ChthoniC's Takasago Army (閃靈 - 高砂軍) Preview

Posted by Grey Friday, July 1, 2011

The premier Black Metal band in Taiwan, ChthoniC (閃靈), is back with their sixth full-length album, Takasago Army (高砂軍).

It's no secret we are big fans of ChthoniC (閃靈), the premier Black Metal band in Taiwan, with our coverage on their last Asia tour. With Takasago Army (高砂軍), their sixth full-length album, ChthoniC is back with their signature melodic Black Metal, deeply entrenched in the Taiwanese history, folklore and mythology.

In "Takasago Army", ChthoniC takes on the controversial topic of the eponymous unit of soldiers during World War II. Also known as Takasago Volunteers (高砂義勇隊), the unit consisted of purportedly "volunteer soldiers" recruited from the Taiwanese aboriginal tribes by the Imperial Japanese Army during World War II.

The controversy mainly lies with the actual nature of "volunteer" with the soldiers, and the fact that the names of the soldiers being honored at the Japanese Yasukuni Shrine (靖国神社). For more on the controversy, check out the Wikipedia page of the unit and for those well-versed in Mandarin, the Chinese Wikipedia page of the article is much more detailed. Perhaps more interesting for those unfamiliar with Taiwanese history would be the discovery of a Japanese holdout in the Morotai Island in Indonesia in 1975. Surviving the harsh condition of the jungle for thirty years since stationed on the island in 1944, Attun Palalin was a prominent example of the unit, displaying their renowned jungle survival ability.

History lesson aside, based on what we have heard from "Takao" (皇軍), the first single coming from the album, "Takasago Army" is shaping up to be yet another awesome treat for both ChthoniC's fans and Black Metal lovers alike.

As per the band's earlier arrangement, two versions of the album, one in Taiwanese and one in English, will be released simultaneously. The earlier mentioned single, TAKAO, has been digitally released in Finland on June 8th and UK on June 13th by Spinefarm/Univesal. Head over to iTunes or Spinefarm's website to download the single and you get a bonus version of TAKAO that features Enisferum. Meanwhile, Takasago Army will be released in July.

Embedded below are both versions (Taiwanese and English) of the music video of the first single, TAKAO, featuring notable Taiwanese old-school singer, Yu Tien (余天) as the back-up vocals.





The lyrics for the Taiwanese version:

海鷗展翅高迴遠飛
直直召喚阮綴伊遠洋
赤日一逝一逝的光芒
放送出 男兒志氣萬丈

穿過軍衫 穿過皮肉
染血軍徽安佇靈魂頂
伴白雲 戴青天
戰旗佇腦海中高掛

祖先的靈體被綑縛
刺面的榮光已渺茫

海鷗展翅高迴遠飛
直直召喚阮綴伊遠洋
赤日一逝一逝的光芒
放送出 男兒志氣萬丈

魂穿魄引 祖先的靈體被綑縛
天照日曝 刺面的榮光已渺茫

穿過軍衫 穿過皮肉
染血軍徽安佇靈魂頂
伴白雲 戴青天
戰旗高掛

大港起風湧
堂堂男兒欲出征
氣勢撼動高雄
齊開向你我前程

妳佇港邊相送
淚眼咧看阮的船影
請等待我凱旋轉來
繼續咱未圓的夢

大港起風湧
堂堂男兒欲出征
氣勢撼動高雄
齊開向你我前程


And here's the lyrics for the English version:

Vultures fly, circling the dark skies
Plucking carrion from the ground
Blood red sun, territory incise
Marching forward without sound

Carved into flesh, written in blood
Symbols burned so deeply in the mind
Gathering clouds, threatening skies
The sun's rays left me blind

Ghosts of the past bound and tied
Honor's scars fade, glory dies

Vultures fly, circling the dark skies
Plucking carrion from the ground
Blood red sun, territory incise
Marching forward without sound

Deep within you, souls of the past bound and tied
Bright sun burning, the lines melt as glory dies

Carved into flesh, written in blood
Symbols burned so deeply in the mind
Gathering clouds, threatening skies
The sun's rays left me blind

大港起風湧 Toā-káng khí hong-íng
堂堂男兒欲出征 Tông-tông lâm-jî beh tshut-tsing
氣勢撼動高雄 Khì-sè hám-tōng Tha-khá-ooh
齊開向你我前程 Tsê khai hiòng lí guá tsiân-tîng

妳佇港邊相送 Lí tī káng pinn sio-sàng
淚眼咧看阮的船影 Luī-gán leh khuànn guán ê tsûn-iánn
請等待我凱旋轉來 Tshiánn tán-thāi guá khái-suân tńg--lâi
繼續咱未圓的夢 Kè-siok lán bī-uân ê bāng

大港起風湧 Toā-káng khí hong-íng
堂堂男兒欲出征 Tông-tông lâm-jî beh tshut-tsing
氣勢撼動高雄 Khì-sè hám-tōng Tha-khá-ooh
齊開向你我前程 Tsê khai hiòng lí guá tsiân-tîng


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