Chthonic is essentially a Taiwanese Cradle of Filth or Dimmu Borgir. They have black metal influences, but their music is more of a gothic extreme metal with symphonic elements. Which is not such a bad thing really. I like Cradle of Filth and I like some of Dimmu Borgir's material, so this is fine. The band members are all capable musicians and they do craft some interesting songs. I have really only heard one of the band's albums and I do keep meaning to check out more. I just have not really gotten around to it yet.