Chthonic

Decade on the Throne

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You can say what you want about Taiwan's top symphonic black metal export, Chthonic, but if there's one universal agreement, it's that the group never skimps on lavish packaging, especially their three-disc live set, Decade on the Throne. Comprised of two audio CDs and a DVD, the set comes in packaging that resembles a hardcover book, but when you open it, you discover the aforementioned audiovisual goodies. Recorded at Huashan Culture Park in Taipei, Taiwan on February 3, 2006, the group celebrated their tenth anniversary by inviting both the Taipei Ladies Choir and the Oriental Orchestra to partake in the festivities. The result is an even more over the top and bombastic Chthonic performance than usual. While never taking away from all the death metal growls and thrash metal riffing. Nearly all of the liner notes inside the set are in Taiwanese, so unless you have a translator present, good luck deciphering it all. But Decade on the Throne certainly proves once and for all that black metal is a universal language embraced by the metal masses throughout every single time zone.

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