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'Chasing Boats' EP

Sophie Colson

sophie colson

Thousand Autumns Chasing Boats

'Chasing Boats', the second release from Thousand Autumns, comes after highly praised EP 'City Of Sun' in 2011. With four killer tracks it has whetted the appetite for a full-length album.

When opening track 'White Compass' explodes, it initially sounds like While She Sleeps with the shouted vocals and thunderous riffs, although it takes a different direction after the first twenty seconds. Their melodic lines can easily compete with those of their peers – Exit 10 and Mallory Knox for example – and can be heard throughout the EP without sounding as though they are repeating themselves. Passages of storming riffs are followed by more serene moments showing how Thousand Autumns can combine these contrasting elements to create a complex song, weaving together seamlessly.

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There are parts of 'Mud' that rage with chaos, showing Thousand Autumns' heaviest side, which is definitely a positive. Having a massive chorus makes it the most memorable on the EP. In general, although the clean singing and shouting fit well together, the vocalist's clean singing is much stronger.

The lead guitar elevates to the centre of attention at the beginning of 'For You' and leaves an obvious absence, but soon returns for the emotionally charged chorus in which it contends with the vocals to be the most powerful. It finishes with a monstrous riff that sets the tone for next song 'Chasing Boats'.

'Chasing Boats' is at first fast and heavy with gang vocals being used to a greater effect. The mood of the last segment of the song is hypnotic with the focus scaling down to just the drums, before each instrument is gradually introduced again without changing the calming atmosphere.

Closing the EP in a more restrained way than it opened with prolonged chanting, the memory of the 'Chasing Boats' EP lasts much longer than it would have if it had come to an abrupt end.

The EP leaves you craving more, but 'Chasing Boats' shows that Thousand Autumns' debut album will be massive.




Wacken Winter Nights 2018 takes place between February 23rd and 25th 2018 and the great news is that you can now experience a full-on, top class German Metal Festival easily and affordably.

It only takes an hour to fly to Hamburg from London and we've had longer journeys than that within the capital and they were certainly more expensive than the £33 air ticket that just appeared in our 'flights to Wacken Winter Nights' search.


Wacken Winter Nights is organised by the same team who are responsible for the world's greatest Metal festival, Wacken-Open-Air and the 2018 bill includes Skyclad, Orphaned Land, Elvenking, Finntroll, Grave Digger, Aeverium, Comes Vagantes, Coppelius, Corvus Corax, Die Pressgëng, Elvellon, Heimataerde, Hell-O-Matic, Ignis Fatuu, Ingrimm, Irdorath, Johnny Deathshadow, Krayenzeit, Letzte Instanz, Mr Hurley und die Pulveraffen, Pampatut, Pat Razket, Schandmaul, Sündenrausch, The Aberlour's, The Moon And The Nightspirit, Torfrock, Visions Of Atlantis, Vroudenspil, Wind Rose and more.

Besides this rich billing of superb Metal bands, there is so much more to see in the festival area including the medieval market and also the walking acts and jugglers you will meet at the theme worlds, including Robert Blake, three-time World Cup winner of street magic.

Wacken Winter Nights is something not to be missed and you can check out the amazing ticket and accommodation prices right here.

We just priced up the whole four day trip with hotels, flights, shuttles and festival tickets for less than £300 and we don't think you will get a better value festival than that, anywhere.


MetalTalk recently sat down with Wacken founder and owner Thomas Jensen and that interview will be online next week and it's a fascinating insight into how Wacken originated from nothing to become the world's premiere Heavy Metal event.


Wacken 2018 takes place from 2nd to 4th August 20218 and as with Wacken Winter Nights, if you have never experienced all it has to offer, then you owe it to yourself to remedy that.

Already announced for Wacken 2018 are Judas Priest, Nightwish, Running Wild (exclusive), Arch Enemy, Dirkschneider, Doro (Special Anniversary Show), In Extremo, Sepultura, Amorphis, Amaranthe, Firewind, W.A.R., Belphegor, Mantar, Knorkator, Deserted Fear, Watain, Night Demon, Epica, Knorkator, Belphegor, Firewind, Deserted Fear and many more and we'll have more Wacken 2018 announcements during December.

As well as being the greatest Heavy Metal festival in the world, it is without a doubt the Mecca of Metal and the one thing that every single person who loves our music should have on their bucket list.

For 2018, MetalTalk have joined forces with Wacken-Open-Air to help you get to Wacken easily and inexpensively and you can peruse the ticket and travel options right here.

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