North Carolina’s AETHER REALM reached new levels of melodic death metal mastery with the release of their latest full-length album, “Redneck Vikings From Hell,” in 2020. Now, in anticipation of their upcoming U.S. tour with UNLEASH THE ARCHERS and SEVEN KINGDOMS, the band has unveiled a gripping, emotive new video for their triumphant track, “Cycle.” featuring Michael Rumple (FLOOD DISTRICT, LORELEI), off of “Redneck Vikings From Hell.”
Frontman/bassist Vincent “Jake” Jones says:
“The lyrics for ‘Cycle’ came to me in a desperate place. I was trying to make sense of why I still experienced these long episodes of depression, even when there didn’t seem to be an obvious reason for it to come on. It’s like it was always waiting to sneak up and snatch me out of the moment, and no amount of personal growth or skill mastery or artistic recognition could prevent it from taking me in its grip.
So I thought – if I can’t prevent the feeling from coming on, I can at least give myself a tangible reminder that this is normal for me. That I’ve made it out of low places before, and I will again. This song helps keep my feet on the ground when I’m feeling cocky highs, and it gives me some hope when I’m running low. It was a pleasure to turn that emotional blooming and wilting that we all experience from time to time into a visual aesthetic with Jaraad Nageer and Ana Manso.”
With “Redneck Vikings From Hell,” AETHER REALM improves upon their already distinctive sound – taking listeners on a stupefying rollercoaster ride of death metal, thrash, and even neo-classical shred. In addition to being produced and mixed by Kile Odell (MOTIONLESS IN WHITE, CANE HILL), mastered by Jamie King (BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME, THE CONTORTIONIST, SCALE THE SUMMIT), and featuring orchestration by Ben Turk of GLORYHAMMER, “Redneck Vikings From Hell” features a treasure trove of fantastic special musical guests, including guitarist/banjoist Wayne Ingram (WILDERUN), guitarist Greg Burgess (ALLEGAEON), Eric W. Brown (NEKROGOBLIKON, VALE OF PNATH, SWASHBUCKLE, RAINBOWDRAGONEYES) and vocalist Josh Rieke of YouTube fame. The album also features contributions from voice actress Erica Lindbeck (Final Fantasy VII remake), harpist Amy Turk (sister of Ben Turk), vocalist Michael Rumple (ASHEN IDOL, FLOOD DISTRICT), vocalist Zach Williams (DEAD EYES), and returning AETHER REALM guest vocalist and sister of Vincent “Jake” Jones, Elly Jones.