Further proving the cross-cultural elasticity of black metal, famous Taiwan export Chthonic take a cue from their Scandinavian and Eastern European counterparts, infusing their music with traditional instruments and arrangements. This impressive DVD/two-CD collection in a hardcover book celebrates Chthonic's 10th anniversary concert with the Oriental Orchestra and Taipei Ladies Choir.
Like Emperor and Cradle of Filth, the corpse-painted Chthonic rely on symphonic compositions with lots of minor-key organ dirges and speedy double bass/drum attacks, but they're no carbon copy. That's partly because their music and makeup are inspired by Taiwanese folklore. This is stadium metal full of showmanship, and judging by fans' response in the video, they're doing something right.
Chthonic descend on FunHaus Friday (September 7).