Chthonic (閃靈) are a Taiwanese BlackMetal band that formed in 1995.

The Band originally followed the trend of Norwegian BlackMetal before they found their own sound, incorporating folk/symphonic elements in their music. The lyrical themes often pertained to Taiwanese culture and history. The band members are also Political Activists advocating independence for Taiwan. Additionally, Freddy Lim is currently the Chairman of the Taiwan chapter of Amnesty International.

!!!Current Lineup:
* Freddy Lim, "Left Face of Maradou" – lead vocals, erhu (1995–present)
* Doris Yeh, "Thunder Tears" – bass, backing vocals (1999–present)
* Jesse Liu, "The Infernal" – guitars, backing vocals (2000–present)
* Dani Wang, "Azathothian Hands" – drums (2005–present)
* CJ Kao, "Dispersed Fingers" – keyboards, synthesizer (2005–present)

!!!Discography:
* 祖靈之流 ''(Where the Ancestors' Souls Gathered)'' (1999)
* 靈魄之界 ''(9th Empyrean)'' (2000)
* 永劫輪迴 ''(Relentless Recurrence)'' (2002)
* 賽德克巴萊 ''(Seediq Bale)'' (2005)
* 十殿 ''(Mirror of Retribution)'' (2009)
* 高砂軍 ''(Takasago Army)'' (2011)
* 武德 ''(Bu-Tik)'' (2013)

[[YMMV/{{Chthonic}} There is also a YMMV page]]
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!!This Band Displays the Examples of These Tropes:
* BilingualBonus: There are English and Taiwanese versions of each album. There are usually different artwork for the albums of English and Taiwanese versions.
* BlackMetal
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: ''Where the Ancestors' Souls Gathered'' is much closer to the standard Norwegian BlackMetal sound. It wasn't until their sophomore album where they would find their own style.
* EliteMooks: The white-clad police at the end of the "Defenders Of Bu-Tik Palace video get the better of the band... briefly.
* EpicRocking:
** "Mother Isle Disingrated, Aboriginal Gods Enthroned" and "Holy War", both from the debut, are 9:52 and 7:00 minutes long respectively.
** "Floated Unconsciously in the Acheron", "Summon of China", and "Guard the Isle Eternally" from '' 9th Empyrean'' are 6:58, 6:02, and 9:06
** "Onset of Tragedy" is 6 minutes, while "Grievance, Acheron Poem", "Slaughter in Tri-Territory", and "Relentless Recurrence" from ''Relentless Recurrence'' are around 8 minutes long
** "Bloody Gaya Fulfilled" and "Quasi Putrefaction" from ''Seediq Bale'' are almost 7 minutes long.
* FolkMetal: Incorporates elements of these through traditional Taiwanese music.
* FollowTheLeader: They were actually following the Norwegian style of BlackMetal before bringing in Taiwanese folk music. They also used Corpse Paint for a while before ditching it due to it being a hindrance to put on before shows.
* GreenThumb: During her freetime, Yeh like to mess around with plants and similar things.
* HorribleHistoryMetal
* IAmTheBand: Freddy Lim.
* InstrumentOfMurder: In the video for "Defenders Of Bu-Tik Palace" Dani and Doris use their respective instruments in melee against their foes. In the video for "Supreme Pain For The Tyrant" and ehru string becomes a garrotte.
* LeadBassist: Doris is a type B and C
* MeaningfulName: The name is an adjective pertaining to deities, spirits or creatures that dwell in the underworld.
* MsFanservice: Doris Yeh
* MalevolentMaskedMen: Dani and CJ.
* MohsScaleOfRockAndMetalHardness: Hard 9/Soft 10.
* NewSoundAlbum: Takasago Army brought about a more Blackened DeathMetal Sound. Bu-tik continued the trend.
* SopranoAndGravel: Freddy does most of the vocals, which are harsh. Doris occasionally does some clean vocals.
* XMeetsY: {{Gorgoroth}} meets CradleOfFilth meets Taiwanese music.