Chthonic are a band from Taiwan that plays a very symphonic from of black metal and this is a review of their 2000 album "9TH Empyrean" which was released by Root Of All Evil Records.
Drums are mostly mid paced to fast playing with a lot of brutal blast beats, while the keyboards are very symphonic and atmospheric sounding, as for the bass playing it has a very dark tone which follows the riffs that are coming out of the guitars and at times they have a very powerful sound of their own.
Rhythm guitars are mostly mid paced to fast black metal riffs that have a very melodic edge to them as well as some thrash influences, while the lead guitars are very skillful and melodic symphonic black metal guitar solos.
Vocals are mostly high pitched black metal screams with some deep growls and female vocals, while the lyrics are written in Taiwanese and English and cover Taiwanese myths and legends, as for the production on this recording which was recorded at Sahara Studios in Taiwan during the year of 2000 sounds very heavy and professional.
In my opinion this was a good album from Chthonic and if you are a fan of this band you probably already own this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Summon Of China" "Gods Souls Gathered" and "Invasion". RECOMMENDED BUY.