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CHTHONIC Shares New Version of “Supreme Pain for the Tyrant” Featuring Trivium’s Matt Heafy



Taiwanese metal titans, CHTHONIC have shared a rearranged version of their popular single “Supreme Pain for the Tyrant.” The new version, featuring Trivium frontman Matt Heafy, arrives (and was made to celebrate) on the 50th anniversary of the failed assassination attempt on Chiang Kai‐shek’s son, Chiang Ching-kuo. The 1970 incident transpired in the lobby of the Plaza Hotel in NYC and saw Peter Huang miss his mark. The original version appeared on the band’s 2014 album, Bú Tik.

Music-hungry fans are stoked for the upcoming new album dropping in late-April, which follows frontman Freddy’s recent successful re-election bid for his parliamentary seat. Freddy comments, “My dual role actually serves me in both ways. My music is a creative outlet and helps me to be better in the day to day efforts in my role in Parliament. I have a unique view and use it to full advantage for both.”

Regarding the single’s story, Fredy ads, “Peter Huang is a very important pioneer in Taiwan’s pro-democracy movement. He attempted to assassinate the late dictator Chiang Ching-kuo who visited New York in 1970. After failing the attempt, Peter became wanted, and was forced into exile. After Taiwan was democratized in the 1990s, Peter returned to Taiwan as a human rights advocate, helping many disadvantaged victims of repression. He held important positions in many human rights advocacy groups, including as chairman of Taiwan Association for Human Rights and Amnesty International Taiwan. While being brave in resisting the authoritarian regime, Peter has a soft heart for the people and the land, and is an important source of inspiration for Chthonic. Bú-tik is one of the works inspired by Huang, and we wanted to continue honoring him which is where the idea for the remix originated. It was just the perfect project to work with Matt Heafy on.”

Matt Heafy says, “It is an absolute honor to be asked by one of my favorite bands on earth to be a part of their re-release of one of their greatest songs of all time. I can’t wait for people to hear this updated version and see the incredible music video.”

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