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Metal / UN protest band gets mainstream coverage
« on: August 27, 2007, 04:06:11 PM »
Taiwanese band CHTHONIC who will complete their stint as the first-ever Asian extreme metal act to tour with Ozzfest this week will continue their historic "UNlimited" tour next month, when they will perform their first headlining concerts in America.

"Ozzfest has been a great experience for CHTHONIC, but we're excited to perform for our fans for longer than 20 minutes," says vocalist Freddy Lim.

In concert, CHTHONIC (pronounced "THON-ick") will continue to perform the tour's theme song, "UNlimited Taiwan", written and recorded this spring "to emphasize the 'UNlimited' potential of Taiwan and the Taiwanese people," Lim says. Like the tour which kicked off in Taipei earlier this summer following the international re-release of 2002's "Relentless Recurrence" and last year's "A Decade On The Throne" two-CD/DVD live set the song was named to protest how the United Nations (UN) limits Taiwan's full participation as an independent country. The Washington Post and the International Herald Tribune, among others, have recently devoted lengthy features to the message behind the tour.

With a new session of the United Nations General Assembly scheduled to open in New York on Sept. 18, many pro-Taiwan rallies will be held around the city in the days beforehand. To coincide with the UN session's kickoff where Taiwan will once again petition to be formally recognized as an independent country, and not a Chinese province CHTHONIC will hold a special "UNlimited New York" concert at Manhattan's Highline Ballroom, located less than three miles from the UN, on Sept. 16.

Because this is the group's third New York City concert in recent weeks, coming on the heels of an Aug. 21 performance with NILE and a Sept. 6 concert alongside KATATONIA, CHTHONIC has arranged for the Highline Ballroom to offer tickets for only $5 to anyone who redeems a ticket stub from one of their previous shows at the venue's box office. For everyone else, a $2 discount can be obtained by purchasing the tickets online at www.highlineballroom.com (enter "un4taiwan" in the access code field). Furthermore, the first 100 fans in the doors will receive a free set of CHTHONIC "paper dolls," which are sold in toy stores throughout Asia.

The "UNlimited New York" concert will be videotaped, and CHTHONIC hopes that people of all nationalities will join them in this historic plea for freedom and independence.


Metal / Behemoth #149 on Billboard 200
« on: August 02, 2007, 03:01:03 AM »
Polish extreme metal titans BEHEMOTH have now undoubtedly proved that they are one of the leading forces in metal today as their highly acclaimed new album, "The Apostasy", debuted at #149 on the Billboard Top 200 chart with first-week sales of around 5,000. This entry also marks Century Media's fifth highest The Billboard 200 debut.

This is a phenomenal feat for a band of this caliber and a further testament to their undying work ethic over the past few years throughout the U.S. The band will return to North America on a massive co-headlining tour this fall; details will follow in the coming weeks.

BEHEMOTH mainman Nergal states: "I just received a phone call from our label telling me that we debuted at #149 on the Billboard Top 200 chart. Well, let me say that this is not only a huge day for us, but for extreme metal as a whole. When we were arriving to the U.S. shores 4-5 years ago I would have never guessed that we would end up on the Billboard charts. We've invested so much in this band throughout the years and it's great to see it result in something this massive. However, this amazing accomplishment would not have been possible without the support of our die-hard U.S. fans and the great Century Media staff who helped bring us to this level. I'm seriously thrilled beyond belief and this is just the beginning."


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Metal / Name-dropping of Heavy Metal Influences
« on: June 03, 2007, 09:18:51 AM »
Jimmi Hendrix. Led Zeppelin. Cream. Deep Purple. Some of the names that are often quoted as the "founding fathers" of heavy metal, even if they may not necessarily have had anything to do with metal. Just how important are these names (and other common so called "founders") to metal, musicwise?