CHTHONIC: Second Video Single
Taiwanese metal mavericks CHTHONIC have unleashed the second in a series of video singles from their forthcoming new full-length. Titled “Sail Into The Sunset’s Fire,” the latest tune comes by way of the band’s seventh studio recording, Bú-Tik. With Bú-Tik, CHTHONIC continue their mission to build awareness of the myths of Taiwan and the tragic events in their country’s history. Centered around the story of the 228 Massacre, the Bú-Tik Palace and the Mirror Of Retribution, Bú-Tik highlights what bassist Doris Yeh describes as “righteous violence, justifiable defense, and the armed spirits!”
The “Sail Into The Sunset’s Fire” clip was once again directed by Lin Chun, creator of the band’s epic “Defenders of Bú-Tik Palace” video, and was filmed in an outdoor swimming pool during a very unplanned, raging storm, creating the level of intensity both the director and band were hoping for.
“When a person encounters difficulties, he might feel as though he is going through a storm, so I chose to shoot with water,” explains Chun. “No-one was prepared for the storm, but it brought a fabulous effect to the video!”
Adds bassist Doris Yeh , “It seemed such a coincidence when it started to pour. The cameraman was completely soaked and shivering, so I was thinking: ‘Okay! Let’s get this done quickly so he can get out of the water!’”
“Sail Into The Sunset’s Fire” recounts the story of pirates in East Asia in the Age Of Exploration. During the Age of Exploration, many people waved goodbye to old China and sailed out in a quest for new life. They settled along the west coast of Taiwan, recruited militiamen, and built pirate fleets. Most of them eventually stayed on and called Taiwan their new home.
“We’re not encouraging kidnapping or robbery,” says Yeh, “but the challenge to conventional authority here is indeed inspiring. According to historical accounts, the pirates—who came from islands between Japan and Indonesia—had planned to overthrow the Ming Empire of China and the Tokugawa Shogunate of Japan, and some of them eventually settled along Taiwan’s western coast…”
Bú-Tik was recorded at Sweden’s Sweetspot Studio by producer Rickard Bengtson, who also worked on 2011’s critically-lauded Takasago Army full-length and finds the band sharpening their signature brand of self-dubbed symphonic “orient metal.”
Bú-Tik will be released in North America via Spinefarm Records US digitally on June 18, 2013 and on CD June 25 2013. For pre-orders, point your browser HERE.