Chthonic (閃靈) are a Taiwanese Black Metal band that formed in 1995.The Band originally followed the trend of Norwegian Black Metal 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.
- 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)
- 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)
This Band Displays the Examples of These Tropes:
- Bilingual Bonus: There are English and Taiwanese versions of each album. There are usually different artwork for the albums of English and Taiwanese versions.
- Black Metal
- Early Installment Weirdness: Where the Ancestors' Souls Gathered is much closer to the standard Norwegian Black Metal sound. It was not until their sophomore album where they would find their own style.
- Elite Mooks: The white-clad police at the end of the "Defenders Of Bu-Tik Palace video get the better of the band... briefly.
- Epic Rocking:
- "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.
- Five-Man Band:
- The Leader: Freddy (the main man)
- The Lancer: Jesse ("the Infernal")
- The Smart Guy: C.J. (keyboardist)
- The Big Guy: Dani (drummer)
- The Chick: Doris (Ms. Fanservice)
- Folk Metal: Incorporates elements of these through traditional Taiwanese music.
- Follow the Leader: They were actually following the Norwegian style of Black Metal 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.
- Green Thumb: During her free time, Yeh likes to mess around with plants and similar things.
- Horrible History Metal
- I Am the Band: Freddy Lim.
- Instrument of Murder: 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.
- Lead Bassist: Doris is a type B and C
- Meaningful Name: The name is an adjective pertaining to deities, spirits or creatures that dwell in the underworld.
- Ms. Fanservice: Doris Yeh
- Malevolent Masked Men: Dani and CJ.
- Mohs Scale of Rock and Metal Hardness: Hard 9/Soft 10.
- New Sound Album: Takasago Army brought about a more Blackened Death Metal Sound. Bu-tik continued the trend.
- Soprano and Gravel: Freddy does most of the vocals, which are harsh. Doris occasionally does some clean vocals.
- X Meets Y: Gorgoroth meets Cradle of Filth meets Taiwanese music.