang、Terrorizer、Burrn!、Revolver常客,數度登上雜誌封面,並獲雜誌讀者票選為全球最佳樂團亞軍。從日本Fuji Rock、Summer Sonic、Loud Park到美國Ozzfest、英國Download、德國W.O.A.等,閃靈的足跡遍及世界各大音樂祭。隨著2002年唱片海外發行至今,閃靈已累積在全球超過三十個國家、巡迴超過兩百場演唱會。

閃靈作品內容以台灣神話、傳說、歷史為靈感主軸,音樂融合台灣小調、演歌、五聲音階、歌仔戲的旋律特色,並加入台灣樂器如二胡、箏、獵首笛等。除了重金屬原有的憤怒與邪惡以外,閃靈還獨有一種悲傷的情緒。國際樂評試著以Black Metal、Death Metal、Folk Metal等各種不一樣的風格來標籤閃靈,但閃靈選擇用Orient Metal來定義這個台灣特有的重金屬。

在台灣,閃靈多張專輯都站上流行音樂排行榜,並曾獲金曲獎流行音樂最佳樂團,團員們也投入不同領域的事務。團長兼Doris曾是女權組織的活動代言人,也是FHM等時尚雜誌封面人物,獲歐美雜誌選為最性感的女搖滾樂手,並參與電影演出。鼓手丹尼致力於培養新生代樂手的音樂教育。吉他手小黑與鍵盤手小捲常參與許多台灣樂團的唱片製作。主唱Freddy則活躍於國際人權、社會正義等公共事務,於2015年與團員及朋友們創組新政黨「時代力量」,並於2016年當選立法委員至今。

閃靈的五位團員一起合作已將近十年,不同的生活背景融合淬鍊一張張深獲國內外樂迷好評的作品。2013年發行的專輯【武德】融入先前的【賽德克巴萊】、【十殿】與【高砂軍】三部曲,讓閃靈音樂的故事時空中充實了不同時代身分的情感血肉。日本最高指標搖滾雜誌《Burrn!》給予【武德】超高評價:「悲傷情感與強韌魂魄的完美結合,閃靈建立其他國際樂團難以超越之高牆,閃靈的超傑作!」
2014年舉辦第一次不插電巡迴演唱會,邀請陳綺貞和巴奈一起合作,隨後推出首張民謠專輯《失竊千年》,邀請了林生祥以及日本民謠女神元千歲跨海獻聲。

閃靈目前正在準備闊別五年的新專輯,預計將於2018下半年發行。


Band members:
Freddy Lim 林昶佐 - Vocal, hena violin
Jesse Liu 劉笙彙 - Guitar
Doris Yeh 葉湘怡 - Bass, Background Vocal
CJ Kao 高嘉嶸 - Synthesizer, Piano
Dani Wang 汪子驤 - Drums


Record Label:
Spinefarm / Universal Music

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