ChthoniC – Takao
While looking at Revolver Magazine’s favourite album covers of 2011, as Mhorgl’s Heresiarch was in there, I saw the cover of ChthoniC’s album Takasago Army come by and the album description certainly caught my mind. The first band that sprung to mind were the Finnish Whispered, who have a similar Japan-related theme spun through their music, and they also use the same weird string instrument. But where Whispered incorporates some traditional Finnish Melodeath influences in their music, ChthoniC uses more Folky elements.
Takao as a song is really good. First it got me craving for some melody which I later got, in the form of a bridge sung in Taiwanese. The song is very dynamic and diverse, and even though I generally despise Asian Metal (especially those weird Japanese bands), I think this is just great.
The video for the song Takao is awesome. Shots of Taiwanese warriors, who apparently spoke Chinese and fought for the Japanese, the band members playing and some random old people, children playing with paper planes and blossom, all come by in this video and somehow it suits the song perfectly. Oh, and the bassist isn’t to bad to look at either.
Personally, I will certainly dive into this more deeply. According to their Facebook page, they also did a version with Ensiferium, pretty cool.