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'When Autumn Dies'
(Crysella Records)
Release Date: 18/04/14

Ian Sutherland

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If you need any reminding of how Metal is a global phenomenon these days then you need look no further than Blodwen.

They are a female fronted symphonic Metal band influenced by the usual genre suspects in Finland's Nightwish and Holland's Within Temptation. Their name is Welsh for mountain white flower and they hail from Indonesia!

'When Autumn Ends' is an EP released in Asia in 2013 after some major line up changes and now being given world wide availability in preparation for their forthcoming second full length album.

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Blodwen may be Indonesian but they have bought completely into the Celtic and norse influences of their main influences and this album sounds like another European female fronted symphonic Metal band with no eastern flavour to it at all.

'Eye Of The Storm' starts with a meaty Metal blast before slowing down a little for the operatic style vocals of singer Bernice Nikki. The singer's style is always important in this genre and the vocals here have a sub-operatic feel, a sort of cross between Tarja Turenenand and Liv Kristine of Leaves' Eyes. They work reasonably well in a song which doesn't blow you away but shows some promise.

'Hampa Dunia' is the album's sole nod to the band's background as it is sung in Indonesian and not surprisingly is the most natural sounding song here. It has a nice line in mixing vocal harmonies and twin lead guitar lines with frantic double bass drum work and while it does sound a little underpowered for full on metal it's pretty enjoyable.

'Blue Romance' goes back to English and is the album's epic ballad, featuring atmospheric keyboards, strings and soaring soprano vocals. It is the kind of overwrought, melancholy tear jerker that so many bands in this genre love and it's very well executed but does seem to go on a bit and six minutes plus is too much tear jerking on this occasion.

'Once Upon A Time' is just a little sound effects and keyboards intro to final track 'Riverfall' which ends the album on a galloping rhythym and celtic sounding feel coming over as a little bit disjointed despite some nice musical touches here and there.

Verdict: Given their background I think Blodwen have missed a trick by not attempting to include some of their local influences into their sound. They have bought so heavily into the European take on female fronted symphonic Metal that they sound like dozens of other bands who actually are European.

'When Autumn Ends' is competent and often enjoyable but they are in danger of drowning in an ocean of similar sounding bands and need to find more identity to make them stand out.

Line up:
Bernice Nikki: Vocals
Alexander Lexy: Guitars
Bayu Djody Gondokusumo: Bass
Nkolas Praditya: Drums


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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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