Metal Review – Chthonic – Takasago Army (2011)

Chthonic - Takasago ArmyMarking Taiwanese metal band Chthonic’s sixth release is Takasago Army. It is set to hit shelves on September 6, 2011 via Spinefarm Records. The record’s concept completes a trilogy that binds together the band’s Seediq Bale and Mirror Of Retribution albums, released in 2007 and 2009 respectively.

So, how does this release complete the trilogy? Pretty good, I would say. Takasago Army is a solid release of melded subgenres of metal all working pretty well together. There has never been a debate on the talent coming from this band, so that topic is off the table. They are plenty talented to pull off the music on their releases. While chaotic at times, it is always melodic and always heavy.

They will also be offering support for the North American Khaos 2011 Tour featuring Arch Enemy, DevilDriver and Skeletonwitch as well. That is a tour not to be missed.

Comments bassist/backing vocalist Doris Yeh: “We’re very proud to present our latest album Takasago Army; it’s a masterpiece of the elements of Orient folk and extreme metal. The background revolves around WWII, and we want to reveal the spirit of finding your own dignity through the most difficult and dangerous mission on the battle ground. The closer you cone to death, the more you know who you are.”

Coinciding with the North American release of the record, the band will embark upon a near three-week tour supporting Arch Enemy. Sponsored by MetalSucks and Full Metal Jackie, the North American Khaos 2011 trek will commence on September 8 in Maryland and steamroll its way across the country and Canada before winding down in Chicago on October 4. DevilDriver and Skeletonwitch will also be joining the tour. See complete list of dates below.

Noted Yeh: “We’ve toured with Arch Enemy for five shows in the UK last year and it is a true pleasure to tour with them again in the US and Canada! We are very excited! And we’ve been played Ozzfest in 2007 with many bands including DevilDriver; it’s good to play with them again after four years! Skeletonwitch is an awesome band as well. This tour has very strong lineup, and we’re sure we won’t disappoint the fans who come out!”

CHTHONIC North American Khaos 2011 Tour
w/ Arch Enemy, DevilDriver, Skeletonwitch
9/08/2011 Ram’s Head- Baltimore, MD
9/09/2011 Best Buy Theater – New York, NY
9/10/2011 The Palladium – Worcester, MA
9/12/2011 Imperial – Quebec City, QC
9/13/2011 Metropolis – Montreal, QC
9/14/2011 Phoenix – Toronto, ON
9/17/2011 The Garrick Center – Winnipeg, MB
9/19/2011 MacEwan Hall – Calgary, AB
9/20/2011 Edmonton Events Centre – Edmonton, AB
9/22/2011 Commodore Ballroom – Vancouver, BC
9/23/2011 Showbox – Seattle, WA
9/24/2011 Knitting Factory – Spokane, WA
9/26/2011 Regency Center – San Francisco, CA
9/27/2011 Nokia Theatre – Los Angeles, CA
9/29/2011 The Marquee – Phoenix, AZ
9/30/2011 The Sunshine Theater – Albuquerque, NM
10/1/2011 The Gothic Theatre – Denver, CO
10/3/2011 First Avenue – Minneapolis, MN
10/4/2011 House Of Blues – Chicago, IL