Blodwen remains an impressive outfit. “When Autumn Ends” takes the listener on a journey of different emotions and nuances which is all the more impressive based on its 20-minute playing time.
I loved the debut and I love this one as well. Great stuff!
Like how it went with Metal Storm, we had the opportunity to be reviewed in Femme Metal Webzine a few years back with our debut album "Black Symphony". Now we've come back to Femme Metal Webzine with the whooping score of 85/100 by the same reviewer! Here's what Femme Metal Webzine thinks of the EP:
We are very excited to tell you that we are officially signed with Crysella Records Europe! The label is based in London and has branches all around the world. Which means our 2nd full-length album will be distributed physically to EU, Eastern Europe, North and South America - and basically the whole world. This is a huge honor for us as we are slowly but surely marking our signs in the international metal platform. Coming from a modest town in Indonesia, we are very blessed to gain this opportunity to spread our music to the world. Now we are HYPED to write a better, heavier new album soon!
This would have never been possible without the great support from our fans, family, and friends. We owe this to YOU! So thank you so much for believing in Blodwen! We have the BEST fans in the world. Wish us luck and success in our new journey with Crysella Records!
Thanks to all of your support and votes, Blodwen is listed as 3rd place in Best Album of 2013 of the Female Symphonic Rock & Metal Show from AiiRadio (UK)!
The other nominees are really respected, powerful bands, including bands like Amberian Dawn, Vandroya and Tyranny of Hours - to name a few. Being the only Asian nominee and listed with all of these great bands from all over the world is a huge honor for Blodwen and the experience has been very humbling. We'd like to thank all of our fans who made it happen. We'll make sure that our upcoming 2nd album is even better, and hopefully we can be nominated again next year!
You can listen to the recording of the show dedicated for the competition HERE. Make sure to tune in to AiiRadio.net every Monday night 10 PM UK Time - they support female metal bands from all over the world. You'll be delighted with finding gold-level unknown indie bands every time they air the show! There's a chat-room to mingle and they also take requests from the listeners. Check it out!
10 years ago, this journey started in a modest town in the middle of Indonesia. Time passed by very quickly and without realizing it, Blodwen has celebrated our 10th anniversary as a band! We almost can't believe it ourselves. We have been striving with our own music for quite a while, but everything still feels brand new.
We realize that none of this would have been possible without our family, friends and most importantly, the fans support. Getting through 10 years is hard, and there were a lot of difficult times, but we never wanted to give up because we know that there are people out there who have faith in us. So to show our gratification towards all the people who have been supporting us since the very beginning, we are re-releasing our "Requiem for Odette" EP for FREE via BandCamp!
The option is actually free / name your price; which means if there's any of you who'd like to make a 'donation' with the gift of this EP, you're free to do whatever you wish. Or you can just enter "0" on the 'name your price' box and you'll get to download the EP in any format you want!
We released an extremely limited version of "Requiem" in 2012 (if not mistaken, less than 20) and when we listened to it again, we thought it'd be such a waste to let the songs forgotten and never had its deserved share of exposure. While we are still working on our second full-length album with all brand new songs, why not let the fans enjoy this EP first? So there you go, and we hope you enjoy it!
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+ "Requiem for Odette" was written by Bernice who was inspired by Natalie Portman's movie "Black Swan" -- the movie became one of her all-time favorites
+ The last lyric of the song "it's perfect..." was the last line that Nina (the main character, played by Portman) said in the ending of the movie when she 'killed' herself
+ "Empty Song" was written when Bernice was overseas and away from her loved ones
+ "White 2012" is the 'advanced' version of "White Noise" which showed up in Blodwen's debut album "Black Symphony"