Today the new album from melodic death metal masters Aether Realm has been released. Along with the album, the band has also put out a brand-new music video which is comprised of fans submitted footage. Frontman Jake Jones spoke a little bit about the track, as well as the video for “TMHC”:
“TMHC” stands for Tiny Metal Hand Crew.
I really can’t begin to explain how the tiny metal hand became the “secret handshake” of our fanbase, but it happened, and we figured if Bodom can have the COBHC… well we can have our own crew. And if we get a crew, they’ve gotta have their own song!
We were feeling pretty down after multiple release day music video plans were squashed by quarantine, but we were reminded that we’ve got the best fans in the world! The TMHC sent in videos of themselves rocking out all over the world, and we’ve compiled them all to help facilitate the worlds largest ever simultaneous isolated living room mosh pit! Time to grab your broom and show your housemates how to Sweep Pick. /m\”
Today, Aether Realm will take part in a virtual listening party and live Q&A chat with fans via the official Napalm Records YouTube channel. The album stream will begin at 12:00 PM US ET/6:00 PM CET, and the Q&A will begin at 1:00 PM US ET/7:00 PM CET). Make sure to join the guys at the links below to hear the album, get exclusive artist commentary, and have your burning questions answered!
Also, be sure to check out our recent interview with Jake.
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.
Each track on Redneck Vikings From Hell is entirely distinct, setting the stage by playing upon the band’s southern roots with the banjo-laden epic folk metal-inspired title track “Redneck Vikings From Hell”. Meanwhile, the first single “Goodbye” and center-cuts like the thrashy, unwavering “Lean Into The Wind”, the powerful anthem “Hunger” and symphonic brutality banger “Slave To The Riff” provide a weightier sample of the unconventional stylings of AETHER REALM 3.0.
Otherworldly closing track “Craft And The Creator” drives it all home, showcasing each individual band member’s infallible technical skills and featuring hair-raising leads that would make any guitar god blush. The album is strung together by colossal orchestral elements that lift the band to new heights.
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.