Chthonic ‘Next Republic’ stream and track by track

By on 22 April 2013


We’re streaming ‘Next Republic’ the new single from Chthonic and we have an exclusive track by track of their new album.

‘Next Republic’ is taken from ‘Bù-Tik’, the forthcoming seventh album from the Taiwanese metallers, which is due for release 3 June via Spinefarm.

You can stream ‘Next Republic’ below and scroll down for a track by track of the album Chthonic bassist Doris Yeh.

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‘Arising Armament (Intro)’
Oriental drums and the flute to declare the war.

‘Supreme Pain for the Tyrant’
The true story in 1970 about a man called Peter Huang who was attempted to assassinate the autocratic ex-president. The attempt ended in failure, however, when pushed to the ground by security personnel, Huang shouted “let me stand up like a Taiwanese!”

‘Sail Into The Sunset’s Fire’
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 call Taiwan their new home.

‘Next Republic’
The spirit to defeat oppressions from other countries and being independent. The vocal in the beginning is an excerpt from the song sung by Taiwanese revolutionary Su Beng who also wrote the song. From 01’49” on, names of Kan Toa-sai, Koa Thi-ho, Lim Siau-niau, Liao Wen-y, Ng Chiau-tong and Su Beng – who are all Taiwan’s heroes in fighting foreign regimes or for independence of the country – are blended in.

‘Rage Of My Sword’
During the rule of Qing Empire, hundreds of riots and uprisings happened in Taiwan due to ethnic conflicts, competition for resources, or resistance against Qing rule.

Chthonic - Bu Tik

‘Between Silence And Death’
In 1970, over 120 people at Taiyuan Prison in Taitung County – including some political prisoners, security guards and Aborigines – planned to attack the ammunition deport and start a riot with the objective to obtain independence for Taiwan through a revolution. However, the plan was leaked, and the six prisoners at core of the plan including Cheng Chin-ho, armed, and escaped for over 10 days before being arrested and later executed.

‘Resurrection Pyre’
During the authoritarian rule of the Republic of China regime over Taiwan, the freedom of expression was highly restricted. From 1984 on, democracy activist Deng Nan-jung founded a series of anti-government magazines with the name ending with the word ‘Generation’, he constantly changed names of the magazines as they would usually be banned after the first or a few issues. On April 7, 1989, as the police force arrived outside his office for his arrest, he self-immolated in protest, he left the words: “The government can take my body, but they can’t take my soul.”

‘Set Fire To The Island’
In 1987, inmates imprisoned indefinitely in Green Island Prison without due process briefly took control of the prison after a starting a riot with petrol bombs; however, they were eventually cracked down on by military and police forces sent by Taipei.

‘Defenders Of Butek Palace’
The BuTik Palace in Puli was used as command headquarters by Japanese colonial government to repress a Seediq Aboriginal Uprising in Wushe in 1930. During the initial phase of the 228 Massacre in 1947, militiamen in Taiwan also used it as its command headquarters. The chants in the second half of the song are the names of all martyrs who sacrificed themselves in resistance against dictators and fought for independence.

‘Undying Rearmament (Outro)’
Using Oriental drums, Gong and flute to symbol those generations.

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