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Release date: 6 July 2011
Style: Melodic black metal

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01. The Island
02. Legacy Of The Seediq
03. Takao
04. Oceanquake
05. Southern Cross
06. Kaoru
07. Broken Jade
08. Root Regeneration
09. Mahakala
10. Quell The Souls In Sing Ling Temple

The best Melodic Black Metal album of 2011

Review
Lyrics (10)


Line-up
Freddy "Left Face Of Maradou" Lim - vocals
CJ "Dispersed Fingers" Kao - keyboards
Jesse "The Infernal" Liu - guitars
Dani "Azathothian Hands" Wang - drums
Doris "Thunder Tears" Yeh - bass

Guest musicians
Su-nung Chao - hena
Pitero Wukah Mahon - pgaku flute (The Island, Southern Cross, Root Regeneration), speech (Root Regeneration)
Yu Tien - vocals (Takao)
Chan Ya Wen - vocals (Kaoru)


Additional info
Produced by Chthonic & Rickard Bengtson.
Recorded by: Jesse Liu, Gecko Studio; CJ Kao, CJ Studio; Luxia Wu, Noiz Studio; Rickard Bengtson, Sweetspot Studio.
Mixed by Rickard Bengtson, Sweetspot Studio.
Mastered by Mats Limpan Lindfors at Cuttingroom, Stockholm, Sweden.

Parts of Kaoru are composed from an old Taiwanese song in 1940s (Lyrics: Na Ka Nuo/Music: Yang San Lang).

The speech in the end of Broken Jade: The Gyokuon-hoso, the radio broadcast in which Japanese Emperor Hirohito read the Imperial Rescript on the Termination of the War, August 15, 1945.

The melodies of flutes in Southern Cross and Root Regeneration are recomposed from Taruku's ancient melodies.

Guest review by
Cynic Metalhead

Rating:
7.0
Mixed By: Rickard Bengtson, Sweetspot Studio.
Recorded By: Jesse Liu, Gecko Studio; CJ Kao, CJ Studio; Luxia Wu, Noiz Studio; Rickard Bengtson, Sweetspot Studio.
Mastered by Mats Limpan Lindfors at Cuttingroom, Stockholm, Sweden.

It's a Battle metal record, folks!

Again?

Yes, again. Welcome to another edition of personal struggle and starving for identity and independence that Chthonic's new album Takasago Army presents. For people not acquainted with this band, I recommend you to pick any album of Chthonic and check for yourself. After all, these Taiwanese are pretty good in the rehashing department. Well, musically - no, lyrically and stylistically - big yes.

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Staff pick by
Fat & Sassy!

03.08.2011 Having never heard any of this Taiwanese band's previous releases, I kinda figured that the oriental folk elements of the album were going to be obnoxiously forced into the music. But alas, these elements are tastefully blended in with the metal on this album and make for yet another solid release this year that will probably swoop under everyone's radar. Anyone interested in melodic black metal or folk metal should definitely check this puppy out.

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oleetuary - 01.06.2011 at 17:24  
  Cant wait to get this \\m//
BudDa - 08.07.2011 at 16:45  
Rating: 9 God! I love this album.
metalicharly - 10.07.2011 at 12:09  
Rating: 9 Just amazing. That orient folk sound mixed with melodic black and some prog gives this album a unique taste.
Death To Posers - 26.07.2011 at 00:30  
Rating: 8 Solid Album, Unique Sound.
SceneryOfLoss - 27.07.2011 at 23:41  
Rating: 8 A really good one
In Bone Factory - 02.08.2011 at 21:04  
Rating: 9 I like this one so much.fantastic atmosphere with the help of folk instruments \m/
Fat & Sassy! - 03.08.2011 at 01:20  
Rating: 8 Very nice surprise for me this year. Never hearing this band before, I thought the oriental folk elements where gonna be obnoxiously mixed into the music, and they're not. Great blend of both kinds of music! ^-^
dougver1 - 03.08.2011 at 21:45  
Rating: 9 Holy hell, this came at me outta nowhere. Awesome.

It's funny, I was bored by their music whenever I listened to it in the past.... but they've REALLY improved with this new release!
Paradox0 - 11.08.2011 at 08:59  
Rating: 6 A lot of people seem to be giving this some major props but from what my ears are hearing I'm not terribly impressed. I've been a fan of these guys (and gal) since seediq bale and found Mirror of Retribution descent but this is just boring. The actual metal portions seem like (atleast to me) that there stuck somewhere between trying to write hooks (which are just there to replace the lack a well thought out means to portray intensity and energy) and trying to be dark sounding and it just comes off as kind of bland. I know there thing is to blend this with oriental instrumentation but this time they just don't seem to complement each other at all (although to be fair are much more present than they where in Mirror of retribution). The only really good song coming off of this album is "Broken Jade"
MétalNoir - 29.08.2011 at 16:56  
Rating: 8 Blacker than MoR, one of the catchiest melodic exreme metal albums of the year. "Takao" in particular is fucking addictive. This is not your standard cerebral, gloomy BM album, but who cares, it is a great piece of metal.
M C Vice - 19.10.2011 at 09:58  
Rating: 9 I hope these guys are made honorery Norweigians. A great Black Metal album.
Dark†SymphonY - 05.12.2011 at 14:38  
Rating: 8 Impressed with this one, their best IMO.
Slinky666 - 08.12.2011 at 05:26  
  Powerful artwork, weak music.
Marcel Hubregtse - 08.12.2011 at 05:31  
 
Written by Guest on 08.12.2011 at 05:26

Powerful artwork, weak music.



the music has always been weak. the only reason people paid attention to them is because they're from Taiwan and the girl in the band is hot.
Troy Killjoy - 08.12.2011 at 06:05  
 
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 08.12.2011 at 05:31
the only reason people paid attention to them is because they're from Taiwan and the girl in the band is hot.

The only reason the majority of people who bother listening to them, sure. There are people who definitely appreciate the band for their music though.

Not that I belong to either category. Hell, I don't even think the chick is hot. :/
Grody2themax - 19.12.2011 at 06:16  
 
Written by Paradox0 on 11.08.2011 at 08:59

The actual metal portions seem like (atleast to me) that there stuck somewhere between trying to write hooks (which are just there to replace the lack a well thought out means to portray intensity and energy) and trying to be dark sounding and it just comes off as kind of bland.


So you're saying that the hooks are only there to replace intensity? I personally think its still pretty intense. Although I haven't listened to their older material yet, this album features good songwriting.

Sometimes I feel like people criticize a band too much for relying on "hooks" as if its an easy thing to write a song that goes multiple directions all while making sense and finding the "right" parts for a song. Not blaming you in particular for this as I'm just unsure of what you meant exactly.
omjaimes - 02.05.2012 at 21:36  
Rating: 8 The highlights: Takao and Broken Jade are perfect!, very good album, the concept of war and kamikazes was developed very well, intense words with intense vocals.
Josh Gottret - 28.06.2012 at 10:47  
Rating: 9 I was looking on an average metal page, new bands, searching something that impress me...then I see Chthonic, a melodic black metal band from Taiwan, and I think, wtf is this...TAIWAN???
Hahahahaha!!! Rare, at least from TAIWAN, but after give him a chance watching Broken Jade video I realize that were an amazing band.
I hear the complete album and Chthonic really surprised me, with a harsh voices and awesome erhu (Chinese violin) solos!
After all...I have to say...this is one of the most amazing discoveries that anyone can do!!!
Great band & FUCK'N stunning album!
musicalkaratekid - 15.09.2012 at 22:00  
Rating: 7 Not too different to any other Chthonic release, but there does seem to be a bit more emphasis on the Black Metal side of things than on the folk instrumentation. It makes for a very heavy and brutal sound, yet somehow never seems to be too long or too short. The one thing I dislike about this album though is the riffs being a bit generic, giving off the effect that it's actually the folk influences that shine through fully.
Neroese - 16.11.2012 at 19:54  
  Takao is a love song:D
NocturnalStalker - 12.12.2012 at 17:31  
Rating: 8 Nice album. Though their black metal side is pretty generic most of the times, I think it makes their folk moments shine more. I'd surely give this album a higher rating if the music was more diverse but still Chthonic gets thumbs up from me just for including their ancestors' legacy into their musical palette.

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