CHTHONIC: A Voice For Taiwan's Freedom, History

Richard Harrington of The Washington Post reports: Not a lot of metal bands appear at both nightclubs and the National Press Club in Washington, but CHTHONIC will soon be doing just that here. And on Sept. 13, the Taiwanese ensemble will hold a downtown news conference to discuss its "UNlimited Taiwan" campaign and its experience as the first Asian extreme metal act in the Ozzfest tour — an appropriate showcase for a band called "the BLACK SABBATH of Asia."

According to lead singer and songwriter Freddy Lim, the September events are particularly important because they coincide with the Sept. 18 opening of the annual session of the United Nations, which Taiwan will once again attempt to join, an effort blocked every year since 1993 by China, which asserts sovereignty over the island.

CHTHONIC — pronounced "THON-nic," it's Greek, meaning "of the underworld" — has recorded a single called "UNlimited Taiwan" and made a short film for the song, protesting their homeland's isolation in the international community.

It's all part of an effort to drum up sympathy and support among younger fans who may not know that Taiwan has been self-ruled since Nationalist forces moved there in 1949 after losing a long-running civil war with communist forces.

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Read the entire article at The Washington Post.

Watch a video interview with Freddy Lim conducted by Ashiana Productions on August 20, 2007 at Tweeter Center in Mansfield, Massachusetts:

Watch video footage of CHTHONIC's August 10, 2007 performance at Ozzfest in Tinley Park, Illinois:


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