“Bú-Tik”, the seventh album from Taiwanese metal mavericks CHTHONIC, is available for streaming in its entirety using the SoundCloud widget below. The CD was recorded at Sweden’s Sweetspot Studio by producer Rickard Bengtsson, 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 in the U.S. digitally on June 18 and on CD on June 25.
“Bú-Tik” track listing:
01. Arising Armament (intro)
02. Supreme Pain For The Tyrant
03. Sail Into The Sunset’s Fire
04. Next Republic
05. Rage Of My Sword
06. Between Silence And Death
07. Resurrection Pyre
08. Set Fire To The Island
09. Defenders Of Bú-Tik Palace
10. Undying Rearmament (outro)
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 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…”
“Sail Into The Sunset’s Fire” video: