Exclusive: ChthoniC Premiere New Music Video, “Supreme Pain for the Tyrant”
Taiwanese extreme-metal outfit and Ozzfest veterans ChthoniC have teamed up with Revolver to release their next music video, for the song “Supreme Pain for the Tyrant.” The track is off the group’s forthcoming new album, Bú-Tik, which is set for release on June 18.
The music video recounts a story in which ChthoniC members travel through time and space to assassinate government officials after Nazi Germany and the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) government inked a deal on military cooperation in Shanghai in the 1930s. The music video was entirely shot inside the Kaohsiung Museum of History in a feature film-level production. Two buses were hired to move the entire crew to Kaohsiung.
The music video is a collaboration between film director Cheng Wen-tang and short film director Chang Yih-feng. Renowned choreographer Bulareyaung Pagarlava led a group of Department of Dance students from National Taiwan University of Arts to work on the dance part of the music video.
Martial arts director Yang Chih-lung directed the action part. Different from the previously released music video of "Defenders of Bú-Tik Palace," the action scenes in the latest video is more of a close-quarters combat style. At first, the band members thought things would be easier without having to be hanged on suspension wire; however, the shooting turned out to be equally challenging.
“The director asked for real fight, so we did, and got purples marks all over our arms and legs,” said frontman Freddy Lim. In fact, Lim and guitarist Jesse Liu even harmed the actor who acted as their rival in the shooting. “Before the director called a stop, I was already apologizing when I saw the guy bleeding after he was hit by me,” Liu said. The man who acted as the Nazi officer was a Brit who came to Asia to learn martial arts more than a decade ago—and he is also bassist-vocalist Doris Yeh’ English tutor. “How would I dare to walk into the classroom?” Yeh said.
“It’s hard enough to write music, but it’s even more tiring to shoot a music video,” said the bass player, who took part in the entire production process.“But I have to say that a video tells a story very well, and ChthoniC’s music is especially suitable for a music video, because it contains a strong sense of history,” she added. “I learned a lot in shooting these three music videos, I would love to have the opportunity to work with more directors.”
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