CHTHONIC — pronounced “thonic”, or otherwise known as 閃靈樂團 or Shan Ling Yue Tan — is a Taiwanese band formed in 1995, known for its symphonic metal mixed with traditional Taiwanese instruments.

In their latest single, Takao (皇軍), which will be included in the band’s upcoming July album Takasago Army, they are directed by Zhuang Zhiwen (莊志文).

Takao talks about the Taiwanese soldiers of Takao who were employed in the Pacific War as part of the Japanese Imperial Army. Also known as the Takasago Volunteers, it is known that the Imperial Army used Taiwanese aboriginals in special forces operations because they believed they were more physically capable of dealing with the tropical environments than the Japanese soldiers.

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