Taiwanese extreme metalists ChthoniC -- fresh from a tour of duty with Ozzfest and currently in the midst of their first-ever North American headline shows, which precede a brief tour with Cradle of Filth -- have confirmed their first batch of fall European tour dates. They are as follows:
Nov. 9 - Hard Rock Hell Festival - Minehead, U.K.
Nov. 30 - Markthalle - Hamburg, Germany
Dec. 1 - Lindenpark - Potsdam, Germany
Dec. 2 - Alte Spinnerei - Glauchau, Germany
Dec. 4 - Bastard Club - Osnabruck, Germany
Dec. 6 - Romein - Leeuwarden, Holland
Dec. 7 - Biebob - Vosselaar, Belgium
Dec. 9 - Substage - Karlsruhe, Germany
Dec. 11 - Wigwam - Budapest, Hungary
Dec. 12 - Fleda - Brno, Czech Republic
Dec. 13 - Colos Saal - Aschaffenburg, Germany
Dec. 14 - Z7 - Pratteln, Switzerland
Dec. 15 - Hexentanz Festival - Illingen, Germany
All concerts in continental Europe will see ChthoniC play alongside Finnish"heroic folk metal" warriors Ensiferum (Spinefarm Records). Additional performances -- including the band's first-ever U.K. tour -- will be announced shortly.
On the heels of the recent international re-release of their 2002 album "Relentless Recurrence" and last year's double live album/DVD "A Decade onthe Throne," ChthoniC have blown away American crowds this summer with their unique style of symphonic black metal, which prominently features a hena, a two-stringed Oriental violin known for its "weepy" and melancholy sound. During each concert, the band has performed the tour's theme song, "UNlimited Taiwan," written and recorded this spring "to emphasize the 'UNlimited' potential of Taiwan and the Taiwanese people," according to vocalist Freddy Lim.
A short film inspired by the track, which includes stirring historical footage of Taiwanese citizens' fight for democratization, was recently assembled by esteemed Taiwanese motion picture director Cheng Wen-Tang ("The Passage," "Somewhere Over The Dreamland") and posted on the group's MySpace page, www.myspace.com/chthonictw .
On Sept. 16, just two days before a new session of the United Nations General Assembly opens in New York City (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. Tickets are currently available on the venue's web site, www.highlineballroom.com , and at their box office.
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. 12 concert alongside Obituary (which replaces their canceled appearance 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.