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Watch CHTHONIC Perform "Pattonkan" At Megaport Festival in Takao City, Taiwan

First Metal Band EVER To Be Featured at

the Recording Academy's / GRAMMYs Global Spin!


CHTHONIC is the first Taiwanese artist and first metal band to be featured on the Recording Academy's / GRAMMYs Global Spin. A performance of "Pattonkan" was featured on May 2 live from their home country where Taiwanese metal band CHTHONIC delivered an electrifying performance of their song "Pattonkan." Frontman and sitting member of Taiwan's Parliament Freddy Lim wrote "Pattonkan" after an inspiring conversation with the son of a White Terror victim.

Vocalist Freddy Lim said, "This live video includes the magnificent Kaohsiung harbor view, and I hope audiences around the world can all see the beautiful Taiwan!"

Bassist Doris Yeh said: "It's our great honour to be the first metal band on Global Spin!"

The Recording Academy's / GRAMMYs Global Spin is a performance series featuring artists from around the world where the celebration of the global music community is the focus. Global Spin debuted in September 2021.


Check out Global Spin's feature:

CHTHONIC Advocates For Change

With A Performance Of "Pattonkan" At Megaport Festival



After five years without releasing new music, CHTHONIC premiered the music video of its new single “Pattonkan" March 1 at Knotfest. "Pattonkan" was released on all digital platforms starting March 2. CHTHONIC's "Pattonkan" music video has just won the Best Asia Pacific Music Video of Munich Music Video Awards. https://www.mmvawards.com/fourteen-season )


Watch "Pattonkan" here:


About "Pattonkan"


CHTHONIC's lead vocalist and sitting member of Taiwan's Parliament, Freddy Lim has invested most of his time in parliamentary works, yet inspirations for music still popped up from time to time when he felt depressed. But he didn’t have time to sit down quietly and write them down. “I feel anxious sometimes, there are so many things I want to do, but I feel I don’t have sufficient time in my life to do everything," he said. “How would those who came before us think of us in Heaven if we don’t move forward?”


With such emotions in mind, Freddy Lim once met Mr. Kao Ying-chieh(高英傑, son of an indigenous victim of Taiwan’s White Terror authoritarian period Kao Yi-sheng(高一生, and his family. Freddy listened to him telling the story of how his father advocated for democracy and was eventually executed, and read the over 60 letters that Kao Yi-sheng sent to his family before he was executed. “The very strong emotional bonds between Kao Yi-sheng and his wife, as well as with his children were an inspiration to me,” Freddy Lim said. “As long as we don’t give up, defend the people and land we love, and move as hard as we can, we’re on the right track." Jesse, who co-composed the music, said that they first wrote a lot of complicated stuff, but later simplified it as the emotions flew. “We found that the simplified version actually really hit the spot!”

So the new song was born. The title “Pattonkan" is the indigenous Tsou name for “Yushan(玉山)” or “Jade Mountain”. Jade Mountain is the highest peak in northeast Asia, and considered as a sacred mountain to the Taiwanese. The name “Pattonkan" is meant to be a reminder of the inspiration for the song. The line 風起田地 過溪山野 吾魂四時看顧守護 actually echoes a line in Kao Yi-sheng’s final letter “田地和山野都有我的魂守著", meaning that his soul will safeguard the fields and mountains of Taiwan.


CHTHONIC again worked with film director Hung Po-te for the music video for "Pattonkan". The actors in the music video are the same as the ones who acted in Kaoru, Defenders of Bu-Tik Palace, and Millennia’s Faith Undone. Hung Shih-hsun acted as the male lead Tsing-guan, and Wang Ting-chu acted as his wife Kaoru. The actress who played the daughter in the music video of “Millennia’s Faith Undone (the Aeon’s Wraith Version)” appeared as an adult. Lee Hsueh, who played a role in the movie Untold Herstory also appeared in the video.


The painting that appeared in the "Pattonkan" video is Looking at Jade Mountain from Alishan by Chen Cheng-po(陳澄波). Chen Cheng-po and Kao Yi-sheng were both key players during the

228 Massacre. Chen was executed openly in the street, while Kao was arrested and executed years later. The production team decided to make it more powerful artistically through the connection of the painting and music.


The director, Hung Po-te, pointed out that previous videos in the same series gradually turned from the husband Tsing-guan’s perspective to his wife Kaoru’s. This time, he wishes to show the kid Kiku’s perspective. The child’s story was inspired by that of Kao Yi-sheng’s daughter Nana. After Kao was executed, his family was still under long-time surveillance and repression by the authoritarian regime. Nana, who dreamed of becoming a singer, became a controlled “toy” for high-ranking officials. Doris is very supportive of the director’s design of the storyline. “The song is not about praising a hero, but to see a family through a person, and see a generation of people through a family,” Doris said. “this is a song that’s full of brevity, yet also sorrowful.”


Although the song "Pattonkan" is completely in Taiwanese, English subtitles are available on YouTube.


About CHTHONIC:

While Taiwan is considered home of Austronesian peoples, and a mystic island nation in the Orient, advanced technologies, modern cities, and upholding human rights and progressive values 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 opted for simply "metal" for its simplicity and genuineness.

From Fuji Rock and Summer Sonic 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 hundreds of shows in Europe, North America and Asia. It has also worked with many internationally renowned artists—Lamb of God’s Randy Blythe, Trivium’s Matt Heafy, guitarist Marty Friedman, Japanese folk singer Hajime Chitose, and Hong Kong diva Dennise Ho have all appeared in CHTHONIC’s works.


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 been advocating for women's rights, acted in movies, and has curated major rock music festivals; the drummer Dani is working 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, elected in 2016, and re-elected in 2020.

With exception of its earlier works, CHTHONIC's albums include Seediq Bale (2007), Mirror of Retribution (2009), Takasago Army (2011), and Bú-Tik (2013) were all released worldwide, with positive feedbacks from music critiques.

Since the lead vocalist Freddy Lim was elected a member of the Parliament in 2016, CHTHONIC continues to operate, but in a low-profile manner, without tense performance, Although CHTHONIC still released an album Battlefields of Asura and won another Golden Melody Award. In 2019, CHTHONIC worked with an orchestra to perform in the "Taiwan Victory Live" concert on Ketagalan Boulevard in front of the Presidential Office in Taipei, which attracted over 50,000 in the audience and released a live album of it.

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