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From Freddy Lim, vocalist of the metal band Chthonic and a member of parliament in Taiwan, and Emily Y. Wu, co-founder of Ghost Island Media, this is Metalhead Politics: a podcast on music, politics, and Taiwan. A co-production of Chthonic and Ghost Island Media. A Middag project.

由閃靈樂團及鬼島之音合製的「政治重金屬」節目,由搖滾立委林昶佐及鬼島之音創辦人吳怡慈 Emily 主持.

WEB | Chthonic | Ghost Island Media

FACEBOOK | Freddy Lim | Chthonic | Ghost Island Media 

TWITTER | @FreddyLim | @chthonictw | @ghostislandme | @emilyywu

INSTAGRAM | @freddylimtt | @chthonictw | @ghostislandme | @emily.y.wu

YOUTUBE | Chthonic | Ghost Island Media

Metalhead Politics Chthonic, Ghost Island Media 鬼島之音

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    • 5.0 • 50 Ratings

From Freddy Lim, vocalist of the metal band Chthonic and a member of parliament in Taiwan, and Emily Y. Wu, co-founder of Ghost Island Media, this is Metalhead Politics: a podcast on music, politics, and Taiwan. A co-production of Chthonic and Ghost Island Media. A Middag project.

由閃靈樂團及鬼島之音合製的「政治重金屬」節目,由搖滾立委林昶佐及鬼島之音創辦人吳怡慈 Emily 主持.

WEB | Chthonic | Ghost Island Media

FACEBOOK | Freddy Lim | Chthonic | Ghost Island Media 

TWITTER | @FreddyLim | @chthonictw | @ghostislandme | @emilyywu

INSTAGRAM | @freddylimtt | @chthonictw | @ghostislandme | @emily.y.wu

YOUTUBE | Chthonic | Ghost Island Media

    New World Order (Season 1 Finale) / “Carved in Bloodstone”

    New World Order (Season 1 Finale) / “Carved in Bloodstone”

    Freddy and Emily discuss China’s global aggression and the possible new world order. 

    Freddy warns about the rise of Chinese digital dictatorship that will eventually affect every democratic state. While China relies on fear-based diplomacy, the free world could use a more creative way to contain China, such as implementing human rights standards in international organizations in Asia or establishing an Asia-Pacific human rights court.

    This is Metalhead Politics, a show about music, politics, and Taiwan. Co-hosted by Freddy Lim of Chthonic and Emily Y. Wu of Ghost Island Media. 




    MUSIC LIST

    CJ from Chthonic wrote the original theme song. He also lays music for the show. They are from his 2020 album UNR.

    Intermission music “農村出事情 (Lông-chhun Chhut-tāi-chì)” by LTK.

    Credit music “Carved in Bloodstone” by Chthonic from the album Battlefields of Asura (2018)




    WEB | Chthonic | Ghost Island Media

    FACEBOOK | Freddy Lim | Emily Y. Wu | Chthonic | Ghost Island Media 

    TWITTER | @FreddyLim | @emilyywu | @chthonictw | @ghostislandme

    INSTAGRAM | @freddylimtt | @chthonictw | @ghostislandme | @emily.y.wu

    YOUTUBE | Chthonic | Ghost Island Media 




    A co-production of Chthonic and Ghost Island Media, and a Middag Solutions project. 

    Researchers: Hsi-Yuan Chou and Alice Yeh | Music: CJ from Chthonic | Editor: Emily Y. Wu | Producers and Co-Producers: Emily Y. Wu, Cathy Hsu, Carlos Yeh, Hsin Hsiao | Video: Nian-hua Wu | Marketing and Instagram AR Filter: Middag Solutions | Additional Assistance: Yu-Chen Lai, Jennier Liu | Special Thanks: The legislative office of Freddy Lim, FutureWard Co-Working Space.




    Support the show: https://patreon.com/Taiwan

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 51 min
    Nation Building / Napalm Death (Barney Greenway)

    Nation Building / Napalm Death (Barney Greenway)

    Featuring our interview with Barney Greenway from Napalm Death (a childhood hero of Freddy!) where we talked about metal, dissent, and standing up for what we believe in.

    Released on October 10 (the designated national day for the Republic of China), this month we ditch the flag and anthem that claim to stand for Taiwan. We are a nation still in formation, and today, we dive into the thorny issue of national representation for a modern Taiwan. How do we (re)create ourselves? What is our national spirit? What kind of a nation do we want to be? 

    ps: October 10, 1911 marked the beginning of an uprising in China that led to the fall of the Qing Dynasty and the establishment of a new China, led by a new group that called themselves the "Republic of China". (That’s great history - but it just didn’t have to do with Taiwan.) 

    This is Metalhead Politics, a show about music, politics, and Taiwan. Co-hosted by Freddy Lim of Chthonic and Emily Y. Wu of Ghost Island Media. 




    MUSIC LIST

    CJ from Chthonic wrote the original theme song. He also lays music for the show. They are from his 2020 album UNR.

    Intermission music “Amoral” by Napalm Death from its new album “Throes of Joy In The Jaws of Defeatism” (2020)

    Credit music “The Silent One’s Torch” by Chthonic from the album Battlefields of Asura (2018)




    WEB | Chthonic | Ghost Island Media

    FACEBOOK | Freddy Lim | Chthonic | Ghost Island Media 

    TWITTER | @FreddyLim | @chthonictw | @ghostislandme | @emilyywu

    INSTAGRAM | @freddylimtt | @chthonictw | @ghostislandme | @emily.y.wu

    YOUTUBE | Chthonic | Ghost Island Media 




    EPISODE CREDIT | Producers: Emily Y. Wu, Hsi Yuan Chou | Co-Producers: Carlos Yeh, Hsin Hsiao, Cathy Hsu | Researcher: Alice Yeh | Music: Chthonic | Editing: Emily Y. Wu | Cover Art: Chthonic | Video: Nian-hua Wu | Marketing: Middag Solutions, Ghost Island Media, Chthonic | Recording Studio: Futureward Central, Taipei | A co-production of Chthonic and Ghost Island Media | A Middag Solutions project | https://ghostisland.media/#mp

    Support the show: https://patreon.com/Taiwan

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 51 min
    What Hollywood can learn from Taiwan / “One Thousand Eyes”

    What Hollywood can learn from Taiwan / “One Thousand Eyes”

    China’s overreaching influence in Hollywood is something that’s just become apparent. In Taiwan, however, this has been a reality for our creative industries for at least two decades. Today, Freddy and Emily lay down what Taiwan has learned from CCP censorship and the slippery slope to self-censorship. 

    Freddy recounts being threatened by Chinese students when Chthonic was on tour with Arch Enemy. The bands held a “to hell with them” attitude: the spirit of resistance is the core of metal and rock music. Freedom of expression is the foundation of all works of art. Creators should not abide by the arbitrary rules of authoritarian governments just to enter their markets.

    We also remember the late-president Lee Teng-Hui who passed away at the end of July. 

    This is Metalhead Politics, a show about music, politics, and Taiwan. Co-hosted by Freddy Lim of Chthonic and Emily Y. Wu of Ghost Island Media. 




    MUSIC LIST

    Original theme song by CJ

    Intermission music “Funeral” by Flesh Juicer (2015)

    Credit music “One Thousand Eyes” by Chthonic from the album Battlefields of Asura (2018)




    WEB | Chthonic | Ghost Island Media

    FACEBOOK | Freddy Lim | Chthonic | Ghost Island Media 

    TWITTER | @FreddyLim | @chthonictw | @ghostislandme | @emilyywu

    INSTAGRAM | @freddylimtt | @chthonictw | @ghostislandme | @emily.y.wu

    YOUTUBE | Chthonic | Ghost Island Media 




    EPISODE CREDIT | Producers: Emily Y. Wu, Cathy Hsu | Co-Producers: Carlos Yeh, Hsin Hsiao | Associate Producer: Hsi Yuan Chou | Music: Chthonic | Editing: Emily Y. Wu | Cover Art: Chthonic | Video: Nian-hua Wu | Production Stills: Yi Chen Kuo | Marketing: Middag Solutions, Ghost Island Media, Chthonic | Recording Studio: Futureward Central, Taipei | A co-production of Chthonic and Ghost Island Media | A Middag Solutions project | https://ghostisland.media/#mp

    Support the show: https://patreon.com/Taiwan

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 53 min
    Transitional Justice / “Taste the Black Tears”

    Transitional Justice / “Taste the Black Tears”

    In this third episode, we get funky and talk about mummies, statues, and tales of horror - all legacies of Taiwan’s 38 years of martial law and White Terror under Chiang Kai-shek’s regime. But most importantly, we talk about how to move forward.

    This is Metalhead Politics, a show about music, politics, and Taiwan. Co-hosted by Freddy Lim of Chthonic and Emily Y. Wu of Ghost Island Media. 




    MUSIC LIST

    Original theme song by CJ

    Intermission music “超級機歪人大戰” by Burning Island (2016)

    Credit music “Taste the Black Tears” by Chthonic from the album Battlefields of Asura (2018)




    Additional music by Chthonic:

    43:15 “Millenia’s Faith Undone” from the album Battlefields of Asura (2018) 




    Additional music by CJ (keyboard of Chthonic) from the album UNR (2020): 

    00:53 “Losing The Edge”

    07:34 “Face”

    10:53 “Escape D”

    14:30 “Get Back There”

    18:12 “Hero”

    20:24 “Panic”

    23:10 “Emotion On”

    30:44 “The Dark Side”

    33:10 “Hero”

    37:59 “God”

    39:54 “Psycho Stone”

    49:52 “Save You”




    WEB | Chthonic | Ghost Island Media

    FACEBOOK | Freddy Lim | Chthonic | Ghost Island Media 

    TWITTER | @FreddyLim | @chthonictw | @ghostislandme | @emilyywu

    INSTAGRAM | @freddylimtt | @chthonictw | @ghostislandme | @emily.y.wu

    YOUTUBE | Chthonic | Ghost Island Media 

    EPISODE CREDIT | Producers: Emily Y. Wu, Cathy Hsu | Co-Producers: Carlos Yeh, Hsin Hsiao | Associate Producer: Hsi Yuan Chou | Music: Chthonic | Editing: Emily Y. Wu | Cover Art: Chthonic | Video: Nian-hua Wu | Production Stills: Yi Chen Kuo | Marketing: Middag Solutions, Ghost Island Media, Chthonic | Recording Studio: Futureward Central, Taipei | Special Thanks: Jamie Wei Huang | A co-production of Chthonic and Ghost Island Media | A Middag Solutions project | https://ghostisland.media/#mp

    Support the show: https://patreon.com/Taiwan

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 56 min
    Systematic Oppression / “Millenia’s Faith Undone”

    Systematic Oppression / “Millenia’s Faith Undone”

    Episode 2 of METALHEAD POLITICS, a new show by Freddy Lim of Chthonic and Emily Y. Wu of Ghost Island Media. 

    It’s been a hell of a month. Freddy and Emily open with positive updates from Taiwan (adultery is decriminalized; a pro-China populist mayor gets recalled) before diving into the topic of the day. They stand in solidarity with Black Lives Matter and examine systematic oppression in Asia. An estimated one-million people are still in concentration camps in Xinjiang. The Chinese Communist Party performs a force choke on Hong Kong with a National Security Law. 

    Freddy deconstructs how “Millenia’s Faith Undone” went from Taiwanese lyrics to melody. He sings a children’s song, and introduces LMF (Lazy Mutha Fucka 大懶堂), a Cantonese hip-hop group from Hong Kong. Bonus: Freddy teaches Emily how to do a death growl.




    MUSIC LIST

    Original theme song by CJ;

    Intermission music “惡世紀 Century of Evil” by LMF (2019);

    Credit music “Millenia’s Faith Undone” by Chthonic from the album Battlefields of Asura (2018).




    Music numbers by Chthonic:

    2:32 “A Crimson Sky’s Command” from the album Battlefields of Asura (2018),

    10:11 “Takao” from the album Takasago Army (2011),

    35:25 “Millenia’s Faith Undone” from the album Battlefields of Asura (2018). 




    Music numbers by CJ (keyboard of Chthonic) from the album UNR (2020) 

    00:52 “God”, 

    01:50 “The Dark Side”,

    04:25 “God”,

    13:13 “Save You”,

    18:52 “Hero”,

    20:42 “Save You”,

    26:09 “True E”,

    32:07 “Losing the Edge”.




    WEB | Chthonic | Ghost Island Media

    FACEBOOK | Freddy Lim | Chthonic | Ghost Island Media 

    TWITTER | @FreddyLim | @chthonictw | @ghostislandme | @emilyywu

    INSTAGRAM | @freddylimtt | @chthonictw | @ghostislandme | @emily.y.wu

    YOUTUBE | Chthonic | Ghost Island Media 




    EPISODE CREDIT | Producers: Emily Y. Wu, Cathay Hsu | Co-Producers: Carlos Yeh, Hsin Hsiao | Associate Producer: Hsi Yuan Chou | Music: Chthonic | Editing: Emily Y. Wu | Cover Art: Chthonic | Video: Nian-hua Wu | Production Stills: Yi Chen Kuo | Marketing: Middag Solutions, Ghost Island Media, Chthonic | Additional Assistance: Yu-Chen Lai, Thomas Lee | Recording Studio: Futureward Central, Taipei | Special Thanks: Jamie Wei Huang | A co-production of Chthonic and Ghost Island Media | A Middag Solutions project | https://ghostisland.media/#mp




    Support the show: https://patreon.com/Taiwan

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 48 min
    Democracy (in times of crisis) / "Supreme Pain for the Tyrant"

    Democracy (in times of crisis) / "Supreme Pain for the Tyrant"

    Here it goes - the inaugural episode of METALHEAD POLITICS, a new show by Freddy Lim of Chthonic and Emily Y. Wu of Ghost Island Media. 

    It’s been tough for Chthonic to get back on their world tours since their frontman got elected to parliament four years ago. But no one’s going anywhere now anyways #stayathome - so here we are. In this episode we chat about COVID19, government oversight, the 40th anniversary of the attempted assassination of Chiang Ching-guo, and Chthonic’s newest single, “Supreme Pain for the Tyrant.” 

    WEB | Chthonic | Ghost Island Media

    FACEBOOK | Freddy Lim | Chthonic | Ghost Island Media 

    TWITTER | @FreddyLim | @chthonictw | @ghostislandme | @emilyywu

    INSTAGRAM | @freddylimtt | @chthonictw | @ghostislandme | @emily.y.wu

    YOUTUBE | Chthonic | Ghost Island Media 

    EPISODE CREDIT | Producers: Cathy Hsu, Emily Y. Wu | Co-Producers: Carlos Yeh, Hsin Hsiao | Associate Producer: Hsi Yuan Chou | Music: Chthonic | Editing: Emily Y. Wu | Cover Art: Chthonic | Video: Nian-hua Wu | Production Stills: Yi Chen Kuo | Marketing: Middag Solutions, Ghost Island Media, Chthonic | Additional Assistance: Yu-Chen Lai, Thomas Lee, C. Donovan Smith, Michael Turton | Recording Studio: LAZI corner | Special Thanks: Jamie Wei Huang | A co-production of Chthonic and Ghost Island Media | A Middag Solutions project | https://ghostisland.media/#mp

    Support the show: https://patreon.com/Taiwan

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 37 min

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ifchu ,

What a gem!

Such a gem for those interested in history, music, social justice, Taiwan, different perspectives, etc. Love the hosts too!

neilwade ,

Great Insight

Great insight to Taiwanese politics.

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