Taiwanese metallers CHTHONIC have released a brand new song called “Souls Of The Revolution”, featuring a guest appearance by LAMB OF GOD singer Randy Blythe. The track is described as the “theme song” of CHTHONIC‘s long-in-the-works Taiwanese action-comedy “Tshiong”, which will receive a Taiwanese premiere on December 29. The movie, which stars Blythe, was directed by Wen-Tang Cheng, who has previously produced a number of documentary, short and feature films.
“Tshiong” tells the story of a man from the countryside, A-tek (Tsai Chang-hsien), who decides to go to Taipei to seek help from CHTHONIC when his village faces a malicious development project. Along the way, he becomes CHTHONIC‘s driver. Being a naïve fan of CHTHONIC, he believed the band members were akin to superheroes and would fight the injustice befalling his village, but gradually he discovers that they are not as courageous as he thought.
Blythe plays himself in the film. In the story, he comes to Taiwan for musical collaboration with CHTHONIC, but becomes good friends with A-tek. They take part in street protests side by side, and clash with the police several times.
“It’s a comedy — although it might not be easy for foreigners to understand the Taiwanese humor in the film,” says CHTHONIC vocalist Freddy Lim. “I’m sure it’s still lots of fun watching bunch of metalheads crashing against cops and fooling around…”
In a 2015 interview with EMP Rock Invasion, Blythe spoke about how he got involved with the movie. He said: “My friends in this band CHTHONIC, they’re a Taiwanese band — they’re really big in Taiwan and they’re pretty political, they’re very pro Taiwanese independence. Because China still claims ownership of Taiwan, basically. And that goes all the way back to Chinese civil war when Chiang Kai-shek and Mao Zedong were fighting. My friends are very pro Taiwanese independence, and I don’t blame them. I think every country should have the ability to govern itself. The people who govern it should be the people who live there, right? That’s what you think.”
He continued: “Freddy, their singer, e-mailed me one day, and he was just, like, ‘Hey, man. We’re making an action movie. Do you wanna be in it?’ And I’m, like, ‘Yeah.’ I didn’t ask him what it was about or anything. I’m just, like, ‘Yeah. Yeah, I do.’ I mean, I obviously didn’t do it for the money — I didn’t make much money — but I did it ’cause it’s awesome to be in a kung fu movie.”
According to Blythe, he plays “a sort of an exaggerated, more ‘rock star’ version” of himself in the movie, which contains “a lot of action, kung fu fighting, comedy and politics.” He says about his role in the film: “I was in a riot, I got beat up by the cops, I ran from the cops.”
The LAMB OF GOD frontman became friends with the members of CHTHONIC when both bands played at Ozzfest in 2007. Since then, he’s performed with them in Taiwan and he and his wife have spent time there on holiday.