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Taiwanese metal band ChthoniC set to hold concert at rights park

TAIPEI --- Taiwanese metal band ChthoniC will hold a concert at a human rights park in New Taipei May 31 to mark the 25th anniversary of Amnesty International (AI) Taiwan and raise funds for its causes.

The concert, to take place at the Jing-mei Human Rights Memorial and Cultural Park, will take the form of a folk music concert, Freddy Lim, lead vocalist of the band and chairman of AI Taiwan, told CNA Sunday.

All proceeds from ticket sales, which have so far surpassed NT$700,000 (US$23,195), will be donated to AI Taiwan, Lim said.

He said his band has decided to tone down its heavy metal music for fear that it would disturb nearby residents. “The park is not a traditional concert venue,” he explained.

Through the concert, Lim hopes to call on the public, especially the younger generation, to participate more in activism, such as the rescue of political prisoners in other countries and campaigns against sexual exploitation.

Meanwhile, singer-songwriter Chen Ming-chang and Ke Jen-chien, vocalist of punk-rock band LTK (Loh Tsui Kweh) Commune will also make guest appearances, Lim said.

ChthoniC's lyrics are inspired by Taiwanese legends, history and folklore and its metal music incorporates melodies from Taiwanese opera and folk melodies. Traditional instruments such as the box zither and the two-stringed erhu are also often heard in its songs.

The five-member group is one of the best-known Taiwanese bands overseas. It won Taiwan's Golden Melody Best Band award in 2003 and was voted second for best band by readers of the British extreme metal magazine Terrorizer in 2009.

The group is also known for its human rights activism and for advocating independence for Taiwan.

Founded in London in 1961, Amnesty International works to protect human rights around the world. It was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1977. The Taiwan chapter of the organization was established in 1994.

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