North Carolina melodic death/folk metal outfit Æther Realm is excited to release their Jamie King (Between The Buried And Me, The Human Abstract, Wretched) produced debut full-length One Chosen By The Gods today on Bandcamp. The nine track release is streaming in full on No Clean Singing and is the follow up to their two song demo Odin Will Provide and follows the band’s highly successful summer 2012 east coast The Summer Swampromp tour cycle.
“Æther Realm sounds like they actually belong with the groups who have inspired them. It’s easy to say you’re inspired by bands such as Ensiferum or Blackguard, but these guys manage to put out music of such quality that they could fall in right alongside them on a tour. That’s what makes ‘One Chosen By The Gods’ so great.” – No Clean Singing
“One Chosen by the Gods is a breath of fresh air to the American metal scene. No breakdowns, no generic thrashing; just an impressive display of Aether Realm’s technical skill and their ability to synergize all of its elements. For fans of Melodeath, ‘One Chosen By The Gods’ is a must get.” – Hellhound Music
One Chosen By The Gods Tracklisting
- Journey of Discovery
- Æther Realm
- One Chosen by the Gods
- Winter’s Grasp
- Odin Will Provide
Æther Realm was formed in June of 2010 by Vincent Jones (Bass/Vocals/Orchestras), Heinrich Arnold (Guitar), and Tyler Gresham (Drums) with the goal of creating epic folk metal, a style not yet extensively seen in the United States. George Yiznitzsky (ex-guitar) and Robbie March (ex-keyboards) joined shortly afterward. The band spent the first year of its existence writing music, playing local shows, and building a devoted following in their home state of North Carolina. The band became a quartet following the departure of Yiznitsky and March in June 2011, and the entrance of guitarist Jack Rodriguez-Dougherty.
In July of 2011, the band entered The Basement Studios with Jamie King (Between the Buried and Me, The Human Abstract, Wretched). They recorded their first two song demo, Odin Will Provide, which was released in September of the same year, drawing the attention of websites like Metalsucks, Nocleansinging, and Metal Underground.
The band re-entered Jamie’s studio in February 2012 to record their debut full length album, One Chosen by the Gods. The band scrapped most of their earlier material for this album, instead choosing to rewrite most of the album from scratch. A single from the album, entitled Swampwitch, was released in May of 2012. The album was finished with mixing and orchestral arranging in August of 2012, and the band held off releasing it in hopes of first finding a record contract. Signing with Primitive Ways Records, One Chosen by the Gods is scheduled to be released on January 8th, 2013.
Æther Realm’s live shows are known for being fun and energetic. Frontman Vincent Jones is known for his casual banter and his aggressive control of the crowd (as well as his signature bearskin cape), and the band maintains an active, intense stage presence.